Start planning your one week tour to Ireland
Just one week in Ireland, with its rugged landscapes, rich traditions, interesting history and lively city life, is enough to make any visitor feel as though they’ve stepped foot into another time and the perfect excuse to escape the stresses of daily life on the holiday of a lifetime.Stay in Dublin to experience the cool atmosphere, chic bars and cutting-edge restaurants one day and the traditional pubs and cobbled streets the next. Head off the beaten track to see some of Ireland’s most remote and secluded spots and experience the most beautiful views you’ll ever see. No matter what you’re after from your one week itinerary, Ireland has something special to offer.
Best things to see and do for one week in Ireland
What to see in one week
To see Irish natural beauty at its finest during your 7 day trip, start with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher, famed for the invigorating sea-breeze coupled with dramatic sweeping views. Take a picnic here to enjoy an afternoon in paradise with soft green grass under your feet and nothing but natural beauty and the sea horizon surrounding you. If you really want to escape for a day or two, head out to the Skellig Islands, where life is simple and you can roam the dramatic landscape, finding puffins and ruined monasteries along the way. Film buffs may recognise these islands from films such as Star Wars. Ireland is also home to a huge number of castles, both intact and ruined, which make for excellent day trips. Start with a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the famous Blarney Stone which is fabled to give any person who kisses it ‘the gift of the gab’. Blarney Castle is a partly-ruined medieval castle keep, making it the perfect place to explore. Dublin Castle is another great choice and is totally intact, complete with gardens, museums, cafes and staterooms to wander at your leisure. Lastly, for an immersive experience visit Bunratty Castle to bring history to life. This castle is surrounded by a living nineteenth century village which will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time and is incredibly educational for children and adults alike.
What to do in one week
Ireland is a great destination for an active one week tour and for those who like to trek, hike, cycle or horse ride it is a truly unbeatable choice. Explore National parks to totally surround yourself in nature. Killarney National Park or Connemara National Park are two great choices and here you’ll be able to explore monasteries, lakes, forests, trails and waterfalls to your heart’s content. If you don’t fancy walking or trekking, why not go on a horseback expedition along the coast or even a road trip around The Ring of Kerry to travel along a perfect route with interesting stop-offs around every corner. In the city you’ll be able to let your hair down whilst enjoying the lively areas such as Temple Bar, a neighbourhood full of cobbled streets, pubs and live music venues. Why not go on a Dublin ghost tour for a fun and thrilling evening? The Guinness Storehouse is also an incredibly popular attraction for visitors to the city and here you’ll be able to taste the famous beverage as well as learn all about how it’s produced.
Best time to travel to Ireland for a week
Ireland is an excellent year-round destination, meaning that you’ll be able to visit whenever you’d like. The busiest times to visit are usually during the Summer holidays, as well as during any school holidays over Christmas and Easter. Temperatures during the Winter can become fairly cold, with rainfall being frequent and sometimes dramatic. During the summer, rainfall is also fairly frequent and so we recommend bringing a waterproof coat along no matter when you decide to plan your one week in Ireland.