West Coast Tour 3 Days
Day 1 Shannon - Galway 164 kms, 102 miles
Fly into Shannon and take a fly-drive tour of the area, then head up and explore more of the West. From Shannon, take the R472 and follow the signs for Galway and Limerick. Limerick is a largely Georgian city superimposed on an older town on the banks of the River Shannon. Find time for a short tour of the Castle, the Museum and Art Gallery, before taking the N18 north west into County Clare past Bunratty Castle to Newmarket-on-Fergus. Here a halt at Dromoland Castle, with its golf course, health club and excellent accommodation and food, makes the perfect overnight stop if you?re in the mood to spoil yourelf.
Continue along the N18 and at Ennis head west along the back road to Ennistymon and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, which drop 200m/600ft to the Atlantic. From here you?re only a short drive away from the Burren, a vast expanse of naked grey landscape which harbours superb wild flowers and hundres of ancient monuments. Rejoin the N18 at Kilcolgan and you?re left with an easy run into Galway city, the most thriving and lively community on the west coast and a good jumping off point for exploring the scenic splendour of County Mayo.
Day 2 Galway - Westport 196 kms, 122 miles
Start your tour from the city of Galway. Your tour of Connemara brings you by Spiddal, Costelloe, Screeb, Gortmore, Carna, Toombeola, Ballynahinch and Glendollagh. Alternatively, travel northwest of Galway to the pretty village of Oughterard, with views of Lough Corrib along the way, continuing through the rugged countryside of Connemara to Clifden. From Clifden, continue northwards to Tullycross and on to Leenane, at the head of Killary Harbour. Drive northwards through the mountains to Louisburgh, in the shadow of Croagh Patrick. Alternatively you can get from Leen? to Westport through Joyce country, taking you to Maam, Cong, Ballinrobe, Partry, and Ballintubber. However you choose to get there, try to spend some time in Westport.
Day 3 Westport - Galway 280 kms, 175 miles
The following day explore Achill Island, taking the road to Newport, Mulrany, through Curraun Peninsula, Achill Sound and on to Keel and Dooagh. Return to Mulrany and take the road north-wards to Bangor Erris, then to Crossmolina before turning south for Pontoon, with views of Lough Conn. Return to Galway by Castlebar, Claremorris and Tuam.