15 days in Province of Connacht Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Province of Connacht trip planner
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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 2 nights
Bus to Rossaveel Pier, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive
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Achill Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sligo
— 4 nights
Train to Maynooth, Glenroyal Hotel, Fly to Seattle

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Galway — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Aughnanure Castle, then explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk. On the next day, get outside with Ireland's School of Falconry, contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, then steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Galway route planner.

Seattle, USA to Galway is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Seattle in August, expect Galway to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Inishmore.
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Inishmore — 2 nights

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and then delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kilmurvey Beach, then steep yourself in history at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then look for gifts at Lia Arann, and finally delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inishmore sightseeing planning site.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 3.5 hours. August in Inishmore sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Clifden.
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Clifden — 2 nights

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 15th (Tue), visit Connemara Seaweed Baths, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel, and finally kick back and relax at Renvyle Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Marconi Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach, and then bet on a winner at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Clifden travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Achill Island.
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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.
On the 17th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and then cruise along Atlantic Drive.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Achill Island holiday planner.

You can drive from Clifden to Achill Island in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Achill Island are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Westport.
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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.
Ashford Castle and Belleek Castle Museum will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Michael Davitt Museum and Jackie Clarke Collection. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Killadoon Standing Stone (in Killadoon) and The Lost Valley (in Louisburgh). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wild Nephin National Park - Ballycroy Visitor Centre, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, and grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Westport trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Westport takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Westport are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sligo.
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Sligo — 4 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get a sense of the local culture at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery and Drumcliffe Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Parke's Castle and Sligo Abbey. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben, see what you can catch with Sligo Boat Charters, and identify plant and animal life at Sligo Golf Academy & Activity Farm.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sligo holiday maker app.

Drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Sligo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Province of Connacht travel guide

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Nightlife · Landmarks · Gardens
Covering the northwestern part of Ireland, Province of Connacht features some of Ireland's most impressive natural wonders. The province encompasses the biggest population of native Irish speakers of all the country's provinces. Lush green fields fall away at the Cliffs of Moher, forming dramatic seaside cliffs that have become a top tourist attraction. This region boasts the Aran Islands, which provide a glimpse into authentic, small-town Ireland, and Galway city, for an urban look at Irish culture.
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