8 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland & Ireland Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Larne, United Kingdom
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Carnlough, United Kingdom
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Ballintoy, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
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Kilshanny, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 night
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Belfast, United Kingdom

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Belfast Zoo as well as Titanic Belfast. On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast and then meet the residents at Belfast Zoo.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Belfast travel route builder tool.

London to Belfast is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Belfast hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Larne.

Things to do in Belfast

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

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Larne, United Kingdom

Larne is a seaport and industrial market town, as well as a civil parish, on the east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland with a population of 18,323 people in the 2008 Estimate. To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Larne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Larne takes an hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Carnlough.

Things to do in Larne

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Carnlough, United Kingdom

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Carnlough planner.

Carnlough is just a short distance from Larne. August in Carnlough sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Ballintoy.

Things to do in Carnlough

Parks · Nature · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Ballintoy, United Kingdom

— 1 night
To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ballintoy trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Carnlough to Ballintoy takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Ballintoy

Outdoors · Beaches · Scenic Drive · Parks
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Bushmills, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Giant's Causeway as well as Dunseverick Falls. On the 17th (Tue), take in the views from Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Giant's Causeway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bushmills tour planner.

Bushmills is just a short distance from Ballintoy. August in Bushmills sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Galway.

Things to do in Bushmills

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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Galway, Ireland

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.
To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Galway trip planner.

Drive from Bushmills to Galway in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bushmills in August, Galway is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kilshanny.

Things to do in Galway

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Kilshanny, Ireland

— 1 night
On the 19th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kilshanny road trip planning app.

Getting from Galway to Kilshanny by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dublin.

Things to do in Kilshanny

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Dublin, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dublin tour itinerary planning website.

Drive from Kilshanny to Dublin in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Dublin are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Breweries & Distilleries
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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.