16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

16 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— Few hours
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom
— Few hours
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belleek, United Kingdom
— Few hours
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Bundoran, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Portumna, Ireland
— Few hours
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

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.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dublin online route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Dublin is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in May, expect Dublin to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 7°C. You will leave for Hillsborough on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Hillsborough, United Kingdom

Hillsborough is a village, townland and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland, situated 19km from the city of Belfast. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hillsborough trip maker app.

You can drive from Dublin to Hillsborough in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Hillsborough

Parks · Historic Sites
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Belfast, United Kingdom

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cave Hill Country Park, Cathedral Quarter and Duke of York. On the 1st (Wed), stop by Cathedral Quarter and then join in the after-dark buzz at Duke of York. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Co Couture.

To plan Belfast vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Belfast is just a short distance from Hillsborough. In May, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ballymena.

Things to do in Belfast

Nightlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Ballymena, United Kingdom

Ballymena is a large town in County Antrim, and the eighth largest in Northern Ireland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Moravian Cemetery and Gracehill Village. Change things up with a short trip to Coast Rd in Larne (about 38 minutes away).

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ballymena tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Ballymena in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Ballymena can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Derry.

Things to do in Ballymena

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Derry, United Kingdom

Maiden City

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 6th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Derry Presbyterian Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Augustine's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Columba's Church (Long Tower), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Derry travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Ballymena to Derry takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Derry are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Belleek.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites

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Belleek, United Kingdom

Your day by day itinerary now includes Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre as well as Gilmartins Craft Shop. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Gilmartins Craft Shop and then get all the information you need at Belleek Pottery & Visitor Centre.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Belleek holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Derry to Belleek takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Belleek are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bundoran.

Things to do in Belleek

Shopping
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Bundoran, Ireland

Bundoran is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bundoran holiday planning website.

Bundoran is just a stone's throw from Belleek. May in Bundoran sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Bundoran

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Galway, Ireland

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Riverside Walk, Salthill Promenade, The Claddagh Ring Museum, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get the lay of the land with Doolin Cliff Walk, stop by Irish Crafts - Doolin, kick back and relax at Lahinch Beach, then don't miss a visit to Cliffs of Moher, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Hag's Head.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Galway day trip planner.

You can drive from Bundoran to Galway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Bundoran in May, Galway is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for Portumna.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Portumna, Ireland

Portumna is a market town in the south-east of County Galway, Ireland, on the border with and linked by a bridge to County Tipperary. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Irish Workhouse Centre. On the 11th (Sat), admire the striking features of The Irish Workhouse Centre.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Portumna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Portumna takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Portumna can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Vale of Glendalough.

Things to do in Portumna

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland

If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vale of Glendalough online day trip planner.

Getting from Portumna to Vale of Glendalough by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Dublin.

Things to do in Vale of Glendalough

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Dublin, Ireland

Fair City

Your day by day itinerary now includes Jameson Distillery Bow St., The Famine Sculptures, The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple Bar and Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Explore Dublin further: examine the collection at GPO Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin online route builder.

You can drive from Vale of Glendalough to Dublin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.

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.