16 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Bushmills Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 1 night
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Athlone, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cobh, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Guinness Storehouse and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Shop till you drop at Grafton Street and Carrolls Irish Gifts. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, examine the collection at Bram Stoker's Castle Dracula Dublin, and get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Dublin tour planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Edmonton to Dublin, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in August, expect nights in Dublin to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at East Strand, kick back and relax at Portrush West Strand, then contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, and finally kick back and relax at Castlerock Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls, explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, then stop by McConaghy's Souvenir Shop, then play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club, and finally stroll through Causeway Coastal Route.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bushmills trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Dublin to Bushmills in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Bushmills are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Westport, Ireland

— 1 night
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Marlene's Chocolate Haven, then pause for some photo ops at St. Patrick Statue, then explore by horseback at Drummindoo Stud, and finally explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Westport online attractions planner.

You can drive from Bushmills to Westport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bushmills in August, Westport is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Athlone.

Things to do in Westport

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
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Athlone, Ireland

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, view the masterpieces at Church of Saints Peter & Paul, then get answers to all your questions at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, and finally let little ones run wild at Dun Na Si Amenity & Heritage Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Glendeer Pet Farm, examine the collection at Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum, and then make a splash at Baysports.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Athlone itinerary builder.

Getting from Westport to Athlone by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Athlone can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Athlone

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

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Doolin, Ireland

— 2 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 26th (Fri), tee off at Doolin Pitch & Putt, take in the dramatic natural features at Cliffs of Moher, get a taste of local nightlife at Moher Cottage, then trek along Hag's Head, and finally admire the natural beauty at Doolin Garden and Nursery. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilfenora Cathedral & Crosses, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, Head underground at Aillwee Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Burren Birds of Prey Centre, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge..

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Doolin travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Athlone to Doolin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Cobh, Ireland

— 2 nights
Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park, then admire the striking features of Fota House & Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to Old Church Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cobh trip planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Cobh takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Cobh can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dingle.

Things to do in Cobh

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Dingle, Ireland

— 1 night
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the galleries of The Carol Cronin Gallery and then get outside with Dingle Bay.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dingle trip site.

You can drive from Cobh to Dingle in 2.5 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 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Antrim travel guide

4.2
Geologic Formations · Bridges · Scenic Drive
The rugged landscapes of County Antrim include the Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage Site widely regarded as one of the most striking locations in the world. The area is also known for its production of whiskey, as well as the lively nightlife of the modern seaside resorts. The county’s coastal scenery is part of a giant outdoor adventure playground, with challenging hiking trails and rock-climbing sites fit for the most extreme adventure-seekers. Evade crowding at the county’s most popular sites by visiting numerous quaint villages nestled deep inside lush river valleys.

County Westmeath travel guide

4.4
Nightlife · Castles · Distilleries
Lake County
Known for agriculture and farming, County Westmeath offers visitors a glimpse of Ireland from a small-town perspective. The county's largest town, Athlone, has only 20,000 people. The rest of the county's population is spread throughout small towns and villages at the very heart of the country. In recent years, gourmet restaurants have sprung up to serve homegrown beef and local dairy products to an increasing tourist population. Monastic ruins and museums provide the cultural backdrop to this farming county.