7 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

7 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland itinerary planner

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Belfast
— 3 nights
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Rathlin Island
— 1 night
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Bushmills
— 2 nights
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Belfast

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Broughshane Environment Waterfowl & Wildlife Trust and Whitehead Conservation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Portavoe Reservoir (in Groomsport), Newcastle (Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Murlough National Nature Reserve, &more) and Randalstown (World of Owls & Randalstown Forest Nature Reserve). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at St. George's Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve, get answers to all your questions at RSPB Belfast's Window on Wildlife, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Belfast planning website.

Dublin, Ireland to Belfast is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Rathlin Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Breakwater Studio, head off the coast to Rathlin Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Rathlin Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Rathlin Island takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Bushmills

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at East Strand, stroll through Portrush Countryside Centre, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Portglenone Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Giant's Causeway, then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, and finally view the masterpieces at The Puffin Gallery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bushmills journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Rathlin Island to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. In July in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Northern Ireland travel guide

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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.