15 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

15 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Ballycastle
— 1 night
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Bushmills
— 2 nights
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Portrush
— 2 nights
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Derry
— 2 nights
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Omagh
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Enniskillen
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Armagh
— 1 night
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Downpatrick
— 2 nights
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Bangor
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Carrickfergus
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Ballycastle

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): browse the exhibits of The Puffin Gallery, then don't miss a visit to Ballycastle Harbour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ballycastle Beach.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ballycastle attractions planner.

Durham to Ballycastle is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Bushmills

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 7th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden, then see the interesting displays at Bellaghy Bawn, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Coleraine Walks. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Bushfoot Strand, take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then head outdoors with Portbradden Harbour, then delve into the distant past at Dunseverick Castle, and finally explore the activities along White Park Bay.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bushmills online vacation maker.

Bushmills is just a stone's throw from Ballycastle. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Portrush

— 2 nights
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): head outdoors with Portstewart Strand - National Trust, contemplate the long history of Hezlett House, steep yourself in history at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, then take an in-depth tour of Cuil Rathain Historical & Cultural Centre, and finally get in on the family fun at Barry's Amusements. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the adrenaline pumping with Causeway Coasteering, then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, then kick back and relax at East Strand, and finally trek along Causeway Coastal Walk.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Portrush trip planning app.

Portrush is just a short distance from Bushmills. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Derry

— 2 nights

Maiden City

Ancient yet modern, Derry has a photogenic location on the River Foyle and features a series of historic defensive walls that are the most complete in Ireland.
On the 11th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Shipquay Gate, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Free Derry, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columba's Church (Long Tower), then stroll the grounds of Derry City Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Prehen House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Two Bridges Walk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church, then take an in-depth tour of The Siege Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Derry tour app.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Derry takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Derry are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Omagh.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites · Museums

Omagh

Omagh is the county town of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Omagh using our trip planner.

You can drive from Derry to Omagh in an hour. Another option is to drive. In August, daytime highs in Omagh are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You will leave for Enniskillen on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Omagh

Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife · Outdoors

Enniskillen

— 1 night
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of National Trust - Florence Court, step into the grandiose world of Monea Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Enniskillen Castle, then see the interesting displays at Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum, and finally visit Buttermarket.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Enniskillen day trip app.

You can drive from Omagh to Enniskillen in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Enniskillen can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Armagh.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Armagh

— 1 night
Armagh is the county town of County Armagh in Northern Ireland, as well as a civil parish. You've now added Springhill House to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Springhill House, explore the historical opulence of National Trust - Castle Coole, then get engrossed in the history at Armagh County Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Chapel.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Armagh visit website.

Getting from Enniskillen to Armagh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August in Armagh, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Downpatrick.

Things to do in Armagh

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Downpatrick

— 2 nights
Downpatrick is a medium-sized town about 33km south of Belfast in County Down, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Castle Ward, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saul Church, and then contemplate the long history of Struell Wells. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from St. John's Point Lighthouse, make a trip to Annalong Cornmill and Harbour, then step into the grandiose world of Greencastle Royal Castle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Downpatrick travel route builder tool.

Drive from Armagh to Downpatrick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Downpatrick sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Bangor.

Things to do in Downpatrick

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Bangor

— 2 nights
Bangor is a large town in County Down, Northern Ireland. You've now added Castle Park to your itinerary. On the 17th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Marine Gardens Coastal Walk, stroll around Castle Park, then steep yourself in history at Grey Point Fort, then admire the masterpieces at Ulster Folk Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cultra Manor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Mount Stewart, then get engrossed in the history at Somme Heritage Centre, then take an in-depth tour of North Down Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bangor Abbey.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bangor attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Downpatrick to Bangor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Bangor, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Carrickfergus.

Things to do in Bangor

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Carrickfergus

— 1 night
Carrickfergus, colloquially known as "Carrick", is a large town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Larne Museum & Arts Centre, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson Centre, brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Rangers Centre, then see the interesting displays at Carrickfergus Museum & Civic Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carrickfergus online holiday planner.

You can drive from Bangor to Carrickfergus in an hour. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carrickfergus

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

County Londonderry travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Bridges · History Museums
County Londonderry features numerous scenic riverside settings and several important historical sites. Derry, the county’s biggest city, famous for its ancient defensive walls, served as the UK’s official City of Culture in 2013. The county, steeped in history and proud of its Irish heritage, plays an important role in the cultural revival currently underway in this northern region. Though there’s lots of history to soak up here, the county’s biggest attraction may very well be the locals themselves, well known for their long tradition of witty storytelling. Visit the county’s smaller villages to explore a flourishing music scene, which has found its home in both traditional pubs and trendy new cafes.

County Tyrone travel guide

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History Museums · Parks · Off-Road & ATV Trails

County Fermanagh travel guide

4.2
Caves · Castles · Historic Sites

County Armagh travel guide

3.9
Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Observatories

County Down travel guide

4.1
Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
The mountainous landscape of County Down has managed to remain largely untouched despite a great deal of urban development over the last few years. The county’s famous Mourne Mountains, which dominate its countryside of lush fields and fertile farms, offer some of the best hillside hiking trails in this part of the world. The county features more than a rich landscape: This affluent area is dotted with luxurious private mansions, top-notch golf courses, and expensive restaurants. Easily reached from the capital, the usually tranquil Down comes to life on the weekends, when the city dwellers arrive to explore the county’s numerous antique shops and fresh seafood eateries.