12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ennis, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
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 and learn at Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle. Shop till you drop at Grafton Street and Sheridans. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, browse the eclectic array of goods at Temple Bar Food Market, view the masterpieces at Gallery of Photography, and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in February: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 9°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Dublin

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 24th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then make a trip to Giant's Causeway, and then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bushmills road trip planning app .

Getting from Dublin to Bushmills by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Dublin in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bushmills, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Dunluce Castle, Causeway Coastal Route
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Head to Penny's Pottery and John Weldon Jewellersfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Step out of Dingle to go to Castlegregory and see Glanteenassig Wood, which is approximately 36 minutes away. On the 25th (Mon), hike the day away at The Dingle Way. There's much more to do: stop by Kathleen McAuliffe, explore the wide array of goods at Strand House Cafe, take in the dramatic natural features at Greenlane Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Dingle Artworks.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Dingle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Dingle takes 7 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ennis.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

The Dingle Way, Glanteenassig Wood, Penny's Pottery
Highlights from your plan
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way
Penny's Pottery ©
Penny's Pottery
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery

2
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park, then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher, then contemplate the waterfront views at Doughmore Bay, and finally step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by McKernan Woollen Mills, then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, then step into the grandiose world of Dromoland Castle, and finally stop by Seoidin.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ennis trip maker tool .

You can drive from Dingle to Ennis in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kinsale.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Scattery Island, Burren National Park, Dromoland Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park

2
nights
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
On the 2nd (Sat), make a trip to Blarney Castle & Gardens, look for gifts at Kinsale Silver, stop by Giles Norman Photography Gallery, then stop by Aunty Nellie's Sweet Shop Kinsale, and finally look for gifts at Granny's Bottom Drawer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Kinsale Crystal, then look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, and then take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale trip planner .

Getting from Ennis to Kinsale by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kinsale are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kinsale

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Blarney Castle & Gardens
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Kinsale Crystal ©
Kinsale Crystal
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Kinsale Silver ©
Kinsale Silver

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