8 days in Ireland, Belfast & Portstewart Itinerary

8 days in Ireland, Belfast & Portstewart Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
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Portstewart, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, then contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally examine the collection at Titanic Belfast. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Belfast Botanical Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Ulster Museum, and then make a trip to Peace Wall.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are George Best Belfast City Airport, Belfast International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Portstewart.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Portstewart, United Kingdom

— 1 night
Portstewart is a small town in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. On the 8th (Thu), sample the fine beverages at Bushmills Distillery, then take a memorable drive along Causeway Coastal Route, then take in the dramatic natural features at Giant's Causeway, and finally explore the ancient world of Dunseverick Castle.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Portstewart itinerary planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Portstewart in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sligo.

Things to do in Portstewart

Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sligo, Ireland

— 1 night
Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sligo Abbey, delve into the distant past at Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, then kick back and relax at Strandhill Beach, and finally make a trip to Yeats's Grave.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sligo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Portstewart to Sligo takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Galway, Ireland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stroll around Eyre Square, don't miss a visit to Quay Street, and then take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway online vacation planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sligo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Galway, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Galway

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks
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Dublin, Ireland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Newman University Church, then stroll around St Stephens Green, then contemplate the long history of Guinness Storehouse, and finally explore the galleries of Kilmainham Gaol Museum. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at James Joyce Statue, take a stroll through Temple Bar, then steep yourself in history at Trinity College Dublin, and finally walk around Phoenix Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dublin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galway to Dublin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
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County Londonderry travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Bridges · History Museums
County Londonderry features numerous scenic riverside settings and several important historical sites. Derry, the county’s biggest city, famous for its ancient defensive walls, served as the UK’s official City of Culture in 2013. The county, steeped in history and proud of its Irish heritage, plays an important role in the cultural revival currently underway in this northern region. Though there’s lots of history to soak up here, the county’s biggest attraction may very well be the locals themselves, well known for their long tradition of witty storytelling. Visit the county’s smaller villages to explore a flourishing music scene, which has found its home in both traditional pubs and trendy new cafes.

Ireland travel guide

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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.