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

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

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

Start: Basel
Fly:  5 h
1
Dublin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Doolin
— 1 night
Ferry:  1 h 15 min
4
Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
5
Ballyvaughan
— 1 night
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
6
Clifden
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
7
Letterfrack
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Leenane
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
9
Cong
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
10
Westport
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
11
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Ballina
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
13
Dublin
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
End: Basel

2
nights
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at 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 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, browse the collection at Marsh's Library, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online trip itinerary maker.

Basel, Switzerland to Dublin is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Basel to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In juillet, Dublin is slightly colder than Basel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 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
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally look for gifts at Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galway driving holiday planner.

Drive from Dublin to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dublin in juillet: highs in Galway hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 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 Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Kayaking & Canoeing
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum

1
night
Doolin

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 17th (Fri), look for gifts at Irish Crafts - Doolin.

Plan my trip to Doolin with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Galway to Doolin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In juillet, 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
Highlights from your plan
Irish Crafts - Doolin ©
Irish Crafts - Doolin

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 18th (Sat): look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, stroll through The Wormhole, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and finally steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain, then delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Inishmore trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Doolin to Inishmore by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. In juillet, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 22°C, while at night they dip 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
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

1
night
Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb and then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Ballyvaughan tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Ballyvaughan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In juillet, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

County Clare, Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): try your luck at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking and then kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Clifden route builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Ballyvaughan to Clifden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Letterfrack.

Things to do in Clifden

Fun & Games Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Dog's Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

1
night
Letterfrack

Letterfrack ©
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 maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Letterfrack trip itinerary builder website.

Letterfrack is just a short distance from Clifden. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Leenane.

Things to do in Letterfrack

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gothic Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Gothic Chapel ©
Gothic Chapel

1
night
Leenane

Leenane ©
Leenaun, also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs and then get a new perspective on things with Killary Adventure Centre. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm and then contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Leenane attractions planning site.

Leenane is very close to Letterfrack. In juillet, daily temperatures in Leenane can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 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

Side Trip

Joyce Country Sheepdogs
Highlights from your plan
Killary Fjord ©
Killary Fjord
Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm
Joyce Country Sheepdogs ©
Joyce Country Sheepdogs

1
night
Cong

Cong ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Bog Oak Sculpture and then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cong online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Leenane to Cong in an hour. juillet in Cong sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Monk's Fishing House ©
Monk's Fishing House

1
night
Westport

Westport ©
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find maps and tourist information, use the Westport day trip planner.

You can drive from Cong to Westport in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In juillet, daytime highs in Westport are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Ballintubber Abbey
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Ballintubber Abbey
Ballintubber Abbey

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nights
Achill Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): view the masterpieces at The Yellow Lady Design Centre and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Minaun, then enjoy the sand and surf at Keel Beach, and then explore the activities along Keem Bay.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Achill Island travel route app.

You can drive from Westport to Achill Island in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in juillet, 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
Highlights from your plan
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

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night
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): work some fitness into your day at Belleek Castle Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ballina driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Achill Island to Ballina in 1.5 hours. juillet in Ballina sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Ballina

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jackie Clarke Collection ©
Jackie Clarke Collection
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

1
night
Dublin

Dublin ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, then walk around St Stephens Green, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michan's Church.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ballina to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
St. Michan's Church ©
St. Michan's Church

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