Tour Overview

This Ireland self drive tour can be accessed through Dublin Airport, is a 7 night tour based on Ireland's best kept secret, our very own Northern Territories.

The tour commences with 2 nights in Belfast City, with time to wonder in awe at a history that has seen the city dragged through more than 30 years of conflict to become one of the safest and friendliest cities in Europe. Take one of the cities famed Black Cab Tours and let your experienced, impartial and friendly driver acquaint you with the history & culture of Belfast.

Tours include The Titanic and Cathedral Quarter, the Shankhill Road & the Falls Road and other areas of the city including visiting some of the famous murals that represent both sides of the community. From here you travel north, spending a night on the Antrim Coast, home to one of the great natural wonders of the world, ‘The Giant's Causeway’.

The next 3 nights will be spent in Derry and Donegal. After soaking in the turbulent history of the city of Derry, you will travel to County Donegal, which, as the locals are fond of saying, is quite simply "different" from anywhere else in Ireland. Not an idle boast when one considers the unspoilt nature of its silent valleys, empty beaches and the craggy cliffs of a county that remains steeped in its tradition of Gaelic Music, Dance and Folklore.

The final full day of the tour brings you back to Dublin, Ireland's vibrant and historic capital city. There is so much to see and do in Dublin that you may wish to spend an extra night or two before returning home. If you did not manage to visit the ancient megalithic tombs of Newgrange on route to Belfast, an early start will perhaps allow you to stop at what is Ireland’s most visited historical attraction.

What's included

  • Accommodation in rooms with Private Bathroom Facilities 
  • Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning
  • Rental Car or Chauffeur Driven Car
  • 24/7 Local Telephone Support During Your Trip
  • Our Renowned Customized Sightseeing Guide
  • Unlimited Services of Experienced Ireland Based Travel Planner
  • Map of Ireland

Tour highlights

  • Belfast
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Dublin
  • Dublin Castle
  • Giants Causeway
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells
  • Aras an Uachtarain
  • Glens of Antrim
  • Glenveagh National Park & Castle
  • Glencolumbcille Folk Village
  • Inishowen 100
  • Malin Head
  • Slieve League
  • Walls of Derry

Overnights for this tour

  • Belfast City for 2 Nights
  • County Antrim for 1 Night
  • Derry City for 2 Nights
  • County Donegal for 1 Night
  • Dublin for 1 Night

Accomodation options

  • Superior & First Class Hotels
  • 4-Star Country Manor Houses
  • 4 & 5 Star Irish Castles
  • Handpicked B&B's with private facilities
  • Any Combination of the above

Day 1 - Dublin to Belfast

While Belfast in a fascinating city, as you travel in that direction from Dublin, you will be passing through some of the most history laden areas of Ireland. Amongst the sightseeing opportunities today will be the megalithic tombs at Newgrange, the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle. One of the great wonders of the ancient world, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt. Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East. Not far from here is Trim Castle. The castle, on the shores of the Boyne, has an area of 30,000 m². It is the remains of the largest Norman castle in Europe, and Ireland's largest castle. Just north of here lies The Hill of Tara. Located near the River Boyne, this ancient contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland. On to Belfast. The world's largest dry dock is here, testament to the building of the Titanic here. Take one of the cities famed Black Cab Tours and let your experienced, impartial and friendly driver acquaint you with the history & culture of Belfast. Tours include The Titanic and Cathedral Quarter and other areas of the city including visiting some of the famous murals that represent both sides of the political divide.

Day 2 - Belfast Sightseeing & Further Afield

Continue your sightseeing of Belfast today taking in visits to those major attractions that you did not have the time for the previous day including the Titanic Quarter where you can take one of the excellent local tours or the Black cab Tours. Other major areas of interest in Belfast include St Anne's Cathedral, City Hall, The Belfast Wheel and of course in the evening, pay a visit to the Crowne Liquor Saloon. It's amazing how many visitors from abroad don't realise that the Titanic was actually built in Belfast! Because she bore the name of the port of Liverpool on her stern people assume that this was where she was built. In fact Liverpool was simply the home port of the White Star Line fleet of which Titanic was the ultimate flagship. Titanic was conceived, designed, built and launched in Belfast and... as the locals fondly say "She was alright when she left here!!!"

