Our 7 day Tour of The North is packed full of the most famous sites & scenic drives. Admire the beauty of the Causeway Coast, step back in time at Navan Fort & discover Titanic from the very spot where she was launched. See handweaving in Donegal & meander through the beauty of Connemara. Staying in locally owned guesthouses, B & B's & Small Hotels we aim to provide you with a truly authentic experience travelling the back roads of Ireland to places larger tours can't reach..
Connemara, Cong, Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Westport House, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary, Parkes Castle, Glencar Waterfall, Drumcliff Cemetery, Glencolumkille, Gweedore, Slieve League, Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle, Grianan of Aileach, Giants Causeway, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, The Dark Hedges, Titanic Museum Belfast, Carrickfergus Castle, Monasterboice, Knowth Megalithic Cemetary, Clonmacnoise.
6 nights accommodation.
Traditional Full Irish Breakfast each morning
Free time to discover local Restaurants for dinner options
7 full days touring
Inclusive of all site entrance fees
No hidden costs or excursion fees
Transportation for the duration of the tour
Armagh, Ballymena, Letterkenny, Killybegs, Ballina, Roundstone(See Trip Itinerary Below For Futher Details)
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As with all our tours we aim to provide you with a truly authentic Irish experience, travelling the back roads & mixing with the locals. All of our itineraries are flexible which means that you can opt to modify or include a destination of your choice.
Please feel free to contact us should you wish to make any modifications to your selected itinerary.
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Highlights: National Botanical Gardens, Temple Bar, Guinness Brewery, Trinity College Library, National Museum of Ireland, Sightseeing Tour, Kilmainham Gaol, Temple Bar, Galleries, Restaurants, Wine Bars, Shopping
Choose to arrive in Dublin a day or two before the commencement of the tour to 'take in' some of the capitals attractions. On the day of the tour you will be either collected from your hotel or picked up at our designated 'pick up' on the morning of the tour. We advise travellers to stay as close as possible to the city centre. Details of our 'pick up' point will be provided at the time of booking.
Depending on the amount of time you have to spend in Dublin you may wish to take in a hop on hop off city bus tour, take a leisurely stroll down O'Connell Street, visit the Guinness Brewery or Trinity College Library or have a meal at many of the restaurants & bars in the area.
Highlights: Knowth Megalithic Cemetary, Monasterboice, Navan Fort (Emain Maca)
We leave Dublin at 9am approx & head north to Knowth. Over 5000 years old walk inside this great monumnet, marvel at is many fine examples of rock art and it's history of some of Irelands most influential settlers
From there we make our way to Monasterboice & the remains of an early christian monastery founded in the 5th century.The site includes the remains of two churches built in the 14th century or later and an earlier round tower, but it is most famous for its high crosses,in particular Muirdeachs Cross
Continuing north we arrive at Navan Fort, Emain Maca in Gaelic. One of Ireland's most important ceremonial sites, flint tools and shards of pottery found at the site show activity from the Neolithic (c. 4000 to 2500 BC). We will discover how people lived there lives 2000 years ago.
Accomodation: Charlemont Arms Hotel or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: Titanic Experience, Carrickfergus Castle
This morning we will make our way to Belfast & The Titanic Museum. Everyone has a fascination about this famous ship liner & there are many stories to tell. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Castle built around 1170. Situated in the town of Carrickfergus the castle has wonderful views over Belfast Lough. Accomodation: Tullyglass Hotel Ballymena or similar subject to availability.
Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman Castle built around 1170. Situated in the town of Carrickfergus the castle has wonderful views over Belfast Lough.
