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 Ireland's School of Falconry. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Spiddal Craft & Design Studios and Galway Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Gort (Kilmacduagh Tower, Coole Park Nature Reserve, &more), Lahinch Beach (in Lahinch) and Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong & Monk's Fishing House). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, ride a horse along Ballyhannon House, step into the grandiose world of Athenry Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galway journey maker site.

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. In May, Galway is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inisheer.
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Side Trips
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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 Duchathair. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dun Aonghasa and Teampall Chiarain. And it doesn't end there: trek along The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and let little ones run wild at Inishmore Playground.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inishmore online road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Inisheer to Inishmore. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Clifden.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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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.
Shop till you drop at The Quay Gallery and The Woollen Market. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Michael Davitt Museum and Knock Museum. Step out of Westport with an excursion to Hennigan's Heritage Centre in Swinford--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, hike along Clew Bay Archaeological Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Croagh Patrick, and tour the water at your own pace with Westport Cruises.

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 Deserted Village. Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre and Achill Heritage Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Achill Island to go to Belmullet and see Wavesweeper Sea Adventures, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, identify plant and animal life at Woodland Faerie Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Minaun, and explore the galleries of Ronan Halpin Gallery.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Achill Island road trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Achill Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to 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 Hazelwood. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Adventure Gently (in Dromahair), Elphin Windmill (in Elphin) and King House (in Boyle). The adventure continues: browse the fresh offerings at Strandhill People's Market, contemplate the long history of Creevelea Friary, stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, and make a trip to Sligo Abbey.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Ballycastle to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Sligo are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can 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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