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
— 4 nights
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and Food Tours. When in Dublin, make a side trip to see Dun Laoghaire Harbour in Dun Laoghaire, approximately Dun Laoghaire away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take a stroll through Temple Bar, walk around St Stephens Green, and steep yourself in history 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 31-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.
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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.
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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 Museum of Free Derry. Venture out of the city with trips to Portrush (Portrush West Strand & East Strand) and Limavady (Largantea Picnic Area & Roe Valley Country Park). The adventure continues: stroll around St. Columb's Park, appreciate the history behind Hands Across the Divide Monument, admire the landmark architecture of St. Columb's Cathedral, and take a stroll around Millennium Forum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Derry road trip planning site.

You can drive from Belfast to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Derry sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sligo.
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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 Glencar Waterfall and Coney Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sligo: Cavan Burren Park (in Cavan), Arigna Mining Experience (in Roscommon) and Costello Memorial Chapel (in Carrick-on-Shannon). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Knocknarea, go for a walk through Gleniff Horseshoe, take in the dramatic scenery at Sruth In Aghaidh An Aird - The Devil's Chimney, and walk around Dooney Rock Forest Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sligo online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Derry to Sligo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Sligo sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Westport.
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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 and Keem Bay. Get out of town with these interesting Westport side-trips: Foxford Woollen Mills (in Foxford) and Ballina (Jackie Clarke Collection & Belleek Castle Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey, explore by horseback at Carrowholly Stables & Trekking Centre, and admire the striking features of Newport Railway Viaduct.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Westport online tour planner.

Getting from Sligo to Westport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sligo in February since evenings lows in Westport dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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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), Dun Na Si Amenity & Heritage Park (in Moate) and Royal Abbey of Cong (in Cong). 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; or do a combination of train and taxi. 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.
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Doolin, Ireland — 3 nights

A world-famous center of traditional Irish music, Doolin occupies a dramatic location on Ireland's windblown Atlantic coast.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Doolin Cave and Burren Birds of Prey Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Doolin side-trips: Dromore Wood Nature Reserve (in Ennis), Corofin (The Farmyard & Burren National Park) and Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, stop by The Clare Jam Company, take in the pleasant sights at Beauty Of The Burren Walks, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Doolin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galway to Doolin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Doolin, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Limerick.
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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 Hunt Museum. Step out of Limerick to go to Askeaton and see Askeaton Friary, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get outside with Flannerys, browse the different shops at The Crescent Shopping Centre, contemplate the long history of Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur, and take an in-depth tour of Limerick Museum.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Limerick holiday maker app.

Drive from Doolin to Limerick in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in February, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dingle.
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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 Skellig Ring Scenic Drive. Step out of Dingle with an excursion to Bray Head Loop Walk in Valentia Island--about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Dingle Oceanworld, enjoy breathtaking views from Eask Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Clogher Strand, and examine the collection at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows.

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. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a 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.
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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 Banna Strand. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Kenmare (The Purcell Gallery & Old Kenmare Road), The Playdium (in Tralee) and Beara Way (in Glengarriff). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Killarney Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Ross Castle, sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience, and make a trip to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney vacation builder website.

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. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Cork.
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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 Nano Nagle Place and Cobh Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Cork: Cobh (Titanic Memorial Garden, Tregan Craft Centre, &more), Birds of Prey Educational Centre (in Midleton) and Charles Fort (in Kinsale). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, snap pictures at Daly's Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church, and don't miss a visit to Elizabeth Fort.

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 drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. 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.
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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 Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Waterford: Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas), New Ross (Hook Head Safaris & Ros Tapestry Exhibition Center) and Hook Lighthouse (in Fethard On Sea). And it doesn't end there: explore the landscape on two wheels at Waterford Greenway, take in the spiritual surroundings of Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, steep yourself in history at Kennedy Homestead, and admire the striking features of Bishop's Palace.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Waterford day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cork to Waterford takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Waterford can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Wexford.
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Wexford, Ireland — 4 nights

Wexford is the county town of County Wexford, Ireland. Explore hidden gems such as Irish National Heritage Park and St. Iberius Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wexford: Arklow Maritime Museum (in Arklow), Avoca White Cross (in Avoca) and Gorey (The Gardens at Marlfield House and The Duck Restaurant, Courtown Woods, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Seal Rescue Ireland, stroll through Baginbun Beach, kick back and relax at Ballymoney Beach, and make a trip to Tacumshane Windmill.

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.
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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. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. 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 fly back home.
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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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