15 days in County Donegal, Portrush & Ballintoy Itinerary

15 days in County Donegal, Portrush & Ballintoy Itinerary

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15 days in County Donegal, Portrush & Ballintoy Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Ballyshannon, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Carrick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Dunfanaghy, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Buncrana, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Ballintoy, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

1
night
Ballyshannon, Ireland

Ballyshannon ©
Ballyshannon is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, stop by Campbells of Ardara, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Glengesh Pass. On your second day here, shop like a local with Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop, explore the fascinating underground world of Maghera Beach and Caves, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Narin Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ballyshannon travel itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Ballyshannon is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Ballyshannon. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in Ballyshannon to be slightly colder, around 52°F, while days are colder, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Carrick.

Things to do in Ballyshannon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ardara, Narin Beach, Donegal Castle
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Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Glengesh Pass ©
Glengesh Pass
Campbells of Ardara ©
Campbells of Ardara

1
night
Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Strand Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Slieve League.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carrick online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ballyshannon to Carrick takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dunfanaghy.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Silver Strand Beach
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach

2
nights
Dunfanaghy, Ireland

Dunfanaghy ©
Dunfanaghy is a small town, former fishing port, and commercial centre in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glenveagh National Park, then explore the historical opulence of Glenveagh Castle, and then admire the masterpieces at Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Errigal, take in nature's colorful creations at Cluain na dTor Seaside Nursery & Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Hornhead Loop, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Art House.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Dunfanaghy itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Carrick to Dunfanaghy in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Dunfanaghy can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dunfanaghy

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Letterkenny, Glenveagh National Park, Cluain na dTor Seaside Gardens & Nursery
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The Art House ©
The Art House
Glenveagh National Park ©
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh Castle ©
Glenveagh Castle

3
nights
Buncrana, Ireland

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Go for a jaunt from Buncrana to Moville to see Moville Shore Path about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Doagh Famine village, get lost in a book at Free Wee Library, don't miss a visit to Father Hegarty Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Glenevin Waterfall.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buncrana tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dunfanaghy to Buncrana in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Buncrana are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Portrush.

Things to do in Buncrana

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

County Donegal, Clonmany, Cloncha Church & St Buadan'S Cross, Donegal Airsoft, Moville Shore Path
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Doagh Famine village ©
Doagh Famine village
Malin Head ©
Malin Head
Fort Dunree Military Museum ©
Fort Dunree Military Museum

4
nights
Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Change things up with these side-trips from Portrush: Coast Rd (in Larne), Omagh (The Abingdon Collection & Ulster American Folk Park) and Derry (Guildhall, Walled city Londonderry, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, steep yourself in history at Largantea Picnic Area, and look for gifts at McConaghy's Souvenir Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Portrush travel route planning website .

You can drive from Buncrana to Portrush in 1.5 hours. In October in Portrush, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Portrush

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Derry, Bushmills, Omagh, Coast Rd, Largantea Picnic Area
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

2
nights
Ballintoy, United Kingdom

Ballintoy ©
Ballintoy is a small village, townland (of 274 acres) and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 7th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at The Puffin Gallery, then head outdoors with The Dark Hedges, then take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour, and finally snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Ballintoy planning tool .

Ballintoy is very close to Portrush. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

The Puffin Gallery, The Dark Hedges
Highlights from your plan
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy Harbour ©
Ballintoy Harbour

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