31 days in Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

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31 days in Belfast & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
3
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Edmonton, Canada

3
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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich, steep yourself in history at The Tropical Ravine House, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally admire the striking features of Customs House. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Northern Ireland War Memorial, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, and finally view the masterpieces at Belfast Exposed.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast online travel route planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Belfast is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Edmonton in September since evenings lows in Belfast dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Northern Ireland War Memorial ©
Northern Ireland War Memorial

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wicklow Mountains National Park and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Shankill Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Trim Castle (in Trim). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Glendalough Monastic Settlement, don't miss a visit to The Spire, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary app .

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Wicklow Mountains National Park, Trim Castle, Glendalough Cathedral, Bru na Boinne, Shankill Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Wicklow Mountains National Park ©
Wicklow Mountains National Park

3
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 discover tucked-away gems like Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Hook Lighthouse and Rothe House and Garden will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe), Rock of Cashel (in Cashel) and Ferns Castle (in Ferns). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny, and contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kilkenny road trip site .

You can take a bus from Dublin to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Curracloe Beach, Hook Lighthouse, Ferns Castle, Rock of Cashel
Highlights from your plan
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hook Lighthouse ©
Hook Lighthouse
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galway Cathedral and Galway City Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cong (Royal Abbey of Cong, Monk's Fishing House, & more) and St Mel's Cathedral (in Longford). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, take in nature's colorful creations at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, and don't miss a visit to Kirwan's Lane.

Before you visit Galway, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Galway are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cong, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, St Mel's Cathedral, Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre
Highlights from your plan
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre ©

2
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 19th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Doughmore Bay, kick back and relax at Fanore Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher. On the next day, trek along Caher Valley Loop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin).

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Liscannor trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Liscannor sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fanore, Doughmore Bay, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)
Fanore Beach ©
Fanore Beach

1
night
Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then play a few rounds at Dromoland Castle.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Limerick planning tool .

You can drive from Liscannor to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Dromoland Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

4
nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Inch Beach and Skellig Michael. Step out of the city life by going to Dingle Peninsula and Coumeenoole Beach. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring the striking scenery along Slea Head Drive. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, shop like a local with Dingle Artworks, and examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dingle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

County Kerry, Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach
Highlights from your plan
Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some historical perspective at St. Mary's Cathedral and Ross Castle. Take a break from the city and head to Kerry Cliffs and Killarney National Park. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Skelligs Chocolate Co. (in Ballinskelligs), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Ballycarbery Castle (in Cahersiveen). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Killarney House, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and identify plant and animal life at Falconry Kerry.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip planner .

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Staigue Fort, Skelligs Chocolate Co., Kerry Cliffs, Ballycarbery Castle
Highlights from your plan
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

4
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Cork City Gaol and Crawford Art Gallery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Charles Fort and St Declan's Well and Oratory. Get out of town with these interesting Cork side-trips: The Round Tower (in Ardmore), Collegiate Church Of St. Mary (in Youghal) and Kinsale (St Multose Church, Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, & more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, and take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Cork trip website .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cork are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Kinsale, Ardmore, Titanic Experience Cobh, Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, Timoleague Franciscan Friary
Highlights from your plan
Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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