26 days in Ireland, County Londonderry & Belfast Itinerary

26 days in Ireland, County Londonderry & Belfast Itinerary

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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kilkenny Castle and Ferns Castle. Hook Lighthouse and Black Abbey will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Kilkenny to go to Enniscorthy and see The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny online trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Kilkenny is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. While traveling from Toronto, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Kilkenny, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 2 nights

One of the country's major artistic and cultural centers, famed for its many annual festivals, Cork straddles the Lee River and boasts over 30 bridges.
On the 27th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, then contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, and then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Cork City Gaol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cobh Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Cork can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 3 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muckross House and Ross Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Killarney National Park and Inch Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Dingle (about 1h 10 min away).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Cork to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Killarney sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Liscannor.
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Liscannor, Ireland — 2 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. On the 1st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, then steep yourself in history at Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations, and then walk around Burren National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): head off the coast to Scattery Island, then play a few rounds at Lahinch Golf Club, and then take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Liscannor online travel route planner.

Getting from Killarney to Liscannor by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre and then explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Eyre Square, then surround yourself with nature on Ireland's School of Falconry, then see the interesting displays at The Quiet Man Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galway online journey planner.

Drive from Liscannor to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Galway can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and then contemplate the long history of The Lost Valley. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum and then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Westport road trip planner.

You can drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 2 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave, then delve into the distant past at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, and then appreciate the history behind Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey, explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, and then explore the wide array of goods at Mullaney Brothers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sligo trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Sligo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Westport in June, Sligo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of The Two Bridges Walk and then get to know the fascinating history of City Walls.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Derry itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Sligo to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Giant's Causeway and Coast Rd. Get a sense of the local culture at Titanic Belfast and War Years Remembered (War Museum). Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Carnlough Bay Boat Tours (in Carnlough) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at HMS Caroline and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Belfast online travel planner.

You can drive from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Guinness Storehouse and Malahide Castle will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and National Gallery of Ireland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dublin: Vagabond Tours (in Greystones) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and see the interesting displays at GPO Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dublin visit website.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Belfast in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dublin, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
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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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County Londonderry travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Bridges · History Museums
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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