36 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

36 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

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36 days in Ireland, Derry & Belfast Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
3
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Baltimore, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dingle, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Limerick, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Clifden, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
11
Donegal Town, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
14
Drogheda, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
15
Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
Fly:  25​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

2
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
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 Powerscourt Waterfall, Phoenix Park and Trinity College Dublin. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Powerscourt Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Powerscourt Gardens and House, then wander the streets of Temple Bar, and finally snap pictures at Ha'penny Bridge. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, take in the architecture and design of Trinity College Dublin, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Phoenix Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dublin trip planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in July, with highs in Dublin at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Dublin

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Enniskerry
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Powerscourt Waterfall ©
Powerscourt Waterfall
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar
Trinity College Dublin ©
Trinity College Dublin

3
nights
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rock of Cashel, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve and Curracloe Beach. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, stroll through Curracloe Beach, and then make a trip to Rock of Cashel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jerpoint Abbey, steep yourself in history at Jerpoint Park, then appreciate the history behind Kells Priory, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kilkenny holiday maker .

You can drive from Dublin to Kilkenny in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Dublin in July since evenings lows in Kilkenny dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Cork.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Rock of Cashel, Kells Priory, Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Curracloe Beach
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Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey
Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle

2
nights
Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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.
Mitchelstown Cave has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Statue and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Blarney Castle & Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Charles Fort and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cork online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kilkenny to Cork in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Baltimore.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Blarney Castle & Gardens, Charles Fort, Annie Moore Monument, Mitchelstown Cave
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Charles Fort ©
Charles Fort
Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
St Fin Barre's Cathedral ©
St Fin Barre's Cathedral

1
night
Baltimore, Ireland

Baltimore is a village in western County Cork, Ireland. On the 20th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Abbeystrewry Graveyard, visit a coastal fixture at Fastnet Lighthouse, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Baltimore online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cork to Baltimore in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Killarney.

Things to do in Baltimore

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Fastnet Lighthouse, Abbeystrewry Graveyard
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
You've now added Outdoors Ireland to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Ross Castle and Irish Whiskey Experience. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muckross Abbey and Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Killarney National Park. There's more to do: hike along Torc Mountain Walk and steep yourself in history at Staigue Fort.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Killarney online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Baltimore to Killarney in 2 hours. In July in Killarney, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Staigue Fort
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Muckross Abbey ©
Muckross Abbey
Torc Mountain Walk ©
Torc Mountain Walk
Killarney National Park ©
Killarney National Park

1
night
Dingle, Ireland

Dingle ©
Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials and then step off the mainland to explore Great Blasket Island.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dingle sightseeing planner .

Getting from Killarney to Dingle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Dingle, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Limerick.

Things to do in Dingle

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Great Blasket Island, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials
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Great Blasket Island ©
Great Blasket Island

2
nights
Limerick, Ireland

Limerick ©
Founded by Vikings over a thousand years ago, Limerick sits at the head of the Shannon River's broadening estuary.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes King John's Castle, Hunt Museum and St. Flannan's Cathedral. Visit Grange Stone Circle and St. John's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre and River Shannon. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Old Irish Ways.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Limerick road trip planning app .

Drive from Dingle to Limerick in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Limerick sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Galway.

Things to do in Limerick

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bruff, St. Flannan's Cathedral, Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, River Shannon
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King John's Castle ©
King John's Castle
Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre ©
St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral

5
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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've added Shannon Banks Nature Trail Walk, Tyrone House, The Spanish Arch, and other attractions to your itinerary. Visiting Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Knockma Forest Walk will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Galway Bay and Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to The Irish Workhouse Centre (in Portumna), Aillwee Cave (in Ballyvaughan) and Coole Park (in Gort). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Eyre Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galway travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Limerick to Galway takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Galway are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Clifden.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Athlone, Ballyvaughan, Tyrone House, The Irish Workhouse Centre, Coole-Garryland Nature Reserve
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Burren Birds of Prey Centre ©
Burren Birds of Prey Centre
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre ©
Athlone Castle Visitor Centre
Galway Bay ©
Galway Bay

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nights
Clifden, Ireland

Clifden ©
The town of Clifden represents a beloved Victorian style and is known for its position along County Galway's coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Atlantic Drive on Achill Island as well as Sky Rd. Step out of the city life by going to Omey Island and Killadoon Standing Stone. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden and Marconi Station. Step out of Clifden with an excursion to Killary Fjord in Leenane--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Lavelle Art Gallery.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Clifden trip planning app .

Getting from Galway to Clifden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Sligo.

Things to do in Clifden

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Atlantic Drive on Achill Island, Killary Fjord, Omey Island, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Killadoon Standing Stone
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Atlantic Drive on Achill Island ©
Atlantic Drive on Achill Island
Omey Island ©
Omey Island

1
night
Sligo, Ireland

Sligo
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo route website .

Getting from Clifden to Sligo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sligo are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Donegal Town.

Things to do in Sligo

Outdoors Nightlife Tours
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1
night
Donegal Town, Ireland

Donegal Town ©
Its rugged setting and friendly locals make Donegal a popular destination along Ireland's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Glengesh Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at Slieve League. On your second day here, look for gifts at Magee Clothing and then step into the grandiose world of Donegal Castle.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Donegal Town online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Sligo to Donegal Town takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Derry.

Things to do in Donegal Town

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Glengesh Pass, Slieve League
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Slieve League ©
Slieve League
Donegal Castle ©
Donegal Castle

2
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Derry, United Kingdom

Derry ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columb's Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Temple Springs Fishery. Here are some ideas for day two: take advantage of the amenities at Benone Tourist Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mussenden Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Downhill Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Derry online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Donegal Town to Derry in 1.5 hours. August in Derry sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Derry

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Castlerock, Temple Springs Fishery, Benone Tourist Complex
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City Walls ©
City Walls
Temple Springs Fishery ©
Temple Springs Fishery
Mussenden Temple ©
Mussenden Temple

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Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ulster Museum, Titanic Belfast and Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at WWT Castle Espie and Shankill Road.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Belfast road trip site .

You can drive from Derry to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Belfast, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Drogheda.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Seaforde Tropical Butterfly House, WWT Castle Espie
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Ulster Museum ©
Ulster Museum
WWT Castle Espie ©
WWT Castle Espie
Shankill Road ©
Shankill Road

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Drogheda, Ireland

Drogheda ©
Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland, known for its tourism and as a centre of industry and medical care. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hill of Slane as well as Bru na Boinne. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle and then explore the activities along River Boyne. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Bru na Boinne, then explore the ancient world of Hill of Slane, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Augustinian Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Drogheda trip planner .

You can drive from Belfast to Drogheda in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Drogheda are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Drogheda

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Trim, Bru na Boinne, Hill of Slane
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Trim Castle ©
Trim Castle
Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Augustinian Church ©
Augustinian Church

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night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin
To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dublin trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Drogheda to Dublin by car takes about an hour. On the 15th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Dublin

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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