15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland's West Coast trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly to Shannon, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 3 nights
Drive
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Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lahinch
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 5 nights
Bus to Shannon, Fly to Newark

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Galway

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Salthill Beaches. Your inner history buff will appreciate Salthill Promenade and Ashford Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cong (The Quiet Man Museum & Ireland's School of Falconry). There's more to do: stop by Micil Distillery and add some adventure to your tour with Kayakmor.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Galway is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Galway is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Galway at 54°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Clifden

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): glide peacefully along the water with Real Adventures Connemara, then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then kick back and relax at Silver Strand, and finally look for gifts at Cottage Handcrafts. Here are some ideas for day two: catch the contagious excitement of The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dog's Bay Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin).

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Clifden sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Galway to Clifden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Lahinch.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Lahinch

— 2 nights
Home to a renowned gulf club, Lahinch has become better known as a surfing spot in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then play a few rounds at Doolin Pitch & Putt, and finally get great views at Cliffs of Moher. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Doolin Pier, kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, then hike along Clare Coastal Walk Project, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lahinch Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahinch vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Lahinch takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Lahinch

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Dingle

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Inch Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmalkedar Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Dingle Distillery, don't miss a visit to Fahan BeeHive Huts, enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dingle trip builder tool.

Drive from Lahinch to Dingle in 3 hours. October in Dingle sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Killarney

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blarney Castle & Gardens and Charles Fort. Do some cultural sightseeing at Muckross House and Ross Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Kinsale (Kinsale Mead Co & Koko), Ring of Kerry Golf Club (in Templenoe) and Kenmare Golf Club (in Kenmare). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, contemplate the long history of Muckross Abbey, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Irish Whiskey Experience.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Killarney online tour planner.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15: