15 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Westport
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Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland

— 4 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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cong (The Quiet Man Museum, Ireland's School of Falconry, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and walk around Eyre Square.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Galway visit planning tool.

Fort Lauderdale, USA to Galway is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Galway. In September, Galway is cooler than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 59°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Inishmore, Ireland

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Lia Arann, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, and finally see some colorful creatures with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Teampall Chiarain, 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).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Inishmore travel route builder website.

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Inishmore sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Westport, Ireland

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore), Cottage Handcrafts (in Moyard) and Sky Rd (in Clifden). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields, get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, step into the grandiose world of Belleek Castle Museum, and examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Westport journey planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, and finally admire the sheer force of Dunseverick Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and then head outdoors with The Dark Hedges.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bushmills tour planner.

Drive from Westport to Bushmills in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Bushmills are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
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.
Belfast is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's Church, see the interesting displays at HMS Caroline, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Belfast road trip website.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Belfast are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Western Ireland travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.