A Quite Classic Northern Ireland Itinerary To Enjoy The Best of the Region in 2 Days
This loop itinerary starts and finishes in Belfast, with a night in Coleraine. It is the itinerary I followed when I visited the region; and I feel it is a great introduction to what Northern Ireland has to offer if you only have a couple days.
The Itinerary at a Glance
- Driving Distance: Day 1: 153 km (95 mi); Day 2: 124 km (77 mi);
Total: 277 km (172 mi)
- Driving Time: Day 1: 3+ hours; Day 2: 2+ hours;
Total: 5-5:30 hours
- Sleeping: 1 night in Coleraine
Day 1 – Belfast to Coleraine [153 km / 95 mi]
This first day is dedicated to exploring a portion of the Causeway Coastal Route, one of the most scenic roads in the world! For sure, it should be included in any Northern Ireland itinerary.
Day 2 – Coleraine to Belfast [124 km / 77 mi]
It is already the second and last day of this small road trip, and today’s itinerary will lead you back to Belfast.
Last Thoughts About This Itinerary
This itinerary may or may not suit exactly your interests and your traveling pace, but it can be a good source of inspiration to create your own. This itinerary was planned with an attempt to reach the Giant’s Causeway for the sunset, but if you feel that the first day is too packed, it is very easy to include the Giant’s Causeway on the second day instead. With 3 days instead of 2, you can probably make this loop go all the way to Londonderry, or take a day to explore Rathlin Island by taking a ferry in Ballycastle.