13 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

13 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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13 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
— 4 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 some cultural insight at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Let the collections at Skibbereen Heritage Centre and Kerry County Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty), Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen) and Hunt Museum (in Limerick). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Derrynane Beach, take in the views from Cromwell's Bridge, and explore the historical opulence of Ballycarbery Castle.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney itinerary maker tool .

Chicago, USA to Killarney is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Killarney are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Skibbereen, Kenmare, Ballycarbery Castle, Derrynane Beach, Inchydoney Beach
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 18th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, and finally step into the grandiose world of Minard Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, make a trip to Eask Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilmalkedar Church, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dingle Whiskey Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dingle vacation website .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
Inch Beach ©
Inch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, then take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, and finally make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, explore the activities along Galway Bay, then admire the landmark architecture of Ennis Friary, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey.

Before you visit Galway, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Dingle to Galway in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get some historical perspective at Glenveagh Castle and Belleek Castle Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Donegal Castle and Glengesh Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Glencolmcille Folk Village (in Glencolmcille), National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar) and Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection & St. Muredach's Cathedral). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, don't miss a visit to Mullaghmore Coast, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Galway to Sligo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Galway in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sligo, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ballina, Donegal Town, Glenveagh Castle, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Mullaghmore Coast
Highlights from your plan
Glengesh Pass ©
Glengesh Pass
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

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