Ireland 7 Day Itinerary full of Iconic Cliffs, National Parks & Scenic Islands

Road Trip Ireland: 7 Day Itinerary full of Iconic Cliffs, National Parks & Scenic Islands
Road Trip Ireland: 7 Day Itinerary full of Iconic Cliffs, National Parks & Scenic Islands

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Ireland 7 Day Itinerary full of Iconic Cliffs, National Parks & Scenic Islands

Planning a trip to Ireland can be a lengthy task. One that leaves many scratching their head or pulling their hair out. But, lucky for you, I’ve come to your rescue. Hi, I’m Laura, your local guide. It’s my goal to make your trip to Ireland as carefree as possible. I love seeing visitors fall in love with my home country. Ireland is a magical place, and I understand just how much the trip means to you. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and I can’t wait to help you plan it. Now, let’s go on a road trip, an Ireland 7 day itinerary exploring the countries most iconic cliffs, beautiful national parks and we will even take a journey out to one of Ireland’s most scenic islands.

But first, we need to address the big question.

IS 7 DAYS IN IRELAND ENOUGH TIME?

To put it simply, no. 7 days is not nearly enough to see all there is to do in Ireland. In fact, a whole month would only allow you to scratch the service of what the country has to offer. However, with that being said, oftentimes one week in Ireland is all most tourists have. And, while it’s not a huge amount of time, it is enough to see some of the countries major highlights.

DO I NEED TO RENT A CAR IN IRELAND?

While renting a car in Ireland is most definitely desirable, it’s not 100% needed. It is possible to see some of the countries top attractions if you base yourself in major cities such as Dublin, Galway, Cork or Belfast. There are rather affordable Day Trips that run from each city. Check out my Dublin Day Trips post for further inspiration.

With that being said, I’d advise those planning a trip to Ireland to rent a car. It is the best way to see the ‘real’ Ireland and not be restricted by the time schedule of organised tours. 

For the purpose of this particular 7 day Ireland road trip, you will need a rental car.

Check out Rental Cars Ireland for affordable prices.

7 Days in Ireland Video Guide

DAY 1: THE ROCK OF CASHEL, BLARNEY STONE, COBH OR KINSALE

On the first day of the road trip, we will leave bright and early in the morning. It is best to catch an early flight to Dublin or stay the night previous in a nearby hotel. That way you are leaving yourself plenty of time to get out and explore.

For those arriving in Ireland from Shannon airport, it may be best for you to start this itinerary in reverse. Starting your trip from Galway.

Those arriving through Cork Airport may need to skip the first stop but don’t worry I’ll provide some alternative suggestions 😉

Dublin to Rock of Cashel Drive Duration: 2 Hours

Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary
Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary

STOP 1: THE ROCK OF CASHEL

The first stop of our 7 day Ireland itinerary is possibly one of the most iconic ruins in the Country, the Rock of Cashel.

The famous ruin is also known as the Cashel of the Kings and its structure is sure to leave you in awe.

The ruins sit on top of a hill looking out at Tipperary and the surrounding area’s.

It costs 6 euros per adult to enter.

And If time allows you could visit nearby Hore Abbey which is free to visit and is located just a 4-minute drive from the Rock of Cashel.

Rock of Cashel to Blarney Castle Drive Duration: 1 hour 15 

Blarney Castle and Gardens, County Cork, Ireland

STOP 2: BLARNEY CASTLE AND GARDENS

The Blarney Castle and Garden is a must on any Ireland Itinerary, the castle is home to the Blarney Stone which is said to give those who kiss it the gift of gab.

Although there is a bit of a catch, the stone is located at the very top of Blarney Castle. To Kiss it, visitors must lie on their back, hold onto two metal bars and tilt their heads towards the ground. It’s a lot harder and scarier than it looks!

Entrance into the gardens cost 18 euros, it’s a little pricey but 100% worth it in my opinion.

Especially if you manage to kiss the stone and come back with the skills of flattery 😉

Related Post: Ireland Tips for First Time Visitors

STOP 3: THE CHOICE IS UP TO YOU

Designing a 7 day Ireland itinerary for others is a difficult task because frankly, I want to take you everywhere. That is why I have decided to add in some alternative routes. That way you can choose which place suits you best to visit. 

Blarney Castle to Cobh Drive Duration: 45 minutes

Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

OPTION 1: COBH & A TRIP TO SPIKE ISLAND

The first option for stop 3 is a small coastal town named Cobh. The town is famous for being the final port call for the Titanic and back then it was known as Queenstown.

Cobh often gets compared to major US city San Francisco due to its hill like structure, Deck of Card houses which resemble the painted ladies and Spike Island.

Spike Island is said to be the Alcatraz of Ireland, it was used as a monastery and then became known as one of the largest prisons in the world.

There are a few things worth doing on your trip to Cobh like exploring St. Colemans Cathedral, going on a boat tour out to Spike Island, learn at the Titanic Experience.

Blarney Castle to Kinsale Drive Duration: 45 minutes

OPTION 2: KINSALE & THE OLD HEAD

The second option for stop 3 is one of the best things to do in West Cork and that is the beautiful town of Kinsale. This is one of my favourite towns in all of Ireland. It is decorated head to toe in bright vibrant colours, the local’s are super friendly and kind and there is so much to see and do within a short distance of the town.

After having a stroll around the town, it’s time to visit your first stop along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Old Head of Kinsale.

The Old Head is a 20-minute drive from the main town and it is a view that is sure to take your breath away.

There is also free parking on site.

Old Head of Kinsale to Kenmare Drive Duration: 2 hours
Cobh to Kenmare Drive Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Kenmare Town, County Kerry, Ireland
Kenmare Town, County Kerry, Ireland

STOP 4: KENMARE TOWN, COUNTY KERRY

The final stop of day 1 is the beautiful town called Kenmare located in County Kerry. This is where I suggest staying for the night. The streets of Kenmare come alive a night, it is a great place to enjoy some live Irish music and have some fun with friends or relax after a long day of exploring.

Places to stay in Kenmare

Budget-Friendly Stay: Rockcrest House

Mid Range Stay: The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Leisure Resort
(I have stayed here before and could not recommend it more)

High-End Stay: Park Hotel Kenmare

IRELAND ROAD TRIP 7 DAYS: DAY 1 SUMMARY AND MAP

Summary and a suggested timetable

7.30am: Leave Dublin Airport

9.30am: Explore the Rock of Cashel 

12.00pm Explore Blarney Castle and Gardens

2.30pm Stop in Blarney Town for a late lunch

4.30pm Explore Kinsale or Cobh

9.00pm: Arrive in Kenmare

Please note that the schedule best suits the summer months as the sunsets later in the evening.

DAY 2: KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

On day 2 of our 7 day itinerary in Ireland, we are going to be exploring the beauty of Killarney National Park. It is important to start the day off bright and early to see as much of the park as possible in one day.

Kenmare to Moll’s Gap Drive Duration: 11-minute drive

Molls Gap, Kilarney National Park, Kerry

STOP 1: MOLLS GAP

Leaving the beautiful town of Kenmare behind, start driving towards the insanely scenic driving route known as Molls Gap.

While Molls Gap isn’t necessarily a stop, it is definitely worth pausing for a moment or two to take in the beautiful views.

I’d advise stopping outside the Avoca as the road is quite wide here and there is a car park to the left. It may also be a good place to grab a takeaway brekkie for the road. They sell delicious pastries.

Molls Gap can get quite narrow in places, so, please be extra cautious while driving.

Moll’s Gap to Ladies Views Drive Duration: 8-minute drive

Ladies View, Kilarney National Park, Kerry

STOP 2: LADIES VIEW

The second stop of the day is possibly one of the most iconic views in Killarney National Park, Ladies View.

