12-Day Ireland Road Trip from Dublin traveling west to Kilkenny, Cork, Killarney, and Galway

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Explore the best of Ireland on a 12-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Dublin, Kilkenny, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Blarney, Cork, Carrigtwohill, Killarney, Bunratty, Limerick, Galway, Kinvarra, and Gort. This road trip itinerary in Ireland seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Ireland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Kilkenny, 1 night in Cork, 2 nights in Killarney, and 3 nights in Galway. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Ireland. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Dublin, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Ireland on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Ireland. Phoenix Park and St Stephen's Green are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Dublin, Kilkenny, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Blarney, Cork, Carrigtwohill, Killarney, Bunratty, Limerick, Galway, Kinvarra, and Gort, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Ireland. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Ireland.

Throughout your road trip in Ireland, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Ireland.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Ireland fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Ireland today!

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Hotel, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
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Destinations

 Cork, Ireland. Fishing boats inside the port of Cobh. A city with colorful houses in Ireland.Cork / 1 night
Limerick -  in IrelandLimerick
Photo of beautiful landscape of Killarney, a city of Ireland.Killarney / 2 nights
Galway - city in IrelandGalway / 3 nights
Photo of River Nore in Kilkenny in Ireland by Taylor Floyd MewsKilkenny / 1 night
Aerial view of Dublin city center at sunset with River Liffey and Samuel Beckett bridge in the middle. Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava.Dublin / 4 nights

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Photo of Phoenix park with a beautiful view, Dublin, Ireland.Phoenix Park
St Stephen's GreenSt Stephen's Green
Dublin CastleDublin Castle
Photo of the entrance to Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix park, Dublin. Opened in 1831 it covers an area of 28 hectares in the heart of Dublin City.Dublin Zoo
Photo of the St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.St Patrick's Cathedral
Photo of Guinness Storehouse, Popular Tourist Attraction in Dublin, Ireland.Guinness Storehouse
Photo of Greenhouse in The National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.National Botanic Gardens
Photo of Ruins of the medieval old huge cathedral among tombstones on Rock of Cashel, Ireland.Rock of Cashel
Photo of view of famous illuminated Ha Penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland at sunset.Ha'penny Bridge
Photo of fountain depicting Galway Hookers in Eyre Square with Browne doorway in background in Galway, Ireland.Eyre Square
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty East, Drumline ED, Shannon Municipal District, County Clare, Munster, IrelandBunratty Castle & Folk Park
Photo of Fota Wildlife Park: giraffe being fed leaves, Ireland.Fota Wildlife Park
Photo of the Book of Kells exhibition at the library of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.Book of Kells
Photo of exterior view of the National Museum of Ireland .National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
Killarney National Park, Glenna, Muckross ED, Killarney Municipal District, County Kerry, Munster, IrelandKillarney National Park
Molly Malone StatueMolly Malone Statue
Kilkenny CastleKilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle. Historic landmark in the town of Kilkenny in Ireland.Kilkenny Castle Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney, Blarney ED, Blarney - Macroom, Cork, County Cork, Munster, IrelandBlarney Castle & Gardens
Photo of Muckross House and gardens in National Park Killarney, Ireland.Muckross House
Photo of beautiful Christ Church in the city center, Dublin.Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
photo of view ofRoss Castle is a 15th-century tower house in County Kerry, Ireland.Ross Castle
Photo of view from Torc Mountain, Ireland.Torc Mountain
photo of A southeast view of Synod Hall, Dublin, Irland.Dublinia
Spanish ArchSpanish Arch
Photo of Fitzgerald’s Park is on the Cork and was founded for the Cork Exhibition which was attended by Queen Victoria.Fitzgerald's Park
photo of King Johns Castle Limerick City .King John's Castle
photo of Cahir castle in county Tipperary, Ireland .Cahir Castle
Dunguaire CastleDunguaire Castle
photo of view of Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway, Ireland.Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland, Lenaboy, Salthill, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandGalway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland
photo ofThe Iveagh Gardens designed in mid-19th century by Ninian Niven, Dublin, IrelandIveagh Gardens
photo of Blarney Castle, Co.Cork, Ireland, home of world famous Blarney Stone .Blarney Stone
Trinity College Dublin, Mansion House A ED, Dublin, Dublin 2, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandTrinity College Dublin
photo of view of Aillwee Cave, Ballycahill, Irland.Aillwee Cave
Kerry Cliffs(Aillte Chiarraí), Foilnageragh, Portmagee ED, Kenmare Municipal District, County Kerry, Munster, IrelandKerry Cliffs (Aillte Chiarraí)
photo of view of Cork Opera House, Cork, Irland.Cork Opera House
photo of Galway City Museum Galway, Irland.Galway City Museum
photo of view of Coole Park, Gort, Irland.Coole Park
Great Escape Rooms, Townparks, St Nicholas, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandGreat Escape Rooms
photo of view of Beautiful nature scenery of small river stream with rocks and leaves at Barna woods in Galway, Ireland.Barna Woods
Port of Galway, Townparks, Eyre Square, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandPort of Galway
The Latin Quarter, Townparks, Eyre Square, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandThe Latin Quarter
Rinville Park, Renville West, Clarinbridge ED, Loughrea Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandRinville Park
The Vee Pass, Graigue, Tullaghorton, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, County Tipperary, Munster, IrelandThe Vee Pass
photo of Swiss Cottage .Swiss Cottage
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Cappagh Park, Lenabower, Barna, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandCappagh Park
Treaty Stone, Deaneryland, Castle B, The Metropolitan District of Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandTreaty Stone
Brú Ború Heritage Centre, Saint Patricksrock, Cashel Urban, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, County Tipperary, Munster, IrelandBrú Ború Heritage Centre

