15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h
1
Kinsale
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Galway
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, view the masterpieces at Rohan Reilly Photography, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale tour planner.

Charlotte, USA to Kinsale is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in April: highs in Kinsale hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Museums
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Rohan Reilly Photography ©
Rohan Reilly Photography
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Change things up with a short trip to Blarney Castle & Gardens in Blarney (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Killarney holiday maker website .

You can drive from Kinsale to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Killarney are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 21st (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, then stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Dun Chaoin Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld, enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, then don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and finally kick back and relax at Inch Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dingle road trip website .

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dun Chaoin Pier, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

2
nights
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 23rd (Thu): browse the exhibits of Belleek Castle Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tir Saile, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rosserk Friary, and finally don't miss a visit to Downpatrick Head. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Letterkeen Loop Walk and then trek along Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ballina trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Ballina takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Dingle in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ballina: temperatures range from 51°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Ballina

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Downpatrick Head, Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails, Letterkeen Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary

2
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, then explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, then explore the activities along Keem Bay, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Cross Beach Loop Walk, then pause for some serene contemplation at Newport Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct, and finally explore the ancient world of Sli Grainne Mhaol.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Achill Island trip planner.

Drive from Ballina to Achill Island in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Newport, Cross Beach Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village
Newport Church ©
Newport Church

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's still lots to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, stroll around Barna Woods, and make a trip to Quay Street.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip planner .

Drive from Achill Island to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Cliffs of Moher, Aillwee Cave
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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