8 days in Dublin & Western Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Dublin & Western Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Dublin & Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sligo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Clifden
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
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 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin, then see the interesting displays at The Little Museum of Dublin, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Old Jameson Distillery, then see the interesting displays at Chester Beatty Library, and then examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Dublin sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Phoenix, USA to Dublin. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in October, with highs in Dublin at 56°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Irish Whiskey Museum ©
Irish Whiskey Museum
The Little Museum of Dublin ©
The Little Museum of Dublin

1
night
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for gifts at Michael Quirke - Wood Carver, enjoy the sand and surf at Dunmoran Strand, and then stop by Mullaney Brothers.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sligo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Sligo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Sligo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Dunmoran Strand ©
Dunmoran Strand
Mullaney Brothers ©
Mullaney Brothers

3
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Head to O`Dalaigh Jewellers and Cottage Handcraftsfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Renvyle Beach and Dog's Bay Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clifden: Mulranny Strand (in Mulranny) and Derryaun Crafts (in Westport). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park and stop by Connemara Blue.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Clifden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Clifden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Clifden are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottage Handcrafts, Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Dog's Bay Beach, Renvyle Beach, Mulranny Strand
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand
O`Dalaigh Jewellers ©
O`Dalaigh Jewellers

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