18 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
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Ballina, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 1 night
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinbane Castle, St. George's Market and SS Nomadic. On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast road trip site.

Houston, USA to Belfast is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Belfast due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in August, expect Belfast to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portrush.
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Portrush, United Kingdom — 1 night

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Your day by day itinerary now includes Giant's Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portrush trip app.

You can drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Donegal Town.
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Donegal Town, Ireland — 1 night

Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, Glencar Waterfall, Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Slieve League.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Donegal Town trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Donegal Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ballina.
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Ballina, Ireland — 1 night

Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
You've added Aughnanure Castle, Gothic Chapel, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Ballina tour website.

Drive from Donegal Town to Ballina in 2 hours. Traveling from Donegal Town in August, Ballina is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 nights

City of the Tribes

A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Corcomroe Abbey, Parknabinna Wedge Tomb, Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, and other attractions. Explore hidden gems such as Riverside Walk and Athenry Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Ennis Friary (in Ennis) and Quin Abbey (in Quin).

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galway holiday builder site.

You can drive from Ballina to Galway in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bridgetown Priory, Mallow Castle, Riasc, and other attractions. Step off the beaten path and head to Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Hore Abbey (in Cashel) and Staigue Fort (in Castlecove).

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Killarney tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 1 night

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes House Of Waterford Crystal, Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan) and Davy Macs Gin Bar. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Davy Macs Gin Bar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Waterford sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Waterford takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Waterford are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 1 night

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Hole in the Wall. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Hook Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, stroll through Kilkenny Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at The Hole in the Wall.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny travel route planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
You've added National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's much more to do: walk around St Stephens Green, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Dublin trip app.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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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Ireland travel guide

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Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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