25 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

25 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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25 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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.
Visit Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Tobernalt Holy Well for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Benbulben and Glencar Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Sligo side-trips: Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection, Rosserk Friary, & more), Foxford (Michael Davitt Museum & Admiral Brown Centre) and Hennigan's Heritage Centre (in Swinford). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boyle Abbey, pause for some photo ops at W.B.Yeats Statue, and play a few rounds at Enniscrone Golf Club.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco, USA to Sligo is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Sligo. In September, Sligo is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 60°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ballina, Foxford, Boyle Abbey, Enniscrone Golf Club, Drumcliffe Church
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Glencar Lake ©
Glencar Lake
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Hennigan's Heritage Centre ©
Hennigan's Heritage Centre

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galway City Museum and Riverside Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Traught Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan), Cong (Monk's Fishing House & Royal Abbey of Cong) and Gort (Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of The Irish Workhouse Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Galway Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Portumna Castle, and see the interesting displays at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway itinerary website .

Drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Cong, Gort, Portumna, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
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.
Dun Aonghasa and Dun Eoghanachta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to The Wormhole and Kilmurvey Beach. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inishmore online day trip planner .

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 September, daytime highs in Inishmore are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

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

4
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Get some historical perspective at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Glengowla Mines. Escape the urban bustle at Dog's Bay Beach and The Lost Valley. Change things up with these side-trips from Clifden: Aughnanure Castle (in Oughterard) and Killary Fjord (in Leenane). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Renvyle Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel, and try to win big at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Clifden travel planning site .

Getting from Inishmore to Clifden by combination of ferry and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oughterard, Kylemore, Killary Fjord, The Lost Valley, 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre and The Yellow Lady Design Centre. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre and Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre. Explore Achill Island's surroundings by going to Westport (The Great Western Greenway & Drummindoo Stud) and Erris Head Loop Walk (in Belmullet). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Keel Beach, stroll the grounds of Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, don't miss a visit to Deserted Village, and take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Achill Island trip planner .

Traveling by car from Clifden to Achill Island takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Westport, Erris Head Loop Walk
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Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©