30 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

30 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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30 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  31​h
1
Sligo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Castlebar
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kylemore
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Belmullet
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Achill Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Ferry:  3​h
6
Inishmore
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h
7
Galway
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Ballina (Rosserk Friary, Mount Falcon Estate, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Sligo Golf Academy & Activity Farm, relax in the rural setting at Atlantic Sheepdogs, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sligo online trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Sligo is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Sligo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sligo, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Castlebar.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballina, Atlantic Sheepdogs, Rosses Point Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Mount Falcon Estate ©
Mount Falcon Estate
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

4
nights
Castlebar

Castlebar ©
Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. Take a break from Castlebar with a short trip to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island in Westport, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through The Great Western Greenway, explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Castlebar itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Castlebar takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Castlebar are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kylemore.

Things to do in Castlebar

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, County Mayo, Michael Davitt Museum
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

1
night
Kylemore

Kylemore ©
Established on the same grounds as Kylemore Castle, Kylemore Abbey monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine nuns who escaped from Belgium during World War I.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): make a trip to Sky Rd, experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kylemore road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Castlebar to Kylemore takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Belmullet.

Things to do in Kylemore

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sky Rd, Killary Sheep Farm
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Killary Sheep Farm ©
Killary Sheep Farm

4
nights
Belmullet

Belmullet ©
Belmullet or Béal an Mhuirthead is a coastal Gaeltacht town with a population of around 1,000 on the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, County Mayo, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle) and Ballycroy National Park (in Ballycroy). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ceide Fields, trek along Cross Beach Loop Walk, stroll through Ceathru Thaidhg, and go for a walk through Carrowteige Loop Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Belmullet road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kylemore to Belmullet takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Belmullet can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Belmullet

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Downpatrick Head, Ceide Fields, Carrowteige Loop Walk
Highlights from your plan
Erris Head Loop Walk ©
Erris Head Loop Walk
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head

4
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.
Achill Island is known for nature, beaches, adventure, wildlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Keem Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Achill Experience, and take an in-depth tour of Achill Heritage Centre.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Achill Island online visit planner .

You can drive from Belmullet to Achill Island in 1.5 hours. October in Achill Island sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

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

3
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.
Inishmore is known for historic sites, trails, outdoors, beaches, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Inishmore trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Inishmore are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

7
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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cong (Glebe Stone Circles, Ashford Castle, & more). On the 18th (Thu), spend a cool day on the water with Charter Ireland. There's much more to do: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, and make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner .

Getting from Inishmore to Galway by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Cong
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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