9-Day Ireland Road Trip from Dublin traveling west to Limerick and Galway

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9 days & 8 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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8 nights included
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 9-day road trip through Ireland that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Dublin, Limerick, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Bunratty, Galway, Kinvarra, Gort, and Loughrea Municipal District. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Ireland takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 5 nights in Dublin, 1 night in Limerick, and 2 nights in Galway. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

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

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

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

As you hit the open road and drive through Dublin, Limerick, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, Bunratty, Galway, Kinvarra, Gort, and Loughrea Municipal District, 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, 8 nights
Rental car, 9 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Limerick -  in IrelandLimerick / 1 night
Galway - city in IrelandGalway / 2 nights
Aerial view of Dublin city center at sunset with River Liffey and Samuel Beckett bridge in the middle. Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava.Dublin / 5 nights

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Photo of Phoenix park with a beautiful view, Dublin, Ireland.Phoenix Park
Photo of amazing Cliffs of Moher at sunset in Ireland, County Clare.Cliffs of Moher
St Stephen's GreenSt Stephen's Green
Dublin CastleDublin Castle
Photo of the entrance to Dublin Zoo in the Phoenix park, Dublin. Opened in 1831 it covers an area of 28 hectares in the heart of Dublin City.Dublin Zoo
Photo of the St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.St Patrick's Cathedral
Photo of Guinness Storehouse, Popular Tourist Attraction in Dublin, Ireland.Guinness Storehouse
Photo of Greenhouse in The National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland.National Botanic Gardens
Photo of Ruins of the medieval old huge cathedral among tombstones on Rock of Cashel, Ireland.Rock of Cashel
Photo of view of famous illuminated Ha Penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland at sunset.Ha'penny Bridge
Photo of fountain depicting Galway Hookers in Eyre Square with Browne doorway in background in Galway, Ireland.Eyre Square
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty East, Drumline ED, Shannon Municipal District, County Clare, Munster, IrelandBunratty Castle & Folk Park
Photo of 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
Molly Malone StatueMolly Malone Statue
Photo of beautiful Christ Church in the city center, Dublin.Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
Irish Whiskey Museum, Royal Exchange A ED, Dublin, Dublin 2, County Dublin, Leinster, IrelandIrish Whiskey Museum
photo of A southeast view of Synod Hall, Dublin, Irland.Dublinia
Spanish ArchSpanish Arch
photo of King Johns Castle Limerick City .King John's Castle
photo of National museum of Ireland situated in the former Collins barracks, Dublin, IrlandNational Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
photo of Cahir castle in county Tipperary, Ireland .Cahir Castle
Dunguaire CastleDunguaire Castle
photo of view of Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway, Ireland.Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
photo of North Bull Island Nature Reserve , Dublin Ireland .Bull Island
photo of view of Aillwee Cave, Ballycahill, Irland.Aillwee Cave
photo of Poulnabrone dolmen .Poulnabrone dolmen
photo of Galway City Museum Galway, Irland.Galway City Museum
photo of view of Coole Park, Gort, Irland.Coole Park
Great Escape Rooms, Townparks, St Nicholas, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandGreat Escape Rooms
Arthur's Quay Park, Prior's-Land, Custom House, The Metropolitan District of Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster, IrelandArthur's Quay Park
The Long Point, Knockanima, Loughrea Rural ED, Loughrea Municipal District, County Galway, Connacht, IrelandThe Long Point
Cashel Folk Village, Cashel, Cashel Urban, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, County Tipperary, Munster, IrelandCashel Folk Village

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Day 1

Day 1 – Dublin - arrival day

  • Dublin - Arrival day
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  • Ha'penny Bridge
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Your road trip adventure in Ireland begins as soon as you reach Dublin and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Dublin for 4 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.

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

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

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

The Temple Bar Pub is one of the best bars in Dublin and the perfect place for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 25,491 customers.

You may also want to check out The Brazen Head. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your celebrations. The Brazen Head is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 11,980 customers.

Alternatively, head out to The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant. The Church Café, Late Bar & Restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 10,779 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Raise a toast to the start of your 9-day road trip in Ireland!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 29 km, 1 hour 52 min

  • National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Dublin Castle
  • Bull Island
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Day 2 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Dublin for 3 nights 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 Dublin's best restaurants.

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

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

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

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city, Porterhouse Temple Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 7,884 reviews and guarantees you a great time.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to a popular bar like Light House Cinema. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,744 customers.

The options in Dublin don’t end there, you could also spend some time at the excellent The Old Storehouse Bar and Restaurant. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,719 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

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 14 km, 45 min

  • Phoenix Park
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Dublinia
  • Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
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On day 3 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Dublin. You’ll stay in Dublin for 2 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.

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

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in The Stags Head, a distinguished dining establishment in Dublin. It has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 4,691 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Dublin is The Celt. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 4,507 happy diners.

O'Donoghues Bar 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 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,110 customers.

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

You may also want to check out Café en Seine. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your celebrations. Café en Seine is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,282 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Murray’s Pub. Murray’s Pub has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,882 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 12 km, 1 hour 9 min

  • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
  • Book of Kells
  • Irish Whiskey Museum
  • Molly Malone Statue
  • National Botanic Gardens
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Day 4 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.

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

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

Make a reservation at Lemon Jelly Cafe, a popular dining spot in Dublin. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,104 satisfied diners.

When you’ve finished your meal, The Palace Bar is one of the best bars in Dublin for an after-dinner drink. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,824 customers.

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

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Cahir and Limerick

  • Limerick
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Drive 249 km, 3 hours 39 min

  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cashel Folk Village
  • Cahir Castle
  • King John's Castle
  • Arthur's Quay Park
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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 Limerick, The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, Cahir, and Limerick. In the evening, you’ll end up in Limerick, where you will stay for 1 night.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Dublin and set your GPS to The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel. 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 53 min. Upon reaching The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Journey into the unknown at Rock of Cashel, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable castle has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 13,510 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Cashel Folk Village is a recommended place to visit. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 130 reviews.

After soaking in The Municipal District of Cahir — Cashel’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Cahir. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 16 min. When you arrive in Cahir, it's time to take a break from the road.

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

At the end of the day, you will drive to Limerick, 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 Limerick.

Make a reservation at The Locke Bar, a popular dining spot in Limerick. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 3,798 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Texas Steakout while indulging in the charm of Limerick. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, cherished by 2,450 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Nancy Blakes, a treasured establishment in Limerick. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,535 satisfied guests.

Marco Polo is one of the best bars in Limerick and the perfect place for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,242 customers.

You may also want to check out The Old Quarter GastroPub. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your celebrations. The Old Quarter GastroPub is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,238 customers.

Alternatively, head out to The Curragower | Limerick. The Curragower | Limerick has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 874 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Ireland!

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Day 6

Day 6 – West Clare Municipal District, Bunratty, and Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 170 km, 3 hours 8 min

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone dolmen
  • Aillwee Cave
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On day 6 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Ireland, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, West Clare Municipal District, Bunratty, and Galway. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Galway, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Bunratty. This car ride takes around 18 min.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

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

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

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

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

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

After dinner, visit Tigh Chóilí for a drink or two. This bar serves plenty of food and drink options and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,662 customers.

You can also enjoy your night at Caribou. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 979 customers, it's safe to say that Caribou promises an unforgettable bar experience.

Alternatively, locals recommend A Púcán. This bar, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,188 customers, is a great place to meet new friends.

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – Galway

  • Galway
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Drive 3 km, 45 min

  • Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, Galway
  • Eyre Square
  • Great Escape Rooms
  • Spanish Arch
  • Galway City Museum
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Day 7 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Galway has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Galway by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Galway, 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 Galway 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.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Ard Bia at Nimmos. 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 1,099 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Galway is The Quay Street Kitchen. It has garnered a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,029 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Esquires - The Organic Coffee Co (Eyre Square), in Galway. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,000 satisfied customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is The Front Door Pub. This place has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,692 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at The Skeff Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,056 customers.

The Quays Bar and Restaurant is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Galway. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,514 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 8

Day 8 – Kinvarra, Gort, Loughrea Municipal District, and Dublin

  • Dublin
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Drive 257 km, 3 hours 27 min

  • Coole Park
  • Dunguaire Castle
  • The Long Point
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Dive into day 8 of your remarkable road trip in Ireland. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Kinvarra, Gort, Loughrea Municipal District, and Dublin, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Dublin. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Galway, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Gort may take around 37 min. Upon your arrival in Gort, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Coole Park. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 1,367 reviews.

Set your GPS to Kinvarra and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 15 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Kinvarra beckons with new experiences!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Dunguaire Castle. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,855 visitors.

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

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

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Dublin - departure day

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  • St Stephen's Green
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Day 9 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.

Make the most of your final day in Ireland by visiting Dublin’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments.

Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Ireland.

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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