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The Perfect Itinerary from Dublin to the Causeway Coast – Everything You Need To Know

If you are planning a trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, then you have come to the right place. If you want to see their most popular sites – the Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle, then you have come to the right place. With first hand experience, I have everything you need to know (including tips and tricks) to have the perfect trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast.


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Driving from Ireland into Northern Ireland

The Causeway Coast is in Northern Ireland and a part of the United Kingdom. So you will have to pass the border when driving from Dublin to the Causeway Coast. There are quite a few things to know beforehand when you drive into Northern Ireland, but one thing remains the same – you still drive on the left side of the road.


Northern Ireland Fee

First thing you will need to be prepared for is the (possible) fee to drive your rental vehicle from Ireland into Northern Ireland. Prior to our Ireland road trip, we were told that we would need to inform our rental car agency that we were taking the car across the border. We were also told that we would incur a fee to drive into Northern Ireland.

We booked our rental car with Alamo and on their website, we read the fee was €30. We also looked into Enterprise and saw their fee was €150! So it appears that each rental car company has their own rules for their clients driving into Northern Ireland. However, when we told Alamo we were driving to Northern Ireland, they said that they do not charge an extra fee. With that said, we recommend that everyone should still prepare to pay a fee to drive into Northern Ireland. You should also know when you enter Northern Ireland, the currency changes from euro to pounds.


Toll Road

In addition to the rental car fee, there is a small fee for a toll you must take. However, if you choose to have your GPS avoid tolls while driving from Dublin to the Causeway Coast, you will pass the border with no toll at all. We actually almost missed the Northern Ireland “welcome sign” because crossing the border happened so fast. We recommend this route because not only do you save a few bucks, but you experience a more scenic route. (For those wanting another passport stamp, you will not get one – we were disappointed too).



Though you still drive on the left side of the road, the speed changes from KPH to MPH. We recommend doing some preliminary research on KPH to MPH or vice versa because most cars do not have a speedometer that features both KPH and MPH. So definitely be aware of this change and your speed when driving.

For more driving tips check out our link 20 Helpful Driving Tips to Have the Best Ireland Road Trip


Driving Route from Dublin to the Causeway Coast

When planning a road trip, we love to use the perfect road trip planner, Furkot. You should try using it for your Ireland road trip – we did! Speaking of road trip…Before we dive into each of the popular sites on the Causeway Coast, here is the itinerary of our trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast (please note times can change with breaks, traffic etc):

9am: Depart from Dublin to the Dark Hedges – driving time: 2hrs 30mins, arrive: 11:30am, duration: 45mins

12:15pm: Drive to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge – driving time: 15mins, arrive: 12:30pm, duration: 1hr 30mins

2pm: Drive to Giants Causeway – driving time: 15mins, arrive: 2:15pm (peak time), duration: 1hr 30mins

3:30pm: Drive to Dunluce Castle – driving time: 10mins, arrive: 3:40pm, duration: 30mins

Then from Dunluce Castle we drove to our final destination, Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, in Donegal, Ireland.

If this itinerary seems too daunting, you can always enjoy several day trip tours from Dublin.


Though our itinerary is plausible, if we had more than seven days in Ireland, we would have done our trip a little differently. So if you have the time, here is an alternative and a more perfect itinerary of driving from Dublin to the Causeway Coast:

Spend two days in Dublin getting acquainted with the Irish culture and lifestyle – aka dancing, singing, and drinking beer and whiskey in traditional pubs.

Drive to Belfast and spend the day exploring the city, eating delicious Irish food and staying the night (check out this nice Belfast guide).

Leave Belfast early in the morning to beat the crowd at the Dark Hedges.

From the Dark Hedges, continue as our itinerary above with a visit to Bushmills Distillery after Giants Causeway. If you really have a lot of time and want to beat the crowds at Giants Causeway, we recommend spending the night in Bushmills.

After Bushmills Distillery, continue to Dunluce Castle and then visit the Downhill Demesne and Mussenden Temple.

Continue your next destination on your Ireland road trip.


Dark Hedges

Thanks to Game of Thrones, the Dark Hedges has quickly become one of the best places to visit in the UK. So whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not, the Dark Hedges is a site to see during your trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast. Not only is it on your way to the Causeway Coast, but it is also the perfect pit stop to give yourself a break from driving. If you ask us, walking down a road full of trees that form a tunnel is not a bad way to stretch your legs.

