Ultimate Ireland

Get the true Irish experience embracing their history, castles, major cities, and of course a whole lot of beer.

What to Bring     What to Know    Where to Stay

 

Day 1: Dublin City Slickers

Settle in with a cup of tea and get ready to see Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Don’t let a little rain get you down. Dublin is split into northern and southern parts of the city by the river Liffey, but you won’t need a boat to get across, just use one of Dublin’s many bridges.
  • See notable Dublin attractions starting with the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, before walking across the street to the conveniently located Guinness Storehouse for some beer!
  • After a taste of your first Irish beer, burn off the calories with a walk through Phoenix Park or visit the old Post Office (where the Irish revolution began)
  • Spend your evening at a hurling match in Croke Park or head into the Temple bar area for a night of “the craic” (Irish word for fun)
  • (EOD)

 

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Dublin

Day 2: The Rocky Road from Dublin

Get ready for a wild ride on Ireland’s famous winding lanes while driving from Dublin to Cork, and don’t forget to drive on the left!
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Fuel up during breakfast and brace yourself for the long drive ahead from Dublin up north to Cork down south. To break up the drive stop at the following sites below
    • (45m)
  • 12:15 – 13:30: Stop at the lovely little town of Kilare where you can get in some shopping and local site seeing
    • (1h10m)
  • 14:40 – 16:00: You can’t go to Ireland and not see the monstrous castles its known for. The first castle of this trip you’ll visit is the Cashel Castle
    • (18m)
  • 15:00 – 17:00: See back to back castles and go to the Cahir castle
    • (1hr)
  • 18:30 – EOD: Once you’ve arrived in Cork, roam around the gothic styled streets bar hopping for the best Irish beer

Day 3: The Gift of Gab

There is so much to see in Cork, visit the notable sites along with some hidden treasures you’ll only find by stumbling into them in person.
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Grab a breakfast to give you energy on this busy day
    • (15m)
  • 9:45 – 11:00: Storm the famous Blarney Castle and stroll around the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Once there be sure to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of Gab
    • (25m)
  • 11:25 – 13:30: Another time slot of back-to-back castles! Visit the mighty Blackrock Castle which doubles as a museum and Space Observatory
    • (12m)
  • 13:42 – 15:00: Next head over to the Cork City Gaol (jail) and see what life was like for those Irish prisoners who were not lucky enough to be sent off to Australia
    • (20m)
  • 15:20 – 17:00: Once broken out of jail, seek forgiveness at the gorgeous St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
    • (10m)
  • 17:10 – 18:30: Upon the drive back into the center of Cork, stop the car and gain some ground in the notable outdoor public parks – Fitzgerald’s park, Saint Finbarr’s Park, and Tramore Valley Park
    • (10m)
  • 18:40 – EOD: Visit the massive campus and standout buildings of University of Cork. There are plenty of bars around the campus to finish the night in and if you’re friendly, hopefully, get invited to an Irish party!

 

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Cork City Jail Museum

Day 4: Galway Bound

Buckle up for a road trip to another one of Ireland’s great cities! On the way to Galway you’ll see the truly beautifully landscape scenery of Ireland. During this drive, you’ll definitely want to stop off and explore a little.
  • 10:30: Rise and shine! Depart Cork en route for Galway city but along the drive, you’ll be stopping at some of the sites Ireland is known for!
    • (2hr30m)
  • 13:00 – 15:00: You cannot go to Ireland without seeing the famous Cliffs of Moher. Dangle your feet off the edge and look onto the raging Atlantic Ocean
    • (1hr30m)
  • 16:30 – EOD: You’ve arrived in Galway! To name a few things of what Galway is known for, you must take full advantage of its traditional pubs, live Irish folk music, and stone-clad cafes around the city

 

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Cliffs of Moher

Day 5: Galway Girl Tour

Getting to Galway and only seeing it past 16:30 is not enough time. Take the next two days to walk the streets, drink the beers, and meet the people of this great Irish city.
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Wake up and get out into the town by taking a stroll on the “Old Long Walk” path along the Galway bay
    • (5m)
  • 11:35 – 12:30: Follow the “Old long Walk” path to the enormous and art filled Galway Cathedral
    • (5m)
  • 12:35 – EOD: Take the rest of the day to follow your gut and stroll down the streets of the city. A popular street for bars is Shop Street
Galway Bay
Galway Bay

Day 6: Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are a small group of Islands off the coast of Galway. The islands are littered with medieval ruins and lots of cool artifacts to stumble upon!
  • 10:30 – 16:00: On the Galway bay there are several ferry tours that will take you out to the Aran Islands. On these ferries, there are typically lots of other tourists that will be fun to socialize with. When you’ve arrived at the Islands, be sure to take lots of pictures and explore the land! You’ll find shipwrecks, castle ruins, wild animals and more…ps check out the “Worm Hole”
    • (40m)
  • 16:40 – EOD: Once your back on land and your stomach has settled from the choppy Atlantic Ocean waters, rebound your energy and let the fun continue bar hopping and site seeing in Galway
Wormhole
Wormhole

Day 7: Depart the Emerald Isle

After this amazing trip, you can truly say you’ve seen all of Ireland and what hopefully has been an ultimate and timeless experience.
  • Depart from Shannon Airport

 

Estimated Cost $ 1,200

 


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