12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballycastle Itinerary

12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballycastle Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland, Belfast & Ballycastle Itinerary

Start: Perth, Australia
Fly:  9 h 30 min
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ballycastle, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Malin Beg, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Limerick, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Kilkee, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
9
Kenmare, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
10
Bantry, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Perth, Australia

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), ponder the world of politics at City Hall, have fun and explore at W5, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast online trip maker.

Perth, Australia to Belfast is an approximately 24- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Perth to Belfast. Traveling from Perth in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Belfast, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Childrens Museums
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
City Hall ©
City Hall

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Ballycastle, United Kingdom

Ballycastle ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Murlough Bay and Fair Head and then head outdoors with The Dark Hedges.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Ballycastle trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Ballycastle takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Malin Beg.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

The Dark Hedges
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Murlough Bay and Fair Head ©
Murlough Bay and Fair Head
The Dark Hedges ©
The Dark Hedges

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Malin Beg, Ireland

Malin Beg
On the 27th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand Beach, steep yourself in history at Glencolmcille Folk Village, and then get great views at Slieve League.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Malin Beg trip site.

You can drive from Ballycastle to Malin Beg in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Malin Beg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Glencolmcille Folk Village, Slieve League
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Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village
Slieve League ©
Slieve League

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Parke's Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Hazelwood House, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sligo Abbey.

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You can drive from Malin Beg to Sligo in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Parke's Castle
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Hazelwood House ©
Hazelwood House

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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 29th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Dog's Bay Beach, and then relax in the rural setting at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Clifden road trip site.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Clifden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Dog's Bay Beach, Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden ©
Dog's Bay Beach ©
Dog's Bay Beach
Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm ©
Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Salthill Beaches, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eyre Square.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches
Kayaking & Canoeing
Eyre Square ©
Eyre Square

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get outside with Dromoland Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Limerick trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Galway to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Limerick sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkee.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Dromoland Castle
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Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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Kilkee, Ireland

Kilkee ©
Kilkee is a small coastal town in County Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Bridges of Ross, enjoy the sea views from Kilbaha Lighthouse, and then take a memorable drive along Loop Head.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kilkee trip builder.

Traveling by car from Limerick to Kilkee takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kilkee are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kenmare.

Things to do in Kilkee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Loop Head
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Bridges of Ross ©
Bridges of Ross
Loop Head ©
Loop Head

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Kenmare, Ireland

Kenmare ©
Known for its wide range of restaurants and traditional pubs, Kenmare sits along two major Irish tourist routes, the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara.
On the 2nd (Tue), play a few rounds at Kenmare Golf Club and then experience rural life at Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

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Traveling by car from Kilkee to Kenmare takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kenmare can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Bantry.

Things to do in Kenmare

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites
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Kenmare Golf Club ©
Kenmare Golf Club

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Bantry, Ireland

Bantry ©
Bantry is a town in the civil parish of Kilmocomoge in the barony of Bantry on the coast of West County Cork, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Lough Hyne, enjoy the sand and surf at Barleycove Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garinish Island.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bantry trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kenmare to Bantry by car takes about an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bantry

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lough Hyne, Garinish Island, Barleycove Beach
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Lough Hyne ©
Lough Hyne
Barleycove Beach ©
Barleycove Beach
Garinish Island ©
Garinish Island

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