14 days in Ireland: the ultimate Ireland road trip itinerary

Ireland’s small size means it’s super easy to see lots of the highlights in a short space of time. So if you’ve got 14 days to spend in Ireland, here is our ultimate two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary.

At just 36,000 sq miles (84,421 sq km), the Emerald Isle is pretty small in size. For perspective, that is only slightly larger than the State of West Virginia.

If you still aren’t convinced, driving non-stop from the country’s most northern point in Malin Head to its southern tip in Brow Head would take around eight-and-a-half hours!

Ireland’s small size means it’s perfect for a full-country road trip to take in all the highlights of the Emerald Isle from the breathtaking Causeway Coast in the north to the scenic Wild Atlantic Way in the west, the historic Ancient East, and the beautiful south coast.

So if you’ve got 14 days to spend exploring the Emerald Isle, you’ve come to the right place. Let us do the work and check out our ultimate two-week Ireland road trip itinerary below.

Table of contents

Tips and advice – useful info for your Irish road trip itinerary

The route for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Booking.com – the best site for booking hotels in Ireland

Best ways to travel: Hiring a car is one of the easiest ways to explore Ireland in a limited amount of time. Public transport to rural areas is not as regular, so travelling by car will give you much more freedom when planning your own journey and day trips. Still, you can book guided tours that will take you to all the best things to see and do, according to your preference.

Hiring a car: Companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car offer a range of car rental options to suit your requirements. Cars can be picked up and dropped off at locations around the country, including at airports.

Travel insurance: Ireland is a relatively safe country. However, it is important to make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances. If you’re hiring a car, it’s also important to make sure that you’re insured to drive in Ireland.

Popular tour companies: If you want to save some time planning, then booking a guided tour is a great option. Popular tour companies include CIE Tours, Shamrocker Adventures, Vagabond Tours, and Paddywagon Tours.

Day one – Co. Dublin

Start your Ireland road trip itinerary in Dublin.
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Highlights

  • Trinity College Dublin and the Book of Kells
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Temple Bar
  • Grafton Street

Starting and ending point: Dublin

Area of Ireland: Leinster

Morning – explore the sights of cental Dublin

Spend the morning exploring Grafton Street.
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  • Dublin is a practical place to start your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary as it is home to Ireland’s main airport. Fly into the city early, spend the day shopping, see the sights, and soak up all the Georgian Dublin charm.
  • Visit the historic Trinity College Dublin, where you can catch a glimpse of the Book of Kells, which will give you an insight into Irish history.
  • Head down Grafton Street to do some shopping before heading for some lunch.

Afternoon – head out of the city centre

Stop off at the Guinness Storehouse on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • After lunch, head to Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle for an insight into the city’s history.
  • Check out the iconic Guinness Storehouse, where you can find out all you need to know about Ireland’s favourite drink.
  • Or, if it’s a sunny day, head to Phoenix Park for a stunning stroll in one of the biggest urban parks in Europe.

Evening – discover Dublin’s unforgettable nightlife

Spend the evening soaking up Dublin's pub culture.
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  • After an action-packed first day, head for some dinner at one of Dublin’s excellent restaurants.
  • End your night before soaking up the Irish pub culture at Temple Bar.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

No Ireland road trip itinerary is complete without coffee at Brother Hubbards.
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Brunch culture has taken over the capital city in the past few years, and Dublin has a wide variety of delicious spots for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

  • herbstreet: Located in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, this fantastic eatery offers delicious modern dishes for all tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Nutbutter: The health-conscious among us will be in heaven at Nutbutter. Serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients, this is the perfect place to start your day right.
  • Metro Café: This traditional-style café is located just off Grafton Street. A go-to for good, honest food.
  • Póg: Make your own pancake stack? Yes, please! If this sounds like your kind of thing, make a beeline for Póg.
  • Brother Hubbard: With numerous locations around the city, Brother Hubbard is a popular spot with locals for delicious and fresh breakfasts and lunches.
  • Tang: Eco-conscious? If so, pay a visit to Tang for a delicious, fresh, and guilt-free feed.
  • Balfes: If you’re in the mood for an upscale dining experience, book a table at Balfes in The Westbury.

Dinner

Enjoy some dinner from PI Pizza.
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With a world-class dining scene, Dublin offers up anything you’re in the mood for, whether that be traditional Irish cuisine or something from further afield.

  • Sophie’s: Located in the Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street, this rooftop restaurant is the perfect spot for delicious food, great drinks, and fantastic views of the city.
  • Pi Pizza: Best pizza in Dublin? Yes, please! Pizza fans need to visit Pi Pizza while in the city.
  • Chapter One Restaurant: If fine dining is your cup of tea, then you must book a table at the elegant Chapter One Restaurant.
  • FIRE Steakhouse and Bar: Having been voted among the World’s Top Luxury Restaurants, a visit to FIRE Steakhouse and Bar is a must while in Dublin.
  • Sprezzatura: For fans of Italian cuisine, Sprezzatura’s fresh pasta dishes and delicious delicacies will fool you into thinking you’re really in Italy.
  • Fade Street Social: This brilliant restaurant and cocktail bar serves delicious dishes four days a week, with a menu curated from the finest homegrown produce.
  • Eatyard: This is the perfect place to head if you’re feeling super indecisive. Offering a wide range of tasty treats from various vendors, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Where to drink

Stop off at the Vintage Cocktail CLub on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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No trip to Ireland’s capital city is complete without making the most of the Irish pub culture. Quench your thirst with a drink at one of Dublin’s famous bars.

  • Vintage Cocktail Club: A unique spot, an evening at Vintage Cocktail Club will sure be one to remember.
  • Kehoes Pub: This award-winning pub has been operating in the city for over 200 years. So, you can rest assured these guys know what they’re doing!
  • John Kavanagh’s: Known as the home of one of the best pints of Guinness in Dublin, no trip to the city is complete without enjoying a pint here.
  • The Long Hall: This traditional spot is one of the oldest pubs in Dublin.
  • NoLita: With Italian cuisine and delicious cocktails, this chic bar is the perfect place for a classy night out.
  • The Marker Bar: The high-end Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Grand Canal Quay offers panoramic views over Dublin.

Where to stay

Splashing out: The Marker Hotel

Book a night at the Marker.
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The stunning Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock will offer an unforgettable stay not far from the city centre. With comfortable rooms, an on-site spa, an onsite restaurant, and a rooftop bar, this hotel is truly exquisite.

Mid-range: The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street

Stay at the Dean Hotel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The Dean Hotel is located at the historic heart of Georgian Dublin. This boutique hotel has cosy comfortable rooms, Sophie’s rooftop bar and restaurant, and an on-site gym.

Budget: The Hendrick in Smithfield

Book a night at the Hendrick in Smithfield.
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The Hendrick in Smithfield is the perfect place for a cosy and affordable stay. With basic but comfortable rooms and an onsite bar serving delicious food and drinks, this place has all you could want from a budget stay.

