Tour of The North (5 Days / 4 Nights)

Visiting more than 30 sites over 5 full days touring our 5 day Tour of The North is packed full of the most famous sites & scenic drives. 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. Our small groups of maximum 12 people per tour and with our guaranteed departures there is no better time to come explore the Emerald Isle with us.

Highlights

Galway, Connemara, Cong, Lough Corrib Cruise, Ashford Castle, Inchagoill Island, Roundstone, Gurteen Bay, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour Cruise, Westport House, Ballina, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary, Parkes Castle, Glencar Waterfall, Drumcliff Cemetery(W.B Yeats), Mullaghmore, Glencolumkille, Gweedore, Dunlewey, Slieve League, Maghera Falls, Glengesh Pass, Dungloe, Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle, Grianan of Aileach(Iron Age Fort), Giants Causeway, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, The Dark Hedges, Carnlough, Castleward Mansion, Down Catherdral, Monasterboice & Much More !!!

Package Includes

4 nights accommodation.

Traditional Full Irish Breakfast each morning

Free time to discover local Restaurants for lunch & dinner options

5 full days touring with local Irish driver guide

Inclusive of all site entrance fees

No hidden costs or excursion fees

Guaranteed Departures

Overnight Stays

Roundstone, Sligo, Ardara, Antrim


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"We travel the backroads & visit sites not accessible to larger tour operators"



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Pricing

The prices for our tour are listed below. The prices are based on the itinerary as shown. Alternatively we can provide you with a price for an itinerary of your choice. We cater for all types of private tours and would be happy to provide you with our extensive knoweledge to assist in providing you with the most economical and enjoyable way of seeing Ireland.


"Local Irish driver guide with extensive knowledge of Ireland's history & traditions"


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. Perhaps you would just prefer to relax and unwind after your flight and get a good night's sleep for soon your Irish trip of a lifetime begins.

Highlights: Galway, 14th c. Castle, 15th C. Cathedral, Cong Abbey 5th C., Ashford Castle, Lough Corrib Cruise, Inchagoill Island, Connemara, Roundstone

We leave Dublin & head west to the city of tribes, Galway. Spend some time strolling around the narrow streets, visit the shops and take in the atmosphere of this great city. We then will head north from the City to a 14th Century Castle & a 15th Century Cathedral located on the banks of Lough Corrib before arriving in Cong in Connemara.

The filming location for John Ford's 1952 Oscar-winning film, The Quiet Man the village 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!

Onto Ashford Castle. There we will spend some time on the grounds to marvel at the beauty of the location before catching a ferry to Inchagoill Island where we will find St Patricks Monastic Site dating back to the 5th century & home to the 'Stone of Lugna' marking the final resting place of St. Patricks navigator. On the way you will enjoy scenic views of the Connemara mountains & some of Lough Corrib's 365 islands.

After arriving back on dry land we will make our way across the beautiful connemara landscape to the quaint coastal town of Roundstone, a village founded in the 1820's which retains all the charm and characteristics of an Irish Harbour Town where we will spend the night.

Highlights: Roundstone, Wild Atlantic Way, Gurteen Bay, Dog's Bay, Clifden, Megalithic Tomb Cleggan, Letterdeen Standing Stone, Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour Cruise & Fjord, Westport House, Ballina

After a traditional irish breakfast we continue our way north & westward to catch up with the Wild Atlantic Way to visit the pristine beaches of Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay which make up one of the finest stretches of coastline in Connemara with uncompromising views of Errisbeg and the surrounding countryside. The area has international importance for its rare and interesting ecological, geological and archaeological features.

From there we make our way through the village of Clifden and onto the fishing village of Cleggan which is located on the northern side of the Aughrus Peninsula, at the head of Cleggan Bay. Here we will find the remains of a Megalithic Court Tomb and a standing stone which pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids and has one of the most impressive views of any megaliths in the country.

We continue our way through the amazing Connemara landscapes through the village of Letterfrack and onto Kylemore Abbey. Here you will have some time to explore the grounds and buildings and have some lunch at Mitchell’s café and the tea house which offers home-cooked food made from recipes perfected by the Benedictine nuns and using fresh vegetables and herbs from the walled garden.

From there we make our way to Killary Harbour where we will find Ireland's only fjord. Here we will enjoy a cruise to view the fjord where you can relax on board and have a coffee or a meal while enjoying the beautiful surrounds.

Once back on dry land we make our way north and east to Westport House, formely the ancestral seat of the Marquesses of Sligo up until July 2014, it was built by the Browne family in the 18th Century, near the site of O'Malley castle

From there we continue north to the town of Sligo. A coastal sea port for thousands of years the town is surrounded by an abundance of ancient sites close by and even within the town. We will overnight in this lively town.

Highlights:Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary, Sligo Town, Parke's Castle, Glencara Waterfall, Drumcliff Cemetary, Ben Bulben, Wild Atlantic Way, Mullaghmore, Killybegs, Glencolumcille, Slieve League, Maghera Falls, Silver Strand Beach, Glengesh Pass, Ardara

The megaliths of Carrowmore, located a few kilometers south-west of Sligo town are one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. In this region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of megalithic culture to be found anywhere in Western Europe. Our first stop of the day.

A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, Parke's Castle is picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gil. Home of the Irish chieftain Brian O’Rourke, who in 1588 was charged with high treason & hanged after sheltering Francesco de Cuellar, one of the few survivors of the Armada ships wrecked off the Sligo coast.

