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7 Day Ireland Road Trip Itinerary: Family-Friendly and Fun!

When our son was a two-year-old traveling toddler, we took an epic Ireland road trip along the southwestern Wild Atlantic Way, touring some of the most delightful sights in that part of the country. For the first time, today I’m compiling an itinerary of the whole trip so you can draw inspiration for your own Ireland travel planning!

The road on the Wild Atlantic Way near the Cliffs of Moher, right before the second set of rainbows came.
Ireland road trip fun!

The first half of this post has the Ireland road trip vacation plan in visual form, and the second displays all the details, typed out. Special thanks to Tourism Ireland for the destination ideas. Click any link here go through to my more detailed articles on each spot, and know that some hotel links go to affiliates. Enjoy!

Ireland Road Trip Itinerary

See some of the best sights in southwestern Ireland with this family-friendly Wild Atlantic Way Ireland road trip itinerary, including great hotels and food.

Details of the Ireland Road Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: Bunratty Castle

O'Brien's Tower: The famous castle on the cliffs.
O’Brien’s Tower: The famous castle on the cliffs.

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher and Galway

  • Depart for the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic, must-see natural attractions. The cliffs stand at over 700 feet high, and stretch for 5 miles along the Clare Atlantic Coast.
  • After ogling the ancient portal stones at The Burren, drive to Galway city, a bohemian, friendly small city.
  • Stay outside Galway in the Twelve in Barna: a super foodie hotel.

Day 3: Connemara and Kylemore

Snuggly in my sweater dress with baby at the Dan O'Hara Homestead in Connemara, Ireland.
Ireland is so good for family travel.

Day 4: Westport, County Mayo

  • Explore Westport, Ireland, including Westport House, a very child-friendly historic house from the 18th century, and cycle part of the Greenway (bikes available with baby seats), an award winning cycle trail along a disused railway line from Westport to Achill.
  • Stay overnight in Knockranny Hotel, Westport.

Day 5: Ashford Castle and Falconry

Day 6: Limerick, Ireland

  • Visit King John’s Castle, in Limerick, Ireland (yes, the home of Limericks!) to learn about the history of the castle and the city of Limerick. The recently re-opened exhibition brings to life over 800 years of history. Visit the Hunt Museum, Ireland’s largest private collection of art and antiquities.
  • Stay overnight at No. 1 Pery Square Hotel to catch the flight home at Shannon airport the next morning (Day 7)!
The sun kissing the Burren, Ireland.
The sun kissing the Burren, Ireland.

Thoughts on this Ireland Road Trip Plan?

So what do you think about this week-long Ireland road trip itinerary? If you’ve done some or all of the attractions, which did you love best? What’s missing from this list that you recommend? If you haven’t done this trip yet, does it appeal to you? Do share!

Into fashion? Click for more about the travel dresses I wore on this Ireland trip, and the Irish-weather-appropriate travel clothes for men that Colin sported.

 

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