Ireland is a popular tourist destination and has been on the wishlist of travellers for years. Ireland is blessed with jaw-dropping dramatic cliffs, historical castles, countless lakes, friendly people and home to countless UNESCO world heritage sites. You can easily spend more than a month to explore this beautiful country but if you have only 10 days then you can find everything you need to know in this blog.
The best way to see ireland in 10 days is a road trip so you will need to hire a car. 10 days are not enough to fully explore but will be just enough to explore the few of the best bits of Ireland must see and do including Dublin, Galway coast, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula & Causeway coast.
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin
Day 2: Explore Dublin
Day 3: Drive to Northern Ireland
Day 4: Visiting Famous Places in Northern Ireland
Day 5: Cliffs of Slieve League and Drive to Doolin
Day 6: Cliffs of Moher
Day 7: Dingle Peninsula
Day 8: Ring of Kerry
Day 9: Blarney Stone & Rock of Cashel
Day 10: Glendalough & back to Dublin
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and arguably biggest city in Ireland. After arriving in Dublin and considering the flight timings and distance you might be Jetlagged so It will be better to take it slow and go for a stroll in the city centre. Area of Temple Bar in Dublin is full of amazing Irish bars to hang out and watch people.
Your day should start early to beat the crowds to see Book of Kell at Trinity college. After the Book of kell, you will have time to explore other main sites of the city. The main tourist sites in Dublin are Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Phoenix Park, St Stephen's Green & Ha'penny Bridge.
Today drive early to Northern Ireland and visit Belfast. There are countless places you can visit in Belfast and I highly recommend to visit Titanic Belfast, walk around in the city centre and visit the colourful 19th-century market St George's Market and then visit Belfast Castle. I would recommend staying the night in Ballymena which will give you head start for the next day.
Today is finally the day I'm most excited about. An early start of the day and try to wake up before sunrise to get beat the crowds at the most famous places. The first place to visit should be The Dark Hedges and then drive to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and nearby Kinbane Castle. After that visit two of the must-see places of Northern Ireland Giant Causeway and Dunluce Castle. For night stay I recommend staying in Londonderry Derry.
The cliffs of Slieve league are the most impressive cliffs I have ever seen. These cliffs are 3 times higher than Cliffs of Moher and less touristy. But I definately wouldn't miss this amazing place. Today you will have to drive for hours to reach Doolin take some stops along the way and see the beautiful Donegal county.
One of the most visited tourist destination in Ireland and rightfully. Cliffs of Moher are stunning but could be very crowded. You should walk to from visitor's centre to Hag's Head or as far as you can and then drive to Killarney where you will be based for next 2 nights.
One of my favourite county in Ireland. Drive through Conor Pass and take break at the Loughdoon a beautiful lake and walk around then head over to Doolin. In the afternoon drive to Slea Head drive and if you lucky and have good weather then do see breathtaking Sunset over Dunquin Harbour.
Ring of Kerry is very touristy. Do a circular trip of the region and visit stunning Muckross House and Gardens. Visit Torc Waterfall, Ladies viewpoint, Molls Gap, Gap of Dunloe and if you are not exhausted then head over to Kerry Cliffs Portmagee. From Portmagee tours for Michael Skellig (Star wars Island) leaves but in 10 days Ireland Itinerary it will be hard to fit in and you have to book in March or April because the only limited number of tourists are allowed every day.
First, drive to see Blarney castle & kiss the Blarney stone which is said to grant the gift of the gab and then head over to 12th-century tower and a Gothic cathedral Rock of Cashel. You can stay either in Kilkenny which deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries or drive further to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Glendalough is only about an hour drive from Dublin so it is a popular day trip. You can either do a hike around Upper lake which is easy trek or Lough Tay which is another impressive lake which is privately owned and Guinness family have a mansion built along the shores of the lake. We did both treks so if you are feeling adventures it's easily doable in one day and after that drive back to Dublin.