Northern Ireland & Atlantic Coast - 5 Day Tour

5 Days Starts in Dublin & Ends in Dublin

Tour highlights

History can affect you in different ways. It can shock you with savage battles. It can inspire you with ancient beliefs and myths. And it can amaze you with feats of endurance and strength.

On this tour you will experience all the extreme breadths of Irish history as you sweep down from dramatic sea cliffs to ancient castles. Weave through the modern tales of Belfast, the Celtic beliefs of Giant’s Causeway, and unlock the tales that made Ireland the place it is today.

Take this adventure and experience the enchanting and educational landscapes of Northern Ireland and the Atlantic Coast.

Itinerary

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Belfast City, Glens of Antrim, and the Giant's Causeway

  • Explore historic Belfast with an insightful city tour.
  • Learn about the tragic history of the world’s most famous maritime disaster in the museums and attractions of the Titanic Quarter.
  • Wander the glens and coast of Antrim, an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the superb Scottish coast.
  • Walk where giants fought and changed the earth at the unique and stunning Giant’s Causeway.

Departing Dublin, your tour will head north to Belfast, a city famed for its industrial heritage and turbulent past. You will take a short city tour, which covers the capital’s triumphs, tragedies and soul.

You will then have time for lunch and exploring the Titanic Quarter, a regenerated hub where the famous liner was built and launched in 1911. Here you can visit the award winning Titanic museum, board the HMS Caroline or take a black cab tour of the city.

Leaving bustling Belfast behind, travel through the phenomenal scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Moving along the winding roads from Ballycastle, you will enter the awe inspiring setting of the Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power. Waving farewell to the giant’s steps, you will then head to Portrush, a charming fishing village and your home for the night.

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Derry, Donegal, and Glenveagh National Park

  • Marvel at the 17th walled city of Derry, with its famous 7 gates and bustling markets.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Gaelic culture of Donegal as you pass through its rugged mountains.
  • Experience the haunting beauty of the remote Glenveagh National Park.

Head into Derry, the fabulous 17th-century walled city that boasts 7 ornate gates. Derry was designated as UK City of Culture in 2013. You will have time to explore its museums, galleries and excellent markets.

Next, head to County Donegal, which boasts stunning scenery and a strong Gaelic heritage. You will then travel to the picturesque Glenveagh National Park and past the soaring peak of Mount Errigal, before traveling through the traditional fishing villages of the area. Along the way there will be plenty time for walks, photos and soaking up the local culture before arriving at your overnight stop in Donegal.

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Carrowmore, Achill Island and County Mayo

  • Wander among the ancient standing stones of Carrowmore.
  • Explore the bogs and misty moors of County Mayo.
  • Gaze in awe at the magnificent sea cliffs of Achill Island.

In the morning, you will pass south along the coast near Donegal and into County Sligo. This area is home to the burial site of famed poet WB Yeats, and dramatic views of the gorgeous mountain, Benbulben.

Outside Sligo Town lies Carrowmore, where you will have the chance to visit the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, some of which date back over 6000 years.

Moving westwards, enter County Mayo, an area ravaged by the Great Potato Famine. Winding roads curve through the picturesque farmlands, bogs and open moors, offering views of distant hills and the Atlantic coast, where you’ll visit the dramatic Achill Island. You have time to savor the rugged sea and peaceful beauty. From there, it is a short drive to Westport – your base for the next two nights.

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Connemara, Clifden, and Kylemore Abbey

  • Explore the Connemara National Park’s verdant marshes and incredible historical sites.
  • Stroll through the superb grounds at Kylemore Abbey.
  • Roam Clifden, site of the first transatlantic flight landing, and home to a delightful castle.
  • Be enchanted by the seemingly infinite blend of earth and sky at sunset on the Sky Road.
  • Prepare to be stunned by the legendary Twelve Bens, the famous jagged mountain range of Connemara.

Westport and the Connemara National Park are the areas you will explore today.The itinerary for the day is flexible and your guide will ensure you take the route that best suits the weather.

Your options include the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey, the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road, and the Twelve Bens of Connemara.

After an incredible day of exploration, you will return back to Westport, where you can dine on the delicious local seafood in the town’s top notch restaurants.

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Cong Abbey, Lough Corrib, and Galway City

  • Gaze into the past at the iconic 7th century ruins of Cong Abbey.
  • Walk the iconic locations of “The Quiet Man” on the scenic shores of Lough Corrib.
  • Enjoy the culture, sea views, and historic streets of Galway City.

Traveling through the heart of Connemara, you will arrive in the town of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib. This area was where “The Quiet Man” was filmed and you’re free to wander the local museum devoted to the movie. Alternatively, you can visit the magnificently restored 12th century Cong Abbey.

Your route then weaves through the Maam Valley, a stunning pass lined by gorgeous mountains. Exiting the valley, head into Galway, a vibrant harbor city that combines traditional market life with high quality restaurants and pubs.

You will have free time to sample the town’s delicious seafood before your tour heads to Locke’s Distillery for a tipple in the oldest licensed distillery in the country, which also boasts a superb museum.

You will then travel back to 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.

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Places you will explore:

  • Belfast - A city steeped in the history of Ireland, its hopes and dreams and heartaches.
  • The Titanic Quarter - See the regenerated waterfront where the Titanic was constructed and explore the tragic histories of the people who built it.
  • Giant's Causeway - Feel the power of Irish giants in the unique and breathtaking coastal formations of the Causeway.
  • Portrush - Relax in this small and charming coastal resort town.
  • Derry - Enter the only completely walled city in Britain and Ireland, and discover markets, spires and museums.
  • Donegal - Venture into this land of castles, rugged coasts and thick forest, where Gaelic culture is writ large and proud.
  • County Mayo - Explore the typical Irish scenery and magnificent wildlife of this land with a tragic past.
  • Westport - Sweep past Atlantic views and across fabulous verdant earth before you enter this pretty bay front village.
  • Connemara - Stunning vistas and superb wildlife abound within this famously serene park, from the towering peaks of the Twelve Bens to the panoramic Sky Road.
  • Galway - Stone clad buildings line the winding lanes and medieval walls of this ancient harbor city, all set to the sounds of traditional music pouring from cozy pubs.

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:

  • All road tolls.
  • 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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