8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin
+2
train + taxi + ferry:  5​h
1
Inishmore
— 1 day
ferry + taxi:  2​h
2
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Westport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sligo
— 2 nights
End: Dublin

1
day
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 8th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, then delve into the distant past at Dun Aonghasa, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta, and finally delve into the distant past at Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inishmore trip itinerary builder app .

Dublin to Inishmore is an approximately 5-hour combination of train and ferry. You can also do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites
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Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Tyrone House, steep yourself in history at Coole Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Galway in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Galway, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Aughnanure Castle, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Coole Park Nature Reserve, Tyrone House
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve

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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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, then view the masterpieces at The Quay Gallery, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Belleek Castle Museum, examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, then contemplate the long history of Royal Abbey of Cong, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, and finally ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Westport itinerary planner .

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Cong, Belleek Castle, Michael Davitt Museum
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Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Belleek Castle ©
Belleek Castle

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Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 13th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Drumcliffe Church, make a trip to Yeats's Grave, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and finally steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tobernalt Holy Well, then explore the historical opulence of Parke's Castle, and then explore the activities along Glencar Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sligo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Sligo, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumcliff, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Benbulben ©
Benbulben
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church