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5 days between Belfast and Dublin

We are visiting Ireland and renting a car next May with another couple. After 2 1/2 weeks of travel they will be returning to Dublin from Belfast and returning the car to the airport. We have 5 more days before we will be flying out from Dublin. We will be using public transportation and wondering what you all would recommend we see/do for those 5 days. We will have already spent 3 days in Dublin, then 2 days each in Waterford, Cork, Dingle, Galway, Westport, Derry, and Belfast. Thanks for taking time to share your ideas!

Posted by
14123 posts

Have you been to Scotland? The flights between Belfast and Dublin to either Glasgow or Edinburgh are short.

You could even fly to London if you have never been there.

Fly open jaw...out of Belfast, return to Dublin.

Posted by
490 posts

Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne Museum are both good. Would probably take a full day on public transport.

Could you drop the other couple off and keep the car? If so, you could explore the less visited area of the border counties.

Posted by
2674 posts

London or Edinburgh would certainly be options, but virtually the entire continent is open to you as well via direct flights from Belfast. Paris, for example, is less than 2 hours away via EasyJet.
You could craft a very nice open jaw (multi-destination) itinerary depending on your interests, and with 5 days at your disposal you'd have the latitude to do so without being pinched for time.

Posted by
749 posts

If you want to stay in Ireland you could take the train to Cork and then a bus to Kinsale for a couple nights, then on the way back you could spend a couple nights in Kilkenny. There are many guided day trips from Dublin that would take you to areas you haven’t covered such as Glendalough, and Newgrange, or even down to the Rock of Cashel.

Posted by
77 posts

Thanks so much for all the ideas! I will mull them over and decide what we should do. I appreciate you all taking the time to respond!

Posted by
509 posts

We liked Howth, and I wish we would have added the Wicklow area.