This is a popular place for people to stop before they continue on along the famous Ring of Kerry.

Due to the popularity of the stop, it can be sometimes hard to find a parking spot. Don’t worry though, by driving a further 5 minutes down the road you will see another car park that is generally far less busy.

I suggest spending 14 to 20 minutes here to take in the views and catch a few snaps with the insanely beautiful backdrop.

Ladies Views to Torc Waterfall Drive Duration: 8-minute

Torc Waterfall, Kilarney National Park, Kerry

STOP 3: TORC WATERFALL

Next on our Ireland 7 day itinerary is the wonderful, Torc Waterfall. This is one of my favourite spots in all of Killarney.

The Waterfall is much bigger than I was expecting and it is an overall peaceful place to visit.

It takes about 15 minutes to reach the falls after leaving your car in the car park.

Please note that typing ‘Torc Waterfall’ into google maps will bring you to the upper car park, from here you will need to hike down to the Waterfall.

If you are looking to enjoy the shorter walk then consider parking here instead.

Torc Waterfall to Muckross Drive Duration: 8-minute drive

Muckross Abbey, Kilarney National Park, Kerry

STOP 4: MUCKROSS ABBEY AND HOUSE

The next stop of the day is Muckross, a beautiful place to get out and stretch the legs.

On the grounds lies Muckross Abbey, a friary that was founded in 1448. The ruin is well preserved and in the middle grows an ancient tree that is said to be as old as the Abbey itself.

The grounds is also home to Muckross House, which is only accessible via guided tour.

While on the grounds it is nice to take in the views of Muckross Lake and enjoy the landscape of the surrounding mountains.

I’d recommend spending an hour to an hour and a half exploring the area.

Muckross to Killarney Town Duration: 11-minute drive

Killarney Town, County Kerry, Ireland
Killarney Town, County Kerry, Ireland

STOP 5: KILLARNEY TOWN

Following a stroll around the grounds of Muckross, it is time for a well-deserved lunch stop.

Killarney town is a lovely little village located in the heart of the National Park. 

I highly recommend the Shire Café and Bar, it is Lord of the Rings Themed and the food there is delicious.

Following the bite to eat have a stroll around the town, there are plenty of charming shops to have a browse.

Killarney Town to Ross Castle Duration: 5-minute drive

Grounds of Ross Castle, County Kerry, Ireland
Grounds of Ross Castle, County Kerry, Ireland

STOP 6: ROSS CASTLE & BOAT RIDE

The next stop of our 7 days in Ireland itinerary brings us to the stunning ruins of Ross Castle. Organised tours of the castle must be booked in advance.

If time allows I recommend going on a boat tour around Killarney Lakes.

This is a really beautiful yet alternative way to see the National park. The tour lasts for 1 hour and brings you around Ross Castle and its surroundings.

BOOK YOU TOUR HERE

Alternatively, head for a stroll around the grounds of Ross Castle.

Ross Castle to Gap of Dunloe Drive Duration: 20 minute drive

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland
Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry, Ireland

STOP 7: GAP OF DUNLOE

A further 20-minute drive from Ross Castle is the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. A stunning valley that is home to 5 lakes and some of the nicest landscapes in Ireland.

How to explore the Gap of Dunloe:

Trap and Pony: One of the most known ways to explore the Gap of Dunloe is by Trap and Pony. Jump on board with a local guide and learn about Killarney’s history as you take the epic views of the Valley.

Bike: Many of those visiting Killarney National Park often rent bikes to get around. The Gap of Dunloe is a popular spot to explore via bike.

Drive: While driving the Gap of Dunloe is not advised it is still possible. If you do decide to drive make sure to get there nice and early as it is a popular spot and the road is rather narrow making it difficult to get by other road users.

