Discover Northern Ireland - 3 Day Tour

3 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

Northern Ireland will stir your emotions.

In Belfast, you’ll hear the heartache and history of the ‘Troubles’. At Giant’s Causeway, you’ll encounter the uplifting natural splendor of the unusual coastal formations. And in the villages of Ballycastle and Glenarm, you’ll feel nostalgic for the lifestyles of a bygone era.

No emotion is left untouched as you travel on this spirit-quenching journey through the tragedy, beauty, and passion of Northern Ireland.

Itinerary

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Belfast City, Titanic Quarter, and Mount Stewart

  • Explore historic Belfast with an insightful city tour.
  • Learn the tragic history of the world’s most famous maritime disaster in the museums and attractions of the Titanic Quarter.
  • Revel in the majesty of the gardens at Mount Stewart, where the world famous estates will surround you in beauty.

Depart Dublin and travel north. You will pass through picturesque countryside as you journey to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. Here you will take a short city tour, which covers the capital’s triumphs, tragedies and soul. You will have time to discover the Titanic Quarter, a regenerated hub where the famous liner was built and launched in 1911.

Leaving Belfast's excellent museums and attractions by afternoon, your tour will head into the incredible rural landscapes of County Down, where you can discover the world famous gardens and estate at Mount Stewart.

After exploring the dignified majesty of the 19th century estate, you’ll be driven a short way to the seaside town of Bangor, your base for the next two nights.

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Giant's Causeway and famous 'Game of Thrones' locations

  • Savor the incredible vistas of one of the world’s great driving routes, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Walk where giants fought and changed the earth at the unique and stunning Giant’s Causeway.
  • Explore the historic villages of Glenarm and Ballycastle, along with several iconic locations from the TV series Game of Thrones.

Leaving Bangor in the morning, you will travel north, following the winding and magnificent Causeway Coastal Route. A truly sensational experience, the journey encapsulates the sweeping valleys and eternal beauty of The Emerald Isle. Along the way you make stops in Glenarm and Ballycastle as well as some splendid attractions.

In the afternoon, you will enter Giant’s Causeway, where geological beauty and myth collide spectacularly.

Leaving Giant’s Causeway, you will venture through iconic locations from the TV series*, Game of Thrones, and discover the rich heritage of coastal Ireland.

Then, you will head back to your accommodation in Bangor, where you can relax with a craft beer in one hand and locally caught seafood in the other.


*You may have a chance to see the Dark Hedges.

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Strangford Loch, Castle Ward, and Mourne Mountains

  • Journey across the “Narrows” of Strangford Loch by picturesque ferry.
  • See where the Starks fought and lived at Castle Ward, 'Game of Throne’s' Winterfell.
  • Follow in the footsteps of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland and legendary snake destroyer.
  • Stand in awe on the Mourne Mountains with their granite majesty.

Beginning a new day of sights and adventures, leave Bangor and set out along the Ards Peninsula. At Portaferry, set off on the picturesque ferry across the “Narrows” of Strangford Loch, where you have ample time for photos, whilst taking in the sights, sounds and scents of the loch.

Then it’s off to Castle Ward, the location for Winterfell from 'Game of Thrones'. You have the opportunity to discover where the famed and fictional Starks made their dwelling, and what living conditions would have been like for the real residents. From here, you will follow in the holy footsteps of St Patrick through his historic, beautiful country. You will have time for lunch here and perhaps a visit to Down Cathedral or the St Patrick’s center.

Then it’s time for a stunning, winding drive into the Mourne Mountains, where you’ll stand in awe among the towering granite peaks. From here, your tour will have one final stop at the shores of Carlingford Loch, before arriving in Dublin.

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You explore in top of the range 16 seat mini-coaches. This means you never get lost, you always take the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving.

You support the local communities. You do this because we take you to the lesser known attractions and recommend locally owned accommodation. What’s more, for every ton of carbon we use, we donate £10 to environmental and community projects.

You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and along the way you can choose where you want to eat, sleep and which attractions you want to see. So, if you want to stop off and feed a highland cow or maybe linger longer in the castle courtyard with a glass of wine, you can.

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Places you will explore:

  • The City of Belfast - A city soaked in the history of Ireland. Its hopes and dreams and heartaches.
  • The Titanic Quarter - See where the Titanic was constructed and discover the tragic history of the people who built it.
  • Mount Stewart - Explore the wondrous gardens and serene estate of this 19th century wonderland.
  • The Causeway Coastal Route - Stunning scenery from start to finish: historically fascinating and visually unforgettable.
  • The Giant’s Causeway - Once in a lifetime beauty. Feel the power of Irish giants in the unique and breathtaking coastal formations of the Causeway.
  • Glenarm and Ballycastle - Restore your spirit in the beautiful gardens and coastal sweep of these historic villages.
  • Castle Ward - Roam this ancient site and reminisce about the noble Starks from Game of Thrones.
  • The Mourne Mountains - Be awed by the natural strength of the granite peaks.

Discounts:

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, Rabbie's Tours don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information:

  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person.

Tour inclusions:

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide.

Tour exclusions:

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Tour accommodation.

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