10 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

10 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly + Bus:  15​h
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ballina
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Cong (Ashford Castle & The Quiet Cailin Studios). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Quay Street, explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, and stroll around Eyre Square.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary planning tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Galway is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Ottawa to Galway due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 3°C in Galway. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cong, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

1
night
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to The North Mayo Heritage Centre, admire the striking features of Rosserk Friary, pause for some photo ops at Gore Knox Monument, then see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, and finally explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ballina online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ballina can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Jackie Clarke Collection ©
Jackie Clarke Collection

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Go for a jaunt from Killarney to Blarney to see Blarney Castle & Gardens about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Kenmare Road, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Killarney itinerary app .

Getting from Ballina to Killarney by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ballina in December: high temperatures in Killarney hover around 12°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

2
nights
Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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.
On the 7th (Sat), play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale holiday maker .

You can drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

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