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.
Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager in 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 your tour concludes and you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight back home.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to Belfast Airport (BFS), where your tour begins. Our recommended departure airport is the Dublin airport (DUB), approximately 11 miles from your end point in Dublin.
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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!