35 days in Ireland, Belfast & Coleraine Itinerary

35 days in Ireland, Belfast & Coleraine Itinerary

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35 days in Ireland, Belfast & Coleraine Itinerary

Start: Nashville, United States
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Coleraine, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Limerick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
9
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Carrick, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Donore, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Nashville, United States

3
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dublin Mountains and Portmarnock Beach. Let the collections at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience and Castletown House capture your imagination. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Wicklow (The Wicklow Way & Russborough House) and The Mill at Avoca Village (in Avoca). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, take in nature's colorful creations at St. Patrick's Park, take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Museum Dublin, and browse the collection at Marsh's Library.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dublin online tour builder .

Nashville, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nashville to Dublin, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nashville, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Dublin, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Wicklow, Portmarnock Beach, Castletown House, The Mill at Avoca Village
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The Mill at Avoca Village ©
The Mill at Avoca Village
Russborough House ©
Russborough House

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church, steep yourself in history at The Tropical Ravine House, view the masterpieces at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, view the masterpieces at Golden Thread Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, and finally look for gifts at Co Couture.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Belfast trip planner .

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Coleraine.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

St. Nicholas Church
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The Tropical Ravine House ©
The Tropical Ravine House
Discover Ulster-Scots Centre ©
Discover Ulster-Scots Centre
Saint Patricks Church ©
Saint Patricks Church

1
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Coleraine, United Kingdom

Coleraine ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House, then enjoy some diversion at Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Coleraine Walks, and finally browse the collection at Coleraine Library.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coleraine online route planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Coleraine takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Coleraine are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Coleraine

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
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Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House ©
Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House
Coleraine Library ©
Coleraine Library

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Irish Workhouse Centre and Portumna Castle. Step off the beaten path and head to Burren Perfumery and Aughnanure Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Glengowla Mines (in Oughterard), Tyrone House (in Kilcolgan) and Hag's Head (in Liscannor). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, take in nature's colorful creations at Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve, explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle, and get to know the fascinating history of Kirwan's Lane.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Galway online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Coleraine to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Coleraine in September since evenings lows in Galway dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Oughterard, Gort, Portumna, Hag's Head, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock
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The Irish Workhouse Centre ©
The Irish Workhouse Centre
Glengowla Mines ©
Glengowla Mines
National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock ©

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Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, explore the world behind art at Limerick City Gallery of Art, stop by McKernan Woollen Mills, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Flannan's Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Desmond Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Joseph's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Grange Stone Circle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Limerick trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

McKernan Woollen Mills, Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, Desmond Castle, St. Flannan's Cathedral
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St. Flannan's Cathedral ©
St. Flannan's Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral
Redemptorist Church ©
Redemptorist Church

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Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Leacanabuaile Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, then explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, then go for a stroll along the water at Dingle Marina, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Carol Cronin Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by John Weldon Jewellers, see the interesting displays at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Greenlane Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, and finally don't miss a visit to Sinead Lough Ceramics.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dingle day trip planner.

Getting from Limerick to Dingle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. September in Dingle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Cahersiveen
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Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church ©
Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church
Minard Castle ©
Minard Castle
Greenlane Gallery ©
Greenlane Gallery

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Blennerville Windmill and Peter Cox Photography Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Mary's Cathedral and Holy Cross Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Killarney: Tralee (Banna Strand & Bowling Buddies), Staigue Fort (in Castlecove) and Healy Pass (in Adrigole). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kerry Cliffs, sample the tasty concoctions at Killarney Brewing Company, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tralee, Kerry Cliffs, Holy Cross Church, Staigue Fort, Healy Pass
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Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Nano Nagle Place and St Multose Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate St Declan's Well and Oratory and James Fort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cork: Timoleague Franciscan Friary (in Timoleague), Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt) and Kinsale (Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum & Blacks Brewery). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiate Church Of St. Mary, contemplate the long history of The Round Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and admire the natural beauty at Fota House & Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cork travel planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Cork takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Kinsale, Ardmore, Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Fota House & Gardens, Mitchelstown Cave
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Mitchelstown Cave ©
Mitchelstown Cave
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary ©
Collegiate Church Of St. Mary

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Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
On the 28th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Butter Slip, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings VR, then explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, and finally admire the natural beauty at Woodstock House and Gardens. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, look for gifts at Kilkenny Design Centre, then admire the masterpieces at Butler Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kilfane Church.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kilkenny trip planner .

Drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Kilkenny sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

King of the Vikings VR, Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center
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Butter Slip ©
Butter Slip
St. John the Evangelist Church ©
St. John the Evangelist Church
Jerpoint Park ©
Jerpoint Park

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Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): savor the flavors at Strandhill People's Market, look for gifts at The Cat and Moon, take in the pleasant sights at Gleniff Horseshoe, then don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb, and finally hunt for treasures at Rathcormac Artisan Food and Craft Market. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The High Cross, get to know the fascinating history of Aughris Cliff Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Model, home of the Niland Collection, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Irish Potato Famine Exhibition.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Sligo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Sligo are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Carrick.

Things to do in Sligo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ballina, Admiral Brown Centre, Gleniff Horseshoe, The High Cross
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Belleek Castle ©
Belleek Castle
Creevykeel Court Tomb ©
Creevykeel Court Tomb

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Carrick, Ireland

Carrick ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Slieve League and Glencolmcille Folk Village. Escape the urban bustle at Silver Strand Beach and Glencolmcille - Tower loop.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carrick holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Carrick takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carrick are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glencolmcille, Malin Beg
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Silver Strand Beach
Silver Strand Beach
Glencolmcille Folk Village ©
Glencolmcille Folk Village

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Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Famine Graveyard, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ireland, take a memorable drive along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Sacred Heart, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rossnowlagh Beach. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Bundoran Beach, stop by Irish House, then make a trip to Barnesmore Gap, and finally take an in-depth tour of St Connell's Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Donegal Town trip website .

You can drive from Carrick to Donegal Town in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Donegal Town can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Donore.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rossnowlagh Beach, St Connell's Museum, Beltany Stone Circle, Gortletteragh Waterfalls
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Famine Graveyard ©
Famine Graveyard
Rossnowlagh Beach ©
Rossnowlagh Beach
Beltany Stone Circle ©
Beltany Stone Circle

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Donore, Ireland

Donore ©
Only 2 km (1.25 mi) from World Heritage Site Bru na Boinne, the tiny village of Donore in County Meath supports a population of roughly 700 people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Knowth Megalithic Passage Tomb and Duleek Abbey. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Irish Military War Museum & Family Park and Skryne Castle. Go for a jaunt from Donore to Ardcath to see Avoca about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Dowth Passage Tomb, explore the ancient world of Monasterboice Monastic Site, experience rural life at Newbarn Farm, and play a few rounds at Ashbourne Golf Club.

To see maps and more tourist information, you can read our Donore trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Donore takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Donore when traveling from Donegal Town in October, with lows around 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Donore

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ashbourne, Skryne Castle, Monasterboice Monastic Site, Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, Duleek Abbey
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Duleek Abbey ©
Duleek Abbey
Ashbourne Golf Club ©
Ashbourne Golf Club

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