24 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

24 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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24 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Kingston, Canada
Fly:  7​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Glendalough Village, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— Few hours
Train:  5​h
4
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h
5
Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
6
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
9
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Kingston, Canada

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.
Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Powerscourt Gardens and House in Enniskerry--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, browse the collection at The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and make a trip to Merrion Square.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary maker site .

Kingston, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kingston to Dublin is 5 hours. Traveling from Kingston in June, things will get a bit cooler in Dublin: highs are around 20°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Powerscourt Gardens and House
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green

2
nights
Glendalough Village, Ireland

Glendalough Village ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glendalough Village road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Glendalough Village takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Glendalough Village can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Glendalough Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral

few
hours
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.
Rock of Cashel has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Thu), walk around Kilkenny Castle, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and then contemplate the long history of Rock of Cashel.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glendalough Village to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. In June in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Smithwick's Experience ©
Smithwick's Experience

3
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and Slea Head Drive. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park and take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall.

To see more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip maker site .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June in Killarney, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Limerick.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Slea Head Drive
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House

3
nights
Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kilkee Cliff Walk (in Kilkee), Scattery Island (in Kilrush) and Foynes Flying Boat Museum (in Foynes). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at The Treaty Stone, and have fun at Castlefergus Equestrian.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Limerick holiday planner.

Getting from Killarney to Limerick by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kilkee Cliff Walk, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Scattery Island, Castlefergus Equestrian
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

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.
On the 25th (Thu), walk around Eyre Square, get outside with Wild Atlantic Way, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, then make a trip to Quay Street, and finally stop by Claddagh and Celtic Jewellery.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Galway City Museum ©
Galway City Museum
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

2
nights
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, then look for gifts at The Cat and Moon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Benbulben and then contemplate the long history of Lissadell House.

For reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sligo day trip planning website .

Getting from Galway to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Galway in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sligo, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lissadell House ©
Lissadell House
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

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.
For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Derry trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Derry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
City Walls ©
City Walls
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Walled city Londonderry ©
Walled city Londonderry

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.
Step out of Belfast with an excursion to Coast Rd in Larne--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip planner.

You can take a bus from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ulster Folk Museum, Coast Rd
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Coast Rd ©
Coast Rd
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

1
night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
On the 4th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, then examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin trip builder.

Getting from Belfast to Dublin by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Irish Whiskey Museum ©
Irish Whiskey Museum
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

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