Itinerary for Southern Ireland

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Country: Ireland

Capital: Dublin

Language: Irish & English

Time Zone: GMT+1 or 8 hours ahead of Phoenix

Weather by season: Jan-Mar 40’s, Apr-June 40-50’s, July-Sept 50-60’s, Oct-Dec 40-50’s

Currency: Euro

Exchange Rate for the USD: $1.12 = 1Euro (updated November 2019)

International telephone dialing country code: 011-353-area code and number

Food they’re known for: Irish stew, Irish soda bread, Corned beef with cabbage

Drinks they’re known for: Guinness beer, Irish Cider, Jameson whiskey

Tipping Expectations: 10% restaurants; must ask for check; round up to the nearest Euro for taxis

Popular Shopping Goods: Irish Milk Chocolate, a Claddagh ring, wool knits

Common Shop Hours: Most shops open 9am-5/6pm; bars open til midnight

Travel Adapter Type: G

Taxi Information: Taxis/Limos can be booked thru FreeNow app

Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations in Southern Ireland

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Hotel Name Address Includes Check In Time Checkout Time B-fast Included?
Trinity City Hotel Pearse St, Dublin, Ireland Wifi

External gym 8.5E/day

3pm 12pm No it’s 15E and amazing
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel 1 Ormonde St, Kilkenny, Ireland Parking 7E @ Ormonde Street Car Park

Wifi in lobby

No gym/pool

3pm 12pm Yes
The Kingsley Carrigrohane Rd, Victoria Cross, Cork, Ireland Parking

Wifi in room

Big Gym/Pool

3pm 12pm No it’s 17.50E
Foley’s Guesthouse B&B Henry St, Kenmare, Ireland No parking

Wifi everywhere

No gym/pool

1pm 11am Yes
Barr Na Sraide Inn Upper Main St, Dingle, Ireland Free parking

Wifi in room

No gym/pool

Do your own laundry

Bike rentals on site

Very friendly staff

1pm 11am No it’s 6E
Doolin Inn 1 Fisher St, Doolin, Ireland Free parking


No gym/pool

Very friendly staff

3pm 11am Yes
Forster Court Hotel Galway, Ireland No parking onsite

Parking garage behind

at City Park 12E/nt

Wifi in room

No gym/pool

Hyde restaurant on site is good

3pm 12pm No it’s 12E
The Address at Dublin 1 1 Amiens St, Dublin, Ireland Wifi in room

Has a gym

630pm free wine/snacks

2pm 12pm No



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As this is a roadtrip itinerary, you’ll need a rental car. We decided to road trip because we don’t like to be rushed for time and told how long we have in each place. With big tour bus tours, you often have only 1-2 hours at each stop, so if you’re really enjoying a certain place, you can’t stay longer. You also may get stuck with a group of people you don’t enjoy being around. For those reasons, we decided to do our own road trip. We were hesitant as we’ve heard the roads are tricky to navigate. Yes, they’re very narrow, but nothing scary or dangerous. We had no accidents or fender benders at all, so we felt completely safe and were so glad we toured independently. We got to do things on our own time, which meant taking the back roads instead of the highways to see more of the countryside.

We picked up a rental car at the Dublin Airport Hertz and it was a smooth process. This itinerary begins in Dublin as it’s the cheapest airport to fly into. So find a rental car in Dublin somewhere.

Keep in mind that roads are narrow so get a smaller car if all your luggage can fit. The highways will be quicker from town to town. However, we recommend taking the back, smaller roads when possible during the road trip for more beautiful scenery.

The first day or two in Dublin, you could get by without a rental car and instead use Taxis.


In the itinerary charts below, you’ll notice we mention “book now” or “book later”.  If it says “book now” you truly must book tickets now, months in advance, as it’s a popular thing to do that sells out at peak times.  If we say “book later” or wait, you could book it just before leaving or you could even just show up to the location and buy tickets that same day.

Lastly, don’t forget to get travel insurance. With such a large trip like this in which you have to pre-book a lot, it would be awful to miss the trip and not get refunded for everything.



DAY 0 Fly to Dublin

DAY 1 Arrive in Dublin

DAY 2 Dublin

DAY 3 Road trip: Kilkenny

DAY 4 Road trip: Cobh, Kinsale, & Cork

DAY 5 Road trip: Killarney & Kenmare

DAY 6 Road trip: Ring of Kerry & Dingle

DAY 7 Road trip: Cliffs of Moher & Doolin

DAY 8 Road trip: Connemara & Galway

DAY 9 Road trip: Galway & Dublin

DAY 10  Fly Home

Trip Details by day for the Ireland Itinerary

[road trip edition]



  • Arrive in Dublin and stay awake all day to adjust to their time zone

  • Taxi ride to the Trinity City Hotel

  • Go to ATM for money exchange (if needed)

  • Reserve the Book of Kells in Old Trinity Library

  • Reserve the Irish Whiskey Museum

  • Walk and shop along Grafton Street

  • Walk through St. Stephen’s Green park

  • Reserve The Bank for dinner

  • Temple Bar pub crawl


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Book of Kells 830am-5pm

Expect to spend ~1 hour here

Trinity Old Library 13E Booked the tour with audio guides to visit 3 areas: exhibit, Treasury, and Old Library Long Room (the best part) See a 1,200 yr old Monk Manuscript 680 pages from the Dark Ages
Irish Whiskey Museum 1030am-6pm

Expect to spend 1-2 hours here

119 Grafton St 20E Book ahead of time Consider the Classic Tour which includes 3 tastings at the end
Grafton Street Grafton St Lively street with shops & flowers
St. Stephen’s Green Walk through the park, see the beautiful lakes, and relax on the benches
Temple Bar Bars:


b)Palace Bar


d) Jimmy Rabbits





a)58 Fleet St

b)42 Middle Abbey St

c)Parliament St

d)87 Camden St.

Pub crawl and live music spots

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
The Hairy Lemon 1130am-10pm Irish Pub 41 Lower Stephen St $$ Try the Dublin coddle stew
The Duke 1030am-1130pm Irish Pub 9 Duke St $$ Buffet; Try the Irish stew
Queen of Tarts 8am-7pm Tearoom Cafe, Bfast, Pastries 3 Cow’s Lane Dame St $ Try a tart or apple crumble; outdoor seating option
Leo Burdock Noon-1130pm Original Take away Fish & Chips 2 Werburgh St $ They have large splittable portions of fish & chips to-go only
The Bank 11am-1130pm Irish Pub in old bank w/live piano 20 College Green $$$ Good oysters/mussels and cool ambiance


Grafton Street shopping

St Stephen’s Green park

St Stephen’s Green park

Book of Kells tour



  • Breakfast at the hotel to start tours early

  • Reserve Kilmainham Gaol

  • Reserve Guinness Storehouse

  • Checkout St Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Reserve Jameson Distillery tour

  • Reserve The Brazen Head Dinner Show


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Kilmainham Gaol 9am-6pm Inchicore Rd 8E Arrive 15min early A historic jail that was turned into a museum; amazing historical stories about Ireland
Guinness Storehouse 9:30am-5pm

Takes ~1.5 hours

Market St 46E/couple Arrive 15-min early;

22-min walk away from Kilmainham above

6th floor Gravity bar with pano views, 4th floor get certified to pour-your-own
St Patrick’s Cathedral 9:30am-5pm 21-50 Patrick’s Close 7E donation Free tours at 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3pm, or 3:30pm It’s the tallest/largest church in Ireland
Jameson Distillery 10am-6pm

It’s a 40-min tour

Bow St 20E Do a pre-dinner tour

It’s a 8min walk to dinner after

Includes a 40min interactive tour with shots
The Brazen Head Dinner Show 7-945pm dinner folk show 20 Bridge St 52E Includes dinner and show; great bar to hangout at after The oldest pub in Dublin story-telling dinner show

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
PHX Bistro 11:30am-10pm Italian bistro 12 Ellis Quay $$ by Guinness

Kilmainham Jain



  • Breakfast
  • Pick-up rental car to embark on the road trip (stop for water/snacks)
  • Drive to Kilkenny
  • Drop off luggage at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
  • Visit Kilkenny Castle
  • Reserve Smithwick’s Experience (if you enjoy beer)
  • Checkout St. Canice’s Cathedral & Tower
  • Pub crawl


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Kilkenny Castle 930am-530pm

Expect to spend 1 hour here

The Parade 8E WAIT for sale at the door Do self tour or 45-min guided tour for same price
St. Canice’s Cathedral & Tower 9am-6pm

Expect to spend 1 hour here

Coach Rd 4E cathedral and 3E tower or 6E combo WAIT and buy there 13th century; the tower climb is worth it
Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny 10am-6pm 44 Parliament St 16Epp hour long tour and a pint after at their bar Tickets are for any day or time BOOK Tours last 45-min and run every hour; this is not a working brewery but tour spot

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
Tang Cafe 730am-5pm Brunch 23c Dawson St, Dublin $$ Good breakfast
Petronella 12-3pm and 5-9pm Irish Buttership Ln $$$ Try the sticky toffee pudding
Kyteler’s Inn 1030am-1130pm with

6pm music

Irish 27 St Kieran’s St $$ They have a covered beer garden; cool historic ambiance; witch hunted cellar; popular place
Matt the Miller’s Tavern 11am-12am

