6 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

6 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western Ireland journey planner
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— 1 day
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Drive to Achill Island
Achill Island
— 1 night


Sligo — 1 day

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Knocknarea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Eagles Flying, and finally look for gifts at Michael Quirke - Wood Carver.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sligo trip planner.

Belfast, UK to Sligo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
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Westport — 3 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Take a break from the city and head to The Great Western Greenway and Drummindoo Stud. Michael Davitt Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to The Lost Valley in Louisburgh (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House. Next up on the itinerary: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, tour the water at your own pace with Westport Cruises, admire the natural beauty at Westport House, and trek along Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport visit website.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Westport when traveling from Sligo in August, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inishmore.
Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Inishmore — 1 night

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 19th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, then contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, then stroll through Kilmurvey Beach, and finally stop by Lia Arann.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Inishmore itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Westport to Inishmore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. August in Inishmore sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Achill Island.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
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Achill Island — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Keel Beach, then explore the activities along Keem Bay, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and finally take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive.

To find maps and other tourist information, you can read our Achill Island trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Inishmore to Achill Island by combination of ferry and car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Western Ireland travel guide

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.