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Introducing Ireland

Make the most out of your trip to Ireland.
Ireland's influence on global pop culture is undeniable—it's the land of "40 Shades of Green" and Guinness beer, after all—but this little island off the west coast of Europe also holds centuries of history, creating a curious blend of old and new in one compact destination. The rugged southwest is any traveler's dream—think golden beaches, vertical rock cliff faces, and mountains hugging the coast—while the "Ancient East" is home to ruins dating back thousands of years. See the highlights in a few days, or take your time getting to know the many hues of the Emerald Isle.

When is the best time to visit?
Ireland is best visited between March and October. June, July, and August are the busiest months for international travel, due to the increased chance of dry weather. That said, rain isn't as persistent or frequent here as you might think—the Irish climate is actually quite mild, with average temperatures only changing by a few degrees from March to October. This makes it ideal for active travel, with world-class hiking and cycling throughout the country. Learn more

Where should you go in Ireland?
Southwest Ireland is a must for first-time visitors. Killarney, which sits on the eastern end of the Iveragh Peninsula, is a good jumping off point to explore the world-famous Ring of Kerry. It's also on the outskirts of Killarney National Park, a stunning natural landscape of 26,000 acres.

From here, you can take your pick from locations dotted all along the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile driving route running from Mizen Head in the southwest to Malin Head in the northwest. The west coast boasts the iconic Cliffs of Moher, charming towns, and traditional Irish music, while further north lies the bohemian city of Galway. Venture west from here and you'll get to boggy and mountainous Connemara, home to Ireland's most unique landscapes. Learn more

How many days do I need?
Ireland may be small, but it's not a country to be rushed. If you only have a week, immersing yourself in one small region is the best way to see what makes the Irish tick—consider spending 2 nights in Dublin and taking a few days to explore the rural west coast. To experience multiple regions, you can easily fill 2 (or even 3!) weeks of well-spent travel. For an active trip, you might take a few days to relax in the countryside before a week of hiking or cycling on the west coast, followed by cultural exploration in one of Ireland's urban areas.

Getting Around Ireland
Self-driving in Ireland is popular, and major roadways connect Dublin to cities including Galway, Cork, and Limerick (and Shannon Airport). Some road trips do rely on rural roads, like the famous Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry. Trains serve the bigger cities, and Aer Lingus offers direct flights from Dublin to smaller, regional airports. Learn more

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Ireland Tours & Itineraries

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The Cliffs of Moher on Ireland's wild western coast
Map of Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Cork, Killarney & Galway - 5 Days
Ultimate Ireland Road Trip: Dublin, Cork, Killarney & Galway - 5 Days

Hit the road and see the best of the Emerald Isle on this 5-day self-driving jaunt through Ireland. Walk the ancient streets of Dublin, kiss the Blarney Stone in Cork, visit the famous heritage town of Killarney, take in breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher, and revel in the energy of bohemian Galway. From windswept Atlantic coastlines to bustling city streets, this itinerary is perfect for independent travelers looking to pack some of Ireland's most iconic sights into a short space of time.

Take a drive through the Irish countryside
Map of South Ireland Scenic Road Trip - 8 Days
South Ireland Scenic Road Trip - 8 Days

A great choice for families or travelers who prefer a little independence, this itinerary will take you on a leisurely road trip through some of Ireland's most scenic cities and natural sites. Experience the allure of Ireland as you drive along the coast and over verdant hills between stop at the medieval Rock of Cashel, Killarney National Park, and the Cliffs of Moher.

A beach on the Ring of Kerry route
Map of Classic Ireland Adventure - 7 Days
Classic Ireland Adventure - 7 Days

This guided road trip is the perfect introduction to Ireland for newbies. Over a week, you'll visit both classic icons and some off-the-beaten-path sites—paired with beautiful landscapes and gentle walks to breathe in the fresh air of Ireland's spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. In the evenings, partake in the local pub experience with a pint of Guinness and traditional Irish music. The tour starts and ends in Dublin, where you can bike and kayak to some of the capital's best sites.

Along the Trail in Kerry
Map of Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Hike - 11 Days
Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Hike - 11 Days

Hike around the Ring of Kerry at your own pace with this 11-day self-guided itinerary. You'll follow the trail between some of Ireland's most charming towns, crossing sites like Killarney National Park, Kenmare Bay, the Beara Peninsula, and Skelling Islands over a variety of terrains.

Ring of Kerry
Map of Highlights of Ireland Road Trip - 10 Days
Highlights of Ireland Road Trip - 10 Days

Explore the magic of Ireland independently with this self-drive itinerary. You'll go from the ancient streets of Dublin to the rebel city of Cork, the quaint village of Killarney, and the breathtaking Ring of Kerry. Keep going to the spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher and the buzzing cultural scene of Galway before you ultimately return to Dublin.

Colors of Kinsale
Map of Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days
Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days

Take travelers of all ages around the Emerald Isle with this week-long itinerary. You'll spend 7 days experiencing the highlights of Ireland from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes, then up to Limerick to live like a lord of the manor and over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands off the coast of County Clare.

