60 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

60 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 7 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Waterford, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Wexford, Ireland
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland

— 5 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 National Leprechaun Museum as well as National Gallery of Ireland. Step off the beaten path and head to Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Food Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dun Laoghaire (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take a stroll through Temple Bar, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and examine the collection at Guinness Storehouse.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip maker.

Wellington, New Zealand to Dublin is an approximately 32-hour flight. Traveling from Wellington to Dublin, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Wellington in January, with highs in Dublin at 9°C and lows at 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Belfast, United Kingdom

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas and Ulster Museum. Step out of Belfast to go to Whitehead and see Blackhead Path, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Cathedral Quarter, see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, take in nature's colorful creations at Marine Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast road trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Derry, United Kingdom

— 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like City Walls and Free Derry Corner. Venture out of the city with trips to Limavady (Largantea Picnic Area & Roe Valley Country Park) and Portrush (Portrush West Strand & East Strand). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, appreciate the history behind Hands Across the Divide Monument, admire the landmark architecture of St. Columb's Cathedral, and stroll around St. Columb's Park.

Make your Derry itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Belfast to Derry by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Derry are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sligo.

Things to do in Derry

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sligo, Ireland

— 4 nights
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Knocknarea and Strandhill Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Costello Memorial Chapel (in Carrick-on-Shannon), Arigna Mining Experience (in Roscommon) and Cavan Burren Park (in Cavan). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Glencar Waterfall, walk around Dooney Rock Forest Park, take in the pleasant sights at Richmond Harbour, and stop by The Cat and Moon.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Derry to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Westport, Ireland

— 3 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Atlantic Drive on Achill Island and Keem Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Foxford Woollen Mills & Visitor Centre (in Foxford) and Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection & Belleek Castle Museum). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to The Great Western Greenway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and admire the landmark architecture of Newport Railway Viaduct.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Westport online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in February, Westport is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Westport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Galway, Ireland

— 6 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Salthill Promenade and Wild Atlantic Way. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Athlone (Derryglad Folk and Heritage Museum & Athlone Castle Visitor Centre), Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong) and Dun Na Si Amenity & Heritage Park (in Moate). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Quay Street, stroll around Rinville Park, experience rural life at Loughwell Farm Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Galway Cathedral.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Galway trip planner.

Getting from Westport to Galway by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Doolin.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:

Doolin, Ireland

— 3 nights
A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Step off the beaten path and head to Doolin Cave and Poulnabrone Dolmen. Change things up with these side-trips from Doolin: Dromore Wood Nature Reserve (in Ennis), Corofin (The Farmyard & Burren National Park) and Ballyvaughan (Aillwee Cave & Burren Birds of Prey Centre). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, indulge in some personalized pampering at Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells, and admire the natural beauty at Doolin Garden and Nursery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Doolin trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Galway to Doolin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Doolin can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Doolin

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Explore hidden gems such as Revas Spa and Adare Park. Step out of Limerick to go to Askeaton and see Askeaton Friary, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Hunt Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at The Crescent Shopping Centre, contemplate the long history of Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Limerick day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Doolin to Limerick takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. February in Limerick sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

Dingle, Ireland

— 4 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Step off the beaten path and head to Conor Pass and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dingle: Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee) and Bray Head Loop Walk (in Valentia Island). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld, examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, enjoy the sand and surf at Clogher Strand, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilmalkedar Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dingle trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 7 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torc Mountain Walk and Torc Waterfall. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Tralee (Banna Strand & The Playdium), Beara Way (in Glengarriff) and Kenmare (The Purcell Gallery & Old Kenmare Road). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry, admire the verdant scenery at Black Valley, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Carrantoohil.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Killarney trip app.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. February in Killarney sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — Mar 1:

Cork, Ireland

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cobh Cathedral and The English Market. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Midleton (Jameson Distillery Midleton & Birds of Prey Educational Centre), Charles Fort (in Kinsale) and Cobh (Titanic Memorial Garden, Tregan Craft Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church, see the interesting displays at Collins Barracks Museum, and walk around Ballincollig Regional Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cork itinerary builder.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Waterford.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 6:

Waterford, Ireland

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience and Hook Lighthouse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and New Ross (Hook Head Safaris & Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, admire the sheer force of Mahon Falls (a.k.a. Eas na Machan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, and take a memorable drive along Comeragh Drive.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Waterford trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cork to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Wexford.

Things to do in Waterford

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wexford, Ireland

— 4 nights
Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Explore hidden gems such as Irish National Heritage Park and Tacumshane Windmill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Avoca White Cross (in Avoca), Arklow Maritime Museum (in Arklow) and Gorey (The Gardens at Marlfield House and The Duck Restaurant, Courtown Woods, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, stroll through Baginbun Beach, kick back and relax at Ballymoney Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Iberius Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Wexford, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Wexford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Wexford

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Abbey, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower, then sample the tasty concoctions at Smithwick's Experience, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally appreciate the history behind Kells Priory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Collegiate Church, get engrossed in the history at Medieval Mile Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Evangelist Church, and finally stop by Nicholas Mosse Pottery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Wexford to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Kilkenny are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:

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.