14 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast Itinerary

14 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast Itinerary

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14 days in Ireland, Ballycastle & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Ballycastle, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
End: Dublin, Ireland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse and then browse the exhibits of Kilmainham Gaol. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Spire, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then stroll around St Stephens Green, and finally make a trip to Temple Bar.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Dublin Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). The adventure continues: get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, make a trip to Galway's Latin Quarter, admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, and stroll around Eyre Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Donegal Town.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Highlights from your plan
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

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nights
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
You've now added Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lough Eske, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and then head outdoors with Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route. On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Tropical World, then steep yourself in history at Glencolmcille Folk Village, and then get to know the fascinating history of Glengesh Pass.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Donegal Town sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Galway to Donegal Town in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Galway in September since evenings lows in Donegal Town dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Glencolmcille Folk Village, Glengesh Pass, Tropical World
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Tropical World ©
Tropical World
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village

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nights
Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Ballycastle ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ballycastle Beach, contemplate the long history of Bonamargie Friary, then take in the dramatic natural features at Murlough Bay and Fair Head, and finally contemplate the long history of Torr Head.

Find out how to plan Ballycastle trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Donegal Town to Ballycastle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rathlin Island, Ballintoy Harbour
Highlights from your plan
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Ballintoy Harbour ©
Ballintoy Harbour
Kinbane Castle ©
Kinbane Castle

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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.
Belfast is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of HMS Caroline, and contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Belfast vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Ballycastle to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline

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night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
On the 24th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums
Highlights from your plan
James Joyce Statue ©
James Joyce Statue