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Day 1

Day 1 – Dublin - arrival day

  • Dublin - Arrival day
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  • Ha'penny Bridge
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Say hello to Dublin! Your exciting road trip through Ireland is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Dublin for 3 nights before you continue your adventure!

Dublin is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Dublin. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Ireland. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Dublin. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Discover the essence of culinary excellence at Bastible, a local dining experience. Renowned for its prestigious 1 Michelin-star rating and impressive menu, Bastible consistently impresses both foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional modern cuisine.

Also highly recommended is Patrick Guilbaud, one of the best 2-star Michelin establishments in Dublin. Take your pick from the modern french menu, which has consistently earned Patrick Guilbaud high ratings and praise from satisfied guests. This top-rated Bib Gourmand restaurant promises a culinary experience you will remember.

Experience the best local flavors while in Dublin and reserve a table at the 2-star Michelin restaurant, Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Its delectable modern offerings have contributed to impressive reviews from numerous patrons who’ve already savored its meals. Food enthusiasts visiting the area will be particularly excited to experience this Bib Gourmand restaurant.

Locals recommend going for a drink at The Temple Bar Pub. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 25,491 customers.

Another popular bar you could swing by after dinner is The Brazen Head. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,980 customers.

The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant also makes the list of popular bars you could visit tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 10,779 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in Ireland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 26 km, 1 hour 25 min

  • Phoenix Park
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Iveagh Gardens
  • National Botanic Gardens
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Day 2 of your road trip across Ireland promises a magnificent time exploring Dublin. You have 2 nights left in Dublin. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Dublin, check out the best-rated tours the region offers. You can discover and choose from all of the top-rated activities you can do on this day in Dublin below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Dublin's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at The Vintage Kitchen. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Dublin boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from around 911 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Dublin is Chapter One Restaurant. It has garnered a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 849 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Mr Fox, in Dublin. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 690 satisfied customers.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Porterhouse Temple Bar, one of the best bars in the city. Porterhouse Temple Bar is an excellent place to have a refreshing evening drink after exploring Dublin. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,884 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals at Light House Cinema. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 3,744 customers.

The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant also belongs to the list of the best bars in Dublin, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,719 customers.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Ireland!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 5 km, 54 min

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Book of Kells
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
  • St Stephen's Green
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
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On day 3 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Dublin. You’ll stay in Dublin for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

There are plenty of experiences you can choose from in Ireland that will add excitement to your vacation. When you’re keen to discover what else Dublin has in store for you, use this day to go on a tour. This tour allows curious travelers like you to experience the best of the country. You can make the most of your time in Ireland by scrolling down and selecting tours and activities to include on your itinerary for the day.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Dublin. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to book a table at The Stags Head, a popular restaurant in Dublin. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,691 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at The Celt during your stay in Dublin. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 4,507 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of O'Donoghues Bar, a renowned dining destination in Dublin. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,110 satisfied guests.

The Bank on College Green is one of the best bars in Dublin and the perfect place for a celebratory drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,043 customers.

