WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS PRIVATE TOUR:
- Chauffeur collection from the Dublin location of your choice.
- Relaxing drive to Belfast, visiting the early Christian settlement of Monasterboice en route.
- Experience the best of Belfast’s abundant cultural and historic sites and activities.
- Overnight in Belfast with great pubs, restaurants & nightlife.
- Drive the Antrim coast, through the Glens of Antrim
- Picturesque Ballintoy Harbour
- Enjoy the opportunity to cross the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge with views of Scotland.
- Visit the (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s top attraction.
- Flying visit to the cliff-top castle of Dunluce – great photos!
- Overnight in the historic “Walled city” of Derry / Londonderry
- Walk the historic Derry walls. Armed with cannons dating back to the siege of 1689 you’ll get a feel for local political history and great view over this small city.
- Visit to ‘Creevykeel’ – a tomb which dates back to pagan times
- Scenic drive through WB Yeats country & visit to his grave at Drumcliff Abbey
- Refreshing walk along Strandhill beach, a surfer’s paradise in Co. Sligo.
- Enjoy a final stop in the cultural city of Galway. Time to explore before returning to Dublin.
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THE TOUR
Northern Ireland has been enjoying a renaissance over the past number of years. A region which boasts incredible natural beauty, yet has been somewhat overshadowed by a dark political past, is now becoming a must-visit destination for overseas travelers.
With private travel arrangements by Kennedy and Carr, you’ll enjoy the most authentic of Irish experiences. Benefit from the comfort, safety and flexibility of a private tour vehicle and driver- guide, allowing you to focus on each moment with friends or family.
We’ll take you to the region’s most celebrated highlights and also make time to discover local treasures along the way. Our travel consultants are dedicated to making your Irish vacation unforgettable – reach out to us today to request the perfect private tour for your group!
Day 1: Dublin to Belfast
Get ready for an incredible three days as you enjoy collection from your door. Relax in your private vehicle and get to know your expert driver / guide who will be on hand with the best of information, tips and stories for the duration of your tour. The morning begins with a drive north to Belfast, broken by a visit to the early Celtic-Christian ruins of ‘Monasterboice’ with monuments dating back as far as the 5th century. You’ll arrive in Belfast in plenty of time to spend the day discovering the city’s abundant highlights – a fascinating blend of both old and new.
Popular highlights include the Victorian City Hall and Albert Clock (Belfast’s very own leaning tower of Pisa!), Botanic Gardens, Queen’s University and Titanic Docklands where the legendary ocean liner was built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. Your guide will provide you with insider tips and recommendations for some of the best experiences on offer. Those with an interest in the decades of civil conflict known as “The Troubles” may wish to enjoy a ‘Black Taxi Tour’ – a journey through Belfast’s political history, led by those who lived through it (advance booking required).
You’ll stay overnight here in Belfast – with recommendations from your guide for a great night out. Perhaps raise a glass to Belfast’s colourful history in the Crown Liquor Saloon – a pub spectacularly refurbished in 1885 by Italian artisans who were in town to work on a nearby church.
Day 2: (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway & Antrim Coast
Perhaps enjoy an “Ulster Fry” for breakfast before kicking off your second day of touring. Drive through the Glens of Antrim –and if the landscape looks familiar here, you’ve probably been watching too much ‘Game of Thrones’. HBO’s popular series was partially filmed in the area. Stopping at Ballintoy – test your fear of heights with a crossing of the ancient ‘Carrick-A-Rede’ rope bridge. If you can’t muster up the courage though – don’t fret – the views are just as spectacular from both sides!
Our drive continues along the very northern coast of Ireland, where we reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Giant’s Causeway. This incredible attraction, which juts out into the sea – is essentially a collection of basalt columns, which are believed to have been left behind as a result of volcanic activity many millions of years ago. If you enjoy a good story though, the alternative explanation is that Irish legendary character Finn McCool constructed the Causeway as a place to take on Scottish counterpart Benandonner in battle. Recently opened on site is a fantastic visitor center and gift shop stocking local crafts, which you may wish you to visit.
Next up is the short drive to Dunluce Castle. Rumored to be haunted, a portion of the castle collapsed from the cliffs during a particularly bad storm in the 18th century. Enjoy time for photos here before we continue as far as Derry / Londonderry where we overnight. Perhaps seek out Peadar O’Donnell’s Pub, a popular local spot for traditional music and late night entertainment.
Day 3: Derry / Londonderry & The North West
Wake up in Derry ahead of your third day of touring. Note: wondering whether to refer to the town as Doire / Derry / Londonderry / Stroke City or The Maiden City? Your guide will fill you in on the nuances of Northern Irish politics! You’ll have some leisure time to enjoy breakfast and ease yourself into the day.
Derry is the only fully walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples remaining in all of Europe. Perhaps climb up on these magnificent stone structures for fantastic views over town and the “Bogside” neighbourhood made famous by the notorious 1972 ‘Bloody Sunday’ massacre.
We’ll continue on our journey and cross back over the border as we head towards Galway on the west coast. Our journey takes us through the beautiful countryside of County Sligo, often referred to as “William Butler Yeats country”. Perhaps stop and pause at the poet’s grave at Drumcliff Abbey in the romantic shadow of Benbulben mountain. A popular sightseeing stop en- route is “Creevykeel” – a pagan tomb dating back to the Neolithic period (4,000 – 2,500 BC). The site offers a fantastic chance to experience stone-age history first hand. Perhaps also enjoy a stroll on the beach at Strandhill, a surfer’s paradise with some of the world’s best conditions. Pause here and take in the fresh Atlantic air.
Your final stop on this private three day tour of the north is Galway City. A blend of Gaelic and European culture gives this University town a unique atmosphere. Take some time at your leisure to explore and soak up some of the vibe. Shop for traditional Aran Sweaters or Claddagh Rings, both local specialities. Travellers in need of refreshment might wish to try some excellent seafood fresh from Galway Bay washed down with a pint of local brew “Galway Hooker” – a pale ale named after the traditional sailing boat of the region. Popular pubs include “Tigh Coili” and “Tigh Neachtain” – check out the neat Celtic script above the doors!
We conclude this private 3 day tour of northern Ireland with a relaxing drive back to Dublin – you’ll be dropped back to the destination of your choice in good time for onward travel arrangements or evening entertainment in the capital.
Private Tour Pricing
Private Tours typically range from EUR 495.00 – EUR 795.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.
Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.