15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Ballina
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Louisburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
4
Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h
5
Galway
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
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 Castlebar (National Museum of Ireland - Country Life & Bike and Boards) and Carrowmore Beach (in Carrowmore-Lacken). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Mount Falcon Estate, admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and make a trip to Moyne Abbey.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Ballina trip itinerary tool .

Chicago, USA to Ballina is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Chicago to Ballina, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ballina when traveling from Chicago in March, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Louisburgh.

Things to do in Ballina

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trips

Killala, Castlebar, Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Rosserk Friary ©
Rosserk Friary

3
nights
Louisburgh

Louisburgh ©
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Westport (Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, The Great Western Greenway, & more) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Clare Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand, and relax in the rural setting at Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Louisburgh trip builder app .

Getting from Ballina to Louisburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Louisburgh, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Westport, Clare Island, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Sky Rd
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

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.
Achill Island is known for nature, beaches, adventure, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Keem Bay, view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery, meet the residents at The Achill Experience, and take in nature's colorful creations at Achill Secret Garden.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Achill Island online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Louisburgh to Achill Island takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Achill Island are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Inishmore vacation planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In March, daytime highs in Inishmore are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eochla ©
Dun Eochla
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

4
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.
Galway is known for nightlife, historic sites, nature, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Quay Street, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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