13 days in Ireland, Coleraine & Belfast Itinerary

13 days in Ireland, Coleraine & Belfast Itinerary

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Start: Portland, United States
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Coleraine, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  16 h
End: Portland, United States

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Coleraine, United Kingdom

Coleraine ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and then choose your vessel at Bann Boat Hire.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coleraine travel route tool.

Portland, USA to Coleraine is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in March, expect nights in Coleraine to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Coleraine

Outdoors Tours Transportation

Side Trips

Dunluce Castle, Causeway Coastal Route
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Bann Boat Hire ©
Bann Boat Hire
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at SS Nomadic and then explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip app.

Drive from Coleraine to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Cliffs of Moher and Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at The Cong Heritage Trail and Tyrone House. Get out of town with these interesting Galway side-trips: Fanore Beach (in Fanore) and Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) (in Carraroe). There's more to do: look for gifts at My Shop... Granny Likes It.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Galway in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in March, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fanore Beach, Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin), Tyrone House, The Cong Heritage Trail, Burren Birds of Prey Centre
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin) ©
Coral Strand (Tra an Doilin)

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nights
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Do your shopping at The Carol Cronin Gallery and John Weldon Jewellers. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Inch Beach and Kathleen McAuliffe. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Gap of Dunloe in Killarney--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, stop by Dingle Record Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ventry Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dingle trip maker.

You can drive from Galway to Dingle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daytime highs in Dingle are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ventry, Inch Beach, Gap of Dunloe
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol Museum. You'll explore and learn at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Chester Beatty. Take a break from Dublin with a short trip to Bru na Boinne in Donore, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stop by Temple Bar, make a trip to Grafton Street, look for gifts at DesignYard, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin journey tool.

Getting from Dingle to Dublin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Dingle in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dublin, with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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