Walk: My favourite way to explore the beauty of the Gap of Dunloe is by walking. The trail itself is 11km there and 11km back. Therefore, it’s best to only walk to the halfway point before returning back to the car. I’d advise parking your car at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Organised Tour: You can also visit the Gap of Dunloe via organised tours, like the Gap of Dunloe by Boat & Foot tour

Stop 8: Dingle

The 3rd day on our Ireland itinerary brings us to the stunning sites of the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is located an hour drive from the Gap of Dunloe. It’s best to arrive in Dingle on the evening of day 2 in order to see all of which the area has to offer.

Dingle is a beautiful coastal town, which is known as the gateway to many of Kerry’s breathtaking gems such as Dunquin Pier and Conor Pass. Spend the night listening to Irish tunes in a local bar before getting a good nights sleep.

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Where to stay in Dingle

Budget-Friendly Stay: The Waterfront

Mid Range Stay: Dingle Bay Hotel

High End Stay: Fab View

IRELAND ITINERARY 7 DAYS: DAY 2 SUMMARY AND MAP

SUMMARY AND SUGGESTED TIMETABLE

8.00am Leave Kenmare


9.15am Arrive at Moll’s/Have Brekkie in Avoca

10.00am Ladies View

10.40am Torc Waterfall

11.30am Muckross

12.30pm Killarney for Lunch and a stroll

2.00pm Ross Castle & Boat Tour

4.00pm Gap of Dunloe

8.00pm Dingle

Day 3: The Dingle Penisula & Drive to Clare

The highlight of day 3 is the Dingle Penisula, spend the majority of the day soaking up the incredible sites of the Kerry Coastline before making your way to County Clare. I must warn you that the drive from Kerry to Clare is long, however, it is the only drive of this length throughout the itinerary.

Dingle, Kerry, Ireland

Stop 1: Dingle Town

The first stop of Day 3 is the beautiful Dingle Town. Start the morning off with some breakfast in ‘An Cupan Tae‘.

Once your tummy is full it is time to take in the relaxed atmosphere of the town by going for a stroll along the harbour front.

The harbour is a beautiful place to soak in some sunray’s and admire the view of the surrounding mountains.

Dingle was also once home to Ireland’s most loved dolphin, Fungie. Unfortunely, Fungie was last seen in October 2020. There is a statue at the harbour where visitors can go to remember Fungie.

Dingle to Slea Head Drive: 20 minutes

Slea Head Drive

Stop 2: Slea Head Drive

After a relaxing morning, it is time to jump in the car and drive towards Slieve Head.

This is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Ireland.

I’d advise taking your time on this route, as the road can be narrow in places.

However, the views of the Kerry Coastline make it completely worth it.

On a clear day, you may even spot the famous Skellig Michael.

Slea Head to Dunmore Head Drive: 6 minutes

Coumeenoole Beach, Kerry, Ireland
Coumeenoole Beach, Kerry, Ireland

Stop 3: Dunmore Head & Coumeenoole Beach

Dunmore Head is a beautiful place to go for a walk. It is famous for being the most westerly point of Ireland and the filming location for the Star Wars film The Last Jedi.

The walk is 2.6km long and takes around 30 minutes to complete depending on your fitness level.

As you stroll you will be presented with phenomenal views of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

At the end of the trail lies Coumeenoole Beach, perfect for a swim if time allows.

Dunmore Head to Dunquin Pier Drive: 6 minutes

Dunquin Pier, Kerry, Ireland
Dunquin Pier, Kerry, Ireland

Stop 4: Dunquin Pier

A further 6 minutes down the road is one of my favourite sites in all of Ireland, Dunquin Pier.

This is a must on any Ireland road trip. The pier jots out onto the Wild Atlantic Coast, the dramatic cliffs and crystal clear waters make it the perfect spot for a photo opportunity.

Please note that the iconic winding pier is for walking purposes only.

