One Week In Ireland: 5 Road Trips You Can Do If You’re Spending 7 Days In Ireland

A detailed guide

one week in ireland
Photo via Tourism Ireland

So, you’re going to spend one week in Ireland. But you’ve a pain in your arse scribbling down an itinerary that squeezes in everything that you want to see. 

Ireland’s turned out to be bigger than you thought.

And you’re starting to stress. Well, don’t. Or at least try not to! This guide will make planning 7 days in Ireland EASSSSSSY.

Below, you’ll find 5 different ways to spend one week in Ireland. The best part? You’ll get detailed itineraries for each one.

Ireland in a week itineraries

  • Itinerary 1: Dublin, Wicklow, Tipperary, and Kilkenny
  • Itinerary 2: Waterford, Cork, and Kerry
  • Itinerary 3: Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo
  • Itinerary 4: Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Derry
  • Itinerary 5: Meath, Louth, Down, Armagh, Antrim

Each itinerary is packed with:

  • An itinerary you can use
  • Recommendations on where to eat, sleep and drink

If you still need help with planning your trip, visit our Ireland itinerary guide – it’s filled with everything you need.

7 days in Ireland: A detailed no-bs guide

one week in Ireland visiting Mayo Downpatrick head
Photo by Gareth McCormack

So, as is the case with any of our guides to Ireland, I’ve left the comments section at the end open.

Have a question about a route or what to see in Ireland in 7 days? Ask me in the comment section below!

We’re going to kick things off with a route that I’ve done a couple of times over the years.

There’s minimal driving involved, plenty of walks and hikes, and loads of opportunity to eat tasty food and nurse pints in traditional pubs. Here’s a quick look at my favourite route.

My favourite 7 days in Ireland itinerary

  • Day 1 and 2: Waterford
  • Day 3 and 4: Cork
  • Day 5 and 6: Kerry
  • Day 7: Left free to give you time to get back home

One Week in Ireland Route 1: Dublin, Wicklow, Tipperary, and Kilkenny

marsh library
Photo by James Fennell via Tourism Ireland

I chat to a lot of people that visit Ireland, and our first route is one that many take.

It’s especially popular with those arriving to Dublin by ferry, for some reason.

If at any point you have a question about planning a 7 day trip to Ireland, scroll to the bottom of this guide and fire me a comment.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our first route

  • Day 1 and 2: Dublin
  • Day 3 and 4: Wicklow
  • Day 5: Kilkenny
  • Day 6: Tipperary 
  • Day 7: Left free to give you time to get back home

One week in Ireland route 1

Quick need-to-knows about this route

  • Who it’s for: People looking for scenery, history, hikes/long walks, and great food and drink
  • Drive time: Minimal (Dublin to Wicklow: 1 hour and 10-minute drive, Wicklow to Kilkenny: 1 hour and 45-minute drive, Kilkenny to Tipperary: 1 hour and 10-minute drive) 

Day 1 and 2: Dublin

hapenny bridge dublin
Photo by Chris Hill

Dublin is Ireland’s capital.

It’s a buzzy (expensive!) city that boasts an almost endless number of things to do and places to see.

Below, you’ll find:

  • A 2-day itinerary
  • Advice on where to eat, sleep and drink
  • An insight into some of the attractions
Dublin in detail: Dive into each of the below places in detail in our guide on what to do in Dublin (it’s packed with 90+ things to do).

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Dublin city and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Visit Howth and do the cliff walk. Follow it up with a ramble in the harbour

7 days in Ireland visiting howth
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

2 – Step back in time at Kilmainham Gaol (my favourite attraction in our 1st one week in Ireland guide!)

7 days in Ireland visiting kilmainham gaol dublin
© National Monuments Service. Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

3 – Tantalise your tastebuds at the new Pearse Lyons Distillery

one week in Ireland visiting thepearse lyons distillery tour

4 – Head out to Ticknock for a walk in the mountains with spectacular views

ticknock hill dublin
Photo by @antppe

5 – Nip into the Little Museum of Dublin (a great option for a rainy day in Dublin)

little museum of dublin
Photo via the Little Museum of Dublin

6 – Learn what it means to be Irish at the EPIC Museum

epic museum dublin
Photo via EPIC

7 – Spend the morning floating around Trinity College (the Long Room, as you can see below, is incredible)

7 nights in ireland visiting book of kells tour dublin
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

8 – Gulp down sea air on the Great South Wall Walk

poolbeg lighthouse walk
Photo by Robert Linsdell via Wikicommons

9 – Nip into the Guinness Storehouse and learn about the brand’s history and brewing process (and to nurse a pint of cream)

1 week in Ireland visiting the guinness storehouse

10 – Spend a morning at the National Museum of Ireland (see the Dead Zoo exhibition below)

dead zoo dublin
Photo via museum.ie/Natural-History/Visitor-Information/Things-to-See-Do/Spotticus-the-Giraffe

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your two days in Dublin, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 1

  • 08:45: Arrive in Howth and grab a coffee from the Grind cafe for a bit of fuel
  • 09:00: Kick-start your day with the Howth cliff walk
  • 12:00: Treat yourself to a post-walk lunch in Marie Louise Tea Rooms (the breakfast here is also amazing)
  • 13:30: Drop your rental car off at your hotel and make your way into the city via public transport (if you’re staying central, happy days!)
  • 15:00: Use the Red Line Luas to get to Heuston Station and take the 8-minute walk to Kilmainham Gaol and do the tour (they go every 15 minutes)
  • 18:00: Get yourself to the Guinness Storehouse (22-minute walk from the Gaol). The last tour in the summer months is at 18:30. Times will change in the autumn and winter
  • 19:00: Head back to the city and have a bite to eat (restaurant recommendations below)
  • 20:30: Top off day 1 with a pint in a historic pub (recommendations below)

Day 2

  • 10:00: Grab some breakfast and get to Trinity College. Head off on the Book of Kells tour
  • 11:45: Take the 6-minute walk to see the Ha’penny Bridge
  • 12:00: Arrive at the GPO (6-minute walk) and do the Witness History tour
  • 13:30: Head for lunch in one of the places recommended below
  • 15:00: Make your way to the EPIC Museum and do the tour (15-minute walk from O’Connell Street
  • 16:45: Take the handy 8-minute walk back from EPIC to Mulligan’s Pub for one of the best pints of Guinness in the city
  • 17:30: Get a bite to eat in one of the restaurants mentioned below
  • 19:00: Take a stroll out towards the Brazen Head and visit the oldest pub in Dublin

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Where to stay during your visit

youth hostel dublin
Photo via the Abbey Court Hostel

If you’re looking to do Ireland in a week on a tight budget, then you’ll probably want to stay in hostels during your time in Dublin.

Why? Well, accommodation in Dublin is pretty damn expensive.

I’ve popped in several options below that have great reviews and that should (hopefully) suit every budget.

For those on a budget

We’ve prepared a full guide to the best hostels in Dublin that you can browse through.

Keep in mind that you won’t find an overly cheap hostel in the city unless you opt to stay in a dorm.

Places below the €200* mark

*The below prices are based on a Friday in September

Where to stay in the city when you’re happy to spend a few quid

Where to eat

7 nights in ireland eating in bunsen
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Breakfast

  • The Fumbally (4.6/5 from 1,000 reviews on Google)
  • Lemon Jelly Cafe (4.5/5 from 1,700+ reviews on Google)
  • Brother Hubbard (North) (4.4/5 from 2,100+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Bunsen for burgers (4.6/5 from 2,900+ reviews on Google)
  • Chapter One if you’re feeling flush (fine dining) (4.7/5 from 570+ reviews on Google)
  • Umi falafel for, yep, damn good falafel (4.6/5 from 1,900+ reviews on Google)
  • The Hairy Lemon for traditional Coddle (4.3/5 from 3,000+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Fish Shack Cafe for all things fishy (4.4/5 from 530+ reviews on Google)
  • FX Buckley Steakhouse Pembroke Street for a savage steak (4.7/5 from 1,500+ reviews on Google)
  • The Pig’s Ear for ‘Irish Fare with a modern touch’ (4.4/5 from 690+ reviews on Google)

Pubs where you can enjoy a post-adventure pint

best pubs in dublin

We’ve created a detailed guide to the best historic pubs in Dublin.

Why nurse a pint in a run-of-the-mill gastro pub when you can spend the evening somewhere bursting at the seams with history?!

If you’re staying outside the city, try and venture out to the Gravediggers (John Kavanagh’s).

It’s a proper old-world pub with the tastiest Guinness in Dublin.

Days 3 and 4: Wicklow

lough tay wicklow
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Days 3 and 4 of the first of our 7 days in Ireland guide takes us to County Wicklow.

Now, people often make the mistake in thinking that Glendalough is the only place worth visiting in Wicklow.

This couldn’t be further than the truth.

Yes, Glendalough is incredible, but there’s plenty more to see in this county.

Below, you’ll find:

  • A 2-day itinerary
  • Advice on where to eat, sleep and drink
  • An insight into some of the attractions
Wicklow in detail: To dive into each of the below places in detail, visit our guide on the 37 of the best things to do in Wicklow.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Wicklow has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – The Sugar Loaf: For a reasonably handy climb (1 hour on the short route) with great views

sugarloaf mountain wicklow
Via Failte Ireland

2 – The Wicklow Gaol: For a whole load of history

wicklow gaol tour
Photo by Brian Morrison

3 – Tonelagee: For a view out over Wicklow’s heart-shaped lake

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Standing out at Lough Ouler on a not-so-sunny May morning

4 – The Spinc Loop in Glendalough: For a lengthy 4 to 5-hour walk with cracking views throughout

spinc walk wicklow
Photo via Failte Ireland

5 – Bray Head: For, yep, you guessed it – another walk with magnificent views

6 – Lough Tay: For a gander at Wicklow’s much-loved ‘Guinness Lake

lough tay in wicklow
Photo by Chris Hill

7 – Powerscourt Waterfall: To hear that water crash from one of the finest waterfalls in Ireland

powerscourt waterfall wicklow
Photo by Chris Hill

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your two days in Wicklow, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 3

  • 08:45: Leave Dublin and take the 45-minute drive to the Sugarloaf Mountain
  • 9:30: Climb the Sugarloaf (a moderate climb that’ll take 60-90 minutes to get up and down)
  • 11:30: Take the short 10-minute drive to Powerscourt and check out the waterfall
  • 13:00: Take a 10-minute drive to Powerscourt Garden. Grab some lunch and then head for a walk around the extensive gardens.
  • 15:00: Take the 30-minute drive out to Lough Tay
  • 15:30: Start the Sally Gap drive from Lough Tay and follow your map to (you’ll find these names on Google Maps):
    • Sally Gap
    • Glenmacnass Waterfall
    • Laragh
  • 17:30: Nip into the Wicklow Heather for a bite to eat and then head back to your accommodation

Day 4

  • 08:00: Get on the road early and aim to arrive at Glendalough before 08:30
  • 08:45: Start the Spinc Loop walk (takes between 4 and 5 hours)
  • 13:30: Take the 15-minute drive to the Coach House in Roundwood for lunch
  • 14:45: Take the 20-minute drive out to the Wicklow Gaol and do the tour
  • 16:00: Finish up at the Gaol and take the 20-minute drive to the Wicklow Brewery in Redcross
  • 17:30: Round off the tour with dinner at Mickey Finn’s Pub (it’s on the same grounds as the brewery)

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Where to stay during your visit

7 nights in ireland visiting the wicklow heather
Via the Wicklow Heather

Wicklow is home to a nice variety of accommodation.

