Unique Experience Intrepid | Northern & Southern Ireland

Keep an eye out for elves and fairies as you journey over the lucky lands of Ireland. Take an eight-day highlights journey through north and south of the border, past green pastures, stunning lakes, and striking cliff faces. Visit medieval castles and ancient sites filled with folklore and whimsy. Take in the views of Ireland's rugged coastline, including the famous Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher and the Giant's Causeway. Hitting the cities of Belfast and Dublin, don't forget to enjoy a pint of Guinness and some live music in one of the many pubs – it’d be rude not to.

Theme

Explorer

  • Highlights

    • Explore the rugged coastline of the Aran Islands, with time to explore ruins and remains from the Bronze and Iron Age.
    • Revel in Dublin's energetic nightlife – it’ll feel like there’s a pub on nearly every corner, and its creative neighbourhoods are teeming with hip bars and eateries.
    • Scramble about the clustered pillars of Giant's Causeway and decide for yourself if it’s a natural phenomenon, or the work of giants.
    • Stroll through Belfast's city centre and learn about recent historical events, one most notably being their Titanic monument.
    • Walk through the unspoilt natural wonders of the Rings of Kerry and see shepherds in action with a sheep farm visit and herding demonstration for your small group.
  • What's Included

    Meals

    7 Breakfasts

    Transport

    Train , Public bus , Private vehicle , Ferry

    Accommodation

    Hotel (5 nights), Hostel (2 nights)

    Included Activities

    • Aran Islands Guided Day Trip
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • Giant's Causeway Day Trip
    • Ring of Kerry Day Trip
    • Sheep Dog Trials (seasonal)
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  • Itinerary

    Day - 1

    Location: Belfast - Welcome to Belfast and the Emerald Isle! Your Irish adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. As we don't spend much time in Belfast as part of the trip, we recommend you arrive a few days early to make the most of it. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you do happen to arrive early, spend some time wandering the streets of the bohemian Cathedral Quarter, or perhaps visit the leafy suburbs of South Belfast or the stately City Hall in Donegal Square. Make sure you also visit the revitalised waterfront area where you will find the Titanic Belfast monument on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the legendary RMS Titanic was built. The monument tells the story of the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912.

     

    Day - 2

    Location: Giant's Causeway / Belfast - Take a private transfer to the iconic natural wonder known as The Giant's Causeway (approximately 2.5 hours), travelling along the scenic and rugged wild coast north of Belfast. Giant's Causeway is home to roughly 40,000 basalt columns. The landmark has inspired artists and storytellers for centuries. Depending on the school of thought you wish to believe, they are either the result of an ancient volcanic eruption or the impressions of a giant's footstep! Upon return to Belfast in the evening perhaps visit the areas that are synonymous with the Troubles, such as Shankill Road, the unionist Protestant area, the nationalist and Catholic area, as well as the "Peace Wall". Explore the local neighbourhoods to get more of a feel of this regenerated city.

     

    Day - 3

    Location: Galway - This morning, travel by public bus to the harbour city of Galway – capital of the county of the same name. You will be crossing the border from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, so you may need to switch your Pounds for some Euros at this point. While you're in Galway, perhaps visit the impressive Galway Cathedral. Its full name, the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, is far more elaborate than the simplicity of its building.

     

    Day - 4

    Location: Aran Islands / Galway - Enjoy a day trip by ferry to the Aran islands, which have been crafted by centuries of blowing winds and smashing waves. The islands are one of the few places where the Irish language is still spoken on an everyday basis. You’ll travel by minibus and on foot to explore the native flora and fauna, with visits to the ruins of a church and a lighthouse. There are also some remains from Bronze and Iron Age fortresses to be found. If you're lucky you may even spot a seal lounging on the rocky shore! Return to Galway for a free evening and time for more exploration. The best way to take in the spirit of this city is by attending a live performance in one of the many pubs, accompanied by a pint of Guinness, of course.

     

    Day - 5

    Location: Cliffs of Moher / Adare / Killarney - The magnificent Cliffs of Moher will leave you in awe with their striking look over the Irish coastline. The daring can walk to the edge and watch puffins nesting along the cliff face (from April to late July). Learn about the history of the famous site and its feathered inhabitants at the Cliffs Exhibition. Next stop is the quaint village of Adare. Arrival into Killarney is in the late afternoon. You'll learn quickly that pubs are the heartbeat of Ireland, whether you're interested in guzzling beer or simply getting to know more about Irish culture, pubs are definitely an important part of any Irish adventure – the place for infectiously cheerful music, tall tales and making friends over a pint or two. The Irish take their beer seriously, so this is a great chance to taste a variety of rich 'real ales'. Get to know classic pub fare such as Irish stew, chowders and fish and chips, while also sampling less familiar dishes such as coddle, boxty and champ.

     

    Day - 6

    Location: Ring of Kerry / Killarney - Prepare for picturesque rolling green hills and breathe in the salty coastal air as you travel along the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry, a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland. You'll pass through bucolic villages and enjoy views across some of Ireland's greatest beaches, beautiful lakes and rivers as well as some dramatic coastal scenery. Travelling by private vehicle will allow you to stop frequently at any of the numerous outlooks along the way for photos. You’ll visit a sheep farm and will see a demonstration of sheep herding – with skilled border collie dogs at work rounding up the sheep, and following commands from the shepherd, they’re no doubt full of practise. Arrive back into Killarney in the early afternoon. If there is enough time perhaps head out to Ross Castle, picturesquely sitting on the shores of Lough Leane.

     

    Day - 7

    Location: Dublin - Travel by train to Dublin: the proud capital of the Republic of Ireland. Spend the afternoon exploring the cobbled streets of this humming city or drop into the pub for a pint and a yarn. Dublin has much to offer, so make sure you go out and maximise your time here. In the evening perhaps get your group together and cosy up at a local pub or head into town to find a cool restaurant or bar in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, also known as the city’s “hipster triangle”.

     

    Day - 8

    Location: Dublin - There are no activities planned for the final day and you can depart at any time. You might want to return to Belfast by train or further explore Dublin and surrounding area. Your leader can be of assistance in organising train tickets back to Belfast. If you’d like, additional accommodation can be booked in both locations (subject to availability).

     

    Northern & Southern Ireland
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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