15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  29​h
1
Sligo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Clifden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Galway
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  28​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sligo Abbey and Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Parke's Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle), Enniscrone Golf Club (in Enniscrone) and Boyle Abbey (in Boyle). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Drumcliffe Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tobernalt Holy Well, and stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

Plan trip to Sligo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Melbourne, Australia to Sligo is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Melbourne to Sligo. Traveling from Melbourne in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Sligo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Enniscrone Golf Club, Costello Memorial Chapel, Downpatrick Head, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery ©
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Belleek Castle Museum and Deserted Village will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Michael Davitt Museum and Jackie Clarke Collection. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand), Keel Beach (in Achill Island) and Cong (The Quiet Cailin Studios & Monk's Fishing House). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Joyce Country Sheepdogs, take in the exciting artwork at The Quay Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Westport trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Westport when traveling from Sligo in August, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Achill Island, Cong, Ballintubber Abbey, Michael Davitt Museum
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Belleek Castle ©
Belleek Castle
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Monk's Fishing House ©
Monk's Fishing House

2
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 23rd (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach, then steep yourself in history at Glengowla Mines, and then contemplate the long history of Aughnanure Castle. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, then get a taste of the local shopping with Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, and finally try to win big at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Clifden road trip website .

You can drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Oughterard, Killary Sheep Farm, Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, Dog's Bay Beach, Gothic Chapel
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Royal Abbey of Cong and National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Riverside Walk and Kilmacduagh Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Killursa Church (in Headford), Portumna (Portumna Castle & The Irish Workhouse Centre) and Gort (Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum & Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kirwan's Lane, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches, and step into the grandiose world of Athenry Castle.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galway driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Clifden to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gort, Portumna, Athenry Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Killursa Church
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Portumna Castle ©
Portumna Castle
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

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