13 days in Bushmills & County Galway Itinerary

13 days in Bushmills & County Galway Itinerary

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Start: Calgary, Canada
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  21 h
1
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Shanafaraghaun, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
Taxi + Ferry:  1 h 45 min
5
Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Calgary, Canada

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nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway and then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along White Park Bay, snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bushmills trip maker tool.

Calgary, Canada to Bushmills is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Calgary to Bushmills, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Calgary in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Bushmills: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballintoy, Dunluce Castle
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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 Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Fanore Beach. Visit Salthill Promenade and Galway Arts Centre for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: The Burren Smokehouse, (in Lisdoonvarna), Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and stroll around Eyre Square.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bushmills in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Shanafaraghaun.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Burren Smokehouse,, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Aillwee Cave, Fanore Beach
Highlights from your plan
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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nights
Shanafaraghaun, Ireland

Shanafaraghaun ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Cong Heritage Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong, then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, and finally experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Newport Church, then look for gifts at Parade, then don't miss a visit to Burrishoole Abbey, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mulranny Strand.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Shanafaraghaun online day trip planner.

Drive from Galway to Shanafaraghaun in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Shanafaraghaun can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Shanafaraghaun

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cong, Newport, Mulranny Strand
Highlights from your plan
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
The Cong Heritage Trail ©
The Cong Heritage Trail
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

1
night
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Sky Rd and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Clifden trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Shanafaraghaun to Clifden takes an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

2
nights
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
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 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, then stop by Mary O'Flaherty, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, and finally delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): stroll through The Wormhole, delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Inishmore tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Clifden to Inishmore by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta