60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulster Museum and National Trust - Crom. Do some cultural sightseeing at SS Nomadic and The Abingdon Collection. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Newry Cathedral (in Newry), Basil Sheils (in Tassagh) and Ring of Gullion (in Crossmaglen). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at National Trust - Florence Court, take in nature's colorful creations at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, get your bearings at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, and see the interesting displays at HMS Caroline.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast online tour builder.

Louisville, USA to Belfast is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Louisville to Belfast, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Louisville, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Belfast, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

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Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:

Portrush, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Portrush Whiterocks Beach, kick back and relax at East Strand, hike along Causeway Coastal Walk, stroll through Portrush West Strand, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally cruise along Causeway Coastal Route.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portrush travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Portrush can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Sligo, Ireland

— 4 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Get in touch with nature at Strandhill Beach and Knocknarea. You'll explore and learn at Glenview Folk Museum and The Model, home of the Niland Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballyshannon (Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop & Castle Adventure Open Farm), Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town) and Sean MacDiarmada's House (in Kiltyclogher). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Glencolmcille Folk Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Muckross Head Peninsula, make a trip to The High Cross, and enjoy the sand and surf at Easkey.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sligo visit site.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Sligo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Sligo, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Westport, Ireland

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Hennigan's Heritage Centre. Shop till you drop at The Quay Gallery and Marlene's Chocolate Haven. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Achill Island (Sli Grainne Mhaol, Achill Heritage Centre, &more), Dugort Beach (in Dugort) and Mulranny (Mulranny Saltmarsh & Mulranny Strand). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at The Lost Valley, explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drummindoo Stud, and examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Westport trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Westport in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Westport, with lows of 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 · Museums

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Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Clifden, Ireland

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 13th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach, explore the activities along Roundstone Bay, browse the exhibits of Roundstone Ceramics, then relax in the rural setting at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, then step into the grandiose world of Aughnanure Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Glengowla Mines.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Clifden route builder.

You can drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Galway, Ireland

— 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and Salthill Promenade. Visit The Irish Workhouse Centre and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: The Wormhole (in Inishmore), Portumna (Portumna Forest Park & Portumna Castle) and Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, and contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Galway, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

Liscannor, Ireland

— 5 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. Get outdoors at Lahinch Beach and The Burren. Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations and Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilbaha (Loop Head Lighthouse & Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts), Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion) and Kilkee (Kilbaha Lighthouse, Bridges of Ross, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliffs of Moher, identify plant and animal life at Doughmore Bay, kick back and relax at White Strand Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren Centre.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Liscannor trip simple and quick.

Drive from Galway to Liscannor in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Step off the beaten path and head to King John's Castle and Craggaunowen. Get some cultural insight at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Askeaton Friary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limerick: Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail (in Tarbert), Foynes Flying Boat Museum (in Foynes) and Shannon Golf Club (in Shannon). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Flannan's Cathedral, examine the collection at Thomas Fitzgerald Center, and contemplate the long history of Quin Abbey.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Limerick day trip website.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. August in Limerick sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Dingle, Ireland

— 6 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skellig Michael and Irish Famine Cottages. Shop till you drop at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Dingle Artworks. Venture out of the city with trips to Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee), Castlegregory (Castlegregory Golf Links & Glanteenassig Wood) and Dursey Island (in Crookhaven). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Inch Beach, step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wine Strand Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle trip maker tool.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Another option is to 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) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 4:

Killarney, Ireland

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
St. Mary's Cathedral and Cahergall Fort are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Kerry Cliffs and Torc Mountain Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Ardfert Cathedral (in Ardfert), Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion) and Tralee (St. John's Church, Banna Strand, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Killarney Falconry, hike along Beara Way, play a few rounds at Ring of Kerry Golf Club, and explore the striking landscape at Healy Pass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip tool.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Killarney are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Cork, Ireland

— 4 nights

Rebel City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cork City Gaol and Blarney Castle & Gardens. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story and St. Anne's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: St. John's Church (in Buttevant), Clonakilty (Birthplace of Michael Collins, West Cork Model Railway Village, &more) and Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Spike Island, contemplate the long history of Charles Fort, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, and hunt for treasures at The English Market.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cork trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Cork, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 5 nights

Marble City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rock of Cashel and Jerpoint Abbey. Get some cultural insight at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Hore Abbey. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (Waterford Greenway, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, &more), Tramore Beach (in Tramore) and Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, learn more about the world around you at Medieval Mile Museum, contemplate the long history of Curraghmore House, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kilkenny online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kilkenny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Dublin, Ireland

— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Trim Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glendalough Cathedral and Wicklow Mountains National Park. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Howth (Claremont Beach & Howth Hills), Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Bray (Bray Head & Cliff Walk Car Park Bray). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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.