Day two – Co. Dublin to Co. Wicklow

Start day two of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Highlights:

Starting and ending point: Dublin to Wicklow

Coastal route: Dublin –> Dun Laoghaire –> Bray –> Greystones –> Wicklow

Alternative route: Dublin –> Palmerstown –> Woodstown Village –> Wicklow

Mileage: 62 km (39 miles) / 37 km (23 miles)

Area of Ireland: Leinster

Morning – head out of Dublin 

No Ireland road trip itinerary is complete without stopping off in Dun Laoghaire.
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  • On day two of our Ireland road trip itinerary, head south out of Dublin, taking the coast road towards Dun Laoghaire.
  • Stop off at the quaint port towns of Dun Laoghaire, Bray, and Greystones to start the second day of your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • Grab some breakfast and talk a walk along the beach.

Afternoon – make your way to the Wicklow Mountains National Park

Explore the stunning Wicklow Mountains.
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  • Drive southeast to the stunning surroundings of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glendalough.
  • Check out this sixth-century Christian settlement, one of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites. Not only is it a haven for nature-lovers, but it also provides a historical insight into Ireland’s past.
  • As well as the iconic Glendalough and the Monastic site, make sure to check out the breathtaking Guinness Lake (Lough Tay). Off the trodden tourist track and a stunning sight to see, this has to be one of the best places to visit in Ireland.

Evening – wind down with a traditional Irish feed

Ireland road trip itinerary
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  • After an action-packed day of travel, wind down with a delicious meal and a creamy pint of Guinness at one of Wicklow’s best eateries.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a bite to eat at the Happy Pear in Greystones.
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The coastal towns of Dublin and Wicklow are home to some fantastic independent eateries that provide delicious breakfasts and lunches.

  • Gourmet Food Parlour in Dun Laoghaire: For a huge menu with something for everyone.
  • Dockyard No. 8 in Bray: A seafront restaurant serving traditional dishes with a creative flair.
  • Happy Pear in Greystones: A must-visit for delicious, healthy food.

Dinner

Enjoy some dinner from the Coach House on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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There are lots of fantastic restaurants dotted all around the Wicklow Mountains National Park. After a day of exploring, we can think of nothing better than enjoying a delicious meal and a creamy pint of Guinness.

  • Glendalough Hotel: The perfect way to end your day with a traditional Irish meal.
  • Wicklow Heather Restaurant: This rustic, wood-beamed restaurant is the perfect place for a traditional Irish feed.
  • The Coach House, Roundwood: With a traditional open-fire and a traditional menu of home-cooked food, this is a great place to end your day.

Where to drink

The Martello in Bray is a great place to enjoy a drink in the sun.
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Wicklow is home to several great pubs and bars, where you can enjoy a pint or delicious cocktails.

  • Martello Bar, Bray: This seafront bar offers great drinks, live music, and sea views.
  • Johnnie Fox’s Pub, Glencullen: This bar, located close to the Dublin-Wicklow border, is known as the highest pub in Dublin.
  • Wicklow Heather Restaurant: This restaurant and bar is a great place to relax with a creamy pint of Guinness in traditional surroundings.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Glendalough Hotel

Book a night at the Glendalough Hotel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.

This beautiful luxury hotel at the heart of the Wicklow Mountains offers comfortable en-suite rooms and the fantastic Casey’s Bar and Bistro.

Mid-range: Glendalough Glamping

For something unique, enjoy a Glendalough Glamping Experience.
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Make the most of the beautiful natural surroundings at Glendalough Glamping. Guests will sleep in private pods with comfortable beds and a communal area with a kitchen and bathrooms.

Budget: Tudor Lodge B&B

Book into Tudor Lodge B&B on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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If you’re looking for a cosy stay on a budget, then book a room at the Tudor Lodge B&B. Guests can enjoy comfortable rooms with en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee making facilities.

Day three – Co. Wicklow to Co. Waterford

Head to Waterford for day three.
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Highlights:

  • The historic Waterford City and Viking Triangle is a must-visit.
  • The historic Kilkenny Castle.
  • St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower.

Starting and ending point: Wicklow to Waterford

Route: Wicklow –> Kilkenny –> Waterford

Alternative route: Wicklow –> M9 –> Waterford

Mileage: 207 km (129 miles) / 157 km (98 miles)

Area of Ireland: Leinster and Munster

Morning – head south out of Wicklow

Head south out of Wicklow on day three of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Drive south out of Wicklow via the M9 on day three of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • After about an hour and a half, stop off in Kilkenny City.
  • Check out Kilkenny Castle, the River Nore, St Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower, Black Abbey, St Mary’s Cathedral, St Francis Abbey, St John’s Priory, and Kilkenny Town Hall.

Afternoon – continue south to Waterford

Check out the Viking Quarter in Waterford.
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  • Grab some lunch at one of the fantastic cafes or restaurants in Kilkenny.
  • Continue south towards Waterford City.
  • Visit the Viking Triangle and hear incredible stories of the fleet of Viking ships that arrived in Waterford in 914 AD
  • Other must-sees include the House of Waterford Crystal, the Comeragh Mountains, the stunning Waterford Greenway, and Reginald’s Tower.

Evening – wind down in the oldest city in Ireland

Enjoy a relaxing evening on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Head to one of the many great restaurants Waterford has to offer for a delicious meal.
  • Or, grab a takeaway and head to Tramore to watch the sun go down on another day.
  • End your night at one of the lively pubs in the city, known for their great drinks, good craic, and live music.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a delicious meal at Petronella.
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Grab some breakfast, brunch, or lunch in Kilkenny. The bustling city centre has lots of great cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.

  • Petronella: With plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available, there is something for everyone here.
  • Zuni Restaurant: This award-winning restaurant is renowned all over the city for its delicious food and friendly staff.
  • The Fig Tree Restaurant: Known for its delicious breakfast and freshly roasted coffee, this popular spot is a must-visit while in Kilkenny City.

Dinner

Waterford is a haven for foodies on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Waterford is a haven for foodies. With plenty of fantastic eateries to choose from, you are sure to be spoilt for choice.

  • McLeary’s: Known for their outstanding fish, this casual dining restaurant is popular among Waterford locals.
  • Emiliano’s: Committed to providing an unforgettable dining experience, Emiliano’s Pizza is second-to-none.
  • Momo: This multi-award winning restaurant offers fresh, healthy cuisine that celebrates local producers.

