12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h
1
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sligo
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Inchydoney Beach and Banna Strand. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen), Derrynane Beach (in Caherdaniel) and Ballycarbery Castle (in Cahersiveen). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Foynes Flying Boat Museum, snap pictures at Cromwell's Bridge, steep yourself in history at Staigue Fort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip itinerary planning tool .

Chicago, USA to Killarney is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Killarney due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in May: highs in Killarney hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tralee, Skibbereen, Kenmare, Ballycarbery Castle, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Derrynane Beach ©
Derrynane Beach

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Whiskey Distillery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilmalkedar Church, then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip maker tool .

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Dingle, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, then step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Quin Abbey. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, explore the activities along Galway Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, then get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Galway's Latin Quarter.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galway driving holiday planner .

Drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cong, Quin Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Donegal Castle and Moyne Abbey. Belleek Castle Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Glengesh Pass (in Ardara), Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle) and Lough Eske (in Donegal Town). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandhill Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, and don't miss a visit to Mullaghmore Coast.

Start your trip to Sligo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Galway to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Galway in May since evenings lows in Sligo dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Belleek Castle Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Glengesh Pass, Mullaghmore Coast
Highlights from your plan
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

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