The 5 Day Northern Ireland showcases the highlights of the northern half of our Emerald Isle – both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Your adventures begin in the western capital of Galway city and turn north through the National Park of Connemara.
Next it’s enchanting Co. Donegal with its majestic highlands. Marvel at Glenveagh Castle and ancient fortress Grianan of Aileach on the Inishowen Peninsula. Overnight in charming Letterkenny for a taste of rural life.
A highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the historic walled city of Derry. Scene of Bloody Sunday (1972). Your local guide will amaze you with the story of Ireland’s most northerly city.
Explore the amazing Antrim coast taking you to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Giant’s Causeway and Glens of Antrim. We’ll stay in downtown Belfast with time at leisure to explore Northern Ireland’s capital.
This tour gives a great introduction to Northern Ireland, and combines enchanting scenery with amazing history. We hope to welcome you on tour soon!
Day 1: Dublin – Connemara – Galway
To begin our amazing experience we depart Dublin and make our way to the West of Ireland and tour beautiful Connemara. On our way across the midlands of Ireland, we take a comfort stop for refreshments before arriving in the enchanting village of Cong. Famed by John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in the film Quiet Man, the village is home to Ashford castle, a regular haunt of the rich and famous and a wedding venue for a host of international stars. We have time to visit Cong Abbey before continuing our journey through the wilderness of Connemara. We enjoy the unique landscape, beautiful lakes, valleys and mountain scenery. Gaelic speaking, this area still maintains many of Ireland’s traditional ways, however it was deserted during the dreadful famine times of 1845. to 1851. We arrive in Galway mid afternoon to ensure that we get the most out of this cultural city. We have time to explore the Spanish Arch and ramble around colorful shop street with its many street performers, seafood eateries, and quaint Irish bars with wonderful musicians. A great night of real Irish entertainment is always a highlight of Ireland’s traditional music capital.
Day 2: Galway – Sligo – Letterkenny
After a great night in Galway, we set off through parts of Connemara to the Museum of Country Life. Here we are introduced to the Irish way of life that has existed in this rugged and beautiful part of country since 1800s. Our lunch stop today shall be Ireland’s premier surf venue and beach at Strandhill, County Sligo. We watch some of Ireland’s finest breakers roll against our Atlantic shores before heading off through the poetic heartland of Ireland, W.B. Yeat’s country. We visit his final resting place in Drumcliff Abbey, and admire the beautiful Benbulben referenced in many of his poems. Our overnight this evening is the town of Letterkenny, Co. Donegal’s most populous town.
Day 3: Letterkenny – Donegal – Derry – Letterkenny
Begin today with an excellent in-depth tour of Donegal’s Glenveagh National Park. Here we take the opportunity to enjoy nature with lakeside walks and a visit to Glenveagh Castle. Onwards to Grianan of Aileach a hilltop fort, 3000 years old with panoramic views of 5 of the counties of Ulster and legendary stories from every era of Irish history. This afternoon we’ll visit the city of Derry. Enjoy a walking tour of Derry’s walls (1613) and the well known Bogside district made famous by the 1972 massacre and U2 song “Bloody Sunday”. Enjoy some time at leisure and maybe a pint in one of the local pubs. We’ll return to Letterkenny to relax for the evening.
Day 4: Letterkenny – Rope Bridge – Giant’s Causeway – Glens of Antrim – Belfast
Today we cruise the beautiful North Antrim Coast. A highlight of the tour for many is the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (weather- dependent & cross at your own risk by making a small charitable donation to the UK National Trust charity who maintain the bridge). Once used by the salmon fishermen to net their catches, today it is hugely popular with international travelers and sightseers. We continue along the coastal route, with fantastic views and photo opportunities of Whitepark Bay. Next it’s Northern Ireland’s highlight the Giant’s Causeway with its 37,000 basalt columns forming stepping stones leading from Ireland to Scotland and recounted in the legend of Fionn MacCool. The drive to Belfast takes us through part of the Glens of Antrim. Overnight in Belfast with a huge variety of options for dinner and evening entertainment
Day 5: Belfast – Dublin
We begin the day with a city tour of the highlights of Belfast including City Hall, Queen’s University, Botanic Gardens and much more. Together we’ll visit Titanic Belfast, a fascinating exhibit housed in the very docklands where this most famous ship was built and launched before her tragic maiden voyage. You will also have some time at leisure and many guests will take a Black Taxi tour (optional) of the political murals and of course the Peace Walls which divide the Catholic Republican from the Protestant Loyalist communities. Enjoy time for lunch and shopping downtown. We’ll depart Belfast around 14:00 – 14:30 making a stop at Dublin Airport at 16:30 approx. and finish in Dublin at 17:00 approx.
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COST PER PASSENGER
Hostel (Dorm) €419.00
B&B / Guesthouse / Budget Hotel (Twin / Double En-Suite) €569.00
B&B / Guesthouse / Budget Hotel (Private Single En-Suite) €698.00
- 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)