12 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

12 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland, Belfast & London Itinerary

Start: Shannon, Ireland
1
Shannon, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Leenane, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Ballina, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
6
Letterkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
End: London, United Kingdom

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night
Shannon, Ireland

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Shannon trip itinerary builder app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Dublin Airport, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport. April in Shannon sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galway.

Things to do in Shannon

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cliffs of Moher
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher

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nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Riverside Walk, St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kinvara Harbour and Clifden Castle. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Sky Rd (in Clifden).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Shannon to Galway in an hour. When traveling from Shannon in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Galway, with highs around 51°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Leenane.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Clifden, Spiddal Craft & Design Studios, Kinvara Harbour, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, The Irish Workhouse Centre
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church ©
St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church

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night
Leenane, Ireland

Leenane ©
Leenaun, also Leenane, is a village and 1,845 acre townland in County Galway, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Killary Fjord Boat Tours as well as Aasleagh Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leenane journey builder app .

You can drive from Galway to Leenane in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ballina.

Things to do in Leenane

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ceide Fields, The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition, Aasleagh Falls
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Ceide Fields ©
Ceide Fields
Killary Fjord Boat Tours ©
Killary Fjord Boat Tours
Aasleagh Falls ©
Aasleagh Falls

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night
Ballina, Ireland

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
You've now added Downpatrick Head to your itinerary.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ballina online journey maker .

Getting from Leenane to Ballina by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Ballina sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Ballina

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Maghera Beach and Caves, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Downpatrick Head, Slieve League
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Downpatrick Head ©
Downpatrick Head
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village

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Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Donegal Town journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Ballina to Donegal Town takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Donegal Town when traveling from Ballina in April, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the bus ride to Letterkenny.
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Clocha na hEireann ©
Clocha na hEireann

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Letterkenny, Ireland

Letterkenny ©
As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Malin Head, don't miss a visit to Barnesmore Gap, and then take in the pleasant sights at Gleniff Horseshoe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Letterkenny trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a bus from Donegal Town to Letterkenny in an hour. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Letterkenny can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Belfast.
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Gleniff Horseshoe ©
Gleniff Horseshoe
Malin Head ©
Malin Head

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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 Giants Causeway Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a memorable excursion with Giants Causeway Tours, stroll around Jordanstown Loughshore Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Marine Gardens.

Plan a Belfast trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. April in Belfast sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to London.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours Nightlife Parks

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nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Churchill War Rooms, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Sky Garden, and other attractions. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Joe's Bows and The Tank Driving Company. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Museum of London Docklands, admire the natural beauty at Isabella Plantation, and examine the collection at The London Film Museum - Covent Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our London attractions site .

Traveling by flight from Derry to London takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. In May, daily temperatures in London can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in London

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Joe's Bows, Isabella Plantation, The Tank Driving Company
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Joe's Bows ©
Joe's Bows
Isabella Plantation ©
Isabella Plantation
Museum of London Docklands ©
Museum of London Docklands