7-Day Ireland Road Trip from Dublin to Waterford City Metropolitan District and Cork

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7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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6 nights included
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7 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Ireland as you embark on an unforgettable 7-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Dublin, Waterford City Metropolitan District, Cobh, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Killarney, Cork, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, and Cahir. 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 3 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Waterford City Metropolitan District, and 2 nights in Cork. 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, Waterford City Metropolitan District, Cobh, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, Killarney, Cork, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, and Cahir, 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, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

 Cork, Ireland. Fishing boats inside the port of Cobh. A city with colorful houses in Ireland.Cork / 2 nights
Photo of the waterfront at Waterford in Ireland.Waterford / 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 / 3 nights
Photo of Colorful row houses with towering cathedral in background in the port town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland.Cobh

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Photo of Phoenix park with a beautiful view, Dublin, Ireland.Phoenix Park
St Stephen's GreenSt Stephen's Green
Dublin CastleDublin Castle
Photo of the entrance to Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix park, Dublin. Opened in 1831 it covers an area of 28 hectares in the heart of Dublin City.Dublin Zoo
Photo of the St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.St Patrick's Cathedral
Photo of Guinness Storehouse, Popular Tourist Attraction in Dublin, Ireland.Guinness Storehouse
Photo of Greenhouse in The National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.National Botanic Gardens
Photo of Ruins of the medieval old huge cathedral among tombstones on Rock of Cashel, Ireland.Rock of Cashel
Photo of view of famous illuminated Ha Penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland at sunset.Ha'penny Bridge
Photo of 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
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 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 Cahir castle in county Tipperary, Ireland .Cahir Castle
photo of Blarney Castle, Co.Cork, Ireland, home of world famous Blarney Stone .Blarney Stone
Trinity College Dublin, Mansion House A ED, Dublin, Dublin 2, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandTrinity College Dublin
Titanic Experience Cobh, Ballyvoloon, Cobh Urban ED, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, IrelandTitanic Experience Cobh
Jameson Distillery Midleton
Spike Island Tours, Kilgarvan, Cobh Urban ED, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, IrelandSpike Island Tours
photo of Muckross Abbey in county kerry, Ireland .Muckross Abbey

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Day 1

Day 1 – Dublin - arrival day

  • Dublin - Arrival day
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  • St Stephen's Green
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Your road trip adventure in Ireland begins as soon as you reach Dublin and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Dublin for 2 nights 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 city.

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

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

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

Take your Dublin getaway to new heights by dining at Bastible, a restaurant. Renowned for its world-famous 1 Michelin-star rating and a variety of creative and refined dishes, Bastible consistently impresses foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional modern cuisine.

A renowned dining spot in Dublin is Patrick Guilbaud, which holds a rating of 2 Michelin stars. This Bib Gourmand establishment’s inviting ambiance 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 the Patrick Guilbaud’s culinary mastery.

Experience a taste of local culinary excellence while in Dublin and reserve a table at the 2-star Michelin restaurant, Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen. Its delectable modern menu has contributed to impressive reviews from many previous guests. Food enthusiasts visiting the area will be particularly excited to experience this Bib Gourmand restaurant.

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

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

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

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

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Day 2

Day 2 – 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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On day 2 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.

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

Make sure to book a table at The Vintage Kitchen, a popular restaurant in Dublin. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 911 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Chapter One Restaurant during your stay in Dublin. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 849 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Mr Fox, a renowned dining destination in Dublin. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 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.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Waterford City Metropolitan District

  • Dublin
  • Waterford
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Drive 166 km, 2 hours 41 min

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Book of Kells
  • Molly Malone Statue
  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
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On day 3 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 Waterford City Metropolitan District. In the evening, you’ll end up in Waterford City Metropolitan District, where you will stay for 1 night.

Kick off the day at Trinity College Dublin, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This university is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 4,032 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Book of Kells. Book of Kells is a codex with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 13,299 reviews.

Molly Malone Statue is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 11,774 visitors.

Beyond the attractions mentioned above, you also have the opportunity to visit National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. This national museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,321 visitors. Visiting National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology means you'll be one of 370,965 people who do so every year.

Lastly, don’t miss out on St Patrick's Cathedral, a famous anglican or episcopal cathedral in Dublin. This attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 21,169 travelers.

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 51 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination.

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.

