2 week Ireland Road Trip Itinerary + Destinations to Visit Along the Wild Atlantic Way

17/06/2019

Ben Bulben Looped Walk

Hello everyone, 
Today I want to share with you our 2 week Ireland road trip itinerary. My family and I went on an epic Ireland tour, discovering top destinations along the Wild Atlantic Way including must-see places in Donegal, The Sheep's Head, Cork & Dublin. 


If you haven't yet, make sure you check out my Ireland Travel Vlog on YouTube which perfectly sums up our road trip in mp4 - epic views, nature and hikes!

2 week ireland road trip itinerary map

First of all, here is a map with a rough draft of our route - as you can tell we had 3 major destinations where we stayed - Dublin, Rossnowlagh and The Sheep's Head. To get around we rented a car which we picked up after our stay in Dublin. During our stay in Rossnowlagh we went to the Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival which took up some of our time.
  • Destination 1: Dublin for 3 nights 
Staying at: Sky Backpackers Hostel (next to Arlington Hotel)
  • Destination 2: Staying at a cottage in Rossnowlagh for 7 nights 
  • Destination 3: Staying at a cottage near Bantry on The Sheep’s Head for 6 nights

This is our detailed 2-week itinerary and what we did each day: 
DAY 1: Arriving in Dublin & Explore City Centre
TIP: Get brunch at Brother Hubbard

colourful doors in dublin ireland

DAY 2: Trinity College, Merrion Square & Shopping at Grafton Street 
DAY 3: Road trip to North-West Coast 

Glenveagh National Park

DAY 4: Glenveagh National Park (15km hike) 
DAY 5: Beach hike in Rossnowlagh & Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival (also for day 6-8) 
DAY 6: Studio Donegal (Handweaving & clothing from Donegal) & Muckross Head 
DAY 7: Ben Bulben looped walk, Rosses Point Beach and Harry’s Pub 

Slieve League Cliffs

DAY 8: Slieve League Cliffs & Last day of Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 
DAY 9: The Carrowmore megalithic complex & Strandhill 
DAY 10: Road trip along the west coast to Sheep’s Head & Cliffs of Moher
TIP: Dinner at The Snug in Bantry 

Hike to The Sheep’s Head

DAY 11: Hike to The Sheep’s Head (17km) 
DAY 12: Killarney National Park (Hike: Lakes of Killarney, Meeting of the Waters, Torc Waterfalls)

Mizen Head Hike

DAY 13: Mizen Head Hike 
DAY 14: Day trip to Cork 

Seefin Mountain Hike

DAY 15: Hike Seefin Mountain in Kilchrohane 
DAY 16: Drive back to Dublin and flying home  

My favourites were definitely the hike on The Sheep's Head as well as Slieve League Cliffs. 
Have you ever been to Ireland? Leave your best travel tips in the comments of this post!
Hugs, Laura x 

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