57 days in Ireland, Belfast & Derry Itinerary

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Derry, United Kingdom
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Sligo, Ireland
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Boyle, Ireland
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Westport, Ireland
— 5 nights
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Cong, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
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Liscannor, Ireland
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Cashel, Ireland
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Cobh, Ireland
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Waterford, Ireland
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Enniskerry, Ireland
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Trim, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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Belfast, United Kingdom — 4 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.
Explore Belfast's surroundings by going to Coast Rd (in Larne), Newcastle (The Granite Trail & Royal County Down Golf Club) and Carnlough Bay Boat Tours (in Carnlough). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, steep yourself in history at Crumlin Road Gaol, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and don't miss a visit to Ulster Historical Foundation.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Belfast online attractions planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Belfast is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In April in Belfast, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Derry.
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Derry, United Kingdom — 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Derry: Cladagh Glen Walk (in Belcoo), Causeway Coastal Route (in Ballintoy) and Giant's Causeway (in Bushmills). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Boatyard Distillery, get to know the fascinating history of City Walls, see the interesting displays at The Abingdon Collection, and kick back and relax at Bushfoot Strand.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Derry holiday builder tool.

Drive from Belfast to Derry in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Derry are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sligo.
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Sligo, Ireland — 5 nights

Despite its small size, Sligo serves as a major center of culture, commerce, and entertainment in the northwestern section of Ireland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sligo: Letterkenny (Mount Errigal, Glenveagh Castle, &more), Donegal Town (Donegal Castle & Lough Eske) and Slieve League (in Carrick). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Glenveagh National Park. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Eagles Flying, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeats's Grave, admire the striking features of Rosserk Friary, and take in the pleasant sights at Downpatrick Head.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sligo trip planner.

You can drive from Derry to Sligo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Sligo, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Boyle.
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Boyle, Ireland — 3 nights

Boyle is a town in County Roscommon, Ireland. Get out of town with these interesting Boyle side-trips: Town and Country Interiors Athleague (in Athleague), Eddie Joe's Open Farm (in Ballaghaderreen) and Sacred Heart Church (in Roscommon). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Rathcroghan Royal Site & Visitor Centre, see the interesting displays at Coleman Music Centre, pause for some photo ops at Gaelic Chieftain Sculpture, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caves of Keash.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Boyle trip planner.

You can drive from Sligo to Boyle in an hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sligo in May since evenings lows in Boyle dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Westport.
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Westport, Ireland — 5 nights

Renowned for its Georgian architecture, Westport sits in the shadows of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Westport: Keem Bay (in Dooagh), Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden (in Kylemore) and Atlantic Drive (in Achill Sound). There's still lots to do: stop by Foxford Woollen Mills, stroll through Drummindoo Stud, see the interesting displays at Michael Davitt Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at The Great Western Greenway.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Westport trip planner.

You can drive from Boyle to Westport in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cong.
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Cong, Ireland — 3 nights

Change things up with a short trip to Curraghduff Farm in Oughterard (about 32 minutes away).

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Cong trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Westport to Cong takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galway: Ballyvaughan (Burren Birds of Prey Centre & Aillwee Cave), Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty) and Quin (Castlefergus Equestrian & Quin Abbey). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galway trip site.

You can drive from Cong to Galway in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Galway are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Liscannor.
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Liscannor, Ireland — 3 nights

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Get out of town with these interesting Liscannor side-trips: Kilkee Cliff Walk (in Kilkee) and Burren National Park (in Corofin). Spend the 22nd (Sun) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cliffs of Moher, don't miss a visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen, walk around Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, and stroll through Lahinch Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Liscannor day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galway to Liscannor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Liscannor can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Cashel.
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Cashel, Ireland — 3 nights

A tiny settlement rich in history, Cashel maintains the old-fashioned charm of a small market town.
Explore Cashel's surroundings by going to St. Patrick's Well (in Clonmel), The Vee (in Clogheen) and Lismore (Lismore Castle Gardens & Ballysaggartmore Towers). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel, steep yourself in history at Hall of the Vicars Choral, and explore the striking landscape at Rock of Dunamase.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cashel tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Liscannor to Cashel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cashel can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Cobh.
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Cobh, Ireland — 5 nights

Although Cobh played a major role in the story of Irish emigration to America, most people know it as the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic.
When in Cobh, make a side trip to see Birds of Prey Educational Centre in Midleton, approximately Midleton away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Fota Wildlife Park, step off the mainland to explore Spike Island, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Midleton, and admire the striking features of Fota House & Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cobh online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Cashel to Cobh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cobh are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Waterford.
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Waterford, Ireland — 6 nights

Ireland's oldest city, Waterford maintains its small-town charm and attracts a growing number of travelers with its rich history, lively nightlife, and thriving festival scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Waterford: The National 1798 Rebellion Centre (in Enniscorthy), Tintern Abbey (in Wexford) and Kilkenny (Hawkeye School of Falconry, Kilkenny Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Irish National Heritage Park, sample the fine beverages at Ballykeefe Distillery, take a tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, and identify plant and animal life at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Waterford online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cobh to Waterford in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Waterford sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Enniskerry.
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Enniskerry, Ireland — 3 nights