The Dark Hedges is on Bregagh Road and vehicles are not allowed to drive through it. With that being said, we found a very small parking lot right before the Dark Hedges entrance. If you find this lot is full, visitors can park at Gracehill House or Hedges Hotel for free. The Hedges Hotel and Gracehill House are only a 2-5 minute walk away to the Dark Hedges.

Northern Ireland also emphasizes “Leave No Trace,” therefore they ask that visitors leave no litter or damage in the area. Unfortunately, the beech trees that make the Dark Hedges have already been vandalized or destroyed. These outcomes have left gaps where it was once a full tunnel of trees. So, please respect the Dark Hedges and help the Dark Hedges Preservation Trust to preserve these beautiful beech trees. It is truly the most iconic tree tunnel road in the world.


Photography Tips

Follow the light to capture the Dark Hedges scenic beauty.

If it is crowded, get your camera set up exactly where you want to capture your photo and quickly take your pictures when people leave your frame.

Dark Hedges
Bregagh Rd, Stranocum, Ballymoney BT53 8TP, UK
+44 28 2766 0230   

Always open!


Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

The next stop on our route from Dublin to the Causeway Coast, is literally on the coast – Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is owned and operated by the National Trust. The 60 foot long rope bridge is about 100 feet above the water and links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. This bridge was erected over 350 years ago by salmon fishermen during a time when there was an abundant amount of salmon near the coast. Today, the salmon are scarce and the bridge is only used for tourists.

Visitors must pay for a specific time slot to enjoy the scenic walk and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. These tickets can ONLY be purchased in person at the ticket office. During their peak season (May – August), we recommend you purchase your tickets ahead of time. We went in late March and were fortunate to purchase tickets for the current time slot. The parking lot is significantly big, it’s just a matter of how close you can park to the ticket office.

The bridge is not close to the ticket office, you must walk one mile (around 30 minutes) each way. Please note, this walk is beautiful, but there are times it is more of a trek. The trail can also be rocky and uphill at times. We absolutely loved the coastal walk to the bridge – the Causeway Coast is simply stunning. You can even see Scotland (only 13 miles away) from the Causeway Coast. Once you make it to the rope bridge, enjoy the walk over the Atlantic Ocean and the incredible views.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
119a Whitepark Road, Ballycastle BT54 6LS, UK
+44 28 2073 3335    

Open daily: 9:30am to 6pm 
Prices: adults are £8.00, children are £4.00


Giants Causeway

The next adventure on the Dublin to the Causeway Coast route is Giants Causeway, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the most visited site in Northern Ireland. There is history and a myth to share about Giants Causeway. Over 60 million years ago there was a volcanic fissure eruption. This eruption resulted in creating more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. The myth of the story is about two giants, one Gaelic and one Scottish, that decided to build a causeway across the North Channel to fight. Though they never fought, they did create huge hexagon shaped stepping stones that we call Giants Causeway.

Though this beautiful natural site should be easy to visit, there are a few tips and tricks to know beforehand. Accessing the Giants Causeway is not easy because there are no parking lots available to the public. Since Giants Causeway is owned and operated by the National Trust, they are the only ones who provide parking. Though visitors do not have to pay to see this natural phenomenon, the National Trust are making visitors pay via parking which also includes access to the visitor center. Not interested in this tactic? Fear not, we have a tip for you.


Giants Causeway Alternative Parking

The visitor center has been awarded the National Award of Excellence for “Best Tour Visit” by CIE Tours International for five consecutive years. However, if you are uninterested in visiting it, we have other parking options for you. The option we chose is a small parking lot at a restaurant called, The Nook. As long as you purchase something inside, whether it be a coffee or sandwiches, you can park here for free. Then the visitor center is less than a two minute walk away. Since we started our drive from Dublin to the Causeway Coast at 9am, we were very hungry. Parking at The Nook was both easy and convenient for us. We even asked our server if it was okay to leave our car in the parking lot to go to Giants Causeway and they had no problem with it.

Another option is parking in Bushmills City for free and using their park and ride. Their shuttle bus operates every 20 minutes, so just plan accordingly. The last option is parking at Bushmills Railway for $6 and then walking at least five minutes to the visitor center. Whichever parking option you choose, simply walk across the grass roof of the visitor center and follow the signs to Giants Causeway.


