39 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

39 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  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: Achill Island (Deserted Village, Keel Beach, &more), Keem Bay (in Dooagh) and Slieve League (in Carrick). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, explore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum, don't miss a visit to Moyne Abbey, and go for a walk through Downpatrick Head.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ballina trip planner.

Wellington, New Zealand to Ballina is an approximately 38- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Wellington to Ballina is minus 12 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Achill Island, The Lost Valley, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Moyne Abbey, Slieve League
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

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: Poison Glen (in Gweedore), Buncrana (O'Doherty's Keep & Buncrana Castle, Amazing Grace Viewing Platform, Walk and Park!, &more) and Clonmany (Mamore Gap & Glenevin Waterfall). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Errigal, don't miss a visit to Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, take in the pleasant sights at Moville Shore Path, and explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dunfanaghy vacation planner.

Getting from Ballina to Dunfanaghy by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Dunfanaghy when traveling from Ballina in June, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Ennis (Daniel O'Connell Monument & The Woollen Market). The adventure continues: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Dunfanaghy to Galway in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dunfanaghy in June since evenings lows in Galway dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ennis, Killary Sheep Farm, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Ashford Castle
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:
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Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

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 6th (Mon): make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain, and finally hike along The Wormhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, stop by Lia Arann, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read Inishmore holiday planner.

You can 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 in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) 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
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), make a trip to Kilkee Cliff Walk, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and then get great views at Cliffs of Moher. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then admire the natural beauty at Caher Bridge Garden, and finally trek along Clare Coastal Walk Project.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Liscannor trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Inishmore to Liscannor in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Liscannor are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough 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
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

6
nights
Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore Dingle's surroundings by going to Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee) and Glanteenassig Wood (in Castlegregory). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, look for gifts at Brian de Staic Jeweller, and don't miss a visit to Eask Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dingle takes 3.5 hours. July in Dingle sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
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, Lorge Chocolatier, &more), Beara Way (in Glengarriff) and Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park, admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, stroll the grounds of Templenoe Burial, and view the masterpieces at Blackwater Woodturners.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planning tool.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Killarney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Skibbereen (Skibbereen Heritage Centre & Drombeg Stone Circle) and Clonakilty (West Cork Model Railway Village, Inchydoney Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Kinsale Regional Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kinsale trip itinerary maker 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 July in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. 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
Blacks Brewery ©
Blacks Brewery

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