13-Day Ireland Road Trip from Dublin traveling west to Cork, Killarney, Galway, and Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District

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Explore the best of Ireland on a 13-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Dublin, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Cork, Killarney, Bunratty, Limerick, Galway, Clifden, Kinvarra, Gort, Roscommon Municipal District, Strokestown, Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District, The Municipal District of Trim, and Enniskerry. 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 Cork, 2 nights in Killarney, 4 nights in Galway, and 1 night in Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District. 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, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Cork, Killarney, Bunratty, Limerick, Galway, Clifden, Kinvarra, Gort, Roscommon Municipal District, Strokestown, Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District, The Municipal District of Trim, and Enniskerry, 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, 12 nights
Rental car, 13 days
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Destinations

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
Galway - city in IrelandGalway / 4 nights
 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
Photo of Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland viewed from across River Shannon against backdrop of blue sky.Carrick-on-Shannon / 1 night

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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
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Pollacappul, Rinvyle ED, Conamara Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandKylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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
Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney, Blarney ED, Blarney - Macroom, Cork, County Cork, Munster, IrelandBlarney Castle & Gardens
Powerscourt House & Gardens, Powerscourt Demesne, Enniskerry ED, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, IrelandPowerscourt House & Gardens
Photo of Muckross House and gardens in National Park Killarney, Ireland.Muckross House
Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ballinastoe, Calary ED, The Municipal District of Wicklow, County Wicklow, Leinster, IrelandWicklow Mountains National Park
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
Majestic water cascade of Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Ireland. Famous tourist atractions in co. Wicklow, Ireland.Powerscourt Waterfall
photo of Trim Castle .
Connemara National Park, Addergoole, Ballynakill ED, Conamara Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandConnemara National Park
Glencar Waterfall, Largandoon, Glencar ED, Manorhamilton Municipal District, County Leitrim, Connacht, IrelandGlencar Waterfall
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
photo of North Bull Island Nature Reserve , Dublin Ireland .Bull Island
photo of Blarney Castle, Co.Cork, Ireland, home of world famous Blarney Stone .Blarney Stone
Kerry Cliffs(Aillte Chiarraí), Foilnageragh, Portmagee ED, Kenmare Municipal District, County Kerry, Munster, IrelandKerry Cliffs (Aillte Chiarraí)
photo of Front old City Gaol in County Cork. Republic of Ireland. Historic prison was built in 1824.Cork City Gaol
photo of view of Cork Opera House, Cork, Irland.Cork Opera House
Jameson Distillery Midleton
Walled Victorian Garden
photo of Galway City Museum Galway, Irland.Galway City Museum
photo of view of Aerial view on amazing Dog's bay beach near Roundstone town in county Galway, Irland.Dog's Bay
photo of view of Coole Park, Gort, Irland.Coole Park
Arthur's Quay Park, Prior's-Land, Custom House, The Metropolitan District of Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandArthur's Quay Park
photo of view of Beautiful nature scenery of small river stream with rocks and leaves at Barna woods in Galway, Ireland.Barna Woods
PHOTO OF Spring in Bective Abbey (Mainistir Bheigti), Ireland.Bective Abbey
photo of Aerial view of Roscommon castle in Ireland, Anglo Norman stronghold with quadrangular shape with large round towers on the corners with dramatic colorful sunset sky .Roscommon Castle
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Devil’s Chimney, Treanakillew, Glencar ED, Manorhamilton Municipal District, County Leitrim, Connacht, IrelandDevil’s Chimney
Strokestown Park House & The National Famine Museum, Cloonradoon, Strokestown ED, Boyle Municipal District, County Roscommon, Connacht, IrelandThe National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park
Shannon Heritage, Bunratty East, Drumline ED, Shannon Municipal District, County Clare, Munster, IrelandShannon Heritage
Derrigimlagh Discovery Point, Ballinaboy, Errislannan ED, Conamara Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandDerrigimlagh Discovery Point

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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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Welcome to Dublin, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Ireland! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 3 nights immersing yourself in Dublin's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

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

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Dublin. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

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.

Elevate your stay in Dublin by dining at this restaurant. Renowned for its prestigious 1 Michelin-star rating and a variety of mouthwatering dishes, Bastible consistently impresses foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional modern cuisine.

Another popular dining spot in Dublin is Patrick Guilbaud, which holds a rating of 2 Michelin stars. This Bib Gourmand establishment’s inviting atmosphere and menu leave a lasting impression on everyone who dines here. Its modern french menu, characterized by its exquisite flavors, is a true testament to Patrick Guilbaud’s culinary excellence.

If you’re in the mood to try something different, consider reserving a table at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. This celebrated dining spot in Dublin is renowned for its creative meals and modern menu. Countless guests have praised this Bib Gourmand restaurant, adding to its 2 Michelin-star status.

If you’re up for getting a drink, consider going to The Temple Bar Pub. Around 25,491 customers have given this incredible bar an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Locals of Dublin also enjoy the drinks at The Brazen Head. This place is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,980 customers and is one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 10,779 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 13-day road trip in Ireland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 38 km, 1 hour 42 min

  • Phoenix Park
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • National Botanic Gardens
  • Bull Island
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Day 2 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Dublin for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at The Vintage Kitchen while you’re in Dublin. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 911 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Dublin is Chapter One Restaurant. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 849 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

While in Dublin, enjoy Mr Fox’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 690 satisfied guests.