Experiencing Giants Causeway

The walk to Giants Causeway is around .7 miles on a paved road and takes around 20 minutes. Most of the walk is an easy downhill and then flat surface. Like Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, it is a stunning walk along the Causeway Coast. There is also a shuttle bus that runs from the visitor center to Giants Causeway for £1 (cash/coins only). If you don’t mind walking, we recommend walking down to Giants Causeway and then taking the shuttle back uphill.

Giants Causeway is simply stunning – it was probably our favorite stop during our journey of Dublin to the Causeway Coast. What we love most about it, is the ability to not just see it, but explore it. We spent at least an hour walking over the hexagonal stepping stones and admiring the creation of the volcanic fissure eruption. Waves would come crashing into the basalt columns with such beauty that we couldn’t stop watching. Lucky for us again, we faced minimal crowds during our visit. We went close to 5pm as the sun was starting to go down and we really enjoyed the lighting and ambience. It was the perfect setting to capture great photos of Giants Causeway.

Giants Causeway
44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU, UK
+44 28 2073 1855    

Giants Causeway Open daily: dawn to dusk
Visitor Center: Mon – Thurs: 9am to 6pm and Fri-Sun: 9am to 7pm 

Prices: adults are £11.50, children are £5.75


Dunluce Castle

Our last sight to see in Northern Ireland during our road trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast was Dunluce Castle. During our time in Ireland we visited over ten castles and Dunluce Castle is without a doubt one of the most picturesque and romantic castles.

This ruined medieval castle sits on a dramatic edge of a basalt cliff. Its history dates back from 1513 and into the 1550s when the MacDonnell clan (who swore allegiance to Queen Elizabeth) seized the castle. A local legend states that during a stormy night in 1639, the kitchen collapsed into the sea killing all the cooks. This is said to be a false story, but during the 18th century, the north wall of the residence building actually did collapse into the sea. The MacDonnell clan continued to reign in the castle until 1690 when the castle began to deteriorate from disuse. The people of Dunluce town scavenged the remaining materials to build their nearby buildings.

Today, Dunluce Castle is used for visitors to explore. Visitors can discover not only the castle, but also archaeological digs which show the Dunluce Town’s street grid system. For Game of Throne Fans, if you think this picturesque castle looks familiar, you are correct. Dunluce Castle was used to create the Greyjoy Castle (or House of Greyjoy) on Pyke Island.


Mermaid Cave at Dunluce Castle

We were disappointed to find the entrance to the Mermaid Cave closed when we visited. However, we encourage you to visit for us! The Mermaid Cave is an amazing sea cove beneath the castle and towering basalt cliff. It is almost entirely hidden, but can be found by taking the staircases to the right of the Dunluce Castle’s gatehouse.

Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Rd, Bushmills BT57 8UY, UK

+44 28 2073 1938
Open daily: 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4:30pm)
Prices: adults are £5.50, students, seniors and children (4-16yrs) are £3.50, children under 4yrs are FREE


Other Notable Sights to Visit on the Causeway Coast

If we did not have dinner reservations at Cedars Grill in Donegal, Ireland, we would have spent more time along the Causeway Coast. So if time permits, we recommend stopping at these beautiful sights during your road trip from Dublin to the Causeway Coast.


Old Bushmills Distillery

Being a tourist is hard work, trust us we know. So grab a drink at the worlds oldest distillery! Visitors can enjoy the tour of the distillery and enjoy a free drink at the end. Or they can just visit Bushmills’ bar and grab a drink there.

Old Bushmills Distillery
2 Distillery Rd, Bushmills BT57 8XH, UK
+44 28 2073 3218
Mon – Sat: 10am to 4:45pm
Sun: 12pm to 4:45pm

Tour prices: adults are £8.00, students and seniors are £7.00 and children (8-17yrs) are £4.50


Downhill Demesne

Downhill Demesne is a beautiful mansion built in the late 18th century for Frederick Augustus Hervey, more notably known as the Earl of Bishop. The mansion was built on a vast piece of land overlooking Downhill Beach and Castlerock. With stunning views surrounding the mansion, it’s no surprise why the Earl of Bishop chose this location for his Demense.

