60 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

60 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
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Kinsale
— 5 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 10 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 10 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
Ferry
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Inishmore
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 5 nights
Drive
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Letterkenny
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sligo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 7 nights
Drive
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Limerick
— 7 nights
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Kinsale

— 5 nights
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.
West Cork Model Railway Village and Skibbereen Heritage Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Granny's Bottom Drawer and The Boathouse Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Clonakilty (West Cork Regional Museum, Inchydoney Beach, &more), St. Fachtna's Cathedral (in Rosscarbery) and Skibbereen (Drombeg Stone Circle & Lough Hyne). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of James Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle, get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, and tee off at Old Head Golf Links.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kinsale online vacation builder.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Kinsale is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Kinsale is 3 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, expect Kinsale to be cooler, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Killarney

— 10 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Skelligs Chocolate Co. and Peter Cox Photography Gallery. Kerry County Museum and The Purcell Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Kenmare (Old Kenmare Road, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, &more), Mick O'Dwyer Statue (in Waterville) and Cahergall Fort (in Cahersiveen). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, kick back and relax at Banna Strand, stroll through Killarney Falconry, and hike along The Kerry Way.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip planner.

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. January in Killarney sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Dingle

— 10 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Let the collections at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows and Dingle Artworks capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Minard Castle and Bray Head Loop Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Dingle: Dursey Island (in Crookhaven), Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee) and Rossbeigh Beach (in Glenbeigh). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dingle Distillery, look for gifts at Dingle Crystal, appreciate the extensive heritage of Greenlane Gallery, and contemplate the long history of Kilmalkedar Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Killarney to Dingle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Doolin Cave and Kilkee Cliff Walk. Burren Exposure and Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge. will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Doolin: Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave) and Kilkee Beach (in Kilkee). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher, stop by The Rock Shop, take in nature's colorful creations at Caher Bridge Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Doolin Pier.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Doolin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Inishmore

— 3 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Visit Dun Aonghasa and Dun Eoghanachta for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and Lia Arann. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and hike along The Wormhole.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore online trip planner.

Ride a ferry from Doolin to Inishmore in 2 hours. January in Inishmore sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Clifden

— 5 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Head to O`Dalaigh Jewellers and Lavelle Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Whitethorn Gallery and Roundstone Ceramics. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Clifden: Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) (in Carraroe) and Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Clifden Castle, stroll through Dog's Bay Beach, contemplate the long history of Marconi Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Clifden online tour planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Letterkenny.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Letterkenny

— 3 nights
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenveagh Castle and The Art House Ireland Art Gallery. Do your shopping at Ramelton Country Market and Campbells of Ardara. Venture out of the city with trips to Donegal Town (Donegal Castle & Lough Eske), Hornhead Loop (in Dunfanaghy) and Glengesh Pass (in Ardara). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Mamore Gap, learn about all things military at Fort Dunree Military Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ray Church..

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Letterkenny road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Letterkenny takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Letterkenny can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Letterkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo

— 6 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Popular historic sites such as Belleek Castle Museum and Sligo Abbey are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Jackie Clarke Collection and Rosserk Friary. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Moyne Abbey (in Killala), Ballina (Fr. Peyton Centre, Gore Knox Monument, &more) and Carrowmore Beach (in Carrowmore-Lacken). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Voya Seaweed Baths, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, stop by The Cat and Moon, and stroll the grounds of Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sligo driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Letterkenny to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway

— 7 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
The Lost Valley and Royal Abbey of Cong will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Ireland's School of Falconry. Venture out of the city with trips to Cong (Monk's Fishing House, Ashford Castle, &more), Spiddal Craft & Design Studios (in Spiddal) and Castlebar (National Museum of Ireland - Country Life & Jacks Old Cottage). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galway holiday maker app.

Getting from Sligo to Galway by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Limerick

— 7 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Head to The Milk Market and Adare Heritage Centrefor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Quin Abbey and King John's Castle. Explore Limerick's surroundings by going to Ennis (The Clare Museum & Ennis Friary). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Abbey Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Limerick trip maker.

Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips