8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Killarney
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Cork
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Limerick
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dublin
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), appreciate the views at Doo Lough Valley, get interesting insight from Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galway online route builder .

Toronto, Canada to Galway is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect nights in Galway to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Kayaking & Canoeing
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 7th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Riasc, take a leisurely stroll along Dun Chaoin Pier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dingle road trip planning app .

Drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Dingle, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dun Chaoin Pier, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Riasc ©
Riasc
Dun Chaoin Pier ©
Dun Chaoin Pier
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery

1
night
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 8th (Tue): trek along Torc Mountain Walk, then trek along Old Kenmare Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Killarney online road trip planner .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Old Kenmare Road
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Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

1
night
Cork

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 9th (Wed), get outside with Play Gaelic Games, stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Christ the King, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre, and finally stroll around St. Mary's Dominican Church.

Plan my day in Cork using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Cork are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Limerick.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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St. Oliver's Cemetery ©
St. Oliver's Cemetery
Church of Christ the King ©
Church of Christ the King

1
night
Limerick

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Redemptorist Church, get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, then steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle, then steep yourself in history at Desmond Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Limerick trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cork to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Desmond Castle
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St. Joseph's Church ©
St. Joseph's Church
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur ©
Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur
Redemptorist Church ©
Redemptorist Church

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain, explore the historical opulence of Drimnagh Castle, learn more about the world around you at Richmond Barracks, then take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Museum Dublin, then admire the masterpieces at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and finally take a memorable tour with 14 Henrietta Street. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with The Paddocks Riding Centre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dublin Mountains, explore the historical opulence of Bram Stoker's CASTLE DRACULA, Dublin, then admire the landmark architecture of Casino Marino, then examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Audoen's Church.

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

Getting from Limerick to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Dublin, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Parks Nature
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14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©

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