Where to drink

Davy Macs is a unique gin bar.
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  • Jordans American Bar: A must-visit for great Guinness and trad music sessions.
  • Phil Grimes: With a great selection of craft beers and a cosy beer garden, this is the perfect place to spend an evening.
  • Davy Macs: For something a little different, this unique gin bar will provide an evening you won’t forget.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Faithlegg House Hotel

Faithlegg House Hotel is a great place to stay on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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This stunning manor house hotel will offer a stay like none other. Set on stunning grounds, guests can enjoy comfortable rooms, dining at the Roseville Rooms Restaurant or the Aylward or Cedar Lounges, a leisure centre, pool, golf, and treatment rooms.

Mid-range: Granville Hotel

Enjoy a mid-range stay at the Granville Hotel.
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This city centre hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms, an on-site bar and restaurant, and a convenient central location.

Budget: Waterford Viking Hotel

Book into the Waterford Viking Hotel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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For those travelling on a budget, Waterford Viking Hotel is a great option. Located just a short drive outside the city, this hotel offers basic but comfortable en-suite bedrooms and an on-site bar and restaurant.

Day four – Co. Waterford to Tipperary to Co. Cork

Head to Cork.
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Highlights

  • The Rock of Cashel
  • Mizen Head
  • Cork City
  • Blarney Castle
  • Jameson Experience

Starting and ending point: Waterford to Cork

Route: Waterford –> Tipperary –> Cork

Alternative route: Waterford –> Dungarvan –> Cork

Mileage: 190 km (118 miles) / 122 km (76 miles)

Area of Ireland: Munster

Morning – head west from Waterford 

Stop off at the Rock of Cashel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Grab some breakfast before heading out of Waterford on day four of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • From Waterford, begin your journey west towards Ireland’s largest county: Cork.
  • A great stop on the journey is the historic Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of the Kings of Munster before the Norman invasion.

Afternoon – arrive in Cork

Arrive in the Rebel County.
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  • If you fancy seeing Cork’s scenic parts, visit Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south-westerly point.
  • If you want to learn all about whisky, check out the Jameson Experience.
  • Discover the history of the Titanic at the Titanic Experience in Cobh.
  • Visit Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone – the experience may not be for everyone, but it’s sure something to remember!
  • If you have extra time, it’s also worth taking a trip out to the colourful fishing village of Kinsale or the heritage town of Cobh for an authentic taste of Ireland.

Evening – discover Ireland’s culinary capital

Discover Ireland's culinary capital on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Grab a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants Cork City has to offer.
  • Explore the city’s pub and trad music scene for a great end to your fourth day in Ireland.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy some breakfast at Farmgate Cafe.
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  • Ali’s Kitchen: Enjoy delicious, freshly-cooked dishes at Ali’s Kitchen in Cork.
  • Café Gusto: Salads, sandwiches, hot food, and more, there is something for everyone at this Cork eatery.
  • Farmgate Café: Located in the English Market, Farmgate Café serves tasty hot food options, as well as soups, chowders, and sandwiches.

Dinner

Grab a bite to eat at Cornstore on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Market Lane Restaurant: This multi-award winning restaurant and bar offers an unforgettable dining experience in the city.
  • Cornstore: For dry-aged steak cooked to perfection, pay a visit to Cornstore.
  • Greenes Restaurant: If you’re in the mood for Michelin-star dining, book a table at Greenes Restaurant in Cork City.

Where to drink

Cask is simply one of the best cocktail bars in Cork.
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  • Cask: Enjoy fantastic cocktails at this charming bar in the city’s Victorian Quarter.
  • The Shelbourne Bar: This award-winning whiskey pub should not be missed while in the city.
  • Mutton Lane Inn: This cosy pub is part of the Cork Heritage Pub Trail, and rightly so. Friendly and local, you’re sure to have a great night here.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Castlemartyr Resort Hotel

Castlemartyr Resort will add a touch of elegance to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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One of Ireland’s classiest hotels, the Castlemartyr Resort Hotel offers guests an opulent stay. With deluxe and spacious rooms, plenty of dining options, spa facilities, one of the best golf courses in Cork, and plenty more, you will enjoy a stay like none other.

Mid-range: Montenotte Hotel

Enjoy a stay at the Montenotte Hotel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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This vibrant family-owned hotel at the heart of Cork City offers fantastic rooms and apartments, an on-site Glasshouse Restaurant, Cameo Cinema, Bellevue Spa, and Health Club.

Budget: The Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel is a great place to stay in Cork.
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The Imperial Hotel offers luxury at a budget price. This boutique hotel on Cork’s South Mall offers fantastic rooms and suites, on-site dining options, and a fantastic hotel spa.

Day five – Co. Cork to Co. Kerry

Spend day five of your Ireland road trip itinerary in Kerry.
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Highlights:

  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross Estate
  • Torc Waterfall
  • Skellig Islands
  • Dingle Peninsula

Starting and ending point: Cork to Kerry

Route: Cork –> N22 –> Kerry

Mileage: 101 km (63 miles)

Area of Ireland: Munster

Morning and afternoon – make your way from Cork to Kerry

Make your way from Cork to Kerry on day five of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Start day five of your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary by heading to Killarney, where you can set off on a scenic drive of the famous Ring of Kerry.
  • You can drive the entire 112 miles (179 km) circular route without stopping in about three-and-a-half hours, but to fully enjoy the experience and take in all the sights, it’s best to leave aside a full day for this.
  • Some of the best stops on the route include the breathtaking Killarney National Park, including Muckross Estate and Torc Waterfall; the quaint villages of Kenmare, Portmagee, and Sneem; the iconic Skellig Islands and Valentia Island; and the beautiful Gap of Dunloe.

Evening – end your day in Dingle

End your day in Dingle.
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  • End day five of your Ireland road trip itinerary in Dingle. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, make the most of Ireland’s traditional pub culture, and grab a homemade ice cream from Murphy’s.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

The Curious Cat Cafe is a great option for breakfast on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Before you start your trail along the glorious Ring of Kerry, grab a delicious breakfast, brunch, or lunch in the traditional Irish town of Killarney.

  • Curious Cat Café: This quirky café offers a range of delicious breakfast and lunch options, including American-style pancakes and vegetarian omelettes.
  • The Shire Café and Bar: With plenty of options to suit all dietary requirements, this is a safe bet for a delicious feed for all.
  • Café du Parc: This classy café offers delicious, hearty dishes and funky brunch.

Dinner

The Boatyard Restaurant is a great place to eat in Dingle.
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End your day in Dingle with a tasty meal from one of the town’s local bars or restaurants.

  • Boat Yard Restaurant: Enjoy unrivalled views over Dingle Bay as you chow down on some delicious food.
  • Lord Baker’s: Believed to be the oldest pub in Dingle, this spot serves tasty and traditional Irish pub grub.
  • Out of the Blue Seafood: For a true taste of Dingle, try some remarkable seafood from this colourful seafood eatery.

Where to drink

No Ireland road trip itinerary is complete without a drink at Dick Mack's.
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  • Dick Mack’s Pub & Brewery: With a buzzing beer garden complete with street food vendors, picnic tables, and Guinness on tap, this Irish pub is a great place to spend an evening.
  • Foxy John’s: This bar and hardware store hybrid is a unique spot to enjoy a drink in Dingle.
  • Murphy’s Pub: This warm and welcoming pub is a great spot for Irish craic and great pints.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Europe Hotel and Resort

For an unforgettable stay, book a night at the Europe Hotel.
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This amazing in Killarney offers a truly decadent stay in some of the most beautiful surroundings Ireland has to offer. Decadent en-suite rooms, incredible views, numerous dining options and an on-site spa make this an incredible place to stay.

Mid-range: Dingle Bay Hotel

For a mid-range stay on your Ireland road trip itinerary, book into the Dingle Bay Hotel.
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Located in the heart of Dingle town, the modern Dingle Bay Hotel offers simple and comfortable bedrooms and an on-site bar offering food, drink, and live entertainment.

Budget: Dingle Harbour Lodge

Dingle Harbour Lodge is a great budget accommodation choice.
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Basic but comfortable, the Dingle Harbour Lodge is the perfect spot for a break on the Dingle Peninsula. With a range of rooms to choose from, fantastic sea views, and outstanding Irish hospitality, this is a great place for all.

Day six – Co. Kerry to Co. Limerick

Travel from Kerry to Limerick on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Highlights:

  • Adare Town
  • King John’s Castle
  • Milk Market
  • Hunt Museum

Starting and ending point: Kerry to Limerick

Route: Dingle –> Tralee –> Adare –> Limerick

Alternative route: Dingle –> Charleville –> Limerick

Mileage: 149 km (93 miles) / 166 km (103 miles)

Area of Ireland: Munster

Morning – enjoy a slow morning

Enjoy a slow morning on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Spend the morning in Dingle. Stop off at Bean in Dingle for some great coffee.
  • If you have time, take a boat out from Dingle Harbour.

Afternoon – head north to Limerick

Head north to Limerick.
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  • After a relaxed morning, head north through Tralee and the stunning fairy-tale town of Adare, famous for its thatched-roof cottages.
  • Head to your final destination of the day, Limerick. The city, which lies on the River Shannon, is one of the most underrated destinations on the Emerald Isle.
  • If you’re interested in Irish history, make sure you check out the 13th-century King John’s Castle and check out the interactive exhibition to learn all you need to know about its heritage.
  • Other great spots to check out in Limerick include the iconic Milk Market and the fascinating Hunt Museum.

Evening – wind down in the historic Limerick City

Discover the historic Limerick city on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • End day six of your Ireland road trip itinerary in Limerick with a delicious meal at one of the city’s many restaurants.
  • Watch the sun go down over Lough Gur or the Ballyhoura Mountains for a relaxing end to your day.
  • Limerick is also home to some great traditional Irish pubs, where you can enjoy a good pint and a traditional Irish music session.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy some breakfast at Bean in Dingle.
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  • Bean in Dingle: Known for their great coffee and baked goods, this is a great place to start your day.
  • My Boy Blue: One of the most popular eateries in Dingle, My Boy Blue serve a fantastic range of brunch options and sandwiches.
  • Strand House Café: This distinctive blue café offers a range of fresh and delicious food offerings made using local produce.
  • Hook and Ladder: If you arrive in Limerick in time for lunch, you have to try this fantastic café.

Dinner

The Limerick Strand Hotel is a great option for dinner on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Freddy’s Bistro: Having been voted the Best Restaurant in Limerick, this fantastic spot is a sure bet while in the city.
  • The River Restaurant: Located in the Strand Hotel, this AA Rosette Restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience.
  • The Cornstore: Committed to fresh, local ingredients, dining at the Cornstore will be a great experience for all tastes.

Where to drink

Dolan's Pub is great for a lively night out.
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  • Dolan’s Pub: For great drinks, food, and live music, pay a visit to the brilliant Dolan’s Pub.
  • The Locke: Set in the city’s Medieval Quarter, this fantastic bar is brimming with charm and character.
  • The Old Quarter Gastropub: Pay a visit to this iconic spot for tasty cocktails, with plenty of non-alcoholic options available, too.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Adare Manor

Adare Manor is a decadent hotel to enjoy on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Just a short drive out of the city is Adare Manor, one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. With a number of signature suites, deluxe rooms, various dining options, golf, and a spa, there is plenty to be enjoyed here.

Mid-range: Savoy Hotel

Enjoy a mid-range stay at the Savoy Hotel.
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Located in the city centre, the fantastic Savoy Hotel offers spacious and modern en-suite rooms, various dining options, and an onsite spa.

Budget: Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

Book a night at the Kilmurry Lodge on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Set on three and a half acres of manicured gardens, the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel won’t feel like a budget break. Boasting comfortable rooms, a number of dining options, and an onsite fitness suite, this hotel is a must.

Day seven – Co. Limerick to Co. Clare

Travel from Limerick to Clare.
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So, you’ve officially made it to halfway through your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary – time flies when you’re having fun!

Highlights:

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
  • Father Ted’s House
  • Aran Islands
  • Doolin Town

Starting and ending point: Limerick to Clare

Route: Limerick –> Ennis –> Lahinch –> Doolin

Alternative route: Limerick –> Corofin –> Doolin

Mileage: 78.3 km (48.7 miles) / 79.5 km (49 miles)

Area of Ireland: Munster

Morning – make your way north from Limerick

Add Father Ted's House to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • From Limerick, head north to County Clare.
  • On your way, stop off at the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park for an interesting start to your day.
  • Continue north and stop off at Father Ted’s House from the beloved Irish TV show.

Afternoon – marvel at Ireland’s most iconic cliffs

Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic sights of Clare.
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  • Continue towards Doolin, stopping off at the iconic Cliffs of Moher. This is also a great place to take in the sunset if you time it right.
  • If you have time, it’s worth taking a boat out to Inís Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, from Doolin to immerse yourself in Irish history and tradition.

Evening – immerse yourself in Doolin’s pub scene

Immerse yourself in Doolin's pub scene for a memorable time on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • After enjoying a breathtaking sunset, head for some dinner at one of the pubs or restaurants in Doolin.
  • End your day with a trad session at one of the brilliant traditional Irish pubs the town offers.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Hook and Ladder.
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  • Hook and Ladder: One of the most popular cafés in Limerick, this is a great place to grab some breakfast before setting off.
  • The Buttery: With a vast menu, there is something for everyone at this popular Limerick eatery.
  • Story Café: This laidback spot is the perfect place for a morning coffee and a delicious, hearty breakfast.

Dinner

Enjoy a bite to eat at Doolin Inn on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Gus O’Connor’s Pub: Serving delicious pub grub and a range of vegan options, this is a great place for dinner in Doolin.
  • Glas Restaurant: The fantastic Glas Restaurant at Hotel Doolin is a great spot for an upscale dining experience.
  • Anthony’s: With unrivalled sunset views, this new restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular spots for dinner in Doolin.

