Tour of Ireland July 2018

 

Gerry Timlin Tours and Donegal Square Travel
North of Ireland Tour 2018
2nd – 9th July 2018

Day 1 – 02 July 2018: Dublin to Belfast
Pick up at your Dublin Hotel.

Travel to Belfast City. Belfast is an enchanting and welcoming city with something to offer even the most diverse and demanding of visitors. Recently voted “Europe’s Friendliest Regional Capital” it is a compact and charming city of contrasts, inaddition to being an epicentre for political, cultural and historical intrigue.

 

Upon arrival to Belfast continue to Newtownards to visit Echlinville Distillery. Echlinville Distillery became Northern Irelands first licensed distillery in over 125 years distilling its first spirit in 2013. Our Ethos “We will not compromise in our desire to produce the finest whiskey conceivable. We will give it authenticity and provenance. It will tell the story of the land from which it originates, and of those who brought it to life.”
Following your tour return to Belfast City and visit the Titanic Centre, located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. Housed in an iconic, 6-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.

After the tour, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Overnight in your Belfast Hotel.

 

Day 2 – 03 July 2018: Belfast
After breakfast this morning enjoy a city tour of Belfast.
On your panoramic city tour you will take in all that the city has to offer from the University Quarter where architecture & academia combine, to the notorious political murals of East & West Belfast depicting the turbulent events of the ‘Troubles’. Following your tour enjoy some free time and perhaps explore George’s market.

Overnight in your Belfast Hotel.

Day 3 – 04 July 2018: Belfast – Ballycastle
Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel

Travel along the Antrim Coast to visit Glens of Antrim and the towns of Cushendall, Cushendun, Ballycastle and Bushmills.

Visit the Giants Causeway. Volcanic activity 60 million years ago led to the formation of the 38,000 basalt columns that make up the Giant’s Causeway. Hexagonal in shape, the stones stretch far out into sea and some stand as tall as 36ft (12m).

You will then visit the Bushmills Distillery. In 1608 Sir Thomas Phillips was granted a license to distil whiskey by James 1 of England, however, mentions of distilling traditions in the surrounding environs date back to 1276.The brand portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys: Bushmills, Black Bush, Bushmills 10 year Malt, 16 year Malt and 21 year Malt. Bushmills is the only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt whiskey. This is at the heart of all Bushmills whiskeys and creates a unique combination of smoothness and richness.

Continue to Ballycastle to check-in to your hotel.

Overnight and dinner in your Ballycastle hotel. (D&B&B basis)

Day 4 – 05 July 2018: Ballycastle – Donegal
Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Travel to Derry City for a Guided Walking Tour of the Walls of Derry.

Derry City Tours operated by Sharon McCrossan the wife of the late Martin McCrossan who both hail from Derry and from different cultural and religious backgrounds, is able to offer a balanced overview of the social, cultural and religious history, past and present, of this beautiful and ancient country. The River Foyle curves picturesquely around the old walled town of Derry, creating a cosy setting, which jars horribly with the reality of this city’s recent troubled history. The old centre of Derry is the small walled city on the west bank of the river, with the square called the Diamond at its heart. Barbed-wire barriers detract from the magnificence of the city walls, though also giving resonance to their history. From the top there are good views of the Bogside and its defiant murals and the Free Derry monument.

Some free time in Derry before traveling to Glenveagh National Park. Some 16,540 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods with a herd of red deer. A Scottish style castle surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings.

Continue to Donegal

Overnight and dinner in your Donegal hotel. (D&B&B basis)

Day 5 – 06 July 2018: Donegal
Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Visit Slieve League Cultural Centre – Slieve League cliffs are the highest sea cliffs in Europe, sheering out of the Atlantic to a height of 600m. The Slieve League Cultural Centre explores the history and archeology of the area, which is dotted with monuments, ranging from Neolithic tombs to 16th-century ruins. The Centre also has a craft gallery, which showcases jewellery, rustic furniture and the knitwear for which Donegal is famous. A café claims to serve the best coffee in Donegal. Other treats include homemade cakes and bread.

Travel to Leo’s Tavern, renowned for its music being the birth place of world famous musical talents Enya, Clannad and Moya Brennan

Return to Donegal for free time in Donegal Town.

Overnight in your Donegal hotel. (B&B basis)


Day 6 – 07 July 2018: Donegal – Newcastle

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

After breakfast visit Donegal Castle and Gardens, located in the centre of Donegal town. Built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th Century, beside the river Eske, Donegal Castle was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th Century by Sir Basil Brooke, after Hugh O’Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than let it fall into enemy hands. In 1898 the castle was handed over to the Office of Private Works by its owner the Earl of Arran.
you will depart Donegal and return to the East Coast.

Travel inland through Armagh and Omagh, you will visit the Ulster American Folk Park. The Ulster-American Folk Park is an outdoor museum of emigration which tells the story of the millions of people who emigrated from these shores throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Old World and the New World layout of the Park illustrate the various aspects of emigrant life on both sides of the Atlantic. Traditional thatched buildings, American log houses and a full-scale replica emigrant ship help to bring a bygone era back to life.

Overnight in your Newcaslte hotel. (B&B basis)

Day 7 – 08 July 2018: Newcastle – Dublin
Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Travel south to Loughcrew Estate and Gardens and the Megolithic sites. Just a short distance from the estate home are the 5000 year old passage tombs.

Then on to Dublin, a place where tradition and cultural heritage have merged seamlessly over the centuries to create a unique atmosphere. Enjoy some free time.

Overnight and Farewell dinner at your Dublin hotel. (D&B&B basis).

Day 8 – 9th July 2018 – Transfer to Dublin Airport
After a hearty breakfast this morning a private coach will transfer you to Dublin airport for your return flight. Return home with many wonderful memories of the Emerald Isle that will last a lifetime.

Slan Abhaile (Safe Home)