Traveling to Ireland is definitely an adventure in itself. The lush, green countryside, the centuries-old stone architecture, and the castles appearing on the horizon all over the place truly make it feel as if you are in a fairy tale. Everywhere in Ireland is so rich with history that even staying in Dublin the whole time can fill you with excitement. But what if you want to see more of Ireland? And what if you don’t have much time to do so? Have no fear! I’m going to share my epic Irish road-trip with you to give you inspiration for your trip in Ireland.
Yes, we actually did this road trip in a day. No, you absolutely don’t need to do this as quickly as we did. I encourage you to take your time and spend the night in each stop, trying bed and breakfasts across the land. But, if you only have a couple of days, here’s a way to see most of the country in one single day. Find below my roadmap that I created:
To make a day trip out of it, you need to get up very early. Luckily, we were jet-lagged, so our journey started very early in the morning. We started in Dublin. While our initial direction was from Dublin to The Rock of Cashel, we made a pit stop along the way. The Rock of Dunamase is right off the highway in between Dublin and The Rock of Cashel, so we stopped at this glorious castle ruin first. It was featured in the movie Leap Year, and it is definitely a magical sight to see. Your total journey from Dublin to Cashel with the pit stop lasts about three hours if you want to give yourself ample time to take in Dunamase.
5am leave Dublin and take pit stop at the Rock of Dunamase –> 8am arrive at the Rock of Cashel (1.5 Hours at Cashel)
The Rock of Cashel is one of the most magical castles that you really have to see for yourself. From there, hop back on the highway to County Cork to see Blarney Castle, which is perhaps the most famous castle in Ireland. It will take 1 Hour and 10 minutes to get there. To see the grounds and the castle, it will take a few hours. And you can eat there at Blarney or take a trip into the city of Cork. While there, I encourage you to get a wool sweater, which is what they are known for.
9:30am leave Cashel –> 10:30am arrive at Blarney (2.5 Hours at Blarney including time for lunch)
From Blarney Castle, follow the curve of Ireland to Killarney, which has a beautiful nature preserve with trails and waterfalls. This quick stop in nature should last about an hour before you should continue on to the famous Cliffs of Moher.
1pm leave Blarney –> 2pm arrive at Killarney (1 Hour at Killarney)
From Killarney, head to the cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are an extremely famous landmark in Ireland and something that you have to see for yourself.
4:30pm arrive at the cliffs of Moher! Depending on the time of year, you might be able to watch the sunset before heading back to Dublin, which will take about 3 hours.
Now, it’s no doubt this is a long, grueling day, but those are the days that make adventures. Again, I encourage you to take your time with this route, BUT if you have to experience it all in a day, you can see much of Ireland in that one day! I am a crazy person that wants to see it all, so I tend to schedule days like this when we travel. But you should take your trip at your own pace to truly enjoy it!