Downhill Demesne
107 Sea Rd, Castlerock BT51 4TW, UK
+44 28 7084 8728
Open daily: Downhill Demesne grounds from dawn to dusk, Downhill Demesne facilities from 10am to 5pm
Prices: adults are £5.60, children 5yrs and older are £2.70, children under 5yrs are FREE


Mussenden Temple

The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 as a summer library and part of the estate of Frederick’s Downhill Demesne. It is located on the edge of a 120ft. cliff with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point. The temple is included in your ticket of Downhill Demesne.

Mussenden Temple
Seacoast Rd, Coleraine BT51 4RH, UK
Open Daily: 10am to 5pm
Ticket prices included with Downhill Demesne


Looking for hotel options or more info on Ireland? Try these!

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Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa – Spa Hotel in Donegal, Ireland

Cahernane House Hotel – A 4 Star Boutique Hotel in Killarney

Hotel Isaacs Cork – A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Cork, Ireland

A Luxurious Afternoon Tea Experience at Ashford Castle

A “Sweet” Experience at Kylemore Abbey

20 Helpful Driving Tips to have the Best Ireland Road Trip





  • Shreya Saha

    Wow what a place. Giant Causeway is excellent that is obvious, but that Greyjoy’s Castle oh man, I am a GOT fan, I would be jumping on trampoline if I see that place in real. Also the Drak Hedges are mind-blowing. Loved your blogpost.

    • oursweetadventures

      The whole of Northern Ireland was amazing and definitely worth a stop. Thank you for your nice comment.

  • Rachelle

    Giant Causeway is beautiful! I haven’t watched Game of Thrones before, but I would love to take pictures along those Dark Hedges. Thanks for the photography tips and tricks. I’m still learning and can use all the help I can get!

    • oursweetadventures

      My husband hasn’t watched GOT either but he still enjoyed the sights. We are still learning as well about photo tips.

  • Sara

    I did this exact itinerary last year!! Although we didn’t go across the rope bridge or to see the dark hedges. We’re you terrified walking over that bridge?? Looks like you had good weather. It was pouring rain when we were there.

    • oursweetadventures

      The bridge was a little scary but it wasn’t moving very much so we felt safe. Rain was close by almost the entire day but it never rained which was nice. It did snow briefly but that was it.

  • Parichay Mehta

    I love roadtrips! This itinerary looks amazing. I recently came back from Iceland where I had taken a road trip of 4000 km! Giants Causeway reminded me of Reynisfjara in Iceland. Such beautiful rock formations! The rope bridge looks interesting as well. 😀

    • oursweetadventures

      That is a super long trip. Iceland would be incredible to drive thru as well. We’ll have to swap itineraries

  • queenie

    Wow, this is such a comprehensive post! I especially love how you included the driving times as well. Very helpful. And it’s interesting to know the sign changes from KPH to MPH? I would’ve never thought of that. Although my concern would be driving on the left side of the road (as I’m more used to driving on the right side lol). Thanks for sharing!

    • oursweetadventures

      The change from kph to mph was very sudden and the car didn’t have a conversion. Made it very interesting. We were definitely concerned for most of our trip about driving on the wrong side.

  • Samantha

    I’ve been dying to travel to Ireland but I’ve never thought to take a roadtrip…. now i’m thinking i just might have to do that!

    • oursweetadventures

      We believe you should definitely do a road trip. It is such a great way to see the country.

  • Oh my goodness, you make this adventure sound SO AMAZING. I’d probably panic on that rope bridge but you make it look fun! I just saved this post on Pinterest to inspire my wanderlust dreams.

    • oursweetadventures

      The rope bridge was cool and a little nerve wracking but luckily it wasn’t to windy that day. You should definitely go to Northern Ireland some day.

  • Liz

    The castle looks beautiful! I have only been to Dublin for a few days and couldn’t drive outside of the city. Shame, because it looks beautiful!

    • oursweetadventures

      The castle was one of the main attractions for us on this trip. We weren’t able to go inside but it is definitely worth it.

  • Kylie

    I never thought about the roads changing from kph to mph before!! That bridge looks awesome! Interesting photo perspective seeing the Giants Causeway from the side, nearly all the pictures are from the ‘top’!

    • oursweetadventures

      We weren’t entirely ready for the kph to mph change. Caught us off guard and our car didn’t have both set up on the speedometer. Giants causeway is amazing!

  • Mateja

    I have a (not so) secret crush on Ireland and reading about your itinerary and adventures just reaffirmed it. I also love all your photos. Road trips are what I enjoy the most about traveling, thank you for all your practical tips! <3

    • oursweetadventures

      We had always liked Ireland. Us never made the trip until now. We can easily see why you love it. Ireland is a great country to road trip around.

