Ireland’s Wild West – 5 Day Self-Drive Tour

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The perfect West Ireland tour

Unlock Ireland’s wild west on this mesmerizing 5 day Ireland tour that explores the true beauty of Ireland’s west coast and its unique history. For many of our guests, five days travelling through the west of Ireland is ideal as they then spend one or two days in Dublin, exploring our incredible capital city by themselves. However, if you’d like a longer, more comprehensive experience, checkout Wild N Happy’s 14-day Ireland tour from Dublin or our 11-day Southern Ireland tour.

Many people come to us because they know even before they visit that Ireland’s best places are off the beaten path. They’re absolutely right and it’s our job as tour guides to ensure our guests experience the real Ireland — the one you won’t find in any of the guide books. On this incredible 5-day Ireland getaway, unravel the Emerald Isle’s unique culture and rich history. Taste our amazing food and drinks, and explore the magnificent landscapes of Inis Mor Island, Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, Westport and Newgrange – a Stone Age (Neolithic) monument that is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Explore this ancient land and head back home with stories to tell for the rest of your life! Check out the rest of our Ireland tours and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The Wild West of Ireland is an experience not to be missed and one that will live long in your heart. 

Why You Will Love This Tour

  • Discover vibrant towns and cities of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coastline
  • Visit the spectacular Inis Mor Island
  • Explore Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey
  • Experience the colourful town of Westport
  • Experience great food and fun traditional music nights

Start Location

At your desired car hire location e.g. Dublin airport.

Finish Location

At your desired car hire location e.g. Dublin airport.

Departure Day(s)


Departure Time(s)

2:00 pm – Recommended departure time. Setting off early is always recommended, but this is a self-drive tour, so you can leave when it suits you.


  • Professionally designed and easy to follow daily itineraries
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast each day
  • Daily recommendations for food, entertainment and additional activity experiences
  • 24/7 support service so no matter where you are or what time of the day it is we are just a call away to help you.
  • All entrance fees to national parks outlined in your itinerary
  • Aran Island Ferry - to and from Inis Mor Island
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens
  • Newgrange

Not Included

Tour Highlights

Day 1:Dublin to Galway

From Dublin’s fair city, you set your compasses due west, making your way through the lush midlands of Ireland in search of the wild Atlantic coastline and the Bohemian city of Ireland, Galway.

Take the opportunity to explore and wander its bustling streets, sample its famed culinary delights and traditional music scene.

Day 2:Inis Mor Island (Aran Islands)

Jump from mainland Ireland to one of its most renowned island, Inis Mór, meaning big island. It is the largest of three islands that make up the Aran Islands.

Once you arrive on its limestone shores, you can either explore the island by foot, bicycle or jaunting cart, in which you can experience the island’s magnificent landscape of rocky fields, wild Ocean views and incredible monuments of Christian, pre-Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. Take in a visit to one of the most famous of them, Dún Aonghasa, which is a breath-taking fort that was built on a high cliff some 100 metres above sea level.

That afternoon, make your way back to mainland Ireland before heading due west to the colourful coastal town of Clifden, where you can sample its famous culinary delights and traditional music nights.

Day 3:Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey

Today’s adventure brings you to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Explore these majestic destinations, full of colourful scenery and wonderful history.

In Connemara National Park, take the opportunity to hike to the top Diamond Hill before heading to Kylemore Abbey for a bite to eat and time to explore its incredible history and unique gardens.

Later that afternoon, commence your journey northwards passing Killary harbour and secluded picturesque lakes that line your path to the colourful town of Westport. That evening, experience this vibrant towns legendary musical talent and culinary exploits.

Day 4:Discover Westport

You have the day to either relax, explore or take an adventure in picturesque Westport. It is famous for Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain and Clew Bay, which has an island for everyday of the year.

Westport is rich in historical areas of interest and a great traditional music scene. Be sure to experience it!!

Day 5:Westport to Dublin via Newgrange

In the morning, we depart the beautiful coastal setting of Westport and head east through the heartlands of Ireland towards Dublin’s fair city.
As we meander through Ireland’s midlands, we will pass through quaint villages and lush green fields that dot this picturesque landscape before arriving at one of Ireland’s most unique and special locations, Newgrange.
This magnificent Stone Age (Neolithic) monument is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East and was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Take the opportunity to explore this unique monument before we head south to Dublin and our journey’s end, where we bid a fond farewell with happy memories that will last forever. Remember, Ireland is now your second home away from home!