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8-day Tours in Ireland

Opt for an 8-day tour of Ireland to soak up the culture, heritage and landscapes of the Emerald Isle. The Ireland travel experts at Nordic Visitor will arrange a bespoke itinerary on your behalf so that you experience the best of Ireland on your 8-day road trip.

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DISCOVER IRELAND WITH AN 8-DAY ITINERARY

Wondering how to spend 8 days in Ireland? Look no further!

On an 8-day tour of Ireland, you could experience the country’s must-see cultural and natural highlights. Visit the capital, Dublin, before heading west to take in the sights of the Atlantic coast.

The best way to enjoy Ireland in 8 days is to take a self-drive tour giving you the freedom to explore the country your way. Expect medieval castles, rugged coastline and gorgeous green countryside on your Ireland road trip.

When you book a trip to Ireland with Nordic Visitor, you get handpicked accommodation, transportation reservations, access to our 24/7 helpline, and many other benefits as part of the package. You’ll also enjoy the personal service of your own dedicated travel consultant.

Get in touch via our toll-free numbers or live chat and we'll happily plan your Ireland adventure.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Specialists in Ireland self-drive holidays
  • Flexible and customisable tour options
  • Experienced travel agency that takes care of all the details for you
  • Dedicated to providing personalised, quality service

EXPLORE IRELAND IN 8 DAYS

See the top highlights of Ireland with these self-drive tours, which include handpicked hotels, rental car, and more. We can customise any of these packages if you want an Ireland itinerary of 8 days.

Ireland
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6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Ireland

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6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Ireland

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Ireland
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Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Ireland

1345EUR

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Ireland

1345EUR

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Guided Groups
8 days / 7 nights
May - Oct

Wonders of Ireland

2120EUR

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8 days / 7 nights
May - Oct

Wonders of Ireland

2120EUR

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Ireland
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Ireland East to West

1211EUR

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Ireland East to West

1211EUR

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STAY LONGER & SEE MORE OF IRELAND

Stay for longer to experience more Irish destinations and explore at a leisurely pace. We recommend these extended Ireland itineraries to delve deeper into the country.

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Ireland

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Ireland

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Ireland
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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Wild Atlantic Way

1670EUR

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Wild Atlantic Way

1670EUR

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Ireland
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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Ireland

2257EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Ireland

2257EUR

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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Wild Atlantic Way at Leisure

2310EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Wild Atlantic Way at Leisure

2310EUR

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Ireland Travel Experts

As a travel agency based in Northern Europe, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Ireland. We offer a variety of self-drive tours that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Ireland travel experts. 

To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you – accommodations, activities, rental car, ferries, and other services.

We can also customise your chosen tour to your needs and tastes. If you decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

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Getting to Ireland

Ireland has 10 airports, with the three main international ports being: Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Unless customised to begin elsewhere, all Nordic Visitor tours in Ireland start and end in Dublin, the capital city.

Flight times to Ireland are, for example, 6 hours from New York City or Boston and 1.5 hours from London. Major international airlines with flights to Ireland include (but are not limited to) Aer Lingus, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Ryanair, and KLM.

The Republic of Ireland is on GMT time. If your journey involves one or more connecting flights, or if you're crossing several time zones to get here, your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant can add extra nights in Dublin to your package so you can rest up after arrival.

Please note that your flights to Ireland are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, if you have booked a combination tour of Scotland and Ireland, we include flight costs between the two countries in the package price.

IRELAND PACKAGES BY LOCAL TRAVEL SPECIALISTS

What would you like to experience in Ireland? Our Ireland travel experts have created thrilling tour packages for your dream Irish road trip.

WHAT TO SEE ON AN 8-DAY TOUR OF IRELAND

There is so much you can see and do on an 8-day Ireland road trip. In just over a week you could immerse yourself in the landscapes and historical landmarks of this Celtic country. Explore lively Irish cities and charming countryside as you take in the culture, history and beauty of the Emerald Isle.

With 8 days you have plenty of time to go from Dublin to the west coast by car. As well as getting to know the capital, you could visit the towns of Galway, Killarney and Kilkenny as part of your tour.

Of course, the journey is just as important as the destination when you’re on a road trip. In Ireland you can expect scenic drives and plenty of attractions to stop at along the way.

