8 days in County Galway, Westport & County Clare Itinerary

8 days in County Galway, Westport & County Clare Itinerary

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8 days in County Galway, Westport & County Clare Itinerary

Start: Dublin
1
Galway
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Westport
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h 15​min
3
Inishmore
— 1 night
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Ballyvaughan
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Ennis
— 2 nights
End: Dublin

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, then don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Dublin to Galway is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dublin in July: highs in Galway hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, then don't miss a visit to The Coffin Ship, and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Westport House, then explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Westport trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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night
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 26th (Fri): stroll through The Wormhole, don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inishmore trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Westport to Inishmore in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Inishmore sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ballyvaughan.

Things to do in Inishmore

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Teampall Bhean'in ©
Teampall Bhean'in

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Ballyvaughan

Ballyvaughan ©
Nestled between the coast of Galway Bay and the hills of the Burren, the small, scenic harbor village of Ballyvaughan serves as a hub for exploring the region.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, then steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ballyvaughan trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Ballyvaughan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Ballyvaughan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Ballyvaughan

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

County Clare
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Poulnabrone Dolmen ©
Poulnabrone Dolmen

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nights
Ennis

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quin Abbey, and then stroll around Burren National Park. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Kilkee Cliff Walk, then step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Ennis online route builder .

Getting from Ballyvaughan to Ennis by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Ennis

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren National Park, Scattery Island, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkee Cliff Walk
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

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