Ireland is a country with a lot of history and a whole bunch of interesting things to see and do. I had nine full days in during my visit and was only able to experience a small fraction of what Ireland and Northern Ireland had to offer. Below is the Itinerary that I followed while I was there.
Day 1 – Arrived in Dublin and took Bus to Galway
I arrived early in the morning and immediately took a three hour bus ride to the city of Galway. Once there I checked into the Ardawn Guest House and spent the rest of the day exploring the city.
Day 2 – Galway and Cliffs of Mohr, Burren Bus Tour
This day included a full day bus tour with Healy Tours to the Cliffs of Mohr and the Burren Region.
Day 3 – Galway and Connmera, County Mayo Bus Tour
Another day another full day bus tour. The tour was with The Galway Tour Company to the Connemara and Cong Regions. It included visits to the Kylemore Abbey, Inagh Valley and the Ross Errily Friary.
Day 4 – Bus to Dublin
This day included a three hour bus ride on GoBus back to Dublin. The rest of the day was spent exploring the city and taking a free Sandman Walking Tour.
Day 5 – Dublin
It was a rainy and cold day I had to adjust my plans to include more indoor activities. I visited the Chester Beatty Library, the National Museum of Archaeology and did some walking around in the rain.
Day 6 – Train to Belfast, Black Cab Tour of Catholic/Protestant Conflict Zones
The day started with an early train ride to Belfast which took two hours. Once I arrived in Belfast I checked into the Windermere Guest House. After checking in I went on a Black Cab Tour around the conflict areas of the Falls and Shankill Road.
Day 7 – Belfast and Bus Tour to the Giants Causeway
I took a full day Bus Tour to the Giants Causeway, Carrickfergus Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Tour and Bushmills Distillery.
Day 8 – Belfast
I spent all day exploring the city. I visited the Titanic Museum, St. Georges Market and The Festival of Fools.
Day 9 – Dublin
I took the train back to Dublin and checked into the Barnacles Hostel. I then went on a tour of the Kilmainham Gaol Tour and walked around the city.
Day 10 – Return home
Leah Travels says
I’m so bummed that I didn’t get to Belfast on my seven-day trip to Ireland this spring. I’ve heard from my Scottish friends that it beats Dublin by a mile. I concentrated on the southern part of the island. Leaving Dublin to Waterford, Cork, around Dingle, to Shannon, up to Galway, and then back to Dublin. It was fast and furious, but what a wonderful country.
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I really enjoyed Belfast. I think it gets a bad reputation because of its past but is not like that anymore.
That castle in the first photo is beautiful. I would love to go there and hike around the area.
There were so many amazing castles in Ireland. I recommend visiting if you get a chance.
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Terence Chang says
Your blog is really getting attraction. Looking forward to your next travel plan.
I have Europe on my next travel plan …
Hnady, such an itinerary! Haven’t been to Ireland yet, so I might come back to this when I start planning my own trip there:)
Sofie, I am working on a new post with resources to plan a trip to Ireland. Please check back soon.
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