36 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Sligo, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Kinsale, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Cobh, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at War Years Remembered (War Museum) and Grey Point Fort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Irish Republican History Museum and St. Malachy's Church. Change things up with a short trip to Donaghadee Harbour in Donaghadee (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Royal Ulster Rifles Museum, steep yourself in history at Scrabo Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Belfast route builder app.

New York City, USA to Belfast is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Belfast is 5 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get slightly colder in Belfast: highs are around 57°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bushmills.
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Bushmills, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 4th (Wed), kick back and relax at Causeway Coastal Route, then explore the historical opulence of Kinbane Castle, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, tee off at Bushfoot Golf Club, then explore the ancient world of Dunseverick Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Gobban's Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills online trip builder.

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Bushmills sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First Derry Presbyterian Church, and then admire the landmark architecture of St. Eugene's Cathedral. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Siege Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Derry City Cemetery.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Derry route planner.

Traveling by car from Bushmills to Derry takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 2 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
On the 8th (Sun), stroll through Dunmoran Strand, then get to know the fascinating history of Aughris Cliff Walk, and then cast your line with Sligo Boat Charters. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Streedagh Beach, contemplate the long history of Creevykeel Court Tomb, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Hazelwood.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sligo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Derry to Sligo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Burren Birds of Prey Centre and Kinvara Harbour. Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Riverside Walk. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Gort (Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum & Kilmacduagh Tower), Ennis Friary (in Ennis) and Thomond Park Stadium (in Limerick). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Galway Fisheries Watchtower Museum, contemplate the long history of Monk's Fishing House, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galway route builder website.

You can drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sligo in October since evenings lows in Galway dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 5 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ross Castle and Killarney Falconry. Popular historic sites such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Ardfert Cathedral are in your itinerary. Explore Killarney's surroundings by going to Old Kenmare Road (in Kenmare) and Blennerville Windmill (in Tralee). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torc Mountain Walk, view the masterpieces at Peter Cox Photography Gallery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and appreciate the views at Black Valley.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Killarney day trip planning tool.

Getting from Galway to Killarney by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Killarney sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gallarus Oratory and Minard Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inch Beach and St. Mary's Church. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Celtic Nature Walking Tours, take a peaceful walk through Glenteenassig Forest Park, take an in-depth tour of Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dingle online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Killarney to Dingle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kinsale.
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Kinsale, Ireland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the galleries of The Boathouse Gallery, then learn about all things military at Irish Veterans Museum, then look for gifts at Stone Mad Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Kinsale Regional Museum, examine the collection at West Cork Model Railway Village, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Inchydoney Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kinsale route planner.

Traveling by car from Dingle to Kinsale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Kinsale are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.
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Cobh, Ireland — 4 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
Visit Cobh Cathedral and St. Mary's Collegiate Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Titanic Experience Cobh and Cobh Heritage Centre The Queenstown Story. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cobh: Ardmore (Ballyquin Beach, St Declan's Well and Oratory, &more), Ballycotton Lighthouse (in Ballycotton) and Lismore (Ballysaggartmore Towers & Saint Carthage's Cathedral). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, tee off at Cobh Golf Club, and don't miss a visit to Old Church Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cobh trip planner.

You can drive from Kinsale to Cobh in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dublin.
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chester Beatty and Bru na Boinne. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar. Get out of town with these interesting Dublin side-trips: Malahide Castle (in Malahide) and Powerscourt Gardens and House (in Enniskerry). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Jeanie Johnston: An Irish Famine Story, steep yourself in history at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, take an in-depth tour of National Library of Ireland, and browse the exhibits of 14 Henrietta Street.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dublin tour builder app.

Getting from Cobh to Dublin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for home.
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Northern Ireland travel guide

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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.
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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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