15 days in Western Ireland, Northern Ireland & Dublin Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland, Northern Ireland & Dublin Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Clifden
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Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 6 nights
Fly

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Clifden, Ireland

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Sky Rd, then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Connemara Safaris.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Clifden online trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Clifden is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Philadelphia to Clifden, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
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Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 16th (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, then stop by Lia Arann, then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and finally delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inishmore tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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Galway, Ireland

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.
Salthill Promenade and Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and Church of Saints Peter & Paul capture your imagination. When in Galway, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Athlone, approximately Athlone away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Galway Atlantaquaria.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway visit planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Portrush.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

1
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Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then kick back and relax at East Strand, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portrush day trip app.

You can drive from Galway to Portrush in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Portrush

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

1
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Belfast, United Kingdom

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
On the 22nd (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Belfast.

Plan my day in Belfast using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums

Side Trip

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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dublin: Kilkenny (Kilkenny Castle, Medieval Mile Museum, &more), Donore (Newgrange & Bru na Boinne) and Irish Military War Museum & Family Park (in Starinagh). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, examine the collection at GPO Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin day trip site.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · 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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.