18 days in Ireland, Portrush & Belfast Itinerary

18 days in Ireland, Portrush & Belfast Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Wexford, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Doolin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Portrush, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland — 2 nights

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
On the 16th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Castletown House, then identify plant and animal life at Dublin Falconry, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Cliff Path Loop, take in the awesome beauty at Killiney Hill, and then take an in-depth tour of Pearse Museum.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dublin road trip planning website.

Indianapolis, USA to Dublin is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Indianapolis in April; daily highs in Dublin reach 53°F and lows reach 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Wexford.
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Wexford, Ireland — 2 nights

Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of The Twin Churches: Church of the Assumption and Church of the Immaculate Conception, play a few rounds at Wexford Golf Club, then contemplate the waterfront views at Our Ladys Island Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Tacumshane Windmill. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Courtown Woods, identify plant and animal life at Seal Rescue Ireland, then identify plant and animal life at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, and finally stroll through Baginbun Beach.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Wexford trip tool.

You can drive from Dublin to Wexford in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in April since evenings lows in Wexford dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale, Ireland — 3 nights

Located at the estuary of the Brandon River, the historical fishing town of Kinsale nestles against hills that act as a natural shield against the open sea.
Visit St Multose Church and Timoleague Franciscan Friary for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to James Fort and Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kinsale Mead Co, admire the natural beauty at Ringfinnan Garden of Remembrance, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kinsale visit planner.

Traveling by car from Wexford to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kinsale can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.
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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 23rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Glanteenassig Wood, then delve into the lush surroundings at Glenteenassig Forest Park, then explore the historical opulence of Minard Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, and then take in the waterfront at Dun Chaoin Pier.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dingle trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kinsale to Dingle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Doolin.
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Doolin, Ireland — 2 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
On the 25th (Mon), trek along Caher Valley Loop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Corcomroe Abbey, then head outdoors with Backwest Adventures, and finally take an in-depth tour of Burren Exposure. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Clare Jam Company, then go for a walk through Beauty Of The Burren Walks, then admire the natural beauty at Doolin Garden and Nursery, and finally view the masterpieces at Doreen Drennan Art Studio, Garden & Lodge..

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Doolin online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Dingle to Doolin in 3.5 hours. April in Doolin sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gothic Chapel, then contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord, and then admire the sheer force of Aasleagh Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Ballintubber Abbey, then hike along Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails, and then ride a horse along Drummindoo Stud.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Westport tour planner.

You can drive from Doolin to Westport in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in April, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portrush.
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Portrush, United Kingdom — 1 night

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. On the 29th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with Causeway Boats and then stroll through East Strand.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Portrush trip builder.

You can drive from Westport to Portrush in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. April in Portrush sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 44°F at night. You will leave for Belfast on the 30th (Sat).
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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 30th (Sat), steep yourself in history at The Tropical Ravine House and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Patricks Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Belfast online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Belfast takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. April in Belfast sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the world behind art at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and then take a pleasant ride with The Paddocks Riding Centre.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Dublin attractions planner.

Drive from Belfast to Dublin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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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.
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