9 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

9 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 1 day
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Sligo, Ireland
— 1 night
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Galway, Ireland
— 1 night
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Athlone, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Dublin, Ireland

— 1 day

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.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, see the interesting displays at Guinness Storehouse, and then walk around St Stephens Green.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Dublin vacation maker app.

Los Angeles, USA to Dublin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Dublin due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Dublin hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Belfast.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Peace Wall, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and finally see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast. Keep things going the next day: get a sense of history and politics at City Hall, then get a new perspective on nature at Ulster Museum, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Belfast travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Belfast are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

Derry, United Kingdom

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.
To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Derry day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Derry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Derry, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Sligo.

Things to do in Derry

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

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 the long history of Sligo Abbey, then explore the ancient world of Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, and then stroll the grounds of Yeats's Grave.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sligo visit planning app.

Getting from Derry to Sligo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Derry in July, you will find days in Sligo are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Galway.

Things to do in Sligo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

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.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll around Eyre Square and then head outdoors with Wild Atlantic Way.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galway journey maker site.

You can drive from Sligo to Galway in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sligo in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Galway, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Athlone.

Things to do in Galway

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:

Athlone, Ireland

Gateway to the West

The largest town on the River Shannon has earned the moniker of Gateway to the West for its strategic location; visitors are attracted to Athlone for its vibrant streets.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Athlone Castle Visitor Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Church of Saints Peter & Paul, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Athlone trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Galway to Athlone by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.

Things to do in Athlone

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Dublin, Ireland

— 2 nights

Fair City

On the 11th (Sun), take in the views from Ha'penny Bridge.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dublin day trip planning website.

Getting from Athlone to Dublin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.

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.