How to Spend 5 Days in Ireland

With its stunning natural beauty and welcoming atmosphere, Ireland is an incredible place to visit for any length of time.

Fortunately, with its compact size and (generally) well-maintained roads, it's easy to see much of Ireland, even if you're short on time.

If you have five days to spend in Ireland, you can explore the South West and discover the incredible history and scenery of Wexford, Cork, Kerry, and Galway counties before ending your trip with a day in Dublin.

The best way to make the most of your time is to rent a car outside of Dublin.

Although trains and buses connect most Irish towns and villages, schedules can be erratic and the travel time will reduce valuable exploration opportunities.

While a car is not absolutely necessary in Dublin (and can be more of a hassle than a help), you will appreciate the flexibility of your own car as you travel through the Irish countryside.

Ready to plan the ultimate five-day trip to Ireland? Here's your guide to where to go, what to see and do, and where to stay during each stop along the way.

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Day 1: Dublin to Cork

Fly to Dublin and get a rental car to start your journey in Ireland. Depending on your landing time, head south and try to get to Waterford at lunchtime.

The historic city claims to be one of the oldest settlements in Ireland and its history dates back to Viking times.

Enjoy a blaa, a soft bacon-filled local bun from Walsh's Bakehouse (34 Mount Sion Ave), and explore downtown.

Known as the Viking Triangle, thanks to its 1000-year-old monuments and museums, there are many opportunities to learn about the history of the city.

Before heading out, stop by the House of Waterford Crystal to learn more about the stunning cut crystal goblets that were made here.

After experiencing Waterford, hit the road to see one of Ireland's most famous castles.

Blarney Castle (and its famous stone) is located on the outskirts of Cork City, about a 2-hour drive further south.

The castle offers the opportunity to stretch your legs and see the impressive tower built in the 15th century.

Legend has it that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone will be blessed with the "gift of speech" and will become incredibly skilled at flattery.

All you have to do is be brave enough to hang on the wall and kiss the infamous rock slab.

With a castle under your control, head to Cork for the night.

The lively city is considered the second capital of Ireland and there is always something to do.

For a good night's rest, stay at the Clayton Hotel Cork City, which is right on the pier and offers comfortable, modern rooms as well as a heated indoor pool.

Day 2: Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

Stop for breakfast at Cork's English Market before saying goodbye to Ireland's second-largest city.

The second day of your Ireland itinerary will take you through the green landscapes of County Kerry, with the first stop in Killarney just over an hour's drive west.

Killarney's charming storefronts make it a popular stop for visitors to the Emerald Isle.

While the city can be a bit crowded at times, there is plenty of room to escape the crowds at Killarney National Park, a conservation area that stands out as Ireland's first national park.

Stroll the trails along with Lough Leane and be sure to look out for Castle Ross.

The imposing stone tower is one of the main attractions in the area, along with the nearby Muckross Abbey.

However, the main adventure of the day still awaits as it is time to tackle the Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland's most iconic road trips.

The 111-mile loop begins and ends in Killarney, so plan to spend the entire afternoon exploring the route through breathtaking scenery.

The first stop should be Torc Waterfall, leaving plenty of time to continue admiring the views of Ladies View and Gap of Dunloe.

Depending on how fast you are on your way, you can also plan to explore the small towns of County Kerry along the way.

Eager to complete the route, he returns to Killarney for the night.

The Ross Hotel is a modern place to kick back or stay up late, making the most of the bustling Pink Lounge, filled with colorful chandeliers and an impressive collection of gins.

Day 3: Dingle and Slea Head Drive

Slow down on your third day from Killarney onto the quieter roads of Dingle.

Stop for a swim at Inch Beach, then look for the ruins of Minard Castle. Away from the crowds at other castles, Minard stands on a stony beach that appears to have been untouched by time.

Continue to the town of Dingle, which has a beautiful coastal area where you may be lucky enough to see Fungie, the resident dolphin.

Dingle may be small, but it has quickly become known as one of Ireland's top dining destinations, and there are specialty cafes and gourmet ice cream parlors that can be enjoyed alongside traditional pubs.

The road around Dingle is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and has some spectacular scenery.

To see some of Ireland's westernmost corners, drive the 30-mile loop known as Slea Head Drive.

Stop at the so-called Famines Cottages to learn about life during one of the most challenging periods in Irish history, before continuing for incredible views of nearby Dunquin Harbor.

The Gallarus Oratory is also an interesting detour during your trip around the peninsula.

For a special drink at the end of the day, plan a visit to Dingle Dingle to sample a local whiskey or stop by Foxy John's, an establishment that is a typical hardware store during the day but turns into a pub at night.

Plan to spend the night in Dingle to learn about Irish village life. Browne's B&B is a well-liked bed and breakfast with friendly owners and views of the bay.

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Get an early start to have the Wild Atlantic Way to yourself as you head north towards the Cliffs of Moher.

One of Ireland's top attractions, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare is an unforgettable natural attraction in County Clare.

The seaside cliffs are 200 meters above the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Park and cross the street to find the entrance to the visitor center, which has exhibits describing the geological history of the jagged cliffs.

For the best view, walk along the windswept cliffs and climb to the observation deck inside O'Brien Tower.

If you want to continue the tour, you can walk the cliff path to the town of Doolin.

However, to see as much as possible, it is best to get in your car to go to Galway.

The port city has long attracted students, artists, and poets, helping to make the scenic center an eclectic stop when visiting Ireland.

With a large pedestrian area, the historic center is an ideal place to explore on foot, allowing time to stop at any cafΓ©, pub, or bookstore that catches your eye.

Spend the night in Galway to make the most of the lively atmosphere.

All the best pubs in the area are known for their traditional folk music sessions, so you can catch a musical performance any day of the week.

The Park House Hotel has four-star accommodation just a short walk from the main areas of the city and is an ideal base to stay in the city.

Day 5: Dublin

Drop off your rental car to explore the compact capital Dublin on foot on your fifth and final day in Ireland.

The Irish city located along the Liffey has world-class museums, a famous castle, attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, and an excellent gastronomic offer.

Plus, when the sun goes down, the fun keeps coming as the pubs fill up for the night.

Start the day with a trip to Dublin Castle to learn more about how Irish history has been shaped by the different forces that have controlled the fortified walls over the centuries.

Then head to the Guinness Storehouse for an educational tour that ends with a taste of black.

You can even learn to draw the perfect pint of Guinness yourself and then have a beer at the impressive rooftop bar overlooking the city.

After lunch, plan to stroll down O'Connell Street to soak up the bustling atmosphere of the city and admire the imposing tower.

If you want to escape the crowds, continue to St. Stephen's Green for a walk in the park.

The walk will take you through some of Georgia's classic neighborhoods, where you will see some of Dublin's famous colorful gates.

The area around St. Stephen's Green is lined with national museums covering everything from art to natural history, or you can stop by Grafton Street for some shopping.

When the day is done, experience a few more hours of Irish pub culture with a trip to the Temple Bar area of ​​the city.

Filled with popular bars and live music seven days a week, the neighborhood is an almost obligatory stop for a night out when visiting Dublin.

Join us and sing at one of our favorite local pubs.

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