24 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

24 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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24 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Belfast
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ballintoy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Enniskillen
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Derry
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago

7
nights
Belfast

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Coast Rd (in Larne), Kilcoan Gardens (in Islandmagee) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Bushmills). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at City Hall, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Titanic Belfast.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Belfast journey planner.

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 changes from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In July, Belfast is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 67°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Armagh, Newtownards, Royal County Down Golf Club, Clip 'n Climb Dundonald, Clearsky Adventure Centre Northern Ireland
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City Hall ©
City Hall
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

3
nights
Ballintoy

Ballintoy ©
Ballintoy is a small village, townland (of 274 acres) and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Venture out of the city with trips to Rathlin Island (Rathlin Island, Breakwater Studio, & more). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Larrybane Quarry, shop like a local with The Puffin Gallery, and take in the waterfront at Ballintoy Harbour.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ballintoy online tour planner .

You can drive from Belfast to Ballintoy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Rathlin Island, The Dark Hedges
Highlights from your plan
Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges

6
nights
Enniskillen

Enniskillen ©
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Explore Enniskillen's surroundings by going to Lough Navar Forest Viewpoint (in Derrygonnelly), Castlederg Library (in Castlederg) and Omagh (Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre & The Abingdon Collection). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Marble Arch Caves, step into the grandiose world of Enniskillen Castle, sample the fine beverages at The Boatyard Distillery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cladagh Glen Walk.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Enniskillen online trip builder .

You can drive from Ballintoy to Enniskillen in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Enniskillen can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Omagh, Cladagh Glen Walk, Irvinestown Library, Lough Navar Forest Viewpoint, Castlederg Library
Highlights from your plan
The Abingdon Collection ©
The Abingdon Collection
Marble Arch Caves ©
Marble Arch Caves
National Trust - Florence Court ©
National Trust - Florence Court

6
nights
Derry

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.
Explore Derry's surroundings by going to Portrush (Dunluce Castle, Portrush East Strand, & more), Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden (in Ballymoney) and Bushmills (Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Distillery). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, make a trip to The Bogside Artists, and contemplate the long history of Mussenden Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Derry holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Enniskillen to Derry takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Derry are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Portrush, Omagh, Bushmills, Garvagh Library, Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
City Walls ©
City Walls

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