8 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

8 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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8 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville, United States
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shannon, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  15​h 45​min
End: Jacksonville, United States

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill and then take a memorable drive along Dingle Peninsula. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Eask Tower, delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and then cruise along Slea Head Drive.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Dingle visit planner.

Jacksonville, USA to Dingle is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. Traveling from Jacksonville to Dingle, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Jacksonville, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Dingle, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shannon.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trips

Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula
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Slea Head Drive ©
Slea Head Drive
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

1
night
Shannon, Ireland

Shannon ©
Shannon or Shannon Town, named after the river near which it stands, is a town in County Clare, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get lost in a book at Sean Lemass Public Library, explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and then catch some excitement at Castlefergus Equestrian.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shannon day trip app .

Getting from Dingle to Shannon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Shannon

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Castlefergus Equestrian
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Sean Lemass Public Library ©
Sean Lemass Public Library

1
night
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 22nd (Sun), stroll the grounds of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knocknarea, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Inishmurray Island.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sligo sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Shannon to Sligo takes 2.5 hours. In September in Sligo, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Knocknarea ©
Knocknarea
Inishmurray Island ©
Inishmurray Island

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
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 23rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, then admire the striking features of Guildhall, then snap pictures at Peace bridge, and finally make a trip to Walled city Londonderry.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Derry online travel route planner .

You can drive from Sligo to Derry in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September in Derry, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry
City Walls ©
City Walls
Peace bridge ©
Peace bridge

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), make a trip to City Hall, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Belfast, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
City Hall ©
City Hall
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast

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