Accomodation: Tullyglass Hotel Ballymena or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: The Dark Hedges, Giants Causeway, Carrick a Rede, Dunluce Castle
This morning we will continue our tour north to the Causeway Coast but not before a quick stop off at the infamous Dark Hedges a tree lined avenue made famous by the hit tv series Game of Thrones. Next onto the Giants Causeway. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 & the result of an ancient volcanic eruption some 50-60 million years ago, the Giants Causeway is located amongst some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes & drives found in Ireland. According to legend, the basalt columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant & stretches under the ocean to the coast of Scotland. Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the carrick a rede rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago and is our next stop.The area is exceptional in natural beauty with stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland. The site and surrounding area is designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest for its unique geology, flora, and fauna. Located on the edge of a Basalt outcrop Dunluce Castle was first extablished around 1500. Take in the ingenuity of its first builders and absorb yourself in the spectacular scenery. Accomodation: Dillons Hotel, Letterkenny or similar subject to availability.
Next onto the Giants Causeway. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 & the result of an ancient volcanic eruption some 50-60 million years ago, the Giants Causeway is located amongst some of the most beautiful coastal landscapes & drives found in Ireland. According to legend, the basalt columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant & stretches under the ocean to the coast of Scotland.
Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the carrick a rede rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago and is our next stop.The area is exceptional in natural beauty with stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland. The site and surrounding area is designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest for its unique geology, flora, and fauna.
Located on the edge of a Basalt outcrop Dunluce Castle was first extablished around 1500. Take in the ingenuity of its first builders and absorb yourself in the spectacular scenery.
Accomodation: Dillons Hotel, Letterkenny or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: Grianan of Aileach, Glenveagh National Park & Castle, Weavers Cottage Dunlewey, Glencolumbkille Folk Park
Today, not unlike most other days, is all about the scenery & the Wild Atlantic Way. A day to make good use of the camera no doubt. Our first stop this morning is to the ancient site Grianan of Aileach. Situated atop Greenan Hill with 360 degree views across Lough Swilly, Lough Foyle and the gorgeous countryside of the Inishowen Peninsula it is believed to have been built in the 1st century, on the site of an early Iron Age (c 500 BC) multivallate hillfort.
From here we will make our way to Glenveagh National Park. A hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal. At the centre of the park is the castle which was built in the 19th century as a fishing lodge.
We begin to head south now to our next stop Dunlewey & the weavers cottage. An irish speaking town on the Atlantic Coast known for being a cradle of the culture of Ireland,with old Irish customs, traditional music, theatre, Gaelic games and the Irish language playing a central and pivotal role in the lives of the local people. Here we will get to see a demonstration of Carding, Spinning and Weaving using traditional techniques.
Accomodation: Tara Hotel, Killybegs or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: Drumcliffe Cemetary, Glencar Waterfall, Parkes Castle, Carrowmore
The final resting place of one of Ireland's best known poets can be found at Drumcliffe Cemetary and is our first stop on the tour this morning.Drumcliffe, County Sligo is set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountains.
A leisurley drive to Glencar Waterfall is next up. At 50ft high situated at Glencar Lough it served as an inspiration to William Butler Yeats and features in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’
A hop skip & a jump to our next location & we will arrive at Parkes Castle. In an idyllic setting on the banks of Lough Gill, in County Leitrim, Parke’s Castle is a plantation era castle completed in 1610. The courtyard contains the foundations and features of an earlier defensive structure, while another remnant of a bygone age is a traditional blacksmith forge of 17th Century style.
From here we will make our way to Carrowmore megalithic cemetary. Over 7000 years old, Carrowmore is one of the four major passage tomb complexes in Ireland & is one of the largest (in terms of number of monuments) complexes of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the oldest used passage tombs.
Accomodation: The Loft, Ballina or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: Wesport House, Foxford Woolen Mills, Kylemore Abbey
Today we will be heading into the heart of the beautiful Connemara. Before we get there we will be making a stop in the pretty village of Foxford, here master craftspeople dwell. Explore the history of Foxford Woollen Mills and learn about techniques that have been passed down through generations. Of course there will be time to do a little gift shopping.
Dubbed the most beautiful house in Ireland, our next location is Wesport House. Local hero Grace O'Malley was first to establish a castle here and the current house is built upon the foundations which can still be toured in the dungeons today.
We continue to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, one of Ireland’s best loved and most iconic tourist attractions and home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. There is also an excellent gift shop & restaurant located on the grounds.
Accomodation: Eldons Hotel, Roundstone or similar subject to availability.
Highlights: Ashford Castle, Cong, Clonmacnoise
Famous for its connections with the classic John Ford's 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man, the village of Cong still retains the romanticism of a traditional Irish Village. Spend some leisurely time exploring this quaint town, its historical archaeological remains and perhaps visit The Quiet Man Museum! A short trip to Ashford Castle, a medieval castle that has been expanded over the centuries and turned into a five star luxury hotel nearby will also be worth visiting.
We will begin our journey back to Dublin with a stop off at Clonmacnoise. Founded in 544 the monastery became a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship, and trade by the 9th centurywith scholars visiting from all over the world. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of Early Christian graveslabs.
All our departures are from Dublin City Centre. Our price is based on two people sharing. Our tours are subject to availability at time of booking. Generally our tours run all year round but primarily from March to October.
Please note that our prices are inclusive of all entrance fees to sites listed in Itinerary. Our prices are based on 2 people sharing.
There are no hidden costs or additional fees. If you are travelling alone please contact us regarding a single supplement which could aply to your cost. Where possible we would be happy to pair you with another fellow traveller.
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The maximum number of passengers per tour is 8 persons.
Our tours run throughout the year on demand. While we welcome group bookings we can offer reduced rates for groups where a tour coincides with dates for that of another group. For example, if you are booking as a couple(2) and you wish to go on our North Ireland Tour (7 Days), if there is no other group going on those dates at the time of booking then the price for the tour will be as advertised. But should there be another group requesting similar dates then we can offer the option of a reduced price for the tour to you at that point. So if there is another 4 people requesting the same date we would refund you the difference between the price based on 6 people and that of 2 people. We believe that this would be the fairest option for all. And remember there will never be any more than 8 people on the tour ensuring a more personalised experience.
May 23rd - May 28th
July 19th - July 24th
An essential part of any vacation is where you spend your nights. It is during this time that you get to mix with the locals and get a real feel for the magic of the location where you are staying.
We have carefully planned our routes to provide you with accomodation that is in keeping with the feel of the location where you are staying. From quiet country sea side towns, to castles & locally owned guesthouses and B & B's we provide a variety of locations where you will have ample opportunity to mix with the locals and experience the Irish
Our overnight accomodation allows for stays in lively scenic towns and villages but also we provide accomodation in quieter locations where you can get a true feel for the land and also have a relaxing night away from the hustle and bustle of the town.
Tour of The North (Overnight Stays)
All our accommodations that are provided are either three star of four star local guesthouses, hotels or B & B's. We carefully select choice acommodations that are in the centre of town allowing our travellers to experience what each town has to offer. All our accommodations are in close proximity to restaurants & bars allowing you to relax, wind down and mix with the locals at the end of each day.
In the event that we have to make accomodation amendments based on availability we will aim to provide accomodation of similar quality as close as possible to the location of our intended stay.
Each room has a private bathroom
A Traditional Irish Breakfast is included each morning.
Rooms will have a double bed with private bathroom for those travelling as a couple. For thouse travelling together who are not a couple these rooms will be provided with either 2 double beds or a double bed & a single bed. Every effort will be made to accomodate your needs.
The majority of our hotels have a Restaurant, Restaurant(a la carte),Room Service, Free Wifi & 24 hour front desk.
Travelling Solo ?
Travelling Solo ?
If you are a solo traveller please contact us regarding any additional single supplement fees that could apply to your booking. We will try every effort to pair you with another fellow single traveller so that no single supplement will apply.
If you require any further information please donot hesitate to contact us for specifics regarding your selected tour dates.
Included in the Tour Price
Transportation for the duration of the tour.
6 Full Irish Breakfasts each morning.(Healthy options available if preferred).
Locally guided tours of all sites.
6 nights accommodation.
Entrance fees to all sites listed.
Local Irish Guides
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