When you’ve finished dinner and you’re in the mood for a drink, we recommend visiting one of the best bars in Dublin. Porterhouse Temple Bar offers plenty of drink options for every taste and budget. Around 7,884 customers have given this bar an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Alternatively, go to a bar that locals recommend, like Light House Cinema. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,744 customers.

If you're looking for something else, check out The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant. This bar is one of the best places to enjoy a drink and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,719 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 3

Day 3 – Dublin

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Drive 6 km, 1 hour 9 min

  • St Stephen's Green
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
  • Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
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Day 3 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Dublin has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Dublin by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Dublin on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

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

Reserve a table at The Stags Head, a renowned restaurant in Dublin. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,691 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at The Celt while in Dublin. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 4,507 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Dublin at O'Donoghues Bar, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,110 customers.

The Bank on College Green is one of the best bars you can visit in Dublin tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,043 customers.

You can also enjoy a glass or two at a popular place like Café en Seine. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,282 customers.

Alternatively, try Murray’s Pub. Murray’s Pub is the perfect place to get to know some locals in the city. This top-recommended bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,882 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Ireland!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Cork

  • Cork
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Drive 302 km, 3 hours 44 min

  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cahir Castle
  • Fota Wildlife Park
  • Jameson Distillery Midleton
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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 The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, and Cork. In the evening, you’ll end up in Cork, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Dublin, you’ll hit the road in the direction of The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 53 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Rock of Cashel. Previous visitors have rated this castle an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 13,510 reviews.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Cahir. This car ride takes around 17 min.

Journey into the unknown at Cahir Castle, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable castle has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 5,042 reviews.

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

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Cork. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

Make your stay in Cork one for the books by indulging in an unforgettable culinary experience at Goldie, a gem acclaimed by food experts. Its delightful seafood cuisine and the praise from satisfied patrons speak of its outstanding quality. Goldie promises exceptional dishes and ensures your dining experience will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House stands out as a local favorite in Cork. 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 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 792 customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is The Oliver Plunkett. This place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,192 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,534 customers.

Cornstore Cork is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Cork. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,516 customers.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Killarney

  • Cork
  • Killarney
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Drive 86 km, 2 hours 3 min

  • Cork Opera House
  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Blarney Stone
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 5 of your road trip in Ireland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Cork and Killarney. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Killarney. You will spend 2 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Cork Opera House. This opera house is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,841 visitors.

Fitzgerald's Park is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,170 visitors.

Cork City Gaol is also highly recommended by travelers. This prison has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,919 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Cork, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Killarney. Your travel time is around 1 hour 18 min.

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.

Make sure to reserve a table at Cronins Restaurant, an iconic dining spot in Killarney. 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 950 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder while in Killarney. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, treasured by 766 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House, a favorite in Killarney. 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 626 discerning guests.

When you’ve finished your meal and an after-dinner drink sounds enticing, visit John M. Reidy, one of the best bars in the region. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,292 customers, and is the perfect complement to your refreshing weekend getaway experience in Ireland.

If you would like to try another place, Murphys Bar, Restaurant & Townhouse Killarney is another great option that serves a variety of drinks. Considered one of the most popular bars in Killarney, this bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,665 customers.

The Laurels Pub & Restaurant is also a great bar where you can have nice chats with locals and fellow travelers in the area. The Laurels Pub & Restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,544 customers.

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – Killarney and Kenmare

  • 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 6 of your road trip across Ireland promises a magnificent time exploring Killarney. You have 1 night left in Killarney. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the region.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

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

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Khao Asian Street Food, a distinguished dining establishment in Killarney. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 1,191 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Killarney is Porterhouse Restaurant. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 1,244 happy diners.

Killarney Brewing Company stands out as a local favorite in Killarney. 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 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,059 customers.

After dinner, visit Paddy Sheehan The Grand Bar & Niteclub and experience the nightlife in the region of Killarney. This bar is one of the best places to cap off the night and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 897 customers.

You can also hang out at O'Connors Traditional Pub. This bar serves a variety of snacks and drinks and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 760 customers.

Locals recommend Hannigans Bar, Restaurant & Rooftop Balcony, so definitely check it out too. Hannigans Bar, Restaurant & Rooftop Balcony is a place to enjoy friendly chats with locals and fellow travelers and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 608 bar-goers.

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 7

Day 7 – Galway

  • Limerick
  • Galway
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Drive 220 km, 3 hours 11 min

  • Arthur's Quay Park
  • King John's Castle
  • Shannon Heritage
  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 7 of your road trip in Ireland. Today, you will make 3 stops and experience some of the highlights of Bunratty, Limerick, and Galway. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Galway, which will be your home away from home for 4 nights.

Limerick’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Killarney behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 39 min. Limerick welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Bunratty, 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 Limerick to Bunratty may take around 18 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make Shannon Heritage your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this point of interest an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 256 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,442 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this park every year.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Galway. Galway 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 Galway. 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.