Elevate your stay in Waterford City Metropolitan District by dining at this luxury restaurant. Renowned for its prestigious rating and a variety of mouthwatering dishes, Everett's consistently impresses foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional modern cuisine.

Make a reservation at Momo Restaurant while indulging in the charm of Waterford City Metropolitan District. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, cherished by 854 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of McLeary's Restaurant, a treasured establishment in Waterford City Metropolitan District. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 620 satisfied guests.

Geoff's Cafe Bar is one of the best bars in Waterford City Metropolitan District and the perfect place for a celebratory drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,480 customers.

You may also want to check out The Reg, offering great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere. The Reg is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,344 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is The Gingerman. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 937 customers.

Say good night to Waterford City Metropolitan District and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Ireland!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Cork

  • Cobh
  • Cork
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Drive 142 km, 2 hours 22 min

  • Jameson Distillery Midleton
  • Fota Wildlife Park
  • Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Spike Island Tours
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 of your road trip in Ireland. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Cobh, Midleton, Carrigtwohill, and Cork. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Cork. You will spend 2 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Set your GPS to Midleton and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 27 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Midleton beckons with new experiences!

When you're ready to see some sights, Jameson Distillery Midleton is a great place to start with. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,546 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Midleton, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Carrigtwohill. This drive usually takes around 14 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Fota Wildlife Park. This zoo is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,379 visitors.

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.

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

Reserve a table at Goldie, a luxury dining establishment in Cork. This epicurean hotspot’s delicious seafood offering makes it a crowd favorite. Goldie is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Another popular dining spot in Cork is Ichigo Ichie Bistro & Natural Wine. This gourmet establishment’s pleasant ambiance and food choices leave a lasting impression on everyone who dines here. Its japanese menu, characterized by its exquisite flavors, is a true testament to the Ichigo Ichie Bistro & Natural Wine’s culinary excellence.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Cork’s Elbow Lane Brew and Smoke House for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 792 satisfied diners.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend The Oliver Plunkett, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 5,192 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,534 customers. This spot is known for its unique atmosphere and impressive selection of beverages, making it a must-visit for both locals and tourists alike.

Cornstore Cork is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,516 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Ireland!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Killarney and Cork

  • Cork
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Drive 203 km, 4 hours 1 min

  • Torc Mountain
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House
  • Muckross Abbey
  • Ross Castle
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On day 5 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Cork, where you'll stay for 1 night more.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Torc Mountain, a remarkable mountain where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 6,640 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Killarney National Park. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 10,587 travelers.

Muckross House is another must-visit attraction. This renowned house offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,388 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Killarney and set your GPS to Cork. 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 1 hour 21 min. Upon reaching Cork, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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

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.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Izz Cafe. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Cork has received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating from around 731 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Market Lane should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Cork, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,609 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at The SpitJack Cork. This highly regarded restaurant in Cork has earned a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 1,934 satisfied guests.

One of travelers' and locals' favorite bars in the city is A Bróg Bar + Kitchen. This claim is supported by 1,592 customers who have rated it an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to another popular place like The Thomond Bar. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,430 customers.

The options in Cork don’t end there. You could also spend some time at the excellent The Woodford. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,261 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

  • Cork
  • Dublin
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Drive 281 km, 3 hours 44 min

  • Fitzgerald's Park
  • Blarney Castle & Gardens
  • Blarney Stone
  • Cahir Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 6 of your road trip in Ireland. Today, you will make 5 stops and experience some of the highlights of Cork, 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, which will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned Fitzgerald's Park. This popular park has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,170 visitors.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Cork, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Cahir may take around 1 hour 4 min. Upon your arrival in Cahir, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Cahir Castle. This extraordinary castle is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,042 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel. This drive usually takes around 17 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Take the opportunity to see Rock of Cashel. This attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,510 visitors.

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.

An excellent example is the popular The Stags Head. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,691 customers.

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,507 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 O'Donoghues Bar. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,110 customers, and is an awesome place to satisfy your craving for good food and service.

When you’ve finished your meal, The Bank on College Green is one of the best bars in Dublin for an after-dinner drink. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,043 customers.

Café en Seine is another of the most popular bars in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,282 customers.

Alternatively, check out Murray’s Pub. This popular place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, as rated by 3,882 customers.

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – Dublin - departure day

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  • Ha'penny Bridge
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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 Dublin 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 Dublin’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 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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