16 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

16 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Ireland travel route planner
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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Shannon
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Shannon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dingle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Killarney
— 4 nights
Fly

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Shannon — 2 nights

Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Craggaunowen and Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and The Lawrence Collection. Change things up with a short trip to Nenagh Castle in Nenagh (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: tee off at Shannon Golf Club, take in nature's colorful creations at Celtic Park and Gardens, and explore the ancient world of Mooghaun Hill Fort.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Shannon online trip itinerary maker.

Birmingham, USA to Shannon is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Birmingham in August, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Shannon: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galway.
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Galway — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG) and Room Escape Games. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Riverside Walk. The adventure continues: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and walk around Rinville Park.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Galway tour builder site.

You can drive from Shannon to Galway in an hour. August in Galway sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): kick back and relax at Ventry Beach, then head outdoors with Kingdom Falconry, and then discover the deep blue sea with Dingle Marina Dive Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Riasc, then take an in-depth tour of Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, then browse the exhibits of The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dingle trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Dingle, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Torc Mountain Walk. Attractions like Killarney National Park and Carrantoohil make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen), Glenview Gardens & Fairy Trail (in Cork) and Inchydoney Beach (in Clonakilty). And it doesn't end there: relax in the rural setting at Kennedy's Pet Farm, make a trip to St. Mary's Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Falconry Kerry, and steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Killarney sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Killarney, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can fly back home.
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