9 days in Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland journey builder
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Fly
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Dublin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 2 nights
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Dublin — 3 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online travel planner.

Portland, USA to Dublin is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Dublin is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Portland in May; daily highs in Dublin reach 59°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours
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Kilkenny — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on things with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny holiday planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in May since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Doolin.
Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Doolin — 2 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get great views at Cliffs of Moher, kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Doolin attractions planner.

Drive from Kilkenny to Doolin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Killarney — 2 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey and then take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Killarney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.