18 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

18 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vagabond Tours and Beer Tastings & Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Newgrange (in Donore) and Mount Usher Gardens (in Ashford). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, sample the fine beverages at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, stop by Temple Bar, and browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin online trip itinerary maker.

Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 6 hours. In September, Dublin is colder than Houston - with highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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 8th (Wed), admire the striking features of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally learn about all things military at War Years Remembered (War Museum). Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at City Hall, admire the landmark architecture of Linen Hall Library, learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, then deepen your understanding at Queen's University, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip maker website.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Belfast are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 3 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Causeway Coastal Route and Tower Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bushmills: Derry (St. Augustine's Church & Bloody Sunday Memorial). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, play a few rounds at Bushfoot Golf Club, enjoy the sand and surf at Downhill Beach, and take a memorable drive along Antrim Coast Road.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bushmills online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Belfast to Bushmills by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Clifden.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Clifden, Ireland

— 1 night
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mannin Bay Blueway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aillebrack Green Coast Beach, make a trip to Sky Rd, then contemplate the long history of Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally stop by Hehirs Of Clifden.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Clifden sightseeing website.

You can drive from Bushmills to Clifden in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:

Galway, Ireland

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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 14th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Royal Abbey of Cong, explore the striking landscape of Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, and then stop by Connemara Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and finally don't miss a visit to Eyre Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Galway trip planner.

Drive from Clifden to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Doolin, Ireland

— 1 night
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, take in the pleasant sights at Beauty Of The Burren Walks, take in nature's colorful creations at Doolin Garden and Nursery, then Head underground at Doolin Cave, and finally trek along Caher Valley Loop.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Doolin online day trip planner.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 16:

Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
On the 17th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Killarney House Gardens, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Cathedral, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Leane, then trek along Beara Way, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Cross Church, and finally hike along Old Kenmare Road.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney trip tool.

Drive from Doolin to Killarney in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Killarney sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kinsale.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Kinsale, Ireland

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kinsale sightseeing planner.

Drive from Killarney to Kinsale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Kinsale, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), you're off to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Kinsale

Tours · Outdoors · Nightlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 night

Marble City

The country's smallest city in terms of population, Kilkenny boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse tourist attractions that include well-preserved medieval architecture, exciting nightlife, a vibrant culinary scene, and abundant shopping opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Kells Priory, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, step into the grandiose world of Kilkenny Castle, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

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

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Kilkenny takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

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.

Northern Ireland travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.