8 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

8 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Shannon
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Shannon
— 1 night
Drive
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Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clifden
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Portland International Jetport

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Shannon

— 1 night
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. On the 18th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Doughmore Bay, explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, and then get outside with Dromoland Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Craggaunowen and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shannon tour itinerary planner.

Portland, USA to Shannon is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Portland to Shannon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in March: high temperatures in Shannon hover around 50°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Killarney

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Ross Castle and Caherconree Fort will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Killarney National Park and Castlegregory Golf Links will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Original Kerry Craft Centre (in Castlegregory), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Inch Beach (in Inch).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Shannon to Killarney takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

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Galway

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, admire the masterpieces at Galway Arts Centre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, and finally walk around South Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Galway online trip planner.

Drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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Clifden

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Galway to Clifden in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Clifden

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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