12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

2
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and The Irish Workhouse Centre. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Aughnanure Castle and Coole Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara) and Kilmacduagh Tower (in Gort). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, step into the grandiose world of Athenry Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Galway attractions planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Galway is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 7 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Galway when traveling from Edmonton in April, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gort, The Irish Workhouse Centre, The Wormhole, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, Kinvara Harbour
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle, steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, then contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, then make a trip to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Belleek Castle Museum, examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, then get a taste of life in the country at Jacks Old Cottage, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Croagh Patrick.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport holiday planner.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April in Westport, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Cong, Castlebar, Belleek Castle Museum, Michael Davitt Museum, Croagh Patrick
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Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Croagh Patrick ©
Croagh Patrick

2
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 25th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, 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 stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, then take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glencar Waterfall.

Plan trip to Sligo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Westport to Sligo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Glencar Waterfall, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Yeats's Grave ©
Yeats's Grave

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nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballycastle Beach, explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mussenden Temple, get outside with Causeway Coastal Route, then step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, then admire the sheer force of Dunseverick Falls, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bushmills itinerary planner .

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

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Portrush, Mussenden Temple
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mussenden Temple ©
Mussenden Temple

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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Murlough National Nature Reserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Ward, and then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary maker tool .

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

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castle Ward, Murlough National Nature Reserve
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Castle Ward ©
Castle Ward
Murlough National Nature Reserve ©
Murlough National Nature Reserve

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