22 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

22 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + bus:  31​h
1
Galway
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
2
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 30​min
3
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Killarney
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Carrick
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin), The Woollen Market (in Ennis) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and grab your bike and head to South Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planning site .

Brisbane, Australia to Galway is an approximately 31-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. While traveling from Brisbane, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Galway, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ennis, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Ashford Castle
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then make a trip to Teampall Chiarain, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, then stop by Lia Arann, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Inishmore road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
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. On the 19th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Kilkee Cliff Walk, hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Hag's Head, take in the exciting artwork at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., then look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally get outside with Backwest Adventures.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Liscannor trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Inishmore to Liscannor by combination of ferry and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Clare Coastal Walk Project, Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge.
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave

4
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney), Kinsale (Charles Fort & Kinsale Crystal) and Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm (in Kenmare). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Liscannor to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Kinsale, Blarney Castle & Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 24:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

3
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Change things up with a short trip to Skellig Ring Scenic Drive in Portmagee (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and get outside with Dingle Bay.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Dingle fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Dingle are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Skellig Ring Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower

3
nights
Ballina

Ballina
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Get out of town with these interesting Ballina side-trips: Achill Island (Minaun, Keem Bay, & more), Ceathru Thaidhg (in Belmullet) and Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle, steep yourself in history at Moyne Abbey, and make a trip to The North Mayo Heritage Centre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ballina trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Dingle to Ballina in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carrick.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Achill Island, Moyne Abbey, Ceathru Thaidhg, Downpatrick Head
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Carrick

Carrick ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): hike along Glencolmcille - Tower loop, then appreciate the history behind Clocha na hEireann, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Slieve League.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carrick trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ballina to Carrick in 2.5 hours. October in Carrick sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glencolmcille
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League

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