15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast tour builder

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Galway
— 3 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
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Dingle
— 2 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Kinsale
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cong (Ashford Castle & Ireland's School of Falconry). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, stroll around Eyre Square, and learn insider's secrets on Micil Distillery.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

Dublin to Galway is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Doolin

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Explore Doolin's surroundings by going to Kilkee Cliff Walk (in Kilkee), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project, and Head underground at Aillwee Cave.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Doolin day trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James' Church, make a trip to Eask Tower, then kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, then make a trip to Fahan BeeHive Huts, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan trip to Dingle with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Dingle are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Killarney

— 4 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step out of Killarney to go to Blarney and see Blarney Castle & Gardens, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Killarney, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 28:

Kinsale

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, then discover the deep blue sea with Oceanaddicts, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kinsale Mead Co. Keep things going the next day: play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, then take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ballinspittle, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Killarney to Kinsale by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Kinsale sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Golf · Tours
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