12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Westport, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

1
night
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Sky Rd, kick back and relax at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannin Bay Blueway.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Clifden road trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Clifden is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Westport.

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Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd

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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): get interesting insight from Tours, then grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, and then appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Westport trip planner .

Drive from Clifden to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway

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Galway, Ireland

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): trek along The Wormhole, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner .

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dublin.

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The Wormhole
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Kayaking & Canoeing
The Wormhole ©
The Wormhole
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rail Tours and Marsh's Library. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol, see the interesting displays at Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, pause for some photo ops at The Famine Sculptures, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin travel planning website .

Getting from Galway to Dublin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Belfast.

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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Beer Tastings & Tours

3
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.
You've now added Titanic Belfast to your itinerary. On the 15th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol and then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic. On the next day, examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Belfast holiday planner.

Drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Belfast are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. On the 18th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Belfast

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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
City Hall ©
City Hall
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

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