Make the Most of Your Time in Ireland

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
A rainbow hovers above Ashford Castle, a luxury resort near Galway
How Many Days to Spend in Ireland

For a solid itinerary that covers Dublin or Belfast, plus outdoor activities in a few different counties, a 10-day trip is a great choice. With less time, you can still cover a...

Ireland Travel Advice

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Ultimate Guide to Multi-Day Walks in Ireland
Ultimate Guide to Multi-Day Walks in Ireland

One of the best ways to experience Ireland's remote corners is with a multi-day walk through the heather-covered hills, stretches of unspoiled coast, and sheer cliffs that the...

Girl taking surfing lessons in Co. Donegal
Family Travel in Ireland

Ireland is full of kid-friendly outdoor adventures, fun ways to interact with ancient history, and cultural activities from falconry to farming. Chase the leprechaun legend in...

A loving couple look out at sunset over the Cliffs of Moher
Planning Your Perfect Honeymoon in Ireland

Ireland makes the ideal choice for a holiday with your true love: beautiful, mystery-steeped, constantly surprising and delighting, and one of the most warmly welcoming places...

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The green landscape of the Black Valley in Killarney National Park
6 Days in Ireland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Six days in Ireland gives you enough time to explore the highlights, including Dublin, Kilkenny, and Galway. Or spend less time in the Republic of Ireland and focus on Northern Ireland's rugged landscape. Check out Giant's Causeway and drive the Wild Atlantic Way. Spend a few days hiking in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and cover trails in Marlay Park and Roundwood, or take a self-guided expedition on the west coast of County Kerry through Tralee, Annascaul, and Dingle.

Walk across the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge while exploring the Antrim Coast
Map of Northern Ireland & Dublin Road Trip - 6 Days
Northern Ireland & Dublin Road Trip - 6 Days

Discover the best of Northern Ireland in less than a week on this self-guided road trip. First, get your feet wet in Dublin before you drive north to explore the up-and-coming capital of Belfast. Then visit famous coasts and natural attractions (some featured in Game of Thrones) like the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Portstewart Strand, and Wild Atlantic Way at your own pace. Before driving back to Dublin, you'll also get a night in medieval Londonderry (Derry)—known for its live-music scene.

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher
Map of Ireland Self-Drive Adventure: Dublin, Galway, Doolin & Kinsale - 6 Days
Ireland Self-Drive Adventure: Dublin, Galway, Doolin & Kinsale - 6 Days

In under a week, this Irish road trip loops through a land of epic landscapes and even more epic history. Start in Dublin with a walking tour of the city's medieval and Georgian past, then set out toward the cultural and culinary capital of Galway. Gallop along the windswept beaches of Spiddal, take in dizzying views from the Cliffs of Moher, drive the scenic Ring of Kerry, and go kayaking by starlight on the saltwater lake of Lough Hyne.

Ireland Travel Maps

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Ireland map: Top Regions in Ireland
Top Regions in Ireland
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Ireland map: 5 Days in Ireland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Ireland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Ireland map: 14 Days in Ireland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Ireland - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Ireland
Travel specialist Dean Garrison
active 10 hours ago

Dean Garrison

My role as a Sales executive is to help my clients achieve what they are looking for in a holiday to Ireland. Whether that would be offering places to stay, providing a detail Itinerary outlining...

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Travel specialist Austin Rock
active 1 day ago

Austin Rock

Being Irish I love Ireland! I have travelled a lot, I only see the good in people I have always enjoyed meeting others. Irish roots go very deep, I love our unique culture, our long history, our...

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Travel specialist Rachel Long
active 18 hours ago

Rachel Long

Although I have always lived in beautiful Wales, I am passionate about travel. As a child I spent family holidays in Britain, touring the west coast of Scotland and the south coast of England,...

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Travel specialist Eleanor Whitticombe
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Eleanor Whitticombe

I have been lucky enough to travel to many places, from the USA to Dubai to Thailand. I have lived and worked in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Eventually the draw of the coast and home,...

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Trip Reviews for Ireland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

I can't say enough good things about kimkim
Ireland | Oct 9 - Oct 22, 2022

Mary
Mary K.
Broad Ripple, IN | Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

I can't say enough good things about kimkim and Dean, our local specialist. We had such a wonderful time. Our accommodations were all lovely and run by helpful, wonderful staff and/or hosts. The suggested lunch stops along the way were always hits. Every suggested stop - Blarney Castle, several spots around Cork, and the rope bridge on the way to Giant's Causeway - was fantastic. I would be thrilled to get to travel with kimkim again. Thank you for all your hard work!

Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Nov 24, 2022

Hi Mary

Thank you for your kind words.

We are delighted to hear you had a great time in Ireland.