B&Bs and Airbnbs are aplenty and reasonably priced, which will keep the budget-conscious among you happy.

Great places to stay for less than €100 (based on a Friday night in September)

Great hotels in Wicklow to spend the night

Where to eat

The Harbour Bar Bray
Photo via the Harbour Bar

Breakfast

  • The Jailer’s Rest (4.7/5 from 160+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Jack White’s (4.2 from 1,000+ reviews on Google)
  • The Brass Fox (4.2/5 from 390+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • The Wicklow heather (4.6/5 from 1,600+ reviews on Google)
  • The Pigeon House (4.4/5 from 440+ reviews on Google)
  • Ocean Bar & Grill (4.4/5 from 540+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Wicklow to nip into

the wicklow brewery tour

There are only 2 bars in Wicklow that I can vouch for based on personal experience:

  • The Harbour Bar in Bray
  • Mickey Finn’s in Redcross (they have a brewery here, also!)

Both are excellent!

Day 5: Kilkenny

kilkenny castle ireland
Photo by Finn Richards

Day 5 takes us to Kilkenny.

You’ve a day of history, natural beauty, and great pubs ahead.

Below, you’ll find:

  • 8 things to do and places to visit
  • Advice on where to eat and sleep
  • Recommendations on where to grab a post-adventure pint
Kilkenny in detail: to hop into each of the below attractions in detail, visit our guide to 21 of the best things to do in Kilkenny.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Kilkenny City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Dunmore Cave: To hear the story behind the ‘Darkest place in Ireland’

Dunmore cave county kilkenny
Photo by Mark Heard (creative commons)

 

2 – Kilkenny Castle: For a whole load of history

7 day Ireland itinerary visiting kilkenny castle
Photo by macmillan media

3 – Brandon Hill: For a panoramic view of Kilkenny from above

brandon hill kilkenny
Photo via Failte Ireland

4 – Kilfane Glen and Waterfall: For a bit of peace and quiet

kilfane glen and wterfall
Photo by Wendy Cutler (Creative Commons)

5 – The Smithwick’s Brewery: For pints… and the learn about the brewing process

Smithwick's Experience kilkenny
Photo by the Smwithick’s Experience

6 – Jerpoint Abbey: To learn about an outstanding 12th-century Cistercian abbey

jerpoint abbey kilkenny
Photo by Finn Richards via Failte Ireland

7 – Butterslip Lane: For a taste of medieval Kilkenny

butter slip lane kilkenny
Photo by Leo Byrne via Failte Ireland

8 – The Medieval Mile Museum: To dive into 800+ years of history

medieval mile museum kilkenny
Photo via medievalmilemuseum.ie/gallery/

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Kilkenny, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 5

  • 11:00: Leave Wicklow at 9:45 and take the 1 hour and 45-minute drive to Dunmore Cave
  • 12:45: Arrive in Kilkenny City and head for lunch (recommendations below)
  • 13:45: Walk to Kilkenny Castle and do the tour or just stroll around the grounds
  • 15:00: Take the 8-minute walk to the Smwithick’s Brewery and do the ‘Experience’ tour
  • 17:00: Finish up at the brewery and take the 7-minute walk to Bridie’s Bar & General Store to chill with a fine pint
  • 18:30: Take the 8-minute walk to Kyteler’s Inn for a pint and a bite to eat (this is the place that was once owned by Ireland’s first condemned witch
  • 19:00: Either head back to your accommodation for the night or sample some of Kilkenny’s other great pubs (recommendations below)

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Where to stay during your visit

walking in kilkenny town
Photo by Brian Morrison

Great places to stay for less than €100 (based on a Friday night in September)

Note: The hostels below range from €55 to €85 and each has a private room for 2 (and a great central location).

Great hotels in Kilkenny to spend the night

Where to eat

7 day Ireland itinerary eating at the fig tree kilkenny
Photo via the Fig Tree

Breakfast

  • The Fig Tree (4.3/5 from 390+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Foodworks (4.6/5 from 1,000 reviews on Google)
  • Langtons (4.4/5 from 1,400+ reviews on Google)
  • The Left Bank (4.4/5 from 1,100+ reviews on Google)
  • The Vintage Tea Rooms (4.6/5 from 120+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Ristorante Rinuccini (4.5/5 from 490+ reviews on Google)
  • Campagne (4.6/5 from 190+ reviews on Google)
  • Zuni Restaurant (4.6/5 from 370+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Kilkenny to nip into

bride's bar kilkenny
Photo via Bride’s on FB

Kilkenny is home to a LOAD of great pubs.

Here’s a handful of my favourites to drop into on your visit:

  • The Hole in the Wall
  • Bridie’s Bar & General Store
  • Matt the Miller’s

Day 6: Tipperary

swiss cottage tipperary
Photo by Chris Hill

County Tipperary is another chunk of Ireland that visitors often miss.

Which is a shame, as this county is packed with mountains, rivers, lakes, and a good dollop of history.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Tipp section of this 7 days in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of things to do in Tipperary
  • Advice on where to grab a hearty bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Tipperary in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to 19 of the best things to do in Tipperary.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Kilkenny City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – The Rock of Cashel: For a visit to the ancient site of the kings of Munster

The rock of cashel
Photo by Brian Morrison

2 – Cahir Castle: To explore one of the largest medieval castles in Ireland

Cahir Castle Tipperary
Photo by Failte Ireland

3 – The Swiss Cottage: For a gander at a gorgeous aul thatch building

swiss cottage tipperary
Photo by Brian Morrison

4 – Mitchelstown Cave: The perfect spot for a bit of adventure on a rainy day in Tipp

mitchelstown cave tipperary
Photo via Mitchelstown Cave

5 – The Galtee Mountains: For one of the finest views in the county

the lough derg way
Photo by Fennell Photography via Failte Ireland

7 – Fethard: To walk alongside some original 14th-century medieval town walls and ruins

fethard town walls
Photo via Tipperary Tourism

8 – The Knockmealdown Mountains: To clear the head and gulp down lungfuls of fresh mountain air

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Tipperary, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 6

  • 11:45: Leave Kilkenny at 11:00 and take the 40-minute drive to the Rock of Cashel
  • 12:45: Grab a bite to eat in Mikey Ryan’s (8-minute walk from the rock)
  • 14:00: Finish up eating and take the 17-minute drive to Cahir Castle
  • 15:30: Take the 15-minute drive from Cahir out to the Mitchelstown Cave and head off on the tour
  • 17:00: Drive 20 minutes to the Swiss Cottage and have a ramble around
  • 18:30: Take the 30-minute drive to the town of Fethard. Explore the medieval ruins and walls.
  • 19:30: Head for a well earned pint in McCarthy’s and spend the night in Fethard

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Where to stay during your visit

swiss cottage cahir
Photo by Chris Hill

Great places to stay for less than €100 (based on a Friday night in September)

Great hotels in Tipperary to spend the night

Where to eat

mikey ryans cashel

Breakfast

  • The Lazy Bean Café, Cahir (4.4/5 from 290+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Mikey Ryan’s, Cashel (4.4/5 from 370+ reviews on Google)
  • Brazils Restaurant, Tipperary Town (4.3/5 from 170+ reviews on Google)
  • Lava Rock, Cahir (4.7/5 from 149+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Barne Lodge, Clonmel (4.3/5 from 270+ reviews on Google)
  • John J. Feehan, Cashel (4.5/5 from 330+ reviews on Google)
  • Mikey Ryan’s, Cashel (4.4/5 from 370+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Tipperary to nip into

mccarthy's pub fethard
Photo via McCarthy’s on FB

Tipperary is home to many a great pub.

Here’s a handful of my favourites to nip into on your visit:

  • McCarthy’s of Fethard
  • Kennedy’s Pub near Lough Derg
  • Larkin’s (also near Lough Derg)

Wrapping up our first 7 nights in Ireland

I’ve left day 7 free.

Mainly to give you some time to get yourself together and get back home/to the airport/to the ferry.

I’ve left the comments section at the end of this guide open – have a question? Pop it in there and I’ll reply ASAP.

7 days in Ireland Route 2: Waterford, Cork, and Kerry

the waterford greenway
Photo by Luke Myers

Here’s a quick breakdown of our second route

  • Day 1 and 2: Waterford
  • Day 3 and 4: Cork
  • Day 5 and 6: Kerry
  • Day 7: Left free to give you time to get back home

one week in ireland second route

Quick need-to-knows about this route

  • Who it’s for: People looking for history, a wealth of incredible coastal scenery, hikes/long walks, and great food and pubs
  • Drive time: The drive time on 7 nights in Ireland route will vary. On day 1 you’ll be based in Waterford City, so there’ll be little to no driving. On the other days, you’ll be moving between attractions and passing over into different counties, so there’ll be a fair bit.

Day 1 and 2: Waterford

what to do in waterford if you're staying in ardmore
Photo by Chris Hill

Ah, Waterford.

A county that’s home to the oldest city in Ireland, a stretch of coastline that’s one of Ireland’s hidden gems, and an almost endless number of adventure opportunities.

Here’s how you should, in my opinion, split up your two days in Waterford:

  • Day 1: Dedicate the first day to the city (first five on the list below)
  • Day 2: Spend your second day in Waterford exploring the Copper Coast (second five on the list below)

Below, you’ll find:

  • 10 places to visit over the course of your two days in Waterford
  • Advice on where to eat and sleep
  • Deadly pub recommendations
Waterford in detail: Dive into each of the below places in detail in our guide on 28 of the best things to do in Waterford this weekend.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Waterford City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Take a walking tour of the city: Experience Waterford City with a local that knows the lay of the land

walking tour waterford city
Photo via Jack’s Walking Tours

2 – Reginald’s Tower: To discover Waterford’s Viking Past

Reginald's Tower in Waterford City
Photo via Tourism Ireland

3 – Waterford Crystal: For a ramble around a tourist favourite

waterford crystal tour
Photo by Andrew Bradley

4 – The Medieval Museum: To step back in time and uncover Waterford City’s rich history

Inside Waterford's Medieval Museum
Photo via Waterford Viking Triangle

5 – Bishops Palace: For a bit of culture (and to see a chunk of Napoleon’s hair…)

inside bishops palace
Photo via Failte Ireland

6 – The Copper Coast: To experience some of Ireland’s best (and most often missed!) coastline

the copper coast waterford
Photo via Failte Ireland

7 – The Coumshingaun Lake Walk: For one of the best views in Ireland

waterford lake loop walk
Photo by @cen92 on Instagram

8 – Mahon Falls: To experience one of the best waterfalls in Ireland’s Ancient East

mahon falls waterford
Photo by Max Malloy (@ihaveadarksoul)

9 – Bunmahon Beach: For a walk along the sand and a lungful of fresh sea air

Bunmahon beach waterford
Photo by Copper Coast Geopark via Failte Ireland

10 – Dunhill Castle: For a gander at a now ruined castle that was once home to the infamous La Poer family

Dunhill Castle from afar
Photo by Luke Myers

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your two days in Waterford, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 1

