Popular Private Tour Highlights
- The comfort of your own private vehicle and services of an expert driver- guide.
- Collection from a central Dublin departure point that is convenient for you.
- Visit the beautiful UNESCO heritage site, Giant’s Causeway.
- Test your head for heights at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
- Enjoy a panoramic drive along Northern Ireland’s stunning Antrim coast.
- A refreshment stop in Belfast offers the chance to explore the historic city center.
- Drop-off at the Dublin location of your choice. Step straight into the comfort of your hotel or one of Dublin’s excellent pubs or restaurants.
A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO YOUR JOURNEY:
The Giant’s Causeway is the absolute pride of Northern Ireland. Widely known as one of the world’s ‘natural wonders’ – the attraction draws in millions of worldwide visitors each year. The Causeway is located on the very northern coast of Ireland – a region that is steeped in natural beauty. At Kennedy & Carr, our goal is to help you experience Ireland in the most authentic way – and we believe that our private tours offer you the opportunity to see our beautiful land through the eyes of a local. We will take you to the fantastic Giant’s Causeway, ensuring that you don’t miss out on some of the lesser-known wonders that the region also offers. Your expert chauffeur- guide will be on hand to inform, advise and entertain you along the way. To experience the Giant’s Causeway in the most unforgettable way, reach out to us today – we’re waiting to make your dream vacation a reality!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE TOUR.
07:30 – Enjoy the comfort of private collection from the door of your hotel / residence this morning. Meet your experienced driver- guide for the day and begin your drive north from Dublin. We recommend starting early to maximise your time on tour.
Around half way you’ll notice the road signs change from kilometres to miles and from bilingual (English & Gaelic) to English only. Welcome to the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland. Until recently guests would regularly see British Army helicopter patrols above the skies of the border region known as “Bandit Country”. Since the Peace Agreement of 1998, Northern Ireland is statistically safer than most US cities, so you can relax and enjoy the view.
Your journey continues north and towards the Antrim coast, through part of the scenic Glens of Antrim, a series of valleys that are well known for their beauty.
Since the release of HBO’s Game of Thrones franchise an increasingly popular stop is the “King’s Road”, otherwise known locally as the “Dark Hedges”. The Dark Hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to create an impressive avenue to their country estate. Three hundred years later, the birch trees have formed an eerie tunnel said to be haunted by a “grey lady” – so we’ll only stop here for a few photos!
Once up on the North Antrim Coast we’ll stop at the village of Ballintoy, home to Ireland’s most iconic rope bridge at Carrick-a-Rede. Traditionally used by local fishermen to check their salmon nets in the waters 30 metres below, the rope bridge connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede island. Crossing the bridge requires a head for heights and isn’t for everyone, but the location is beautiful nonetheless and makes for great photography. You’ll be rewarded with views of Rathlin and Scotland across the bay when the weather is clear. The UK Charity “National Trust” maintains the bridge and you can cross for a small donation, knowing that your visit is helping to preserve this treasure for future generations.
Next up is a lunch stop – where your driver will be happy to outline to you some of the area’s better choices. Following the plans discussed with your driver first thing this morning you’ll either stop at a good pub along the coast or at the Giant’s Causeway itself.
Following lunch, you’ll have plenty of time to explore today’s highlight, (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway (at least one hour and thirty minutes). Formed of 40,000+ columns of hexagonal basalt rock – the Causeway really will take your breath away. We learn from legend that the site was constructed by Irish mythological hero Finn McCool as a location for battle with a Scottish giant – however, more scientifically minded guests may prefer learning about how volcanic activity some 60 million years ago is to thank for creating the site. Make time to check out the ‘Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre’. Recently updated, the center offers historic exhibits and a beautiful gift shop.
One last sight this afternoon is the nearby ruins of Dunluce Castle, ancestral home of the McDonnell clan and one of Northern Ireland’s most romantic locations. Hear the tale of how part of the castle collapsed from the cliff- face in the 17th century and is now haunted by staff who were killed in the tragedy. Some photos here round off the afternoon nicely before we turn around and head back towards Belfast.
Those of you who have planned with the driver for a one hour stop in Belfast this afternoon (instead of this morning) might wish to check out some of the downtown sights at leisure. You’ll get a flavour of Belfast’s Imperial Victorian architecture with highlights such as City Hall, Albert Clock and nearby shopping district. Alternatively, perhaps pop in to the Crown Liquor Saloon for a swift pint of Harp lager or dram of Bushmills “Black Label” Whiskey in what has to be one of Europe’s most remarkable pubs.
NB: Belfast is only really featured as it is the most efficient way into / out of the region when based in Dublin. The stop there is essentially for refreshments and is not suitable for exploring. For those interested in more in-depth exploration we also offer a private one day tour of Belfast.
18:00 / 18:30 – Depart Belfast for a comfortable 2 hour drive back to Dublin city in your private tour vehicle, arriving back to the location of your choice at approx. 20:30.
Guest Advice (valid 20MAR19 – 30SEP19);
In order to guarantee guest access to these locations, we will secure your tickets at the time of booking. To maximise your experience we strongly recommend departing Dublin @ 07:30, arriving at the rope bridge @ 11:30 and the Giant’s Causeway @ 14:00. Please note that time slots for these attractions are not transferable or refundable once booked.
Naturally, fixing these times has a knock on effect on the tour start time, the finish time and other timings in between. These hours are our recommendation to you based upon decades of experience. Please don’t hesitate to raise any concerns you may have before making a booking.
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.