15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

15 days in United Kingdom & Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Ballintoy, United Kingdom
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
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Doolin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jameson Distillery Bow St.. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around Phoenix Park, don't miss a visit to Temple Bar, and see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin tour itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Dublin. In July, Dublin is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge (in Ballintoy) and Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust (in Broughshane). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Belfast trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballintoy, United Kingdom

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ballintoy online road trip planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Ballintoy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 22nd (Fri), you're off to Derry.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Outdoors · Beaches · Scenic Drive · Parks

Derry, United Kingdom

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Guildhall, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, and finally take in the views from Peace Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum and then don't miss a visit to Walled city Londonderry.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Derry trip planner.

Drive from Ballintoy to Derry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Derry, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Derry

Museums · Historic Sites

Sligo, Ireland

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sligo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Derry to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Derry in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Sligo: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 56°F at night. You'll set off for Doolin on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Doolin, Ireland

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 25th (Mon), get great views at Cliffs of Moher, tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt, then explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Clare Coastal Walk Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Burren Birds of Prey Centre, then explore the fascinating underground world of Aillwee Cave, then stop by The Burren Smokehouse,, and finally step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Doolin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Sligo to Doolin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Doolin are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 3 nights

Marble City

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kilkenny: Tintern Abbey (in Wexford), Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience (in New Ross) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and take an in-depth tour of Medieval Mile Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny day trip planning tool.

Drive from Doolin to Kilkenny in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

County Londonderry travel guide

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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.