11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

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11 days in Ireland & Belfast Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Ennis, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Ennis, Ireland

Ennis ©
Ennis is the county town of Clare, Ireland. Explore Ennis' surroundings by going to Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, see the interesting displays at Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, explore the striking landscape at The Burren, and appreciate the history behind Daniel O'Connell Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ennis online trip planner .

New York City, USA to Ennis is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in January, with highs in Ennis at 48°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Ennis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Burren, Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Aillwee Cave
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

2
nights
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.
When in Galway, make a side trip to see Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden in Kylemore, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Galway Arts Centre, head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way, get in on the family fun at Galway City Karting, and make a trip to Quay Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galway road trip planning app .

Getting from Ennis to Galway by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ennis in January, expect nights in Galway to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Galway Arts Centre ©
Galway Arts Centre
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1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
On the 30th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route, then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, and then make a trip to Lough Eske.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Donegal Town trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Donegal Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Lough Eske ©
Lough Eske

2
nights
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 31st (Fri): admire the striking features of City Hall, then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast online travel planner .

You can drive from Donegal Town to Belfast in 2.5 hours. January in Belfast sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 38°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
City Hall ©
City Hall

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, view the masterpieces at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, and then don't miss a visit to The Spire.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip planner .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in Dublin, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Merrion Square ©
Merrion Square
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios ©
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

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