  • 12:00: Aim to arrive in Waterford from your starting point for mid-day
  • 12:30: Start the walking tour of the city (see our Waterford guide for more info – you’ll need to book and confirm times)
  • 14:00: Grab a bit of lunch in Momo’s
  • 15:00: Take the 5-minute walk from Momo’s to the House of Waterford Crystal and head off on the tour
  • 16:30: Take the 2-minute walk to Reginald’s Tower and learn about the city’s Viking past
  • 18:30: Take the 30-minute drive to the town of Fethard. Explore the medieval ruins and walls
  • 19:30: Grab a bite to eat in one of the restaurants recommended below and then nip into Geoff’s Pub for a fine pint

Day 2

  • 10:00: Get up, get fed, and hit the road by 10. Pick up some snacks/pack a lunch to keep you going during the day
  • 10:25: 1st stop of the day is Dunhill Castle (22-minute drive from the city)
  • 11:25: Next up is Bunmahon Beach (25-minute drive from Dunhill)
  • 11:50: The third stop is a strenuous hike at Coumshingaun Lake that’ll take several hours (more info in our Waterford guide). It’s a short 20-minute drive from Bunmahon Beach and you’ll be treated to a magnificent view (see photo below)
  • Option 2: If you fancy skipping the hike, swap it for a visit to Mahon Falls, or spend more time exploring the coast
  • 16:00: Visit Mahon Falls (a handy 13-minute drive from Coumshingaun)
  • 17:30: Make your way to Dungarvan where you’ll be spending the night
  • 18:00 – late: I’ve popped in some recommendations for where to stay, eat and drink below

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Where to stay during your visit

goat island in waterford
Photo by Kafka Liz via Wiki Commons

I’d recommend you spend the first night in Waterford City, for convenience, and the second night in Dungarvan, as it’s finely placed at the end of the Copper Coast. 

Great places to stay in the city and Dungarvan for less than €100 (based on a Friday night in September)

Great hotels and B&Bs in the city and Dungarvan to spend the night 

  • In the city: Dooley’s Hotel (rated 8.5/10 – Very Good on booking.com)
  • Dungarvan: Farmlodge B&B (rated 9.5/10 – Exceptional on booking.com)

Where to eat

cliffhouse-hotel-min
Photo via the Cliffhouse hotel

Breakfast

  • The Granary Cafe, Waterford City (4.6/5 from 311 reviews on Google)
  • No 9 Café, Waterford City (4.3/5 from 398 reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • The Cliffhouse Hotel, Ardmore (hard to get a review for the restaurant alone as it’s in a hotel – food is supposed to be cracking and the view, well, you can see the veiw above…)
  • Momo’s, Waterford City (4.7/5 from 461 reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • The Spinnaker Bar & Restaurant, Dunmore East (4.4/5 from 440 reviews on Google)
  • Burzza, Waterford City (4.5/5 from 490 reviews on Google)

Pubs in Waterford to nip into

Inside an empty Geoff's bar in Waterford
Photo via Geoff’s

Waterford is home to an ample number of great pubs.

Here’s a handful of my favourites to drop into on your visit:

  • Geoff’s, Waterford City
  • The Gingerman, Waterford City
  • The Anchor Bar, Dungarvan
  • The Strand Inn, Dunmore East

Days 3 and 4: Cork

the exterior of Cork City Gaol
Photo by Brian Morrison

Cork is one of my favourite counties in Ireland.

It’s home to a bustling city that’s packed with things to do and some of the best restaurants and pubs in the country.

And it also boasts some of the most beautiful little towns and villages that you’ll encounter anywhere in the world.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Cork section of our second one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Cork
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Cork in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to 57+ of the best things to do in Cork.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Cork City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Cork City Goal: To explore one of the city’s most memorable tourist attractions

inside Cork Ciry Gaol
Photo via Failte Ireland

2 – The Shandon Bell Tower: For a 360 view out over Cork City

shandon bell tower view
Photo by Catherine Crowley

3 – The English Market: For a fine aul feed that’ll keep your belly happy

inside Cork's English Market
Photo via Tourism Ireland

4 – Healy Pass: To spin along one of the bendiest roads in Ireland

Healy pass cork
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

5 – Gougane Barra: For those that want to experience natural beauty at its finest 

GOUGANE BARRA FOREST PARK
Photo by Chris Hill

6 – Nip into the village of Allihies and see one of the most colourful towns in Ireland

allihies west cork
Photo by Hillwalk Tours

7 – Clear the head with a ramble along Inchydoney Beach

Inchydoney beach cork weather
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

8 – Vist Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral and keep an eye out for the swinging cannonball 

Exterior of Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral
Photo by George Karbus Photography via Failte Ireland

9 – Drop into Blarney Castle and head for a ramble around the beautiful grounds

blarney castle ireland
Photo by Chris Hill

10 – Visit Cobh and have a gander at the Deck of Cards

cobh houses cork
Photo by Chris Hill

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your two days in Cork, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 3

  • 11:00: Arrive in Cobh (1-hour drive from Dungarvan)
  • 11:15: Visit St. Coleman’s Cathedral
  • 11:40: Check out the Deck of Cards (the colourful row of houses seen above)
  • 12:15: Take the 30-minute drive to Cork City, park the car, and drop into the iconic English Market for a bite to eat
  • 13:30: When you’re finished eating, walk 10 minutes to the Shandon Bell Tower where you can get a view of Cork City from above
  • 14:30: Visit Cork City Gaol (23-minute walk from the Shandon Tower) and head off on the tour
  • 16:00: Next up is University College Cork. The grounds here are beautiful and well worth rambling through. As you make you’re way across to the University, drop into Fitzgerald’s Park (it’s on the way) for a nosey
  • 18:00 – late: Spend night 3 in Cork City. In the section below, you’ll find advice on where to stay, eat, sleep, and drink

Day 4

  • 09:00: Get up early (there’s a lot to see today) and aim to arrive in Kinsale (33-minute drive) for 09:00. Grab a coffee in Kinsale and head for a stroll around the village.
  • 10:40: Our next stop is Inchydoney Beach. It’s a 50-minute drive from Kinsale. Hop out of the car and head for a saunter along the sand.
  • 12:40: Next up is Baltimore. It’s a 55-minute drive from Inchydoney, but allow yourself longer. Stop off in the villages of Union Hall and Glandore (gorgeous on a fine day)
  • 12:40: When you arrive in Baltimore, drop into Bushe’s Bar and get yourself fed
  • 14:00: We’re going to take the 60-minute drive to Mizen Head next to soak up some of the best coastal views in the county
  • 19:00: I’m going to recommend that you stay in Allihies. It’s a gorgeous little village (see below) that’s a two-hour drive from Mizen Head. You’ll be driving along the coast to get here and you’ll be treated to endless scenery along the way.

Fancy spending more time in this corner of Ireland? We’ve created a detailed guide (with full itinerary) to this neck of the woods that’s filled with the best places to visit in West Cork.

Where to stay during your visit

sheeps head walk
Photo by George Karbus

I’d recommend that you spend the first night in Cork City and the second night in Allihies.

Great places to stay in the city and Allihies for less than €100 (based on a Friday night in September)

So, aside from Sheilas Hostel, I couldn’t find many places to stay in Cork City below €100.

If you’re after cheap accommodation in the city, try Airbnb instead!

Great hotels in Cork City to spend the night 

Where to eat

kinsale town county cork
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Breakfast:

  • The SpitJack, Cork City (4.5/5 from 1,000+ reviews on Google)
  • Tara’s Tea Rooms, Cork City (4.7/5 from 362 reviews on Google)
  • Lemon Leaf Cafe, Kinsale (4.5/5 from 405 reviews on Google)

Lunch:

  • Market Lane, Cork City (4.6/5 from 1,500+ reviews on Google)
  • CoqBull Cork, Cork City (4.5/5 from 1,000+ reviews on Google)
  • Fishy Fishy Kinsale, Kinsale (4.4/5 from 655 reviews on Google)

Dinner:

  • The Cornstore Restaurant, Cork City (4.4/5 from 900+ reviews on Google)
  • Quinlans Seafood Bar Cork, Cork City (4.5/5 from 900+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Cork to nip into

the best pubs in Ireland
Photo via An Teach Beag on Facebook

Cork is home to an ample number of great pubs.

Here’s a handful of my favourites to nip into on your visit:

  • Teach Beag, Clonakilty
  • Mutton Lane Inn, Cork City
  • The Bulman, Kinsale
  • O’Neill’s, Allihies

Day 5 and 6: Kerry

Dun chaoin pier kerry
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer

We’re taking a spin to Kerry for days 5 and 6.

If you’ve yet to visit Kerry, then I’m jealous – you’ve a mighty couple of days ahead of you.

Expect adventure, scenery that’ll knock you sideways, and an almost endless number of things to see and do.

Below, you’ll find:

  • A full itinerary for the two days
  • A section that highlights some of my favourite spots in the county
  • Advice on where to eat, sleep, and drink
Kerry in detail: Dive into each of the below places in detail in our guide on 28 of the best things to do in Kerry this weekend.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Kerry has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Visit Coomanaspig Pass (one of the highest places in Ireland that’s reachable by car)

Coomanaspig pass ring of kerry drive
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

2 – Walk, drive, or cycle along the spectacular Skellig Ring

the skellig ring in kerry
Photo by Tom Archer

3 – Catch one of the best views in Kerry from Valentia Island

geokaun mountains ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

4 – Visit Dun Chaoin Pier: The very unique departure point for the Blasket Island ferry

Dun chaoin pier kerry
@ Tourism Ireland photographed by Tom Archer

5 – Stretch the legs at the Gap of Dunloe

gap of dunloe kerry photo
The Gap of Dunlop: Photo by John Hession

6 – Watch the water crash at Torc Waterfall 

torc waterfall kerry
Photo via Tourism Ireland

7 – Spin along the narrow road at Conor Pass

driving conor pass county kerry
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

8 – Spend an afternoon doing the Slea Head Drive

slea head ireland
Slea Head: Via Tourism Ireland

9 – Gulp down a lungful of sea air at the Kerry Cliffs 

the kerry cliffs
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

10 – Conquer the waves at Ballybunion

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your two days in Kerry, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 5

  • 10:30: Get up and on the road for 09:00. Our first stop is Gleninchaquin Park for a ramble. It’s an hour and 20-minute drive from Allihies. You can head for a walk here if you fancy, or just admire the waterfall (it’s a stones throw from the carpark)
  • 11:30: Our next stop is Kenmare. It’s a handy 30-minute drive and the town is a joy to walk around. Hop out of the car and grab a coffee
  • 12:30: Our next stop is Moll’s Gap. It’s a 12-minute drive from Kenmare
  • 13:00: Next up is Ladies View (9-minute drive). Hop out and admire the view
  • 13:30: You’ll find our next stop, Torc Waterfall, a 15-minute drive from Ladies View
  • 14:15: Next up is Ross Castle. It’s a 15-minute drive from Torc
  • 16:45: Our next stop is Waterville. It’s a one hour and 40-minute drive from Ross Castle. Take the road that brings you through Ballaghisheen Pass. It’s like another world
  • 16:45: Get some dinner in Waterville and chill for the evening (find restaurant, hotel and pub recommendations below)

Day 6

  • 11:00: Drive the Skellig Ring (head for Valentia Island. It’ll take around 50 minutes to get there. When you leave Waterville follow the signs for Ballinskelligs and you’ll be laughing)
  • 13:00: Next up is Rossbeigh Strand (55-minute drive from Valentia) for a ramble
  • 14:40: Inch beach is next. It’s a 50-minute drive from Rossbeigh. Stop here. Grab lunch in the little cafe on the sand.
  • 15:30: Take the 25-minute drive to Dingle next. If you want, you could head out and see Fungie. I’m going to recommend that you power on and do the Slea Head Drive
  • 15:30 to 19:00: The Slea Head Drive takes around an hour to drive around, but give yourself as much time as possible. There are loads to see along the way!
  • 19:00 – late: Head back to Dingle for the night. You’ll find recommendations on where to eat, sleep and drink below

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Where to stay during your visit

dingle town kerry
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I’d recommend you spend the first night in Waterville and the second night in Dingle.

