44 days in Ireland's West Coast & Lake District Itinerary

44 days in Ireland's West Coast & Lake District Itinerary

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44 days in Ireland's West Coast & Lake District Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
+4
Fly + bus + tram + foot + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dingle, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
5
Inishmore, Ireland
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
6
Achill Island, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Louisburgh, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Carrick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Braithwaite, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Windermere, United Kingdom
— 8 nights
train + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Kinsale (Charles Fort & Kinsale Crystal). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Killarney is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Killarney, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with highs in Killarney at 17°C and lows at 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kinsale, Kerry Cliffs, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Old Kenmare Road
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

5
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Venture out of the city with trips to Glanteenassig Wood (in Castlegregory) and Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, sample the fine beverages at Dingle Whiskey Distillery, make a trip to Eask Tower, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dingle trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Dun Chaoin Pier, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Skellig Ring Scenic Drive, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

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. On the 21st (Thu), go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then take in nature's colorful creations at Caher Bridge Garden, and finally trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Liscannor online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Dingle to Liscannor in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Liscannor are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Clare Coastal Walk Project, Scattery Island
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and Ashford Castle (in Cong). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and make a trip to Quay Street.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Galway vacation builder website .

Drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Galway sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashford Castle, Castlefergus Equestrian
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

3
nights
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Inishmore is known for historic sites, outdoors, trails, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), and don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Inishmore trip itinerary 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. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

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

4
nights
Achill Island, Ireland

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Achill Island: Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle), Castlebar (Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails & National Museum of Ireland - Country Life) and Ballina (Rosserk Friary, Belleek Castle, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, enjoy the sand and surf at Dugort Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sli Grainne Mhaol.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Achill Island online itinerary planner .

You can 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. In May in Achill Island, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Louisburgh.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballina, Castlebar, Downpatrick Head
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head

4
nights
Louisburgh, Ireland

Louisburgh ©
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Explore Louisburgh's surroundings by going to Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane), Belmullet (Saint Deirbhle's Church, Blacksod Bay, & more) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, take an in-depth tour of Granuaile Heritage Centre, kick back and relax at Silver Strand, and pause for some photo ops at National Famine Monument.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Louisburgh trip builder site .

Getting from Achill Island to Louisburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Louisburgh can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carrick.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belmullet, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Mulranny Saltmarsh, National Famine Monument, Killary Sheep Farm
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm

2
nights
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): hike along Glencolmcille - Tower loop, appreciate the history behind Clocha na hEireann, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Slieve League. On your second day here, stroll through Carrick River Walk.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Carrick travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Louisburgh to Carrick takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Louisburgh in June, Carrick is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Braithwaite.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Glencolmcille
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Clocha na hEireann ©
Clocha na hEireann

5
nights
Braithwaite, United Kingdom

Braithwaite ©
Braithwaite is a village in the northern Lake District, in Cumbria, England. Get out of town with these interesting Braithwaite side-trips: Muncaster Castle (in Ravenglass), Scafell Pike Mountain (in Seathwaite) and St Catherine's Chruch (in Boot). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Derwentwater, take some stellar pictures from Walla Crag, go deep underground at Honister Slate Mine, and explore the ancient world of Castlerigg Stone Circle.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Braithwaite trip planning site .

Drive from Carrick to Braithwaite in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. June in Braithwaite sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Windermere.

Things to do in Braithwaite

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keswick, Buttermere, Bassenthwaite, Cockermouth, Lake District
Highlights from your plan
Keswick Brewing Company ©
Keswick Brewing Company
Derwentwater ©
Derwentwater
Catbells Lakeland Walk ©
Catbells Lakeland Walk

8
nights
Windermere, United Kingdom

Windermere ©
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Change things up with these side-trips from Windermere: Predator Experience (in Ayside), Aira Force Waterfall (in Penrith) and Sizergh Castle (in Kendal). There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take some stellar pictures from Orrest Head, enjoy some diversion at Michael Coates Clay Shooting, and hike along Old Man of Coniston.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Windermere travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Braithwaite to Windermere takes 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Windermere

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ambleside, Grasmere, Coniston, Penrith, Ulverston
Highlights from your plan
Michael Coates Clay Shooting ©
Michael Coates Clay Shooting
Lake Windermere ©
Lake Windermere
Orrest Head ©
Orrest Head

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