8 days in County Galway Itinerary

8 days in County Galway Itinerary

Created using Inspirock County Galway planner

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Galway
— 3 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 2 nights
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Leenane
— 2 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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Galway

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Irish Workhouse Centre and Glengowla Mines. Venture out of the city with trips to Dog's Bay Beach (in Roundstone), O`Dalaigh Jewellers (in Clifden) and Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Salthill Beaches, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Galway Atlantaquaria, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galway road trip planning tool.

London, UK to Galway is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from London in July, expect Galway to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Teampall Chiarain, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and then see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inishmore route planning site.

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 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Leenane.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Leenane

— 2 nights
Leenaun, also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. On the 9th (Fri), examine the collection at The Sheep and Wool Centre, then relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Connemara Seaweed Baths and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inishmore to Leenane. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leenane

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

County Galway travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
County Galway sits in the middle of the country on the western coast. With its lively eponymous city, small traditional Irish villages, and stunning countryside, it offers a varied landscape and culture. Galway City exudes energy as a university town, with pubs on every corner and events and festivals happening year-round. The county has successfully kept the Irish language alive with about 30,000-40,000 Irish speakers, of whom nearly 24,000 are native Irish speakers. Venture outside of the main city to the Aran Islands to discover an Ireland lost in time.