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Can You Tour Ireland in One Week?

The Short Answer

Yes, many visitors see much of Ireland in a seven-day tour. Some visitors even travel to all 32 counties of Ireland within seven days. However, most one-week tours focus on a maximum of three of Ireland's five main regions.

  • Dublin and near-Dublin region
  • The Southwest
  • The Southeast
  • The West
  • The North (including Northern Ireland)
  • The Midlands

The Whirlwind Tour Answer

If you spend a lifetime in Ireland, as I have, you won't be finished exploring this country, which is littered with historical sites and scenic places. So, what if you've only got a week? Funnily enough, people who visit Ireland in a week often see more attractions than people who live here all their lifetime. This is probably because one-week tours are focussed on visiting the most popular tourist attractions, and taking in the most scenic locations. If you intend to spend one week in Ireland, here is an  example itinerary. If you hire a car, this route is well signposted -- but take a map just in case!

Example Self Drive Tour of Ireland in 6 Nights

  • Interest Points: Scenery, Castles, Dining, Medieval
  • Starting point: Dublin Airport
  • Regions: The Southeast, The Southwest & The West

Day 1: Drive from Dublin Airport to Kilkenny City. Visit St. Canice's Cathedral and Kilkenny Castle. Dinner and stay in Kilkenny.

Day 2: Drive from Kilkenny to the Rock of Cashel. Lunch in Cashel. Drive from Cashel to Dungarvan. Dinner and stay in Dungarvan.

Day 3: Drive from Dungarvan to Kinsale for lunch. Drive from Kinsale to Killarney. Dinner and stay in Killarney.

Day 4: Explore Killarney National Park. Lunch en route or in Killarney. Drive from Killarney to Dingle. Dinner and stay in Dingle.

Day 5: Drive from Dingle to Cliffs of Moher (via Tarbert ferry). Lunch en route. Drive from Cliffs of Moher to Lisdoonvarna. Dinner and stay at Lisdoonvarna.

Day 6: Drive from Lisdoonvarna through the Burren to Dublin airport for return flight.

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