16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
2
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
3
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
4
Killybegs, Ireland
— 1 night
5
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
6
Ballycastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
7
Antrim, United Kingdom
— 1 night
8
Drogheda, Ireland
— 2 nights
9
Swords, Ireland
— 1 night

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 2nd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Irish Family History Centre, admire the striking features of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, thenbrowse the collection at Marsh's Library, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Abbey, thenlearn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, thensteep yourself in history at The Mill at Avoca Village, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Church.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip planner.

Boston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 9-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boston in October; daily highs in Dublin reach °F and lows reach °F. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galway.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kilkenny, The Mill at Avoca Village, St. Patrick's Church
Highlights from your plan
Irish Family History Centre ©
Irish Family History Centre
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
The Mill at Avoca Village ©
The Mill at Avoca Village

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aughnanure Castle and The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum. Riverside Walk and Michael Davitt Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong) and Hennigan's Heritage Centre (in Swinford). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, explore the historical opulence of Oranmore Castle, deepen your understanding at National University of Ireland-Galway (UCG), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kirwan's Lane.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galway online route planner.

Getting from Dublin to Galway by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Galway are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Michael Davitt Museum, Aughnanure Castle, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Royal Abbey of Cong, Hennigan's Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum ©
The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Hennigan's Heritage Centre ©
Hennigan's Heritage Centre

2
nights
Enniskillen, United Kingdom

Enniskillen ©
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. On the 7th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Buttermarket.

Discover how to plan a Enniskillen trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Enniskillen takes 3 hours. October in Enniskillen sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Killybegs.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aughakillymaude Community Mummers Centre, Garden Of The Celtic Saints
Highlights from your plan
Saint Michael's Church ©
Saint Michael's Church

1
night
Killybegs, Ireland

Killybegs ©
Killybegs is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): visit Kilcar Fleadh and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross Head Peninsula.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Killybegs sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Enniskillen to Killybegs in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Killybegs can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Derry.

Things to do in Killybegs

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kilcar
Highlights from your plan
Muckross Head Peninsula ©
Muckross Head Peninsula

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
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 10th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of The Siege Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church, thensteep yourself in history at The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Derry trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Killybegs to Derry by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Derry, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
First Derry Presbyterian Church ©
First Derry Presbyterian Church
St. Eugene's Cathedral ©
St. Eugene's Cathedral
The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall ©
The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall

1
night
Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Ballycastle ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Torr Head, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bonamargie Friary, and then head outdoors with Antrim Coast Road.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ballycastle trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Derry to Ballycastle in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Antrim.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Antrim Coast Road
Highlights from your plan
Bonamargie Friary ©
Bonamargie Friary
Torr Head ©
Torr Head

1
night
Antrim, United Kingdom

Antrim ©
Antrim is a town and civil parish in County Antrim in the northeast of Northern Ireland, on the banks of the Six Mile Water, half a mile northeast of Lough Neagh. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Mill Race Trail, thenexplore the historical opulence of Shanes Castle, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Randalstown Forest Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Antrim route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ballycastle to Antrim takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Antrim can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Drogheda.

Things to do in Antrim

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Randalstown Forest Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Randalstown Forest Nature Reserve ©
Randalstown Forest Nature Reserve
Shanes Castle ©
Shanes Castle

2
nights
Drogheda, Ireland

Drogheda ©
Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland, known for its tourism and as a centre of industry and medical care. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hill of Slane, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mellifont Abbey, thendelve into the distant past at Monasterboice Monastic Site, and finally steep yourself in history at St. Laurence Gate. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Mainistir Bhuithe, take in nature's colorful creations at Beaulieu House and Garden, explore the world behind art at Highlanes Gallery, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Augustinian Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Drogheda trip planner.

Getting from Antrim to Drogheda by car takes about 2 hours. In October in Drogheda, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Swords.

Things to do in Drogheda

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Monasterboice Monastic Site, Hill of Slane
Highlights from your plan
Hill of Slane ©
Hill of Slane
St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church
Mellifont Abbey ©
Mellifont Abbey

1
night
Swords, Ireland

Swords ©
Swords is the county town of Fingal in Ireland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Ardgillan Castle and Demesne, thensee the interesting displays at Newbridge House & Farm, and then enjoy the sea views from Howth Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Swords road trip planning app.

Swords is just a short distance from Drogheda. In October, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Swords

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Newbridge House & Farm, Howth Lighthouse, Ardgillan Castle and Demesne
Highlights from your plan
Newbridge House & Farm ©
Newbridge House & Farm
Ardgillan Castle and Demesne ©
Ardgillan Castle and Demesne
Howth Lighthouse ©
Howth Lighthouse

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