12 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Milwaukee
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  15 h
1
Galway
— 2 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h
2
Inishmore
— 2 nights
Ferry + Drive:  3 h
3
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Belmullet
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Castlebar
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h 45 min
End: Milwaukee

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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.
Galway is known for nightlife, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, explore the activities along Galway Bay, and take an in-depth tour of Galway City Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Galway trip planning tool.

Milwaukee, USA to Galway is an approximately 15- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral

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Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along The Wormhole, then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, and then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Teampall Chiarain, explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Inishmore trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In April in Inishmore, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Achill Island.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Kilmurvey Beach ©
Kilmurvey Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, then view the masterpieces at Ronan Halpin Gallery, and then take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, then explore the activities along Keem Bay, and then explore the ancient world of Deserted Village.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Achill Island trip builder app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Inishmore to Achill Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In April, daytime highs in Achill Island are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Belmullet.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Deserted Village ©
Deserted Village

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Belmullet

Belmullet ©
Belmullet or Béal an Mhuirthead is a coastal Gaeltacht town with a population of around 1,000 on the Mullet Peninsula in the barony of Erris, County Mayo, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Erris Head Loop Walk, then contemplate the long history of Saint Deirbhle's Church, and then hike along Ceathru Thaidhg.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Belmullet sightseeing planner.

Getting from Achill Island to Belmullet by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Belmullet can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Castlebar.

Things to do in Belmullet

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Erris Head Loop Walk ©
Erris Head Loop Walk
Saint Deirbhle's Church ©
Saint Deirbhle's Church

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Castlebar

Castlebar ©
Castlebar is the county town of County Mayo, Ireland. Change things up with these side-trips from Castlebar: Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina), Aughagower Church (in Westport) and Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Castlebar route planner.

Drive from Belmullet to Castlebar in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Castlebar are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Castlebar

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Cong, Belleek Castle Museum, Michael Davitt Museum, Sky Rd
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd