16 days in Ireland, Portrush & Belfast Itinerary

16 days in Ireland, Portrush & Belfast Itinerary

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Cahir, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Inishmore, Ireland
— 1 night
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Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights

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Cahir, Ireland

Cahir ©
Cahir is a town in County Tipperary in Ireland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), Reginald's Tower, Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Cahir Castle, then admire the landmark architecture of Swiss Cottage, then explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, and finally explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey. Keep things going the next day: get behind the scenes at House Of Waterford Crystal, examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, then contemplate the long history of Reginald's Tower, and finally admire the sheer force of Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cahir trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Cahir is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Washington DC to Cahir due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in Cahir are cooler (64°F), and nights are little chillier (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Cahir

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Cahir Castle ©
Cahir Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum ©
Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ring of Kerry. On the 31st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Torc Waterfall, admire the natural beauty at Muckross House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muckross Abbey, and finally step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Kerry County Museum and then cruise along Ring of Kerry.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Killarney trip planner.

Drive from Cahir to Killarney in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Killarney are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Doolin.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:
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Muckross House ©
Muckross House
Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey

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Doolin, Ireland

Doolin ©
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Doolin Cave. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, then get engrossed in the history at The Clare Museum, then contemplate the long history of Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Doolin Cave.

Plan trip to Doolin with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Killarney to Doolin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Doolin are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to ride a ferry to Inishmore.

Things to do in Doolin

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Clare Museum ©
The Clare Museum

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Inishmore, Ireland

Inishmore ©
Inishmore represents the largest of the Aran Islands and has a strong commitment to maintaining the Irish language, culture, and ancient attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aran Sweater Market. On the 3rd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Dun Duchathair, explore the ancient world of Dun Aonghasa, then get to know the fascinating history of Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches), and finally look for gifts at Aran Sweater Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Inishmore driving holiday planner.

Ride a ferry from Doolin to Inishmore in 2 hours. September in Inishmore sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Inishmore

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dun Aonghasa ©
Dun Aonghasa
Na Seacht Teampaill (The Seven Churches) ©
Aran Sweater Market ©
Aran Sweater Market

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Sligo, Ireland

Sligo ©
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Assaranca Waterfall as well as Hazelwood House. On the 4th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, and then take in the exciting artwork at Hazelwood House. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle, then admire the sheer force of Assaranca Waterfall, and then admire the landmark architecture of Lissadell House.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sligo trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus from Inishmore to Sligo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sligo can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery ©
Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery
Hazelwood House ©
Hazelwood House

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway, then go for a walk through Causeway Coastal Route, and finally take a memorable drive along The Dark Hedges.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Portrush trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Portrush takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September in Portrush, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Portrush

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway

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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 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, examine the collection at SS Nomadic, then steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, and finally explore the historical opulence of Carrickfergus Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friar's Bush, then explore the world behind art at Ulster Folk Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Mount Stewart.

Before you visit Belfast, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Portrush to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Belfast can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©

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.
You've now added Jameson Distillery Bow St. to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology. Get some cultural insight at Temple Bar and Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, take in the spiritual surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at National Library of Ireland.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dublin online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Dublin sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

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