Two-Week Ireland Road Trip from Cork traveling north to Waterford City Metropolitan District, Dublin, Sligo, Galway, and Killarney

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Experience the freedom of the open road in Ireland as you embark on an unforgettable 15-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Cork, Ballincollig, Waterford City Metropolitan District, Kilkenny, Enniskerry, Dublin, Dundrum, Dún Laoghaire, Swords, Letterkenny, Rosses Point, Sligo, Roscommon Municipal District, Galway, Bunratty, Limerick, Killarney, Cobh, and Carrigtwohill. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Ireland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Cork, 1 night in Waterford City Metropolitan District, 4 nights in Dublin, 2 nights in Sligo, 4 nights in Galway, and 1 night in Killarney. 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 Cork, 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 Cork, Ballincollig, Waterford City Metropolitan District, Kilkenny, Enniskerry, Dublin, Dundrum, Dún Laoghaire, Swords, Letterkenny, Rosses Point, Sligo, Roscommon Municipal District, Galway, Bunratty, Limerick, Killarney, Cobh, and Carrigtwohill, 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, 14 nights
Rental car, 15 days
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 Cork, Ireland. Fishing boats inside the port of Cobh. A city with colorful houses in Ireland.Cork / 2 nights
Limerick -  in IrelandLimerick
Photo of the waterfront at Waterford in Ireland.Waterford / 1 night
Photo of beautiful landscape of Killarney, a city of Ireland.Killarney / 1 night
Galway - city in IrelandGalway / 4 nights
Photo of aerial view of Dun Laoghaire Pier ,Dublin, Ireland.Dún Laoghaire
Photo of River Nore in Kilkenny in Ireland by Taylor Floyd MewsKilkenny
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
Photo of Colorful row houses with towering cathedral in background in the port town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland.Cobh
Photo of aerial view of Sligo Town, Ireland.Sligo / 2 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
Malahide Castle & Gardens, Malahide Demesne, Malahide-West ED, Malahide ED, Fingal, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandMalahide Castle & Gardens
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Pollacappul, Rinvyle ED, Conamara Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandKylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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
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
Photo of beautiful Christ Church in the city center, Dublin.Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Photo of Marlay Park, Marlay House and farmer's market, Dublin, Ireland.Marlay Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park, Ballinastoe, Calary ED, The Municipal District of Wicklow, County Wicklow, Leinster, IrelandWicklow Mountains National Park
Majestic water cascade of Powerscourt Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Ireland. Famous tourist atractions in co. Wicklow, Ireland.Powerscourt Waterfall
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
Glenveagh National Park, Derrylahan, Cross Roads ED, Glenties Municipal District, County Donegal, IrelandGlenveagh National Park
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 Newgrange .Newgrange
People's Park, Glasthule, Dun Laoghaire-Glasthule ED, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandPeople's Park
Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland, Lenaboy, Salthill, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandGalway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland
photo of Blarney Castle, Co.Cork, Ireland, home of world famous Blarney Stone .Blarney Stone
Titanic Experience Cobh, Ballyvoloon, Cobh Urban ED, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, IrelandTitanic Experience Cobh
photo of view of Knowth tumulus in the historical area of Brú na Bóinne, Irland.Brú na Bóinne
Killiney Hill Park, Scalpwilliam, Killiney ED, Dalkey Hill ED, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandKilliney Hill Park
photo of Front old City Gaol in County Cork. Republic of Ireland. Historic prison was built in 1824.Cork City Gaol
Walled Victorian Garden
Regional Park Ballincollig(Páirc Réigiúnach Bhaile an Chollaigh), Great Island, Ballincollig ED, Ballincollig - Carrigaline, Cork, County Cork, Munster, IrelandRegional Park Ballincollig
photo of Galway City Museum Galway, Irland.Galway City Museum
photo of Glenveagh Castle, Donegal in Northern Ireland. Beautiful park and garden in Glenveagh National Park, second largest park of the country. Gleann Bheatha in Irish languageGlenveagh Castle
Rosses Point Beach
Great Escape Rooms, Townparks, St Nicholas, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandGreat Escape Rooms
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowmore, Kilmacowen ED, Sligo Municipal Borough District, County Sligo, Connacht, IrelandCarrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Port of Galway, Townparks, Eyre Square, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandPort of Galway
photo of Sligo Priory .Sligo Priory
The Latin Quarter, Townparks, Eyre Square, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandThe Latin Quarter
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
St. Mary's Cathedral, Englishtown, John's B, The Metropolitan District of Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandSaint Mary's Cathedral
photo of view of Cork, Ireland. The north channel River Lee and St Patrick's Bridge, Cork, Irland.St Patrick's Bridge
St. Eunan's Cathedral, Letterkenny, Letterkenny Urban ED, County Donegal, IrelandSt Eunan's Cathedral
photo of view of Aerial view of Oranmore Castle 800 year old national monument, Cork, Irland.National Monument
Treaty Stone, Deaneryland, Castle B, The Metropolitan District of Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandTreaty Stone
Ladies Beach, Attithomasrevagh, Rockbarton, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandLadies Beach

