15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + Bus + 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Drumcliffe Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sligo Abbey and Tobernalt Holy Well. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Enniscrone Golf Club (in Enniscrone), Boyle Abbey (in Boyle) and Downpatrick Head (in Ballycastle). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery, take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, don't miss a visit to Yeats's Grave, and explore the historical opulence of Parke's Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sligo trip builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Sligo is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sligo, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Carrick-on-Shannon, Mullaghmore Coast, Enniscrone Golf Club, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery ©
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery

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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 Jackie Clarke Collection are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Keel Beach and Michael Davitt Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Westport: Cong (The Quiet Cailin Studios & Monk's Fishing House), Deserted Village (in Achill Island) and The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, explore the galleries of The Quay Gallery, and relax in the rural setting at Joyce Country Sheepdogs.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Westport trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Westport, with lows of 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballina, Cong, Achill Island, Michael Davitt Museum, The Lost Valley
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Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Dog's Bay Beach, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Glengowla Mines, and then explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, relax in the rural setting at Killary Sheep Farm, then explore the galleries of Fionnghlas Thiar Gallery & Studio, and finally bet on a winner at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Clifden driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Clifden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Visit Royal Abbey of Cong and The Irish Workhouse Centre for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and Coole Park Nature Reserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Gort (Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum & Kilmacduagh Tower), Portumna Castle (in Portumna) and Killursa Church (in Headford). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Kirwan's Lane, explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle, and enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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