8 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

8 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Shannon
Travel:  3​h 30​min
1
Inishmore
— Few hours
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h
2
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Shannon

few
hours
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 28th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) and then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Inishmore trip itinerary builder .

Shannon to Inishmore is an approximately 3.5-hour travel. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): browse the exhibits of Galway City Museum, then steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galway journey website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Quin Abbey
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Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

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nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Appreciate the collections at Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Listowel Military Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Muckross Abbey and Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare), West Cork Model Railway Village (in Clonakilty) and Staigue Fort (in Castlecove). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, take in nature's colorful creations at Bantry House & Garden, and get great views at Moll's Gap.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Killarney are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Staigue Fort, Skibbereen Heritage Centre
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Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

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nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 3rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilmalkedar Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Eask Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle holiday site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Dingle sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Kilmalkedar Church ©
Kilmalkedar Church
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

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