16 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  17​h
1
Galway
— 3 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h
2
Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  1​h 45​min
3
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sligo
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  17​h
End: San Francisco

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and The Irish Workhouse Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong & Monk's Fishing House). The adventure continues: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Corrib, make a trip to Eyre Square, and stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery.

Make your Galway itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

San Francisco, USA to Galway is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Galway. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Galway at 61°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cong, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Lough Corrib, The Irish Workhouse Centre
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Kayaking & Canoeing
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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 28th (Sun): look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole, and then get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches). Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Teampall Chiarain, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inishmore online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
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 30th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, then contemplate the long history of Glengowla Mines, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Cottage Handcrafts, then relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Clifden online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Oughterard, Leenane, Dog's Bay Beach, Cottage Handcrafts, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore hidden gems such as Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and The Lost Valley. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun), Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina) and Achill Island (Minaun & Keel Beach). There's lots more to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Westport day trip website .

You can drive from Clifden to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Westport, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Achill Island, Michael Davitt Museum, Ballintubber Abbey, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Belleek Castle Museum
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The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Joyce Country Sheepdogs ©
Joyce Country Sheepdogs

4
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Downpatrick Head and Benbulben. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Easkey River Walk (in Easkey), Moyne Abbey (in Killala) and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk). There's much more to do: make a trip to Mullaghmore Coast, explore the activities along Glencar Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey, and stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sligo journey builder .

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carrick-on-Shannon, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Downpatrick Head, Mullaghmore Coast, Moyne Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head
Mullaghmore Coast ©
Mullaghmore Coast