16 days in Western Ireland, Islay & Loch Ness Region Itinerary

16 days in Western Ireland, Islay & Loch Ness Region Itinerary

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16 days in Western Ireland, Islay & Loch Ness Region Itinerary

Start: Dallas, United States
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  16​h 15​min
1
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
4
Port Askaig, United Kingdom
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h
5
Fort Augustus, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Dallas, United States

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nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery. Explore hidden gems such as Benbulben and Parke's Castle. When in Sligo, make a side trip to see Boyle Abbey in Boyle, approximately 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Drumcliffe Church and steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sligo trip app .

Dallas, USA to Sligo is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Sligo is 6 hours. Traveling from Dallas in May, you will find days in Sligo are colder (57°F), and nights are little chillier (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boyle Abbey, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Drumcliffe Church, Parke's Castle
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Benbulben ©
Benbulben
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church

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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 16th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, get some jogging in at Belleek Castle Museum, then examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, and finally delve into the distant past at Deserted Village. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, then cruise along Killadoon Standing Stone, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, and finally get engrossed in the history at Granuaile Heritage Centre.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Westport vacation tool .

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Westport, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ballina, Louisburgh, Michael Davitt Museum, Killadoon Standing Stone, Deserted Village
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Jackie Clarke Collection ©
Jackie Clarke Collection

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Spiddal Craft & Design Studios and Lynch's Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Abbey of Cong and Glengowla Mines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Gort (Kilmacduagh Tower & Coole Park Nature Reserve), Killursa Church (in Headford) and Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of The Irish Workhouse Centre, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kirwan's Lane, explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galway day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Westport to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Galway sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Askaig.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gort, Oughterard, Portumna, Dog's Bay Beach, Royal Abbey of Cong
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National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre

1
night
Port Askaig, United Kingdom

Port Askaig ©
Port Askaig is a port village on the east coast of the island of Islay, in Scotland.EconomyPort Askaig has a hotel, a petrol station and shop next to the port but has very few households. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Finlaggan, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bunnahabhain Distillery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Round Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): sample the tasty concoctions at Kilchoman Distillery, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Islay Life, and then take in the exciting artwork at Outback Art Gallery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Port Askaig trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Galway to Port Askaig. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Augustus.

Things to do in Port Askaig

Breweries & Distilleries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Finlaggan, Museum of Islay Life, Kilchoman Distillery, Outback Art Gallery, The Round Church
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Finlaggan ©
Finlaggan
Museum of Islay Life ©
Museum of Islay Life
The Round Church ©
The Round Church

2
nights
Fort Augustus, United Kingdom

Fort Augustus ©
Fort Augustus is a settlement in the parish of Boleskine and Abertarff, at the south west end of Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Urquhart Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Augustus Abbey, take in the dramatic scenery at Invermoriston Falls, then explore the ancient world of Corrimony Chambered Cairn, and finally cruise along General Wade’s Military Roads.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fort Augustus trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Port Askaig to Fort Augustus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Fort Augustus

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston Falls
Highlights from your plan
Corrimony Chambered Cairn ©
Corrimony Chambered Cairn
Urquhart Castle ©
Urquhart Castle
Fort Augustus Abbey ©
Fort Augustus Abbey

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