29 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

29 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway
— 6 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 4 nights
Drive
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Westport
— 5 nights
Drive
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Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belmullet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sligo
— 6 nights
Train to Maynooth, Glenroyal Hotel, Fly to Paris Orly

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Galway

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Salthill Promenade and Royal Abbey of Cong are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop and Lynch's Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Dungaire Castle (in Kinvara), Oughterard (Glengowla Mines & Aughnanure Castle) and Kilmacduagh Tower (in Gort). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and don't miss a visit to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planner.

Paris, France to Galway is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Galway is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Paris in August, with highs in Galway at 19°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 8:

Inishmore

— 3 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 Dun Aonghasa and Dun Duchathair. Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) and Dun Eochla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain, stop by Lia Arann, and don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

Clifden

— 4 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Visit Dog's Bay Beach and Renvyle Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach and Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin). Change things up with these side-trips from Clifden: Scubadive West (in Renvyle) and Silver Strand (in Louisburgh). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, enjoy the sand and surf at Lettergesh Beach, and view the masterpieces at Roundstone Ceramics.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Clifden trip maker tool.

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 your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Clifden

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Westport

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Popular historic sites such as The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House and Belleek Castle Museum are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and The Lost Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Cong (Ashford Castle & Pigeon Hole Cave) and Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre (in Foxford). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, enjoy the sand and surf at Bertra beach, ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud, and steep yourself in history at Westport House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Westport itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Westport sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 20:

Achill Island

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Keel Beach, then view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mulranny Strand, take an in-depth tour of Achill Heritage Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Dugort Beach, then explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Achill Island driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Westport to Achill Island in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Belmullet.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 22:

Belmullet

— 2 nights
Belmullet or Béal an Mhuirthead is a coastal Gaeltacht town with a population of around 1,000 on the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, County Mayo, Ireland. On the 23rd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Downpatrick Head, then steep yourself in history at Ceide Fields, and then take in panoramic vistas at Dun na mBo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with Wavesweeper Sea Adventures, stop by Lunasa Crafts, and then kick back and relax at Cross Beach Loop Walk.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Belmullet trip builder site.

You can drive from Achill Island to Belmullet in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Belmullet can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Belmullet

Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Sligo

— 6 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
For shopping fun, head to Michael Quirke - Wood Carver or Strandhill People's Market. Take a break from the city and head to Strandhill Beach and Knocknarea. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk) and Boyle (King House & Lough Key Forest and Activity Park). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Streedagh Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave, and explore the historical opulence of Parke's Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sligo itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Belmullet to Sligo in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · 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.