11 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast journey planner
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Fly to Shannon, Bus to Killarney
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Rossaveel Pier, Ferry to Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry to County Clare, Doolin Pier ->NE, Bus to Liscannor
— 2 nights


Killarney — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Blarney (Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle & Gardens, &more). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Muckross House, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, and contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey.

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New York City, USA to Killarney is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from New York City to Killarney, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in May, with highs in Killarney at 59°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle — 2 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, and then kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St James' Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, contemplate the long history of Irish Famine Cottages, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

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Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 2 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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally walk around Eyre Square.

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Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Galway sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inishmore.
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Inishmore — 1 night

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, then look for gifts at Lia Arann, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in.

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You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Liscannor.
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Liscannor — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, then stop by The Woollen Market, then kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk.

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Getting from Inishmore to Liscannor by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In May in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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