10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
— 3 nights
Bus to Rossaveel Pier, Ferry to Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Drive to Achill Island
Achill Island
— 1 night
— 4 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo


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.
Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Quay Street, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, walk around Eyre Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Galway online route maker.

Kalamazoo, USA to Galway is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kalamazoo in January: high temperatures in Galway hover around 43°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Inishmore.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): have fun at Inishmore Playground, delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and then identify plant and animal life at Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore road trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Achill Island.
Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Fun & Games
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Achill Island — 1 night

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.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the activities along Keem Bay, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then cruise along Atlantic Drive.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Achill Island trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Inishmore to Achill Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. While traveling from Inishmore, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Achill Island, ranging from highs of 43°F to lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Westport.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Westport — 4 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Ashford Castle (in Cong), Aasleagh Falls (in Aasleagh) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, take in the pleasant sights at Downpatrick Head, steep yourself in history at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Westport vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Achill Island to Westport takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
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Western Ireland travel guide

Nightlife · Landmarks · 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.