32 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland trip planner

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Belfast
— 8 nights
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Enniskillen
— 7 nights
Drive
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Derry
— 10 nights
Drive
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Ballycastle
— 5 nights
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Belfast

— 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Slemish Mountain (in Broughshane), Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy) and Bushmills (Dunseverick Falls, Giant's Causeway, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to City Hall, take a memorable drive along Coast Rd, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Belfast trip maker website.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Belfast is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Belfast, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in December, with highs in Belfast at 10°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Enniskillen

— 7 nights
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Explore Enniskillen's surroundings by going to Lough Navar Forest Viewpoint (in Derrygonnelly) and Omagh (The Abingdon Collection, Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Boatyard Distillery, stop by Nor Lisa Fashion Boutique, Head underground at Marble Arch Caves, and get lost in a book at Enniskillen Library.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Enniskillen trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Belfast to Enniskillen by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Enniskillen can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Derry.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

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Derry

— 10 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 Bushfoot Strand (in Portballintrae), Omagh (Ulster American Folk Park, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, &more) and Portrush (Portrush West Strand, Dunluce Castle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, make a trip to Guildhall, and get your game on at Movie House Maghera.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Derry route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Enniskillen to Derry takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Derry can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Ballycastle

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Ballycastle: Rathlin Island (Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre & Breakwater Studio).

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ballycastle route builder website.

Drive from Derry to Ballycastle in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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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.