A few years back the pier made it into the news headlines when a tourist attempted to drive down it. Safe to say they got stuck 😂

Dunquin Pier to Conor Pass Drive: 30 minutes

Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland
Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland
Conor Pass, Kerry, Ireland

Stop 5: Conor Pass

Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland.

The drive is not for the faith hearted as it is rather narrow in places. However, if you drive slow you will be fine.

The drive begins on an open mountain road with plenty of room for two cars to pass.

I’d advise making your first stop along the pass here at the main viewing platform. From here you can hike slightly up the mountain to the left for an even better view of the pass.

There are a number of car spaces available and a clear view of the road to come. If you feel the road is too narrow for your driving ability you can always turn back around and drive back towards Dingle.

Once you have taken in all the epic views at the main viewpoint I’d advise driving towards Conor Pass Waterfall, there is a small car park here.

Stop for a moment to take in the amazing views of Peddler’s Lake and the Valley before continuing along with the remainder of the pass.

I recommend taking 1 hour and a half or more to explore Conor Pass.

Stop 6: Doolin, County Clare

The final stop of day 3 on our Ireland 7 day itinerary is the beautiful coastal town, Doolin. Doolin is located in County Clare and is a 3-hour drive from Conor Pass.

I recommend stopping in Limerick City for a quick bite to eat and a walk around before jumping back in the car.

Don’t be afraid to order an early dinner in Limerick as we will be spending 2 nights in Doolin, which will give you plenty of time to explore the town.

Day 4 is also an extremely busy day so it is probably best to avoid the pubs on night 3 😉

Places to Stay in Doolin

Budget-Friendly Stay: Oar restaurant and Rooms

Mid Range Stay: Lanelodge Doolin

High-End Stay: Doolin Inn

7 DAY ITINERARY IRELAND: DAY 3 SUMMARY AND MAP

SUMMARY AND SUGGESTED TIMETABLE

8.00am Dingle Brekkie & Walk the Harbour


9.30am Slea Head Drive

10.00am Dunmore Head

11.15am Dunquin Pier

1.00pm Lunch in Dingle

2.15pm Conor Pass

6.00pm Dinner in Limerick City

8.15pm Doolin

Day 4: The Aran Island’s & The Cliffs of Moher Boat Ride

On day 4 of our 7 days in Ireland, we are going to dive a little bit off the beaten path with a trip to one of the 3 Aran Islands. The Aran Islands are a group of Island’s belonging to county Galway but are easily accessible from County Clare. On the way back from the island’s we are going to take a major detour and get up close and personal with the most famous Cliffs in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher.

Day 4 of our Ireland itinerary comes with a choice, Inis Mór or Inis Oirr?

I’ll highlight the top things to do on each island down below.

Option 1: Inis Mór

Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Island which is a given due to its name translating into ‘Big Island’ in English.

Inis Mór is also the most popular of the 3 Islands.

The easiest way to get around Inis Mór is by renting a bike. Bike rental costs around 15 euros for the day. Please be mindful that most rental shops only take cash.

Top 3 Things to do on Inis Mór

The Seal Colony: A rocky area on the island which is a famous spot for the local seals to hang out and sun bade. It is easier to spot the seals in the evening time.

Dún Aonghasa: A prehistoric fort that sits on top of a hill looking out over the entire Island. It takes about 30 minutes to walk up to Dún Aonghasa. From there you will be presented with a 360 view of the island and the Cliffs of Aran.

The Worm Hole: This is the most popular attraction on the island. A natural rectangular shaped rock pool.

Option 2: Inis Oírr

Inis Oírr is the smallest of the 3 Aran Island but surprisingly it has many wonderful things to do to keep you busy for the day.

The Easiest way to reach the island is by boat.

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And much like Inis Mór, the best way to get around is by renting a bike. Most rentals will cost 13 euros for the day and they only take cash.

Top 3 Things to do on Inis Oirr

Plassey Shipwreck: Off the coast of Inis Oirr lies Plassey Shipwreck which washed up in a 1960 Wild Atlantic storm. The Ship is famous for being in the Credits of popular Irish Comedy Father Ted.

