10 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

10 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

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10 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

Start: Barcelona, Spain
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Donegal Town, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Barcelona, Spain

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to The Spire, examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, then browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and finally wander the streets of Temple Bar.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dublin online trip itinerary maker .

Barcelona, Spain to Dublin is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Dublin, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Dublin is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

1
night
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 28th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Ulster Museum, admire the natural beauty at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at SS Nomadic, and finally contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast and then ponder the world of politics at City Hall.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Belfast trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Dublin to Belfast takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
City Hall ©
City Hall

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Playhouse.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Derry holiday planner .

Take a bus from Belfast to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Derry sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dunluce Castle
Highlights from your plan
City Walls ©
City Walls
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Walled city Londonderry ©
Walled city Londonderry

few
hours
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 31st (Tue), delve into the distant past at Abbey of the Four Masters (The Abbey), step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and then make a trip to Lough Eske.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Donegal Town day trip tool .

Drive from Derry to Donegal Town in 1.5 hours. December in Donegal Town sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Lough Eske ©
Lough Eske

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Galway fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Donegal Town to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Galway when traveling from Donegal Town in December, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Wild Atlantic Way ©
Wild Atlantic Way

3
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
Explore Dublin further: walk around St Stephens Green, contemplate the long history of Dublin Castle, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Galway to Dublin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Highlights from your plan
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin
St Stephens Green ©
St Stephens Green
Walking tours

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