15 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

15 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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15 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
+2
Train + Taxi + Ferry:  6 h 30 min
6
Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  24 h
End: Los Angeles, United States

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.
On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse, and then take a stroll through Temple Bar. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, then take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, and finally take in the exciting artwork at James Joyce Cultural Centre.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary maker tool .

San Diego, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Diego to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In August, Dublin is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trim Castle
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ulster Museum and Titanic Belfast. Discover out-of-the-way places like SS Nomadic and Victoria Square Shopping Centre. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of HMS Caroline, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, view the masterpieces at Belfast Exposed, and get engrossed in the history at Irish Republican History Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip planner .

Getting from Dublin to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Belfast sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): gain insight at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, then get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Street. Keep things going the next day: walk around Eyre Square, get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Galway Market, and finally examine the collection at The Legend of the Claddagh Ring.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galway, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Belfast to Galway by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Food Tours
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
The Legend of the Claddagh Ring ©
The Legend of the Claddagh Ring

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get great views at Brandon Point, then play a few rounds at Castlegregory Golf Links, then kick back and relax at Inch Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gallarus Oratory, look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, and finally look for gifts at Fiadh Woven Design.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle holiday planner .

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Dingle, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Inch Beach, Castlegregory Golf Links, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory

1
night
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, steep yourself in history at Kilkenny Castle, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and finally make a trip to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, then step into the grandiose world of Rock of Cashel, and finally steep yourself in history at St Marks Cemetery and Famine Graveyard.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny route planner .

Getting from Dingle to Kilkenny by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Cashel
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Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum

2
nights
Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Teampall Bhean'in, then explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then explore the ancient world of Teampall Chiarain, and finally hike along The Wormhole. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Dun Eochla, then explore the ancient world of Dun Eoghanachta, then stop by Lia Arann, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kilmurvey Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Inishmore trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Kilkenny to Inishmore in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Inishmore are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Dun Eoghanachta ©
Dun Eoghanachta
Dun Eochla ©
Dun Eochla

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