You may also want to check out Café en Seine, offering great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere. Café en Seine is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,282 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is Murray’s Pub. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,882 customers.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Ireland.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Dublin and Kilkenny

  • Kilkenny
  • Dublin
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Drive 126 km, 2 hours 8 min

  • Dublin Castle
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
  • Dublinia
  • Kilkenny Castle Park
  • Kilkenny Castle
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On day 4 of your road trip in Ireland, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Dublin, Kilkenny, and Kilkenny. In the evening, you’ll end up in Kilkenny, where you will stay for 1 night.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Dublin Castle. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 31,463 visitors.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin is another popular attraction you could visit today. This anglican or episcopal cathedral has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 9,563 visitors.

Dublinia is also highly recommended by travelers. This museum has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,800 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Kilkenny, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Dublin to Kilkenny may take around 1 hour 29 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Kilkenny, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the region.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Kilkenny's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make your stay in Kilkenny one for the books by indulging in an unforgettable culinary experience at Campagne, a 1 Michelin star-rated gem acclaimed by food experts. Its delightful modern cuisine and the praise from satisfied patrons speak of its outstanding quality. Campagne ensures your dining experience will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Kilkenny is Butcher Restaurant. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 563 happy diners.

Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant stands out as a local favorite in Kilkenny. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,409 customers.

If you’re not yet ready to call it a day, pop into Tynans Bridge House Bar. This bar is considered one of the best in Kilkenny and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 509 customers.

You may also want to check out Kytelers Inn. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Kytelers Inn is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,411 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Paris Texas Bar and Restaurant. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,225 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Ireland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, and Cork

  • Cork
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Drive 170 km, 2 hours 47 min

  • Brú Ború Heritage Centre
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cahir Castle
  • Swiss Cottage
  • The Vee Pass
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your road trip in Ireland, where you’ll be making 4 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, and Cork. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Cork. Cork will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned Brú Ború Heritage Centre. This popular point of interest has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 187 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Rock of Cashel. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,510 visitors, this castle deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

Set your GPS to Cahir and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 17 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Cahir beckons with new experiences!

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Cork. Cork offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Cork. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to book a table at Goldie, a luxury dining venue in Cork. This local gem’s delectable seafood cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. Goldie is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Discover the culinary treasures of Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House, a beloved dining establishment within Cork. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 792 satisfied customers.

The Oliver Plunkett is one of the best bars in Cork and the perfect place to go for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 5,192 customers.

You may also want to check out The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,534 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Cornstore Cork. Cornstore Cork has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,516 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Say good night to Cork and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Blarney, Cork, Carrigtwohill, and Killarney

  • Cork
  • Killarney
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Drive 144 km, 2 hours 34 min

  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Cork Opera House
  • Blarney Stone
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Fota Wildlife Park
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On day 6 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Ireland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 4 destinations, Blarney, Cork, Carrigtwohill, and Killarney. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Killarney, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Fitzgerald's Park. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,170 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Cork Opera House. This opera house has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,841 reviews.

After soaking in Cork’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Carrigtwohill. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 32 min. When you arrive in Carrigtwohill, it's time to take a break from the road.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Fota Wildlife Park. Previous visitors have rated this zoo an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 12,379 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Carrigtwohill, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Killarney may take around 1 hour 29 min. Upon your arrival in Killarney, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Killarney, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Killarney's best restaurants.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Cronins Restaurant. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Killarney has received a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from around 950 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Killarney, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 766 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House. This highly regarded restaurant in Killarney has earned a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 626 satisfied guests.

When you’ve finished your meal, John M. Reidy is one of the best bars in Killarney for an after-dinner drink. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,292 customers.

Murphys Bar, Restaurant & Townhouse Killarney is another of the most popular bars in the region. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,665 customers.

Alternatively, check out The Laurels Pub & Restaurant. This popular place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, as rated by 1,544 customers.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Ireland!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Killarney and Dingle

  • Killarney
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Drive 190 km, 4 hours 1 min

  • Torc Mountain
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House
  • Ross Castle
  • Kerry Cliffs (Aillte Chiarraí)
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Day 7 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Killarney has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Killarney by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the region.

You can learn more about Killarney today by going on a tour. Killarney offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Killarney's best restaurants.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Khao Asian Street Food while you’re in Killarney. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 1,191 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Killarney is Porterhouse Restaurant. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 1,244 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

While in Killarney, enjoy Killarney Brewing Company’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 1,059 satisfied guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Paddy Sheehan The Grand Bar & Niteclub, claiming it’s one of the best. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 897 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option in the region is O'Connors Traditional Pub. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 760 customers.

Hannigans Bar, Restaurant & Rooftop Balcony is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 608 customers.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Ireland.

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Day 8

Day 8 – Bunratty, West Clare Municipal District, and Galway

  • Limerick
  • Galway
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Drive 238 km, 4 hours 3 min

  • Treaty Stone
  • King John's Castle
  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Aillwee Cave
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 8 of your road trip in Ireland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Bunratty, Limerick, West Clare Municipal District, and Galway. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Galway. You will spend 3 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Limerick. This car ride takes around 1 hour 39 min.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Limerick, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Bunratty. This drive usually takes around 17 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Galway, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Galway.

Make sure to reserve a table at Hooked, an iconic dining spot in Galway. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,796 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at O'Connell's Bar Galway while in Galway. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, treasured by 1,659 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Kai Restaurant, a favorite in Galway. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,177 discerning guests.

If you’re up for getting a drink, consider going to Tigh Chóilí. Around 1,662 customers have given this incredible bar an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Locals of Bunratty also enjoy the drinks at Caribou. This place is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 979 customers and is one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is A Púcán. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,188 customers.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 17 km, 1 hour 16 min

  • Cappagh Park
  • Barna Woods
  • Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland
  • Eyre Square
  • Port of Galway
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Day 9 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Galway for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Ireland is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Galway.

Make sure to reserve a table at Ard Bia at Nimmos, an iconic dining spot in Galway. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,099 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at The Quay Street Kitchen while in Galway. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, treasured by 1,029 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Esquires - The Organic Coffee Co (Eyre Square), a favorite in Galway. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,000 discerning guests.

The Front Door Pub is a fantastic bar many locals in Galway recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,692 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at The Skeff Bar, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,056 customers.

The Quays Bar and Restaurant is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Galway. Customers have rated the exciting The Quays Bar and Restaurant an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 2,514 reviews.

Say good night to Galway and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 2 km, 35 min

  • Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
  • Great Escape Rooms
  • The Latin Quarter
  • Spanish Arch
  • Galway City Museum
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Day 10 of your road trip across Ireland promises a magnificent time exploring Galway. You have 1 night left in Galway. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Galway has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Galway offers and add your favorites to your Ireland travel package below.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Galway's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Reserve your spot at Scotty's Burgers & Wings, Galway, Ireland. , a popular local restaurant in Galway. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 616 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience OSTERIA da Simone : Italian restaurant & pizzeria during your stay in Galway. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 588 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Zappis Restaurant, a popular local gem in Galway. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 505 satisfied guests.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, a popular bar you can go to is O'Connor's Famous Pub. This place has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,806 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at The Dáil Bar Galway. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,040 customers.

Monroe's Tavern is another great place where you can celebrate after a long, fun day in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,993 customers.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Ireland.

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Day 11

Day 11 – Kinvarra, Gort, Loughrea Municipal District, and Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 267 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Rinville Park
  • Dunguaire Castle
  • Coole Park
  • Coole Park Nature Reserve
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Dive into day 11 of your remarkable road trip in Ireland. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Kinvarra, Gort, Loughrea Municipal District, and Dublin, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Dublin. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Dunguaire Castle. This extraordinary point of interest has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,855 visitors.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Kinvarra and set your GPS to Gort. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 15 min. Upon reaching Gort, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Make Coole Park one of your first sightseeing stops in Gort. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,367 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Coole Park Nature Reserve is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This park is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 562 reviews.

Set your GPS to Dublin and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours 21 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Dublin beckons with new experiences!

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Dublin. Dublin offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Dublin's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Reserve your spot at Lemon Jelly Cafe, a popular local restaurant in Dublin. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,104 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit The Palace Bar and experience the nightlife in the city of Dublin. This bar is one of the best places to cap off the night and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,824 customers.

You can also hang out at Merchant's Arch. This bar serves a variety of snacks and drinks and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,988 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Ireland!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Dublin - departure day

  • Dublin - Departure day
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  • Molly Malone Statue
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Day 12 of your road trip in Ireland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Dublin before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Optimize your last day in Ireland and go on a shopping spree in Dublin’s shopping center. This bustling commercial district is conveniently located near your lodging, granting you leisure time to roam and explore its assortment of establishments.

If you love the adrenaline rush of hunting for the best offers and deals in Ireland, you’re in for a treat. A variety of goods and gifts await your discovery.

Before you conclude your road trip in Ireland, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Dublin.

You’ll then say farewell to Dublin. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Ireland!

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