15 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland holiday planner
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Belfast
— 4 nights
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Newtownabbey
— 1 night
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Larne
— 1 night
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Enniskillen
— 1 night
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Derry
— 3 nights
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Bushmills
— 3 nights
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Belfast — 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mount Stewart in Newtownards (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belfast holiday builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Belfast is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is minus 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in May, with highs in Belfast at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Newtownabbey.
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Newtownabbey — 1 night

Newtownabbey is a large settlement north of Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 16th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle, then explore the galleries of Harron Framing & Designs, then boost your wellbeing at The Spa Dunamoy, and finally learn about all things military at War Years Remembered (War Museum).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newtownabbey vacation planning app.

Newtownabbey is just a short distance from Belfast. In May, daytime highs in Newtownabbey are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Larne.
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Larne — 1 night

Larne is a seaport and industrial market town, as well as a civil parish, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland with a population of 18,323 people in the 2008 Estimate. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Gleno Waterfall, get in on the family fun at Carnfunnock Country Park, then take a memorable drive along Coast Rd, and finally take a tour by water with Carnlough Bay Boat Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Larne vacation maker app.

Larne is just a short distance from Newtownabbey. In May, daytime highs in Larne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Enniskillen.
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Enniskillen — 1 night

Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Boatyard Distillery, then Head underground at Marble Arch Caves, and then trek along Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (Stairway to Heaven).

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Enniskillen holiday maker app.

You can drive from Larne to Enniskillen in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Enniskillen are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Derry.
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Derry — 3 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.
Explore Derry's surroundings by going to Omagh (The Abingdon Collection & Ulster American Folk Park). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, snap pictures at Peace Bridge, get engrossed in the history at Tower Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columb's Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Derry route planner.

Traveling by car from Enniskillen to Derry takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Derry, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Bushmills.
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Bushmills — 3 nights

Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 22nd (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls, then kick back and relax at East Strand, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Giant's Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The Dark Hedges.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bushmills visit planner.

You can drive from Derry to Bushmills in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 24th (Wed), you're off to home.
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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.
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County Londonderry travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · History Museums · Bridges
County Londonderry features numerous scenic riverside settings and several important historical sites. Derry, the county’s biggest city, famous for its ancient defensive walls, served as the UK’s official City of Culture in 2013. The county, steeped in history and proud of its Irish heritage, plays an important role in the cultural revival currently underway in this northern region. Though there’s lots of history to soak up here, the county’s biggest attraction may very well be the locals themselves, well known for their long tradition of witty storytelling. Visit the county’s smaller villages to explore a flourishing music scene, which has found its home in both traditional pubs and trendy new cafes.
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