12 days in Western Ireland & Dingle Itinerary

12 days in Western Ireland & Dingle Itinerary

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12 days in Western Ireland & Dingle Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
1
Carrick-on-Shannon
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Leenane
— 1 night
Travel:  3 h 15 min
4
Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2 h
5
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Dingle
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Train + Foot + Tram + Bus + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Seattle

1
day
Carrick-on-Shannon

Carrick-on-Shannon ©
Carrick-on-Shannon is the county town of County Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rathcroghan Royal Site, see the interesting displays at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, then contemplate the long history of Elphin Windmill, then take an in-depth tour of King House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boyle Abbey.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carrick-on-Shannon online trip maker .

Seattle, USA to Carrick-on-Shannon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Carrick-on-Shannon to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Carrick-on-Shannon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Boyle, Elphin Windmill, Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Boyle Abbey ©
Boyle Abbey

2
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
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 20th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Glencar Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, then make a trip to Yeats's Grave, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Drumcliffe Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, then get all the information you need at Coleman Music Centre, and finally stroll the grounds of Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sligo online travel route builder .

You can drive from Carrick-on-Shannon to Sligo in an hour. August in Sligo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Leenane.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Ballina, Coleman Music Centre
Highlights from your plan
Benbulben ©
Benbulben
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church

1
night
Leenane

Leenane ©
Leenaun, also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at The Sheep and Wool Centre, experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, then explore the activities along Killary Fjord, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leenane itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Leenane takes 2 hours. In August in Leenane, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Leenane

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Highlights from your plan
The Sheep and Wool Centre ©
The Sheep and Wool Centre
Killary Fjord ©
Killary Fjord

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
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 23rd (Thu): look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, then contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Inishmore trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Leenane to Inishmore with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Coole Park, then don't miss a visit to Kilmacduagh Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk. On the next day, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and then experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Galway trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gort, Loughwell Farm Park
Highlights from your plan
Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Kilmacduagh Tower ©
Kilmacduagh Tower
Kayaking & Canoeing

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 26th (Sun), head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. On your second day here, get outside with Slea Head Drive.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Highlights from your plan
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
The Great Blasket Centre and Island
Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows ©
Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

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