8 days in Cork, County Kerry & Western Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Cork, County Kerry & Western Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland holiday planner

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Cork
— 1 night
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Killarney
— 1 night
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Dingle
— 1 night
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Galway
— 3 nights
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Westport
— 1 night
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Cork

— 1 night

Rebel City

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, step into the grandiose world of Blarney Castle & Gardens, and then look for gifts at Blarney Woollen Mills. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fota Wildlife Park, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Cork road trip app.

Dublin to Cork is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Killarney

— 1 night
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Killarney online trip planner.

Drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Nature · Parks
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Dingle

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): make a trip to Eask Tower, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach.

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You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Galway

— 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Cliffs of Moher and Caher Bridge Garden. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Dungaire Castle (in Kinvara), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Doolin (Doolin Pitch & Putt & Doolin Pier). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galway day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

Westport

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 16th (Mon), find something for the whole family at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport holiday planner.

Getting from Galway to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Westport sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Westport

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

County Kerry travel guide

4.5
National Parks · Gardens · Scenic Drive
The Kingdom
Forming Ireland's southwestern corner, County Kerry encompasses world-renowned landmarks like the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula and features the major city of Killarney at its heart. As a peripheral part of the country, County Kerry supports a thriving traditional Irish culture, including the Irish language, music, and dance. Nearly 5,000 native Irish speakers reside in the area, concentrated in two large Gaeltachts known as Corca Dhuibhne and Uibh Rathach. Many visitors come to enjoy the rugged beauty of Kerry's coastline, lakes, and mountains. Several picturesque walking routes wind their way through the landscape, giving tourists the chance to engage deeply with its untamed nature.

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.