14 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

14 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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14 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kylemore
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  2​h
4
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Lahore

3
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Explore Ballina's surroundings by going to Hennigan's Heritage Centre (in Swinford) and Castlebar (Bike and Boards & Jacks Old Cottage). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosserk Friary, don't miss a visit to Moyne Abbey, have some family-friendly fun at Murder Mystery Ireland, and appreciate the history behind Gore Knox Monument.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ballina sightseeing planner .

Lahore, Pakistan to Ballina is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Lahore in January, you will find days in Ballina are much colder (7°C), and nights are little chillier (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Foxford, Castlebar, Ballintubber Abbey, Moyne Abbey, Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary
The North Mayo Heritage Centre ©
The North Mayo Heritage Centre

3
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island ©
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Achill Island: Belmullet (Cross Beach Loop Walk & Dun na mBo), Westport (The Great Western Greenway, Aughagower Church, & more) and Newport (Parade, Newport Church, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Dugort Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Minaun, and head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Achill Island trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ballina to Achill Island takes 1.5 hours. January in Achill Island sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Kylemore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport, Westport, Belmullet
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Cross Beach Loop Walk ©
Cross Beach Loop Walk

1
night
Kylemore

Kylemore ©
Established on the same grounds as Kylemore Castle, Kylemore Abbey monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine nuns who escaped from Belgium during World War I.
On the 19th (Sun), appreciate the views at Doolough Valley, then cruise along Killadoon Standing Stone, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twelve Bens of Connemara.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kylemore travel route planner .

You can drive from Achill Island to Kylemore in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Kylemore

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Doolough Valley, Twelve Bens of Connemara, Killadoon Standing Stone
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Bens of Connemara ©
Twelve Bens of Connemara

2
nights
Inishmore

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 20th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, look for gifts at Lia Arann, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, and finally make a trip to Teampall Chiarain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), and then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inishmore trip tool .

Getting from Kylemore to Inishmore by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. January in Inishmore sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta
Teampall Bhean'in ©
Teampall Bhean'in

3
nights
Galway

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cong (Ashford Castle & Pigeon Hole Cave). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Oscar Wilde & Eduard Vilde Statue.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. When traveling from Inishmore in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Galway, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cong
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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