7-Day Ireland Road Trip from Dingle to Killarney, Dublin, and Kilkenny

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7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
6 nights included
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7 days included
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Explore the best of Ireland on a 7-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Dingle, Killarney, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Dublin, Kilkenny, and The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale. 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 2 nights in Dingle, 1 night in Killarney, 2 nights in Dublin, and 1 night in Kilkenny. 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 Dingle, 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 Dingle, Killarney, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Dublin, Kilkenny, and The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale, 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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Included

Hotel, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Photo of beautiful landscape of Killarney, a city of Ireland.Killarney / 1 night
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 / 2 nights
Dingle / 2 nights

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Attractions

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 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
Kilkenny CastleKilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle. Historic landmark in the town of Kilkenny in Ireland.Kilkenny Castle Park
Photo of Muckross House and gardens in National Park Killarney, Ireland.Muckross House
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 Cahir castle in county Tipperary, Ireland .Cahir Castle
Conor Pass
photo of Muckross Abbey in county kerry, Ireland .Muckross Abbey
Brú Ború Heritage Centre, Saint Patricksrock, Cashel Urban, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, County Tipperary, Munster, IrelandBrú Ború Heritage Centre
Adare Town Park, Adare, Adare South ED, The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandAdare Town Park
Dingle Lighthouse (Teach Solais an Daingin)

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Day 1

Day 1 – Dingle - arrival day

  • Dingle - Arrival day
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  • Dingle Lighthouse (Teach Solais an Daingin)
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Your road trip adventure in Ireland begins as soon as you reach Dingle and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Dingle for 1 night and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the region.

Dingle is a beautiful region 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 Dingle. 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 region.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Dingle. 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.

Plan ahead and secure a table at PF McCarthy's Bar & Restaurant, an acclaimed dining establishment in Dingle. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 979 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Sammy's while experiencing the best of Dingle. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 858 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Davitt's Kenmare, an elegant culinary destination in Dingle. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 668 previous guests.

O Donnabhain's is one of the best bars in Dingle 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 728 customers.

You may also want to check out Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,272 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Bunkers Bar and Restaurant. Bunkers Bar and Restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 910 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Ireland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Killarney

  • Killarney
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Drive 101 km, 2 hours 56 min

  • Ross Castle
  • Muckross Abbey
  • Muckross House
  • Killarney National Park
  • Torc Mountain
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Dive into day 2 of your remarkable road trip in Ireland. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Killarney and Killarney, 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 Killarney. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Killarney, 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 Dingle to Killarney may take around 1 hour 10 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 Killarney, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

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

Make sure to book a table at Cronins Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Killarney. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 950 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder during your stay in Killarney. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 766 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House, a renowned dining destination in Killarney. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 626 satisfied guests.

John M. Reidy is a must-visit. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,292 customers.

You can also enjoy having some snacks and drinks at Murphys Bar, Restaurant & Townhouse Killarney. This bar is a popular hangout spot among locals and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,665 customers.

The Laurels Pub & Restaurant is another top-rated city bar we recommend in Killarney. Rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,544 customers, this bar is a great place to cap off the night.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 319 km, 4 hours 10 min

  • Cahir Castle
  • Brú Ború Heritage Centre
  • Rock of Cashel
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 of your road trip in Ireland, where you’ll be making 3 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, and Dublin. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Dublin. Dublin will be your home away from home for 2 nights.

Cahir’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 53 min. Cahir welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Cahir Castle. This much-appreciated castle is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars in 5,042 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, 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 Cahir to The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel may take around 16 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Journey into the unknown at Brú Ború Heritage Centre, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable point of interest has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 187 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Rock of Cashel is a recommended place to visit. This castle is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 13,510 reviews.

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.

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

Do not miss out on an incredible dining experience at Bastible, one of the finest restaurants in Dublin, boasting 1 Michelin stars. Featuring delightful food options and modern offerings, Bastible has garnered acclaim from numerous satisfied diners.

For local recommendations, look no further than Patrick Guilbaud. This food haven in Dublin has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. Featuring modern french cuisine, this well-loved Bib Gourmand restaurant stands out as a favorite among local and international customers.

