Travel

6 Days in Ireland

I just got back from Ireland and it was a dream! Ireland is beautiful, the culture is so much fun, and the people are among some of the friendliest I’ve ever met!

Below is my itinerary for the 6 days I spent in Ireland as well as extra activities worth doing that we didn’t have time for.

If you really want to bring this itinerary to life and see more details, add me on Instagram doctor.maryann and click on the Ireland highlight to see the day to day pictures & videos!

Day 1: Dublin

  • Brazen Head Pub
    • Irelands oldest pub
  • Stayed at the Radisson Blue St. Helens
    • 16th-century mansion

Day 2: Dublin

  • Guinness tour
  • Christ church cathedral
  • Jameson distillery
    • We did the make your own whiskey tour!
  • St Patricks Cathedral
  • Monroe’s pub in Galway

Other things to do in Dublin that we didn’t have time for: Dublin castle, Powerscourt house and gardens, Malahide castle and gardens, Ha’penny bridge, the spire, Kilmainham gaol museum

Day 3: Galway

  • Rock of Cashel
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Village of Doolin
  • Gus O’conners pub

Other: Ailwee cave, Bunratty castle 

Fun fact: During the whiskey tour, I learned that people who used to make whiskey at home would go blind from improper distillation (leaving in butanol etc.) and that’s where the phrase “blind drunk” came from!

Day 4: Killarney

  • Killarney national park carriage ride
  • Ring of Kerry
    • 3.5 hour drive
    • Definitely stop at cliffs of Kerry (picture at the head of the article)
  • Village of Sneem for dinner
  • An Riasc bed & breakfast

Other: Blarney castle

Day 5: Dingle Town 

  • Bike the Dingle peninsula and explore Dingle town
    • The bike ride takes about 5 hours
    • Can drive for 1 hour instead but I recommend the electric bike experience
    • Stop at Cafe Na Tra for lunch with a view

Day 6: Galway

  • Ashford castle (afternoon tea and horseback ride)
    • You can spend several days here with all the activities they provide.
    • Only guests of the hotel/castle are allowed inside.
  • Connemara national park
  • Kylemore abbey tour
  • Veldons Seafarer Bar & Restaurant
  • Quay Street pub hopping:
    • Taaffes bar
    • Tig Choili
    • The Dail bar
    • Carrolls on Dominick street

Although you can drive from one side of the country to the other in 2 hours, and we stayed in Galway most of the trip, I highly recommend spending the night in each of the cities you’re exploring to be efficient with your time and reduce the amount of driving. It’s also worth noting that I tend to jam pack my trips so if you’re the type to take it easy, I would allow for more time between activities.

Enjoy Ireland!