8 days in Belfast, Derry & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Belfast, Derry & Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Belfast, Derry & Ireland Itinerary

Start: Dublin, Ireland
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Ennis, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Killarney, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Cork, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Kildare, Ireland

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, get engrossed in the history at Ulster Museum, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast. On your second day here, ponder the world of politics at City Hall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of HMS Caroline, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast day trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Belfast is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
City Hall ©
City Hall

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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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Derry using our trip planner.

Getting from Belfast to Derry by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Derry, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for Galway on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: cruise along Wild Atlantic Way, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll through Eyre Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Salthill Promenade.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galway holiday planning tool .

Getting from Derry to Galway by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Derry in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galway, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Ennis.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way
Quay Street ©
Quay Street

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Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at The Woollen Market.

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

Drive from Galway to Ennis in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Ennis, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Ennis

Shopping
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The Woollen Market ©
The Woollen Market

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, then admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Killarney National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Killarney driving holiday tool .

Getting from Ennis to Killarney by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park
Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall

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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.
On the 4th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cork trip builder .

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cobh
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
St Colman’s Cathedral ©
St Colman’s Cathedral

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