36 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cobh, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Years Remembered (War Museum) and Grey Point Fort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Irish Republican History Museum and Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House. Change things up with a short trip to Donaghadee Harbour in Donaghadee (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church, steep yourself in history at Scrabo Tower, and brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Belfast trip itinerary builder app.

New York City, USA to Belfast is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from New York City to Belfast, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get little chillier in Belfast: highs are around 57°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bushmills.
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Bushmills, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Causeway Coastal Route, then explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, tee off at Bushfoot Golf Club, then explore the ancient world of Dunseverick Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gobban's Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills online trip builder.

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Bushmills sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Derry Presbyterian Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Eugene's Cathedral. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Siege Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Derry City Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Derry route planner.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Derry takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) 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 8th (Sun), stroll through Dunmoran Strand, then get to know the fascinating history of Aughris Cliff Walk, and then cast your line with Sligo Boat Charters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Streedagh Beach, contemplate the long history of Creevykeel Court Tomb, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Hazelwood.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Derry to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Kinvara Harbour. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Kilmacduagh Tower (in Gort), Ennis Friary (in Ennis) and Thomond Park Stadium (in Limerick). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Riverside Walk, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galway trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Galway when traveling from Sligo in October, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 5 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey. Popular historic sites such as St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Mary's Church of Ireland are in your itinerary. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert), Blennerville Windmill (in Tralee) and Old Kenmare Road (in Kenmare). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney day trip planning tool.

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 4 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gallarus Oratory and Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inch Beach and Celtic Nature Walking Tours. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, relax and rejuvenate at Spa Atlantach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Brandon.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Killarney to Dingle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kinsale.
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Kinsale, Ireland — 2 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the galleries of The Boathouse Gallery, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, then look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, examine the collection at West Cork Model Railway Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Kinsale are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.
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Cobh, Ireland — 4 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Visit Cobh Cathedral and St Declan's Well and Oratory for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Titanic Experience Cobh and St. Mary's Collegiate Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cobh: Ardmore (Ballyquin Beach & Ardmore Round Tower And Cathedral), Lismore (Ballysaggartmore Towers & Saint Carthage's Cathedral) and Ballycotton Lighthouse (in Ballycotton). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story, make a trip to Old Church Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cobh trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Cobh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chester Beatty and The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Bru na Boinne (in Donore), Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry) and Malahide Castle (in Malahide). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of 14 Henrietta Street, examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery, and wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cobh to Dublin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Dublin sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 45°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for 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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