Great places to stay in Waterville and Dingle

Where to eat

kinsale town county cork
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Breakfast:

  • My Boy Blue, Dingle (4.7/5 from 160+ reviews on Google)
  • Bean in Dingle, Dingle (4.8/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)

Lunch:

  • An Corcan Restaurant, Waterville (4.5/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)
  • Out of the Blue, Dingle (4.7/5 from 330+ reviews on Google)
  • Marina Inn, Dingle (4.3/5 from 270+ reviews on Google)

Dinner:

  • The Lobster Bar & Restaurant, Waterville (4.3/5 from 400+ reviews on Google)
  • Sheehy’s Anchor Down Restaurant, Dingle(4.4/5 from 250+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Kerry to nip into

foxy john's bar in dingle
Photo by Andrew Woodvine (voa Creative Commons)

If you’re visiting Dingle, check out our detailed guides to the best pubs in Dingle town.

Here’s a handful of my favourites in Waterville and Dingle to nip into on your visit:

  • Foxy John’s, Dingle
  • Dick Mack’s, Dingle
  • O’Dwyer’s, Waterville

Wrapping up our second 7 day Ireland itinerary

I’ve left day 7 free again. This tends to be done in many self-drive style tours.

Mainly as it gives you some time to get yourself together and get back home/to the airport/to the ferry.

I’ve left the comments section at the end of this guide open – have a question? Pop it in there and I’ll reply ASAP.

Ireland 7 day itinerary Route 3: Limerick, Clare, Galway, Mayo

sky road clifden galway
Photo by Chris Hill

Here’s a quick breakdown of our third route

  • Day 1: Limerick
  • Day 2 and 3: Clare
  • Day 4: Galway
  • Day 5 and 6: Mayo 
  • Day 7: Left free to give you time to get back home

one week in Ireland third route

Quick need-to-knows about this route

  • Who it’s for: People looking for scenery, history, hikes/long walks, and great food and drink
  • Drive time: There isn’t a huge amount of driving in the first 3 days of this route. The drive times increase as we move up into Galway and then on to Mayo.

Day 1: Limerick

limerick city kayak tour
Photo Via Get West

Day 1 takes us to Limerick, where we’ll be having a snoop around Ireland’s third-largest city.

If you’re exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, you can easily add Limerick to your itinerary.

While it’s not part of the WAW, it’s a stone’s throw from the ‘official route’.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Limerick section of our third 7 days in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Limerick
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Limerick in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to the best things to do in Limerick.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Limerick City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Visit King John’s Castle and dive into 800+ years of history

king johns castle
Photo by Shannon Development

2 – Escape the city for a while and head for a stroll in Ballyhoura

Ballyhoura Mountains
Photo by Failte Ireland

3 – Explore the magnificent Lough Gur as the sun starts to drop

lough gur limerick
Photo by Shannon Development

4 – Go thatch-cottage spotting in Adare

adare village cottages
Photo by Brian Morrison

5 – Get cultured at Limerick City Gallery of Art

limerick city art gallery
Photo via Shannon Development

6 – Soak up some vitamin D (it’ll more likely be rain that you’re soaking up…) with a ramble around the People’s Park

people's park limerick
Photo by Stevesphotography via Wikicommons

7 – Admire the architecture in the 850-year-old St Mary’s Cathedral

st mary's cathedral limerick
Photo by Brian Morrison

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Limerick, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 1

  • 11:00: Arrive in Limerick from your starting point (if you flew into Shannon Airport, happy days!)
  • 11:15: Grab a coffee from Hook & Ladder for a bit of pre-adventure fuel
  • 11:30: Visit St. John’s Castle and explore 800+ years of history
  • 13:00: Take the 7-minute walk to the Hunt Museum and tip inside for a look around
  • 13:45: Walk 5 minutes to the Buttery for a fine bit of lunch
  • 15:00: Take the 10-minute walk to the 850-year-old St. Mary’s Cathedral and have a ramble inside
  • 16:00: Walk 5 minutes to the Hunt Museum and have a nosey around
  • 17:00: Nip into Dolan’s pub for a post-adventure pint (if you fancy a bit of live music later in the evening, get yourself here!)
  • 18:00 – late: You’ll find recommendations on where to eat and sleep below

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Where to stay during your visit

thomond park limerick
Photo via limerick.ie

Where to stay in the city for less than €100

Othe great hotels €100+

Where to eat

glen tavern limerick pub
Photo via the Glen Tavern

Breakfast

  • The Buttery (4.5/5 from 800+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Texas Steakout (4.5/5 from 1,200+ reviews on Google)
  • The Locke Bar (4.5/5 from 2,400+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Hamptons Grill (4.5/5 from 500+ reviews on Google)
  • Tuscany at the Granary (4.5/5 from 480+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Limerick to nip into

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Limerick to nip into on your visit:

  • Dolan’s
  • Nancy Blake’s
  • Russell’s

Days 2 and 3: Clare

the armada spanish point

Days 2 and 3 see us move out to the coast and into County Clare.

Expect scenery. By the bucket-load.

If you’ve yet to explore this county, then you’ve PLENTY to look forward to.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Clare section of this guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Clare
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Clare in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to the best things to do in Clare.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Clare has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Have a gawk at the iconic Doonagore Castle

Doonagore castle doolin
Photo via Tourism Ireland

2 – Visit the Cliffs of Moher – the Wild Altantic Way’s top tourist attraction

the doolin cliff walk
The Doolin Cliff Walk: Photo by Chris Hill

3 – See a big aul Stalactite at the Doolin Cave

the doolin cave
Photo via the Doolin Cave

4 – Take the ferry from Doolin over to Inis Oirr Island

inis oirr island
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

5 – Enjoy some spectacular coastal views on the drive from Doolin to Kinvarra

Doolin to Kinvarra drive
Via Google Maps

6 – Have a gander at the magnificent cliffs at Loop Head Lighthouse

kilbaha cliffs loop head
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

7 – Get nostalgic at Father Ted’s House

father ted's house county clare
Father Ted’s House, County Clare: Photo by Ben Riordan

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your days in Clare, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 2

  • 11:40: Leave Limerick at 10 and take the hour and 40-minute drive to Loop Head Lighthouse (the cliffs here are amazing!)
  • 12:50: Drive along the coast to Kilkee Beach and get out for a ramble (30-minute drive)
  • 13:30: Next up is Spanish Point for lunch (30-minute drive). Head into the Old Bakehouse restaurant for a bite to eat
  • 15:00: Take the 30-minute drive along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher and gaze out at the cliffs till your heart’s content
  • 17:30: Get to Doolin and check into your accommodation (recommendations below)
  • 19:00 – late: Head to one of Doolin’s many great pubs and kick-back for the evening (head into Gus O’Connor’s if you fancy some live music)

Day 3

  • 11:00: Get a bit of a lie-in and take a ferry from Doolin over to Inis Oirr Island. Rent a bike on the island or take a horse and cart
  • 14:30: Visit the Doolin Cave and head off on the tour
  • 16:00: Take the 9-minute drive to Doonagore Castle and have a gawk
  • 17:30: Drive from Doolin to Kinvara in Galway (this takes around an hour – it’s a magnificent coastal drive).
  • 19:00 – late: Arrive at your accommodation in Kinvara and chill for the evening. Recommendations on pubs, restaurants, and hotels below 

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Where to stay during your visit

doolin village county clare
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Where to stay in Doolin

Where to stay in Kinvarra

Where to eat

things to do in Doolin Ireland
Photo by the brilliant Seán Haughton (@ wild_sky_photography)

Breakfast

  • Doolin: Doolin Café (4.7/5 from 170+ reviews on Google)
  • Kinvara: Keogh’s Of Kinvara (4.4/5 from 296+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Doolin: Gus O’Connor’s (4.5/5 from 1,800+ reviews on Google)
  • Kinvara: The Pier Head Bar & Restaurant (4.3/5 from 786+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Doolin: McGann’s Pub (4.7/5 from 1,200+ reviews on Google)
  • Kinvara: Keogh’s Of Kinvara (4.4/5 from 290+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Clare to nip into

gus o'conners pub doolin
Photo via Gus O’Conners on Facebook

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Clare to drop into on your visit:

  • Doolin: Gus O’Connor’s
  • Doolin: McGann’s
  • Kinvara: The Pier Head
  • Kinvara: Keogh’s
 

Day 4: Galway

view from the hill
Photo by Gareth McCormack

We’ll be stopping off in the city first, before heading out towards Connemara for the afternoon and early evening.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Galway section of this guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Galway
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Galway in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to 34 of the best places to visit in Galway.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Galway City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Visit Clifden and spin along the Sky Road

sky road clifden galway
Photo by Chris Hill

2 – Head for a drive, walk or cycle around Connemara National Park

connemara co galway
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

3 – Step back in time at Galway City Museum

Inside Galway City Museum
Photo via Galway City Museum on FB

4 – Head off on a walking tour of Galway City 

walking tour galway
Photo via Galway Tourism

5 – Have a stroll around the fairytale-like Kylemore Abbey

kylemore abbey connemara

6 – Grab an unforgettable view of Connemara from the top of Diamond Hill

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Galway, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 4

  • 10:30: Leave Kinvara at 9:50 and take the 40-minute drive to Galway City
  • 10:40: Park the car and head for a ramble around the city. If you’re hungry, get a bit of breakfast in Dela, or grab a coffee-to-go and stroll along Shop Street and on towards the Latin Quarter
  • The road to Connemara (aim for Kylemore Abbey): The best advice that I can give you for Connemara is to let your gut guide you. It’s the perfect place to get lost (in a car) as you tend to have little moments of delight when you stumble across natural beauty that you never knew existed
  • 15:00: When you’ve had your fill of the National Park, nip out to nearby Kylemore Abbey for a look around
  • 17:30: Finish up at Kylemore and head for a spin along the magnificent Sky Road (25-minute drive from the Abbey)
  • 18:00 – late: Stay in Clifden for the night (recommendations on places to eat, sleep, and drink below)

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Where to stay during your visit

Diamond Hill Walk
Photo by Gareth McCormack

Where to stay in Galway

Where to eat

Tigh Neachtain pub galway
Photo via Tigh Neachtain on Facebook

Breakfast

  • Galway City: Dela (4.7/5 from 600+ reviews on Google)
  • Clifden: Upstairs Downstairs Cafe (4.4/5 from 180+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Galway City: Ard Bia at Nimmos (4.7/5 from 580+ reviews on Google)
  • Clifden: Mitchell’s Restaurant (4.5/5 from 440+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Galway City: Brasserie On The Corner (4.6/5 from 830+ reviews on Google)
  • Clifden: Off The Square Restaurant (4.5/5 from 215+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Galway to nip into

o'connell's bar galway
Photo via This is Galway

Here’s a handful of the best pubs in Galway to nip into on your visit:

  • Galway City: Tigh Neachtain
  • Galway City: The Crane Bar
  • Galway City: An Pucan
  • Roundstone: O’Dowd’s
  • Clifden: Lowry’s

Days 5 and 6: Mayo

Things to do in Mayo Downpatrick head
Photo by Gareth McCormack

Next up on our third one week in Ireland guide is Mayo.

We’ll be spending time in the buzzy town of Westport, conquering Croagh Patrick, and exploring the coast.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Mayo section of this guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Mayo
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Mayo in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to 19 of the best things to do in Mayo.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Mayo has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Visit the north coast of Mayo and discover one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets

The Cliffs at Benwee Head
Photo by Gareth McCormack

2 – Catch one of the best views in the land from the top of Croagh Patrick

climbing croagh patrick
Photo by Gareth McCormack

3 – Spend a day driving, walking, cycling, and hiking on Achill Island

keem bay achill
Photo by Kelvin Gillmor

4 – Visit the Céide Fields (the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world)

the Céide Fields county mayo
Photo by Peter McCabe

5 – Check out thousands of layers of history at Downpatrick Head

downpatrick head walk
Photo by Alison Crummy

6 – Discover the Lost Valley (more on this one in our Mayo guide)

The Lost Valley in Mayo
Photo via the Lost Valley

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your 2 days in Mayo, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 5

  • 10:00: Get up and out the door for 10
  • 10:35: Take the 35-minute drive to the little village of Leenaun and admire the view of the Killary Fjord
  • 11:00: Next, take the road from Leenaun to Louisburg. This is one of the most scenic stretches of road in Ireland (takes around 40 minutes but allow 2 hours for stops)
  • 13:00: Make your way to Westport (28-minute drive) and grab a bit of lunch (recommendations below)
  • 14:00: Drive out to Croagh Patrick. Park the car. And climb to the top (4 – 5 hours). Here’s a full guide to climbing Croagh Patrick.
  • 18:00: Head back to Westport (15-minute drive) and get a well-earned feed (recommendations below)
  • 20:00: Spend the evening nursing pints and listening to live to music in Matt Molloy’s

Day 6

  • 10:00: Get a lie in and leave your accommodation (recommendations below) for 11
  • 11:00: Drive to Achill Island (1-hour drive) and spin out to Keel Beach and Keem Bay
  • 14:00: Arrive at Erris Head (1-hour and 20-minute drive) and head off on the loop walk (takes around 2 hours)
  • 16:30 – late: Now, you’ll have already driven a good bit on day 6. You can either spend the night in Belmullet (this glamping looks brilliant) or you can head on towards Benwee Head or Downpatrick Head. I’d be inclined to recommend that you finish up after Erris Head.

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Where to stay during your visit

climbing croagh patrick
Photo by Gareth McCormack

Where to stay in Mayo

Where to eat

Clare island north mayo
Photo by Christian McLeod

Breakfast

  • Westport: Leafy Greens Cafe (4.6/5 from 100+ reviews on Google)
  • Achill: The Cottage (4.6/5 from 80+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Westport: La Bella Vita (4.7/5 from 130+ reviews on Google)
  • Achill: The Amethyst Bar (4.5/5 from 500+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Westport: An Port Mór Restaurant (4.7/5 from 200+ reviews on Google)
  • Achill: Gielty’s Bar and Restaurant (4.3/5 from 400+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Mayo to nip into

matt molloy's pub Mayo

Here’s a handful of the best pubs in Mayo to nip into on your visit:

  • Westport: Matt Molloy’s
  • Westport: Toby’s
  • Newport: Nevin’s Newfield Inn
  • Achill: Mickey’s Bar
  • Belmullet: McDonnell’s

Wrapping up the third of our 7 nights in Ireland guides

As was the case with the previous two routes, I’ve left day 7 free.

Mainly to give you some time to get yourself together and get back home/to the airport/to the ferry.

I’ve left the comments section at the end of this guide open – have a question? Pop it in there and I’ll reply ASAP.

Ireland in a Week Route 4: Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Antrim

things to do in leitrim
Photo by Tom Archer

If I was spending a week in Ireland, I’d probably pick this route.

It hits Sligo and Donegal, which are two of my favourite counties.

It also squeezes in two counties that pack a mighty punch and that often get missed by people visiting Ireland.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our 4th route

  • Day 1: Fermanagh and Leitrim
  • Day 2: Sligo
  • Days 3, 4 and 5: Donegal
  • Day 6: Derry 
  • Day 7: Left free to give you time to get back home

Quick need-to-knows about this route

  • Who it’s for: People looking to see as much scenery as possible over the course of their one week in Ireland
  • Drive time: Lots (This one is for people that want to see as much as possible during their time here) 

a map of the 4th route

Day 1: Fermanagh and Leitrim

dublin to cuilcagh mountain
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Day 1 of our 4th route takes us to counties Fermanagh and Leitrim.

Both of these counties tend to get missed a fair bit by those planning a trip to Ireland.

I’m going to show you why you should visit them during your visit below.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Fermanagh and Leitrim section of our fourth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

Fermanagh in detail: Want to explore the best that this county has to offer? Dive into our detailed guide to the best things to do in Fermanagh.

Leitrim in detail: Explore 17 things to do in Leitrim (the most underrated county on the Wild Atlantic Way)

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Fermanagh and Leitrim have to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Climb Cuilcagh Mountain (my favourite stop in this 7 day Ireland itinerary)

getting from dublin to cuilcagh
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

2 – Explore the Marble Arch Caves (Northern Ireland’s largest cave network)

marble arch cave cavan

3 – Kick-back and listen to the music of the water crashing down at Glencar Waterfall

glencar waterfall leitrim
Photo by Stephen Duffy via Failte Ireland

4 – Spend an afternoon gliding along the Shannon in a rented boat

rent a boat leitrim
Photo by Chris Hill

5 – Start a morning in style with a stroll around the 17th-century Parke’s Castle on the banks of Lough Gill

parkes castle leitrim
Photo via Parkes Castle

6 – Or dive into the action with a visit to Lough Allen Adventure Centre

7 – Visit the North Leitrim Glens – one of Ireland’s true hidden gems

lough glenade leitrim
Photo bi Brian Lynch via Failte Ireland

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Fermanagh and Leitrim, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 1

  • 11:00: Arrive in Fermanagh from your starting point
  • 11:30: Point your car in the direction of Cuilcagh (Ireland’s Stairway to Heaven) and head off on the walk (2.5 – 3 hours)
  • 15:00: When you finish your walk, take the 3-minute drive to the Marble Arch Caves. Grab a bit to eat in the cafe and then do the tour
  • 17:00: Finish up at the caves and drive 45 minutes to Glencar Waterfall (Leitrim) and listen to the water crash
  • 18:00: Our next stop is the final stop for day 1. Take the 22-minute drive to the village of Dromhair and nip into Luna Restaurant for dinner
  • 19:00 – late: Try and get accommodation in Dromhair. Judging by what’s on booking.com, you may be better off trying Airbnb. Pub recommendations below.

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Where to eat

leitrim sup nd surf
Via Leitrim Surf Company on FB

Breakfast

  • The Happiness Trap (4.4/5 from 214+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Dromhair: Stanford Village Inn (4.6/5 from 50+ reviews on Google)
  • Fermanagh: The Taphouse Gastro Pub (4.5/5 from 390+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Dromhair: Riverbank Restaurant (4.6/5 from 180+ reviews on Google)
  • Fermanagh: Horseshoe & Saddlers (4.4/5 from 250+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Leitrim to nip into

If you stay in Dromhair, drop into the Stanford Village Inn.

It’s a gorgeous old-world pub.

Kick-back here for the evening and nurse a pint or 3.

Day 2: Sligo

A Colourful Benbulben in sligo
Photo by Chris Hill

Day 2 takes us out to the wonderful county of Sligo.

Known the world over for its literary heritage, rugged countryside, and its waves, Sligo is the perfect destination for those looking to get active.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Sligo section of our third 7 days in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Sligo in detail: Check out 27 things to do in Sligo this weekend: a guide for explorers (that like hikes, pints & ice cream)

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Sligo has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Stretch the legs on the Killaspugbrone Loop walk

Killaspugbrone Loop Sligo
Photo via Go Strandhill

2 – Grab your hiking boots and conquer the Knocknarea Queen Maeve Trail (one of my favourite places to visit in Ireland)

Knocknarea Mountain Walk
Photo by Alison Crummy

3 – Learn to surf at Strandhill

surfing in sligo
Via Strandhill Surf School

4 – Head for a ramble at Mullaghmore Head and admire the view of Classiebawn Castle set against Benbulben

mullaghmore head
Via Failte Ireland

5 – Spend a morning on the Benbulben Forest Walk

Benbulben county sligo
Benbulben: Photo by Chris Hill

6 – Spin along the Gleniff Horseshoe Drive

gleniff horseshoe sligo
Photo by Hugh Sweeny via Failte Ireland

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Sligo, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 2

  • 10:00: Get up and leave your accommodation in Dromhair for 10
  • 10:25: Take the 25-minute drive to Rosses Point and grab some breakfast in the Driftwood Cafe. Follow it up with a post-breakfast ramble along Rosses Point Beach
  • 11:20: Drive 20 minutes to Knocknarea and head off on the Queen Maeve Trail (takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes in total)
  • 13:30: When you finish your hike, take the 10-minute drive to Strandhill and get a LIGHT bite from Shell’s Cafe
  • 14:00: Try your hand at a surfing lesson on Strandhill Beach with the surf school (book in advance)
  • 18:00 – late: When you finish in the sea, take the 15-minute drive to Sligo Town, your base for the evening. Food, drink, and hotel recommendations below

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Where to stay during your visit

Culleenamore Beach Sligo
Photo via Go Strandhill

Where to stay in Sligo Town for less than €100

Othe great hotels €100+

Where to eat

strand bar sligo
Photo via the Strand Bar

Breakfast:

  • Sligo Town: Hooked (4.3/5 from 400+ reviews on Google)
  • Sligo Town: Knox (4.5/5 from 280+ reviews on Google)
  • Strandhill: The Little Cottage Cafe (4.7/5 from 250+ reviews on Google)

Lunch:

  • Strandhill: Shells Cafe (4.6/5 from 700+ reviews on Google)

Dinner:

  • Sligo Town: Eala Bhan (4.5/5 from 350+ reviews on Google)
  • Sligo Town: Coach Lane Restaurant (4.5/5 from 340+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Sligo to nip into

hargadons pub sligo
Photo by Peter McCabe

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Sligo to nip into on your visit:

  • Thomas Connolly Bar
  • Hardagon’s
  • The Garavogue
  • The Swagman

Days 3, 4, and 5: Donegal

Ballymastocker Bay from the sky
Photo by Martin Flemming

The third and fourth days of this 7 nights in Ireland guide see us move further up the coast to County Donegal.

Donegal is one of those places that I could see myself retiring to.

The scenery’s incredible, there’s an endless number of things to do and places to see, and there’s many a mighty pub.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Donegal section of our third 1 week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Donegal
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Donegal in detail: Hop into our guide to 45+ places to visit in Donegal in 2019.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Donegal has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Grab a glorious view of Horn Head

horn head donegal
Photo by Chris Hill via Failte Ireland

2 – Head off on the Atlantic Drive and stop off at Tra Na Rossan view

Tra Na Rossan
Photo by Chris Hill

3 – Listen to the wind and waves at Fanad Head Lighthouse

fanad lighthouse ireland
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

4 – Visit Ballymastocker Bay – one of the best beaches in the world

Ballymastocker Bay donegal
Photo by Chris Hill via Failte Ireland

5 – Dodge the crowds and admire a mighty view at Grianan of Aileach

Grianan of Aileach donegal
Photo by Tom Archer

6 – Get the heart rate up with a cycle at Mamore Gap

mamore gap in donegal
Photo via Failte Ireland

7 – Spin along the bendy road at the Glengesh Pass

glengesh pass donegal
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

8 – Visit the highest sea cliffs on the island of Ireland (Sliabh Liag)

slieve league cliffs photo
Photo by Paul Lindsay

9 – Visit the almost other-worldly Malin Head

malin head drone shot
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your days in Donegal, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 3

  • 10:30: Get up. Get fed. And hit the road for 10:30
  • 11:25: Take the 50-minute drive to Donegal Castle and have a ramble around it
  • 12:20: Drive 40 minutes to Muckross Head. There’s a beach near here that isn’t plotted on Google Maps, but you’ll find it if you aim for Muckross Head
  • 13:30: Next up is the Slieve League Cliffs. It’s a 30-minute drive from your last stop. You can park at the first car park that you come to at Slieve League and walk to the cliffs (roughly 50 minutes) or open the gate and drive to the top
  • 16:00: Take the 20-minute drive to the Rusty Mackrel and get a bit of lunch
  • 17:30: Next up is Silver Strand Beach. It’s a 20-minute drive from our last stop
  • 19:00: Head for Ardara. Your base for the night. Take the road that passes through the magnificent Glengesh Pass
  • 20:00 – late: Find restaurant, pub and accommodation recommendations below

Day 4

  • 10:30: Get up. Get fed. And hit the road for 10:30
  • 11:30: Arrive in Glenveagh (1-hour drive) and head off on one of the walks (they range from 40 minutes to 2 hours)
  • 14:30: Take the 30-minute drive to Horn Head and admire the view.
  • 15:45: Drive 10 minutes to Muck n Muffins for a bit of lunch
  • 16:30: Take the 8-minute drive to Marble Hill Strand and head for a stroll along the sand
  • 17:30 – late: When you finish up your ramble, you’ll be a handy 5-minute drive from the Shandon Hotel where you’ll be spending the night. Grab some food here and chill for the evening

Day 5

  • 10:30: Get up. Get fed. And hit the road for 10:30
  • 11:30: We’re going to kick the day off with the Atlantic Drive (it’s amazing!). Head for Downings first (25-minute drive), then follow the coast to Doagh (9-minute drive) and continue on to Tra Na Rossan View (7-minute drive)
  • 12:30: Next up is Fanad Head Lighthouse. It’s a 30-minute drive from Tra Na Rossan View
  • 14:00: Take the 15-minute drive to Portsalon Beach and head for a stroll
  • 14:45: Take the 3-minute drive to the Pier Restaurant for a bite to eat
  • 17:00: Hit the road. There’s a long drive ahead. You’re an hour and 45 minutes away from Malin Head – our final stop of the day
  • 19:00 – late: When you finish at Malin Head, take the 25-minute drive to Carndonagh. Find restaurant, pub and accommodation recommendations below

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Where to stay during your visit

nancys bar ardara donegal
Photo via Donegal Holiday Cottages

Great spots to spend the night

Where to eat

Breakfast

  • Donegal Town: Blueberry Tea Room and (4.7/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Donegal Town: Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh’s Restaurant (4.5/5 from 700+ reviews on Google)
  • Teelin (near Slieve League): The Rusty Mackerel (4.7/5 from 400+ reviews on Google)
  • Portsalon: The Pier Restaurant (4.3/5 from 130+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Donegal Town: Linda’s Diner (4.6/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)
  • Ardara: Nancy’s (4.7/5 from 380+ reviews on Google)
  • Carndonagh: The Butterbean Restaurant (4.5/5 from 180+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Donegal to nip into

guinness mayo

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Donegal to nip into on your visit:

  • Nancy’s, Ardara
  • The Reel Inn, Donegal Town

Day 6: Derry

derry girls mural
Photo by Gardiner Mitchell via Tourism Ireland

Our 6th day on the road takes us to Derry, where we’ll be exploring the city along with some of the wider county.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Derry section of our third 7 nights in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do in Derry
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint
Derry in detail: Check out our guide to 25 things to do in Derry this weekend: girls, murals, Irish pubs & big ass waterfalls

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Derry has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Soak up some history at the Dery City Walls

derry city walls
Photo by Brian Morrison

2 – Head off on a walking tour that takes in the Free Derry Corner (and much more)

free derry corner
Photo by louise price via Wikipedia

3 – Take a tour of the city’s murals with the artists that painted them (more info in our Derry guide)

bogside mural tour
Photo via the Bogside Artists

4 – Ramble along the Peace Bridge 

peace bridge derry
Photo by Gardiner Mitchell Photography via Tourism Ireland

6 – Take a beer masterclass at the Walled City Brewery

Walled City Brewery Derry
Photo via the Walled City Brewery on FB

7 – Jump back in time at St. Columb’s Cathedral

St Columb's Cathedral derry
Photo by Gardiner Mitchell Photography via Tourism Ireland

8 – Have a gander at the Derry Girls mural

derry girls mural
Photo by Gardiner Mitchell via Tourism Ireland

9 – Check out the magnificent Guildhall

The Guildhall derry city
Photo by Brian Morrison

10 – Paddle your way around the city as the sun starts to drop

Derry sup challenge
Photo via farandwild.org

11 – Get a panoramic view of Derry City from Tower Museum

The tower museum derry
Photo via the Tower Museum on FB

12 – Marvel at Mussenden Temple

mussenden temple
Photo by Matthew Woodhouse

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Derry, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 6

  • 11:00: Get up and out the door for 11
  • 11:35: Take the 35-minute drive to Derry City and head off on a walking tour that takes in the city’s murals and much more
  • 13:30: Head over to Pyke ’N’ Pommes for a bit of lunch
  • 15:00: Take a stroll alongside the Derry City Walls
  • 16:00: When you finish at the walls, take the 10-minute walk over to the Museum of Free Derry and take a stroll around
  • 17:20: After leaving the museum, walk 12 minutes to the Peace Bridge and walk across it
  • 18:30: Grab some dinner in Browns in Town (7-minute walk from the Peace Bridge)
  • 20:00 – late: When you’ve finished eating, walk two minutes to Peadar O’Donnell’s for the best Guinness in Derry and a bit of live music 

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Where to stay during your visit

derry glamping
Photo via Swanns Bridge Glamping

Where to stay in the city for less than €100

Othe great hotels €100+

Where to eat

Primrose Cafe Derry
Photo via Primrose Derry

Breakfast

  • Primrose (4.5/5 from 390+ reviews on Google)
  • The Pickled Duck Cafe (4.5/5 from 270+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Pyke ‘N’ Pommes (4.9/5 from 320+ reviews on Google)
  • Brickwork (4.6/5 from 360+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • The Sooty Olive (4.6/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)
  • The Exchange (4.6/5 from 480+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Derry to nip into

Peadar O’Donnell’s derry
Photo via Peadar O’Donnell’s

The only pub in Derry that I can recommend is Peadar O’Donnell’s.

I spent many hours there one winters evening.

The pub is a proper old Irish pub and the Guinness is top-notch.

Wrapping up our fourth Ireland 7 day itinerary

I’ve left day 7 free.

Mainly to give you some time to get yourself together and get back home/to the airport/to the ferry.

I’ve left the comments section at the end of this guide open – have a question? Pop it in there and I’ll reply ASAP.a

One Week in Ireland Route 5: Meath, Louth, Down, Armagh, Antrim

Newgrange meath
Photo by Brian Morrison

Here’s a quick breakdown of our 5th one week in Ireland route

  • Day 1: Meath
  • Day 2: Louth
  • Day 3: Armagh
  • Day 4: Down 
  • Day 5 and 6: Antrim
  • Day 7: Left free

Quick need-to-knows about this route

  • Who it’s for: People looking for a mix of history, mythology, scenery, and great food and drink
  • Drive time: Considerable 

7 days in Ireland route 5

Day 1: Meath

knowth county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

Day 1 of our final week in Ireland guide takes us to Meath.

This county is known for its archaeological sites, like Brú na Bóinne, which is home to Newgrange and Knowth.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Meath section of our fifth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

Meath in detail: Have a nosey at our guide to 22 things to do in Meath today (there’s more to this county than Newgrange)

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Dublin city and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Nip into the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre

bru na bonnie visitor centre
Photo by Failte Ireland

2 – Then head for a stroll around Newgrange

Newgrange meath
Photo by Brian Morrison

3 – Followed by a ramble around Knowth

knowth county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

4 – Give glamping at Rock Farm Slane a bash and spend the night somewhere quirky

rock farm camping
Photo via Rock Farm Slane on FB

5 – Tantalise your tastebuds on the reasonably new Slane Distillery Tour

plane distillery in meath

6 – Then have a nosy at the iconic Slane Castle

plane castle meath 

7 – Test your nerves on the largest wooden rollercoaster in Europe at Tayto Park

tattoo park best things to do in meath
Photo via Tayto Park

8 – Dive into history at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

battle of the boyne visitor centre
Photo by Neil Houghton 

9 – Hop into a kayak and go flying along the River Boyne

kayaking on the boyne
Photo via Boyne Valley Activities

13 – Chill on the grass across from Trim Castle at sunset and soak up the view

trim castle county meath
Photo by Tony Pleavin

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Meath, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 1

  • 11:00: Arrive in Meath from your starting point
  • 11:30: Stop 1 is the Hill of Tara
  • 12:30: Next up is Trim Castle (20-minute drive)
  • 13:30: Our third stop takes us 35 minutes up the road to Bru Na Boinne (book this tour in advance)
  • 17:00: Slane Castle is our final stop of the day. There’s a tour of the castle that runs until five during the summer months. Get here and have a look around.
  • 18:30 – late: Find restaurant, pub and accommodation recommendations below

Where to stay during your visit

hotel in plane meath

There’s plenty of great accommodation in Meath.

Where you stay will, naturally enough, depend on where your route that day takes you.

Here are some suggestions on where to. spend the night.

Where to eat

the snailbox meath
Photo via the Snailbox on Facebook

Breakfast

  • Navan: Room8 (4.7/5 from 230+ reviews on Google)
  • Trim: Rosemary Bistro (4.6/5 from 230+ reviews on Google)
  • Ashbourne: Corks Cafe & Wine Bar (4.6/5 from 170+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Ashbourne: The Donkey Shed Restaurant (4.5/5 from 580+ reviews on Google)
  • Slane: Inside Out (4.6/5 from 270+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Ashbourne: The Snailbox (4.5/5 from 1,160+ reviews on Google)
  • Slane: Conyngham Arms (4.3/5 from 420+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Meath to nip into

pints in a pub in galway

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Meath.

