8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  31 h
1
Rathlin Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Bushmills
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Belfast
— 4 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

1
day
Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island ©
On the 31st (Mon), identify plant and animal life at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and then head off the coast to Rathlin Island.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rathlin Island road trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Rathlin Island is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Rathlin Island due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

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

1
night
Bushmills

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 1st (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at The Puffin Gallery, explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle, thenexplore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, and finally take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bushmills journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Rathlin Island to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Causeway Coastal Route, Dunluce Castle, The Puffin Gallery
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Titanic Belfast and Harron Framing & Designs. Visit Crumlin Road Gaol and Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belfast: Newcastle (Tollymore National Outdoor Centre & Murlough National Nature Reserve), Whitehead Conservation Area (in Whitehead) and Portavoe Reservoir (in Groomsport). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at St. George's Market, see the interesting displays at HMS Caroline, look for all kinds of wild species at Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve, and look for gifts at The Wicker Man.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip planning tool.

You can drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Belfast are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Belfast

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Newcastle, Harron Framing & Designs, Kiltonga Wildlife Reserve, Whitehead Conservation Area, Portavoe Reservoir
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

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