24 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h
2
Achill Island, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Renvyle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Castlebar, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  12​h 15​min
End: Ottawa, Canada

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Dun Aonghasa and St. Caomhan’s Church. Get outdoors at The Wormhole and Kilmurvey Beach. Take a break from Inishmore with a short trip to Plassey Wreck in Inisheer, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), explore the historical opulence of O'Brien's Castle, and look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Inishmore holiday planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Inishmore is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Ottawa in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Inishmore, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inisheer, The Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

3
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.
Visiting Keem Bay and Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Sli Grainne Mhaol and Achill Heritage Centre. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, don't miss a visit to Deserted Village, stop by Alt na Croi Pottery, and view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Achill Island trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Inishmore to Achill Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galway Bay and Ashford Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galway City Museum and Riverside Walk. Venture out of the city with trips to Loughwell Farm Park (in Moycullen), Kinvara (Dungaire Castle & Dunguaire Castle) and Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong). It doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours and kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galway visit planner .

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Renvyle.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cong, Dungaire Castle, Loughwell Farm Park
Highlights from your plan
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay
Kayaking & Canoeing
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong

3
nights
Renvyle, Ireland

Renvyle ©
Visit Dog's Bay Beach and Aillebrack Green Coast Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Killary Sheep Farm and The Lost Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Renvyle: Coral Beach (in Carraroe), Alcock and Brown Landing Site (in Clifden) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Renvyle trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Renvyle takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Castlebar.

Things to do in Renvyle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Clifden, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, The Lost Valley, DK Connemara Oysters, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Highlights from your plan
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)

2
nights
Castlebar, Ireland

Castlebar ©
Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, and then stroll through Croagh Patrick. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, then ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Castlebar journey maker tool .

You can drive from Renvyle to Castlebar in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Castlebar are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Castlebar

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Westport, County Mayo, Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Strandhill Beach and Glencar Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Knocknarea and Tobernalt Holy Well. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina) and Rathcroghan Royal Site (in Tulsk). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall, experience rural life at Atlantic Sheepdogs, take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sligo trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Castlebar to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sligo when traveling from Castlebar in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atlantic Sheepdogs, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Belleek Castle Museum, Glencar Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©

3
nights
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
You'll get in some beach time at Portrush East Strand and Bushfoot Strand. Giant's Causeway and Mussenden Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Derry: Ballintoy Harbour (in Ballintoy) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Bushmills). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columb's Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Derry road trip site .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Derry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bushmills, Portrush East Strand, Mussenden Temple, Ballintoy Harbour
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballycastle Beach and Carrickfergus Castle. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castle Ward and St. Anne's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belfast: Cushendun Village (in Ballymena) and Murlough National Nature Reserve (in Newcastle). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Quarter, take an in-depth tour of Ulster Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crawfordsburn Country Park.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Belfast day trip planning website .

Drive from Derry to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Belfast sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Carrickfergus Castle, Castle Ward, Cushendun Village, Murlough National Nature Reserve, Ballycastle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Murlough National Nature Reserve ©
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Cathedral Quarter ©
Cathedral Quarter

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