60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

60 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 4 nights
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Clifden, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Limerick, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 6 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 7 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ulster Museum and SS Nomadic. Do some cultural sightseeing at HMS Caroline and National Trust - Florence Court. Get out of town with these interesting Belfast side-trips: Basil Sheils (in Tassagh), Newry Cathedral (in Newry) and Ring of Gullion (in Crossmaglen). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, get advice or help at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, explore the galleries of Grey Point Fort, and steep yourself in history at National Trust - Crom.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Belfast trip itinerary planner.

Louisville, USA to Belfast is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. When traveling from Louisville in July, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Belfast: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portrush, United Kingdom

— 2 nights
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get outside with Portstewart Strand - National Trust and then admire the natural beauty at Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Portrush Whiterocks Beach, kick back and relax at East Strand, hike along Causeway Coastal Walk, stroll through Portrush West Strand, then step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, and finally cruise along Causeway Coastal Route.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portrush travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Portrush can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sligo.

Things to do in Portrush

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
Get in touch with nature at Strandhill Beach and Ladies Brae. You'll explore and learn at Glenview Folk Museum and King House. Venture out of the city with trips to Ballyshannon (Local Hands Art Gallery & Gift Shop & Castle Adventure Open Farm), Sean MacDiarmada's House (in Kiltyclogher) and Donegal Castle (in Donegal Town). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Knocknarea, hike along Rosses Point Loop Walk, steep yourself in history at The High Cross, and kick back and relax at Muckross Head Peninsula.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sligo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portrush to Sligo in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sligo are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Sligo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

Westport, Ireland

— 5 nights
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and Jackie Clarke Collection. Shop till you drop at The Quay Gallery and Marlene's Chocolate Haven. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Westport: Achill Island (Sli Grainne Mhaol, Achill Heritage Centre, &more), Mulranny (Mulranny Saltmarsh & Mulranny Strand) and Dugort Beach (in Dugort). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Keem Bay, delve into the distant past at Belleek Castle Museum, steep yourself in history at The Lost Valley, and take in nature's colorful creations at Westport House.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Westport road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sligo to Westport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sligo in August, Westport is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Westport

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Clifden, Ireland

— 2 nights
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
On the 13th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel and then admire the natural beauty at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Dog's Bay Beach, explore the activities along Roundstone Bay, shop like a local with Roundstone Ceramics, relax in the rural setting at Dan O'Hara's Homestead Farm, then explore the historical opulence of Aughnanure Castle, and finally get engrossed in the history at Glengowla Mines.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Clifden visit planner.

You can drive from Westport to Clifden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church. Visit Salthill Promenade and The Irish Workhouse Centre for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Galway: The Wormhole (in Inishmore), Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong) and Portumna (Portumna Forest Park & Portumna Castle). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, delve into the distant past at Kilmacduagh Tower, explore the galleries of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Galway Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galway vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Clifden to Galway takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Liscannor.

Things to do in Galway

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

Liscannor, Ireland

— 5 nights
Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Get outdoors at Lahinch Beach and The Burren. Caherconnell Stone Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations and The Burren Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Kilkee (Kilbaha Lighthouse, Bridges of Ross, &more), Kilbaha (Loop Head Lighthouse & Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts) and Ladies Beach (in Ballybunion). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliffs of Moher, identify plant and animal life at Doughmore Bay, delve into the distant past at Leamaneh Castle, and kick back and relax at Spanish Point Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Liscannor online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Galway to Liscannor by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Liscannor are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Limerick, Ireland

— 3 nights
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Step off the beaten path and head to King John's Castle and Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Get some cultural insight at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Craggaunowen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Limerick: Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail (in Tarbert), Shannon Golf Club (in Shannon) and Askeaton Friary (in Askeaton). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, tee off at Ballyneety Golf Club, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Joseph's Church, and take an in-depth tour of Limerick Museum.

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You can drive from Liscannor to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dingle.

Things to do in Limerick

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Dingle, Ireland

— 6 nights
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Skellig Michael and The Blasket Centre and Great Blasket Island. Shop till you drop at The Carol Cronin Gallery and Penny's Pottery. Venture out of the city with trips to Skellig Ring Scenic Drive (in Portmagee), Castlegregory (Castlegregory Golf Links & Glanteenassig Wood) and Dursey Island (in Crookhaven). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Slea Head Drive, enjoy the sand and surf at Inch Beach, explore and take pictures at Dingle Peninsula, and stroll through Wine Strand Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dingle planner.

Drive from Limerick to Dingle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Dingle, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Killarney, Ireland

— 5 nights
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
St. Mary's Cathedral and Ardfert Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Banna Strand and The Kerry Way. Change things up with these side-trips from Killarney: Listowel Castle (in Listowel), Tralee (St. John's Church, Kerry County Museum, &more) and Ballybunion Golf Club (in Ballybunion). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Torc Mountain Walk, step into the grandiose world of Ross Castle, tee off at Ring of Kerry Golf Club, and admire the striking features of Bantry House & Garden.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Killarney takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

Cork, Ireland

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cork City Gaol and St. Anne's Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story and West Cork Model Railway Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cork: St. John's Church (in Buttevant), Cobh (Spike Island, St Colman’s Cathedral, &more) and Clonakilty (Birthplace of Michael Collins, Michael Collins Centre, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and contemplate the long history of Charles Fort.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cork road trip 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Kilkenny, Ireland

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rock of Cashel and Waterford Greenway. Get some cultural insight at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower and Medieval Mile Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Waterford (Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum, King of the Vikings, &more), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Tramore Beach (in Tramore). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, explore the historical opulence of Cahir Castle, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, and explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kilkenny visit planner.

Getting from Cork to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Dublin, Ireland

— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Guinness Storehouse and Trim Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glendalough Cathedral and Chester Beatty. Explore Dublin's surroundings by going to Malahide Castle (in Malahide), Wicklow Mountains National Park (in Glendalough Village) and Howth (Claremont Beach & Howth Hills). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne, get engrossed in the history at 14 Henrietta Street, examine the collection at The Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum Experience, and catch a live event at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dublin road trip app.

Traveling by car from Kilkenny to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:

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.

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.