Set your sights on this tour of North of Ireland and the province of Ulster, with its stunning landscape and turbulent history and the vibrant cities of Derry and Belfast. From the ancient past to the Troubles of recent times, there’s the unforgettable scenery of Inis Mór, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and the Antrim Coast as well as a visit to the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’ Game of Thrones. This is a part of the Emerald Isle that once experienced is never forgotten.
We leave Dublin at 8.30am and head north, cross the border into Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Take time to see the city and visit Belfast’s Titanic Experience to learn about the iconic, yet doomed ship or take the famous Black Cab Tour with a local cabbie at the wheel. You will get to the Loyalist and Republican heartlands, with their famous political murals and will hear all about the recent Troubles of the city.
We continue onward to 'The Dark Hedges', an avenue of beech trees that starred as the Kingsroad in Game of Thrones. Then on to the rural village of Ballintoy where we stay overnight. You have the chance to visit the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge where you can sway Indiana Jones' style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean, before enjoying a stunning sunset over Ballintoy harbour that was also seen in Game of Thrones as Lordsport on the Isle of Pyke.
What a way to start the day, the Giant's Causeway! Follow in the footsteps of giants at the eighth natural wonder of the world, with its thousands of hexagonal columns. Created by a giant or geology, you decide! This place has inspired artists and stirred scientific debates for centuries and is one of the most Instagrammed places in Ireland!
After hearing the tales of the giant Finn MacCool, we travel further along the beautiful Irish coast to Derry, our home for the night. This medieval city will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled history, both past and present, on an optional award-winning walking tour led by a local guide. (B)
Today we cross the border back to the Republic of Ireland. Visit the final resting place of our world famous poet and Nobel Prize winner W.B. Yeats before travelling for lunch in the colourful town of Westport, on the edge of an Atlantic inlet. The earliest settled habitation in this charming town dates back a mind-boggling 5000 years!
In the afternoon we travel through the wild and rugged Connemara National Park, home to a herd of cute Connemara ponies! You will see the majestic mountains in the north and bogs and lakes in the south that have inspired Irish musicians for centuries. We’ll spend the night in Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland. The City of Tribes is known for its lively atmosphere and buskers, and you are always guaranteed to have a great craic in the local pubs. (B)
Travel back in time when we take a ferry across the Atlantic Ocean and spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The locals are fluent in Irish Gaelic and super friendly, so if you feel like brushing up your Gaelic skills, get chatting with them and get some serious insight into a rural island way of life.
You can rent a bike or hire a horse and cart and explore the island’s magnificent landscape. There are a staggering 3,000 miles of stone walls on Inis Mór, you have never seen anything like that! And don’t miss the awe-inspiring Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000-year-old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff. After a fen-feckin-tastic day, it’s time to head back to the mainland for a pint of Guinness or two in one of Galway’s many buzzing pubs. (B)
We explore the weird and magical world of the Burren, Ireland’s limestone 'lunar landscape', home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns where your Guide will tell you stories about the magical side of Ireland. After getting our fill of folklore, we make our way to the epic Cliffs of Moher.
The famous cliffs rise hundreds of meters over the wild Atlantic Ocean, with amazing views that you might have seen on the big screen in movies like Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride. Breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the views before we cross the peat bogs of Central Ireland and head back to the Fair City of Dublin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. (B)
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Trip Name: Giant's Rocker (Dorm)
Duration: 5 Days
From Price: £349
Supplier Tour ID: ST7/159544
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