31 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

31 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Taxi to Ros a' Mhíl, Ferry to Inishmore
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ulster Museum and Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at SS Nomadic and Cultra Manor. When in Belfast, make a side trip to see Nendrum Monastic Site in Comber, approximately Comber away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne, learn about all things military at Grey Point Fort, and go for a walk through C.S. Lewis Square.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Belfast road trip site.

Manchester to Belfast is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. June in Belfast sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Your day by day itinerary now includes East Strand, The Dark Hedges and Bushmills Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Bushmills Distillery, go for a walk through Causeway Coastal Route, explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, then take a memorable drive along Antrim Coast Road, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bushfoot Strand, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at East Strand.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bushmills day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Galway, Ireland

— 4 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.
Visiting Ireland's School of Falconry and Boat Tours & Water Sports will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Ashford Castle and Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower), Oughterard (Aughnanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, &more) and Cong (Monk's Fishing House, Royal Abbey of Cong, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tyrone House, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, and take in the spiritual surroundings of National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Galway trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bushmills in July since evenings lows in Galway dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inishmore.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Inishmore, Ireland

— 2 nights
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dive Academy - Scuba Diving School, kick back and relax at Kilmurvey Beach, then stop by Lia Arann, then steep yourself in history at Dun Aonghasa, and finally delve into the distant past at Dun Eoghanachta.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Inishmore trip maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Galway to Inishmore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Inishmore can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Doolin.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

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 9th (Fri): look for gifts at The Doolin Chocolate Shop.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Doolin online journey planner.

You can ride a ferry from Inishmore to Doolin in 2 hours. July in Doolin sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Dingle.

Things to do in Doolin

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Dingle, Ireland

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Visiting Coumeenoole Beach and Wine Strand Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gallarus Oratory and St. Mary's Church. There's lots more to do: get outside with Dingle Marina Dive Centre, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, kick back and relax at Ventry Beach, and contemplate the long history of Kilmalkedar Church.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle planner.

You can drive from Doolin to Dingle in 3.5 hours. July in Dingle sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Killarney, Ireland

— 4 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Visiting Kerry Cliffs and Falconry Kerry will get you outdoors. Ross Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Kenmare (Lorge Chocolatier, Holy Cross Church, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Killarney Brewing Company.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Killarney route builder website.

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Cork, Ireland

— 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story and Irish Veterans Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Charles Fort and The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Kinsale (Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre, Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, &more), Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague) and Titanic Experience Cobh (in Cobh). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, stroll the grounds of St. Oliver's Cemetery, boost your wellbeing at Escape Spa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cork road trip app.

Drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Cork, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 3 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jerpoint Abbey and Jerpoint Park. Visit St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Ferns Castle for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Kilkenny: Huntington Castle (in Clonegal), Enniscorthy (Curracloe Beach & The National 1798 Rebellion Centre) and Curracloe Beach (in Curracloe). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, and steep yourself in history at Duiske Abbey.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny travel route builder website.

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Dublin, Ireland

— 5 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.
Visit Guinness Storehouse and 14 Henrietta Street for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Grafton Street or Carrolls Irish Gifts. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Howth Hills (in Howth), Greystones (Greystones Blue Flag Beach & Vagabond Tours) and Bray (Cliff Walk Car Park Bray & Bray Head). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Temple Bar, examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Dublin when traveling from Kilkenny in July, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

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.

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.