After stopping off at the picturesque Glencar Waterfall we arrive at the burial place of the great poet William Butler Yeats. In the shadow of Ben Bulben the cemetery at St Columba's Church in Drumcliff is the final resting place of which he often wrote about.

From there we make our way to the wild coast and a stop at Mullaghmore. A village on the Mullaghmore peninsula it is characterised by ocean views and a skyline dominated by the monolithic shape of Ben Bulben mountain.

The its onto the coastal fishing village of Killybegs. The town is situated at the head of a scenic harbour and at the base of a vast mountainous tract which extends northward.

The historic town of Glencolumbcille is our next stop. Home to an array of megalithic monuments we will take some time here to explore this area and the beautiful coastal scenery taking in the highest cliffs in Ireland known as Slieve League and the beautiful Silver Strand Beach at Malin Beg.

Then onto our final stop of the day Ardara in County Donegal.

Highlights:Dungloe, Gweedore, Dunlewey, Glenveagh National Park, Grianan of Aileach, Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge, The Dark Hedges, Carnlough

We spend the morning travelling through the beautiful Donegal landscapes, heading north through Glengesh Pass towards Dungloe and then onto Glenveagh Castle which is located in the stunning Glenveagh National Park. The castle was built in 1873 and is a scottish baronial style mansion house and has a backdrop of some beautiful mountains, lakes, glens and woods complete with red deer that make up the park.

Next we make our way to the commanding Iron Age Fort known as Grianan of Aileach. An ancient Royal Site of Ireland it has commanding views over Lough Swilly, Lough Foyle and the Inishowen Peninsula. The stone fort is believed to have been the site of an early Iron Age (c 500 BC) multivallate hillfort.

From there we will make our way to Dunluce Castle before arriving at the infamous geological marvel of the Giants Causeway.

After stopping off a Carrick a Rede and a stroll across the rope bridge at sunset we make our way to the dark hedges. A place made famous by the tv series 'Game of Thrones' immerse yourself in this special place imagining times when the whole country was covered in such magical beauty.

We amke our way across to the coast once again passing through the town of Carnlough before making our journey south towards the town of Antrim where we will stay for the night.

Highlights:Castleward Mansion, Down Cathedral, Ballynoe Stone Circle,Dundrum Castle 13th c, Ballymacdermot Court Cairn,Killevy Churches, Monasterboice

Our final day of our amazing tour takes us south towards the beautiful town of Strangford and the 18th Century mansion house of Castleward overlooking Strangford Lough. Castle Ward has been the home of the Ward family since 1570.

From there we will continue to Down Cathedral noted as being the final resting place of Ireland's patron Saint Patrick. The cathedral incorporates parts of the 13th-century church of the Benedictine Abbey of Down (Black Monks.

Continuing south we visit an ancient Stone Circle, a 13th Century Castle, a Court Cairn and Killevy Churches on our way to Ireland's best known High Cross, 'Muirdeach's Cross located in Monasterboice. Founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buithe who died around 521 it was an important centre of religion and learning until the founding of nearby Mellifont Abbey in 1142.

Finally it’s back to lively Dublin and perhaps your last night in the Ireland. Savour the moments of the tour over dinner at any of Dublin's fine restaurants and talk about your next adventures in the Emerald Isle.



And remember all of our tours have Guaranteed Departures meaning the tour will run even if there are only 2 people on the tour.

Dates

All our departures are from Dublin City Centre. Our price guides are 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.

We specialise in custom private tours. We cater for groups up to 12 people. The larger your group the lower your price. Below is a price guide based on number of people travelling. For group sizes greater than 12 people please contact us for more information and pricing.

All our tours have GUARANTEED DEPARTURES. Our tour departures are not determined by the number of people on the tour.


Prices

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.

If you wish to create your own itinerary, we can take the work out of it for you and provide you with the best prices & itineraries based on our extensive knowledge of Ireland.


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Group Size

The maximum number of passengers per tour is 12 persons. The tour has GUARANTEED departures meaning the tour will run even if there are only 2 people on the tour.

If you have a group of 2 or more and would like to avail of significant savings please see our Private Group Tours


Overnight Accomodation

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.

Some of our stops along the Tour of the North includes for stays at the following acommodations. Each being carefully selected to stay in locations that will enhance and provide you with a Truly authentic Irish Experience. An example of some of the hotels that we stay at include

In the unlikely event that we have to make accomodation amendments based on availability we will aim to provide accomodation of similar or better quality in locations as close as possible to the location of our intended stay.

Overnights Include

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 ?

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.

Further Infortmation

If you require any further information please donot hesitate to contact us for specifics regarding your selected tour dates.

Included in the Tour Price


Full time Irish Driver Guide for the duration of the tour.

4 Full Irish Breakfasts each morning.(Healthy options available if preferred).

5 full days transport for touring.

4 nights accommodation.

Entrance fees to all sites listed.

Entrance Fees Included


Lough Corrib Cruise (Inchagoill Island)

Kylemore Abbey

Ashford Castle(Grounds)

Killary Harbour Cruise

Westport House

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetary

Parkes Castle

Drumcliffe Cemetary

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh Castle

Grianan of Aileach

Giants Causeway

Dunluce Castle

The Dark Hedges

Castleward Mansion

Down Cathedral


Optional Extras

If there are any sites that you wish to see that are not on the list we can substitute it for the destination of your choice. Please feel free to talk to us about the specifics of your tour.

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