18 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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18 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + bus:  15​h 15​min
1
Galway
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Roundstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Westport
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
5
Inishmore
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + taxi + bus:  7​h
6
Sligo
— 3 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

3
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fanore Beach and Salthill Beaches. Museum-lovers will appreciate Galway City Museum and Galway Arts Centre. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to The Clare Museum (in Ennis), Craggaunowen (in Sixmilebridge) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Burren Perfumery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square, view the masterpieces at Lynch's Castle, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Galway Crafts and Collectables.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galway tour itinerary builder tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Galway is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Vancouver to Galway, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in August, things will get slightly colder in Galway: highs are around 19°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Roundstone.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Burren Perfumery, Craggaunowen, Dromoland Castle, The Clare Museum, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

1
night
Roundstone

Roundstone ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): shop like a local with Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Roundstone Ceramics, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Roundstone trip builder site .

You can drive from Galway to Roundstone in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Roundstone

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Joyce's Craft Shop and Art Gallery
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Roundstone Ceramics ©
Roundstone Ceramics
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

5
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Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Visiting Belleek Castle Museum and Drummindoo Stud will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and The Quay Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cong (Monk's Fishing House, Bog Oak Sculpture, & more), Belmullet (Cross Beach Loop Walk & Carne Golf Links) and Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre (in Foxford). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Great Western Greenway, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum.

Start your trip to Westport by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Roundstone to Westport in 1.5 hours. In September in Westport, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cong, Belmullet, Foxford, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Belleek Castle Museum
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Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

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.
On the 10th (Tue), kick back and relax at Keel Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, shop like a local with Ronan Halpin Gallery, stop by Alt na Croi Pottery, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, and finally go for a walk through Sli Grainne Mhaol.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Achill Island road trip website .

Traveling by car from Westport to Achill Island takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Nature Beaches
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Keem Bay
Keem Bay
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Ronan Halpin Gallery ©
Ronan Halpin Gallery

2
nights
Inishmore

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, and finally contemplate the long history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches). On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Aran Sweater Market, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, and then explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inishmore trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Duchathair ©
Dun Duchathair
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea, contemplate the long history of Lissadell House, and then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, and then don't miss a visit to Sligo Abbey.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sligo trip maker site .

Getting from Inishmore to Sligo by combination of ferry and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. In September in Sligo, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Donegal Town
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Lissadell House ©
Lissadell House
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

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