8 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

8 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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Bunratty, Ireland
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Carrick, Ireland
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Bunratty, Ireland

— 1 day
Unequivocally dedicated to tourism, the small village of Bunratty remains best known for its medieval castle, indisputably the most visited attraction in the region.
On the 2nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, experience the excitement of Castlefergus Equestrian, and then stop by The Woollen Market.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bunratty trip planner.

Dublin to Bunratty is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bunratty are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Bunratty

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

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Galway, Ireland

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor), Doolin Pitch & Putt (in Doolin) and Kenny Woollen Mills & Lahinch Art Gallery (in Lahinch). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre. There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Ireland's School of Falconry, grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House, and steep yourself in history at Carran Medieval Church.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galway trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bunratty to Galway in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Galway are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carrick.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Carrick, Ireland

— 1 night
On the 6th (Sun), kick back and relax at Silver Strand Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Away to Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations, and then take some stellar pictures from Slieve League.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Carrick driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Carrick takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Galway in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Carrick. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Ballintoy (Causeway Coastal Route & Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge), Dunluce Castle (in Portrush) and Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, contemplate the long history of Torr Head, and get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip planning tool.

Getting from Carrick to Belfast by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

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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.

County Donegal travel guide

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Castles · Lookouts · Historic Sites
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.