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: Springfield
Fly + Drive:  19 h 45 min
1
Dingle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Killarney
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Springfield

1
night
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Inch Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, meet the residents at Dingle Oceanworld, then examine the collection at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fiadh Woven Design.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dingle route planner.

Springfield, USA to Dingle is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In May, Dingle is slightly colder than Springfield - with highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Inch Beach, The Great Blasket Centre and Island
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Great Blasket Centre and Island ©

2
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
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 26th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, and then stroll through Torc Mountain Walk.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Killarney trip app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at The Hungry Monk Art and Craft Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Royal Abbey of Cong, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tyrone House, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, then get great views at Cliffs of Moher, and finally kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip planning tool.

Getting from Killarney to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cong, Cliffs of Moher, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Tyrone House, Lahinch Beach
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Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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