8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Drive
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Galway
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
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Clifden
— 1 night
Drive
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Galway

— 2 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.
Kids will enjoy Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Salthill Promenade. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, walk around Eyre Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Galway Cathedral, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Galway Atlantaquaria.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Galway itinerary planning website.

Dublin to Galway is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Inishmore

— 1 night
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 19th (Thu): 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.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inishmore tour app.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Clifden

— 1 night
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 20th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Rd.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Clifden visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Clifden

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Westport

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House and Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. Take a break from Westport with a short trip to Keem Bay in Dooagh, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, admire the natural beauty at Westport House, and take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Westport online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Western Ireland travel guide

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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.