View the highlights of the northern end of Ireland on our spectacular 8 or 9 day Northern Welcome Tour. Take in the Giants Causeway, filming locations from "Game of Thrones", Belfast city, Titanic Belfast, Derry, Donegal Castle, Belleek, Westport House, Galway city and much more.
Experience all the North of Ireland has to offer on this 8 or 9 day tour, starting with a stay in the luxurious Cabra Castle Hotel.
Visit the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast and the Walled city of Derry and Irelands northernmost point at the Inishowen Peninsula. You'll also get to stay in the lively coastal town of Westport and admire Achill Islands beautiful scenery.
Overnights for this tour:
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Cabra Castle Hotel
Your tour begins at 3:00 PM at the Cabra Castle Hotel for afternoon tea. The hotel is 50 miles from Dublin Airport, so be sure you have made appropriate transfer arrangements. The hotel is set on spacious grounds with a 9-hole golf course. In the evening enjoy a welcome drink and dine in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2: St. Patrick’s Country & Titanic Belfast
Admire the gentle slopes of the Mourne Mountains and peaceful coastline as you travel north to Down Cathedral. Tour the ancient cathedral and view the historical burial place of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, marked by a huge boulder. Drive to Belfast to join a local guide for a tour of central Belfast to see prominent buildings, political murals and the docks where the RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit the magnificent Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the story of this iconic liner.
Day 3: Turf Cutting & Giant’s Causeway
Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, one of Ireland’s popular scenic routes to discover lovely views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. This area is where many scenes from the “Game of Thrones” series were filmed. Visit The Causeway Coast Discovery Centre for tea with scones and a turf-cutting demonstration. Stop for photos at the sprawling ruins of Dunluce Castle. Visit the natural wonder that is Giant’s Causeway, hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Continue to Derry where you’ll have time to explore or relax before dinner.
Day 4: Inishowen Peninsula & Derry’s Walls
Travel around the Inishowen Peninsula, a 100-mile scenic route. Drive alongside Lough Foyle, to Banba’s Crown on Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland, to admire stunning seascapes. Enjoy tea and scones with your fellow travelers at the Seaview Tavern before continuing towards Buncrana for a stop at the Amazing Grace viewing point, where John Newton was inspired to write the well-known hymn in 1772. Upon returning to Derry, join a local guide for a short walk around Derry’s medieval city walls that completely encircle the old city center. Learn about the development of the settlement throughout the centuries. Complete your tour at the Walled City Brewery Restaurant for dinner.
Day 5: Donegal & Belleek Pottery
Travel through rugged countryside with magnificent scenery to Donegal town where you will have some leisure time to explore independently. Visit Belleek Pottery, founded in the 19th century to bring employment to the area. See how craftspeople shape and decorate raw material to create the worldfamous fine china. At a local farm, watch as a farmer works with skilled dogs to herd sheep. In Westport, a local guide will escort you on a gentle walk through this historic and planned town center before dinner.
Day 6: Westport House & Achill Island Tour
Take a tour around the stately Westport House, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver, and porcelain. Travel around Clew Bay, which is reputed to have 365 islands, to access Achill Island by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore see the Deserted Village and stop in Keel for a casual lunch. Return to Westport where the evening is free for independent exploration and dining.
Day 7: Galway & Tullamore Dew
Enjoy a gentle walking tour with a local guide around central Galway to see Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral, and the Spanish Arch. On Shop Street view the medieval Lynch’s Castle that gave the English language a new word. Then browse on your own through narrow streets that are closed to traffic. Travel through the center of Ireland to visit Tullamore Dew distillery to see whiskey production and savor a tasting at the end of the tour. Head to Dublin for dinner and a lively traditional Irish show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.
Day 8: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Take a morning guided tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors and the wide thoroughfare of O’Connell Street. Tour Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, a who’s who of modern Irish history. Spend afternoon on an independent open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum.
Day 9: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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