28 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

28 days in Ireland's West Coast Itinerary

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Dingle
— 4 nights
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Killarney
— 4 nights
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Buncrana
— 2 nights
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Sligo
— 2 nights
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Achill Island
— 1 night
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Inishmore
— 3 nights
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Doolin
— 3 nights
9
Kinsale
— 4 nights

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Dingle

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dingle: Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee) and Bray Head Loop Walk (in Valentia Island). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Coumeenoole Beach, and don't miss a visit to Eask Tower.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Dingle vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Sarasota, USA to Dingle is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sarasota to Dingle is 5 hours. Traveling from Sarasota in August, expect Dingle to be cooler, temps between 64°F and 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dingle Oceanworld ©
Dingle Oceanworld
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

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Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Blarney Castle & Gardens (in Blarney) and Kenmare (Norman McCloskey Photography & Boat Tours & Water Sports). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Killarney holiday website.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Killarney are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

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Galway

Galway ©

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cong (Ashford Castle & Ireland's School of Falconry) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, walk around South Park, add some adventure to your tour with Kayakmor, and take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galway travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Galway sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

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Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take a pleasant ride with Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, take a memorable drive along Mamore Gap, and then learn about all things military at Fort Dunree Military Museum. On the next day, go for a walk through Moville Shore Path, then kick back and relax at Culdaff Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Glenevin Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Buncrana trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Galway to Buncrana takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Buncrana are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Buncrana

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre ©
Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre
Mamore Gap
Mamore Gap
Glenevin Waterfall ©
Glenevin Waterfall

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Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 16th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Belleek Castle Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, and then paddle through the water with Sligo Kayak Tours. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, make a splash at Bundoran Waterworld, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sligo journey planning app.

You can drive from Buncrana to Sligo in 2 hours. August in Sligo sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sligo Kayak Tours ©
Sligo Kayak Tours
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

1
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Achill Island

Achill Island
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.
On the 18th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, explore the activities along Keem Bay, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Achill Island road trip site.

Traveling by journey from Sligo to Achill Island takes 2.5 hours. August in Achill Island sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones ©
Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones

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Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Inishmore is known for historic sites, outdoors, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, see the top attractions with Inis Mor Horse Carriage tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Inishmore visit planning tool.

Getting from Achill Island to Inishmore by combination of car and ferry takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Inishmore sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Doolin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School ©
Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Get out of town with these interesting Doolin side-trips: Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Kilkee (The Pollock Holes & Kilkee Cliff Walk). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt, stop by The Burren Smokehouse,, and Head underground at Doolin Cave.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Doolin road trip planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Inishmore to Doolin in 2 hours. August in Doolin sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Doolin Cliff Walk ©
Doolin Cliff Walk
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

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Kinsale

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kinsale: Michael Collins Centre (in Clonakilty) and Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ballinspittle, and brush up on your military savvy at Irish Veterans Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kinsale trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Doolin to Kinsale in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Kinsale are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Michael Collins Centre ©
Michael Collins Centre
Kinsale Regional Museum ©
Kinsale Regional Museum

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