15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Shannon, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Doolin
— 1 night
Drive
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Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 4 nights
Bus to Shannon, Fly to New York City

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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.
Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, explore the activities along Galway Bay, walk around Eyre Square, and don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

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New York City, USA to Galway is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive
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Inishmore

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 14th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inishmore road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the ferry to Doolin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Doolin

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): tee off at Lahinch Golf Club, then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Caher Bridge Garden.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Doolin trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Inishmore to Doolin in 2 hours. In September in Doolin, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Kinsale

— 2 nights
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Old Head Golf Links, get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and then stroll through Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kinsale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Doolin to Kinsale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Kinsale sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Golf · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St James' Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilmalkedar Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Killarney

— 4 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Blarney (Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle & Gardens, &more). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Killarney, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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