16 days in Ireland, Belfast & Portrush Itinerary

16 days in Ireland, Belfast & Portrush Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland, Belfast & Portrush Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
5
Sligo, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Cong, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
7
Galway, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Liscannor, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Dublin, Ireland
— Few hours
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, then stop by Temple Bar, and finally walk around St Stephens Green. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, get lost in a book at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and then steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin due to the time zone difference. In August, Dublin is little chillier than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. You'll set off for Belfast on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church and then take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Belfast online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Belfast are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Belfast Botanical Gardens ©
Belfast Botanical Gardens
St George's Church ©
St George's Church

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. Portrush is known for historic sites, theme parks, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, head outdoors with Causeway Coastal Route, step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and admire the sheer force of Dunseverick Falls.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Portrush tour site.

You can drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Portrush sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bushmills, Ballintoy
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Slieve League. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Slieve League.

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Drive from Portrush to Donegal Town in 2 hours. In August in Donegal Town, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Sligo.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Slieve League
Highlights from your plan
Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

few
hours
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sligo Abbey, then stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, and then take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sligo road trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Donegal Town to Sligo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cong.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Nightlife Tours

few
hours
Cong, Ireland

Cong
On the 10th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cong online road trip planner.

Getting from Sligo to Cong by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Cong sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Cong

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll around Eyre Square and then don't miss a visit to Quay Street.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cong to Galway takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eyre Square ©
Eyre Square
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

few
hours
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 11th (Tue), stop by Moher Cottage and then get great views at Cliffs of Moher.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Liscannor sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Moher Cottage ©
Moher Cottage

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then steep yourself in history at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross House, and finally admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Gap of Dunloe.

Before you visit Killarney, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Liscannor to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

1
night
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 13th (Thu), hunt for treasures at The English Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Cork trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The English Market ©
The English Market

1
day
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.
On the 14th (Fri), admire nature's extreme beauty at The Ice Cream Parlour and then stroll around Kilkenny Castle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny trip builder tool.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Vale of Glendalough.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
The Ice Cream Parlour ©
The Ice Cream Parlour

2
nights
Vale of Glendalough, Ireland

Vale of Glendalough ©
If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): trek along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk and then admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vale of Glendalough trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Vale of Glendalough in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vale of Glendalough are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Vale of Glendalough

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

few
hours
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the striking features of Dublin Castle.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dublin tour planner.

Traveling by car from Vale of Glendalough to Dublin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dublin Castle ©
Dublin Castle

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