9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+5
Bus + Fly + Bus + Tram + Foot + Train:  15 h
1
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lough Leane, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, then settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Cromwell's Bridge, then trek along Old Kenmare Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Killarney is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in Killarney hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm ©
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

1
night
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 5th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip app.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Dingle are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dingle Oceanworld ©
Dingle Oceanworld
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get in on the family fun at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House, then steep yourself in history at Clew Bay Heritage Centre, then stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and finally explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport route planner.

Drive from Dingle to Westport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House ©
The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours, step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Curraghduff Farm. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Eyre Square, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, then trek along The Wormhole, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oughterard, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, The Wormhole
Highlights from your plan
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

2
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral, wander the streets of Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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