12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

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12 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland Itinerary

Start: Appleton, United States
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Galway, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
4
Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Appleton, United States


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3
nights
Galway, Ireland

Galway ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galway: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (in Bunratty), Burren National Park (in Corofin) and Cliffs of Moher (in Liscannor). Spend the 23rd (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The Burren. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Wild Atlantic Way, step into the grandiose world of Ashford Castle, and get engrossed in the history at Galway City Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galway trip website .

Appleton, USA to Galway is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Appleton to Galway due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Appleton in November, Galway is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, The Burren, Burren National Park, Ashford Castle
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park ©
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
The Burren ©
The Burren

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 25th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Portrush East Strand, cruise along Causeway Coastal Route, and then stroll through Giant's Causeway.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Galway to Bushmills takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bushmills are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Belfast.

Things to do in Bushmills

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Portrush East Strand
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Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Portrush East Strand ©
Portrush East Strand

1
night
Belfast, United Kingdom

Belfast ©
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 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, browse the exhibits of HMS Caroline, then see the interesting displays at Titanic Belfast, and finally admire all the interesting features of Kingspan Stadium.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Belfast road trip site .

Drive from Bushmills to Belfast in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Dublin.

Things to do in Belfast

Museums Historic Sites
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Titanic Belfast ©
Titanic Belfast
Crumlin Road Gaol ©
Crumlin Road Gaol
HMS Caroline ©
HMS Caroline

5
nights
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Dublin is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kilmainham Gaol, take a stroll through Temple Bar, browse the exhibits of Guinness Storehouse, and make a trip to The Book of Kells and the Old Library Exhibition.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dublin day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Belfast to Dublin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Dublin can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Kilmainham Gaol ©
Kilmainham Gaol
Guinness Storehouse ©
Guinness Storehouse
Temple Bar ©
Temple Bar

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