If you’ve never visited Ireland before, prepare to be delighted at every turn. Imagine yourself wandering through ancient Celtic monuments, going for a walk on the green hills, and learning about Gaelic culture. You could sit in a typical pub tasting the local brew and listening to live Irish music.

Read our recommended itinerary below for more inspiration and ideas.



Here’s our suggestion for an 8-day Ireland tour:

Day 1 - Arrival in Ireland
After touching down at Dublin Airport, a private driver will take you to your hotel in the capital, largest city and international hub of Ireland. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can spend the afternoon at your leisure, exploring the city and its many attractions.

Dublin is a heady combination of heritage sites, fun museums, green parks, historic pubs and lively entertainment. To immerse yourself fully into this buzzing city, we recommend taking a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district or along the characterful O’Connell Street.

Fans of history, books and collegiate atmosphere will want to visit the historic Trinity College and see the ancient Book of Kells.

There are plenty of fun activities you could also add to your itinerary should you have the time. Enjoy an afternoon tea in a double decker vintage bus as you sightsee around the city. Or you could grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse for a taste of their world-famous beer.

Spend the night in the Dublin area.

Day 2 - Drive to the west coast
This morning you start your road trip around Ireland. You’ll cross the country to make your way toward the west coast. Through the midlands there are a few worthwhile stops to make on your journey.

You can immerse yourself in local history at Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. You could make a pit stop at Kilbeggan Distillery to see how the local whiskey is made. You’ll also come across the atmospheric ruins of Clonmacnoise where you could go for a stroll.

Then, arrive in Galway city and find out why it is famous for being a cultural hub in Europe. Taste delicious seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and perhaps check out the lively pub scene.

Spend the night in the Galway area.

Day 3 - Explore Connemara or the Aran Islands
Today you have a choice between visiting Connemara National Park or the Aran Islands on a day trip.

For the first option, you could drive through the striking region where you’ll find a mixture of landscapes from mountains to white sand beaches, tranquil lakes and heathlands. You could spend some time exploring the fjord of Killary harbour before visiting Kylemore Abbey and its Victorian Walled Garden.

To discover Gaelic culture and soak up coastal views, spend the day touring the windswept Aran Islands by boat.

Spend another night in the Galway area.

Day 4 - The Cliffs of Moher
Today you’ll see some of Ireland’s most famous landscapes. But first, start the day at Dunguaire Castle. It is one of the best castles in Ireland to visit thanks to its location along the Galway Bay. You’ll then drive through the spectacular and lunar-like Burren.

In the afternoon, take in the majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s top tourist attraction. You can’t help but marvel at these dramatic coastal cliffs, towering 214 metres (702 feet) above the sea.

Spend the night in the Killarney area.



Day 5 - Around the Ring of Kerry
You have all day to explore the scenic Ring of Kerry, a magical drive through the Irish countryside and along the coast of the Iveragh peninsula. It is part of the larger Wild Atlantic Way and is a must-do for most visitors.

We recommend going counter-clockwise and stopping at the Kells Bay House and its gardens as your first visit of the day. You could then stop by the ancient stone forts of Caherdaniel and Staigue as well as stroll along Derrynane Bay.

Along the way you could also take an optional boat tour from the coast to see the Skellig Islands from up close. These otherworldly islands were recently featured in the Star Wars movies.

If time allows, you could finish the day by visiting some highlights of Killarney National Park. This includes the picturesque Torc Waterfall and the lakeside Ross Castle and Muckross House.

Spend another night in the Killarney area.

Day 6 - Castles and cities of the south
Today you’ll head east to Kilkenny, but we suggest you break up the journey by stopping at some top Irish attractions.

One of them is the famous Blarney Castle. It is legendary in fact as the castle and its history is surrounded in myths and tales. Don’t miss out on kissing the Blarney Stone, which supposedly gives you the gift of eloquence.

You’ll also have time to explore Cork, Ireland’s “second city”. Soak up the buzzing vibe in cafés and restaurants, explore the River Lee’s waterways, and wander through 17th-century alleys.

Later, discover the spectacular Rock of Cashel, which is home to an important collection of medieval buildings that span over 1,000 years of history.

Spend the night in the Kilkenny area.

