60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulster Museum and HMS Caroline. Do some cultural sightseeing at SS Nomadic and National Trust - Florence Court. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Basil Sheils (in Tassagh), Ring of Gullion (in Crossmaglen) and Newry Cathedral (in Newry). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, stroll through Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, get advice or help at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and identify plant and animal life at National Trust - Crom.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary planner.

Louisville, USA to Belfast is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. When traveling from Louisville in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Belfast: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portrush, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Portstewart Strand - National Trust and then admire the natural beauty at Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Portrush Whiterocks Beach, kick back and relax at East Strand, hike along Causeway Coastal Walk, stroll through Portrush West Strand, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally cruise along Causeway Coastal Route.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portrush travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Portrush can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Sligo, Ireland

— 4 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get in touch with nature at Strandhill Beach and Easkey. You'll explore and learn at Glenview Folk Museum and Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town), Sean MacDiarmada's House (in Kiltyclogher) and Castle Adventure Open Farm (in Ballyshannon). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea, don't miss a visit to The High Cross, hike along Ladies Brae, and steep yourself in history at Glencolmcille Folk Village.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sligo journey planner.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Sligo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Westport, Ireland

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Michael Davitt Museum. Shop till you drop at The Quay Gallery and Marlene's Chocolate Haven. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Mulranny (Mulranny Saltmarsh & Mulranny Strand), Dugort Beach (in Dugort) and Achill Island (Sli Grainne Mhaol, Achill Heritage Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, take a memorable drive along Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Cross Beach Loop Walk.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Westport road trip planning app.

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. Traveling from Sligo in August, Westport is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Clifden, Ireland

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 13th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach, explore the activities along Roundstone Bay, browse the exhibits of Roundstone Ceramics, then relax in the rural setting at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, then step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Glengowla Mines.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Clifden route builder.

You can drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 6 nights

City of the Tribes

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Visit Salthill Promenade and The Irish Workhouse Centre for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong), The Wormhole (in Inishmore) and Portumna (Portumna Forest Park & Portumna Castle). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, explore the galleries of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galway vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Liscannor, Ireland

— 5 nights
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. Get outdoors at Lahinch Beach and Doughmore Bay. Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations and Loop Head Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion), Kilkee (Kilbaha Lighthouse, Bridges of Ross, &more) and Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts (in Kilbaha). There's much more to do: stroll through Cliffs of Moher, explore the striking landscape at The Burren, tee off at Trump International Golf Links Ireland, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Liscannor trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Liscannor sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Step off the beaten path and head to King John's Castle and Craggaunowen. Get some cultural insight at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Saint Mary's Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limerick: Foynes Flying Boat Museum (in Foynes), Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton) and Shannon Golf Club (in Shannon). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Hunt Museum, identify plant and animal life at Animal Magic, contemplate the long history of Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Flannan's Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Limerick, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Liscannor to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Dingle, Ireland

— 6 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skellig Michael and Irish Famine Cottages. Shop till you drop at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Fiadh Woven Design. Venture out of the city with trips to Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee), Castlegregory (Castlegregory Golf Links & Glanteenassig Wood) and Dursey Island (in Crookhaven). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, cruise along Dingle Peninsula, get outside with Slea Head Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wine Strand Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip maker tool.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Dingle sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
St. Mary's Cathedral and Cahergall Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Kerry Cliffs and Torc Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion), Tralee (St. John's Church, Banna Strand, &more) and Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, admire the landmark architecture of Bantry House & Garden, and trek along The Kerry Way.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Cork, Ireland

— 4 nights

Rebel City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cork City Gaol and Charles Fort. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story and West Cork Model Railway Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague), St. John's Church (in Buttevant) and Clonakilty (Birthplace of Michael Collins, Michael Collins Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, and head off the coast to Spike Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cork road trip planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 5 nights

Marble City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rock of Cashel and Waterford Greenway. Get some cultural insight at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Cahir Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, King of the Vikings, &more), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Tramore Beach (in Tramore). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kilkenny trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Dublin, Ireland

— 7 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Glendalough Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chester Beatty and Bru na Boinne. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village), Howth (Claremont Beach & Howth Hills) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Temple Bar, examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, and catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.