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The Ultimate Ireland Itinerary

Welcome to the Emerald Isle, where rolling green hills, ancient castles, and lively pubs come together to create a land of enchanting beauty and spirited charm. In this ultimate Ireland itinerary, we’ll explore the best that this captivating country has to offer, taking you on a magical journey from the bustling streets of Dublin to the dramatic cliffs of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking an unforgettable adventure, there’s no better way to experience the heart and soul of Ireland than by following this carefully curated guide. So, grab your rental car, favorite Aran sweater, and let’s set off to discover the wonders and delights that await in this land of legends.

Day 1


Christ Church Cathedral

Welcome to Dublin! The first stop on this ultimate Ireland itinerary.

After checking into your hotel, consider a walking tour of Dublin’s historic sites, such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Admission to Christ Church is €10 for adults and €3 for children. Book tickets HERE.


Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of Dublin’s many traditional pubs, such as The Brazen Head which is the oldest pub in Dublin, followed by live music at Quays or The Temple Bar.

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The Brazen Head
The Temple Bar

day 2

Blarney Castle + Cork

On your way to the city of Cork, be sure to stop off in the town of Blarney to visit the iconic Blarney Castle.

You’ll want to spend a couple hours here exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens surrounding the castle.

Castle entry tickets are $20 for adults, €9 for children ages 6-16, and free for children under the age of 6. Book your tickets HERE.

Kiss The Blarney Stone

Of course, you simply cannot visit Blarney Castle without kissing the Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence!

For over 200 years, people have traveled from all over the world for their chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.

So be sure to snap a few photos to remember the moment!

Enjoy Some Irish Whiskey

I recommend staying the night in Cork City, as there are many hotels and restaurants to choose from.

If you are a whiskey lover, then visiting the Old Town Whiskey Bar at Bodega is an absolute must.

It’s located in the heart of Cork City, and boasts an award winning selection of whiskeys and beer.

Day 3

Cliffs of Moher

You simply cannot visit Ireland without seeing the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of the country.

You’ll want to get an early start, as it’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Cork, but I assure you it’s worth the journey.

Spend an hour hiking around the cliffs, soaking in the breathtaking views, and of course taking photos. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a clear, sunny day like we did.

Cliffs of Moher

Dinner in The City

After spending an hour or two at the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll be making the 3 hour journey back to Dublin City, just in time to enjoy Dublin at night. Dine at a local seafood restaurant, such as Sole Seafood & Grill, Tomahawk Steakhouse for world class steak, or The Old Mill for traditional Irish cuisine.

Grand Canal Dock
The River Liffey

Day 4

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle

Explore the Grounds

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle is located just north of Dublin City. There’s a wide range of activities to do, from taking a guided tour of the castle to learn it’s fascinating history, exploring the grounds, and of course the infamous butterfly pavilion.

I’d recommend spending an afternoon here exploring all the castle grounds has to offer. Admission prices vary depending on which activity/activities you choose to do.

Afterwards you can enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants in Malahide such as The Greedy Goose.

Day 5

Newgrange + Howth

Next on the Ireland itinerary is the ancient monument of Newgrange, located in the Boyne Valley.

Newgrange is a prehistoric monument built during the Neolithic period, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afterwards, have lunch at a traditional Irish restaurant in the Boyne Valley, such as The Black Bull Inn.


Howth Cliff Walk

Bailey Lighthouse

If there’s time, and you aren’t too exhausted, I recommend stopping by Howth on your way back to Dublin.

The Howth Cliff walk is fairly easy, and offers stunning views of the coast. This is the perfect opportunity to snap some stunning shots of the lighthouse, which is visible from the trail.

Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants in Howth, such as Aqua Restaurant.

Howth Harbor at Sunset

Howth Harbor at Sunset

Day 6


Ha’penny Bridge

St. Stephen’s Green Park

For the final full day of this Ireland itinerary, it’s only fitting that you spend your last day in the pulsating heart of the nation – Dublin. While it wasn’t this bustling city wasn’t the focus earlier, but it’s time to soak in more of its rich culture and lively spirit.

Your final day should start with a visit to an iconic symbol of the city – the Molly Malone statue. A symbol of Dublin’s enduring folklore, this statue of the legendary fishmonger, celebrated in song, is a must-see.

From there, make your way to Stephen’s Green park. This is one of the most enchanting parks I’ve had the pleasure to visit. Especially during spring and summer, when the sun is shining bright, and the gardens burst into a vibrant tapestry of blooming flowers, the park’s beauty is unparalleled. This serene haven is the perfect spot to wind down and reflect on your amazing journey through Ireland.

St. Stephen’s Green Park
St. Stephen’s Green Park

Next, navigate towards the iconic Guinness Storehouse, a must-visit in Ireland. Then, head to the Jameson Distillery for a refreshing change of pace. Remember, you’re in Ireland, where these delightful stops are part of the authentic experience. So, enjoy this well-deserved break with some of the world’s finest alcoholic beverages. You are in Ireland after all!

Day 7

Saying Farewell

As we conclude our unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes and rich heritage of Ireland, it’s easy to see why this Emerald Isle holds a special place in the hearts of all those who visit. From the ancient echoes of history to the warm, friendly faces that greet you in every town and village, there’s no denying that Ireland offers an experience that will stay with you long after you’ve said your goodbyes. I hope this ultimate Ireland itinerary was helpful in inspiring you to create your own memories and stories to share, and as always, safe travels!

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