8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Fly to Belfast International Airport, Drive to Enniskillen
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Enniskillen
— 1 night
Drive
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Bushmills
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rathlin Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Belfast
— 3 nights
Fly

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Enniskillen

— 1 night
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. On the 1st (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Enniskillen Castle and then step into the grandiose world of National Trust - Castle Coole. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of National Trust - Florence Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cuilcagh Mountain Park, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle Balfour.

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Enniskillen is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Enniskillen when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bushmills.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Bushmills

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, then kick back and relax at East Strand, then stroll through Portrush West Strand, and finally make a trip to St. Gobban's Church. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at White Park Bay, admire the sheer force of Dunseverick Falls, then explore the historical opulence of Dunseverick Castle, and finally play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club.

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You can drive from Enniskillen to Bushmills in 2.5 hours. In May in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rathlin Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Breakwater Studio, and finally step off the mainland to explore Rathlin Island.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rathlin Island road trip site.

You can drive from Bushmills to Rathlin Island in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Get some historical perspective at Carrickfergus Castle and Castle Ward. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Quarter and Spas. Take a break from Belfast with a short trip to World of Owls in Randalstown, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, head outdoors with Lagan Valley Leisureplex Lisburn Pool, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, and see the interesting displays at HMS Caroline.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rathlin Island to Belfast takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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.