12 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

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Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Bundoran, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Roundstone, Ireland
— 1 night
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
Get out of town with these interesting Derry side-trips: Dunluce Castle (in Portrush), Ballintoy (Causeway Coastal Route & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge) and Bushmills (Giant's Causeway, Dunseverick Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, take in the views from Peace bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Guildhall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Derry trip itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Derry is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Derry are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Derry

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Sligo, Ireland

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Explore Sligo's surroundings by going to National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (in Castlebar), Belleek Castle Museum (in Ballina) and Michael Davitt Museum (in Foxford). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey, look for gifts at Liber, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sligo online holiday planner.

Getting from Derry to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bundoran.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Bundoran, Ireland

Bundoran is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ardara (Campbells of Ardara, Kilclooney Dolmen Donegal, &more) and Slieve League (in Carrick). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, don't miss a visit to Lough Eske, and snap pictures at Fairy Bridges.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bundoran road trip planning website.

Getting from Sligo to Bundoran by car takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Roundstone.

Things to do in Bundoran

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Roundstone, Ireland

Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Connemara Shooting School, then look for gifts at Roundstone Music & Crafts, then stroll through Dog's Bay Beach, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Roundstone Bay.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Roundstone driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Bundoran to Roundstone takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Roundstone

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Clifden, Ireland

The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): try your luck at The Point Equestrian Centre and Pony Trekking, find your balance on the water with Real Adventures Connemara, and then make a trip to Sky Rd. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Hehirs Of Clifden, take a pleasant ride with Knockillaree Riding Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Glengowla Mines, and finally step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Clifden trip planner.

Clifden is just a stone's throw from Roundstone. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Clifden

Tours · Outdoors · Casinos · Adventure

Side Trip

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.