Ireland is a fantastic island with so many places to see. Even if you went on a Road Trip around Ireland, you would still come back wishing you did more, there is so much to do! We have done our best to compact a Road Trip Itinerary into 14 days! We must point out that this is not necessarily a final plan you should follow. Everyone’s Road Trip is unique, so you could use this list for inspiration and customise it to make it your own!
DAY ONE: Dublin – Start in Ireland’s capital city
Guinness Storehouse – Ireland’s most visited tourist attraction
Home of the Black stuff. Guinness is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and is available in over 120. Annual sales total 850 million litres (1.5 billion imperial or 1.8 billion US pints).
Kilmainham Goal – Ireland’s most famous Jail
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison located in Kilmainham in Dublin, which is now a museum. It has been run since the mid-1980s by the Office of Public Works (OPW), an Irish government agency. Kilmainham Gaol played an important part in Irish history, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the prison by the British and in 1923 by the Irish Free State.
Glasnevin Cemetery tour – Ireland’s most famous Cemetery
Glasnevin Cemetery, officially known as Prospect Cemetery, is the largest non-denominational cemetery in Ireland with an estimated 1.5 million burials. It first opened in 1832, and is located in Glasnevin, Dublin. Some of Ireland’s most famous people are buried here including Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Luke Kelly, Daniel O’Connell and many more.
Experience Dublin’s Best Traditional Pubs
Dublin is full of amazing pubs; probably the most popular area for tourists is the Temple Bar! However, this area is quite pricey. There are many other alternative pubs to see around the town such as The Brazen Head, O’Donoghues Bar, Cobblestone Pub, Toners and much more!
DAY TWO: Head north
Newgrange, Co. Meath – Older than the Egyptian Pyramids
Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built about 3200 BC, during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.
Bloody Bridge, Co. Down – A hidden gem
This little gem is located close to the lovely seaside town of Newcastle. There are some fantastic pools upstream which are amazing to take a swim in.
Newcastle Co. Down – A beautiful seaside town
Newcastle is a beautiful small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. The seaside resort lies on the Irish Sea coast at the base of Slieve Donard, one of the Mourne Mountains, and is known for its sandy beach and the Royal County Down Golf Club. The town lies within the Down District Council area. The town is twinned with New Ross, County Wexford, in the Republic of Ireland.