12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Bus to Calgary, Fly to Dublin, Bus to Galway
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Aughnanure Castle. Take a break from the city and head to The Wormhole and Kinvara Harbour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower), Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre (in Tulsk) and The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk and explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway tour itinerary builder tool.

Edmonton, Canada to Galway is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Galway, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Edmonton in April since evenings lows in Galway dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Westport, Ireland

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 23rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, then don't miss a visit to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then make a trip to Jacks Old Cottage, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Croagh Patrick.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Westport online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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Sligo, Ireland

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Drumcliffe Church, then don't miss a visit to Yeats's Grave, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben, and finally admire the sheer force of Glencar Waterfall.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ballycastle Beach and then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Causeway Coastal Route, step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls, and finally explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bushmills travel planner.

Drive from Sligo to Bushmills in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Bushmills sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Belfast, United Kingdom

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Murlough National Nature Reserve, then admire the striking features of Castle Ward, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast trip planner.

You can drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Belfast, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Western Ireland travel guide

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Landmarks · Nightlife · Gardens
Western Ireland overflows with quaint coastal towns, historical castles, and picturesque rocky landscapes. With big cities like Galway, Cork, and Limerick, the region has the right amount of urban flavor to balance Ireland's rugged west coast. Carpeted green fields end abruptly at the Cliffs of Moher, which draw visitors as a top tourist attraction in the region. The area's Aran Islands, a collection of three small islands, showcase the original language through many native Irish speakers.

Northern Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.