We hope to have the chance to welcome you back to our amazing country in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean

10 day Trip to Ireland including Wild Atlantic Way
Ireland | Sep 24 - Oct 3, 2022

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Firoza P.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Dean was very helpful with the planning the trip. He answered all my questions and gave great suggestions for small changes need to hotels and accommodating my daughter's schedule with the trip. Also Justin was very helpful on the phone and helped with some aspects of the trip
The Bed & Breakfast accommodations were lovely. We liked all of them except for the one in Glendalough. The hotels were fine too but the B&B stole our hearts.
Our best part of the trip was Kerry, especially Killarney... read more

Dean was very helpful with the planning the trip. He answered all my questions and gave great suggestions for small changes need to hotels and accommodating my daughter's schedule with the trip. Also Justin was very helpful on the phone and helped with some aspects of the trip
The Bed & Breakfast accommodations were lovely. We liked all of them except for the one in Glendalough. The hotels were fine too but the B&B stole our hearts.
Our best part of the trip was Kerry, especially Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry and Dingle Town! The views were breathtaking! The people so friendly, the food great! No crowds around this time end of September really helped.

Hotel Reviews
The Connacht Hotel
Galway

Very busy and crowded

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could have been close to town..
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Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport
Clonshaugh

Nice hotel close to airport

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Tudor Lodge
Laragh, Co. Wicklow,

It was not the best.. very old hotel. not memorable. We should have been in the Glendalough Hotel which was what they offered first.

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Location
you need a car for everything
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Lansdowne Hotel
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Good for being in Dublin, we took the bus to downtown. Breakfast hostess was not friendly

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Front desk was fine., hostess for breakfast not friendly
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Bambury Guesthouse
Co Kerry

Exceptional B&B. Very friendly hostess. Great room! Excellent breakfast and very close to town

Authenticity & Character
The hotel had everything we needed
Location
Close to town
Staff
Very Friendly and accomodating!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and had everything we needed
The Blarney Stone Guesthouse
Cork

Great hosts!! very friendly. Gave us some good tips. Excellent breakfast!!

Authenticity & Character
Very authentic and cute!
Location
Not very central but good
Staff
Very authentic hosts and very friendly! Best Breakfast!!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Exceptionally clean
Castle Lodge
Killarney

Very clean and amazing hosts! very helpful. heated food for us!

Authenticity & Character
good
Location
very central. could walk to restaurants
Staff
Cannot say enough about the staff! Very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean
Churchfield Bed & Breakfast
Doolin, Co. Clare

The host was very friendly! the place was very cute! loved it!

Authenticity & Character
very cute and pretty and the rooms so comfortable!
Location
very close to town
Staff
very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
very clean
Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hi Firoza

Thank you for your message and kind words

We are glad to hear that you had a great time on your tour.

We certainly will take your feedback on board as it will help us maintain a high level of service going forward.

We hope to welcome you back to Ireland in the future.

Regards

Dean

Ireland
Ireland | Sep 29 - Oct 8, 2022

Kaylyn
Kaylyn R.
Manchester, NH | Reviewed on Oct 11, 2022

We did a 10 day/9 night self drive tour from Dublin-Laragh-Cork-Killarney-Dingle-Doolin-Galway and it was lovely! The accommodations were all went smoothly and we had plenty of tips of where to go and what was on our way. We felt comfortable choosing what we did and didn’t want to do and even added some of our own stops along the way. I don’t think I could have had such a great trip without the assistance of kimkim and Ireland walk bike hike! The customer service was phenomenal and I have... read more

We did a 10 day/9 night self drive tour from Dublin-Laragh-Cork-Killarney-Dingle-Doolin-Galway and it was lovely! The accommodations were all went smoothly and we had plenty of tips of where to go and what was on our way. We felt comfortable choosing what we did and didn’t want to do and even added some of our own stops along the way. I don’t think I could have had such a great trip without the assistance of kimkim and Ireland walk bike hike! The customer service was phenomenal and I have highly recommended this company to everyone! I will be using them again for another trip for sure! My only feedback was that the city of Cork was not very appealing and had a very very strong foul odor when we entered the city (I think it was the River/waste water). But not sure if the travel agency would have known this!

Thank you to all who helped us plan this unforgettable trip!

Hotel Reviews
Wicklow Heather Restaurant & Guesthouse
Laragh, Co. Wicklow

The restaurant is 10/10!! Wish we had 2 nights here to explore more!

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Close to mountain
Staff
Good food!!!
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The Blarney Stone Guesthouse
Cork
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The city smelled horrible
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Ashling Hotel Dublin
Dublin

Good location to Guinness

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Abbey Lodge
Killarney Co Kerry
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No
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Ashes B&B
Dingle
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Bed and pillows were the least comfortable of all the places we stayed. Pillow was lumpy and felt like sleeping on balls. Did not sleep well here at all.
Churchfield Bed & Breakfast
Doolin, Co. Clare

The owners are so incredibly sweet and kind!

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Close to all the local bars!
Staff
Owners are amazing
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Harbour Hotel
Galway
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Hi
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Local specialist: Dean Garrison
Dean
Dean Garrison
Local specialist in Ireland | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Hi Kaylyn

Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review.

Your pictures look amazing and I am glad you had such a great time, even on the days that didn't provide you with the weather.

Thank you for your feedback about your visit to Cork. Regarding the Odor I travel to cork a lot and have never experience that so it was probably to a bad day to arrive into Cork.

We hope to welcome you to Ireland in the near future.

Kind Regards

Dean