15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h
2
Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kinsale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Killarney
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  14 h
End: Chicago

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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Ashford Castle (in Cong), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Galway visit website.

Chicago, USA to Galway is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Galway. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in October: high temperatures in Galway hover around 54°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Castlefergus Equestrian
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

2
nights
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 18th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, then contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches). Keep things going the next day: hike along The Wormhole, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, and then explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Inishmore journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. October in Inishmore sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

2
nights
Liscannor

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, explore the different monuments and memorials at Poulawack Cairn, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then shop like a local with Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Liscannor online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Liscannor takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Liscannor are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Scattery Island, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., Clare Coastal Walk Project
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

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Kinsale

Kinsale ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): tee off at Old Head Golf Links, sample the tasty concoctions at Blacks Brewery, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Multose Church. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum, look for gifts at Kinsale Crystal, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, then contemplate the long history of James Fort, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip planning site.

You can drive from Liscannor to Kinsale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kinsale sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kinsale

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

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Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 24th (Thu), stroll through Coumeenoole Beach, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, don't miss a visit to Eask Tower, then stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): get outside with Dingle Bay, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Dingle Oceanworld.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dingle travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
When in Killarney, make a side trip to see Blarney Castle & Gardens in Blarney, approximately Blarney away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and don't miss a visit to Ladies' View.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Killarney travel planning website.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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