11 days in Northern Ireland & County Donegal Itinerary

11 days in Northern Ireland & County Donegal Itinerary

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11 days in Northern Ireland & County Donegal Itinerary

Start: Lyon, France
+3
Tram + Fly + Shuttle + Train:  8​h 30​min
1
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Buncrana, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dunfanaghy, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Carrick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Fly + Tram:  5​h 30​min
End: Lyon, France

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 14th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Dunseverick Castle, make a trip to Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Railway, play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club, then cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, then stroll through Ballycastle Beach, and finally make a trip to The Bogside Artists.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Bushmills trip tool .

Lyon, France to Bushmills is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of tram, flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Bushmills. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lyon in August; daily highs in Bushmills reach 21°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Causeway Coastal Route, The Bogside Artists
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

2
nights
Buncrana, Ireland

Buncrana
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. On the 16th (Fri), make a trip to Malin Head, then steep yourself in history at Doagh Famine village, then learn about all things military at Fort Dunree Military Museum, and finally get lost in a book at Free Wee Library. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Grianan Of Aileach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lisfannon Strand, then head outdoors with Mamore Gap, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glenevin Waterfall.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Buncrana travel route builder site .

You can drive from Bushmills to Buncrana in 1.5 hours. August in Buncrana sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Buncrana

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

County Donegal, Clonmany
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Mamore Gap
Mamore Gap
Malin Head ©
Malin Head
Fort Dunree Military Museum ©
Fort Dunree Military Museum

2
nights
Dunfanaghy, Ireland

Dunfanaghy ©
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Marble Hill Strand, take in the dramatic natural features at Horn Head, contemplate the waterfront views at Dunfanaghy Bay, then make a trip to Hornhead Loop, and finally view the masterpieces at The Art House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Jaws Watersports, contemplate the long history of The Workhouse, then don't miss a visit to The Gallery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mount Errigal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dunfanaghy trip planner .

Traveling by car from Buncrana to Dunfanaghy takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carrick.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mount Errigal
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The Art House Art Gallery ©
The Art House Art Gallery
Mount Errigal ©
Mount Errigal
Horn Head ©
Horn Head

1
night
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stop by Studio Donegal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Slieve League, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cliffs of Bunglas, Slieve League, and finally contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Carrick trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Dunfanaghy to Carrick in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Carrick can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Studio Donegal, Glencolmcille Folk Village
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village
Studio Donegal ©
Studio Donegal

2
nights
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): head outdoors with Coast Rd, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, and finally hike along Blackhead Path.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Belfast road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carrick to Belfast takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Blackhead Path, Coast Rd
Highlights from your plan
Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
Blackhead Path ©
Blackhead Path
City Hall ©
City Hall

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