7 Day Ireland Itinerary on a Budget (2023)
Get ready to have an amazing 7-day trip through Ireland on a shoestring budget! We’ll take you to jaw-dropping landscapes, ancient castles, and charming little towns. Whether you’re a nature lover, history geek, or just up for some craic, we’ve got your back. Buckle up and be prepared for an unforgettable week in the land of leprechauns and Guinness!
Day 1 – Dublin Arrival and Pub Crawl
- Arrive in Dublin and check into your accommodation. If you are looking for budget-friendly accommodation with a friendly atmosphere too, look no further, you can stay at our Dublin hostel, we’ll be delighted to have you with us!
- Explore the city centre, take a walk along the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and explore the colourful streets of Temple Bar.
- Join a pub crawl to experience Dublin’s legendary nightlife without breaking the bank. Try one of the best pubs in Dublin to start with!
Day 2 – Free Dublin Sights
- Discover Dublin’s free attractions. You’re in luck, because there are loads of cheap things to do in Dublin including landmarks and free museums. Trinity College, the Dublin Castle garden and the Chester Beatty Library are among our favourites.
- Enjoy a picnic in Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest urban parks, which is also home to Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland.
- Watch buskers on Grafton Street. Did you know that several successful musicians like Bono, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, The Script, The Riptide Movement and Keywest to name just a few, played on Grafton Street?
Day 3 – Wicklow Wanderlust
- Take a bus (check Bus Éireann services) or join a tour to County Wicklow.
- Hike in Glendalough, exploring its ancient monastic ruins and tranquil lakes.
- Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and visit Powerscourt Estate (admission fee applies).
Day 4 – Galway Gateway
- Travel to Galway City by bus or train, known for its youthful energy and vibrant arts scene.
- Explore the charming streets of Galway’s Latin Quarter and shop for unique crafts.
- Take a walk along the Salthill Promenade and enjoy panoramic views of Galway Bay.
Day 5 – Aran Islands Adventure
- Embark on a day trip to the Aran Islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin, or Inis Oírr).
- Rent a bicycle or explore on foot to see ancient ruins (including the ruins of Caisleán Uí Bhríain), stunning cliffs, and traditional Irish culture.
- Enjoy affordable seafood and a pint of Guinness while taking in the island’s breathtaking scenery. Tigh Ned is a good option for affordable Irish food.
Day 6 – Wild Atlantic Way Road Trip
- Rent a car or join a tour to explore the scenic Wild Atlantic Way.
- Drive along the coast, stopping at picturesque spots like the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
- Visit small towns like Doolin or Lahinch for traditional music sessions and local hospitality.
Day 7 – Belfast City Exploration
- Take a bus or train to Belfast in Northern Ireland.
- Explore the vibrant streets, visit the Titanic Belfast museum (admission fee applies but you can walk to the shipyard where the Titanic was built), and walk along the Peace Walls.
- Take a free walking tour to learn about the city’s history and murals. Check more Belfast tours and activities here.
Looking for a longer Ireland itinerary?
Here are options to extend your stay in Ireland:
- Go to Kilkenny after the Wicklow Mountains. Highlights include Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral, and the atmospheric Medieval Mile. And stop at the Smithwick’s Experience for a taste of Ireland’s brewing heritage! Alternatively, you can grab a pint of Smithwick’s in any Kilkenny pub.
- Go to Cork after the Wicklow Mountains or Kilkenny. Check out the legendary English Market, where you can get your taste buds dancing with delicious local treats. Explore the colourful streets of the city centre and soak up the lively atmosphere. Don’t miss the stunning architecture of the iconic St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Take a walk along the River Lee and enjoy the scenic views. And when the sun goes down, hit up the pubs for some live music and good craic!
- Go to the Ring of Kerry before going to Galway. Get ready for breathtaking views of rolling green hills, stunning coastlines, and charming villages. Keep your camera handy because every twist and turn offers postcard-perfect vistas. Don’t miss the mighty Gap of Dunloe and its rugged beauty. Explore cute towns like Killarney and Sneem, where you can grab a pint and soak up the local vibes. And the best part? You might spot some friendly sheep along the way!
- Go to the Dingle peninsula before stopping at Galway. There you’ll have many options:
- Drive along the Slea Head route and be blown away by the jaw-dropping coastal views.
- Wander through the lively streets of Dingle town, where colourful buildings and lively pubs await.
- Explore the ancient Gallarus Oratory and feel the weight of history.
- Hop on a boat and escape to the magical Blasket Islands.
- Get ready for mind-blowing vistas from Connor Pass and Eask Tower.
- Check out the cool Fahan Beehive Huts and chill at beautiful Coumeenoole Beach.
The Dingle Peninsula is pure bliss!
- Go to the Connemara National Park after your trip to the Aran Islands. The park is perfect for hikes. You’ll find trails for all levels. Kylemore Abbey is a popular attraction in the area, very instagrammable you will see!
To Sum Up
Ireland’s beauty knows no bounds, and with careful planning and a little creativity, you can explore its enchanting landscapes and vibrant cities without breaking the bank. We hope our Ireland itinerary will help you do just that!
For a cheaper option to this itinerary, check out our list of day trips from Dublin!
Starting your trip in Dublin? Why not check our Dublin hostel for the best in comfort and value, we’d be delighted to welcome you!