13 days in County Clare & County Galway Itinerary

13 days in County Clare & County Galway Itinerary

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Bunratty
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ballyvaughan
— 2 nights
Drive to Ros a' Mhíl, 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
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Galway
— 4 nights
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Bunratty

— 2 nights
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
Get out of town with these interesting Bunratty side-trips: Doolin (Clare Coastal Walk Project & Doolin Cave), Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre (in Corofin) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge., take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Doughmore Bay.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bunratty online trip planner.

Dublin to Bunratty is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bunratty are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Bunratty

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballyvaughan

— 2 nights
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Corcomroe Abbey, stroll around Burren National Park, contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, and finally identify plant and animal life at Burren Birds of Prey Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ballyvaughan holiday builder app.

Drive from Bunratty to Ballyvaughan in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Ballyvaughan can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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 10th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, then look for gifts at Lia Arann, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and finally delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Ballyvaughan to Inishmore by combination of car and ferry takes about 3 hours. In September in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

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 12th (Sun), make a trip to Sky Rd, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then browse the different shops at Hehirs Of Clifden, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm, and then experience rural life at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Clifden road trip 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 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway

— 4 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.
Galway is known for nightlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, make a trip to Quay Street, explore the galleries of Galway City Museum, and walk around Eyre Square.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway trip planner.

Drive from Clifden to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

County Clare travel guide

4.2
Lookouts · Castles · Caves
Banner County
Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.

County Galway travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
County Galway sits in the middle of the country on the western coast. With its lively eponymous city, small traditional Irish villages, and stunning countryside, it offers a varied landscape and culture. Galway City exudes energy as a university town, with pubs on every corner and events and festivals happening year-round. The county has successfully kept the Irish language alive with about 30,000-40,000 Irish speakers, of whom nearly 24,000 are native Irish speakers. Venture outside of the main city to the Aran Islands to discover an Ireland lost in time.