32 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

32 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Ireland trip planner

Make it your trip
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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 Bushmills (Dunseverick Falls, Giant's Causeway, &more), Slemish Mountain (in Broughshane) and Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to City Hall, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, take a memorable drive along Coast Rd, 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 17.5-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

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 14:

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). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Boatyard Distillery, have some family-friendly fun at Safari Action, get lost in a book at Enniskillen Library, and explore the fascinating underground world of Marble Arch Caves.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Enniskillen planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Enniskillen takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 21:

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 Omagh (Ulster American Folk Park, Mellon Centre for Migration Studies, &more), Portrush (Portrush West Strand, Dunluce Castle, &more) and Bushfoot Strand (in Portballintrae). 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 look for gifts at Checkpoint Charlie.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Derry trip planner.

Drive from Enniskillen to Derry in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 31:

Ballycastle

— 5 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballycastle: Rathlin Island (Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre & Breakwater Studio).

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ballycastle vacation app.

Traveling by car from Derry to Ballycastle takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

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.