15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Cairns
+2
Fly + bus + train:  33​h
1
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Achill Island
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  3​h
4
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  1​h 45​min
5
Clifden
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Cairns

2
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and Drumcliffe Church. Take a break from the city and head to Belleek Castle Museum and Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney. Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to Hennigan's Heritage Centre (in Swinford), Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford) and Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection & Rosserk Friary). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben, contemplate the long history of Sligo Abbey, and contemplate the waterfront views at Glencar Lake.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sligo vacation site .

Cairns, Australia to Sligo is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairns to Sligo is minus 10 hours. In April, Sligo is colder than Cairns - with highs of 13°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ballina, Drumcliff, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Michael Davitt Museum
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Hennigan's Heritage Centre ©
Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

2
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 8th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Statue of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, then steep yourself in history at Monk's Fishing House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Abbey of Cong. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Tyrone House, then admire the natural beauty at Coole Park, and then have some family-friendly fun at Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galway online tour planner .

You can drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Sligo in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Cong, Tyrone House, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve
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Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve ©
Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve

2
nights
Achill Island

Achill Island ©
Dramatic rocky cliffs, rolling green hills, and a meandering coastline buffeted by a wild ocean make a trip to Achill Island one of the best opportunities to snapping memorable photos of classic Irish landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Achill Heritage Centre, identify plant and animal life at Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keel Beach, and finally don't miss a visit to Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ronan Halpin Gallery, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, then kick back and relax at Mulranny Strand, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Sli Grainne Mhaol.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Achill Island online road trip planner .

Drive from Galway to Achill Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Achill Island can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mulranny Strand
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Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Achill Heritage Centre ©
Achill Heritage Centre
Ronan Halpin Gallery ©
Ronan Halpin Gallery

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): hike along The Wormhole, then delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach, contemplate the long history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), then don't miss a visit to Teampall Bhean'in, then explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and finally look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Inishmore attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Achill Island to Inishmore in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Inishmore

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Dun Duchathair ©
Dun Duchathair
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta

3
nights
Clifden

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Take a break from the city and head to Dog's Bay Beach and Renvyle Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aughnanure Castle and Killary Fjord. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Clifden: Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane), Glengowla Mines (in Oughterard) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mannin Bay Blueway and look for gifts at O`Dalaigh Jewellers.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Clifden trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Clifden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Leenane, Oughterard, Renvyle Beach, Joyce Country Sheepdogs, Dog's Bay Beach
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Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

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