15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Sligo
— 1 night
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Achill Island
— 2 nights
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Westport
— 3 nights
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Clifden
— 2 nights
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Inishmore
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Inisheer
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Galway
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Sligo — 1 night

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): examine the collection at Railway Museum & Railway Memorabilia, explore the ancient world of Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, and then go deep underground at Arigna Mining Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stop by The Woollen Market, try to win big at Sligo Races, and then don't miss a visit to Mullaghmore Coast.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sligo travel planner.

Dublin to Sligo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Achill Island.
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Achill Island — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): make a trip to Deserted Village, then contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at IrishAmerican Whiskeys, and then kick back and relax at Belmullet Tidal Pool.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Achill Island trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Achill Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in December, Achill Island is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Westport.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Ballina (Belleek Castle Museum & Jackie Clarke Collection) and Foxford Woollen Mills (in Foxford). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud, tour the pleasant surroundings at Westport House, and sample the tasty concoctions at Mescan Brewery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Achill Island to Westport in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Clifden.
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Clifden — 2 nights

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Diamond Hill, then stroll through Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then experience rural life at Killary Sheep Farm. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Derrigimlagh, then make a trip to Sky Road, then stop by O`Dalaigh Jewellers, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Connemara Seaweed Baths.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Clifden itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Clifden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Inishmore.
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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.
On the 10th (Sat), go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, let little ones run wild at Inishmore Playground, then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and finally look for gifts at Lia Arann.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Clifden to Inishmore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inisheer.
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Inisheer — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the ancient world of St. Caomhan’s Church, then relax and rejuvenate at Aran Seaweed Baths and Spa, and then don't miss a visit to Plassey Wreck.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Inisheer vacation planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inishmore to Inisheer. December in Inisheer sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.
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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.
Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cong (The Quiet Man Museum, Ireland's School of Falconry, &more). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay, and stroll around Eyre Square.

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Explore your travel options from Inisheer to Galway with the Route module. Traveling from Inisheer in December, you will find days in Galway are slightly colder (8°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.
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Western Ireland travel guide

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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.
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