Day 7 - Experience more of Ireland’s rich history
Be sure to check out the castle and other landmarks in Kilkenny town before you start your journey back to Dublin. You could drive directly there, but to take advantage of your last full day in Ireland, we recommend passing through the Wicklow Mountains.

A natural haven awaits you here in this beautiful national park. You’ll see glacial valleys, glassy lakes and soaring mountains, with the chance to spot local wildlife too. Visit Glendalough – “the valley of the two lakes” – to discover a round tower, stone churches and ancient crosses that date back centuries.

Spend your last night in Dublin, where you can top up your Irish adventure with one last delicious dinner.

Day 8 - Departure
Today you fly home from your Irish holiday. If you have time, you could spend the earlier part of the day visiting another of Dublin’s museums. Or take a final stroll along the River Liffey or in one of the beautiful parks of the city.



Want to go on an Ireland road trip?

With 8 days driving around Ireland, you’ll have the freedom to pull the car over at any attractions or breathtaking views.

The best part? You won’t have to worry about where you’re going or sleeping, because your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will plan your trip and sort all the details before you arrive.

We reserve your accommodation, rent a car for your trip, and can book activities led by tour guides to fill your days with more adventures. You’ll also have access to our 24/7 emergency helpline should you need to call us at any point.

Good to know: Our tours aren't set in stone. We can modify the itinerary! Would you prefer to spend more time in one city than another? Add another town to your trip? Or even stay in a special accommodation like a castle hotel? Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant for advice.



Want to stay longer?

If you want to slow down the pace and take in more Irish attractions, we highly recommend extending your self-drive tour to 10 days or more.

All of Nordic Visitor’s Ireland self-drive tour packages can be tailored by our regional experts. They can add extra nights at select locations or modify the driving routes if you have any particular attractions in mind. Just ask!

For example, if you add two more days to your itinerary, you could follow the Wild Atlantic Way route to reach Ireland’s northernmost county, Donegal. And with 14 days or more, you could visit the island in greater depth and travel at a more leisurely pace.

The possibilities are endless. You could dive deeper into the Ring of Kerry, visit Achill Island, or explore the Dingle Peninsula and admire views of the Blasket Islands. You might also like to pop into Northern Ireland, home to the famous Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, and the Antrim Coast.



When is the best time to visit Ireland?

Ireland is a beautiful country all year long. This means you can’t go wrong when you book your 8-day Irish getaway. That said, we recommend the summertime or its shoulder months for the best experience.

The summer, consisting of the months of June, July and August, is the high season. It is marked by long daylight hours and the best (and most stable) weather of the year. Attractions also operate under longer hours and more availability than in winter.

All of this means you can discover Ireland to your heart’s content.

However, you may find that top attractions are very popular at this time. Indeed, Ireland attracts visitors from around the world, especially in summer.

If you would rather have a quieter holiday, visit during the spring or autumn. These shoulder months include April, May, September and October. During this time, you’ll find the best of both worlds: quieter attractions but plenty of good weather and daylight to explore.

Are you interested in exploring Scotland too?

You could combine a tour of Ireland with a road trip around Scotland for an epic Celtic itinerary. We recommend a minimum of 10 days for this, however, so you can have plenty of time to dive into the cultures of both countries.

Spend the first 4 to 10 days driving around the rugged Highlands and islands of Scotland. Then follow that up with another road trip around Ireland to take in all the jaw-dropping coastal landscapes and historic landmarks.

Scotland is a great destination to complement a tour to Ireland. Their cultures and history are so closely linked and you’ll be able to meet the locals and get immersed in both.



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Ireland Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Irish adventure.

Our Services

On your Ireland Nordic Visitor package, you will receive personalised service from a designated travel consultant and high-quality travel documents. What's more, all clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines the driving route, overnights and highlights along the way. Travel with ease knowing that Nordic Visitor has close professional relationships with local service providers, which are carefully selected by our staff for their consistently high standards.

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  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • We work closely with trusted, high-quality suppliers.
  • Enjoy personal service from Ireland travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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Whether you’re looking to book your dream Ireland trip, want to add an extra night in Dublin, or have questions about your tour, we’re happy to help. Get in touch with our friendly team to answer any of your travel queries.

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