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Day 1

Day 1 – Cork - arrival day

  • Cork - Arrival day
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  • National Monument
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Say hello to Cork! 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 Cork for 1 night before you continue your adventure!

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

Find your way to your hotel in Cork. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Ireland. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

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.

Indulge in an exquisite luxury dining experience at Goldie. Renowned for its prestigious rating and an array of mouthwatering dishes, Goldie consistently impresses foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional seafood cuisine.

An equally popular restaurant you can’t miss is Ichigo Ichie Bistro & Natural Wine, one of the best establishments in Cork. Take your pick from the japanese menu, which has consistently earned Ichigo Ichie Bistro & Natural Wine high ratings and praise from satisfied guests. This restaurant promises a high-quality experience for those looking for a luxurious dining experience.

While in Cork, enjoy Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 792 satisfied guests.

The Oliver Plunkett is one of the best bars in Cork and the perfect place for a celebratory 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, offering great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere. The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,534 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is Cornstore Cork. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,516 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 15-day road trip in Ireland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Waterford City Metropolitan District

  • Cork
  • Waterford
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Drive 164 km, 2 hours 50 min

  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Regional Park Ballincollig
  • Cork City Gaol
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Blarney Stone
  • More

On day 2 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 Cork, Ballincollig, and Waterford City Metropolitan District. In the evening, you’ll end up in Waterford City Metropolitan District, where you will stay for 1 night.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Fitzgerald's Park. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,170 visitors.

When you’re finished at Fitzgerald's Park, head to Cork City Gaol. This one-of-a-kind prison is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 2,919 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Waterford City Metropolitan District. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 57 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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

As you explore more of Waterford City Metropolitan District, 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.

An excellent example is the popular Emiliano's. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 945 customers.

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 854 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 McLeary's Restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 620 customers, and is an awesome place to satisfy your craving for good food and service.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Waterford City Metropolitan District. Geoff's Cafe Bar is a fantastic option, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,480 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, don't forget to check out The Reg. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,344 customers.

Another bar with a great atmosphere is The Gingerman. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 937 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 – Wicklow, The Municipal District of Bray, and Dublin

  • Kilkenny
  • Dublin
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Drive 228 km, 3 hours 43 min

  • Kilkenny Castle Park
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Powerscourt Waterfall
  • Powerscourt House & Gardens
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in Ireland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 5 vibrant destinations - Kilkenny, Enniskerry, Wicklow, The Municipal District of Bray, and Dublin. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Dublin. You will spend 4 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

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 Waterford City Metropolitan District to Kilkenny may take around 38 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Kick off the day at Powerscourt House & Gardens, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,458 reviews.

When you’ve had your share of Enniskerry, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Dublin. Your travel time is around 43 min.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Dublin, 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 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 Bastible, a 1 Michelin star restaurant and a dining venue in Dublin. This local gem’s delectable modern cuisine is sure to leave a lasting impression. Bastible is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Treat yourself to culinary excellence at Patrick Guilbaud, offering a Bib-Gourmand awarded dining experience. With its 2 Michelin star rating, it caters to the most discerning palates. The incredible modern french cuisine at Patrick Guilbaud has earned praise globally.

If you're in the mood for something different, consider reserving a table at Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. This celebrated dining spot in Dublin is renowned for its sumptuous meals and modern menu. Countless patrons sing this Bib Gourmand restaurant's praises, adding to its 2 Michelin-star prestige.

After dinner, visit The Temple Bar Pub 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 25,491 customers.

You can also hang out at The Brazen Head. This bar serves a variety of snacks and drinks and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,980 customers.

Locals recommend The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant, so definitely check it out too. The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant is a place to enjoy friendly chats with locals and fellow travelers and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 10,779 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 4

Day 4 – Dublin

  • Dublin
  • Dún Laoghaire
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Drive 44 km, 1 hour 49 min

  • Marlay Park
  • Killiney Hill Park
  • People's Park
  • St Stephen's Green
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
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On day 4 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Dublin. You’ll stay in Dublin for 3 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

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.