Where to drink

Check out the fantastic pub scene in Doolin.
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  • McGann’s Pub: Open seven days a week, you can enjoy a fresh, local feel, great craic, Irish music, and, of course, creamy pints of Guinness.
  • Gus O’Connor’s Pub: This spot isn’t just renowned for its delicious food. Stop here for pints and trad music, too!
  • McDermott’s Pub: This traditional, family-owned pub is well-known for free-flowing Guinness and lively Irish music.

Where to stay

Luxury: Gregan’s Castle Hotel

Gregan's Castle Hotel is a great choice for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Fancy staying in a castle? If so, book a room at the luxurious Gregan’s Castle Hotel located in The Burren. Plus, this eco-friendly hotel is ideal for the sustainably conscious.

Mid-range: Armada Hotel

The Armada Hotel is a great mid-range option.
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The Armada Hotel at Spanish Point provides the perfect place to rest your head. With modern, comfortable rooms and numerous dining options, this is the perfect place to retreat after a busy day.

Budget: Wild Atlantic Lodge

Wild Atlantic Lodge is a budget-friendly option for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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This quaint and cosy property is defined by traditional decor, cosy rooms, and fantastic Irish hospitality.

Day eight – Co. Clare to Co. Galway

Travel from Clare to Galway.
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Highlights

  • Burren National Park
  • Galway City
  • Salthill Promenade

Starting and ending point: Limerick to Clare

Route: Doolin –> Burren National Park –> Galway City

Alternative route: Doolin –> Ballyvaughan –> Galway City

Mileage: 83.6 km (52 miles) / 70.6 km (44 miles)

Area of Ireland: Munster and Connacht

Morning – head northeast from Doolin

Discover the Burren on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Wake up early and make your way northeast out of Doolin to embark on day eight of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • Travel to the incredible Burren National Park, defined by its karst landscape and historic sites.

Afternoon – continue northeast to Galway

Galway's Salthill Promenade is truly picturesque.
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  • It’s time to head to Galway – one of the best spots on the Wild Atlantic Way. Boasting a mix of modern and traditional Irish culture, there is plenty to see and do in this incredible city.
  • From strolling along the beautiful Salthill Promenade to exploring the colourful Latin Quarter full of traditional Irish shops and history, Galway is sure to add something special to your two weeks in Ireland.

Evening – get stuck into Galway’s famous nightlife scene

Discover the lively Galway pub scene on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Enjoy some fresh, locally-caught seafood at one of the top seafood restaurants in the city.
  • End your night in the Capital of Culture, soaking up the city’s cultural scene at some of Galway’s most iconic pubs.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Ritz House.
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  • Doolin Deli: Known for its quick and tasty breakfast and friendly service.
  • The Ritz: This Lisdoonvarna café offers a menu of delicious, hearty breakfast dishes.

Dinner

The Dough Bros is an unforgettable pizzeria to include on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • The Dough Bros: Pizza-lovers will be in heaven at Galway’s famous pizza restaurant, which has been named among the best pizzerias in Europe.
  • Hooked: For fantastic seafood, book a table at Hooked in Galway City.
  • Aniar Restaurant: Book a table at the Michelin-starred Aniar Restaurant for an unforgettable fine-dining experience.

Where to drink

Grab a drink at O'Connell's.
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  • O’Connell’s Bar: This traditional bar and beer garden is renowned for its great pints of Guinness.
  • The Quays: Set in the heart of the Latin Quarter, this famous and historic pub is home to live music and free-flowing pints.
  • The Front Door: For an incredible atmosphere and live music.
  • Tig Choili: One of the city’s most traditional pubs.

Where to stay

Luxury: The g Hotel 

The g Hotel is a luxurious spot to include on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The city centre g Hotel is the perfect luxury option in the city. With upscale rooms, a luxurious spa, and numerous dining options, you won’t want to leave.

Mid-range: The Hardiman Hotel

The Hardiman is a great mid-range option.
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Set in the vibrant Eyre Square, The Hardiman Hotel offers spacious en-suite rooms, Victorian charm, and dining at the Gaslight Brasserie or Oyster Bar.

Budget: Nest Boutique Hostel in Salthill

If you're on a budget, book the Nest Boutique Hostel on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Located on the picturesque Salthill Promenade, the Nest Boutique Hostel provides simple en-suite rooms and a great breakfast.

Day nine – Co. Galway to Co. Mayo

From Galway, travel to Mayo.
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Highlights

Starting and ending point: Galway City to Westport

Route: Galway –> Connemara National Park –> Westport

Alternative route: Doolin –> N84 –> Westport

Mileage: 131.3 km (81.3 miles) / 79 km (49 miles)

Area of Ireland: Connacht

Morning – enjoy the scenery of Connemara National Park

Start a new day on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast in Galway.
  • From Galway, continue north through the scenic Connemara National Park
  • Check out the historic Kylemore Abbey.
  • Drive the Sky Road in Clifden before entering the beautiful County Mayo.

Afternoon – make your way around the sights of County Mayo

Mayo is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland to live in.
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  • Continue north from Connemara towards Mayo.
  • Some must-see spots in County Mayo include the quaint towns of Westport and Cong, the breathtaking Clew Bay, which is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, the stunning but harrowing Doolough Valley, and the iconic Downpatrick Head.
  • If you have time, make sure to make the trip to Achill Island, where you can visit Keem Bay, Kildavnet Castle, and the Great Western Greenway.

Evening – wind down in Westport

Westport is a must on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • After an action-packed day exploring Mayo, catch the sunset from one of the most scenic spots in this western county.
  • End your day with a delicious meal in the quaint town of Westport.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Dela.
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  • Dela: A fantastic breakfast restaurant with delicious dishes and friendly staff.
  • McCambridge’s: Fresh local food and great coffee, it doesn’t get better than this!
  • 56 Central Restaurant: For an unforgettable way to start your day, head for some breakfast here.

Dinner

Enjoy dinner on day nine of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • An Port Mór Restaurant: Serving modern Irish food using locally sourced produce and freshly-caught fish, this is a great spot for dinner in Westport.
  • Olde Bridge Restaurant: For authentic Indian and Thai food, pay a visit to the Olde Bridge Restaurant.
  • Cian’s on Bridge Street: This modern, laidback eatery specialises in burgers, brunch, and doughnuts.

Where to drink

Stop off at Matt Molloy's on day nine of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Matt Molloy’s: One of the most famous pubs in Ireland, Matt Molloy’s is a must while in Westport.
  • Porter House: Traditional music, friendly service, and great pints are all on offer here.
  • Mac Bride’s Bar: With an open fire and traditional furnishings, this is a cosy spot to spend an evening.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Ashford Castle

For an unforgettable experience, book a stay at Ashford Castle on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The breathtaking Ashford Castle is sure to offer a stay you’ll never forget. This five-star hotel includes various deluxe rooms and dining options, wellness facilities, and fun-filled experiences.

