One Week in Ireland: Our Recommendations

Ireland is the land of rolling green hills, charming old pubs, and a vibrant culture that permeates every corner of this small island country. A trip to Ireland, when planned wisely, allows travelers to see and experience the best the land of the Irish people has to offer. One week in Ireland is enough duration to explore the country (although you can stay longer if you have got more time) and get a feel for everything it has to offer, from quaint villages to medieval monuments and stunning natural scenery.

7 days in Ireland: Irish Art and Architecture

View of Dublin with the Ha'penny Bridge   Ireland
Dublin is a medieval city that houses fascinating living history at every turn of its streets. The city is a living history of ancient heritages – buildings, historical sites, street arts, etc.

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin

Day 2

Learn more about the history of Northern Ireland

Day 3

Enjoy the world’s longest coastal drive & spend an afternoon in Galway

Day 4

See the Cliffs of Moher & enjoy photostop in Limerick

Day 5

Enjoy a free day in the Kerry region

Day 6

Visit Blarney Castle and discover Kilkenny

Day 7

Bid farewell to Ireland

From the iconic city of Dublin to the equally charming and eccentric towns of Derry and Belfast, this adventure-packed one-week itinerary gives you the chance to hit a lot of highlights. Discover Giant’s Causeway, a remarkable collection of basalt columns, as well as the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher during your one week in Ireland. See the charming Blarney Castle and tick off the highlights in Kilkenny’s historic center with a guided tour. Travel all across the country during your seven days in Ireland and be treated to some of its best sights and landmarks. See tour.

Ireland in 7 days: The Wicklow Way

View of Bray Head, Portmagee, Iveragh peninsula, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
The Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry is the largest peninsula in the southwest and home to MacGillycuddy's Reeks -- Ireland's most extensive mountain range.

Day 1

Transfer from Rathdrum to Tinahely

Day 2

Follow an undulating track around Ballycumber Hill from Tinahely to Moyne

Day 3

Discover the spectacular vales of the Ow and the Glenmalure Valleys

Day 4

Journey from Glenmalure to Glendalough and soak up views of the Irish countryside

Day 5

See lakes, moors, and waterfalls as you hike from Oldbridge to Enniskerry

Day 6

Hike through the forests of Glencullen Mountain to reach Marlay Park in Dublin

Day 7

End your tour in Dublin

Be part of a self-guided experience along the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest waymarked trail that takes you through some of the most stunning landscapes on the Emerald Isle. Pioneered by the famous Irish hill-walking enthusiast J.B Malone over 40 years ago, this trail allows you to revel in some of the country’s finest views.
Your journey starts in the quaint village of Tinahely from where you will follow the trail around Ballycumber Hill to reach Moyne. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Ow Valley, which sprawls under the gaze of Wicklow’s highest mountain. Hike past moors, mountains, and charming Irish villages until you make your way to the city of Dublin, the final destination of this one-week in Ireland trip. See tour.

8 days in Ireland: Unforgettable Ireland

Old street in Galway, Kerwan's Lane, decorated with christmas lights, night
Galway is an Irish countryside with streets of vibrant architecture looking out across the Atlantic.

Day 1

Check into your hotel in Dublin on arrival

Day 2

Head for Ireland’s Midlands, discover Blarney Castle & Kerry

Day 3

Explore the famous landscapes of the Ring of Kerry

Day 4

Ride a boat across River Shannon & see the Cliffs of Moher

Day 5

Discover Lough Corrib during a cruise trip in Galway

Day 6

See lakes, rivers, and bogs as you travel through Connemara

Day 7

Tick off the highlights of Dublin

Day 8

Say goodbye to Ireland

This eight-day trip is a great option for those who can add an extra day to their week-long travel plan, with famous Irish sights, culture, and scenery all rolled into a perfect itinerary. Take in the lush greenery and verdant landscape of the gorgeous Irish Midlands and see the stunning Blarney Castle. From there, your journey continues to the remarkable Ring of Kerry followed by the otherworldly Cliffs of Moher. A Galway city tour with a cruise trip is followed by the fishing villages of Connemara. End your Irish sojourn in the colorful city of Dublin. See tour.

Ireland in 8 days: Ring of Kerry Walk

Sunrise over the village of Rosbeigh near Glenbeigh, Ireland
Glenbeigh draws a considerable number of visitors each year to explore its picturesque beauty.

Day 1

Arrive in Killarney, famous for its three lakes

Day 2

Hike through Killarney National Park & Esknamucky Glen to Kenmare

Day 3

Explore the shores of Kenmare Bay en route to Sneem

Day 4

Follow an old butter road to Caherdaniel, enjoy views of the Beara Peninsula

Day 5

Walk along the coast to Waterville, enjoy coastal views of Skellig Islands

Day 6

Continue your journey to Caherciveen

Day 7

Follow 17th Century stage coach route to Glenbeigh

Day 8

End your journey in Glenbeigh

Soak up the sights and sounds along Ireland’s gorgeous coastline during this eight-day, self-guided walking. Discover the Iveragh Peninsula in all its natural glory as you hike from one fishing village to another. This peninsula is regarded by many as one of Ireland’s greatest natural treasures and draws scores of visitors each year who come to explore its rugged landscapes and take in its jaw-dropping beauty. Journey along ancient paths and hike through stunning coastal trails during this trip. Your journey comes to an end in Glenbeigh. See tour.

If you like any of the above one-week in Ireland itineraries, you are sure to enjoy our list of seven-day Ireland tours. Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Ireland for more inspiration. Just in case you do not want a fixed itinerary tour, feel free to contact our travel experts in Ireland to build a customized trip for yourself.

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