15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Ballycastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Westport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Clifden
— 1 night
taxi + ferry:  1​h 45​min
5
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h
6
Galway
— 3 nights
End: Dublin

1
night
Ballycastle

Ballycastle ©
On the 1st (Tue), contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The North Mayo Heritage Centre, see the interesting displays at Jackie Clarke Collection, step into the grandiose world of Belleek Castle Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rosserk Friary, and finally go for a walk through Downpatrick Head.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Ballycastle trip itinerary builder website .

Dublin to Ballycastle is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. October in Ballycastle sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Achill Island.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ballina, Ceide Fields
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Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head
Jackie Clarke Collection ©
Jackie Clarke Collection

3
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, historic sites, beaches, zoos & aquariums, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, make a trip to Deserted Village, get engrossed in the history at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Achill Island route planner.

Getting from Ballycastle to Achill Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ballycastle in October, Achill Island is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach

4
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Change things up with a short trip to Ashford Castle in Cong (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, get in on the family fun at Westport House, examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Achill Island to Westport in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Westport are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Newport Church, Croagh Patrick, Michael Davitt Museum, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Ashford Castle
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island

1
night
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 10th (Thu), experience rural life at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, then look for gifts at Clifden Bookshop, then explore the historical opulence of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally make a trip to Sky Rd.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Clifden vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm ©
Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): hike along The Wormhole, then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, and then contemplate the long history of Dun Aonghasa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain, explore the ancient world of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Inishmore online road trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, daytime highs in Inishmore are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

3
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.
Galway is known for nightlife, historic sites, nature, scenic drive, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, stroll around Eyre Square, make a trip to Quay Street, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galway travel planning website .

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, daytime highs in Galway are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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