8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

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8 days in Northern Ireland Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
Belfast
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Derry
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Ballycastle
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
San Francisco

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of City Hall, contemplate the long history of Crumlin Road Gaol, and then steep yourself in history at Falls Road. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Titanic Belfast, then see the interesting displays at SS Nomadic, and then steep yourself in history at Mount Stewart House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Belfast sightseeing planner.

San Francisco, USA to Belfast is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Belfast reach 57°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Derry.

Things to do in Belfast

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Mount Stewart House
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Crumlin Road Gaol
Mount Stewart House
Falls Road

1
day
Derry

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Guildhall, then take in the views from Peace bridge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls, and finally appreciate the history behind Free Derry Corner.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Derry custom trip planner.

You can drive from Belfast to Derry in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Ballycastle.

Things to do in Derry

Historic Sites
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City Walls
Peace bridge
Guildhall

3
days
Ballycastle

Get in touch with nature at Giant's Causeway and White Park Bay. Dunluce Castle and Kinbane Castle will appeal to history buffs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ballycastle travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Derry to Ballycastle in 1.5 hours. October in Ballycastle sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ballycastle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bushmills, Ballintoy, The Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle
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Causeway Coastal Route
Giant's Causeway
Dunluce Castle

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