IRELAND NORTH AND WESTERN DELIGHTS TOUR

Ireland north and western delights tour

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Travel North to the Glens of Antrim, The Giants Causeway, Belfast City and West to Donegal, Mayo and Sligo. The North and West of Ireland are beautiful and unspoilt. Taking in the stunning Glens of Antrim, the renewed city of Belfast, Ireland’s only world heritage site – the Giant’s Causeway, wild County Donegal and the beautiful western counties of Sligo and Mayo this tour is sure to delight.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARYDAY 1 – Arrival – Dublin

DAY 2 – The Glens of Antrim

DAY 3 – Belfast City Tour

DAY 4 – The Giants Causeway and Derry

DAY 5 – Donegal

DAY 6 – Donegal and Glenveagh National Park

DAY 7 – Sligo

DAY 8 – Mayo

DAY 9 – Depart

 

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Airport transfers at start and end of the tour
  • Professional Chauffeur Driver/Guide
  • Luxury Mercedes Viano or luxury coach
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation *
  • Full breakfast daily
  • Return ferry to Rathlin Island
  • Tour of Belfast
  • Orientation tour of Derry
  • Waterbus cruise around Donegal Bay
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage

 

VISITS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Bushmills Distillery, Glenveagh National Park, Westport House, Drumcliffe, Achill Drive.
  • Not included – Flights, Travel Insurance

* Accommodation to suit all budgets from cosy family run guest houses to 5 star castle hotels. All meals can be arranged to suit your requirements

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1 – Welcome

Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes to our beautiful little country. You will be collected in the Arrivals Hall in Dublin airport and transferred to your hotel in County Antrim.

DAY 2 – The Glens of Antrim

Day 2 The Glens of AntrimA beautiful place, the 9 Glens with their diverse landscape of waterfalls, coastline and woods is a scenic gem. A genuine welcome from the local people awaits. Ballycastle is the gateway to the beautiful glens. From Ballycastle we will take the short ferry ride to Rathlin Island, a place of wild and natural beauty. With dramatic cliffs and three lighthouses standing guard it is easy to believe that there are over 40 recorded shipwrecks in the depths of the waters here. With a wide variety of flora and fauna including Puffins, Guillemots and Kittiwakes amongst others, there is much to see and ‘spot’.

Drive through stunning scenery and take in the unbelievable views of Fair and Torr Head. Travelling through the glens of Glendun, Glenaan, and finally into Glenariff known as “Queen of the Glens”. If Glenariff is the “Queen of the Glens” then Cushendall is the “Capital of the Glens”, in a beautiful location in the heart of the hills and along the sea of Moyle. One of Ireland’s most famous folklore stories is from here, The Children of Lir. Hear the story of how the children were banished to the sea of Moyle for 900 years by their jealous stepmother and after 300 years the spell was broken with the coming of Christianity.

 

DAY 3 – Belfast City Tour

Day 3 Belfast city tourThis vibrant city has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years. Belfast has always been a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education, business and law and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. It suffered during times of conflict known as “the troubles” but thankfully now calm and free from the intense political problems and violence of former years. Take a tour of this great city taking in the highlights including Stormont Government Buildings, Queens’ University, East and West Belfast, taking in the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square, the Harland and Wolf Shipyard where RMS Titanic was built and launched in 1912, the historic Wall of Peace, the Titanic Quarter. Evening can be spent at leisure or maybe visit the Crown Bar, Belfast’s outstanding Victorian gin palace. Formerly known as The Liquor Saloon, it dates back to 1826 when the first train ran from Belfast to Lisburn.

 

DAY 4 – The Giants Causeway and Derry

Day 4 Giants CausewayDiscover Ireland’s top tourist attraction and Ireland’s World Heritage site. The Giant’s Causeway is a dramatic coastal landscape steeped in local mythology and have spawned legends about the mythical giant Finn McCool. The causeway consists of around 40,000 polygonal basalt columns, jutting out into the sea, a truly amazing sight. Test your courage at the nearby famous Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. This rope bridge stretches across a 23 metre deep and 20 metre wide chasm, an exhilarating walk indeed! After, we may need a whisky to settle our nerves as we visit the Bushmills Distillery, home to the world famous Bushmills Whiskey!

Travel to Derry, the UK’s City of Culture for 2013 for an orientation tour showing the main sights. Passing the Waterside, through the Bogside and down Ship Quay Street, you see the Peace Statue and the 17th Century walls which encircle the city centre and enabled the city to be defended during the 105 day Siege of Derry in 1689.

 

DAY 5 – Donegal

Day 5 Donegal and slieve LeagueThere is much to see and do in the beautiful North West. Visit the highest sea cliffs in Europe known as Slieve League with awe inspiring vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. Also, visit the pretty little fishing villages of Killybegs and Ardara.

Donegal town is a thriving and bustling town, famous as the centre of our traditional tweed making. The Tweed factory and shop in Kilcar is a favourite amongst visitors. Cruise around Donegal Bay and view the Bluestack Mountains, Donegal Bay’s many islands which include a seal colony on Seal Island.

 

DAY 6 – Donegal and Glenveagh National Park 

Day 5 Donegal and slieve LeagueA trip to the beautiful County Donegal would not be complete without wandering and walking in the stunning Glenveagh National Park, set along the Derryveagh Mountains. With over 16,000 hectares of mountains, lakes and woodland the park is a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, for families and for those who seek peace and tranquillity. A remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes. Divided into three areas you will visit the largest of these and the former Glenveagh Estate. Browse around the walled gardens and enjoy the historic grandeur of the well maintained historic castle.

 

DAY 7 –Sligo

Day 7 SligoAn area of extreme natural beauty with varied landscapes and ancient sights dotted throughout the county. Ben Bulben is a beautiful Table Mountain where Ireland’s greatest poet WB Yeats is laid to rest. His gravestone at Drumcliffe with its enigmatic epitaph can be visited. Yeats was inspired by his home county, by the beautiful lakes, mystical islands and pure waterfalls. County Sligo is well known for its beautiful white and clean beaches. One of those beaches is Rosses Point, a popular resort with beautiful views of Knocknarea and the spectacular Dartry mountain range, set in the beauty of Sligo Bay.

 

DAY 8 – Mayo

Day 8 MayoCounty Mayo is vast and varied and one of Ireland’s most remote and interesting counties. The north of the county has some of the world’s oldest farming sites at the ‘Ceide Fields’. The scenic Achill Drive and the windswept Atlantic Coastline is home to The Pirate Queen, Grainne O’Maille. Westport is a vibrant and beloved coastal town, Westport skyline is dominated by the mountain of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain which is a popular hiking and pilgrimage trail. Westport House beckons today and we will discover its’ a fine Palladian architecture and its’ gardens with panoramic views over the bay.

DAY 9 –Departure

Slan agus Beannacht! Goodbye and blessings and we hope you have enjoyed your memorable trip in the North and West of Ireland. Checking out of the hotel we will transfer you to the airport in time for your return flights.

N.B. We can alter this sample itinerary to suit your needs and requirements depending on your preferences.