8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Doolin
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
4
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kilkenny
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Howth
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Madrid

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.
You've added The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 1st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of National Library of Ireland, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of Castletown House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Dublin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in May, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 17°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

St. Michael's Church, Castletown House
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14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane ©
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
National Library of Ireland ©
National Library of Ireland

1
night
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then kick back and relax at Mannin Bay Blueway, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach and then get engrossed in the history at Connemara Heritage and History Centre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip planner .

Drive from Dublin to Clifden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kylemore
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Gothic Chapel ©
Gothic Chapel
Connemara Heritage and History Centre ©

few
hours
Doolin

Doolin
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 4th (Mon): stop by Irish Crafts - Doolin.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Doolin itinerary planner.

You can drive from Clifden to Doolin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Doolin

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 5th (Tue), look for gifts at Moher Cottage, make a trip to The Pollock Holes, then identify plant and animal life at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, then explore the activities along Doughmore Bay, and finally stroll through Spanish Point Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): get outside with Wild Kitchen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Senan's Church, and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Irish Rural Life.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Liscannor road trip planning tool .

Liscannor is very close to Doolin. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Liscannor

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kilrush, The Pollock Holes, Wild Kitchen, Spanish Point Beach, Doughmore Bay
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Doughmore Bay ©
Doughmore Bay
The Museum of Irish Rural Life ©
The Museum of Irish Rural Life
St Senan's Church ©
St Senan's Church

1
night
Kilkenny

Kilkenny ©
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.
On the 7th (Thu), trek along Nore Valley Walking Route, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Kilkenny Architectural Salvage & Antiques, and finally tee off at Kilkenny Golf Club.

Plan trip to Kilkenny with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Liscannor to Kilkenny in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Howth.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Outdoors Trails Golf
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Nore Valley Walking Route ©
Nore Valley Walking Route
St. John the Evangelist Church ©
St. John the Evangelist Church
Kilkenny Golf Club ©
Kilkenny Golf Club

1
night
Howth

Howth ©
Howth is a village and outer suburb of Dublin, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Howth Lighthouse.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Howth road trip planning site .

Getting from Kilkenny to Howth by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Howth, with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Howth

Historic Sites
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Howth Lighthouse ©
Howth Lighthouse

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