Mid-range: Breaffy House Resort

Add Breaffy House Hotel and Spa to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The Breaffy House Hotel Resort and Spa offers an unforgettable relaxing break. With spacious, elegant rooms, onsite restaurants, a health suite, and spa, this hotel has everything you could need.

Budget: The Waterside B&B

Enjoy a comfortable stay at the Waterside B&B on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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If you’re travelling on a budget, then we recommend booking a room at The Waterside B&B. With simple en-suite rooms, flat screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities, this is a great place to rest your head.

Day ten – Co. Mayo Co. Donegal

Test your inner daredevil here by walking across the famous ‘one-man pass’.
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Highlights:

  • Sligo Town
  • Benbulbin
  • Slieve League Cliffs
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Mount Errigal

Starting and ending point: Westport to Donegal

Route: Westport –> Sligo –> Donegal

Mileage: 164 km (102 miles)

Area of Ireland: Connacht and Ulster

Morning – continue your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland's most distinctive mountain, located in the Darty Mountains, is Benbulbin.
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  • Wake up early and grab a delicious breakfast in Westport before hitting the road.
  • Drive through Sligo and marvel at the distinctive Benbulbin Mountain
  • Make your way towards the pretty town of Donegal – the perfect place to stop for lunch.

Afternoon – explore the stunning scenery of Donegal

Mount Errigal is one of the best mountain trails in Ireland.
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  • After refuelling in Donegal Town, head west to the incredible Slieve League Cliffs, which are amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
  • Next, head northeast through the breathtaking Glenveagh National Park, passing Mount Errigal on your way to Ireland’s northern coast.

Evening – take in a beautiful sunset

Experience an unforgettable sunset on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • There are plenty of great spots around Donegal to enjoy a breathtaking sunset. Pick your location and wind down as the sun dips its head below the water.
  • End your day with a delicious meal at one of the county’s fantastic restaurants.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Grab a bite to eat at Sweet Beats.
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  • This Must Be The Place: This Westport eatery is popular for a reason. Their delicious breakfast menu caters for all tastes and dietary requirements.
  • Leafy Greens Café: Another great spot in Westport for a delicious breakfast.
  • Lyons Café: This Sligo eatery offers delicious offers a range of tasty salads and sandwiches.
  • Sweet Beat Café: With plenty of options for all dietary preferences, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to lunch options at this Sligo café.

Dinner

Add The Rusty Oven to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Killybegs Seafood Shack: For unforgettable fish and chips.
  • Rusty Oven: Wind down with pizza and beers from the Rusty Oven in Dunfanaghy.
  • Cedars Restaurant: For an upscale dining experience, enjoy a delicious meal at Cedars Restaurant in Lough Eske Castle.

Where to drink

The Singing Pub offers a unique experience.
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  • The Reel Inn: For live music and great craic, you must add this popular watering hole to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • McCafferty’s Bar: First opened in 2017, McCafferty’s Bar has quickly become a firm favourite among Donegal locals.
  • The Singing Pub: This unique pub is complete with traditional decor and even a kids’ playground out the back!

Where to stay

Splashing out: Lough Eske Castle

Book a night at Lough Eske Castle on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The beautiful Lough Eske Castle is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. With spacious rooms complete with plush furnishings, marble bathrooms, and four-poster beds, this is sure to be a memorable stay.

Mid-range: Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa

Enjoy a stay at the Sandhouse Marine Hotel and Spa.
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Located in Rossnowlagh, this beautiful beachfront hotel offers a luxury stay without the crazy price tag. Deluxe rooms, a number of dining options, and an on-site spa make this a stay you won’t forget.

Budget: The Gateway Lodge

For a budget stay, book into the Gateway Lodge for day ten of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Located close to Donegal Town, The Gateway Lodge offers comfortable accommodation, outstanding Irish hospitality, and delicious food from the onsite Blas Restaurant.

Day eleven – Co. Donegal to Co. Derry

Head to Derry on day 11.
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Highlights:

  • Donegal’s northern headlands
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Derry City
  • Wild Ireland

Starting and ending point: Donegal to Derry

Route: Donegal Town –> Dunfanaghy –> Letterkenny –> Malin Head –> Derry

Alternative route: Donegal Town –> N15 –> N13 –> Derry

Mileage: 269 km (167 miles) / 77.2 km (48 miles)

Area of Ireland: Ulster

Morning – discover north Donegal

Add north Donegal to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Day eleven of your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary not only takes you from the Wild Atlantic Way onto the Causeway Coast but also across the border from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland.
  • Spend the morning exploring the stunning beaches Donegal has to offer, including the deceptively named Murder Hole Beach – the sea air will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the last few days of your Irish adventure.
  • Make sure to check out Fanad Head, where you’ll find one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world, and the most northern point in Ireland, Malin Head, which featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Afternoon – make your way into Northern Ireland

Derry City Walls are a must.
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  • Next, head east to Derry. En route, you may pass Wild Ireland animal sanctuary; make sure to stop if time allows. Once in Derry, take in the history of this incredible city.
  • Derry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, so there is plenty to see and do. Check out the iconic Derry City Walls, the Peace Bridge, and the quaint Craft Village.

Evening – enjoy a delicious meal in the city

Add the Walled City Brewery to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Derry is home to plenty of fantastic pubs and restaurants, so make the most of these while in the city.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy some delicious breakfast.
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  • Blas: This fantastic restaurant in Killybegs is a great spot for a delicious breakfast.
  • Ahoy Café: Start your morning off right with a fantastic breakfast from Ahoy Café in Killybegs.
  • The Blueberry Tea Room: Located in Milltown, the Blueberry Tea Room is known for delicious homebaked goods.
  • Furey’s Diner: Located in Donegal Town, this family-run diner is the perfect option for a cooked breakfast.

Dinner

Add Pyke N Pommes to your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Quaywest: This beautiful converted 18th-century boathouse offers an unforgettable dining experience.
  • Pyke ‘N’ Pommes: For delicious tacos, burgers, and fries, head to Pyke ‘N’ Pommes.
  • Browns Bond Hill: For an upscale dining experience, book a table at Browns Bond Hill.

Where to drink

The Walled City Brewery is a must-visit.
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  • The Walled City Brewery: For home-brewed beer, pay a visit to the award-winning Walled City Brewery.
  • Peadar O’Donnell’s Bar: For a lively night in the city, check out this buzzing bar on Waterloo Street.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Everglades Hotel

Enjoy a cosy stay at the Everglades on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The fantastic Everglades Hotel is part of the Hastings Group, offering comfortable rooms, a fine-dining restaurant, and even Derry Girls afternoon tea.

Mid-range: City Hotel

The City Hotel is a great mid-range option.
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The City Hotel boasts a convenient city centre location, comfortable rooms, and a wonderful on-site restaurant, bar, and roof terrace.

Budget: Saddler’s House

Book a night at the Saddler's House in Derry on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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This 19th-century converted townhouse is the perfect place to stay in the city on a budget. Guests can enjoy cosy, comfortable rooms and breakfast.

Day twelve – Co. Derry to Co. Antrim

Drive the road from Derry to Antrim.
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Highlights:

  • Mussenden Temple
  • Quaint seaside towns
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Game of Thrones locations

Starting and ending point: Derry to Belfast

Route: Derry –> Causeway Coastal Route –> Belfast

Mileage: 148 km (92.1 miles)

Area of Ireland: Ulster

Morning – embark on a journey along the Causeway Coast

Make sure to take a journey along the Causeway Coast during your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Day twelve sees you take on Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, which has gained popularity over recent years thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones.
  • Travel east from Derry and take in all the sights this beautiful route has to offer, starting with Benone Beach, Downhill Demense, and Mussenden Temple.
  • From here, you’ll pass through several cute little seaside towns, including Castlerock, Portstewart, and Portrush – all great places to stop for ice cream!

Afternoon – continue east towards Belfast

Make sure to stop off at the Giant's Causeway.
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  • Further along the route, you’ll be treated to some of Northern Ireland’s main attractions, including the Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, the Dark Hedges, and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Evening – watch the sun go down over the north coast

Watch the sun go down over Dunluce Castle on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Witnessing the sun go down over the Giant’s Causeway or Dunluce Castle is an experience like no other.
  • End your day with a delicious meal at one of the great restaurants along the coast, the perfect way to wind down on your Ireland road trip itinerary.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Enjoy some breakfast from Fidela Coffee Roasters.
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  • Fidela Coffee Roasters: This new coffee shop in Coleraine offers delicious breakfast and lunch dishes to accompany their freshly roasted coffee.
  • Lost and Found: With locations in both Coleraine and Portstewart, we can assure you that you’ll find great breakfast and lunch options here.
  • Awaken: For fantastic banana bread, French toast, yoghurt bowls, and more, wake up with a delicious breakfast at this Portstewart eatery,
  • The Boatyard Coffee Shop: This brilliant Coleraine café offers amazing breakfast and lunch dishes for all. A must-visit on your Ireland road trip itinerary.

Dinner

Enjoy some dinner at the Ramore during your Ireland road trip itinerary
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  • Ramore Restaurants: This brilliant restaurant complex offers a wide variety of cuisines to suit all tastes.
  • Harry’s Shack on Portstewart Strand: Dinner on the beach. Need we say more?
  • Bushmills Inn: Enjoy a hearty Irish feed at this traditional-style restaurant.
  • Morton’s Fish and Chips: For a traditional fish supper as you watch the sunset, check out this award-winning chippy in Ballycastle.

Where to drink

Enjoy a pint of Guinness at the Central Bar.
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  • Central Bar, Ballycastle: This traditional Irish bar is the perfect place to end the day.
  • The Harbour Bar, Portrush: If you decide to eat at Ramore, head over to the Harbour Bar for a drink afterwards.
  • Villa, Portstewart: This classy bar and restaurant is popular among friend groups looking for a fun night out.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Ballygally Castle Hotel

The Ballygally Castle Hotel is a great choice for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Set in the quiet coastal town of Ballygally, the Ballygally Castle Hotel offers a unique and classy stay with incredible seaviews. Paying homage to the Game of Thrones legacy of the surrounding area, guests can check out GOT door number nine and various other GOT-inspired memorabilia. Aside from this, the hotel also offers cosy en-suite rooms and a fantastic on-site restaurant.

Mid-range: Further Space Glamping, Ballycastle and Glenarm

Further Space Glamping is a great accommodation choice for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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For something memorable, book yourself into the fantastic Further Space Glamping Pods, which can be found in both Ballycastle and Glenarm (as well as a number of other locations around Northern Ireland). These pods offer private accommodation, with stunning views from your bed and a small en-suite bathroom.

Budget: Marine Hotel in Ballycastle

Book a night at the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle.
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For something more affordable, book into the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle. Despite its more affordable price tag, this fantastic hotel doesn’t lack in elegance and amenities. With spacious en-suite rooms and an on-site bar and bistro, guests are guaranteed a comfortable stay.

Day thirteen – Causeway Coast to Belfast

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Highlights:

  • Belfast City
  • Titanic Museum
  • Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Cave Hill

Starting and ending point: Ballycastle to Belfast

Route: Ballycastle –> Cushendun –> Carrickfergus –> Belfast

Alternative route: Ballycastle –> M2 –> Belfast

Mileage: 102 km (63.3 miles) / 89 km (55.5 miles)

Area of Ireland: Ulster

Morning – make your way to the Northern Irish capital

Start your day with a drive through the Glens of Antrim on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Continue southeast along the Causeway Coast towards Belfast.
  • Pass through quaint seaside towns, such as Cushendun, Glenarm, and Carrickfergus.
  • See the stunning sights, such as Carrickfergus Castle and the Glens of Antrim.

Afternoon – arrive in Belfast

Spend the day exploring Titanic Belfast.
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  • Spend the penultimate day of your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary in the capital city of Northern Ireland: Belfast. A city full of history and culture, there is plenty to see here.
  • Check out the impressive Titanic Museum, Belfast Castle, the historic Crumlin Road Gaol which is one of the best things to do in Belfast and should be added to your Ireland itinerary or head up Cave Hill to get a great view over the city – all of which are considered to be some of the top things to do in Northern Ireland.
  • To immerse yourself in local life and experience what Belfast is all about, head to St George’s Market, where you can enjoy local food, crafts, and live music. Not only will you get to soak up the atmosphere, but you’ll also have the opportunity to locals.

Evening – soak up the city feel

Soak up the nighlife scene of Belfast on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Belfast is home to a thriving dining scene and a vibrant nightlife feel. Make the most of these while in the city.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Start day 13 of your Ireland road trip itinerary with breakfast from Creed Coffee.
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  • Barnish Café: For delicious homemade food and friendly service, enjoy some breakfast at this Ballycastle café.
  • The Bay Café: Enjoy delicious food and sea views at The Bay Café in Ballycastle.
  • Creed Coffee: For delicious breakfast and lunch options, stop off at Creed Coffee in Carrickfergus.

Dinner

Grab a bite at Holohan's Pantry.
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  • Holohan’s: This traditional Irish restaurant is one of the most popular in the city, making it a must-visit.
  • Coppi: For contemporary Italian cuisine, book a table at the stylish Coppi in St Anne’s Square.
  • Home Restaurant: With plenty of choice for all tastes and dietary requirements, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Home Restaurant.