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.

The Temple Bar Pub is one of our top recommendations. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 25,491 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar that locals recommend, like The Brazen Head. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,980 customers.

The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant is another top-rated bar in the city of Dublin. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 10,779 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 4

Day 4 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 20 min

  • Phoenix Park
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Dublin Castle
  • Ha'penny Bridge
  • National Botanic Gardens
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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 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

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 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 experience by savoring a meal in The Vintage Kitchen, a distinguished dining establishment in Dublin. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 911 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Dublin is Chapter One 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 849 happy diners.

Mr Fox stands out as a local favorite in Dublin. 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 690 customers.

Porterhouse Temple Bar is a fantastic bar many locals in Dublin 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 7,884 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Light House Cinema, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 3,744 customers.

The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Dublin. Customers have rated the exciting The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 4,719 reviews.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Ireland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Kilkenny

  • Dublin
  • Kilkenny
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Drive 125 km, 2 hours 23 min

  • Book of Kells
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
  • St Stephen's Green
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Guinness Storehouse
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On day 5 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 and Kilkenny. In the evening, you’ll end up in Kilkenny, where you will stay for 1 night.

Start your day with a visit to Book of Kells. This extraordinary codex is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 13,299 visitors.

Next, make your way to National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. This top attraction is a national museum with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,321 visitors. National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology welcomes 370,965 yearly visitors.

We also recommend a visit to St Stephen's Green. This park is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 29,521 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit St Patrick's Cathedral. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 21,169 travelers.

Today is also your chance to spend some time at Guinness Storehouse. This tourist attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 19,154 travelers.

Set your GPS to Kilkenny and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 26 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Kilkenny 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 Kilkenny. Kilkenny 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 Kilkenny. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the town, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Reserve your spot at Petronella Restaurant, a popular local restaurant in Kilkenny. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 640 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Butcher Restaurant during your stay in Kilkenny. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 563 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant, a popular local gem in Kilkenny. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,409 satisfied guests.

Tynans Bridge House Bar is one of the best bars in Kilkenny 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 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. Paris Texas Bar and Restaurant 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.

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – Dingle

  • Kilkenny
  • Dingle
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Drive 278 km, 3 hours 51 min

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Kilkenny Castle Park
  • Adare Town Park
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On day 6 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Ireland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Kilkenny, The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale, and Dingle. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Dingle, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned Kilkenny Castle. This popular schloss country house museum has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,458 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Kilkenny Castle. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 10,743 visitors, this schloss country house museum deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

When you’ve had your share of Kilkenny, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale. Your travel time is around 1 hour 45 min.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of The Municipal District of Adare — Rathkeale, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Dingle may take around 1 hour 51 min. Upon your arrival in Dingle, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Dingle, 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 Dingle's best restaurants.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Maison Gourmet, a distinguished dining establishment in Dingle. It has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 588 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Dingle is The Strawberry Field. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 492 happy diners.

Jacks' Coastguard Restaurant stands out as a local favorite in Dingle. 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 474 customers.

After your meal, consider going for a drink to celebrate this wonderful night in Ireland. One of the best bars in the region is The Junction Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 401 customers.

To gain one of the best bar experiences in Dingle, we recommend the cocktails at The Anvil Bar & Restaurant. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 436 customers and is an excellent place to make local friends.

Another of the best spots to experience the nightlife scene in Dingle is Kenmare Brewhouse. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 367 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 7

Day 7 – Dingle - departure day

  • Dingle - Departure day
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  • Conor Pass
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Day 7 of your road trip in Ireland is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Dingle before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As you approach the end of your journey in Ireland, take a moment for some retail therapy in Dingle’s celebrated shopping district. Thanks to your stay’s premier location, you can easily visit the region’s commercial hubs and wander through its diverse range of local shops without rushing.

Whether you’re on a hunt for an ideal present to give to your friends or family, or looking for a personal memento to remind you of Ireland, a variety of items are waiting for you.

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

You’ll then say farewell to Dingle. 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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