Day 3 - Belfast to Antrim Coast

From Belfast, head north to the beautiful Glens of Antrim dotted with quaint villages. From here, make sure to walk the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge spans a gaping chasm between the coast and a small island used by fishermen. The terrifying eighty foot drop can be crossed via the swinging bridge - not for the faint hearted!  From here travel to the Giant’s Causeway. At one time considered to be one of the wonders of the world, the fact that the Causeway was formed 70,000,000 years ago by massive volcanic activity is contradicted only by local legend. Clearly this was giants' work and, more particularly, the work of the giant Finn McCool, the Ulster warrior and commander of the King of Ireland's armies. After the Causeway, travel to the nearby Dunluce Castle. This spectacular castle was shaped when the sea cut deep into the land, exploiting cracks in either side of the rock. The early Christians and the Vikings were drawn to this romantic place and an early Irish fort once stood here. Heading south from the Giant’s Causeway, make sure to take a stop at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

Day 4 - Antrim Coast to Derry / Londonderry

While the direct route will take just over an hour although you may wish to take a side trip to the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh, County Tyrone, an open-air. The museum tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. In arrival to Derry / Londonderry a guided walking tour with one of the well-informed and good-humoured tour guides is a must - the city's history is so complex and its present is so dynamic that it takes a local expert to explain it all entertainingly. The Walls of Derry are among the best preserved city fortifications in the Western World. They rise to a height of 26ft (8m) and in places are 30ft (9m) wide. Completed in 1618 to defend the Plantation City, the walls have never been breached in three major sieges - even during the 105 day siege of 1689 when 7,000 of the 30,000 population died of starvation.

Day 5 - Derry / Londonderry Sightseeing & Further Afield

There are a number of possible day trips starting from Derry, chief among these being a trip to Ireland’s northernmost point, Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula. The ancient territory of the Inishowen Peninsula is the most northerly part of Ireland. Monuments of an earlier age seem to grow from the landscape as castles, towers and ancient churches shimmer in the sunshine. Your tour begins at Grianan an Aileach, the ancient Temple of the Sun that was Christianized by St. Patrick. Founded by the Druids, this ring fort dates back to some 2,000 years B.C. The panoramic view from the walls of this ancient palace is truly magnificent; seven counties can be seen on a clear day. Onwards north to Buncrana and the Tullyarvan Mill - a tastefully restored corn mill dating from the 19th century, today developed as a local craft centre and tourist amenity.Travel from Buncrana to Dunree Head and Fort Dunree, constructed in 1798 by the English as a defensive measure against Napoleonic invasion.

Day 6 - Derry to Donegal

Deep in the heart of County Donegal is Glenveagh National Park and is considered by many to be Ireland's finest national park. At the core of the park is the Glenveagh Estate, originally the home of the notorious landlord John George Adair, much despised for his eviction of Irish tenant farmers in the 1860s. In the south of the county, you will find the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs. At over 1,000 feet, the cliffs are the highest marine cliffs in Europe. Next stop along this route is the Gaelic speaking village of Glencolumbcille where you can take the opportunity to relive local rural life as experienced in 18th, 19th and 20th century Ireland. Other major touring attractions in Donegal include the Railway Heritage Centre, Donegal castle and Donegal Craft Village in Donegal town.

Day 7 - Donegal to Dublin

Today you will be travelling back to Dublin. With an early start to the day, you may wish to visit one of Ireland’s most visited ancient sites, the Megalithic Tombs at Newgrange, just north of Dublin if you have not already visited already on your tour.  The quandary that you will be faced with when you reach Dublin is, not what you should see but that you should leave out. Knee-deep in history and with its own unique sense of humour and wit, Dublin is an invigorating city. Take the opportunity to visit some of Ireland’s most history laden locations, including Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, The National History Museum and not forgetting The Guinness Brewery, Jameson or Teeling Whiskey Distillery, St. Patrick’s Cathedral & why not finish up the day in Dublin’s Temple Bar section and enjoy the wonderful pubs and music it is famous for.

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Tour Prices

Below, you will find a price for this self drive tour including your car rental. Pricing for other accommodation and transport options is also available upon request. Please also note that all of our driving tours itineraries and sightseeing guides are available to those wishing to avail of one of our experienced driver guides.

ACCOMMODATION WITH CAR RENTAL PRICING

Accomodation Type B&B's 3* Hotels 4*Hotels & Manor Houses Combination
Jan-Mar & Nov-Dec €588 €699 €1,032 €669
April & October €602 €768 €1,079 €713
May-June €670 €902 €1,230 €849
July -September €749 €981 €1,309 €927

Notes

  • Please note prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included.
  • The Combination package includes 3 Nights in 3*** Hotels, 2 nights in Luxury Manor House Hotels & 2 Nights in our hand-picked B&B's.
  • Children Sharing with 2 adults (aged 2-11) pay 40% of the Adult option.
  • Children under the age of 2 are free when sharing with 2 Adults.
  • Your Accommodation & Car Rental Package rate includes an Economy class car eg., Opel Corsa or Fiat Punto.
  • Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind break down cover.

Private Chauffeur Option Available For This Tour

  • Enjoy the services of an experienced and friendly driver guide
  • Luxury vehicles so you get to travel in style and comfort
  • Take the stress out of driving on unfamiliar and sometime narrow roads
  • With our knowledgeable drivers you see more in less time
  • You get to see the scenery instead of worrying about crashing into it!
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