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: Chicago
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Galway
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
2
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Chicago

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ashford Castle (in Cong), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin). There's much more to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, make a trip to Quay Street, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary builder .

Chicago, USA to Galway is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Galway. In October, Galway is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 54°F and lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Castlefergus Equestrian, Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, and finally delve into the distant past at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches). Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and then explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Inishmore journey planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In October in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, stroll the grounds of Poulawack Cairn, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio & Garden, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Scattery Island, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Liscannor trip maker site .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. October in Liscannor sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Scattery Island, Clare Coastal Walk Project, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Kilkee Cliff Walk
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, then steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Multose Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co, then contemplate the long history of James Fort, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kinsale road trip app .

Drive from Liscannor to Kinsale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Golf Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

2
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory, then take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, then stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): head outdoors with Dingle Bay, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Dingle using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. October in Dingle sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Blarney Castle & Gardens in Blarney--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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