17 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

17 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Dublin, Bus to Belfast
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Belfast
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bushmills
— 5 nights
Drive
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Enniskillen
— 4 nights
Drive to Belfast International Airport, Fly to Toronto

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Belfast

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Coast Rd (in Larne), Mount Stewart (in Newtownards) and Glenarm Marina (in Glenarm). The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and brush up on your military savvy at War Years Remembered (War Museum).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast online trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Belfast is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Belfast due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Belfast: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Bushmills

— 5 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Derry (Museum of Free Derry, City Walls, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Giant's Causeway, take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and explore and take pictures at The Dark Hedges.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bushmills itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Enniskillen

— 4 nights
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Omagh (Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, Ulster American Folk Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Arch Caves, sample the fine beverages at The Boatyard Distillery, step into the grandiose world of Enniskillen Castle, and don't miss a visit to Cole Monument.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Enniskillen trip tool.

Drive from Bushmills to Enniskillen in 2.5 hours. In May in Enniskillen, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Northern Ireland travel guide

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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.