26 days in Belfast, Portrush & Ireland Itinerary

26 days in Belfast, Portrush & Ireland Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly + Bus:  11 h 15 min
1
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Portrush, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Galway, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Killarney, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Kilkenny, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Glendalough Village, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Dublin, Ireland
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Tropical Ravine House, see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, then view the masterpieces at MAC, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Belfast Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of St. Anne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage, and finally steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Belfast trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Belfast is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Belfast, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in May: highs in Belfast hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Portrush.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
SS Nomadic ©
SS Nomadic
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens ©
Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

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Portrush, United Kingdom

Portrush ©
Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, on the County Londonderry border. On the 7th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Goldrush Entertainment Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Portrush West Strand, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Portrush East Strand, and finally hike along Causeway Coastal Walk. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Dunluce Castle, then stroll through Ballycastle Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Kinbane Castle, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Dunseverick Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Portrush tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Portrush in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Portrush sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Portrush

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballycastle, Dunseverick Falls
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Dunluce Castle ©
Dunluce Castle
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand
Ballycastle Beach ©
Ballycastle Beach

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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.
Salthill Promenade and Galway Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Galway City Museum and Oranmore Castle. Explore Galway's surroundings by going to Gort (Coole Park Nature Reserve & Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum). The adventure continues: make a trip to Quay Street, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the natural beauty at Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden, and relax in the rural setting at Rathbaun Farm.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galway trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Portrush to Galway takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Galway when traveling from Portrush in May, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Westport.

Things to do in Galway

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Gort
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
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Coole Park Nature Reserve ©
Coole Park Nature Reserve
Galway Cathedral ©
Galway Cathedral
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum ©
Thoor Ballylee - Yeats Museum

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Westport, Ireland

Westport ©
Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get in on the family fun at The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House, steep yourself in history at Clew Bay Heritage Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, appreciate the history behind St. Patrick Statue, then explore the galleries of The Quay Gallery, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then pause for some serene contemplation at Aughagower Church, and then hike along Clew Bay Archaeological Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Westport vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galway to Westport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Westport, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dingle.

Things to do in Westport

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House ©
The Pirate Adventure Park at Westport House
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail ©
Clew Bay Archaeological Trail
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

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Dingle, Ireland

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Let the collections at Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows and Fiadh Woven Design capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Glanteenassig Wood. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Gallarus Oratory, get engrossed in the history at Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, don't miss a visit to The Dillon Gallery Paintings by Honora O'Neill, and cruise along Dingle Peninsula.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dingle day trip planning app.

Getting from Westport to Dingle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. May in Dingle sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Killarney.

Things to do in Dingle

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Glanteenassig Wood, Dingle Sheepdogs Demonstrations & Trials, Dingle Peninsula
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gallarus Oratory ©
Gallarus Oratory
Dingle Peninsula ©
Dingle Peninsula

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Killarney, Ireland

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Get some historical perspective at Ross Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Muckross House and Peter Cox Photography Gallery. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Torc Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at The Black Valley, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Killarney Brewing Company, and sample the fine beverages at Irish Whiskey Experience.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Killarney trip planner.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Killarney can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Cork.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Kerry Cliffs
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Ross Castle ©
Ross Castle
Torc Waterfall ©
Torc Waterfall
Kerry Cliffs ©
Kerry Cliffs

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Cork City Gaol, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Colman’s Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul's Church. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Nano Nagle Place, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then don't miss a visit to Crawford Art Gallery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral of St Mary & St Anne & Visitor Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cork day trip app.

You can drive from Killarney to Cork in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cork

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cobh
Find places to stay May 19 — 21:
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Nano Nagle Place ©
Nano Nagle Place
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Kilkenny Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Medieval Mile Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, and finally get outside with Go With The Flow - River Adventures. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jerpoint Abbey, contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, browse the exhibits of VALERIE WALSHE CONTEMPORARY, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smithwick's Experience, then admire the natural beauty at Rothe House and Garden, and finally look for gifts at Smithwick's Retail Store.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kilkenny trip tool.

You can drive from Cork to Kilkenny in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Glendalough Village.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Medieval Mile Museum ©
Medieval Mile Museum
Jerpoint Abbey ©
Jerpoint Abbey

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Glendalough Village, Ireland

Glendalough Village ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Glenmacnass Waterfall, head outdoors with Military Road, then steep yourself in history at Powerscourt Gardens and House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Greystones Blue Flag Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Glendalough Village road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kilkenny to Glendalough Village in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kilkenny in May, Glendalough Village is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Glendalough Village

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Enniskerry, Glenmacnass Waterfall, Greystones Blue Flag Beach
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Glenmacnass Waterfall ©
Glenmacnass Waterfall
Powerscourt Gardens and House ©
Powerscourt Gardens and House

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chester Beatty and Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guinness Storehouse and 14 Henrietta Street. Venture out of the city with trips to Bru na Boinne (in Donore) and Cliff Walk Car Park Bray (in Bray). There's lots more to do: stop by Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, make a trip to The Spire, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Dublin trip planning site.

You can drive from Glendalough Village to Dublin in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Cliff Walk Car Park Bray
Find places to stay May 25 — 29:
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Chester Beatty ©
Chester Beatty
Kilmainham Gaol Museum ©
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse

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