14 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

14 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast travel planner

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Sligo
— 1 night
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Doolin
— 2 nights
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Limerick
— 1 night
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Dingle
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 3 nights
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Sligo

— 1 night
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosses Point Loop Walk, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and then make a trip to Carrickglass (Labby-Rock). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip builder.

Dublin to Sligo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sligo: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Galway

— 3 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ashford Castle and Royal Abbey of Cong. Get outdoors at The Wormhole and Salthill Beaches. Venture out of the city with trips to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Cong (Monk's Fishing House & Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Galway road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in July, Galway is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 16th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, head off the coast to Scattery Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach, and finally explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. On the next day, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then stroll through Fanore Beach, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Doolin trip planning tool.

You can drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

Limerick

— 1 night
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Abbey Church, then don't miss a visit to Desmond Castle, and finally catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Limerick online travel route planner.

Getting from Doolin to Limerick by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Limerick, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Dingle

— 3 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll get in some beach time at Inch Beach and Fermoyle Beach. Get some historical perspective at Kilmalkedar Church and Gallarus Oratory. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Dingle Bay, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, kick back and relax at Clogher Strand, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Distillery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dingle road trip planner.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get outdoors at Killarney National Park and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muckross Abbey and The Kerry Way. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Garinish Island (in Glengarriff) and Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & St. Patrick's Church). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs and steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney itinerary builder website.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24: