Northern Ireland Self-Drive Tour
Northern Ireland Self-Drive Tour
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, car hire and transfers, optional attractions and guided tours, Info Pack, maps, taxes, fees and financial protection.
Length of Trip
8 days, 7 nights
Exclusions: Some transfers (hotels are all within an easy walking distance of station), meals other than breakfast, optional activities unless stated, Flights, Tips, Visa's
Dates: Throughout 2012/13
Start/End: Belfast

BelfastDay 1-2 Belfast

Arrive in Belfast at any time and explore the city’s sights and sounds. In Belfast there are a host of great attractions and you may use this time to visit as many of these as you choose. They include: Titanic Experience, Lagan Boat Cruise, Black Cab Political Taxi Tour, Guided Bicycle Tour of Belfast, Belfast Bus Tours, Cathedral Quarter: Including the magnificent St Anne’s cathedral, art college, newspaper offices and colourful pubs, this area has long been rich in historical, political and artistic character.
Accommodation: 3* Ibis Belfast, Holiday Inn Express or Days Inn, 4*Europa Hotel

DownDay 3: County Down

Pick up your hire car and then drive to Downpatrick, visit the Down cathedral and St Patrick’s grave, hear the story of Ireland’s patron saint at St Patrick’s centre. The Down County Museum - a Georgian county gaol, has an impressive collection of early Christian artefacts. From here continue along the beautiful County Down coast to Newcastle.
Accommodation: 3*hotel or B&B or the 4* Slieve Donard Resort and Spa.

MourneDay 4: Mourne Mountains & Armagh

Head into the spectacular Mourne Mountains region, one of the author C.S. Lewis’ favourite places and reportedly where he based Narnia upon. From here you can either enjoy the Ring of Guillion or continue north-west to Newry to visit Bagenal’s castle. Continue on to Armagh City where you can visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Armagh county museum or even the Armagh astronomy centre and planetarium for something a bit different.
Accommodation in Armagh: 3* accommodation at Armagh City hotel or similar.

SperrinsDay 5: The Sperins / Derry

Today head into the Sperrins region where you can visit the Bronze age site of Beaghmore Stones or the Gortin Glen Forest Park with nature trails at the gateway to the Sperin Mountains and Gortin Lakes. You can also visit the Ulster American Folk Park – where you can immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. In the evening you will arrive in the city of Londonderry (Derry).
Accommodation: 3* Best Western White Horse Hotel or 4* Everglades Hotel.

DerryDay 6: Derry/Londonderry

Today you will have the full day to explore the historic city of Derry.
Options which we can arrange for you include:
Private guided tour of the city with Blue badge tour guide, Legendary Road Train tour of the city, St Columb’s 17th Century Cathedral located within the walls., Tower Museum visit, Visit the Museum of Free Derry, Take a boat cruise on the River Foyle Evening : explore the city’s night life or relax in one of the cities many smaller bars.

DunluceDay 7: Causeway Coast

Today you’ll drive the Causeway Coastal Route. Visit Duncluce Castle – a medieval 17th century castle perched on rocky cliffs looking out to sea or the Old Bushmills whisky distillery. Visit the world famous Giants Causeway then stop off at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, where you can traverse a 30m deep and 20m wide chasm for a truly cliff top experience! If time to spare visit Glenariff Forest Park for a wonderful relaxing walk through the woody glades, as you see tumbling waterfalls and small lakes.
Accommodation: 3* Ballygally Castle Hotel, overlooking the golden sands of Ballygally Bay.

Day 8: Return to Belfast

On your way back to Belfast, visit the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle, one of the best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland.

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