10 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast Itinerary

10 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast Itinerary

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Fly
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cong, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monaghan, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Dublinia, then get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, then admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, and finally take a stroll through Temple Bar. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, then see the interesting displays at GPO Museum, and finally examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Dublin. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cong.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Cong, Ireland

You've now added Ireland's School of Falconry to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, stroll through The Cong Heritage Trail, then explore the ancient world of Abbaye de Cong, then take a memorable tour with Ireland's School of Falconry, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cong trip builder site.

Getting from Dublin to Cong by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Cong sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Cong

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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Donegal Town, Ireland

Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop, then see the interesting displays at Ballyshannon and District Museum, then make a splash at Bundoran Waterworld, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Famine Graveyard.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Donegal Town trip builder app.

Drive from Cong to Donegal Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Donegal Town sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

1
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Ballycastle, United Kingdom

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ballycastle trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Donegal Town to Ballycastle in 2.5 hours. You will leave for Belfast on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

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Belfast, United Kingdom

A city with character, Belfast remains a great place for a leisurely exploration, as it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists, who usually opt to visit Dublin instead.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, then admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Irish Republican History Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Grey Point Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Cultra Manor, and finally examine the collection at SS Nomadic.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ballycastle to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Monaghan.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Monaghan, Ireland

Monaghan is the county town of County Monaghan, Ireland. You'll explore and learn at Cavan County Museum and Monaghan County Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Loughcrew Cairns and Cuchulainn's Stone. Change things up with these side-trips from Monaghan: Cavan Cathedral (in Cavan), Ardee (Ardee Castle & Hatch's Castle) and Castle Roche (in Dundalk). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Church and trot along with Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre Limited.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monaghan itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Monaghan takes 1.5 hours. August in Monaghan sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monaghan

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.