17 days in Dublin, Ireland's West Coast & Westport Itinerary

17 days in Dublin, Ireland's West Coast & Westport Itinerary

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Fly
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Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galway
— 1 night
Drive
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Doolin
— 1 night
Ferry
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Drive to Ballyvaughan
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Ballyvaughan
— 1 night
Drive
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Clifden
— 1 night
Drive
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Letterfrack
— 1 night
Drive
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Leenane
— 1 night
Drive
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Cong
— 1 night
Drive
10
Westport
— 1 night
Drive
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Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ballina
— 1 night
Drive
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Dublin
— 1 night
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Dublin

— 2 nights

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.
On the 14th (Tue), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, then take a stroll through Temple Bar, and finally view the masterpieces at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, get lost in a book at Marsh's Library, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally contemplate the long history of Trinity College Dublin.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dublin tour itinerary maker tool.

Basel, Switzerland to Dublin is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Basel to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Basel in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Galway

— 1 night

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.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll around Eyre Square, take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally look for gifts at Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum and then step into the grandiose world of Oranmore Castle.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Galway trip planner.

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Dublin in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Galway, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Parks

Doolin

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Irish Crafts - Doolin.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Doolin sightseeing planner.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Nightlife · Shopping
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Inishmore

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 18th (Sat), stop by Aran Sweater Market, then trek along The Wormhole, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and finally explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

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Traveling by ferry from Doolin to Inishmore takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Ballyvaughan

— 1 night
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb and then Head underground at Aillwee Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ballyvaughan itinerary planner.

Getting from Inishmore to Ballyvaughan by combination of ferry and car takes about 3 hours. July in Ballyvaughan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Clifden

— 1 night
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 22nd (Wed): try to win big at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking and then stroll through Dog's Bay Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Clifden tour planner.

You can drive from Ballyvaughan to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Letterfrack.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Casinos

Side Trip

Letterfrack

— 1 night
Letterfrack or Letterfrac is a small village in the Connemara area of County Galway, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Letterfrack day trip planning website.

Letterfrack is just a short distance from Clifden. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Leenane.

Things to do in Letterfrack

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Leenane

— 1 night
Leenaun, also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Joyce Country Sheepdogs and then add some adventure to your tour with Killary Adventure Centre. On the next day, experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm and then contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Leenane route planning site.

Leenane is just a stone's throw from Letterfrack. In July, daytime highs in Leenane are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cong.

Things to do in Leenane

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Cong

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): make a trip to Bog Oak Sculpture and then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cong day trip app.

Getting from Leenane to Cong by car takes about an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Westport

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport trip planning tool.

Getting from Cong to Westport by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July in Westport, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Achill Island

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Minaun, enjoy the sand and surf at Keel Beach, and then explore the activities along Keem Bay.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Achill Island trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Westport to Achill Island by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ballina.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Ballina

— 1 night
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Belleek Castle Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ballina trip planner.

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dublin

— 1 night

Fair City

Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): wander the streets of Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, and then admire the striking features of St. Michan's Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dublin online route planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Dublin in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites