12 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Western Ireland trip planner
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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
— 4 nights
Bus to Rossaveel Pier, Ferry to Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
— 1 night
Achill Island
— 1 night
— 3 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Washington


Galway — 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ireland's School of Falconry in Cong (about 48 minutes away). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, don't miss a visit to Galway's Latin Quarter, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Galway is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington to Galway due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in June, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Galway: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
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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 9th (Fri): discover the deep blue sea with Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and then explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inishmore trip planning tool.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. June in Inishmore sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Clifden.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Clifden — 1 night

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): try your luck at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking, make a trip to Sky Road, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Clifden tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Achill Island.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 12th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, then view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery, and then cruise along Atlantic Drive.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Achill Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Achill Island takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Westport.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Westport — 3 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Step out of Westport with an excursion to The Lost Valley in Louisburgh--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through The Great Western Greenway, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport online travel planner.

You can drive from Achill Island to Westport in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.