25 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  17 h
1
Sligo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galway
— 6 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2 h
3
Inishmore
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
4
Clifden
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Achill Island
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Let the collections at Michael Davitt Museum and Hennigan's Heritage Centre capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Sligo Abbey. Venture out of the city with trips to Enniscrone Golf Club (in Enniscrone), Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection, Rosserk Friary, &more) and Admiral Brown Centre (in Foxford). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben, take in the spiritual surroundings of Drumcliffe Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Glencar Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo trip itinerary planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Sligo is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Sligo is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Sligo at 60°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ballina, Foxford, Enniscrone Golf Club, Drumcliffe Church, Boyle Abbey
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Jackie Clarke Collection ©
Jackie Clarke Collection
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum

6
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Galway City Museum and Galway Crafts and Collectables. Get a sense of the local culture at Salthill Promenade and National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Cong (Monk's Fishing House & Royal Abbey of Cong), Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan) and Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of The Irish Workhouse Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Traught Beach, stroll through Salthill Beaches, and cruise along Wild Atlantic Way.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galway online day trip planner.

Getting from Sligo to Galway by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cong, Portumna, Gort, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Tyrone House
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Wormhole and Dun Duchathair. Dun Aonghasa and Dun Eoghanachta will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kilmurvey Beach, don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

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You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Inishmore sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) ©
Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches)
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole

4
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Glengowla Mines. Visit Dog's Bay Beach and Renvyle Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Clifden: Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard), Killary Fjord (in Leenane) and The Lost Valley (in Silver Strand). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel and catch the contagious excitement of The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Clifden trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kylemore, Oughterard, Renvyle Beach, Killary Fjord, Dog's Bay Beach
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Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

5
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.
Let the collections at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre and The Yellow Lady Design Centre capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre and Keel Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Achill Island: Erris Head Loop Walk (in Belmullet) and Westport (The Great Western Greenway, Drummindoo Stud, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Deserted Village, head outdoors with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Achill Island trip builder.

You can drive from Clifden to Achill Island in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Erris Head Loop Walk
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Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre ©
Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre
Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre