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The 2022 Bucket List Road Trip: 4 Weeks Exploring Ireland (Full Route + Itinerary)

The 2022 Bucket List Road Trip: 4 Weeks Exploring Ireland (Full Route + Itinerary)

Day 12 (Limerick) – Thatched Cottages, Castles and Kayaking

It’s crazy to think that we haven’t even reached the end of week two yet.

Day 12 takes us from Kerry to Limerick.

Get a lie in after your night out in Dingle and hit the road for 10. There’s a lot of exploring on the cards for today.

1 – Conor Pass

// Dingle to Conor Pass – 10-minute drive (arrive for 10:10) //

If you read our guide to the craziest roads in Ireland, then you’ll recognise Conor Pass.

driving conor pass county kerry

Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Conor Pass runs from Dingle out towards Brandon Bay and Castlegregory, and is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, standing a whopping 410 m above the sea level.

The tight, narrow road snakes alongside the mountain and weaves its way along sharp cliff faces on one side and an enormous drop to the other.

conor pass in dingle

Photo © The Irish Road Trip

You can pull in at the side of the road before the pass and admire the views around you.

On a busy day, this’ll be a nervous drivers nightmare, but just take your time, drive carefully and you’ll be fine.

2 – The gorgeous village of Adare

// Conor Pass to Adare – 1 hour and 50-minute drive (arrive for 11:30) //

adare village limerick

Photo by Patryk Kosmider (Shutterstock)

We’ve a long drive to Adare in County Limerick.

The Geraldines of Kildare developed Adare during medieval times. The present village was largely an early 19th-century creation by the Dunravens.

As you make your way through the village, you’ll encounter many gorgeous thatch roof cottages.

Park the car, stretch the legs, and have a little wander around the town.

Related read: Check out our guide to 20 of the best things to do in Limerick at any time of the year.

3 – King John’s Castle (one of the finest castles on this Ireland road trip)

// Adare to King John’s Castle – 25-minute drive (arrive for 12:30) //

king johns castle

Photo by Shannon Development

You’ll find King John’s Castle in the heart of medieval Limerick City.

The castle, which was established in the 13th century, reopened in 2013 following a multi-million euro investment.

Those that visit the castle will experience a brand new visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions.

Outside in the courtyard, you’ll discover a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmiths forge, and scenes from a 17th-century siege.

Head off on the tour and soak up some of Limerick’s rich past.

4 – The Buttery for lunch

// St. John’s Castle to the Buttery – 10-minute drive (arrive for 14:00) //

When you’re in Limerick and hankering for a feed, head to the Buttery.

Their brunch is seriously damn good.

Fuel up here and get ready for the rest of the day.

5 – Kayaking on the River Shannon

// The Buttery to Get West Kayaking – 3-minute walk (arrive for 15:30) //

limerick city kayak tour

Photo via Get West

This is a verrrrry unique way to experience Limerick.

The folks at Get West are among several companies that run kayaking excursions along the River Shannon.

You’ll get to see Limerick from a completely different perspective – just look at the view you’ll be treated to of King John’s Castle above!

6 – Round off the day with a feed, a pint and some live Music at Dolan’s pub

I spent a night in Dolan’s pub a few years back with a couple of friends.

The lady running our B&B told us that if we didn’t enjoy it, she’d give us the nights accommodation for half price.

We went. We had a fine feed. We supped many a pint. And we tapped our feet to live music.

A mighty pub and the perfect way to round off your day.

7 – Where to rest your head

I’ve only stayed in Limerick City once over the past few years.

We spent the night in the George Hotel, which was central, reasonably priced, and faultless.

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Barbara Nelson Jameson

Monday 26th of September 2022

I've been following your website and the information is invaluable! We are beginning a 30 day Wild Atlantic Way trip on Sept 29. I would love to download your 28 day itinerary so it's available in a pdf we can use without wifi, but I cannot find the link that you reference?? Can you send me the link?

Barbara Nelson Jameson

Monday 26th of September 2022

I would love to download the pdf of the 28 day tour, we are starting our 30 day tour on Sept. 29 but cannot find the link that you reference. I have been following the Irish Road Trip and your information is invaluable!!!!

Barbara Jameson


Monday 29th of August 2022

This is literally the best travel guide I have read in my entire life. You are an absolute hero, I hope great things only happen to you - like FOREVER! Now I am even more excited to come to Ireland.


Sunday 24th of July 2022

Not sure if you are still monitoring this but if you are please send me email with this fabulous guide. I recently spent two weeks in the Republic and cannot wait to go back and see Northern Ireland.

Amanda Boone

Monday 27th of June 2022

Hi Keith, I enjoyed spending a few hours reading through this amazing itinerary of Ireland and I can't wait to get to my road trip this Fall. It will be my first time visiting Ireland :) Thank you for sharing all the information and pictures! ~Amanda in California, USA

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