  • How absolutely beautiful! The dark hedges look amazing and I can see how one could get caught up taking photos form every angle. I feel like the trees are alive and move with you at every perspective. As for Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge…. no way!!! I would not make it across. Just the photo itself made me feel sick in the stomach! LOL!

    • oursweetadventures

      The hedges are definitely photogenic. The rope bridge was definitely cool to experience. Maybe you can take a photo of the bridge from afar.

  • Adrenaline Romance

    Very beautiful place! The Giant’s Causway—it’s hard to believe they are all natural formations. The Dunluce Castle looks really interesting and eerie; I can imagine Morgana’s castle. We would love to visit here.

    • oursweetadventures

      We still can’t believe it is a natural formation. We really enjoyed seeing the castle even if we couldn’t go inside.

  • Federica

    Thanks for this lovely post and for all the useful addresses. Living in London,Ireland and North Ireland are definitely places I want to check!

    • oursweetadventures

      We want to make sure others are able to follow through Northern Ireland and find the places easily.

  • Richa

    Omg I want to go to Ireland right now! I have always wanted to visit Ireland for ST. Patrick’s day but looks like I need to skip that and just do a road trip there. And being a GOT fan I am in love with all your photos since we didn’t get scoop this year 😀

    • oursweetadventures

      Ireland is definitely worth a road trip. We really enjoyed the different GOT aspects of Northern Ireland. There are plenty of bars to enjoy around Ireland as well.

  • Kristina

    You couldn’t pay me to go on that bridge o_____o

    But the photos are gorgeous. I wish I’d had this guide when I was in Ireland!

    • oursweetadventures

      The bridge could be scary if it is very windy but we were lucky when we went.

  • Travel with Milky

    fantastic! i understand why Giants Causeway are so popular, looks surreal, sold love to come here and have a picnic with the cliff view. In love!

    • oursweetadventures

      The causeway is easily the most popular are in Northern Ireland. The picnic sounds like a great idea.

  • Maggie

    I’m planning a trip to Ireland next summer, and I want to include Northern Ireland into the itinerary, so this was super helpful! I never would have expected an extra fee to drive over the border, but I shouldn’t be surprised. That happens when you take a rental over the US-Canada border too. Also, never heard of the mermaid cave but it sounds so cool!

    • oursweetadventures

      Hope our itinerary can help you with your trip. Definitely watch out for the switch from kph to mph. We hope you have a great trip.

  • Amy Fujimoto

    Would love to visit Ireland one day! Castles, awesome creepy trees, GoT photoshoots…lol. Lovely post!

    • oursweetadventures

      Plenty to see and do all over Ireland. Something for everyone. We really enjoyed the scenery.

  • Madhu

    Wow what an interesting read. The dark hedges ,the bridge and castle all of them looks so stunning.cant wait to explore ireland

    • oursweetadventures

      There is so many amazing things to see in Ireland. You could easily spend weeks there.

  • Megan Indoe

    We never made it to Northern Ireland on our trip and have regretted it, although everywhere we went in Ireland was amazing! We have to go back, I am dying to go to the Dark Hedges and Giants Causeway!

    • oursweetadventures

      Definitely need to go back and visit Northern Ireland. The whole of Ireland is beautiful and a photographers dream.

  • Faith Coates

    So glad you mentioned the alternative parking at the Causeway – the Heritage people lie to folks who want to visit and try to charge them 9 quid a head total rip off and the little Nook is a perfect place to park and eat.

    • oursweetadventures

      We read about it from someone else and definitely found it useful. Not only did we get some decent food before we saw the causeway but we also got free parking.

  • Injury has caused tomus to rip up our existing holiday plans and an Irish road trip is on the table, this is so useful. Squirrelling away for later

    • oursweetadventures

      Sorry you weren’t able to go when you originally planned. Road trips in Ireland are definitely the way to go.

  • Sanne

    As a Game of Thrones fan I have to visit Northern Ireland one day! I need to take lots of pictures of the Dark Hedges. Dunluce Castle looks stunning as well! I didn’t know that it was the Greyjoy Castle :o.

    • oursweetadventures

      You will love Northern Ireland. Dunluce was an amazing castle to see. Really an incredible history behind it.

