8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ballina: Westport (Atlantic Drive on Achill Island & The Great Western Greenway), Ballyshannon and District Museum (in Ballyshannon) and Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Rosserk Friary, and don't miss a visit to Gore Knox Monument.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ballina route planning app.

Dublin to Ballina is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. December in Ballina sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Westport, Ballyshannon and District Museum, Donegal Castle, Michael Davitt Museum, Keem Bay
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Keem Bay
Keem Bay


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 find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), The Woollen Market (in Ennis) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade, and find something for the whole family at Galway City Karting.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway holiday planner.

You can drive from Ballina to Galway in 1.5 hours. January in Galway sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, The Woollen Market, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way