42 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

42 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Limerick
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Limerick
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 6 nights
Drive
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Letterkenny
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sligo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Achill Island
— 4 nights
Drive to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 3 nights
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Skibbereen
— 3 nights
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Killarney
— 6 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 8 nights
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Limerick — 3 nights

Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Appreciate the collections at Thomond Park Stadium and The Clare Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphinwatch and Scattery Island. Change things up with these side-trips from Limerick: Quin Abbey (in Quin) and Ennis Friary (in Ennis). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hunt Museum, see the interesting displays at Frank McCourt Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Abbey Church.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Limerick road trip tool.

San Francisco, USA to Limerick is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Limerick hover around 48°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

Galway — 6 nights

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 outdoors at Doolin Cave and Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Explore hidden gems such as Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Royal Abbey of Cong. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Liscannor (Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park & Cliffs of Moher), Ballyvaughan (Burren Exposure & Aillwee Cave) and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Galway route maker tool.

Drive from Limerick to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Limerick in January, expect nights in Galway to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Letterkenny.
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Find places to stay Jan 23 — 29:

Letterkenny — 3 nights

As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Visiting Mount Errigal and Glenevin Waterfall will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Glenveagh Castle and The Art House. Explore Letterkenny's surroundings by going to Donegal Town (Lough Eske & Donegal Castle), Mamore Gap (in Clonmany) and Fort Dunree Military Museum (in Buncrana).

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Letterkenny online trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Letterkenny in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sligo.
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Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

Sligo — 4 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get outdoors at Knocknarea and Assaranca Waterfall. Get a sense of the local culture at Jackie Clarke Collection and Belleek Castle Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Sligo side-trips: Rosserk Friary (in Ballina), Fairy Bridges (in Bundoran) and Slieve League (in Carrick). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, don't miss a visit to Sligo Abbey, explore the world behind art at Sligo County Museum and Niland Gallery, and take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo trip planning website.

Getting from Letterkenny to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Achill Island.
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Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:

Achill Island — 4 nights

Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Atlantic Drive and Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Keel Beach and Wavesweeper Sea Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Achill Island to Belmullet to see Lunasa Crafts about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, delve into the distant past at Deserted Village, and admire the natural beauty at Achill Secret Garden.

Plan my trip to Achill Island with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Sligo to Achill Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. February in Achill Island sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inishmore.
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Find places to stay Feb 5 — 9:

Inishmore — 3 nights

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Dun Aonghasa and Dun Duchathair. Visiting Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School and The Wormhole will get you outdoors. There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta and don't miss a visit to Teampall Chiarain.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Inishmore journey builder app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In February, daytime highs in Inishmore are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Skibbereen.
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Find places to stay Feb 9 — 12:

Skibbereen — 3 nights

Skibbereen, is a town in County Cork, Ireland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cork Whale Watch and Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Get outdoors at Healy Pass and Inchydoney Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skibbereen: Clonakilty (Michael Collins House, Michael Collins Centre, &more) and Garinish Island (in Glengarriff). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Lough Hyne.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Skibbereen online day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inishmore to Skibbereen. In February, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Killarney — 6 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torc Mountain Walk and The Kerry Way. Kerry County Museum and Muckross Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park (in Tralee), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Kenmare (Gleninchaquin Park, St. Patrick's Church, &more). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Killarney Methodist Church.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Killarney vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Skibbereen to Killarney in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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Find places to stay Feb 15 — 21:

Dingle — 8 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inch Beach and Minard Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows and Kilmalkedar Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dingle: Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee), Rossbeigh Beach (in Glenbeigh) and Bray Head Loop Walk (in Valentia Island). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dingle Oceanworld, and contemplate the long history of Irish Famine Cottages.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dingle travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Find places to stay Feb 21 — 29: