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:  12​h 15​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Swords, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
12
Kilkee, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Dublin, Ireland


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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Gallery of Ireland as well as Trinity College Dublin. Go for a jaunt from Dublin to Glendalough Village to see Wicklow Mountains National Park about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: sample the tasty concoctions at Guinness Storehouse.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip itinerary app .

Vancouver, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 8 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vancouver in July, with highs in Dublin at 23°C and lows at 12°C. You'll set off for Kinsale on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Wicklow Mountains National Park
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

2
nights
Kinsale, Ireland

Kinsale ©
Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Drombeg Stone Circle, Old Head Golf Links and Don & Barry's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick back and relax at Inchydoney Beach and then delve into the distant past at Drombeg Stone Circle. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Don & Barry's Historic Stroll in Old Kinsale, and then play a few rounds at Old Head Golf Links.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kinsale online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Kinsale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kinsale

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Inchydoney Beach, Drombeg Stone Circle
Highlights from your plan
Old Head Golf Links ©
Old Head Golf Links
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Drombeg Stone Circle ©
Drombeg Stone Circle

1
night
Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Stone Circle and then relax in the rural setting at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kenmare journey planner .

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kenmare are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stone Circle ©
Stone Circle

2
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dingle Tours, Dingle Slea Head Tours and Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Conor Pass, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.James Church, then head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, and finally explore the ancient world of Gallarus Oratory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): tee off at Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club and then catch all the local highlights with Dingle Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dingle trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kenmare to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Doolin.

Things to do in Dingle

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dingle Peninsula, Ceann Sibeal (Dingle) Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Dingle Slea Head Tours ©
Dingle Slea Head Tours
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

2
nights
Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Doolin Cave has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave and then trek along Hag's Head. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then contemplate the long history of Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, and then contemplate the long history of Caherconnell Stone Fort.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Doolin tour builder app .

Getting from Dingle to Doolin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Caherconnell, Hag's Head, Aillwee Cave
Highlights from your plan
Aillwee Cave ©
Aillwee Cave
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb ©
Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb
Hag's Head ©
Hag's Head

2
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 14th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Burren National Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Salthill Promenade. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches and then cruise along Wild Atlantic Way Day Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Galway day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Doolin to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Galway sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Burren National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Burren National Park ©
Burren National Park
Salthill Promenade ©
Salthill Promenade

2
nights
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of The Cong Heritage Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport trip tool .

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Westport

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Parade, Keem Bay, The Cong Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Drummindoo Stud ©
Drummindoo Stud
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Keem Bay
Keem Bay

1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Donegal Town trip website .

Traveling by car from Westport to Donegal Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Donegal Town are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 19th (Thu), you're off toPortrush.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors Parks Nightlife

2
nights
Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, appreciate the history behind Robert Quigg Sculpture, then get outside with Causeway Coastal Route, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, then cruise along The Dark Hedges, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mussenden Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Largantea Picnic Area.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Portrush itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Portrush in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Bushmills, Ballintoy, Largantea Picnic Area, Mussenden Temple, The Dark Hedges
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

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.
On the 21st (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Belfast Zoo.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Portrush to Belfast by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Swords.

Things to do in Belfast

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belfast Zoo, Carrickfergus Castle
Highlights from your plan
Belfast Zoo ©
Belfast Zoo
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle

1
night
Swords, Ireland

Swords ©
Swords is the county town of Fingal in Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Portmarnock Beach, explore the historical opulence of Malahide Castle, and then contemplate the long history of Newbridge House.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Swords trip builder .

Drive from Belfast to Swords in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Swords

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portmarnock Beach, Malahide Castle, Newbridge House & Farm
Highlights from your plan
Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle
Newbridge House & Farm ©
Newbridge House & Farm

2
nights
Kilkee, Ireland

Kilkee ©
Kilkee is a small coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kilkee Beach. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Scattery Island, then explore the historical opulence of Desmond Castle, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Abbey Church. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kilkee Beach, then go for a walk through Kilkee Cliff Walk, and then play a few rounds at Doonbeg Golf Club.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kilkee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Swords to Kilkee takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Adare, Doonbeg Golf Club, Scattery Island
Highlights from your plan
Scattery Island ©
Scattery Island
Bridges of Ross ©
Bridges of Ross
Kilkee Beach ©
Kilkee Beach

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