18 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

18 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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18 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h
1
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Jerpoint Park and Ardmore Round Tower are in your itinerary. Visiting Mayfield Birds of Prey and Go With The Flow - River Adventures will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity (in Waterford) and The Round Tower (in Ardmore). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church, admire the striking features of The Tholsel, get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny travel itinerary planner .

New York City, USA to Kilkenny is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Kilkenny due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Mayfield Birds of Prey, Ardmore Round Tower
Highlights from your plan
Mayfield Birds of Prey ©
Mayfield Birds of Prey
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park
Butter Slip ©
Butter Slip

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ross Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Gallarus Oratory (in Dingle) and Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials (in Ventry). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, and appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Killarney journey planning site .

Drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In March, daytime highs in Killarney are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dingle, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Kerry Cliffs
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

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.
Glengowla Mines and Aughnanure Castle will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Augustine's Church and Oranmore Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Monk's Fishing House (in Cong) and Curraghduff Farm (in Oughterard). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Galway online trip builder .

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March in Galway, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Oughterard, Monk's Fishing House, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
Highlights from your plan
Aughnanure Castle ©
Aughnanure Castle
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at 14 Henrietta Street and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin and Loughcrew Cairns. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Irish Military War Museum & Family Park in Starinagh, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dublin Falconry, get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sugarloaf Mountain.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Dublin travel tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Dublin, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, Loughcrew Cairns, Dublin Falconry
Highlights from your plan
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street
Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin ©
Irish Military War Museum & Family Park ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Derry City Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columba's Church (Long Tower), then contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, and finally don't miss a visit to Largantea Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Tower Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columb's Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Foyle Valley Railway Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Derry trip planning tool .

You can drive from Dublin to Derry in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Derry, with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Largantea Picnic Area, Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Highlights from your plan
Derry City Cemetery ©
Derry City Cemetery
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum

3
nights
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.
On the 21st (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, then take an in-depth tour of Irish Republican History Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Peter's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Clifton House. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Gracehill Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Patricks Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Belfast trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Derry to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. March in Belfast sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gracehill Village
Highlights from your plan
St Peter's Cathedral ©
St Peter's Cathedral
Gracehill Village ©
Gracehill Village
Saint Patricks Church ©
Saint Patricks Church

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