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Drive Dublin to Belfast

Hello

We are planning on taking three days to drive from Dublin to Belfast stopping at places along the way. Has anyone got suggestions of a route to take? I believe there is gorgeous scenary of cliffs on the west coast worth seeing? Also any suggestions of places to stay/stop within that period. Is the drive long?

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1. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

it doesn't make sense to hare over to the west coast if you only have three days. The cliff formations at the Giant's Causeway are just as interesting and Dunluce castle is well worth the trip.The straight through non-stop drive is mainly motorway and can be done in under 3 hrs,if you really want.

I'd suggest you take your time,visit the Boyne valley and all it has to offer-Newgrange,Knowth,Dowth,hill of Slane,the site of the battle of the Boyne and of course Tara. Trim castle is also well worth seeing.

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I totally agree with Harvey. There's no need to rush over to the west coast and rush back to Belfast in 3 days. We went to all of the places he has mentioned and they are well worth your time.

In Northern Ireland, you can see some fabulous scenery by driving along the Antrim Coast. Also worth a stop is Glenariff Forest Park for the waterfalls and scenic walks.

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Thanks that's great. So that can all that (what u suggested) be done in 3 days? Totally open to suggestions of best way to tackle this

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You can do all of what been suggested easily in 3 days. What time of year are you planning on going because newgrange can be alittle busy in peak summer season

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We will be going in July around the 22nd. Fantastic if all that can be acheived in three days. Any suggestions of where to stay e.g. should we stay one night somewhere and one night in belfast, or 2 nights belfast and a long day driving either side?

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6. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

I am from the North of Ireland but live in sunny Esperance now and recently done the exact same

Trip. we did all the co Louth stuff in a day then drove to Belfast that evening. We stayed in the city for 2 nites ( there are two brand new hotels in the gasworks area of Belfast ) then slowly drove the north coast Ballygally castle is worth staying if you want something a little scenic and looks out onto the Irish Sea plus it's about an hour out of the city and at the start of the north coast drive.

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7. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

Thanks thats awesome, very informative. Just out of interest - how far is west coast of Ireland. Didnt realise it must be so far out of the way. Just looked up the things you have all mentioned and looks great.

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8. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

Since you are going at the height of the tourist season, I'd leave Dublin early on Day 1 and go straight to Newgrange to avoid as much of the crowds as possible. After your visit there, you can do whatever other touring in the Boyne Valley that you want to do. (We enjoyed the museum at the Battle of the Boyne and doing some of the hikes there.) Then drive to Belfast and overnight there.

On Day 2, tour Belfast. We did the open top HO/HO bus and thought it was a great way to see the city. Stop by the Crown Bar as well, perhaps reserving a snug in advance for lunch. Overnight Belfast.

On Day 3, drive up the Antrim Coast to the Giant's Causeway, etc. and return to Dublin that evening. The drive back will be somewhat over 3 hours, but most of that is on a major highway and it will be light until late at night.

If you are interested in staying at a B&B in Belfast, take a look at Avenue House. We enjoyed our stay there very much.

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9. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

You can do Dublin to Galway in about 4 hours up the motorway then your another couple of hours to the cliffs. The west coast is very isolated by Irish standards but very beautiful.

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10. Re: Drive Dublin to Belfast

The problem isnt that Galway is a long way from Dublin, its about the same asBelfast. Your problem is that you cannot do both in three days, you must choose one and forget the other, both have spectacular coastas scenery nearby. One poster recently , intending to go to Belfast, got as far asCarlingford, fell in love with it and never made it to Belfast.

Are you driving back? Hiring a car in one country and dropping off in another could leave you with hefty fees.