10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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10 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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

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day
Louisburgh

Louisburgh ©
Louisburgh is a small town on the southwest corner of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland. On the 28th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Granuaile Heritage Centre, identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley, and then take a memorable drive along Killadoon Standing Stone.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisburgh trip planning site .

Philadelphia, USA to Louisburgh is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Philadelphia to Louisburgh, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in August, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Louisburgh: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Louisburgh

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): examine the collection at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, stroll through Drummindoo Stud, then examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Moyne Abbey, make a trip to Downpatrick Head, and then contemplate the long history of Ceide Fields.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ballina day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Louisburgh to Ballina takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ballina can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Achill Island.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

Drummindoo Stud, Michael Davitt Museum, Downpatrick Head, Moyne Abbey, Ceide Fields
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head

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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.
On the 31st (Mon), stroll the grounds of Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, then view the masterpieces at The Yellow Lady Design Centre, then explore the activities along Keem Bay, and finally cruise along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Westport House, ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Achill Island trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Ballina to Achill Island in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Westport
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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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, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, and finally don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inishmore day trip site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; 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

Trails Parks Outdoors
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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 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, let little ones run wild at South Park, and explore the world behind art at Galway Arts Centre.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Galway day trip tool .

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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