31 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 7 nights
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Inisheer
— 2 nights
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Inishmore
— 4 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 4 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 4 nights
Drive
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Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ballycastle
— 1 night
Drive
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Sligo
— 5 nights
Train to Maynooth, Glenroyal Hotel, Fly to Toronto

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Galway — 7 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 Cliffs of Moher and Hag's Head. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios and Galway Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong, Monk's Fishing House, &more), Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch) and Gort (Kilmacduagh Tower, Coole Park Nature Reserve, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, examine the collection at Thomond Park Stadium, ride a horse along Ballyhannon House, and get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway route maker.

Toronto, Canada to Galway is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, things will get a bit cooler in Galway: highs are around 16°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Inisheer.
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Inisheer — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plassey Wreck, then explore the ancient world of St. Caomhan’s Church, and then step into the grandiose world of O'Brien's Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Inishere Lighthouse.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Inisheer day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Galway to Inisheer. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.
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Inishmore — 4 nights

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) and Dun Eoghanachta. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dun Duchathair and Dun Aonghasa. There's lots more to do: hike along The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and don't miss a visit to Teampall Chiarain.

Make your Inishmore itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inisheer to Inishmore. In May, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Clifden.
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Clifden — 4 nights

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Saint Joseph's Church. Step out of the city life by going to Dog's Bay Beach and Aillebrack Green Coast Beach. Take a break from Clifden with a short trip to Silver Strand in Louisburgh, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of Connemara Safaris, stop by Cottage Handcrafts, take in the exciting artwork at Lavelle Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lettergesh Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Clifden trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Westport.
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Westport — 4 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Michael Davitt Museum and Westport Cruises. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ballintubber Abbey and Hennigan's Heritage Centre. When in Westport, make a side trip to see Knock Museum in Knock, approximately Knock away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Westport tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Clifden to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Westport, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Achill Island.
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Achill Island — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Keel Beach and Wavesweeper Sea Adventures. Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre and Ronan Halpin Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Minaun, take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive, and get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Achill Island road trip site.

Getting from Westport to Achill Island by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ballycastle.
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Ballycastle — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields and then take a peaceful walk through Blanemore Forest Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ballycastle travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Ballycastle takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Achill Island in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ballycastle, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sligo.
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Sligo — 5 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tobernalt Holy Well and Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Adventure Gently. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to King House (in Boyle) and Elphin Windmill (in Elphin). There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at Strandhill People's Market, steep yourself in history at The High Cross, identify plant and animal life at Eagles Flying, and explore the historical opulence of Roslee Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Ballycastle to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Western Ireland travel guide

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Nightlife · Landmarks · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.
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