12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Western Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Edmonton, Canada
Bus + Fly:  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.
Get some cultural insight at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Aughnanure Castle and The Irish Workhouse Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Athenry Castle (in Athenry), Kinvara Harbour (in Kinvara) and Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Wormhole, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Edmonton, Canada to Galway is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Edmonton to Galway due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in April, Galway is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Gort, Aughnanure Castle, Athenry Castle, Kinvara Harbour, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

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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.
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, thendon'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, thenmake 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

Side Trips

Cong, Castlebar, Michael Davitt Museum, Belleek Castle Museum, Croagh Patrick
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Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle

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Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
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, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Strandhill Beach, thencontemplate 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, thendon't miss a visit to Yeats's Grave, thentake 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 Historic Sites

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Glencar Waterfall, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach

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Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
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, thentake 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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. 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

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Causeway Coastal Route, Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, Dunluce Castle
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Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Kinbane Castle ©
Kinbane Castle

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Murlough National Nature Reserve, thenadmire 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 take a 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 Nature Parks

Side Trips

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Castle Ward
Find places to stay Apr 28 — 30:
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Castle Ward ©
Castle Ward
Murlough National Nature Reserve ©
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

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