17 days in Ireland, Belfast & Bushmills Itinerary

17 days in Ireland, Belfast & Bushmills Itinerary

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Start: Chicago, United States
Fly + Drive:  13 h
1
Swords, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Liscannor, Ireland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Howth, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Cork, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Cobh, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kilkenny, Ireland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
7
Clonegal, Ireland
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
8
Belfast, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Bushmills, United Kingdom
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
10
Dundrum, Ireland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Chicago, United States

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nights
Swords, Ireland

Swords ©
Swords is the county town of Fingal in Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): play a few rounds at St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club and then step into the grandiose world of Malahide Castle.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Swords vacation builder app.

Chicago, USA to Swords is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Swords. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect Swords to be a bit cooler, temps between 62°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Liscannor.

Things to do in Swords

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Malahide Castle
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St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club ©
St. Margaret's Golf & Country Club
Malahide Castle ©
Malahide Castle

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nights
Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor ©
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. Cliffs of Moher has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Liscannor side-trips: Bishop's Quarter (in Ballyvaughan), Kilrush (Vandeleur Walled Garden & Scattery Island) and Kilkee Cliff Walk (in Kilkee). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at The Burren, steep yourself in history at Poulnabrone Dolmen, hike along Hag's Head, and stop by Moher Cottage.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Liscannor trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Swords to Liscannor in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Howth.

Things to do in Liscannor

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kilrush, County Clare, Bishop's Quarter, Kilkee Cliff Walk
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Cliffs of Moher ©
Cliffs of Moher
The Burren ©
The Burren
Kilkee Cliff Walk ©
Kilkee Cliff Walk

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Howth, Ireland

Howth ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Howth Castle as well as Baily Lighthouse. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Howth Castle and then visit a coastal fixture at Baily Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Howth online day trip planner.

You can drive from Liscannor to Howth in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Howth are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cork.

Things to do in Howth

Historic Sites
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Baily Lighthouse ©
Baily Lighthouse
Howth Castle ©
Howth Castle

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Cork, Ireland

Cork ©
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.
Cork Harbour Boats has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Blarney Castle & Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Cork City Gaol, and then sample the fine beverages at Jameson Distillery Midleton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront activity at Cork Harbour Boats.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Cork route planner.

Traveling by car from Howth to Cork takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, tram, and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cobh.

Things to do in Cork

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Cork Harbour Boats, Jameson Distillery Midleton
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Blarney Castle & Gardens ©
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Jameson Distillery Midleton ©
Jameson Distillery Midleton
Cork City Gaol ©
Cork City Gaol

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Cobh, Ireland

Cobh ©
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.
You've now added Eire Bass to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Titanic Experience Cobh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cobh Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Colman’s Cathedral, and finally get interesting insight from Eire Bass. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Annie Moore Monument, see the interesting displays at Cobh Heritage Centre, then stroll around President John F. Kennedy Memorial Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Lusitania Memorial.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Cobh online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cork to Cobh takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kilkenny.

Things to do in Cobh

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Eire Bass ©
Eire Bass
Titanic Experience Cobh ©
Titanic Experience Cobh
Cobh Heritage Centre ©
Cobh Heritage Centre

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hours
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kilkenny ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Rock of Cashel and then stroll through Kilkenny Castle.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kilkenny vacation tool.

Getting from Cobh to Kilkenny by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kilkenny can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Clonegal.

Things to do in Kilkenny

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Rock of Cashel
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Kilkenny Castle ©
Kilkenny Castle
Rock of Cashel ©
Rock of Cashel

1
night
Clonegal, Ireland

Clonegal ©
Clonegal, officially Clonegall, is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. You've now added Huntington Castle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Huntington Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Clonegal day trip planning site.

Getting from Kilkenny to Clonegal by car takes about an hour. In September in Clonegal, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Belfast.

Things to do in Clonegal

Historic Sites
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Huntington Castle ©
Huntington Castle

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.
You've now added Giants Causeway Tours to your itinerary. On the 12th (Sun), visit Giants Causeway Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Belfast trip planner.

Getting from Clonegal to Belfast by car takes about 3 hours. September in Belfast sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bushmills.

Things to do in Belfast

Tours
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Giants Causeway Tours ©
Giants Causeway Tours

1
night
Bushmills, United Kingdom

Bushmills ©
Bushmills is a village on the north coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): go for a walk through Causeway Coastal Route and then stroll through Giant's Causeway.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bushmills road trip site.

You can drive from Belfast to Bushmills in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Dundrum.

Things to do in Bushmills

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Causeway Coastal Route
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Giant's Causeway ©
Giant's Causeway
Causeway Coastal Route ©
Causeway Coastal Route

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Dundrum, Ireland

Dundrum ©
Dundrum, originally a town in its own right, is also a suburb of Dublin in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Ireland.The area is located in the postal districts of Dublin 14 and Dublin 16. Dundrum is known for shopping, fun & games, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Wonderful Ireland Walking Tours, have some family-friendly fun at Skill Zone, explore the activities along Grand Canal, and enjoy breathtaking views from Martello Tower.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dundrum road trip planner.

Drive from Bushmills to Dundrum in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bushmills in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Dundrum, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dundrum

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Rathfarnham, Skill Zone, Martello Tower, Grand Canal
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Rathfarnham Castle ©
Rathfarnham Castle
Dundrum Town Centre ©
Dundrum Town Centre
Martello Tower ©
Martello Tower

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