9pm music

Irish 1 John St Lower $$ Try the fish chowder or bangers & mash
Cafe La Coco 8am-5pm Cafe 4 Patrick St $ Small place; lunch or snacks


Pub Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
Cleere’s Bar & Theatre M/W 9:30pm music Irish Pub 28 Parliament St $
Bollard’s Pub 10am-12am; T/Th/F 9pm music Irish Pub 31 Saint Krevon’s St $
The Hole in the Wall 7pm-1am Ireland’ Smallest/oldest pub 17 High St $ Owner Michael is friendly and sometimes does sing-alongs; tiny bar
Brewery Corner 1pm-1130pm Local Craft Beers 29 Parliament St $

Kilkenny Castle

St Canice’s Cathedral



  • Breakfast at the hotel to start tours early

  • Drive to tour the Rock of Cashel

  • Consider stopping at Cobh or Kinsale (if you have time)

  • Drive to Cork and check-in to the Kingsley Hotel

  • Drinks at Mutton Lane Bar


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Rock of Cashel 9am-7pm go early St Patrick’s Rock of Cashel 8E includes 45min tour; 4.50E parking WAIT and book there Very cold & windy up the top of the hill; incredible tour and architecture

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
Mutton Lane Bar Mon-Thur 10:30am-11:30pm and Fri-Sat 10:30am-12:30am Drinks only 3 St Patrick’s St $ The original and oldest bar in Cork; very tiny but hidden and unique
The Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega 10am-12am Pan-global restaurant and bar 44-45 Cornmarket St $$ Great selection of whiskey and food




  • Get breakfast in Cork

  • On the way to Killarney, stop at the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone (17min drive)

  • Drive to Killarney

  • Consider stopping at the Laurels Pub for lunch

  • Drive through Killarney National Park and stop at view points along the lake

  • Continue the drive to Kenmare to check-in to Foleys B&B

  • Kenmare stroll through town


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Blarney Castle & Stone 9am-6pm Blarney 16Epp Any day/time tix bought but the earlier the better before the line gets long Kiss the stone first before the line gets long; stroll the gardens; can ask them to sanitize the stone first
Killarney Nat’l Park 8am-6pm Killarney National Park Free 25,000 acres drive with gorgeous lake; watch out for deer
Kenmare Town Stroll Checkout the shops, restaurants, and pubs

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
Liberty Grill 8am-9pm Breakfast; Burgers Cork $$ Usually a line
Cronin’s restaurant 1215pm-930pm Irish College St, Killarney $$ Shepherd’s pie, roast beef, & chowder
The Laurels Pub 12:30pm – 11pm Irish Main St. Killarney Co. Kerry $$ Great food and drinks with cute decor
The Horseshoe 5pm-10pm Irish specializing in steak/ribs Main St, Kenmare $$$ Try the chowder or crab
The Lime Tree 630-930pm Seafood Shelbourne St, Kenmare $$$$ 39-49Epp Try the lamb


Time to kiss the Blarney Stone

road trip views

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park



  • Breakfast at B&B

  • Ring of Kerry scenic drive

  • Drive to Dingle and check-in to Barr Inn

  • Consider Dingle bike/hike

  • Dingle town walk + pub crawl


[RING OF KERRY STOPS: clockwise from Kenmare]

Destination 0km Hours Price Tips
Glacier Lake 17.6km Just drive by it
Staigue Ring Fort 40.4km 1E at gate donation box 2.5mi off the highway but gorgeous
Carroll’s Cove 43.5km Beach & Beachside bar for drinks/lunch
Skellig Ring Loop After 65km Drive thru it and stop at the Skellig Chocolate factory
Best View in County Kerry sign 80km 4E at hut Coastal views to drive by

Dingle to do:

Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Bike & Hike to Eask Tower 9am-7pm 2E hike; 15E regular bike; 20E hybrid; 40E electric bike rental w/ helmet & lock Book with Paddy’s Bike Hire or Dingle Electric Bike Experience 1hr hike for 360 degree views; could bike around town
Town Walk Dingle See Pg 258-264; don’t miss Harry Clark stained windows 3E open 9-5, Fungie dolphin statue

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
Bridge Bar at The Moorings 9am-11pm Seafood & Pub Portmagee $$ Try the chowder or mussels
The Blue Zone 5pm-1030pm Pizza & Jazz Dingle $$ Pizza

Dingle Pub Crawl: (Live music 9:30pm most places so arrive early for seats)

Restaurant Hours Address
O’Flaherty’s 11am-1130pm Bridge St
John Benny’s 8am-1130pm Strand St
Dick Mack’s Not listed Green St
The Dingle Pub 9am-1130pm Main St
O’Sullivan’s Court House Pub 4pm-12am The Mall


Stage Ring Fort



  • Breakfast

  • Consider the Dingle Peninsula Loop Drive or drive straight to the Cliffs

  • Cliffs of Moher

  • Aran Island Boat Tour

  • Drive the beach in Doolin

  • Check into Inn


[DINGLE LOOP STOPS: clockwise from Dingle]

Destination 0km Hours Price Tips
Beehive Huts 13.2km or 14.7km 9am-7pm 3E They’re called “clochans”
Slea Head 16km Pullover for views
Blasket Views 16.7km Pullover for views
Great Blasket Centre 21.3km 10am-6pm 5E History museum
Clogher Head Pullout 23.1km See views of the Three Sisters & Sybil point; 15-min walk to the view point
Gallarus Oratory 33km Free Old church


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Aran Island Boat Tour 1hr trip total Sails past Cliffs of Moher 15Epp paid

Bring voucher and coins for parking at pier

BOOK Arrive early for best seats on boat Great views of cliffs from the water
Cliffs of Moher 9am-7:30pm

Most people spend 1-2hrs

6E WAIT buy tickets when there Incl. exhibit, movie, cliff walk; see O’Brien’s tower

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
My Boy Blue 8:30am-5pm Breakfast Holyground, Dingle $ Small menu but good reviews; try the huevos rancheros
Cliffs View Cafe or Puffins Nest 9am-7pm Cafes Cliffs of Moher center $ Snacks & ice cream
Ivy Cottage 10am-6pm Sandwiches/Burgers Doolin (across from inn) $$ Good burgers, quiche, chowder. Sit outside in garden if nice.
McGann’s Pub 12pm-12am Irish Pub Doolin $$ Great fish & chips. Music starts after 9:30pm.
Gus O’Connor’s Irish Pub Doolin  (across from inn) $$ Live music with traditional music


Cliffs of Moher

Doolin beach



  • Breakfast at Inn

  • Drive to Connemara National Park

  • Kylemore Abbey and eat lunch

  • Killary Sheep Farm (12min drive from Abbey)

  • Drive back to Galway (1hr 15min)

  • Check-in at Forster Court Hotel

  • Galway town walk & pub crawl


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Connemara National Park 9am-530pm near Letterfrack along N59 free Tea room there with snacks; walk/hike around
Kylemore Abbey 9am-430pm

Need ~2 hours

Under construction

Kylemore 12.60E WAIT to book Monastery with Victorian walled gardens, church, walks; 20min history talks at 1pm.
Killary Sheep Farm Near the Park 12E BOOK ahead of time Includes tour, see sheep dog demo, sheep shearing. Our favorite part of the trip!
Galway Walk free Walk the shops and pubs

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
McDonagh’s 12pm-11pm takeaway or 5-10pm sit down Fish & Chips / Seafood 22 Quay St, Galway $ Fast food
Murphy’s 12pm-8pm Ice-cream 12 High St $ Try Dingle sea salt or caramelized brown bread
The Dough Bros 12-9 Pizza Unit 1 Cathedral buildings Middle St, Galway $$ Try the ceasar or truffle wood fired pizza. Amazing pizza! Worth the wait.


Restaurant Hours Address Tips
Tig Coili 1030am-1130pm 24 Mainguard St Music 6 & 10
Monroe’s 10pm-2am 8 Upper Dominick St Music nightly
The Crane 2 Sea Rd Music 930
Taaffe’s 10am-1130pm 19 Shop St Music 530 + 930
The Quays 1030am-2am 11 Quay St Music 930

Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey Gardens

Killary Sheep Farm



  • Breakfast
  • Reserve Ashford Castle private falconry tour
  • Drive to Dublin (2hr 24min drive)
  • Dublin Castle
  • Return rental car
  • Check-in to hotel
  • Bull & Castle dinner


Destination Hours Address Price Booking Tips
Falconry Hawk Walk Ashford Castle 200E total for 4 people; price varies by group size BOOK your private tour Park in visitor car parking and walk thru castle grounds; arrive at least 20min early as it’s a long walk to the building
Dublin Castle 9:45am-5:15pm

Expect to spend 1-2 hours

Dame St 10E one hour guided tour or 7E self-tour BOOK A 700-yr old castle where the tours run every half hour

Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant Hours Type of Food Address Price Tips
The Bull and Castle 12.30pm – 10.00pm Steakhouse 5-7 Lord Edward St, Dublin 2, D02 P634, Ireland $$$ Nicer restaurant with dim lighting and bar upstairs

Ashford Castle School of Falconry

our road trip crew at Falconry school

We hope our Ireland road trip travel itinerary helped guide your travels