8 days in Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 3 nights
2
Ballyvaughan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
4
Kilkenny
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Head to Grafton Street and Brown Thomasfor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Kilmainham Gaol and St. Stephen's Green make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse, browse the exhibits of Dublin Castle, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dublin trip builder site .

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

1
night
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Burren Perfumery, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, and then identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ballyvaughan travel route planning app .

Drive from Dublin to Ballyvaughan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Burren Perfumery
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Burren Perfumery ©
Burren Perfumery

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Great Blasket Island, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at Sweet Pea Gift Shop, then stop by John Weldon Jewellers, then identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and finally delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle itinerary maker website .

Drive from Ballyvaughan to Dingle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Dingle sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Great Blasket Island
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
St.James Church ©
St.James 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and then steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kilkenny online trip planner .

Getting from Dingle to Kilkenny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park ©
Castlecomer Discovery Park

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