8 days in Galway & Inishmore Itinerary

8 days in Galway & Inishmore Itinerary

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8 days in Galway & Inishmore Itinerary

Start: Galway
— 4 nights
Taxi + Ferry:  2​h
— 3 nights
Ferry + Taxi:  2​h
End: 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Museum-lovers will appreciate Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and The Quiet Man Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus), Dunguaire Castle (in Kinvara) and Quin Abbey (in Quin). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Poulnabrone Dolmen, pause for some photo ops at Galway City Museum, make a trip to Croagh Patrick, and explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Galway online trip maker .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. In August, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Athlone, Quin Abbey, Croagh Patrick, Dromoland Castle
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Quin Abbey ©
Quin Abbey
Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum ©


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 10th (Fri): stroll through The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and then explore the ancient world of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches). On the next day, stop by Aran Sweater Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kilmurvey Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Inishmore road trip planning website .

Do a combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa