15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

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15 days in Western Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Sligo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Portumna
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Galway
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Achill Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Westport
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Rosses Point, stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben.

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London, UK to Sligo is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Sligo, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Portumna.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parke's Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Yeats's Grave, Mullaghmore Coast
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Glencar Lake ©
Glencar Lake
Benbulben ©
Benbulben
Rosses Point ©
Rosses Point

1
night
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 11th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Portumna Friary, explore the historical opulence of Portumna Castle, then stroll through Portumna Forest Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Irish Workhouse Centre.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portumna trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Sligo to Portumna in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Portumna

Historic Sites Parks
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Portumna Castle ©
Portumna Castle
Portumna Forest Park ©
Portumna Forest Park

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park and Salthill Beaches. Step off the beaten path and head to Loughwell Farm Park and The Wormhole. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Oughterard (Aughnanure Castle & Glengowla Mines) and Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe (in Kinvara). There's much more to do: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, make a trip to Eyre Square, and head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway route planner .

Drive from Portumna to Galway in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Achill Island.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Oughterard, Turoe Pet Farm and Leisure Park, Burren Nature Sanctuary, The Wormhole, Loughwell Farm Park
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Burren Nature Sanctuary ©
Burren Nature Sanctuary
Loughwell Farm Park ©
Loughwell Farm Park
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Keem Bay and Deserted Village. Attractions like Keel Beach and Mulranny Strand make great kid-friendly stops. When in Achill Island, make a side trip to see Gateway Leisure in Belmullet, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Achill Experience, Aquarium & Visitor Centre, make a trip to Kildownet Old Cemetery Headstones, hike along Woodland Faerie Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park.

For reviews and more tourist information, use the Achill Island travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Achill Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Achill Island sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Westport.

Things to do in Achill Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mulranny Strand, Gateway Leisure
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Keel Beach ©
Keel Beach
Mulranny Strand ©
Mulranny Strand
Gateway Leisure ©
Gateway Leisure

4
nights
Westport

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kids will enjoy Dog's Bay Beach and Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park. Explore hidden gems such as Drummindoo Stud and Ballycroy National Park. Explore Westport's surroundings by going to Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong), Killary Sheep Farm (in Leenane) and Joyce Country Sheepdogs (in Shanafaraghaun). And it doesn't end there: explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Westport trip builder .

You can drive from Achill Island to Westport in an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Killary Sheep Farm, Michael Davitt Museum, Royal Abbey of Cong, Ballintubber Abbey, Dog's Bay Beach
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Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©

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