  • Epepa Travel Blog

    I really like photos that show the Atlantic Ocean. I could walk there for hours because I love such wild landscapes and nature. I would like to go along the same road as you do and see all these places with my own eyes. I really like it there.

    • oursweetadventures

      The landscape around the ocean is absolutely incredible. A road trip through Northern Ireland is definitely a must.

  • RV

    Wow! what a beautiful place, I like all the images that you shared. There are so many places I would love to visit, my list keeps getting bigger and bigger!.

  • Maeve Delaney

    We took nearly this exact itinerary a couple weeks ago. It was our first visit to the North. So beautiful!
    I would note- no fee for Hertz rental car- only if you take the ferry over to Scotland or England. Northern Ireland is free- no real borders now- until Brexit goes through.
    Rope Bridge- you can purchase tickets online now in advance- just google it and you purchase through the national trust- you get a timed hour window. I recommend it during the high season.
    Dark Hedges- cars and people everywhere. they were cool- but timing is hit or miss- We had cars on the road that should not have been and just people everywhere. They do charge for parking at the hedges hotel- 2pounds- but worth it- its easy and they have a path directly to the hedges.
    I would also recommend in Belfast the Black Taxi Tour and the Titanic Museum. Both fabulous!

    • oursweetadventures

      Aww that is awesome! And thank you so much for all these recent tips and information. We wish we had one more day to have time to explore Belfast. We’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about the city.

  • Liza Davignon

    I have been researching for tips and itineraries for our Ireland trip next March during Spring break and we’re bringing our two kiddos. This is such an awesome read. Our vacation is only for a week including flight from US and I was contemplating on whether to visit Northern Ireland or not, but I think I’m gonna copy your itinerary. Thanks for this detailed post.

    • oursweetadventures

      Aww your comment just made my day! I am so happy you have found it helpful and you will use it for your own trip! It is heavily packed so you will be busy but it’s all worth it 🙂

  • Cheryl Oatts

    I am finally using the correct email this time…please delete previous comments.
    I love Ireland and am planning my return trip. Will be staying on the Dingle Peninsula from May 1 until early July. I have not purchased my plane ticket yet. Usually fly in and out of Shannon because I have friends in Bunratty, but now I am considering flying to Dublin, driving to Giant’s Causeway……..and then driving on to County Clare and, eventually, County Kerry. What’s the weather like in GC country during the last half of April? Have never been to Northern Ireland and have wanted an excuse to go there. Thank you for your time.

    • Cheryl Oatts

      Or should I consider going to the Causeway Coast during the first part of July?

    • oursweetadventures

      Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for commenting and using my itinerary for a helpful reference for your trip to Ireland. All I can say for the weather in Ireland is that it is unpredictable. We went to Giants Causeway during the first week of April and the weather was fine, but it is Ireland and can downpour rain at any time. For a lesser chance of rainfall, July would be a better option. You could still fly into Dublin and do the route you discussed or my own itinerary – just vice versa. So start in Dublin and work your way around Emerald Isle from Cork, Killarney, Dingle, Galway, Causeway Coast. I hope that helps 🙂

      • Cheryl Oatts

        This is very helpful. Thank you so much!

  • Design-Total

    My daughter, who lived for a time in Belfast without a car, went to the Giant s Causeway on tour. When we later visited her in Belfast, we all took a day trip (in our rental car ) to the Giant s Causeway and Antrim Coast. She said that while the tour was good, they did not get to visit Dunluce Castle and their time at the Giant s Causeway was limited (she and her friend almost missed the bus!) She said our trip was better because we got to visit more places and because we could take our time seeing what interested us.

    • oursweetadventures

      Hi, thank you for sharing your and your family’s story. We try to always travel on our own for that very reason – we always want to be in control of what we see and how long we see it. I am glad your daughter was able to experience everything she wanted the second time around with you.

  • Sheri Calderon

    Your itinerary is exactly what we’re looking for! Flying to Sweden mid-March, then taking a quick flight to Dublin for 3 1/2 days. Belfast is a must (my grandfather was born there), do you think we’d be able to follow your itinerary in that short amount of time? Everything looks amazing!!!

    • oursweetadventures

      Hi, I am delighted to hear you find my itinerary helpful. My itinerary is for a full 7 days, so it would not fit for your trip. I would recommend staying in Dublin and taking day trips with tours because driving in and out of Dublin’s city center is not easy.

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