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

Book a table at The Vintage Kitchen, a famous dining establishment in Dublin. This culinary hotspot and its appetizing cuisine have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation for food excellence is reflected in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 911 satisfied diners.

Another dining place you should visit in Dublin is Chapter One Restaurant, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.7 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 849 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Dublin’s Mr Fox for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 690 satisfied diners.

If you're looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Porterhouse Temple Bar, claiming it's one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,884 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Light House Cinema. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,744 customers.

The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant is another top-rated bar where you can spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,719 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Ireland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 32 min

  • Phoenix Park
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Dublin Castle
  • National Botanic Gardens
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Day 5 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Dublin has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Dublin by discovering the best things there are to see and do 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.

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at The Stags Head, an acclaimed dining establishment in Dublin. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,691 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of The Celt while experiencing the best of Dublin. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 4,507 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of O'Donoghues Bar, an elegant culinary destination in Dublin. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,110 previous guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is The Bank on College Green. This claim is supported by 4,043 customers who have rated it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like Café en Seine. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,282 customers.

The options in Dublin don’t end there. You could also spend some time at the excellent Murray’s Pub. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,882 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Ireland and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 4 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
  • Ha'penny Bridge
  • Molly Malone Statue
  • Book of Kells
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Day 6 of your road trip across Ireland promises a magnificent time exploring Dublin. You have 1 night left in Dublin. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

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.

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 Lemon Jelly Cafe while you’re in Dublin. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 4,104 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

One of the best bars in Dublin you could visit tonight after your dinner is The Palace Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,824 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is Merchant's Arch. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,988 customers.

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – The Municipal District of Laytown — Bettystown and Sligo

  • Swords
  • Sligo
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Drive 263 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Malahide Castle & Gardens
  • Newgrange
  • Brú na Bóinne
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Ireland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Swords, The Municipal District of Laytown — Bettystown, and Sligo. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Sligo, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Dublin, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Blanchardstown may take around 28 min. Upon your arrival in Blanchardstown, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

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

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

Don't forget to book a table at Flipside, a well-known eatery in Sligo. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 603 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit Jalan Jalan while exploring Sligo. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 623 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Lyons Café and Bakeshop, a popular restaurant in Sligo. 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 534 discerning diners.

After dinner, visit Swagman Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the region. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,088 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Andersons Grill & Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 588 customers.

Alternatively, check out Lillie's Cocktail Bar Sligo. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 291 customers.

Head back to your accommodation in Sligo and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Glenties Municipal District, Letterkenny, and Sligo

  • Sligo
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Drive 268 km, 4 hours 3 min

  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Glenveagh Castle
  • St Eunan's Cathedral
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Day 8 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Glenties Municipal District for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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

Make sure to book a table at Hooked, a popular restaurant in Sligo. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 1,429 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Eala Bhan during your stay in Sligo. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 723 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Hargadon Bros, a renowned dining destination in Sligo. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 764 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit Thomas Connolly Bar to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Sligo, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 769 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like The Garavogue Bar. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. The Garavogue Bar has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 843 customers.

The Belfry Bar is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 438 customers.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Manorhamilton Municipal District and Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 211 km, 3 hours 38 min

  • Sligo Priory
  • Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
  • Rosses Point Beach
  • Glencar Waterfall
  • Roscommon Castle
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Dive into day 9 of your remarkable road trip in Ireland. Today you will explore Rosses Point, Sligo, Manorhamilton Municipal District, Roscommon Municipal District, and Galway, 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 Galway. You’ll stay here for 4 nights.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Sligo Priory, a remarkable priory where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,082 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. This museum has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,165 travelers.

Rosses Point’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Sligo behind. This drive usually takes around 19 min. Rosses Point welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Galway, 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 Roscommon Municipal District to Galway may take around 1 hour 17 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

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

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.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Hooked. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Galway 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 1,796 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Galway is O'Connell's Bar Galway. It has garnered a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,659 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Kai Restaurant, in Galway. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,177 satisfied customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, a popular bar you can go to is Tigh Chóilí. This place has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,662 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at Caribou. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 979 customers.

An Púcán is another great place where you can celebrate after a long, fun day in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,188 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Ireland!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 10 km, 56 min

  • Ladies Beach
  • Port of Galway
  • Eyre Square
  • Great Escape Rooms
  • Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
  • More

On day 10 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.

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

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.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Ard Bia at Nimmos, a distinguished dining establishment in Galway. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 1,099 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Galway is The Quay Street Kitchen. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 1,029 happy diners.

