19 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

19 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 1 day
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Dublin, Ireland
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chester Beatty. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures, admire the masterpieces at Chester Beatty, then stop by Temple Bar, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, and finally steep yourself in history at Guinness Storehouse.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin trip itinerary planner.

Houston, USA to Dublin is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Houston to Dublin. Traveling from Houston in September, things will get colder in Dublin: highs are around 62°F and lows about 48°F. You'll set off for Belfast on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 1 night
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 5th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Belfast online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites

Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Dunluce Castle has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bushmills tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Bushmills takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Bushmills, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Bushmills

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of City Walls.

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You can drive from Bushmills to Derry in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites
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Donegal Town, Ireland

— 2 nights
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Slieve League. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): cruise along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route and then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Saint Patrick's Well, see the interesting displays at Ballyshannon and District Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Glengesh Pass, then appreciate the history behind Kilclooney Dolmen Donegal, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dorlin Strand.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Donegal Town trip app.

Drive from Derry to Donegal Town in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Westport.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Westport, Ireland

— 2 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): experience rural life at Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Coffin Ship, stroll through Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, examine the collection at Michael Davitt Museum, then ride a horse along Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and finally admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Westport travel route planner.

Getting from Donegal Town to Westport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Donegal Town in September, Westport is slightly colder at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Rathbaun Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: Ennis Friary (in Ennis) and Quin Abbey (in Quin). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galway road trip site.

You can drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September in Galway, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 14:

Killarney, Ireland

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 14th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kerry Cliffs and then admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Killarney tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Killarney

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 15:

Waterford, Ireland

— 2 nights
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes House Of Waterford Crystal as well as The Viking Triangle. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum and then take a stroll around Reginald's Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Waterford tour planner.

Drive from Killarney to Waterford in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 1 day

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 16th (Thu): get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures, explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and finally contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny trip planner.

You can drive from Waterford to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Kilkenny, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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Dublin, Ireland

— 4 nights

Fair City

Discover out-of-the-way places like Wicklow Mountains National Park and Iveagh Gardens. Enjoy Dublin some more: walk around St Stephens Green, admire the striking features of Saint Patrick's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, and take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dublin trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Kilkenny to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Dublin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Ireland travel guide

4.4
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

4.4
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.