22 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

22 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

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: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Castlefergus Equestrian (in Quin) and The Woollen Market (in Ennis). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galway online trip planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Galway is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Brisbane in October, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Galway: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ennis, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Ashford Castle
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then don't miss a visit to Teampall Chiarain, and finally stroll through The Wormhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then look for gifts at Lia Arann, and finally stroll through Kilmurvey Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inishmore attractions planner.

Getting from Galway to Inishmore by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Inishmore are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time 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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kilkee Cliff Walk, trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Hag's Head, admire the natural beauty at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally head outdoors with Backwest Adventures.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Liscannor tour itinerary tool.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. In October in Liscannor, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Clare Coastal Walk Project, Kilkee Cliff Walk, 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm & Norman McCloskey Photography), Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Kinsale (Charles Fort & Kinsale Crystal). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Church, take in the exciting artwork at Blackwater Woodturners, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Templenoe Burial.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Killarney journey planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Killarney, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

3
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Go for a jaunt from Dingle to Portmagee to see Skellig Ring Scenic Drive about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Brian de Staic Jeweller, identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, and don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Skellig Ring Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
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Skellig Ring Scenic Drive ©
Skellig Ring Scenic Drive
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller
Coumeenoole Beach ©
Coumeenoole Beach

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.
Explore Ballina's surroundings by going to Keem Bay (in Dooagh), Ceathru Thaidhg (in Belmullet) and Achill Island (Minaun, Deserted Village, &more). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Rosserk Friary, go for a walk through Downpatrick Head, get some jogging in at Belleek Castle Museum, and examine the collection at The North Mayo Heritage Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ballina trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Ballina takes 4.5 hours. October in Ballina sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carrick.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Achill Island, Moyne Abbey, Downpatrick Head, Ceathru Thaidhg
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

2
nights
Carrick

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

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Carrick visit planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Carrick in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carrick are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to 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
Clocha na hEireann ©
Clocha na hEireann

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