Have any others that you’d recommend? Pop a comment into the comments section below this guide:

  • James Griffin Pub, Trim
  • The Snailbox, Ashbourne
  • The Grasshopper Inn, Clonee

Day 2: Louth

things to do in drogheda
Photo by and via Failte Ireland

The second day of our final route takes us on to County Louth.

Louth, like Meath, is a county known for the wealth of history attached to its land.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Louth section of our fifth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

Louth in detail: Have a nosey at our guide to 41 things to do in Louth in 2019: A guide to historic sites, A+ scenery, great food & pints

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Louth has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Rent a bike and spin along the Carlingford Greenway

the carlingford greenway
Photo by Tony Plevin

2 – Go zipping about the place in the Carlingford Adventure Centre

Ziptopia carlingford adventure centre
Photo via Carlingford Adventure Centre

3 – Have a nosey at St. Laurence’s Gate in Drogheda

st laurences gate drogheda
Photo via Google Maps

4 – Soak up history and views at the iconic Millmount Fort

millmount fort drogheda
Photo Source

5 – Take a spin out to Mellifont Abbey

melinfont abbey louth
Photo by Chris Hill

6 – Get cultured at the Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery

Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery drogheda
Photo via Discover the Boyne Valley

7 – Climb Slieve Foye in Carlingford

Slieve Foye Carlingford
A very dodgy photo I took on an old phone in 2018

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Louth, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 2

  • 10:00: Get up and on the road for 10
  • 10:30: Spin out to Drogheda (25-minute drive), park the car, and ramble down to St. Laurence’s Gate
  • 11:00: Next up is the Millmount Museum (10-minute walk)
  • 12:00: When you’re ready, take the 10-minute stroll to the Magdalene Tower
  • 12:45: Head back to your car and take the 15-minute drive out to Mellifont Abbey
  • 13:25: Next, take the 10-minute spin out as far as the historic Monasterboice
  • 14:00: When you’re ready, drive 3 minutes to the Monasterboice Inn for a bite to eat
  • 15:30: When you’ve finished lunch, take the 25-minute drive up to Cú Chulainn’s Castle
  • 16:30: Our final stop of the day takes us to Carlingford. (30-minute drive). Visit King John’s Castle, walk along by the water, and nip into some of the town’s many lively pubs

Where to stay

walking in carlingford
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Louth is home to a nice variety of hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses, and Airbnbs.

If you don’t fancy browsing through places to stay online, I’ve popped in some great central spots to stay below.

Note: all of the below are based in Carlingford, as that’s where the suggested itinerary above finishes for the day.

Great places to stay in Carlingford

Where to eat

where to eat carlingford
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Breakfast

  • Drogheda: Moorland’s (4.1/5 from 320+ reviews on Google)
  • Dundalk: Kingfisher Restaurant (4.3/5 from 380+ reviews on Google)
  • Carlingford: Wildwood Café (4.7/5 from 90+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Drogheda: Eastern Seaboard (4.1/5 from 550+ reviews on Google)
  • Dundalk: McGeough’s Bar & Restaurant (4.4/5 from 605+ reviews on Google)
  • Carlingford: Ruby Ellen’s Tea Rooms (4.6/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Drogheda: Black Bull Inn (4.2/5 from 1,000+ reviews on Google)
  • Dundalk: Windsor Bar and Restaurant (4.5/5 from 621+ reviews on Google)
  • Carlingford: Carlingford Arms Pub & Restaurant (4.4/5 from 580+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Louth to nip into

the glyde inn dundalk

Here’s a handful of my favourite pubs in Louth.

Have any others that you’d recommend? Pop a comment into the comments section below this guide:

  • The Glyde Inn, Annagassan
  • Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant, Jenkinstown
  • Clarke’s, Drogheda
  • PJ O’Hare’s, Carlingford

Day 3: Armagh

st patrick's cathedral armagh
Photo by Brian Morrison

Day 3 takes us up to County Armagh.

Expect history by the boat-load, a forest drive that’ll treat you to one of the best views in this part of the country, and plenty more.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Armagh section of our fifth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

Armagh in detail: Have a nosey at our guide to 18 things to do in Armagh: cider festivals, one of the best drives in Ireland & lots more

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Armagh has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Step back in time at Navan Fort

navan fort armagh
Photo by Brian Morrison

2 – Spin along the Slieve Gullion Scenic Drive (the view is incredible)

slieve guillion forest park
Photo by The Irish Road Trip

3 – Head for a ramble around Lurgan Park – the second biggest park in Ireland

lurgan park armagh
Photo via Lurgan Park

4 – Nip into the Armagh Robinson Library

robinson library armagh
Photo via Visit Armagh

5 – Take a tour of a working Orchard

armagh orchird

6 – Immerse yourself in local history at the Armagh County Museum (the oldest in Ireland)

Armagh County Museum
Photo by Chris Hill

7 – Drop by  Gosford Castle (it featured heavily in Game of Thrones)

gosford castle armagh
Photo via Maison Real Estate

8 – Clear the head with a stroll around Palace Demesne Public Park

Palace Demesne Public Park Armagh
Photo via Tourism Ireland

9 – Visit St.Patrick’s Cathedral… both of them

st patrick's cathedral armagh
Photo by Brian Morrison

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Armagh, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 3

  • 10:30: Leave Carlingford at 10:30 and get on the road
  • 10:55: Take the 25-minute drive to Slieve Gullion Forest Park and head off on the one-way drive around the park (it’s amazing!)
  • 12:00: Head on to Gosford Castle next (30-minute drive). The perfect mid-day stop for Game of Thrones fans
  • 13:00: Next, take the 30-minute drive out to Navan Fort and explore Ulster’s most important archaeological site
  • 14:20: You’ve a short drive next. Spin 8 minutes to Uluru Bar & Grill for a bit of lunch
  • 15:30: Drop the car off at your accommodation in Armagh centre (recommendations below) and walk to Armagh County Museum and head inside
  • 17:00: When you’ve had your fill of the museum, walk 15 minutes to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and have a gander at the first stone Church founded by Ireland’s Patron Saint
  • 18:30 – late: Find restaurant, pub, and hotel recommendations below

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Where to stay during your visit

glamping armagh
Photo via Blue Bell Lane Glamping

There’s plenty of solid accommodation in Armagh.

I’m going to recommend that you stay nice and central, so you can leave the car and head off out for the evening.

Here are some suggestions on where to. spend the night.

  • Dobbin Lodge (rated 9.7/10 – Exceptional on booking.com)
  • 7 Houses (rated 9.6/10 – Exceptional on booking.com)

Where to eat

restaurant in the shandon

Breakfast

  • Embers (4.3/5 from 350+ reviews on Google)
  • Mulberry bistro (4.7/5 from 200+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Uluru Bar & Grill (4.2/5 from 300+ reviews on Google)
  • Keegan’s Bar (4.7/5 from 200+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Toni’s Bar & Grill (4.5/5 from 200+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Armagh to nip into

McConville’s bar portadown
Photo via McConville’s Pub

I’ve only been to Armagh once.

The time I was there, we spent an evening in the only brilliant McConville’s pub.

It’s been stood proudly on the corner of Portadown Mainstreet since the 1800s.

A lovely spot.

Day 4: Down

ards peninsula in county down
Photo via visitardsandnorthdown.com

County Down is somewhat of a hidden gem.

For some bizarre reason, people tend to pass it by, even though they’ll probably be a stone’s thrown from it while they’re visiting Belfast or driving along the Causeway Coastal Route.

Which is a shame, as Down is a county home to some of the best walks and hikes in Ireland.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Down section of our fifth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

County Down in detail: Have a nosey at our guide to 18 things to do in County Down in 2019: st. Patrick’s grave, Game of Thrones, & more

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what County Down has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Explore a chunk of the Mourne Mountains 

mourne wall walk
Photo by Ricky Bamford (Creative Commons)

2 – Take a trip out to Castle Ward (another one for the Game of Thrones fans)

castle ward exterior
Photo by Brian Morrison

3 – Head for a ramble along the spectacular Murlough Beach

murlough beach in down
Photo by Bernie Brown

4 – Gulp down fresh air on a stroll around Tollymore Forrest

a bridge in Tollymore Forrest
Photo by Chris Hill

5 – Sample a pint from the 200-year-old Maghera Inn

The Maghera Inn Down
Photo via The Maghera Inn on FB

6 – Visit Down Cathedral (the burial place of St. Patrick)

exterior shot of Down Cathedral
Photo by Brian Morrison

7 – Head for a saunter around Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle in county down
Photo by Bernie Brown

8 – Step back in time at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

inside the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in down
Photo by NearEMPTiness via Wiki Commons

9 – Watch the sun drop over Strangford Lough

Strangford lough
Photo by Bernie Brown vi Tourism Ireland

10 – Dive into the story of St. Patrick at the St. Patrick Centre

exterior shot of The Saint Patrick Centre
Photo via Discover NI

11 – Spend the weekend exploring, eating, and drinking on the Ards Peninsula

ards peninsula in county down
Photo via visitardsandnorthdown.com

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Down, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 3

  • 10:00: Leave Armagh at 10:00 and get on the road
  • 11:10: Take the 1-hour and 10-minute drive to Slieve Donard. There’s a 2.5-hour walk you can do here along with several longer ones
  • 14:00: When you’ve finished your hike, take the 10-minute drive to the Great Jones restaurant for a bit of well-earned lunch
  • 15:30: When you finish eating, take the 15-minute spin out to Murlough Beach and head for a saunter along the sand
  • 16:45: Next up is Down Cathedral – the burial place of St. Patrick. It’s a handy 25-minute drive from the beach
  • 18:00: Take the 50-minute drive to Belfast City (Antrim) and check into your accommodation. You’ll find hotel, restaurant, and pub recommendations below

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Where to stay during your visit

most bombed hotel in europe
Photo via the Europa Hotel Belfast

We’ve moved out of County Down and into County Antrim at the end of day 4.

Belfast City, like most major cities, has a mix of expensive and reasonable accommodation.

Here are some places that are central and that come highly recommended:

Places to stay in Belfast City for less than €100

Places to stay in Belfast City for €100+

Where to eat 

maggie mays cafe belfast

I’ve popped in breakfast and lunch recommendations for Down, and then a dinner recommendation for Belfast, as you’ll be there for the evening.

Breakfast

  • Down: Sea Salt Café and Bistro (4.5/5 from 230+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Down: Quinns Bar (4.4/5 from 640+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Belfast: Havana Bank Sq (4.5/5 from 400+ reviews on Google)
  • Belfast: Mourne Seafood Bar (4.5/5 from 850+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Belfast to nip into

the crown liquer saloon
Photo via Visit Belfast

I’ve been to Belfast many times over the years.

The city is home to a good wallop of great pubs.

Here are 3 of my favourites:

  • The Crown Liquor Saloon
  • Kelly’s Cellars
  • The Dirty Onion 

Day 5: Belfast then on to the coast

belfast castle exterior
Photo via Tourism Ireland

We’ll be spending the final two days of this 7 day driving tour of Ireland in County Antrim.

