15 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Northern Ireland itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly to Belfast International Airport, Drive to Derry
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 5 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Belfast International Airport, Fly to Newark


Derry — 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Downhill Demesne & Hezlett House and Tower Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Free Derry and St. Columb's Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Derry side-trips: Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills), Portstewart (Portstewart Strand - National Trust & Aquaholics Dive Centre) and Dunluce Castle (in Portrush). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Walled city Londonderry.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Derry online vacation planner.

Newark, USA to Derry is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Newark in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Derry: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Enniskillen.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Enniskillen — 3 nights

Enniskillen is a town and civil parish in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Get some cultural insight at National Trust - Florence Court and Devenish Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Enniskillen Castle and National Trust - Castle Coole. Change things up with these side-trips from Enniskillen: National Trust - Crom (in Newtownbutler) and The Abingdon Collection (in Omagh). There's lots more to do: hike along Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (Stairway to Heaven), pause for some photo ops at Cole Monument, admire the striking features of Saint Michael's Church, and step into the grandiose world of Monea Castle.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Enniskillen travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Derry to Enniskillen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Derry in July: highs in Enniskillen hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Belfast.
Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Belfast — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Murlough National Nature Reserve and Dundrum Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castle Ward and Cathedral Quarter. Venture out of the city with trips to Armagh (St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Navan Centre & Fort, &more) and Downpatrick & County Down Railway (in Downpatrick). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Orange Heritage - Schomberg House, stroll through Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Memorial Garden, browse the different shops at Victoria Square Shopping Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Malachy's Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Belfast trip planner.

Getting from Enniskillen to Belfast by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Belfast sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ballycastle.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 7:

Ballycastle — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Rathlin Island and Murlough Bay and Fair Head. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kinbane Castle and Torr Head. Step out of Ballycastle with an excursion to RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre in Rathlin Island--about 1h 10 min away.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ballycastle trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Belfast to Ballycastle takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

Northern Ireland travel guide

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.