The Causeway Coast of Ireland
Enjoy the beautiful sights of The Causeway Coast
Arrive at Dublin airport, or perhaps you’ve already spent a couple of days in the capital city of Ireland, either way your itinerary begins here as you head north. Consider a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Newgrange. This amazing setting features artifacts from life on the island of Ireland from over 5000 years ago – older than Stonehenge or The Pyramids.
Your route takes you through Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and a fascinating city, full of history. Perhaps a stop to take in the Titanic Experience and learn the history and legend of the doomed ocean liner. Arrive this afternoon in Ballymena and the Galgorm Resort and Spa, time permitting you may want to pre-book a treatment, and at the very least take a dip in their outdoor hot-tub to shake of the jet-lag. Overnight:Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena
A short drive this morning leads you to the Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most spectacular scenic drives. Make time for a jaunt across the Carrik a Read road bridge or any of the areas National Trust locations – they’re amazing and we can suggest the best stops for your interests. No trip to this part of the world is complete without a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Giants Causeway and it’s iconic geological formations – and if you arrive on a clear day, you may catch a glimpse of Scotland in the distance.
Continue your journey towards the west and arrive at the Beach Hill Country House just outside of the wonderful city of Derry. Be sure to pop in to see the small museum honoring the US Marines that were stationed here during World War 2. Overnight: Beach Hill Country House, Derry
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Allow time to explore the City Walls, the most complete example of a walled city in all of Europe and the basis of a fascinating history. We suggest you take a walking tour with Derry City Tours, a top partner of Isle Inn Tours and perhaps the best guides in this corner of the world, they’re sure to bring the city to life. Stop by for a “nano brew” at the newly opened Walled City Brewery for a pint and lucnh after crossing the Peace Bridge. And no tour to Derry is complete without a stop in the Museum of Free Derry. Overnight:Mill Park, Donegal
As you reach the midway point of your trip, you return to the Republic of Ireland and The Wild Atlantic Way. Explore the rugged landscape of northwest Ireland where the pace of life is slow and much like it has been for generations. Slow the pace a bit and take in the scenery, stop into one of the many shops selling the famous woolen goods or make your way to the Slieve League Cliffs, the highest in Europe and rival to the more famous Cliffs of Moher further south – we assure a much smaller crowd awaits you along with an equally amazing view. Overnight: Mill Park, Donegal
The itinerary continues into beautiful County Mayo today, along the way we suggest a stop at the acclaimed Belleek Pottery where visitors are welcomed into the factory to observe the fine art of hand made pottery. And perhaps a visit to the Ulster American Folk park where visitors from The United States particularly experience how the very early Irish immigrants lived and learn the story of how the earliest Irish settled in America. Overnight:Mount Falcon Estate, Ballina
Today the itinerary departs from the amazing west of Ireland to return to the cosmopolitan capital city of Dublin. It’s only about a 3 hour drive across the entire country, so you may elect to linger around the hotel or get an early start to see sights along the way or to arrive in Dublin in time for an amazing dinner and a final evening of traditional music. Overnight: Brooks Hotel, Dublin
Departure day today, and if you are flying back to the US from Dublin, you will enjoy the fact that all of the US Boarder, Customs, and Immigration formalities are taken care of before you board your flight, meaning you arrive in the US as a “domestic” passenger enabling a quick connection to your final destination or an even quicker exit from the airport.
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