Today I’ll tell you the route and useful tips and information for a 10-day road trip in the south of Ireland, including all stops and accommodation. Ireland: the small, green island has remained a wonderful memory for me. The trip was a surprise holiday for my mum and we had a great time together. For a road trip in Ireland, I recommend 10 days. This way you can also explore the national parks in the south of Ireland. If you can even add a few more days, by all means do it! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have much time for hiking.
- 1 Road trip in Ireland: Info and useful tips
- 1.1 Route for a round trip in Ireland
- 1.2 Renting a car for a road trip in Ireland
- 1.3 Arrival in Dublin
- 1.4 Stop 2: Galway
- 1.5 Connemara National Park and Sky Road to Liscannor
- 1.6 Cliffs of Moher to Limerick
- 1.7 From Limerick to Kenmare
- 1.8 From the Ring of Kerry to Cork
- 1.9 Last leg of the road trip in Ireland: Cork to Dublin
Road trip in Ireland: Info and useful tips
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Route for a round trip in Ireland
Renting a car for a road trip in Ireland
We rented a small car through ADAC with Hertz. When renting a car, I would recommend you to have fully comprehensive insurance. We actually had a small accident in Ireland because we didn’t think about left-hand traffic for a moment. Nothing bad happened and because of the insurance we didn’t have to pay anything else. In addition, you drive on the left in Ireland. You get used to it relatively quickly, but be especially careful when you drive around a bend and into a roundabout.
Arrival in Dublin
The first stop on our trip was Dublin, the capital of Ireland. We arrived very late and then had a whole day to see the city. You never have enough time, but we were still able to discover a lot.
When in Dublin, you should check out:
- The Temple Bar
We visited the famous cobblestone quarter of Temple Bar on the south bank of the River Liffey with its bar, the Temple Bar Pub. Here you can experience live Irish music and sample the large selection of sandwiches. The Temple Bar district is full of souvenir shops, small artist shops, nightclubs and bars.
If you’re hungry in between meals, you can eat fish and chips. In Ireland, this is usually served with pea puree. We also recommend the Irish Kerrygold butter, which tastes a little saltier, with fresh bread.
- The Jam Art Factory in Temple Bar
I’m a total creative and art fan, so I particularly liked the little shop, the Jam Art Factory. Here you can find unusual things, special prints and creative handicrafts and paperwork. Thumbs up!
- The library in Trinity College
My absolute highlight was the visit to the old library of Dublin’s Trinity College. The books in the library are hundreds of years old and it is a magical feeling to stand in the middle of them. It was an impressive experience that I will remember for a long time. A little tip: If you arrive half an hour before closing time, you only pay half the entrance fee!
Stop 2: Galway
The second stop on the route on our road trip through Ireland was the small city of Galway on the coast. From here you can make day trips to the Wild Atlantic Way or to the Connemara National Park.
This is what you can experience in Galway:
Stroll down Quay Street in the cute city centre, past street musicians and small shops and pubs. From there we strolled to Galway Bay, past street art and small pubs. You can sit by the water, look out over the sea and find peace.
You can also visit the imposing Galway Cathedral. To get there, we walked along the river across the city. That was really nice, because we could see the city far away from the tourist hustle and bustle.
In the evening, you can go to the pub The Quays, where live music is played. The setting is very beautiful, as the interior of the pub is reminiscent of the interior of a church.
Accommodation: We stayed at Amber’s Hill B&B and felt right at home. The rooms were very big and the breakfast buffet very tasty. The only drawback is that the B&B is not centrally located. You can get to the city in 10 minutes by car, or you can take the bus, which leaves every 20 minutes. You can go back by taxi for about 8 euros fixed price. Price for accommodation per night: 110 euros, per person: 55 euros.
Connemara National Park and Sky Road to Liscannor
From Galway we went to the Connemara National Park, via the Sky Road with its magnificent view, and Clifden to our destination for the day, Liscannor. I remember this day so fondly: we had great weather, the mood was good and we went out of the city into the beautiful Irish countryside. Actually, we had planned to see the Cliffs of Moher at golden hour in the evening. But we enjoyed our time and didn’t quite make it.
On the way, we ate at Guy’s Bar in Clifden. It was very tasty, the prices were not expensive and we sat in a quaint bar atmosphere.
