15 days in Western Ireland, Northern Ireland & Lviv Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland, Northern Ireland & Lviv Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland, Northern Ireland & Lviv Itinerary

Start: Syracuse, United States
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Achill Island, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
2
Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
6
Lviv, Ukraine
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Syracuse, United States

2
nights
Achill Island, Ireland

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sli Grainne Mhaol and Ronan Halpin Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Keem Bay and Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Keel Beach, indulge your taste buds at McLoughlins Bar, meet the residents at The Achill Experience, and look for gifts at Alt na Croi Pottery.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Achill Island road trip planner.

Syracuse, USA to Achill Island is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Syracuse to Achill Island. When traveling from Syracuse in May, plan for little chillier days in Achill Island, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to 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
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach

1
night
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 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa, and finally stroll through Kilmurvey Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Inishmore online journey builder .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eochla ©
Dun Eochla
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

3
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Galway Cathedral. Salthill Promenade and Newport Church will appeal to history buffs. When in Westport, make a side trip to see Connemara National Park in Galway, approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Westport trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. May in Westport sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway, Newport, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 2nd (Sun), get outside with Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, and then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bushmills trip planner .

You can drive from Westport to Bushmills in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

3
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Crumlin Road Gaol and Parliament Buildings. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Titanic Belfast and Falls Road. Change things up with a short trip to Mount Stewart House in Newtownards (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, wander the streets of Cathedral Quarter, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, and get outside with Lagan Valley Leisureplex Lisburn Pool.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Belfast online attractions planner .

Getting from Bushmills to Belfast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Belfast are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mount Stewart, Lagan Valley Leisureplex Lisburn Pool
Highlights from your plan
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

1
night
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St.Yura Cathedral, wander the streets of Old Town, make a trip to Market Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dominican Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, enjoy breathtaking views from Lviv High Castle, examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House, then don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Boim Family, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, and finally don't miss a visit to Lviv City Hall.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Lviv online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Belfast to Lviv in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Belfast to Lviv is 2 hours. When traveling from Belfast in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lviv, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lychakiv Cemetery ©
Lychakiv Cemetery
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral ©
Svyatogo Yura Cathedral

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