60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Louisville, United States
Fly + Bus:  14 h 15 min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Liscannor, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Dingle, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
13
Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  13 h 45 min
End: Louisville, United States

4
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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Visiting National Trust - Crom and WWT Castle Espie will get you outdoors. HMS Caroline and Ring of Gullion will appeal to history buffs. Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Newry Cathedral (in Newry), Basil Sheils (in Tassagh) and The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh). The adventure continues: learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, identify plant and animal life at World of Owls, see the interesting displays at Ulster Aviation Society, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic).

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

Louisville, USA to Belfast is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Louisville to Belfast. Expect colder weather when traveling from Louisville in July: highs in Belfast hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Enniskillen, Downpatrick, Newcastle, Armagh, Newtownards
Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

2
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Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Portstewart Strand - National Trust and then admire the natural beauty at Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Portrush Whiterocks Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Portrush East Strand, trek along Causeway Coastal Walk, kick back and relax at Portrush West Strand, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Portrush online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Portrush sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Castlerock, County Antrim, Bushmills, Ballintoy
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House

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Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Donegal Castle and Glencolmcille Folk Village. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Knocknarea and Strandhill Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Glenview Folk Museum (in Ballinamore), Ballyshannon (Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop & Castle Adventure Open Farm) and Sean MacDiarmada's House (in Kiltyclogher). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, play a few rounds at Enniscrone Golf Club, make a trip to The High Cross, and contemplate the long history of Elphin Windmill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sligo vacation maker app.

Getting from Portrush to Sligo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Drumcliff, Ballyshannon, Killybegs, Muckross Head Peninsula, Rosses Point Loop Walk
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea

5
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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Let the collections at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Hennigan's Heritage Centre capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and The Great Western Greenway. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Mulranny (Mulranny Saltmarsh & Mulranny Strand), Achill Island (Sli Grainne Mhaol, Achill Heritage Centre, &more) and Dugort Beach (in Dugort). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Keem Bay, admire the natural beauty at Westport House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and don't miss a visit to Ceide Fields.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Westport online road trip planner.

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Westport, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Achill Island, Ballina, Belmullet, Cong, Castlebar
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
The Lost Valley ©
The Lost Valley

2
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Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Roundstone Bay, take in the exciting artwork at Roundstone Ceramics, then relax in the rural setting at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, then explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Glengowla Mines.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Clifden day trip planner.

You can drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Roundstone, Kylemore, Letterfrack, Leenane, Oughterard
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Sky Rd ©
Sky Rd
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach

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Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Salthill Promenade. Get some cultural insight at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre and Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Athlone (Glendeer Pet Farm, Luan Gallery, &more), Portumna (Portumna Forest Park, The Irish Workhouse Centre, &more) and Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong). The adventure continues: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, browse the exhibits of Galway City Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and admire the striking features of Galway Cathedral.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Galway vacation app.

Getting from Clifden to Galway by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athlone, Portumna, County Galway, Gort, Spiddal
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre ©
Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Kayaking & Canoeing

5
nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
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. Appreciate the collections at The Burren Centre and Michael Cusack Centre. Visit Poulnabrone Dolmen and Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations for their historical value. Explore Liscannor's surroundings by going to Kilkee (Kilbaha Lighthouse, Bridges of Ross, &more), Kilbaha (Loop Head Lighthouse & Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts) and Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher, explore the striking landscape at The Burren, head off the coast to Scattery Island, and kick back and relax at Doughmore Bay.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Liscannor trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Liscannor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kilkee, County Clare, Kilrush, Miltown Malbay, Doonbeg
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lahinch Beach ©
Lahinch Beach
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren

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Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Appreciate the collections at Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Thomas Fitzgerald Center. Shop till you drop at McKernan Woollen Mills and The Milk Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limerick: Shannon Golf Club (in Shannon), Askeaton (Aughinish Alumina Nature Trail & Askeaton Friary) and Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail (in Tarbert). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of King John's Castle, trot along with Ballyhannon House, take an in-depth tour of Craggaunowen, and identify plant and animal life at Animal Magic.

Plan my trip to Limerick with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Limerick can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bruff, Ennis, Bunratty, Askeaton, Killaloe
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Foynes Flying Boat Museum ©
Foynes Flying Boat Museum

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nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Skellig Michael and Gallarus Oratory will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Slea Head Drive and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Dingle side-trips: Dursey Island (in Crookhaven), Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee) and Kells Sheep Centre (in Kells). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula, get engrossed in the history at Celtic and Prehistoric Museum, steep yourself in history at Irish Famine Cottages, and head off the coast to Great Blasket Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Dingle sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Dunquin, Castlegregory
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:
Highlights from your plan
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach

5
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Explore hidden gems such as Torc Waterfall and Kerry Cliffs. Visit Ross Castle and Cahergall Fort for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert), Tralee (Banna Strand, Kerry County Museum, &more) and Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion). There's much more to do: trek along Torc Mountain Walk, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, head outdoors with Ring of Beara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Derrynane Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenmare, Tralee, Glengarriff, Glenbeigh, Portmagee
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk

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Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Spike Island and Youghal Heritage Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Charles Fort and Blarney Castle & Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: St. John's Church (in Buttevant), Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague) and Clonakilty (Birthplace of Michael Collins, West Cork Model Railway Village, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, take an in-depth tour of Cork City Gaol, and sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Cork day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kinsale, Ardmore, Clonakilty, Cobh, Skibbereen
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre

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Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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 Rock of Cashel. Museum-lovers will appreciate Medieval Mile Museum and King of the Vikings. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Tramore Beach (in Tramore), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Waterford (Waterford Greenway, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, and explore the historical opulence of Ferns Castle.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kilkenny day trip planning website.

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Waterford, Cashel, Enniscorthy, Gorey, Tipperary
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Hore Abbey ©
Hore Abbey

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Get in touch with nature at Wicklow Mountains National Park and Bray Head. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glendalough Cathedral and Chester Beatty. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Malahide Castle (in Malahide), Cliff Walk Car Park Bray (in Bray) and Enniskerry (Powerscourt Gardens and House & St. Patrick's Church). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Mill at Avoca Village, take an in-depth tour of 14 Henrietta Street, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle.

Plan my day in Dublin using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by bus from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Dublin, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Avoca, Bray, Enniskerry, Howth, Vale of Glendalough
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
14 Henrietta Street ©
14 Henrietta Street

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