12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h
1
Killarney
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dingle
— 2 nights
3
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sligo
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm and Cahergall Fort. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bray Head Loop Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Staigue Fort (in Castlecove), Skibbereen (Skibbereen Heritage Centre & Drombeg Stone Circle) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Ballycarbery Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Kells Bay House & Gardens, snap pictures at Cromwell's Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Killarney trip itinerary maker tool .

Chicago, USA to Killarney is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chicago to Killarney, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Killarney, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, Skibbereen, Kenmare, Bray Head Loop Walk, Staigue Fort
Find places to stay May 12 — 16:
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Cahergall Fort ©
Cahergall Fort

2
nights
Dingle

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Inch Beach, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, then look for gifts at Kathleen McAuliffe, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): kick back and relax at Coumeenoole Beach, see the interesting displays at The Great Blasket Centre and Island, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, then contemplate the long history of Kilmalkedar Church, and finally sample the fine beverages at Dingle Whiskey Distillery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dingle online holiday planner .

Getting from Killarney to Dingle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Great Blasket Centre and Island, Inch Beach
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
St.James Church ©
St.James Church
Kilmalkedar Church ©
Kilmalkedar Church

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and finally steep yourself in history at Quin Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Eyre Square, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, then appreciate the history behind Galway City Museum, and finally make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip website .

Traveling by car from Dingle to Galway takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cong, Quin Abbey
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Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Donegal Castle and Belleek Castle Museum. National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Glengesh Pass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Sligo: Lough Eske (in Donegal Town) and Fairy Bridges (in Bundoran). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, don't miss a visit to Mullaghmore Coast, and stroll through Knocknarea.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sligo trip maker website .

Getting from Galway to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Galway in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sligo, with lows of 50°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Belleek Castle Museum, Fairy Bridges, Glengesh Pass, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

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