36 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

36 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

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Dublin, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Belfast, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
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Derry, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Letterkenny, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Westport, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Tipperary, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Cork, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Killarney, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland
— 2 nights
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Kilkenny, Ireland
— 4 nights
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Dublin, Ireland — 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Malahide Castle and St. Michan's Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like 14 Henrietta Street and Temple Bar. Change things up with these side-trips from Dublin: Bray (Bray Head & Cliff Walk Car Park Bray) and Howth Hills (in Howth). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum, walk around St Stephens Green, examine the collection at GPO Museum, and appreciate the history behind The Famine Sculptures.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dublin sightseeing website.

Perth, Australia to Dublin is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Dublin is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Perth in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dublin, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Belfast.
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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.
On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Scrabo Tower, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, examine the collection at Irish FA Tours, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, and finally admire the striking features of St. Malachy's Church. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Black Mountain, steep yourself in history at St. Nicholas Church, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson Centre, then learn about all things military at Grey Point Fort, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Marine Gardens Coastal Walk.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast trip planner.

You can drive from Dublin to Belfast in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Belfast are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 1 night

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.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Columba's Church (Long Tower), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Free Derry, explore the galleries of The Bloody Sunday Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of First Derry Presbyterian Church, then get to know the fascinating history of The Two Bridges Walk, and finally pause for some photo ops at Hands Across the Divide Monument.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Derry online day trip planner.

Drive from Belfast to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Derry are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Letterkenny.
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Letterkenny, Ireland — 3 nights

As an economic center of the region, Letterkenny has suffered overdevelopment, but its thriving student and young-professional population brings good food, accommodations, and nightlife.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenveagh Castle and Glebe House & Gallery The Derek Hill Collection. Get in touch with nature at Marble Hill Strand and Narin Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Letterkenny side-trips: Back Strand Beach (in Falcarragh), Dunfanaghy (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & The Art House Ireland) and Doe Castle (in Creeslough). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Donegal Castle, make a trip to Newmills Corn and Flax Mill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Eunan's Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Maritime & Heritage Visitor Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Letterkenny trip builder website.

You can drive from Derry to Letterkenny in an hour. July in Letterkenny sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 2 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
On the 11th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Muredach's Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Belleek Castle Museum, examine the collection at Jackie Clarke Collection, then stroll through Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ballintubber Abbey. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Aasleagh Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Killary Fjord, then pause for some serene contemplation at Gothic Chapel, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Westport road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Letterkenny to Westport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Westport when traveling from Letterkenny in July, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galway.
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Galway, Ireland — 3 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 Cliffs of Moher and Doolin Pitch & Putt. Ashford Castle and Riverside Walk will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Clare Coastal Walk Project (in Doolin), Cong (The Quiet Cailin Studios, Royal Abbey of Cong, &more) and Burren way (in Liscannor). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Athenry Castle, take an in-depth tour of Athenry Heritage Centre, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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

Drive from Westport to Galway in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Galway, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tipperary.
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Tipperary, Ireland — 3 nights

Tipperary is a town and a civil parish in County Tipperary, Ireland. Get outdoors at St. Declan's Way and Knockmealdown Mountains. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rock of Cashel and Farney Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Bay Lough (in Clogheen), Glengarra Woods (in Cahir) and Mitchelstown Cave (in Burncourt). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Hore Abbey, contemplate the long history of Moor Abbey, appreciate the views at Glen of Aherlow, and get engrossed in the history at Fethard Horse Country Experience.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tipperary road trip tool.

You can drive from Galway to Tipperary in 2 hours. In July in Tipperary, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cork.
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Cork, Ireland — 3 nights

Rebel City

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.
Blarney Castle & Gardens and Timoleague Franciscan Friary will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charles Fort and St Multose Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Clonakilty (Michael Collins Centre, Michael Collins House, &more), Kinsale (James Fort & Kinsale Pottery and Arts Centre) and Drombeg Stone Circle (in Skibbereen). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Nano Nagle Place, look for all kinds of wild species at Fota Wildlife Park, get your game on at Leahys Open Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter and Paul's Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cork day trip planning website.

You can drive from Tipperary to Cork in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dingle.
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Dingle, Ireland — 3 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Escape the urban bustle at Greenlane Gallery and Glenteenassig Forest Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Mary's Church and Dingle Marina Dive Centre. There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Celtic Nature Walking Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Dun Chaoin Pier, steep yourself in history at Riasc, and stroll through Ventry Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dingle sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cork to Dingle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Dingle can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Killarney.
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Killarney, Ireland — 4 nights

Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Muckross Abbey and Stone Circle will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Killarney Falconry and Falconry Kerry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Killarney: Tralee (Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park, Blennerville Windmill, &more) and Kenmare (St. Patrick's Church, Cromwell's Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral, sample the tasty concoctions at Killarney Brewing Company, contemplate the waterfront views at Lough Leane, and trek along The Kerry Way.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Killarney road trip planning app.

You can drive from Dingle to Killarney in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Vale of Glendalough.
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Vale of Glendalough, Ireland — 2 nights

If you're seeking a view of Ireland's sweeping scenery, visit the rugged and romantic Vale of Glendalough, a glacial valley known for its medieval monastic settlement.
On the 29th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then try to win big at Wicklow Equi Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Greenan Maze, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Falconry Ireland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Glendalough Cathedral, then stroll through The Wicklow Way, then hike along St Kevins Way/Camaderry Short Walk, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Glenmacnass Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vale of Glendalough trip planning tool.

You can fly from Killarney to Vale of Glendalough in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Vale of Glendalough, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Kilkenny.
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Kilkenny, Ireland — 4 nights

Marble City

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hawkeye School of Falconry and The Barrow Way. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jerpoint Abbey and St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower. Explore Kilkenny's surroundings by going to Waterford (Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity & King of the Vikings), Mayfield Birds of Prey (in Kilmacthomas) and Clonea Beach (in Dungarvan). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Jerpoint Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Marys Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John the Evangelist Church, and step into the grandiose world of Ormond Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Kilkenny trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Vale of Glendalough to Kilkenny takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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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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