8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Derry
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rathlin Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Ballycastle
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Belfast
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: London

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at National Trust - Florence Court and Enniskillen Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and National Trust - Crom. Change things up with these side-trips from Derry: Mussenden Temple (in Castlerock), Portrush East Strand (in Portrush) and Enniskillen (Buttermarket & National Trust - Castle Coole). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columb's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Free Derry Corner, and make a trip to Walled city Londonderry.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Derry sightseeing planner.

London to Derry is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from London in September: highs in Derry hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Enniskillen, Portrush East Strand, Mussenden Temple, National Trust - Crom
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National Trust - Crom ©
National Trust - Crom
Mussenden Temple ©
Mussenden Temple
National Trust - Florence Court ©
National Trust - Florence Court

1
night
Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island is an island and civil parish off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point of Northern Ireland.GeographyRathlin is the only inhabited offshore island of Northern Ireland, with a steadily growing population of approximately 150 people, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the coast of the island of Ireland. On the 11th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, then stroll through RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, then view the masterpieces at Breakwater Studio, and finally head off the coast to Rathlin Island.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rathlin Island journey planner .

Traveling by car from Derry to Rathlin Island takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks Trails Outdoors
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RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre ©
Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre

1
night
Ballycastle

Ballycastle ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along White Park Bay, take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour, and then kick back and relax at Ballycastle Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ballycastle trip planner .

Getting from Rathlin Island to Ballycastle by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ballintoy
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Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
White Park Bay ©
White Park Bay
Ballintoy Harbour ©
Ballintoy Harbour

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church, step into the grandiose world of Carrickfergus Castle, then identify plant and animal life at World of Owls, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Quarter. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Murlough National Nature Reserve, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Ward, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast travel route planner .

You can drive from Ballycastle to Belfast in 1.5 hours. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle Ward, Murlough National Nature Reserve, Spas, Carrickfergus Castle, World of Owls
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St. Malachy's Church ©
St. Malachy's Church
World of Owls ©
World of Owls
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle

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