10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  14 h
1
Louisburgh
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ballina
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Inishmore
— 1 night
Taxi:  2 h
5
Galway
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Philadelphia

1
day
Louisburgh

Louisburgh ©
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Granuaile Heritage Centre, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at The Lost Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Killadoon Standing Stone.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Louisburgh vacation planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Louisburgh is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Louisburgh, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Killadoon Standing Stone
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The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

2
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud, thenexamine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, thenexplore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Moyne Abbey, thentake in the pleasant sights at Downpatrick Head, and then contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ballina trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Louisburgh to Ballina in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Drummindoo Stud, Michael Davitt Museum, Downpatrick Head, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Ceide Fields
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, thenview the masterpieces at The Yellow Lady Design Centre, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, and finally head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Westport House, thenexplore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and then stroll through The Great Western Greenway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Achill Island itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Ballina to Achill Island with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Westport
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Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre
Keem Bay
Keem Bay
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

1
night
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
On the 2nd (Wed), trek along The Wormhole, stop by Lia Arann, thendelve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, and finally don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Inishmore online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Achill Island to Inishmore in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Trails
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Teampall Bhean'in ©
Teampall Bhean'in

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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.
Step out of Galway with an excursion to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, explore the galleries of Galway Arts Centre, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Inishmore to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©