9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland journey planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
2
Kilkenny
— 2 nights
3
Doolin
— 1 night
4
Galway
— 2 nights

S M T W T F S
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2

3
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kids will enjoy Temple Bar and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, stroll around Phoenix Park, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Grafton Street.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Dublin. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

2
nights
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, then step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then walk around Castlecomer Discovery Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, take a stroll around Reginald's Tower, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mayfield Birds of Prey.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park

1
night
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, then stop by Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery, then get great views at Cliffs of Moher, and finally walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Doolin online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Doolin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark ©
Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong, surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, and then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Galway journey planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Doolin in December, plan for slightly colder days in Galway, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Galway

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Ireland's School of Falconry ©
Ireland's School of Falconry

Similar plans

11 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 26 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM KUWAIT December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Ireland & United Kingdom BY A USER FROM EGYPT March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in United Kingdom & Ireland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 12 days in Iceland, Ireland & Scotland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Canada, Europe, Asia, South Pacific & United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans