9 days in County Galway Itinerary

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Fly to Dublin Airport, Drive to Galway
— 4 nights
Bus to Rossaveel Pier, Ferry to Inishmore
— 1 night
Ferry to Ros a' Mhíl, Taxi to Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive to Dublin Airport, Fly to Des Moines


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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard) and Spiddal Pier (in Spiddal). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. The adventure continues: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, get curious at James Mitchell Geology Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galway day trip planning site.

Des Moines, USA to Galway is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Des Moines to Galway due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Des Moines in December; daily highs in Galway reach 45°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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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 26th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, have fun at Inishmore Playground, then look for gifts at Lia Arann, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, 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 December, daytime highs in Inishmore are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Clifden.
Outdoors · Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 27th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Sky Road.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Clifden trip planning app.

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. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).
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County Galway travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
County Galway sits in the middle of the country on the western coast. With its lively eponymous city, small traditional Irish villages, and stunning countryside, it offers a varied landscape and culture. Galway City exudes energy as a university town, with pubs on every corner and events and festivals happening year-round. The county has successfully kept the Irish language alive with about 30,000-40,000 Irish speakers, of whom nearly 24,000 are native Irish speakers. Venture outside of the main city to the Aran Islands to discover an Ireland lost in time.