Caislean Ui Bhriain: This is quite literally a castle on top of a hill looking out over the entire island of Inis Oirr. The climb up to the castle is a little steep but nothing too difficult. Besides, the views make the hike completely worth it.

An Trá: This translates into ‘The Beach’ in English and it is quite frankly one of the nicest beaches in all of Ireland. The turquoise blue waters and white sand make it the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the island.

 Cliffs of Moher Boat Tour

Stop 2: Cliffs of Moher Boat Tour

When purchasing your ticket for the Aran Island’s I’d advise getting the Cliffs of Moher Combo. This is a great way to get up close and personal with Ireland’s leading attraction. On the way back to Doolin from the Island the boat swings by the Cliffs to allow you to see them from a whole new perspective. It is truly a unique experience, one I recommend to anyone.

PS: There is indoor seating for anyone who prefers to stay dry 😉

Doolin, Clare, Ireland

Stop 3: Doolin

Once the ferry has dropped you off at Doolin harbour, pop into your hotel for a quick shower and then back out for a night on the town. Doolin is a great town to enjoy a real Irish atmosphere, with live music, craic (Irish for fun) and killer sunsets.

I recommend checking out Fiddle + Bow Hotel if you are looking for some world-class chipper and cocktails. The yard is set up with fairy lights, haystack seats and live music.

Or, if you fancy a pizza Stone Wall Pizzeria is a fab spot!

ITINERARY FOR IRELAND 7 DAYS: DAY 4 SUMMARY AND MAP

SUMMARY AND SUGGESTED TIMETABLE

9.15am Find Parking at Doolin Harbour


10.00am The Aran Islands

5.15pm Cliffs of Moher

6.00pm Back to Hotel

7.00pm Night on the Town


Please note, parking at Doolin Harbour can be tricky. Especially in the summer months. I’d advise arriving early to avoid missing your boat

Day 5: Doolin, The Cliffs of Moher Walk & The Burren

Our 5th day in Ireland is jammed packed with beautiful scenery! We are going to go on a hike along the Cliffs of Moher, explore the surrounding area’s of Doolin and drive through the Burren National Park.

Doonagore Castle
Doonagore Castle, Clare, Ireland

Stop 1: Doonagore Castle

Go for a walk or drive towards Doonagore Castle.

Doonagore Castle is located on top of a hill overlooking the town of Doolin. The castle is only a 20-minute walk from the main town however, the reason I am suggesting you drive is you need to keep all your energy for later on in the itinerary 😉

It is not possible to enter the grounds of the castle, however, it is worth driving around them.

The castle is an iconic symbol of County Clare. And is one of the most photographed places in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher Walk
Cliffs of Moher Walk

Stop 2: The Cliffs of Moher Walk

The Cliffs of Moher Walk is a must for anyone spending the night in Doolin. The walk begins in the main town and continues for 8km until it reaches the Cliffs of Moher.

The trail is home to breathtaking scenery featuring Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The walk is suitable for those with a moderate fitness level. It is not overly strenuous, however, it is long. Therefore, walkers must be prepared to be on their feet for a long period of time.

The walk to the Cliffs takes about 2 hours to complete. It is one of the only ways to see the cliffs for free.

Once you reach the visitor centre there is a free shuttle bus that drives back to Doolin. Make sure to check the operating times before you leave.

Doolin to the Burren Drive: 11 minutes

The Burren National Park
The Burren National Park

Stop 3: The Burren National Park

Once you arrive back in Doolin it’s time to jump in the car for a mini road trip.

The next stop on the list is the Burren National Park. The Burren is home to many beautiful hiking routes, however, I’d imagine you will be pretty tired after the cliff walk.

Luckily, the Burren is just as beautiful to drive through and don’t worry there are loads of opportunities to stop along the way.