The bulk of day 5 will be spent milling around Belfast City, while the tail end of our 5th day on the road along with all of day 6 will be spent on the Antrim coast.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Belfast section of our fifth one week in Ireland guide:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

Belfast in detail: Have a nosey at our guide to 25 things to do in Belfast today (if you’re fond of amazing views, history + ancient pubs)

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what Belfast City and the wider county has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Get your adventure rolling with a Black Cab Tour

Belfast black cab tour
A black cab in action: By Tony Pleavin

2 – Do the tour of the Crumlin Road Gaol/Prison 

crumlin road goal in belfast
Photo via Crumlin Road Gaol (crumlinroadgaol.com/gallery/album/gaol-spaces/)

3 – Ramble around the grounds of Belfast City Hall

belfast city hall
Belfast City Hall by Patrick Lennon

4 – Spend the night at the most bombed hotel in Europe

most bombed hotel in europe
Photo via the Europa Hotel Belfast

5 – Catch a show at the historic Grand Opera House Belfast

grand opera house belfast
Photo via Visit Belfast

6 – Have a wander around St Anne’s Cathedral

St Anne's Cathedral
Photo by Donna via Wikicommons

7 – Get immersed in Narnia on the C.S. Lewis trail

cs lewis trail belfast
Photo via Discover NI

8 – Jump aboard the Nomadic

ss nomadic belfast
Photo by Tony Pleavin via Tourism Ireland

9 – Spend an afternoon working your way around the Titanic Belfast

Titanic museum belfast
Photo by Chris Hill

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day in Belfast, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 5

  • 10:00: Get up and out of your accommodation for 10:00
  • 10:15: Book a Black Cab Tour in advance of your arrival. It’ll pick you up and take you on an unforgettable journey through Belfast’s history
  • 12:00: Head out to Titanic Belfast and take the tour
  • 14:00: Make your way to the Cathedral Quarter (27-minute walk) and nip into Made in Belfast for a bite to eat
  • 15:20: Head back and grab your car. Our next stop is Cave Hill to get a walk in and to get an incredible view out over Belfast. The walk here takes between 45 and 75 minutes – more info)
  • 18:00 – late: Head back to your accommodation in the city and chill for the evening. Use the recommendations given on day 5 to find somewhere to eat and drink.

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Day 6: Antrim

causeway coastal route cycle
The Causeway Coastal Route: By Chris Hill

Now, you’ll hear from some people that tackling the Causeway Coastal Route in a day is impossible, but that’s not true.

Sure, more time would be ideal, but you can still see a tonne of stuff in a day.

I’ve done it with a friend recently, so I’m speaking from personal experience.

Here’s what you’ll find in the Antrim section of our fifth 7 day ireland itinerary:

  • LOADS of stuff to do
  • Advice on where to grab a bite to eat
  • Recommendations on where to stay and where to enjoy a post-adventure pint

The Causeway Coastal Route in detail: Planning on driving or cycling it? Here’s a full guide to driving along the Causeway Coast.

Things to do

Here’s a taste of just some of what the Antrim Coast has to offer.

Dive in!

1 – Spin along the wonderful Torr Head Scenic Route

2 – Take some time out and bask in the beauty (and silence – it’s rarely visited by crowds of tourists) Murlough Bay.

Murlough bay antrim
Photo by Matthew Woodhouse

3 – Check out the now crumbly Kinbane Castle

4 – Walk along the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge

carrick a rede bridge
Photo by @storytravelers

5 – Grab a coffee and head for a stroll at Ballintoy Harbour

ballintoy harbour
Photo by Chris Hill

7 – Drop by the Giants Causeway – one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland

the giants causeway coastal route
Photo by Arthur Ward

8 – Gaze out at the ruins of Dunluce Castle 

dunluce castle antrim
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

A ready-made itinerary

If you hate planning, or if you’re struggling to put together your day on the Antrim Coast, I’ve jotted down a full itinerary that you can follow.

You may need to tweak it a little, but it’ll act as a good starting point.

Day 6

  • 10:00: Get up and out of your accommodation for 10:00
  • 10:15: Take the 35-minute drive to the Gobbins and do the tour
  • 13:45: Stick to the coast and keep spinning for an hour until you reach the Cushendun Caves (one for the Game of Thrones fans)
  • 14:00: Take the 2-minute drive to Mary McBride’s Bar and grab a bite to eat
  • 15:00: Take the scenic route to Torr Head (it’s a 20-minute drive from where you had lunch)
  • 15:45: Continue along the coast (25-minutes) to the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and get in and cross it
  • 17:00: Drive 15 minutes to the Giants Causeway and head off on the tour (open until 19:00 from June to September and 18:00 in October. Closes at 17:00 in November)
  • 19:00: If you’re visiting during the summer or spring months, you’ll still have daylight at this time in the evening. Drive 10 minutes to Dunluce Castle and admire the ruins from afar.
  • 20:00 – late: Find recommendations on where to eat, sleep, and drink below

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Where to stay during your visit

torr head antrim

If you follow the itinerary listed above, your day will finish up at Dunluce.

I’d recommend taking the short 8-minute drive to the town of Portrush and spending the night there.

Here are some recommendations on where to stay:

Great places to stay in Portrush

Where to eat

dinner at the shandon

Breakfast

  • Belfast (that’s where you’ll be waking up on day 6): Harlem Cafe (4.4/5 from 800+ reviews on Google)

Lunch

  • Cushendun: Mary McBride’s Bar (4.7/5 from 240+ reviews on Google)

Dinner

  • Portrush: Ramore Restaurants (4.4/5 from 1,400+ reviews on Google)
  • Portrush: Neptune & Prawn (4.4/5 from 450+ reviews on Google)
  • Portrush: 55 Degrees North (4.0/5 from 1,400+ reviews on Google)

Pubs in Portrush to nip into

gus o conners doolin village

Here’s a couple of pubs in Portrush that you can drop into while you’re there.

  • Kiwi’s Brew Bar
  • Harbour Gin Bar

Wrapping up the last of our 1 week in Ireland road trips

I’ve left day 7 free.

Mainly to give you some time to get yourself together and get back home/to the airport/to the ferry.

I’ve left the comments section at the end of this guide open – have a question? Pop it in there and I’ll reply ASAP.

Frequently Asked Questions about spending a week in Ireland

I’ve been getting questions about how to spend a week in Ireland since we published our guide to 5 days in Ireland.

Below, you’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions that I’ve had hit my inbox:

How long does it take to drive across Ireland?

if you’re talking about, quite literally, driving across Ireland, e.g. from Dublin to Clifden, that would take 3 and a half hours.

That’s without stopping.

Is 7 days enough in Ireland?

More time is always better. You could spend 7 months in Ireland and still not see everything. You’ll be able to see plenty on a 7 day driving tour of Ireland, but you’ll have lots left to see on your next visit.

How long does it take to drive around Ireland

We created a guide to driving around Ireland in 18 days. Realistically, you need a decent amount of time. Otherwise, you’ll just spend the whole time drive and seeing very little.

How much does it cost to go to Ireland for a week?

This is a near-impossible question to answer, as so many different factors come into play (flights, the type of accommodation you stay in, food, whether or not you drink).

Wondering what to see in Ireland in 7 days? Or have another itinerary question?

Climbing Carrauntoohil
Photo via Failte Ireland

Deciding what to see in Ireland in 7 days isn’t easy.

So, if you’re stuck, take 2 minutes to pop your question into the comment section below.

I’ll help you out!

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I have done most of 1 (without the cities), all of 2 and more, all of 3 and more, most of 4, and some of 5. Brilliant. Back in four weeks to do some more of Mayo and north Galway. Can’t wait.

    • Hi Keith! A friend and I are planning a trip to Ireland in May for 6-7 days this year. We’d like to go to Dublin and Galway and want to experience both city life, pubs and nature. Do you have some recommendations on what to do and where to stay?

  2. Hiya Keith
    Just done a seven day trip ourselves, two adults with two chapeens, firstly two days with some friends in Dub, then northwards.
    Your breakdowns here are great and exactly what we tourists are looking for.
    I’m Irish and living in Stockholm so it’s easy to loose touch or not be aware of new developments but I will check back here for the next trips.
    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work. Appreciate your straight to the point style

  3. Keith, we are looking at Ireland as our spring break destination – leaving the night of March 13 from the U.S. and returning March 22. Wondering if this is not an ideal time to visit Ireland, or if you would recommend 1 itinerary over another due to the dates. I did find a place I would like to stay in Dingle with awesome reviews – possibly 2 nights…
    Thank you so much!
    Teresa

    • Hi Teresa,

      It’d be worth reading out guide to visiting in March for an insight into what you can expect from the weather at this time of the year.

      If it was me, I’d go with the Cork and Kerry itinerary. I’ve done this a few times now and it never fails to disappoint.

      Where did you find in Dingle, out of interest? I’m always on the lookout for good spots 🙂

      Cheers,

      Keith

  4. Keith: My husband and I are planning at trip in May 2020 to Ireland for our 25th wedding anniversary. We are planning on 1 week. We want to visit Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, and possibly Galway. Is that possible? We want to stay in a castle 1 night along the way. Any suggestions/guidance?

    • Hi Sheree,

      If you’re looking to take it slow and spend a couple of nights in places, I’d look to cut one of the destinations from the itinerary. If you’re happy to move about, you should be fine.

      If you’re looking for a very unique experience, you can rent an entire castle in Kilkenny to yourself. Check it out here.

  5. Hi there,
    I’m arriving to Dublin on the evening of the 9th April 2020 and leave on the evening of the 18th April. During this time I want to spend a day in Dublin (we have some friends there) and two nights in Belfast (we have family there). In between I would love to see Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Doolin/Cliffs of Mohar, Galway (before making our way to Belfast). I do know this is a lot, but what I want to know is, is this feasible/realistic in the time we have!!!? And if not, what should I cut…? Or anything I should add…!
    Many thanks!
    Emma

    • Hi Emma,

      That is a lot… the issue with your itinerary is that you want to get to Belfast (in the north) and then Cork and Kerry, both of which are at the opposite end of the island. And you also want to get out to the west of Ireland to visit Galway.

      You’re going to have to cut some of these places out. Otherwise, you’ll spend all of your time in the car. Here’s what I’d do:

      Day 1: Dublin
      Day 2 and 3: Cork
      Day 4 and 5: Kerry (make Kenmare your base)
      Day 6: Clare (Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, etc.)
      Day 7 and 8: Belfast (use the half-day to drive back to Dublin)

      By cutting out Galway you can spend 2 nights in most places and not overstretch yourself. If you wanted to, you could only do a day in Cork and then spend a day in Galway.

      I hope this helps.

      Keith

  6. Love your blog – outstanding – we are trying to do an Ireland – London trip
    With our 2 teens and 77 year old nana. Planning 6-7 days Ireland and 3 in London. Should we just fly into
    Dublin and do day trips ? We don’t want to be moving every 2 days . Any suggestions would be appreciated

  7. Hello! We are doing a 2 month Europe Trip. Quickest way to see the most in 7 days (if we could see more by flying within Ireland, that would be an option as well.) We are nature lovers and are not big on castle, pubs and caves (love caves just get claustrophobic). We are older so long strenuous hikes are not an option. From the searching I have done The cliffs, waterfalls, and quint villages are interesting to us. We like to stretch are funds but are not against paying for something we really enjoy.

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