14 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

14 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 day
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Donore, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

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 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Spire, then steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse, and then visit Temple Bar.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Shanghai, China to Dublin is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Shanghai in June: highs in Dublin hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 10°C. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums
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Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 night

Marble City

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Rothe House and Garden, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip builder site.

Getting from Dublin to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Dublin in June, Kilkenny is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
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Killarney, Ireland

— 2 nights
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 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Killarney National Park. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, then admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, then contemplate the long history of Muckross House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kilkenny to Killarney by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Galway, Ireland

— 2 nights

City of the Tribes

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 these side-trips from Galway: Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor) and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, walk around Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galway day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Killarney to Galway in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Killarney in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galway, with lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Donegal Town, Ireland

— 1 night
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Donegal Town travel route planner.

You can drive from Galway to Donegal Town in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Galway in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Donegal Town, with lows around 15°C. On the 21st (Sun), you're off to Bushmills.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors · Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 day
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Giant's Causeway.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Bushmills trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Donegal Town to Bushmills takes 2 hours. June in Bushmills sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks · Nature
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Mon), make a trip to City Hall, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally admire the striking features of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Belfast are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Donore.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums

Donore, Ireland

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.
For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Donore trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Donore in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Belfast in June, Donore is slightly colder at night with lows of 10°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Donore

Parks · Nightlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin road trip planning website.

You can drive from Donore to Dublin in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.

County Donegal travel guide

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Castles · Lookouts · Historic Sites
O'Donnell's County
Encompassing nearly a fifth of the country's coastline, County Donegal remains one of Ireland's wildest regions. Despite its large size, the county houses just over 150,000 residents spread across a landscape of low mountains and natural sea loughs. A bastion of Gaelic culture, the region maintains a distinct cultural identity and a fierce spirit of independence, exemplified by the popular saying "Up here it's different." A place of extremes, County Donegal features a rugged interior and an even rockier coastline, boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Still relatively undiscovered by foreign travelers, this region offers you a chance to discover a quieter side of Ireland largely untouched by commercialization and mass tourism.

Northern Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Geologic Formations
Unlike the place travelers found several decades ago, the Northern Ireland of today is a rejuvenated and dynamic region attracting increasing amounts of tourism. Belfast, the region’s biggest urban center and capital, is a hip city with vibrant nightlife and a thriving gourmet culinary scene, providing an extensive list of indulgent things to do. The region’s renowned coastline, featuring the World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, is an attractive holiday destination for hikers, cyclists, photographers, and other adventurers of all descriptions. Northern Ireland has seen more than its fair share of political and economic unrest, yet the people of this region have always remained proud of their cultural and artistic heritage, providing visitors with a warm hospitality hard to find almost anywhere else in the world.