9 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Belfast
— 2 nights
Drive
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Enniskillen
— 1 night
Drive
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Rathlin Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Bushmills
— 2 nights
Drive
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Derry
— 2 nights
Fly

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Belfast

— 2 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Queen's University and Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Ward (in Downpatrick) and Tollymore Forest Park (in Newcastle). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle, take a stroll through Cathedral Quarter, don't miss a visit to Oh Yeah Music Centre, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary planner.

London to Belfast is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Belfast hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Enniskillen

— 1 night
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Enniskillen Castle, then steep yourself in history at National Trust - Florence Court, and then stop by The Sheelin Antique Lace Shop & Collection.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Enniskillen trip planner.

Drive from Belfast to Enniskillen in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Belfast in July: highs in Enniskillen hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Shopping

Rathlin Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, and then head off the coast to Rathlin Island.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rathlin Island trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Enniskillen to Rathlin Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Bushmills

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 10th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Robert Quigg VC Memorial, take a leisurely stroll along Ballintoy Harbour, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, kick back and relax at Ballycastle Beach, and then get a dose of the wild on Carnlough Bay Boat Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bushmills vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rathlin Island to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. July in Bushmills sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Derry

— 2 nights

Maiden City

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.
On the 12th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, and then appreciate the history behind Bloody Sunday Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Walled city Londonderry and then pause for some photo ops at Free Derry Corner.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Derry vacation app.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Derry takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Derry

Museums

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.