- Stop on the way: Kylemore Abbey
On the way is Kylemore Abbey, which was founded in 1665 and is the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland. If you like, you can go inside and learn about the interesting history or enjoy the beautiful view over the monastery and the lake.
- Sky Road
Driving along the 15-kilometre panoramic Sky Road in the northwest of Ireland was a great experience. You have a very beautiful view of the national park and the sea, as the road runs directly along the Atlantic Ocean. Here you see the rather “wilder” side of Ireland, have a great panorama and you find almost untouched nature.
It is best not to drive too fast on Sky Road, because the roads are narrow and you never know if a car is coming from the opposite direction. In addition, sheep have crossed the road more than once, so you have to stop and wait anyway.
- Cliffs of Moher
We spent almost the whole day at the Cliffs of Moher in very nice weather. On the right side you come to a small tower and can enjoy the view from the top of the cliffs. On the left side you can walk to the top of the cliffs. From there you have a magnificent view. Be careful, though, because there is no barrier on the side to the cliffs.
On the slope high up to the cliffs, there was a woman selling handmade jewellery with Celtic designs. We got to talking and it turned out that she is not only Brazilian and comes from Rio de Janeiro, but also lived in New Zealand for a year, just like me. This shows once again how many coincidences there are in life.
Accommodation: Cliffs of Moher Hotel. The room was very large, tastefully decorated and at night it was very quiet, apart from the cows. The breakfast buffet was very tasty. They even had oat milk ready on request, so I could also have a coffee in the morning. The hotel has a small bar where you can try a Guinness. You could drive to the cliffs in less than five minutes by car. Price for the room for one night: 135 euros, per person: 45 euros.
Cliffs of Moher to Limerick
In the beautiful town of Limerick we enjoyed the sunshine and had and a delicious dinner by the water. We went to Pizza Milano. The summer salad is recommended here! While I went to bed early, my mum and her friend had a blast in the hotel’s own pub with live music.
Accommodation: George Boutique Hotel in Limerick. The receptionists were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were nice, the own bar a bit noisy (but it was also a weekend), but the breakfast buffet was very good. Price for the room per night: 112,85 Euro. Per person: 37.61 euros
From Limerick to Kenmare
If you have a little more time, I would recommend a visit to the Dingle Peninsula on the rest of the route. I have heard and read a lot about it and it is supposed to be very beautiful!
Kenmare is also called the jewel of the Ring of Kerry. Unfortunately, I had an upset stomach, but my mum and her friend really liked the little town. Kenmare is heavily influenced by tourism, but small and charming. Three major streets form the town centre, so it’s easy to find your way around. Here you can visit Holy Cross Church or the Druid’s Circle on the outskirts of town. From Kenmare you can also make day trips to the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas.
Accommodation: We stayed at the Lodge Guesthouse B&B, which I found via Airbnb. The B&B is a cute guesthouse with a kitschy but also impressive interior. Each room is designed differently and you feel at home right away. The breakfast was also very good and we were fortified for the whole day. Price for the night: 105 euros, per person: 35 euros
From the Ring of Kerry to Cork
We went to Cork via the beautiful Ring of Kerry. Buses are only allowed to drive in one direction on the road, as it is too narrow for vehicles coming from both directions. The Ring of Kerry shows Ireland’s impressive nature and I would have liked to stay a little longer. The Ring of Kerry is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and invites you to hike and explore.
We went on to Cork. The city right on the water was beautiful and there was a relaxed atmosphere. There are many small alleys and pubs that invite you to linger. In Cork you can visit the English Market, walk the Ballycotton Walk and enjoy the nature, relax in Fitzgerald’s Park or visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone. From Cork you can also take the ferry to Spike Island, a former prison island, for the day.
Accommodation: In Cork we stayed at the Clarions Hotel Cork. The hotel was very chic and beautiful. The bed was a dream and the breakfast buffet left nothing to be desired. I liked the freshly squeezed juices the most. The price for the room was about 150 euros per night and 50 euros per person.
Last leg of the road trip in Ireland: Cork to Dublin
With about four hours, the last day has the longest driving time. We brought the car back to the rental place and spent another night in Dublin near the airport, as our flight left very early the next morning.
Accommodation near the airport: Travelodge Hotel Dublin. Simple rooms, but unbeatable for the price. Unfortunately I can’t recommend the restaurant, I couldn’t find fresh ingredients here. Price: 43 euros, per person: 14.30 euros.