20 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

20 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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20 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Kilcar, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Dunlewey, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Clonmany, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto, Canada


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9
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 some cultural insight at Temple Bar and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin planner .

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Dublin, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Donegal Craft Village, explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, and then stroll through Narin Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sligo Abbey, then stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Benbulben.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Donegal Town using our trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Donegal Town in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. October in Donegal Town sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Kilcar.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Benbulben, Yeats's Grave, Narin Beach
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Benbulben ©
Benbulben
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

1
night
Kilcar, Ireland

Kilcar ©
Cill Charthaigh is a Gaeltacht village on the R263 regional road in the south west of County Donegal, Ireland. To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kilcar journey planning website .

Getting from Donegal Town to Kilcar by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Kilcar are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Dunlewey.

Things to do in Kilcar

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Kennedy of Ardara, Slieve League
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Kennedy of Ardara ©
Kennedy of Ardara

1
night
Dunlewey, Ireland

Dunlewey
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with Ionad Cois Locha, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church Dunlewey.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dunlewey travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kilcar to Dunlewey takes 1.5 hours. In October in Dunlewey, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Clonmany.

Things to do in Dunlewey

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Old Church Dunlewey

3
nights
Clonmany, Ireland

Clonmany ©
Clonmany is a village in north-west Inishowen, in County Donegal, Ireland. On the 23rd (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at Fort Dunree Military Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Shroove Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Culdaff Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Buncrana Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Church, Buncrana, then get outside with Mamore Gap, and finally explore the ancient world of Carrickabraghy Castle.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Clonmany road trip planning website .

Getting from Dunlewey to Clonmany by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Clonmany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Buncrana, Culdaff Beach, Shroove Lighthouse
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Fort Dunree Military Museum ©
Fort Dunree Military Museum
Carrickabraghy Castle ©
Carrickabraghy Castle

2
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 25th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Mount Stewart House, then admire the masterpieces at Ulster Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Cathedral Quarter, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Belfast Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast online holiday planner .

You can drive from Clonmany to Belfast in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mount Stewart, Belfast Zoo
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

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