Ireland North Escorted Drive Tour

We will visit the best parts of Northern Ireland: the Giant’s Causeway, the Glens of Antrim, the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, Rathlin Island, waterfalls in Antrim, not forgetting a visit to Bushmills – the world’s oldest legal whiskey distillery.

Prices: US$ 3299
EU€ 2799
Duration: 7 days

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Itinerary Information

Ireland North Escorted Drive Tour 2019
Start Any Day
Minimum Participants 4
Depart Dublin Airport 12noon

Return Dublin Airport 3pm

Duration: 7 days

Tour Map: Women On Northern Shores

Map: Women on Northern Shores

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Tour Highlights

  • Hiking Northern Ireland
  • 2 days walking in the Glens of Antrim
  • Waterfalls in the Glens
  • Walking at the Giant's Causeway
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • 2 nights on Rathlin Island
  • Birdwatching at the West Lighthouse
  • A visit to Bushmills Whiskey Distillery
  • Crossing the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge
  • Traditional music in the pubs

Included In Tour

  • Dublin Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 6 nights 3-4 star accommodation (en suite)
  • All land transport
  • Return ferry to Rathlin Island
  • 6 guided walks
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides
  • Evening transportation to pubs / music
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 packed lunches
  • 4 evening meals

Antrim CoastDAY 1

The first part of our journey will take us directly north from Dublin to the coast of County Antrim. We will stop on the way for a visit to Hillsborough the famous and historical village in County Down renowned for its beautiful castle and Georgian houses. For our first two nights we will stay at a lovely guest house with great views of Fair Head and the Antrim Coast. At our evening meal we will run through the details of the week’s itinerary. After dinner there should be time for a short stroll along part of the Causeway Coast.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Dinner.

Giant's Causeway.DAY 2

The Antrim coast has been designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and our tour today will be covering much of this stunning coastline, highlighted by the world famous Giant’s Causeway. We break at the ruin of Dunseverick Castle and then there is an option of continuing as far as the lovely fishing village at Ballintoy. The views are spectacular and in fine weather it is possible to see straight across to the coast of Scotland. The Causeway consists of thousands of hexagonal black basalt columns. Sixty million years ago an underground explosion resulted in this fascinating geological structure, and it is officially known as one of the great wonders of the Natural World.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Rathlin Island Northern IrelandDAY 3

Today we take the ferry out to Rathlin Island: the only inhabited offshore island in Northern Ireland. Rathlin is only 15 miles from the Scottish coast at the Mull of Kintyre. We take a trip out to the West Lighthouse: famed for its bird life and home to tens of thousands of seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, puffins and razorbills. Later we will walk down to Rue Point for a fine walk beside lakes and down to see the seals at the southern shore. We return later to the mainland and our guest house to relax and enjoy an excellent meal, perhaps with some locally caught seafood.

Overnight: Bushmills, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

HarbourDAY 4

This morning we’ll make our way west along the coast to Bushmills to visit the world’s oldest legal distillery for a guided tour and some whiskey tasting. We then take a short walk down to the fishing village of Ballintoy and to Carrick-a-Rede: a rope suspension bridge twenty metres long and thirty metres high once used by fishermen to access the tiny island of Carrick. Then we take a stunningly beautiful drive along the coast to Murlough Bay. We will then turn inland and southward to the village of Cushendall. Our next two nights will be spent at a lovely, friendly, family-run B & B on the edge of the village. Cushendall is located where three of the Glens of Antrim converge and lies in the shadow of Lurigethan Mountain.

Overnight: Cushendall, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Celtic CrossDAY 5

Today we visit the Glens of Antrim: a region of County Antrim, comprising nine waterfall-strewn glens, or valleys, that radiate from the Antrim Plateau to the coast. Specifically we will visit Glenarriff Forest Park (in Irish:Gleann Airimh, ie ‘valley of arable land’). Like all the valleys in the area, it was shaped during the Ice Age by a glaciers. Glenarriff is often referred to as the ‘Queen Of the Glens’ and is the largest and most popular of the Glens of Antrim. Visit the native forest, open heath and moor land, quiet streams and of course, the famous waterfalls.

Overnight: Cushendall, County Antrim. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

VillageDAY 6

Today we will find mysterious stone circles along our route and learn of the legend of the Cattle Raid of Cooley. From the ridge the views across Carlingford Lough are stunning. We then drive a short distance to Carlingford village, back in the Republic of Ireland. Carlingford lies in the shadow of Slieve Foye and is a former fishing village filled with ancient ruins, one of Ireland’s little secrets.

Overnight: Carlingford, County Louth. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Womens Walking Holidays North IrelandDAY 7

There is time this morning to further explore Carlingford. We will then depart at noon to return to Dublin.

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Note: The above scheduled itinerary is subject to change for varying reasons. Any changes made by Joyce’s Ireland and / or the tour leaders will be in the interest and safety of all participants.

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