Where to drink

Check out Bittle's Bar.
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  • Bittle’s Bar: Known as the home of the best pint of Guinness in Belfast, you can’t miss out on a visit to Bittle’s Bar during your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary.
  • The Dirty Onion: Set in the city’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter, this is a great spot for live music and good craic.
  • The Observatory at Grand Central Hotel: If you fancy treating yourself, enjoy some cocktails with views over the city at the Observatory in Grand Central Hotel.

Where to stay

Splashing out: Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel is a decadent choice for the last night of your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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The decadent Grand Central Hotel in the city centre is the tallest hotel in Belfast, making this a truly memorable place to stay while in the city. With deluxe, spacious rooms, en-suite bathrooms, and various onsite dining options, including the top-floor Observatory Bar, this hotel is a bucket list must.

Mid-range: Ten Square Hotel

Ten Square Hotel is a must.
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Set behind City Hall in Belfast, Ten Square Hotel is the perfect place for a centrally located stay. With beautifully designed rooms, en-suite bathrooms, and the onsite Josper’s Restaurant, you will have everything you need at Ten Square Hotel.

Budget: 1852 Hotel

Book a night at the 1852 Hotel for a budget option on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Set in the city’s university quarter, the understated 1852 Hotel is the perfect place to stay for those travelling on a budget. Just a ten-minute walk from the city centre, this hotel boasts spacious en-suite rooms and the popular Town Square Bar and Restaurant downstairs.

Day fourteen – Belfast to Dublin

Head from Belfast to Dublin on day 14.
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Highlights:

  • Mourne Mountains
  • Game of Thrones Studio Tour
  • Newgrange Passage Tomb

Starting and ending point: Belfast to Dublin

Route: Belfast –> Banbridge –> The Mourne Mountains –> Boyne Valley –> Dublin

Alternative route: Belfast –> Dublin

Mileage: 237 km (147 miles) / 177 km (110 miles)

Area of Ireland: Ulster and Leinster

Morning – head south from Belfast

Stop off at the new Game of Thrones Studio Tour on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Leave Belfast early in the morning and head south via the M1 and A1.
  • Stop off at the brand new Game of Thrones Studio Tour, an exciting new attraction to visit in Ireland, in Banbridge before finishing your Ireland road trip itinerary.

Afternoon – drive through the picturesque Mourne Mountains

Don't miss the Mourne Mountains.
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  • Continue south through the beautiful County Down, home to the Mourne Mountains.
  • You can drive through the heart of the Mournes from Newcastle to Rostrevor.
  • The Mourne region is known as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and its landscape inspired many of the descriptions in Narnia by Belfast-born writer C. S. Lewis.
  • Some of the highlights include Northern Ireland’s highest mountain Slieve Donard, the beautiful seaside town of Newcastle, and the view over Carlingford Lough from Kilbroney Park.
  • Continue south and cross the border, making your way towards Dublin. If you have time, it’s worth stopping off at the ancient Newgrange Passage Tomb in County Meath.

Evening – head to Dublin Airport

Your two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary has come to an end.
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  • After an action-packed two weeks of adventure, make your way towards Dublin Airport to board your flight home at the end of your Ireland road trip itinerary.

Where to eat

Breakfast and lunch

Include the pocket on your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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  • Blend and Batch: This Banbridge café offers plenty of delicious breakfast and lunch options for all.
  • Harlem: This bohemian-style café offers a delicious menu with plenty of great dishes.
  • the pocket: Minimalist and modern, the dishes here are delightful and full of flavour (One of the best coffee shops in Belfast).
  • Established: With an ever-changing menu, the food here is fresh and innovative.

Dinner

Grab some dinner at the Old School House Bar and Restaurant.
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  • The Old School House Bar and Restaurant: Located in Swords, this is the perfect place to grab a final bite to eat before heading to the airport.
  • Zucchini’s: Located not far from Newgrange, Zucchini’s is a great place to stop for some delicious food between Belfast and Dublin.

Best times of year for this Ireland road trip itinerary

Best times for this Ireland road trip itinerary.
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To make the most of the mild weather, visiting Ireland between April and September will be your best option. It’s also important to bear in mind that many of the most popular tourist attractions will be at their busiest during the school holidays in July and August.

Therefore, if you want to avoid the crowds while still enjoying the milder weather conditions, we recommend planning to visit Ireland around April, May, early June, or September.

Estimated cost of this itinerary

How much will you need for your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Visiting Ireland can be done on a shoestring budget or it can cost you an arm and a leg. If you want to enjoy the best of the best that the country has to offer, this two weeks in Ireland road trip itinerary will cost around £3000 per person.

However, if you’re working within a strict budget, you can still have a great time and enjoy some of the best things about Ireland over two weeks for around £1000 per person.

Other must-see places not mentioned in this itinerary

Some other notable mentions.
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While Ireland is a relatively small country, it boasts plenty of amazing things to see and do. Here are some other worthwhile attractions we haven’t mentioned in this Ireland road trip itinerary:

  • County Fermanagh: Home to plenty of history, breathtaking scenery, and the iconic Cuilcagh Mountain, County Fermanagh is well-worth visiting if you have the time.
  • Spike Island, Cork: The dark history of Spike Island is truly fascinating to uncover.
  • Beara Peninsula: A rival to the Ring of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula in Cork is home to some stunning scenery that will take your breath away.
  • Tayto Park, County Meath: A theme park dedicated to Ireland’s premier crisp brand? This is a must-visit if you’re travelling with kids.
  • County Wexford: Enjoy some more time in Ireland’s sunny southeast by stopping off in County Wexford.

Staying safe and out of trouble

Some things to be aware of before starting your Ireland road trip itinerary.
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Ireland is a relatively safe country. Still, it is always important to look after the safety of yourself and others.

  • Avoid going to quiet places at night alone.
  • Abide by speed limits and be aware that they change from kilometres per hour in the Republic of Ireland to miles per hour in Northern Ireland.
  • Remember to drive on the left.
  • Be a responsible road user: don’t drink and drive, and don’t use your phone while driving.
  • Make sure to check the parking restrictions before you park.
  • Make sure you have all of your relevant insurance documents.

FAQs about spending 14 days in Ireland

Is two weeks in Ireland enough?

Thanks to Ireland’s small size, you can see the main highlights of the country within just two weeks.

What can you do in two weeks in Ireland?

You can see the main attractions from all across Ireland in just two weeks, especially if you hire a car.

How long do you need to see Ireland?

This depends entirely on what you want to experience on your Ireland road trip itinerary. However, we would advise visiting for at least two weeks if you want to make your way around the whole country.

Useful articles to help plan your trip…

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NI Bucket List: the 25 best things to do in Northern Ireland

Dublin Bucket List: the 25 best things to do in Dublin, Ireland

Belfast Bucket List: the 20 best things to do in Belfast, Northern Ireland

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