8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Belfast
— 2 nights
taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Rathlin Island
— 1 night
taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Portrush
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Castle Ward and Cathedral Quarter. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HMS Caroline and Carrickfergus Castle. Step out of Belfast with an excursion to World of Owls in Randalstown--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast and contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip planner.

London to Belfast is an approximately 3.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daytime highs in Belfast are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Castle Ward, Carrickfergus Castle, World of Owls
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Cathedral Quarter ©
Cathedral Quarter
World of Owls ©
World of Owls
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline

1
night
Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, then identify plant and animal life at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, and then step off the mainland to explore Rathlin Island.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rathlin Island vacation planning website.

Getting from Belfast to Rathlin Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre ©
RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre
Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre

3
nights
Portrush

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kinbane Castle and Dunseverick Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ballycastle Beach and Causeway Coastal Route. Step out of Portrush with an excursion to Largantea Picnic Area in Limavady--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, steep yourself in history at Hezlett House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, and step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Portrush trip planner.

You can drive from Rathlin Island to Portrush in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Portrush are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castlerock, Ballycastle, Bushmills, Causeway Coastal Route, Largantea Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

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