The word Burren comes from the Irish word “Boíreann” which translates to ‘a rocky place’. This is the perfect way to describe the area.

I recommend you spend an hour admiring the National Parks beauty.

The Burren to Fanore Beach Drive: 11 minutes

Fanore Beach, County Clare, Ireland
Fanore Beach, County Clare, Ireland

Stop 4: Fanore Beach

So, the next stop on the list is Fanore Beach…but…there’s a catch.

You must go swimming!
What!? Are you CRAZY? Swimming in Ireland.

I know, it may sound like the worst idea in the world but once you get in you won’t regret it.

Yes, it is cold! but…it’s an experience.

And it would be a shame to leave the Emerald Isle without going for a swim along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Beside, Fanore Beach is beautiful, golden sand surrounded by the rocky mountains of the Burren National Park.

That’s a bucket list swim right there 😉

Fanore Beach to Galway City Drive: 1 Hour 10 minutes

Stop 5: Galway City

Following a swim in Fanore beach, it’s time to dry off and head towards Galway city for the night. Galway City is the perfect place to spend the night, a lively city with a traditional Irish charm. There are plenty of spots in Galway to dance the night away.

Places to Stay in Galway

Budget-Friendly Stay: Savoy Hostel Galway City Centre

Mid Range Stay: Skeffington Arms Hotel
(I stayed here on my last trip to Galway, I highly recommend)

High-End Stay: Harbour Hotel

IRELAND ROAD TRIP 7 DAYS: DAY 5 SUMMARY AND MAP

SUMMARY AND SUGGESTED TIMETABLE


9.30am Doonagore Castle


10.30am The Cliffs of Moher Walk


2.00pm Lunch in Doolin

3.30pm The Burren

5.00pm Fanore Beach

7.30pm Galway City

Day 6: Galway City, Connemara & Dublin

Now, for your 6th day in Ireland, you may want to spend the majority of your time in Galway City. And that is understandable, however, with Connemara right on your doorstep, it would be a shame not to catch a glimpse of the area’s beauty. I thought I’d spice things up a bit with a quick trip to the National Park.

Galway Harbour
Galway Harbour

Stop 1: Galway City

Start the morning off bright and early with a stroll around Galway City. If breakfast isn’t included with your hotel booking I’d highly recommend checking out Dela Restaurant for a delicious bite to eat.

Then go for a stroll around Galway City centre and Eyre Square. Here, you will come across some super talented buskers bringing the streets to life.

Another, must-see spot in the city is the Spanish Arch area, it’s a lovely place to go for a stroll along the waterfront.

I recommend staying in the city until around 10.30am.

Galway City Pine Island View Drive: 1 Hour

Pine Island View
Pine Island View, Connemara, Galway, Ireland

Stop 2: Pine Island View Point

Once you’ve filled your tummy up with delicious food it’s time to pack up your bags and hop in the car.

Start to drive towards Pine Island View in Connemara.

The drive takes 1 hour in total, however, it’s a really beautiful route. Take some time to stop the car for some photo’s and enjoy the beautiful view.

Pine Island is a plot of land located inside Derryclare Lake. And if you ask me, it doesn’t look like scenery you’d typically find in Ireland.

It is possible to walk onto the island through a concrete bridge, although it is quite narrow. So, be careful crossing it.

Pine Island View to Sky Road Drive: 20 minutes

Sky Road, Connemara, Ireland
Sky Road, Connemara, Ireland

Stop 3: Sky Road

Sky Road is a 16km long coastal route that hosts epic views of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The drive loops around meeting in a small town named Clifden.

If time allows I recommend checking out the entire route. There are two driving options, the upper and lower road. The Upper Route is better for coastal views.

If you are stuck for time I recommend heading straight to the main viewpoint to catch a glimpse of what the driving route has to offer.

I promise this is one you do not want to miss!

