24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Dundrum Castle, examine the collection at The Saint Patrick Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Down County Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Marine Gardens Coastal Walk, stroll through Blackhead Path, and then take an in-depth tour of Somme Heritage Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast online sightseeing planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Belfast is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Vancouver in August, things will get slightly colder in Belfast: highs are around 21°C and lows about 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Downpatrick, Marine Gardens Coastal Walk, Blackhead Path, Somme Heritage Centre, Dundrum Castle
Highlights from your plan
Dundrum Castle ©
Dundrum Castle
Down County Museum ©
Down County Museum
The Saint Patrick Centre ©
The Saint Patrick Centre

2
nights
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Giant's Causeway has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hezlett House, learn more about the world around you at The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bonamargie Friary, contemplate the long history of Torr Head, and then play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bushmills sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bushmills are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Historic Sites Golf

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Hezlett House, The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre
Highlights from your plan
Bushfoot Golf Club ©
Bushfoot Golf Club
Hezlett House ©
Hezlett House
Bonamargie Friary ©
Bonamargie Friary

2
nights
Enniskillen, United Kingdom

Enniskillen ©
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Garden Of The Celtic Saints, browse the collection at Enniskillen Library, then explore the historical opulence of Monea Castle, and finally stroll through Cladagh Glen Walk.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Enniskillen online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Enniskillen takes 2.5 hours. In September in Enniskillen, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cladagh Glen Walk, Garden Of The Celtic Saints
Highlights from your plan
Monea Castle ©
Monea Castle
Enniskillen Library ©
Enniskillen Library

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the activities along The River Foyle, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Augustine's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Siege Museum. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Davagh Forest Trails and then get engrossed in the history at Ulster American Folk Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Derry trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Enniskillen to Derry takes 1.5 hours. In September in Derry, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ulster American Folk Park, Davagh Forest Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ulster American Folk Park ©
Ulster American Folk Park
The Siege Museum ©
The Siege Museum
First Derry Presbyterian Church ©
First Derry Presbyterian Church

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Drumcliffe Church and Tobernalt Holy Well. Take a break from the city and head to Maghera Beach and Caves and Narin Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sligo: Boyle Abbey (in Boyle), Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey) (in Donegal Town) and Assaranca Waterfall (in Ardara). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Parke's Castle and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sligo trip planner .

Getting from Derry to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ardara, Boyle Abbey, Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), Narin Beach, Parke's Castle
Highlights from your plan
Assaranca Waterfall ©
Assaranca Waterfall
Drumcliffe Church ©
Drumcliffe Church
Boyle Abbey ©
Boyle Abbey

2
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Let the collections at Michael Davitt Museum and Jackie Clarke Collection capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre and Carne Golf Links. Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Hennigan's Heritage Centre (in Swinford), Killary Fjord (in Leenane) and Monk's Fishing House (in Cong). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Keel Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Sligo to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hennigan's Heritage Centre, Killary Fjord, Michael Davitt Museum, Keel Beach, Carne Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre ©
Michael Davitt Museum ©
Michael Davitt Museum
Hennigan's Heritage Centre ©
Hennigan's Heritage Centre

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Kerry Way. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kerry County Museum, then steep yourself in history at Staigue Fort, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planning site .

Drive from Westport to Killarney in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kerry County Museum, Staigue Fort
Highlights from your plan
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Climbing Tours
Kerry County Museum ©
Kerry County Museum

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, contemplate the long history of Leacanabuaile Fort, then steep yourself in history at Riasc, then view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Keep things going the next day: trek along The Dingle Way.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dingle trip builder app .

You can drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Dingle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cahersiveen, The Dingle Way
Highlights from your plan
The Dingle Way ©
The Dingle Way
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Riasc ©
Riasc

3
nights
Galway, Ireland

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Irish Workhouse Centre and Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum. Get outdoors at Kayaking & Canoeing and The Wormhole. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Dromoland Castle (in Newmarket-on-Fergus), Quin Abbey (in Quin) and Coole Park Nature Reserve (in Gort). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Aughnanure Castle and appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Galway day trip website .

Getting from Dingle to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Quin Abbey, Dromoland Castle, The Wormhole, Aughnanure Castle, Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum ©

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.
On the 19th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, and then see where the action happens at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dublin day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Powerscourt Gardens and House, Glendalough Cathedral, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne
Highlights from your plan
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Glendalough Cathedral ©
Glendalough Cathedral
Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle

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