Esquires - The Organic Coffee Co (Eyre Square) stands out as a local favorite in Galway. 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 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,000 customers.

After dinner, visit The Front Door Pub for a drink or two. This bar serves plenty of food and drink options and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,692 customers.

You can also enjoy your night at The Skeff Bar. With an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,056 customers, it's safe to say that The Skeff Bar promises an unforgettable bar experience.

Alternatively, locals recommend The Quays Bar and Restaurant. This bar, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,514 customers, is a great place to meet new friends.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Ireland!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 5 km, 23 min

  • The Latin Quarter
  • Spanish Arch
  • Galway City Museum
  • Galway Atlantaquaria, National Aquarium of Ireland
  • More

Day 11 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Galway has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Galway by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Your discoveries in Galway do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Galway on this day of your trip. You can select your tours 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.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Scotty's Burgers & Wings, Galway, Ireland. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Galway has received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating from around 616 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, OSTERIA da Simone : Italian restaurant & pizzeria should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Galway, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 588 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Zappis Restaurant. This highly regarded restaurant in Galway has earned a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 505 satisfied guests.

If you’re up for getting a drink after dinner, O'Connor's Famous Pub is a great place to go. Around 1,806 customers have rated this popular bar an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The Dáil Bar Galway has an atmosphere and drink selection that guests especially enjoy. The Dáil Bar Galway has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,040 reviews and is considered one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is Monroe's Tavern. If this is where the night will take you, you’re in for a fun time in Galway. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,993 customers.

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

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Day 12

Day 12 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 161 km, 2 hours 48 min

  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
  • Walled Victorian Garden
  • Connemara National Park
  • More

Day 12 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.

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 Galway 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.

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 The Kings Head Bistro, 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 3,233 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 Galway. Tigh Neachtain offers plenty of drink options for every taste and budget. Around 1,561 customers have given this bar an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Alternatively, go to a bar that locals recommend, like Brasserie On The Corner. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,337 customers.

If you're looking for something else, check out Taaffes Bar. 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 1,455 customers.

Head back to your accommodation in Galway and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 13

Day 13 – Killarney

  • Limerick
  • Killarney
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Drive 220 km, 3 hours 10 min

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Saint Mary's Cathedral
  • King John's Castle
  • Treaty Stone
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 13 of your road trip in Ireland. Today, you will make 3 stops and experience some of the highlights of Bunratty, Limerick, and Killarney. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Killarney, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Set your GPS to Bunratty and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 1 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Bunratty beckons with new experiences!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,442 visitors.

Set your GPS to Limerick and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 19 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Limerick beckons with new experiences!

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Killarney, 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 Killarney's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

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.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at a bar. John M. Reidy is a great place to continue your night. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,292 customers.

If you want to know where locals go, check out Murphys Bar, Restaurant & Townhouse Killarney. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,665 customers.

Another popular bar in the region is The Laurels Pub & Restaurant. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,544 customers.

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

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Day 14

Day 14 – Killarney and Cork

  • Cobh
  • Cork
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Drive 148 km, 3 hours 2 min

  • Muckross House
  • Killarney National Park
  • Fota Wildlife Park
  • Titanic Experience Cobh
  • More

On day 14 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 Killarney, Cobh, Carrigtwohill, and Cork. In the evening, you’ll end up in Cork, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you're ready to see some sights, Fota Wildlife Park is a great place to start with. This zoo is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,379 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Carrigtwohill, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Cobh. Your travel time is around 10 min.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Cork. This car ride takes around 27 min.

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.

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

Reserve a table at Izz Cafe, a renowned restaurant in Cork. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 731 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Market Lane while in Cork. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 2,609 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Cork at The SpitJack Cork, 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 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,934 customers.

We recommend A Bróg Bar + Kitchen for many reasons. But most importantly, this bar serves a variety of food and beverages and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,592 reviews.

You can also visit a popular bar like The Thomond Bar to have refreshing drinks and interact with locals and other travelers. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,430 bar-goers.

When you would rather go somewhere else, try The Woodford. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,261 customers, this bar is one of Cork’s best places to relax after a long day.

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

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Day 15

Day 15 – Cork - departure day

  • Cork - Departure day
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  • St Patrick's Bridge
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Day 15 of your road trip in Ireland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Cork before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in Ireland unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Cork’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the city’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Ireland. Keep the spirit of your trip to Ireland alive with these special souvenirs.

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

You’ll then say farewell to Cork. 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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