8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Derry
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ballintoy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Belfast
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h
End: Montreal

2
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Derry: Bushmills (Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Distillery), Omagh (Ulster American Folk Park & The Abingdon Collection) and Portrush (Dunluce Castle & Portrush East Strand). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, snap pictures at Peace bridge, appreciate the history behind Hands Across the Divide Monument, and don't miss a visit to Guildhall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Derry trip planning site .

Montreal, Canada to Derry is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Montreal to Derry due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montreal in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Derry: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bushmills, Portrush, Omagh
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
City Walls ©
City Walls

1
night
Ballintoy

Ballintoy ©
Ballintoy is a small village, townland (of 274 acres) and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at The Puffin Gallery, then take a memorable drive along The Dark Hedges, then take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour, and finally take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Ballintoy travel route planner .

You can drive from Derry to Ballintoy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Outdoors Scenic Drive Shopping

Side Trips

The Dark Hedges, The Puffin Gallery
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The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge ©
Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
Ballintoy Harbour ©
Ballintoy Harbour

3
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.
Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Coast Rd (in Larne) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Bushmills). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St George's Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Belfast tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ballintoy to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Causeway Coastal Route, Coast Rd, Ulster Aviation Society
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City Hall ©
City Hall
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol

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