5 days in County Clare & Galway Itinerary

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Burren National Park
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— 2 nights
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Burren National Park — 1 day

The Burren National Park, located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren, Co Clare is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll around Coole Park Nature Reserve, then identify plant and animal life at Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe, and then explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Burren National Park road trip app.

Dublin to Burren National Park is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In August in Burren National Park, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Ballyvaughan.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
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Ballyvaughan — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Caher Bridge Garden, then head outdoors with Backwest Adventures, and finally get engrossed in the history at Burren Exposure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): get insight into ancient worlds with Burren Hills Walk, explore the historical opulence of Newtown Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, and finally trek along Hag's Head.

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Ballyvaughan is just a short distance from Burren National Park. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway — 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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 25th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Glengowla Mines & Family Farm Experience, steep yourself in history at Aughnanure Castle, and then learn something new at JT Equestrian. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Hillwalk Tours.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Galway attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ballyvaughan to Galway takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.
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County Clare travel guide

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Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.