35 days in Ireland, Belfast & Coleraine Itinerary

35 days in Ireland, Belfast & Coleraine Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Coleraine, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Carrick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Donegal Town, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Donore, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Portmarnock Beach and Dublin Mountains. Get some cultural insight at Russborough House and The Mill at Avoca Village. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Castletown House (in Celbridge) and The Wicklow Way (in Wicklow). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Irish Famine Exhibition, browse the collection at National Library of Ireland, gain a rich perspective with Richmond Barracks, and admire the natural beauty at St. Patrick's Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin online travel route planner.

Nashville, USA to Dublin is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Nashville to Dublin. Traveling from Nashville in September, you will find days in Dublin are colder (62°F), and nights are a bit cooler (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church, contemplate the long history of The Tropical Ravine House, get advice or help at Culturlann MacAdam O Fiaich, pause for some serene contemplation at St Peter's Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Customs House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St George's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, explore the galleries of Golden Thread Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church, and finally look for gifts at Co Couture.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Belfast travel planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coleraine.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Coleraine, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): let little ones run wild at Alley Cats Indoor Play Centre, then get to know the fascinating history of Coleraine Walks, and then get lost in a book at Coleraine Library.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Coleraine tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Coleraine takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Coleraine are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galway.

Things to do in Coleraine

Fun & Games · Parks · Historic Sites
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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 National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and Aughnanure Castle. Visit The Irish Workhouse Centre and Portumna Castle for their historical value. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Glengowla Mines (in Oughterard), Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Kilmacduagh Tower) and Hag's Head (in Liscannor). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverside Walk, explore the historical opulence of Athenry Castle, make a trip to Kirwan's Lane, and steep yourself in history at Tyrone House.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Galway online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coleraine to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Coleraine in September since evenings lows in Galway dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Limerick.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Limerick, Ireland

— 2 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Limerick Museum, explore the world behind art at Limerick City Gallery of Art, look for gifts at McKernan Woollen Mills, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Flannan's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Desmond Castle. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Redemptorist Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Munchin's Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Limerick trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Galway to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Dingle, Ireland

— 2 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Leacanabuaile Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daniel O'Connell Memorial Church, then explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, then take in the waterfront activity at Dingle Marina, and finally view the masterpieces at The Carol Cronin Gallery. Keep things going the next day: stop by John Weldon Jewellers, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, explore the striking landscape at Greenlane Gallery, then get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, and finally contemplate the long history of Riasc.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dingle vacation website.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Killarney, Ireland

— 3 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get outdoors at Kerry Cliffs and Healy Pass. Visit St. Mary's Cathedral and Staigue Fort for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Killarney side-trips: Tralee (Banna Strand, Bowling Buddies, &more) and Holy Cross Church (in Kenmare). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Killarney Brewing Company, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Church of Ireland, and explore the galleries of Peter Cox Photography Gallery.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Killarney vacation tool.

Getting from Dingle to Killarney by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Cork, Ireland

— 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Visit James Fort and Timoleague Franciscan Friary for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Nano Nagle Place and Fota House & Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Kinsale (Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, St Multose Church, &more), Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt) and Mount Melleray Abbey (in Cappoquin). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, don't miss a visit to St. Mary's Collegiate Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ardmore Round Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cork trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Cork sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 2 nights

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.
On the 28th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Butter Slip, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Marys Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, then examine the collection at King of the Vikings, then explore the world behind art at Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center, and finally admire the natural beauty at Woodstock House and Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, then look for gifts at Kilkenny Design Centre, then explore the galleries of Butler Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kilfane Church.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kilkenny online holiday planner.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

Sligo, Ireland

— 3 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): browse the fresh offerings at Strandhill People's Market, look for gifts at The Cat and Moon, then take in the pleasant sights at Gleniff Horseshoe, then don't miss a visit to Creevykeel Court Tomb, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Rathcormac Artisan Food and Craft Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The High Cross, appreciate the extensive heritage of Aughris Cliff Walk, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Model, home of the Niland Collection.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sligo using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Sligo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Sligo sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Carrick.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Carrick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glencolmcille Folk Village and Silver Strand Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Glencolmcille - Tower loop and Slieve League.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carrick trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Carrick in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Carrick are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Carrick

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Donegal Town, Ireland

— 3 nights
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Famine Graveyard, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ireland, then take a memorable drive along Bluestack Mountains Scenic Route, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Sacred Heart, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rossnowlagh Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bundoran Beach, stop by Triona, then make a trip to Barnesmore Gap, and finally take an in-depth tour of St Connell's Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Donegal Town driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Carrick to Donegal Town takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Donore.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

Donore, Ireland

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monasterboice Monastic Site and Dowth Passage Tomb. Popular historic sites such as Knowth Megalithic Passage Tomb and Duleek Abbey are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Avoca in Ardcath (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, experience rural life at Newbarn Farm, explore the historical opulence of Skryne Castle, and play a few rounds at Ashbourne Golf Club.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Donore trip maker site.

You can drive from Donegal Town to Donore in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Donegal Town in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Donore, with lows of 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Donore

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

County Londonderry travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Bridges · History Museums
County Londonderry features numerous scenic riverside settings and several important historical sites. Derry, the county’s biggest city, famous for its ancient defensive walls, served as the UK’s official City of Culture in 2013. The county, steeped in history and proud of its Irish heritage, plays an important role in the cultural revival currently underway in this northern region. Though there’s lots of history to soak up here, the county’s biggest attraction may very well be the locals themselves, well known for their long tradition of witty storytelling. Visit the county’s smaller villages to explore a flourishing music scene, which has found its home in both traditional pubs and trendy new cafes.