Enjoy the fantastic landscapes of Ireland's north and west coasts on a holiday packed with excursions. We visit the Giant's Causeway, the Connemara Coast, and explore the history of Belfast. Awash with locations that capture the essence of Ireland, this tour is a great place to start as a newcomer to the Emerald Isle.
Our holiday begins with a direct flight* from London Heathrow to Belfast. On arrival, we set out on a guided tour by coach before transferring to our hotel. We continue our explorations on the morning of Day 2, with a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol - a Victorian-era prison. After a tour there's free time for lunch before we continue to the Titanic Museum, where you can discover the secrets of the world's most infamous ship. Day 3 sees us transfer to Bushmills, on the north coast of County Antrim. Along the way, we stop at Carrickfergus Castle and Ballycastle. Enjoy free time around this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty before we make our way to the Bushmills Distillery. Here we enjoy a delicious whiskey tasting.
We visit one of Northern Ireland's most beloved attractions today - the Giant's Causeway. Next we visit Dunluce Castle, an ancient site that had a starring role in Game of Thrones as Castle Greyjoy. Afterwards, we transfer to Coleraine where you have free time before catching the train to Derry. On arrival, we set out on a guided walking tour of this town that sits on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
We head out into the Irish countryside today, visiting Slieve League - one of the highest sea cliffs in all of Ireland. Soak up commanding views over the dramatic Atlantic coast before our drive to Glenveagh, where we enjoy a tour. The Connemara Coast enchants us on Day 6, as we enjoy a picturesque drive to Westport. Following free time, we continue to Kylemore Abbey.
We catch the train back to Dublin this morning. After some time at leisure, this evening we enjoy dinner at a real Irish institution, the Merry Ploughboys pub. On Day 8 we head to the airport for our return flight* to London.
*Please note: your luggage will travel on the flight with you rather than via our luggage service.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
Many of our journeys in Ireland are on board Irish Railways' new Intercity trains. These smart, modern trains are comfortable and air conditioned. Other journeys are on board Irish Railways' regional services. The Intercity trains include on board Wi-Fi and power points, and on these trains we travel through the stunning Irish scenery. Irish railways operate on a very unique track gauge of 5 foot 3 inches - the only other place in the world where this particular gauge can be found is in Australia.
The 4-Star Hilton Hotel in Belfast is located close to the city centre, on the banks of the Lagan River. The Sonoma Restaurant offers a menu of traditional Irish cuisine, accompanied by fantastic views across the river from its floor to ceiling windows. The relaxed Cables Bar is an ideal place to unwind on an evening, offering a range of cocktails and wines along with tapas-style dishes. The guest rooms feature a flatscreen television, a marble bathroom, a minibar and tea & coffee making facilities.
The 4-Star Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant is set in a stunning 17th century lodge, just minutes away from The Bushmills Gallery. The traditional, yet comfortable, rooms feature modern amenities, such as a television, a hair dryer, tea & coffee-making facilities, and a room safe. The hotel itself boasts a restaurant, a patio, and a rustic bar, still lit by gas lights, which offers live music every week. You can also enjoy a movie screening in the boutique cinema in the hotel (payable locally).
In Donegal, we stay at the 3-Star Abbey Hotel. A local institution found at the heart of this historical Irish town, the Abbey Hotel is well-maintained, tasteful and very much a traditional hotel, combining modern amenities with a classic Irish feel. The Abbey Hotel doubles as a live music venue, hosting a variety of acts including Irish folk music amongst other styles. Each room features a television, tea & coffee making facilities and complimentary WiFi.
The Academy Plaza in Dublin is a family-owned 3-Star hotel in the city centre. It is within walking distance of several landmarks, including Temple Bar, Croke Park Stadium, and St Stephen's Green. Each room has a cheerful feel to it because of the bright and stylish colour palette, and come equipped with climate control facilities, a television, a safe, work-desk area, an iron and ironing board, toiletries, a hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, and Wi-Fi. We also have access to the onsite fitness room. The hotel has both a bar and grill, featuring a diverse drinks menu as well as a restaurant serving traditional Irish fare.
The Ashling Hotel in Dublin is a 4-Star facility overlooking the Guinness Brewery. The hotel is ideally located next to Phoenix Park and is close to Dublin Zoo, and the Collins Barracks Museum. Each room has a flat-screen television, tea, coffee and biscuit supplies, a hairdryer, a safe, air-conditioning, and complimentary bottled water. The inhouse restaurant is famous for its 100-item buffet breakfast, and the bar offers a wide selection of drinks on its menu.
The 4-Star Oranmore Lodge hotel was originally a manor house built in 1850 and has now been fully renovated. It is located a few minutes' walk from Oranmore village.
Amenities at Oranmore Lodge include Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions and tea & coffee making facilities. The on-site leisure centre includes a fitness room, heated indoor pool and hot tub for guests. Guests may also enjoy spa treatments (payable locally).
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
To arrange for a second suitcase to travel door to door, just let us know when you book. Prices start from £65 per bag (size and weight allowances may vary depending on airline polices), Please call for more details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.