39 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

39 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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39 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Ballina
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dunfanaghy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Galway
— 6 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
4
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Liscannor
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Dingle
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Killarney
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kinsale
— 5 nights
Fly:  34​h
End: Wellington

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballina: Slieve League (in Carrick), National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar) and Achill Island (Deserted Village, Keem Bay, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, admire the striking features of Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosserk Friary, and step into the grandiose world of Belleek Castle.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ballina travel route builder .

Wellington, New Zealand to Ballina is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Ballina is minus 12 hours. June in Ballina sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Achill Island, Downpatrick Head, Mary of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, The Lost Valley
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

5
nights
Dunfanaghy

Dunfanaghy ©
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Dunfanaghy side-trips: Buncrana (O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle, Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, & more), Poison Glen (in Gweedore) and Clonmany (Mamore Gap & Glenevin Waterfall). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hornhead Loop, explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle, view the masterpieces at The Art House, and hike along Carrick River Walk.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dunfanaghy trip planner .

Drive from Ballina to Dunfanaghy in 3 hours. Traveling from Ballina in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Dunfanaghy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Donegal Town, Buncrana, Falcarragh, Clonmany
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 29:
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The Art House ©
The Art House
Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane), Ennis (Daniel O'Connell Monument & The Woollen Market) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Galway trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dunfanaghy to Galway takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Galway when traveling from Dunfanaghy in June, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ennis, Ashford Castle, Killary Sheep Farm, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:
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Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm
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.
On the 6th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then don't miss a visit to Teampall Chiarain, and finally trek along The Wormhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, stop by Lia Arann, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, and finally steep yourself in history at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inishmore vacation planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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 8th (Wed), go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk, step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then admire the natural beauty at Caher Bridge Garden, and finally trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project.

Before you visit Liscannor, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Liscannor takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan, Kilkee Cliff Walk, Scattery Island, Clare Coastal Walk Project
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

6
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dingle: Glanteenassig Wood (in Castlegregory) and Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coumeenoole Beach, and get outside with Dingle Bay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Dingle visit app .

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Dingle are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castlegregory, Dunquin, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Skellig Ring Scenic Drive, Inch Beach
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Eask Tower ©
Eask Tower
Brian de Staic Jeweller ©
Brian de Staic Jeweller

5
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), Kenmare (Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm, Lorge Chocolatier, & more) and Beara Way (in Glengarriff). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Muckross House, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, and explore the galleries of Blackwater Woodturners.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Blarney Castle & Gardens, Beara Way
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens

5
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kinsale: Skibbereen (Skibbereen Heritage Centre & Drombeg Stone Circle) and Clonakilty (West Cork Model Railway Village, Inchydoney Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, take an in-depth tour of Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ballinspittle.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinsale online trip maker .

Drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Clonakilty, Skibbereen
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:
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Michael Collins Centre ©
Michael Collins Centre
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links

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