8 days in Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin
— 2 nights
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny
— 1 night
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Dublin — 2 nights

Fair City

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 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Wicklow Mountains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Trinity College Dublin, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and then examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dublin itinerary planning tool.

Montreal, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Galway.
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Galway — 3 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salthill Promenade and Eyre Square. Your inner history buff will appreciate Dromoland Castle and Tyrone House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway road trip planning site.

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny — 1 night

Marble City

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 25th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, explore the galleries of Butler Gallery, browse the exhibits of National Design & Craft Gallery, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny driving holiday planner.

Drive from Galway to Kilkenny in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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