Sky Road to Kylemore Abbey: 30 minutes

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland

Stop 4: Kylemore Abbey

Our Final stop in Connemara is the wonderful, Kylemore Abbey. This is one of the most photographed places in all of Ireland and one of the Top Things to do in Connemara.

Tickets to the Abbey and grounds cost €15.00. And while I think it is a lovely experience, I’d advise only paying in if you have an extended amount of time in Connemara.

It’s a brilliant place to spend a morning or evening when it’s raining.

If you just want to catch a glimpse of the Abbey from the outside, it is possible to park in the car park for free. You can take photos of the Abbey before entering the grounds.

It is also possible to see the Abbey from the roadside.

Kylemore Abbey to Dublin City: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Stop 5: Dublin City

After an adventurous day exploring Connemara, it is time to hit the road towards Dublin. Unfortunely, this is a long driving route, however, once you hit the motorways there are plenty of service stations. Here, you can stop to use the bathroom, for a brief rest and get a bite to eat.

If you don’t want to do a lot of driving on Day 6 you can always opt into taking an organised day tour to Connemara from Galway.

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Places to Stay in Dublin

Budget-Friendly Stay: Jacobs Inn Hostel
(Please Note for real budget-friendly options consider staying outside the city centre)

Mid Range Stay: Academy Plaza Hotel 

High-End Stay: Grafton Street Studios

ONE WEEK IN IRELAND: DAY 6 SUMMARY AND MAP

SUMMARY AND SUGGESTED TIMETABLE


9.00am Galway City


11.30am Pine Island View


1.00pm Sky Road

3.00pm Kylemore Abbey

5.00pm Leave for Dublin


Guinness Gates in Dublin
Guinness Gates in Dublin

Day 7: Dublin City

The final stop on our 7 days in Ireland post is none other than the capital city, Dublin. Now, while 24 hours in the city is not nearly enough to see all of which it has to offer it is possible to tick off some of the highlights.

Check out my detailed guide showing you the perfect way to spend just one day in Dublin. Or, if you have more time to spend in the capital I have linked some valuable recourses down below.

Packing for Ireland

Ireland is known for it’s unpredictable weather, so much so, that it is common to see all 4 seasons in the one day. That is why it is important to come prepared with an Ireland packing list. I have highlighted down below the tops things you need to bring on your Ireland vacation. Check out my Ireland packing guide for a more detailed list.

  1. Waterproof Jacket
  2. Hiking Boots (<- my favourite brand)
  3. A Day Bag (<- Also my favourite)
  4. A torch/Headlight (for hiking)
  5. A Windproof Umberella
  6. Travel First Aid Kit
  7. Water Bottle (The Tap Water is Drinkable)
  8. Camera

Best Time of Year to Visit Ireland

This is a difficult question to answer, you may want to visit at different times of the year for different reasons.

March is a great time to visit Ireland the weather is starting to get warmer and it’s St. Partrick’s Day on the 17th but it’s busy for that reason.

June typically is the month that gets the best weather, the summer holidays havn’t started just yet so it is not peak season but it’s starting to get busy.

September is my personal favourite time to travel Ireland, the chicldrean have gone back to school but the sun is still shinning (It’s Ireland it still rains but there is a good chance you’ll get a sunny day or two in September)

Christmas can also be a great time to visit Ireland. See the cityies dressed up in sparkling lights, visit some charming Christmas markets and well… ring in the New Year Irish Style.

No matter what time of year you decide to visit Ireland. I have no doubt that you will have an amazing time.

Thanks for reading! I hope you liked this and have an amazing time on your Ireland Vacation. Feel free to send me a message on Instagram if you have anymore questions <3

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Check Out my Youtube Channel

If you are planning a trip to Ireland and are looking for some visual Ireland travel guides I would love for you to check out my youtube channel. Here are some video guide that will fit in with this road trip itinerary.

  1. Kerry Road Trip
  2. West Cork Road Trip
  3. Things to do on Inis Oirr

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