32 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

32 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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32 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Drive:  3​h
1
Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Dingle
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Ardara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Galway
— 5 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
6
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
7
Achill Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Ennis
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Dublin

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kinsale Crystal or The Gallery Kinsale. Get some cultural insight at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre and Rohan Reilly Photography. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kinsale: West Cork Model Railway Village (in Clonakilty) and Skibbereen (Skibbereen Heritage Centre & Drombeg Stone Circle). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with The Boathouse Gallery, learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kinsale online day trip planner .

Dublin to Kinsale is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skibbereen, West Cork Model Railway Village
Highlights from your plan
Rohan Reilly Photography ©
Rohan Reilly Photography
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal

4
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 Muckross House and The Purcell Gallery. Shop till you drop at Kenmare Soap Shop and The Back Lane Gallery. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm in Kenmare--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, take a memorable tour with Tours, and view the masterpieces at Blackwater Woodturners.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney travel planning app .

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 September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kenmare
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

5
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Penny's Pottery and Dingle Artworks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Brian de Staic Jeweller and Tig Ainefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Slea Head Drive, step off the mainland to explore Skellig Michael, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, and explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle route planner.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Ardara.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Inch Beach, Penny's Pottery, Tig Aine
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

4
nights
Ardara

Ardara ©
Ardara, pronounced "Ardra", is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Art House and Regional Cultural Centre. Shop till you drop at Ramelton Country Market and Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ardara: Slieve League (in Carrick), Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park! (in Buncrana) and Glencolmcille (Glen Gallery Art by Conal & Glencolmcille Folk Village). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery, explore the world behind art at Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection, steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village, and explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ardara fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Ardara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. October in Ardara sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Ardara

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Glencolmcille, Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop, The Art House
Highlights from your plan
The Art House ©
The Art House
Ramelton Country Market ©
Ramelton Country Market
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

5
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.
Head to Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre and Galway Crafts and Collectablesfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Spiddal Craft & Design Studios. Venture out of the city with trips to Admiral Brown Centre (in Foxford), Trim Castle (in Trim) and Ashford Castle (in Cong). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Lynch's Castle, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ardara to Galway by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ardara in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Foxford, Trim Castle, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre ©
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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.
On the 17th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), look for gifts at Lia Arann, steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally make a trip to Teampall Chiarain. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, then stroll through The Wormhole, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

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

5
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.
Get some cultural insight at Ronan Halpin Gallery and Belleek Castle Museum. For shopping fun, head to Alt na Croi Pottery or The Quay Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Achill Island: Westport (The Waterfront Gallery, Clew Bay Heritage Centre, & more), National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar) and Rosserk Friary (in Ballina). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Achill Island route tool .

Do a combination of ferry and car from Inishmore to Achill Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. October in Achill Island sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ennis.

Things to do in Achill Island

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, Ballina, Michael Davitt Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

3
nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, then stop by Burren Perfumery, then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, get into the urban bustle at Glor Irish Music Centre, and then experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Ennis online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Ennis takes 3 hours. October in Ennis sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Ennis

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Burren Perfumery, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren Perfumery ©
Burren Perfumery

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