15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  12​h 45​min
1
Portumna
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Galway
— 3 nights
taxi + ferry:  2​h
3
Inishmore
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Westport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sligo
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Newark

1
day
Portumna

Portumna ©
Portumna is a market town in the south-east of County Galway, Ireland, on the border with and linked by a bridge to County Tipperary. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Portumna Friary, step into the grandiose world of Portumna Castle, then stroll through Portumna Forest Park, and finally admire the striking features of The Irish Workhouse Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Portumna tour planner.

Newark, USA to Portumna is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Portumna. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in June: high temperatures in Portumna hover around 64°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Portumna

Historic Sites Parks
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Portumna Castle ©
Portumna Castle
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Portumna Friary ©
Portumna Friary

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aughnanure Castle and Salthill Beaches. Popular historic sites such as Riverside Walk and Claregalway Castle are in your itinerary. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan), Glengowla Mines (in Oughterard) and Coole Park (in Gort). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in nature's colorful creations at Brigit's Garden, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kirwan's Lane.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway vacation maker .

You can drive from Portumna to Galway in an hour. June in Galway sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Oughterard, Claregalway Castle, Tyrone House, Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve, Brigit's Garden & Cafe
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle

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.
On the 21st (Fri), trek along The Wormhole, explore the ancient world of Dun Duchathair, and then delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Dun Eochla, make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market, then stroll through Kilmurvey Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches).

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Inishmore online itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, daytime highs in Inishmore are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Inishmore

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

3
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Visit Dog's Bay Beach and Keel Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Abbey of Cong and Monk's Fishing House. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Renvyle Beach (in Renvyle), Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane) and Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Westport trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Inishmore to Westport takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Cong, Michael Davitt Museum, Belleek Castle Museum, Killary Sheep Farm, Ballintubber Abbey
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Royal Abbey of Cong ©
Royal Abbey of Cong
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum

5
nights
Sligo

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre and National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yeats's Grave and Drumcliffe Church. Get out of town with these interesting Sligo side-trips: Enniscrone Golf Club (in Enniscrone) and Boyle Abbey (in Boyle). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, steep yourself in history at Tobernalt Holy Well, explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery, and explore the historical opulence of Parke's Castle.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sligo road trip planning website .

Drive from Westport to Sligo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Westport in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sligo, with lows around 55°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Mullaghmore Coast, Parke's Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Enniscrone Golf Club
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Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

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