12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fly:  19​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
4
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kenmare, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Guatemala City, Guatemala

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle and then steep yourself in history at Bru na Boinne. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Chester Beatty Library, then take in nature's colorful creations at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and then step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin vacation planner.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Dublin is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Guatemala City in August, things will get little chillier in Dublin: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Malahide Castle, Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Carrickfergus Castle, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally take a stroll through Cathedral Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, then contemplate the long history of Mount Stewart House, then admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Belfast travel planner.

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Belfast are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mount Stewart, Carrickfergus Castle, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Mount Stewart ©
Mount Stewart
Carrickfergus Castle ©
Carrickfergus Castle

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 27th (Sun), head outdoors with Causeway Coastal Route, then do a tasting at Old Bushmills Distillery, and then explore the historical opulence of Dunluce Castle.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bushmills travel planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Bushmills can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Dunluce Castle
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Bushmills Distillery ©
Bushmills Distillery

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Fin Barre's Cathedral and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cork travel itinerary creator.

Getting from Bushmills to Cork by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In August in Cork, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kenmare.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Fota Wildlife Park, Cobh Cathedral, Charles Fort
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Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral
Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
St Fin Barre's Cathedral ©
St Fin Barre's Cathedral

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then steep yourself in history at Muckross Abbey, and then cruise along Ring of Kerry. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ladies' View, then identify plant and animal life at Garnish Island, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kenmare trip generator.

Traveling by car from Cork to Kenmare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Kenmare

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Killarney, Garinish Island, Ring of Kerry
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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle

1
day
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, head off the coast to Great Blasket Island, then delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.James Church.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dingle itinerary builder.

Getting from Kenmare to Dingle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Blasket Island
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Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
St.James Church ©
St.James Church

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