16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  27​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Westport, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand


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1
night
Dublin, Ireland

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 21st (Sun), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then explore the world behind art at Chester Beatty, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and finally admire the striking features of Christ Church Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanic Gardens, delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, contemplate the long history of Hill of Tara (Temair), then explore the historical opulence of Trim Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Powerscourt Gardens and House.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip maker app .

Auckland, New Zealand to Dublin is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Auckland to Dublin. Traveling from Auckland in June, you will find days in Dublin are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Cork.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trim Castle, Bru na Boinne, Hill of Tara (Temair), Powerscourt Gardens and House
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Teeling Whiskey Distillery ©
Teeling Whiskey 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 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Charles Fort, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, and then get to know the resident critters at Fota Wildlife Park. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, examine the collection at Cobh Heritage Centre -The Queenstown Story, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, then contemplate the long history of Cork City Gaol, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at The English Market.

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Getting from Dublin to Cork by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Cork sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Charles Fort
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Spike Island ©
Spike Island
Cobh Cathedral ©
Cobh Cathedral

2
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 25th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muckross Abbey, then don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, and finally take a memorable drive along Ring of Kerry. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery 21 Fine Art Photography, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs, then appreciate the views at Gap of Dunloe, and finally shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Killarney trip maker tool .

You can drive from Cork to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kerry Cliffs, Ring of Kerry
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Climbing Tours
Ladies' View ©
Ladies' View
Gap of Dunloe ©
Gap of Dunloe

2
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.
On the 27th (Sat), walk around Eyre Square, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, and then make a trip to Quay Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and then head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galway online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Killarney to Galway takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Killarney in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Galway, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

1
night
Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, get outside with Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Croagh Patrick.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Westport day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Westport can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Croagh Patrick, National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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The Great Western Greenway ©
The Great Western Greenway
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Croagh Patrick ©
Croagh Patrick

1
night
Derry, United Kingdom

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.
On the 30th (Tue), snap pictures at Peace bridge, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, then admire the striking features of Guildhall, and finally make a trip to Shipquay Street.

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You can drive from Westport to Derry in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Free Derry ©
Museum of Free Derry
City Walls ©
City Walls
Peace bridge ©
Peace bridge

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Causeway Coastal Route and Ulster American Folk Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Belfast: Bushmills Distillery (in Bushmills), Pogue's Entry Historical Cottage (in Antrim) and The Dark Hedges (in Ballymoney). Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, head outdoors with Lagan Valley Leisureplex Lisburn Pool, take in the waterfront at Ballintoy Harbour, and appreciate the history behind Sheep on the Road.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Belfast trip itinerary tool .

You can take a bus from Derry to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. June in Belfast sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bushmills, Dunluce Castle, Ulster American Folk Park, Pogue's Entry Historical Cottage, Lagan Valley Leisureplex Lisburn Pool
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
City Hall ©
City Hall
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

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