Don't forget to book a table at Hooked, a well-known eatery in Galway. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,796 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit O'Connell's Bar Galway while exploring Galway. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 1,659 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Kai Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Galway. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,177 discerning diners.

Tigh Chóilí is one of the best bars in Galway and the perfect place to go for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,662 customers.

You may also want to check out Caribou. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Caribou is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 979 customers.

Alternatively, head out to A Púcán. A Púcán has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,188 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

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 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 14 km, 58 min

  • Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
  • Eyre Square
  • Galway City Museum
  • Spanish Arch
  • Barna Woods
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On day 8 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Galway. You’ll stay in Galway for 3 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Galway. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

An excellent example is the popular Ard Bia at Nimmos. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,099 customers.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,029 customers, this famous restaurant is one of the city's most recommended places to eat.

If you wish to dine at a restaurant locals love, go to the wonderful Esquires - The Organic Coffee Co (Eyre Square). This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,000 customers, and is an awesome place to satisfy your craving for good food and service.

The Front Door Pub is a must-visit. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,692 customers.

You can also enjoy having some snacks and drinks at The Skeff Bar. This bar is a popular hangout spot among locals and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,056 customers.

The Quays Bar and Restaurant is another top-rated city bar we recommend in Galway. Rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,514 customers, this bar is a great place to cap off the night.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 200 km, 3 hours 40 min

  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
  • Connemara National Park
  • Walled Victorian Garden
  • Derrigimlagh Discovery Point
  • Dog's Bay
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Day 9 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Clifden 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.

As you explore more of Galway, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

Make sure to book a table at Scotty's Burgers & Wings, Galway, Ireland. , a popular restaurant in Galway. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 616 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at OSTERIA da Simone : Italian restaurant & pizzeria during your stay in Galway. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 588 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Zappis Restaurant, a renowned dining destination in Galway. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 505 satisfied guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is O'Connor's Famous Pub. This claim is supported by 1,806 customers who have rated it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like The Dáil Bar Galway. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,040 customers.

The options in Galway don’t end there. You could also spend some time at the excellent Monroe's Tavern. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,993 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

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Day 10

Day 10 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 78 km, 1 hour 38 min

  • Dunguaire Castle
  • Coole Park
  • Coole Park Nature Reserve
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At the end of the day, you'll drive back to Galway, where you'll stay for 1 night more.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Kinvarra. This car ride takes around 32 min.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Dunguaire Castle. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 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.

When you're ready to see some sights, Coole Park is a great place to start with. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,367 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Coole Park Nature Reserve. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 562 travelers.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Gort, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Galway. This drive usually takes around 40 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Galway.

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

Don't miss out on experiencing The Kings Head Bistro, a renowned dining spot in Galway. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 3,233 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit Tigh Neachtain to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Galway, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,561 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Brasserie On The Corner. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. Brasserie On The Corner has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,337 customers.

Taaffes Bar is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,455 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 – Manorhamilton Municipal District and Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District

  • Carrick-on-Shannon
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Drive 250 km, 3 hours 47 min

  • Roscommon Castle
  • The National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park
  • Glencar Waterfall
  • Devil’s Chimney
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On day 11 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Ireland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 4 destinations, Manorhamilton Municipal District, Roscommon Municipal District, Strokestown, and Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Galway, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Roscommon Municipal District may take around 1 hour 16 min. Upon your arrival in Roscommon Municipal District, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

After soaking in Roscommon Municipal District’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Strokestown. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 18 min. When you arrive in Strokestown, it's time to take a break from the road.

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

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District.

An excellent example is the popular The Oarsman. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 725 customers.

If you’re up for getting a drink after dinner, Dunne's Bar is a great place to go. Around 434 customers have rated this popular bar an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Murtagh's Bar has an atmosphere and drink selection that guests especially enjoy. Murtagh's Bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 433 reviews and is considered one of the best you can experience in the region.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is Flynn's Bar. If this is where the night will take you, you’re in for a fun time in Carrick-on-Shannon Municipal District. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 261 customers.

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Day 12

Day 12 – Wicklow, The Municipal District of Bray, and Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 251 km, 4 hours 14 min

  • Bective Abbey
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Powerscourt Waterfall
  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
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Dive into day 12 of your remarkable road trip in Ireland. Today you will explore The Municipal District of Trim, Enniskerry, Wicklow, The Municipal District of Bray, 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.

When you're ready to see some sights, Powerscourt House & Gardens is a great place to start with. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,458 visitors.

Set your GPS to Dublin and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 43 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Dublin beckons with new experiences!

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

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 Lemon Jelly Cafe. 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 4.5 out of 5 stars from around 4,104 visitors.

After dinner, visit The Palace Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,824 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Merchant's Arch. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,988 customers.

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Day 13

Day 13 – Dublin - departure day

  • Dublin - Departure day
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  • Molly Malone Statue
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Day 13 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.

On your last day in Ireland, take time to indulge in shopping at Dublin’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, the city’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of Ireland. Each store here is brimming with unique finds. These souvenirs will help you treasure your memories of Ireland forever.

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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