8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Derry
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rathlin Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ballycastle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Enniskillen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Newcastle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bangor
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: London

1
night
Derry

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 8th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Bloody Sunday Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Tower Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Free Derry Corner. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Bogside Artists, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columb's Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roe Valley Country Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mussenden Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Portrush East Strand.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Derry road trip planning website .

London to Derry is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from London in June, you will find days in Derry are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Rathlin Island.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Roe Valley Country Park, Portrush East Strand, Mussenden Temple
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Roe Valley Country Park ©
Roe Valley Country Park
Tower Museum ©
Tower Museum
Bloody Sunday Memorial ©
Bloody Sunday Memorial

1
night
Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island is an island and civil parish off the coast of County Antrim and the northernmost point of Northern Ireland.GeographyRathlin is the only inhabited offshore island of Northern Ireland, with a steadily growing population of approximately 150 people, and is the most northerly inhabited island off the coast of the island of Ireland. On the 10th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, then shop like a local with Breakwater Studio, and finally step off the mainland to explore Rathlin Island.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rathlin Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Derry to Rathlin Island takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Rathlin Island

Parks Wildlife Trails
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Rathlin Island ©
Rathlin Island
RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre ©
Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre

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night
Ballycastle

Ballycastle ©
On the 11th (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, get outside with Antrim Coast Road, then stroll through White Park Bay, and finally kick back and relax at Ballycastle Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ballycastle itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rathlin Island to Ballycastle takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Enniskillen.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

White Park Bay, Antrim Coast Road
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Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach
Kinbane Castle ©
Kinbane Castle
White Park Bay ©
White Park Bay

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night
Enniskillen

Enniskillen ©
Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along Belmore Forest: Pollnagollum Cave Walk, explore the historical opulence of National Trust - Castle Coole, then stroll through Devenish Island, then explore the historical opulence of Enniskillen Castle, and finally examine the collection at Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Enniskillen road trip tool .

You can drive from Ballycastle to Enniskillen in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Enniskillen are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Newcastle.

Things to do in Enniskillen

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Devenish Island
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National Trust - Castle Coole ©
National Trust - Castle Coole
Enniskillen Castle ©
Enniskillen Castle
Devenish Island ©
Devenish Island

2
nights
Newcastle

Newcastle ©
On the 13th (Thu), admire the engineering at Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs, then contemplate the long history of Annalong Cornmill and Harbour, then take in the awesome beauty at Slieve Donard, and finally tee off at Royal County Down Golf Club. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Castlewellan Forest Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dundrum Castle, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Murlough National Nature Reserve.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Newcastle day trip planner .

Getting from Enniskillen to Newcastle by car takes about 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Newcastle are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Bangor.

Things to do in Newcastle

Parks Nature Golf

Side Trips

Castlewellan Forest Park, Annalong Cornmill and Harbour
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Silent Valley and Ben Crom Reservoirs ©
Royal County Down Golf Club ©
Royal County Down Golf Club
Castlewellan Forest Park ©
Castlewellan Forest Park

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night
Bangor

Bangor ©
Bangor is a large town in County Down, Northern Ireland. On the 15th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crawfordsburn Country Park, then contemplate the long history of Scrabo Tower, then admire all the interesting features of Ark Open Farm, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bangor Castle Walled Garden.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bangor day trip tool .

You can drive from Newcastle to Bangor in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bangor

Parks Spas Historic Sites

Side Trip

Newtownards
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Bangor Castle Walled Garden ©
Bangor Castle Walled Garden
Crawfordsburn Country Park ©
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Spas & Wellness

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