Your 5 Day Northern Ireland Tour begins in Connemara in the North West of Ireland. Savour the beautiful Irish postcard scenery of mountains, lakes, wild ponies and castles. The first overnight location is Galway – great university town atmosphere, great music and great food.
The second tour destination is wild Donegal, the highlands of Ireland. If you’ve ever experienced such a magical wilderness we’ll eat our traditional Irish woollen hats! Enjoy sightseeing around Glenveagh National Park with its historic Glenveagh Castle.
Step back in time in historic Derry, the only completely walled city left in Ireland. Visit the scene of Bloody Sunday (1972). Be amazed by the story of Derry / Londonderry. At night warm yourself by an old school peat fire and listen to the fiddlers play in Peadar O’Donnell’s folk music pub.
To bring the tour to a perfect completion we’ll tour the northern coast, world famous for the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giants Causeway and Dunluce Castle. You’ll experience Northern Ireland’s capital with (at least one / possibly two) overnight(s) and half day in Belfast.
This tour provides you with as good an introduction to Northern Ireland as you could wish for, combining amazing scenery, amazing history, amazing local personalities and culture. We look forward to welcoming you on tour soon!
Day 1: Dublin – Connemara- Galway
After an early morning welcome from your tour guide, we’ll clamber aboard our Mercedes tour coach and set out across the green fields of Ireland. Sit back and enjoy the view of Ireland’s scenic midlands en- route to the west. Our goal this morning is one of Europe’s most stunning wilderness areas – the Connemara national park. The journey will take you to the picture postcard village of Cong, location of the Hollywood classic The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Enjoy time to visit Cong Abbey. Throughout the tour, you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenery of mountains and lakes. As the day of sightseeing draws to a close we’ll complete the short drive to Ireland’s most Gaelic city – the university town of Galway. Enjoy the evening at leisure or join new friends at an atmospheric pub overlooking Galway Bay to enjoy dinner, drinks and traditional Irish music.
Day 2: Galway – Sligo – Derry / Londonderry
The tour continues today to the north west of Ireland. Your journey will take you through W.B. Yeats Country – the county of Sligo. Visit the grave of Ireland’s national poet at Drumcliff graveyard in the shadow of Benbulbin Mountain. Enjoy lunch at Strandhill, a coastal village and major surfing spot. We’ll also enjoy a stop at Creevykeel portal tomb which offers insights into the ritualistic burial of ancient pagan Celtic Ireland. This afternoon the tour will cross the border from the Republic into Northern Ireland. Look forward to a night of Irish music in the historic walled medieval city of Derry / Londonderry.
Day 3: Donegal National Park
The adventure continues this morning with an engaging walking tour of the Walls of Derry (1613 – 1618) and Bogside district (location of 1972 Bloody Sunday Massacre). This 1.5 km walkway surrounds the old town with its preserved Renaissance style layout. 24 original cannons remain in place including the fearsome Roaring Meg. An album of photo opportunities awaits. Next on the agenda is county Donegal and a panoramic tour of the remote Glenveagh National Park with its famous castle. Grianán of Áileach is a 3,000 year old fortress which offers views not only over the local hillsides but also over 5 counties of the ancient province of Ulster on clear days. We’ll overnight either in Derry or Belfast tonight.
Day 4: Derry – Giants Causeway – Belfast
Some of your best touring memories will likely be formed today! Ahead lies the world renowned Causeway Coast of north Antrim. Cross the infamous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (for a small donation to the National Trust Charity who maintain the bridge), walk in the footsteps of Giants at the (UNESCO) Giant’s Causeway and grab some souvenir photos of the haunting ruins of Dunluce Castle. Game of Thrones fans will appreciate a visit to the Dark Hedges and views of Ballintoy harbour. Your tour will arrive in downtown Belfast this afternoon, the capital of Northern Ireland.
Day 5: Belfast – Dublin
Begin the day with a visit to Belfast’s leading visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast. The experience outlines the full story of the famous ocean- liner from her birth in Belfast’s imperial dockyards to her sinking in 1912. Afterwards enjoy a panoramic city tour with highlights such as Queen’s University, City Hall and Botanic Gardens. There are many great tour and sightseeing options to consider during the afternoon including the Political Black Taxi Tour of the famous murals in the Catholic (Irish Republican) & Protestant (British Loyalist) neighborhoods (slowly disappearing since the 1998 Peace Agreement). We’ll make the relatively short drive back to Dublin this afternoon with a stop at Monasterboice ruins to view the ancient Celtic crosses and stone round tower. We stop at Dublin Airport at 16:00 for those with flights to catch and then complete the tour in Dublin city at approximately 16:30.
*Seats on this coach tour are offered as part of our “Recommended” range, operated by the best local tour and activity providers in Ireland. Our Dublin based travel insiders select only the market leaders on any given route.
COST PER PASSENGER
Hostel (Dorm) €339.00
Guesthouse (Twin / Double En-Suite) €499.00
Guesthouse (Private Single En-Suite) €608.00
- Expert local guides
- Private Tour Vehicles – No “shuttle” buses
- Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
- Wi-Fi on board!
- All Breakfasts
- Bed Linen & Towels
- Essentially everything except Lunch & Dinner
MEETING & DEPARTURE POINTS
- The Palace, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 (08.00am)
- Official Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 (08.15am)