13 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

13 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland & Derry Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
2
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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 2nd (Mon), stop by The Decent Cigar Emporium, examine the collection at The Little Museum of Dublin, and then explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Grafton Street, examine the collection at Chester Beatty Library, and then examine the collection at Irish Whiskey Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Dublin trip generator.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Dublin. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in January; daily highs in Dublin reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bru na Boinne
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The Little Museum of Dublin ©
The Little Museum of Dublin
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty

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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Ulster American Folk Park and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sperrin Mountains. On your second day here, look for gifts at White House (Portrush) Ltd, then enjoy the sand and surf at Castlerock Beach, and then stop by Checkpoint Charlie.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Derry holiday planner.

Drive from Dublin to Derry in 6 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Sperrin Mountains, Ulster American Folk Park, Castlerock Beach, Nor Lisa Fashion Boutique
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Castlerock Beach ©
Castlerock Beach
Ulster American Folk Park ©
Ulster American Folk Park
Sperrin Mountains ©
Sperrin Mountains

4
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.
Kilmacduagh Tower and Tyrone House will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Dromoland Castle Golf Club and Clonmacnoise. Go for a jaunt from Galway to Athleague to see Town and Country Interiors Athleague about 1:25 hours away. Spend the 7th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at OMG @ Zhivago and explore the activities along Galway Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galway itinerary builder.

Getting from Derry to Galway by car takes about 6.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Galway are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Burren, Tyrone House, Clonmacnoise, Town and Country Interiors Athleague, Dromoland Castle
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Clonmacnoise ©
Clonmacnoise
Dromoland Castle ©
Dromoland Castle

2
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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 10th (Tue), look for gifts at Records and Relics. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): explore the galleries of Cork City Gaol, then look for gifts at Blarney Woollen Mills, then take a stroll through St Patrick Street, and finally stop by Opera Ln.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cork itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galway to Cork takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Cork are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cork

Shopping Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jameson Distillery Midleton, Stephen Pearce
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Stephen Pearce ©
Stephen Pearce
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Jameson Distillery Midleton ©
Jameson Distillery Midleton

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