Welcome to your ultimate itinerary for your EPIC Road trip in Ireland! Here you’ll find a 9-day guide on the southern towns to visit in Ireland with suggested activities highlighted in each cute little Irish town. Don’t forget to check out these EXTRA tips for to help plan your trip to Ireland!
Day 1-2: Arrive in Ireland
- Arrive at the Dublin Airport and check into accommodation
- Take time to adjust to time zone and get over jet lag
- Drink a Guinness! You’re in Ireland!
Day 2-3: Be a tourist in Dublin
- View the ancient Book of Kells at the impressive library in Trinity College
- Walk across the pedestrian bridge Ha’penny over the river
- Have a pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse and learn how the famous beer is made ( I recommend buying tickets online and skipping the line!)
- Party at the Temple bar with some other tourists and get your picture in front of red Temple Bar.
- Go on a safari through the Natural History Museum. (Plus it’s FREE!)
- Stroll through the stunning St. Patricks Cathedral
- Pretend to be royalty at the Dublin Castle
Day 3-4: Drive to Kilkenny
- Pick up rental car and drive to Kilkenny
- Stay in this adorable airbnb on the countryside and trek along the River Nore walkway into town
- Explore the Medieval Kilkenny Castle for a little taste of royalty
- Have a Pint of Kilkenny or Smithwick’s in a Pub
- Walk through the Butler House Gardens
- Meander High street and downtown Kilkenny
- Explore St Mary’s Cathedral
Day 4-5: Drive to Kinsale and the old head
- Drive to the Old Head of Kinsale peninsula and soak in the Celtic Sea
- Take a hike to the edge for incredible views and a photo
- Pit stop in Ballinspittle for big bowl of seafood chowder at Hurley’s bar
- Head out to explore the bright streets of little Kinsale on Pearse street!
- Buy or exchange a book at the Reading cafe and Book Exchange
- Check out the galleries, boutiques and gift shops
- Drive to Charles Fort to appreciate the historical star-shaped artillery forts
- Eat at the Cosy cafe! Their breakfast is AMAZING and they only use locally sourced ingredients. Plus, they have cheese fondue!
Day 5-6: Drive to Killarney
- Visit the Kerry Cliffs for an EPIC cliff view
- Have a Shire Surprise, an original cocktail at the Shire Pub for all you lord of the rings fans out there!
- Stroll through the colorful picturesque streets of this traditional Irish town
- Listen to live music in a traditional pub like The Laurels
- Take a guided tour of the Killarney Brewery Company to learn about traditional craft beers they offer
Day 6-7: Drive to Liscannor
- Tour the Killarney national park and soak in all the beautiful nature Ireland has to offer
- Visit the Ross Castle adjacent to the national park
- Explore the dramatic landscape of the famous Ring of Kerry
Day 7-8: Drive to Doolin and Dublin
- Walk to the epic cliffs of Moher (if you stay in this airbnb you have private access!)
- Drive down to Doolin to explore the cosy town
- Stop by the Doonagore Castle (or drive by) since you can’t see the inside
- Chill out in the few traditional Irish pubs like McDermott’s
Day 8-9: Option 1 Arrive in Dublin
If you have an early flight back home the next day, you can drive back to Dublin and stay there for the night. This way you are more prepared in the morning and don’t have much driving to do. We went this route because we wanted to make sure we had plenty time to catch our flights.
- Arrive in Dublin for you last night
- Listen to live musicians play on Grafton Street
- Go to a improv show at The International Comedy Club
- Have a pint (or many) at O’donoghues Pub, The bankers, or check out this post on a detailed list of pubs you must see
- Enjoy a delicious rack of ribs (my personal fav) at Lundy’s Foot and enjoy traditional Irish music and dancing
Day 8-9: Option 2 Drive to Galway
This option is a great option if you have a later flight the next day and want to see more of Ireland. I went to Galway after my friends left and LOVED IT! It’s a charming city, especially during Christmas time when the town is decorated head to toe in twinkle lights and the Christmas market is set up in the town center. Here are a few things I recommend you check out while you’re there.
- Check Out Galway Cathedral built in 1958
- Go on a pub crawl! This was by far my favorite activity there. You get to see a variety of bars and interact with some locals
- Start your riverwalk at the Spanish Arch and pass the row of colorful houses where Ed Sheran filmed his music video “Galway Girl”
- If your a big Ed Sheran fan, celebrate at O’connor’s Pub where he shot other parts of the music video
- Wander Around the Latin Quarter to listen to some talented musicians
- Have wood fired pizza at The Dough Bros. Vegan options available too!
- Head to Garavan’s and order an Irish coffee! They are known for that traditional drink and serve it with a chocolate square on the side. Yum!
Day 9: Option 2 (continued) Drive to Dublin
- Drive back to Dublin and drop off your car to catch your plane!
- Have a last Guinness at the airport for a final goodbye.
There you have it! The link below includes a map with directions to every place listed above. If you are in need of some tips, check out these hot tips for a smooth road trip!