22 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

22 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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22 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Chicago, United States


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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belfast: Royal County Down Golf Club (in Newcastle), Coast Rd (in Larne) and The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, step aboard HMS Caroline, steep yourself in history at Clifton Street Graveyard, and have some family-friendly fun at Clip 'n Climb Dundonald.

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Chicago, USA to Belfast is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Belfast is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in Belfast hover around 67°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Royal County Down Golf Club, The Abingdon Collection, Clip 'n Climb Dundonald, Coast Rd
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
The Abingdon Collection ©
The Abingdon Collection

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 10th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the pleasant sights at Causeway Coastal Route, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then stroll through Portrush East Strand, then take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bushmills trip planner .

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Portrush, Ballintoy
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, explore the striking landscape at The Burren, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burren National Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Galway day trip website .

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bushmills in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Galway, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

County Clare, Westport, Scattery Island, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Burren National Park
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Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dingle (Eask Tower, Brian de Staic Jeweller, & more). Spend the 17th (Fri) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Sat) at Skellig Michael. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park and cruise along Dingle Peninsula.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Killarney online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Galway to Killarney takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. July in Killarney sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dingle, County Kerry, Slea Head Drive
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Skellig Michael ©
Skellig Michael

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kilkenny: Ferns Castle (in Ferns), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). The adventure continues: get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, contemplate the long history of Kilkenny Castle, get engrossed in the history at Irish National Heritage Park, and see the interesting displays at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Tintern Abbey, King of the Vikings VR, Curracloe Beach
Highlights from your plan
Go With The Flow - River Adventures ©
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Ferns Castle ©
Ferns Castle

4
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.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, wander the streets of Temple Bar, and see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse.

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You can take a bus from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kilkenny in July since evenings lows in Dublin dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

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