9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

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9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+5
Bus + Fly + Bus + Tram + Foot + Train:  15 h
1
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the activities along Lough Leane, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, then go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Cromwell's Bridge, hike along Old Kenmare Road, then contemplate the long history of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church.

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Washington DC, USA to Killarney is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Killarney due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in Killarney hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kerry Cliffs
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Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

1
night
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Dingle are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dingle Oceanworld ©
Dingle Oceanworld
St. Mary's Church ©
St. Mary's Church

1
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Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): find something for the whole family at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House, contemplate the long history of Clew Bay Heritage Centre, then explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and finally ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Westport takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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 7th (Fri): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, then step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, and then identify plant and animal life at Curraghduff Farm. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Eyre Square, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, then hike along The Wormhole, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galway holiday builder site.

Getting from Westport to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Oughterard, The Wormhole, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

2
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral, wander the streets of Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, and finally take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and then sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Dublin, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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