A picturesque village in County Wicklow, Enniskerry sits along the Glencullen River.
Venture out of the city with trips to BargeTrip (in Sallins), Gorey (Courtown Woods & Kia Ora Mini Farm) and Russborough House & Park (in Wicklow). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Powerscourt Gardens and House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Walk Car Park Bray, relax and rejuvenate at Ludo Massage studio, and identify plant and animal life at Seal Rescue Ireland.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Enniskerry trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Waterford to Enniskerry takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Waterford in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Enniskerry, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trim.
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Trim, Ireland — 1 night

On the 10th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Trim Castle, steep yourself in history at Hill of Tara (Temair), experience rural life at Newgrange Farm, then don't miss a visit to Slane Castle, and finally sample the fine beverages at Slane Whiskey Distillery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trim trip builder.

Getting from Enniskerry to Trim by car takes about an hour. In June in Trim, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 7 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.
Step out of Dublin with an excursion to Malahide Castle in Malahide--about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, stroll around Phoenix Park, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St., and take a stroll through Temple Bar.

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You can drive from Trim to Dublin in an hour. In June in Dublin, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel back 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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County Roscommon travel guide

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Ruins · Parks · Specialty Museums
County Roscommon boasts thousands of archeological sites but has remained a hidden gem that few tourists take the time to see. Here you'll find the home of Queen Medb, megalithic tombs, museums, and a number of well-preserved ruins. Nature lovers will revel in the region's vast countryside, and history buffs can explore more than 200 famous medieval attractions at the Rathcroghan complex, a World Heritage Site. The region is also home to the starting point of the epic Irish myth "Táin Bó Cúailnge."
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County Mayo travel guide

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Biking Trails · Nightlife · Scenic Drive
Along Ireland's west coast, County Mayo is characterized by small towns, dramatic seaside cliffs, and classic Irish hospitality. With no main city, the county instead offers a selection of charming towns and villages, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Irish culture at a slower pace. The unspoiled nature, from rugged islands and prehistoric landscapes to jagged cliffs and blanket boglands, are a highlight here.
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County Clare travel guide

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Lookouts · Castles · Caves
Banner County
Situated just below County Galway on Ireland's west coast, County Clare serves as an amalgamation of stunning and unusual landscapes. Known for some of the most-visited sites in Ireland, County Clare draws visitors with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. Formed by the pounding waves of the Atlantic below, the sheer cliffs bring together green earth, sheer drop-offs and blue sea. Meaning "a rocky place," the Burren landscape provides a stark contrast to the traditional green hills of Ireland, appearing as a moonscape of rocky crags and slabs. Beyond the natural splendor, the warmth of the residents in the county's small villages is a gem in its own right. Traditional Irish music and culture permeates this land and its people.
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County Tipperary travel guide

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Castles · Ruins · Nightlife
Premier County
The country's fertile heartland, County Tipperary offers travelers a chance to discover the peaceful side of Ireland. Far enough from most of the country's major tourist hotspots, this landlocked region remains one of those places everyone seems to know by reputation, but few ever visit. Maintaining an unhurried way of life, the county lets you experience the "real Ireland" at your own pace, undisturbed by sightseers. Soak up the authentic local culture by venturing deep into the Tipperary countryside of quaint villages and cozy towns, which are spread over a quintessential Irish landscape of sprawling green fields and gently rolling hills.
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County Cork travel guide

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Rebel County
County Cork has made a name for itself as the home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary limestone rock rumored to give those who kiss it "the gift of the gab." People come from around the world to bend over backwards and put their lips to the rock in the hopes of becoming more eloquent. In Cork, the county's eponymous city, it is said that the accents rise and fall with the city's rolling terrain. The southern county attracts those looking for the iconic green hills, craggy coastline, and warm hospitality of Ireland. Known affectionately as The Rebel County for its role in the Irish War of Independence, this region is proudly Irish, as evidenced in the region's many cultural festivals and events.
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County Wicklow travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Hiking Trails
Garden of Ireland
Referred to as The Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow presents a pleasant change of pace and scenery from nearby Dublin. Hugging the east coast just south of the capital city, the county encourages visitors to engage with nature. Discover an impressive mountain range, thick woodlands, and the scenic coastline. The Wicklow Way, the most popular walking route in Ireland, winds 132 km (82 mi) from the suburbs of Dublin to County Carlow in the south.
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County Meath travel guide

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Zoos · Ruins · Castles
Royal County
The birthplace of Irish civilization, County Meath served as a political center of Ireland for many centuries. The region's rich soil, the result of the last ice age, attracted the first settlers nearly 10,000 years ago. Thanks to an abundance of good land, plentiful water, and a strong farming tradition, the county remains one of Ireland's major agricultural regions, known for its production of potatoes, barley, milk, and grain. Much more than just fertile farmland, this area also boasts the country's largest Norman castle and one of the biggest megalithic complexes in the world, a sprawling archaeological site containing a network of 5,000-year-old burial mounds.
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