18 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

18 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Doolin
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Doolin
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway
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Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carrick
— 1 night
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kinsale
— 3 nights
Drive to Cork Airport, Fly to Newark

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Doolin

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): Head underground at Doolin Cave, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Caher Bridge Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Doolin trip itinerary planning website.

Newark, USA to Doolin is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Doolin due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Doolin at 63°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Inishmore

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Inishmore route builder app.

Getting from Doolin to Inishmore by ferry takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:

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). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Wild Atlantic Way, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and explore the activities along Galway Bay.

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

Getting from Inishmore to Galway by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carrick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Carrick

— 1 night
On the 14th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass, steep yourself in history at Glencolmcille Folk Village, and then take some stellar pictures from Slieve League.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carrick trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Carrick in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Carrick can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Carrick

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilmalkedar Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gallarus Oratory, and then kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then meet the residents at Dingle Oceanworld, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James' Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dingle itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Carrick to Dingle in 6 hours. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Killarney

— 4 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Muckross House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, and admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planner.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Kinsale

— 3 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.
Kinsale is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip builder site.

You can drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Golf
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23: