16 days in Ireland's West Coast, Cork & County Offaly Itinerary

16 days in Ireland's West Coast, Cork & County Offaly Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland's West Coast, Cork & County Offaly Itinerary

Start: Cork
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dingle
— 3 nights
3
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Belmullet
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Cork
— 1 night
6
County Offaly
— 3 nights
End: Cork

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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Take a break from the city and head to Banna Strand and Kerry Cliffs. Get some cultural insight at St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross Abbey. When in Killarney, make a side trip to see Blennerville Windmill in Tralee, approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Torc Mountain Walk, stroll through The Kerry Way, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and admire all the interesting features of Kennedy's Pet Farm.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Killarney trip planner.

Cork to Killarney is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Tralee, Kerry Cliffs
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Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

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Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ballinskelligs Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Glenteenassig Forest Park and Irish Fairy Trails. Go for a jaunt from Dingle to Allihies to see Allihies Copper Mine Trail about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, get a taste of the local shopping with Dingle Artworks, get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dingle road trip site .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Allihies Copper Mine Trail, Glenteenassig Forest Park, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Dun Chaoin Pier, Irish Fairy Trails
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows ©
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galway's West End and The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galway Racecourse and Merlin Woods Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Kilmacduagh Tower (in Gort), Hag's Head (in Liscannor) and Spanish Point Beach (in Miltown Malbay). There's much more to do: walk around Barna Woods, take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, enjoy some diversion at Pure Skill Galway, and step into the grandiose world of Menlo Castle / Blake's Castle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Dingle in July, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Belmullet.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tyrone House, Hag's Head, Kilmacduagh Tower, Spanish Point Beach, Corcomroe Abbey
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Barna Woods ©
Barna Woods
Spanish Point Beach ©
Spanish Point Beach
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

1
night
Belmullet

Belmullet
Belmullet or Béal an Mhuirthead is a coastal Gaeltacht town with a population of around 1,000 on the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, County Mayo, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Famine Walk Memorial, trek along Cross Beach Loop Walk, then contemplate the long history of Saint Deirbhle's Church, and finally hike along Ceathru Thaidhg.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belmullet trip planner .

Getting from Galway to Belmullet by car takes about 2.5 hours. July in Belmullet sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cork.

Things to do in Belmullet

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Famine Walk Memorial
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Cork

Cork
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.
On the 29th (Mon), get outside with Play Gaelic Games, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Ireland Church, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Timoleague Franciscan Friary.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cork trip maker .

Traveling by car from Belmullet to Cork takes 4.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Cork are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to County Offaly.

Things to do in Cork

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Church of Ireland Church
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County Offaly

County Offaly ©
Though often overlooked, Offaly County offers plenty for nature lovers, with a few metropolitan options mixed in. In addition to fishing, water sports, bird watching, and other outdoor fun, this area showcases historical castles, a popular monastic city, and archeological finds.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Barack Obama Plaza visitor centre. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Portumna Castle, admire all the interesting features of Birr Equestrian Centre, then walk around Lloyd Town Park, and finally step into the grandiose world of Charleville Castle.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the County Offaly trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Cork to County Offaly in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in County Offaly

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Portumna Castle, Hill of Uisneach, Cavan County Museum, Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Lloyd Town Park ©
Lloyd Town Park
Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns ©
Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
Cavan County Museum ©
Cavan County Museum

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