A Touch of the North

This is an example Bus Tour of Northern Ireland and the North of the Republic of Ireland. Tours like these are popular with Groups that want to explore the North of the Emerald Isle including Northern Ireland.

Highlights could include:
  • Dublin
  • Boyne Valley
  • Belfast
  • Causeway Coast
  • Derry
  • Inishowen Peninsula
  • Omagh Ulster American Folk Park
  • and much more....

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A Touch of the North Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer by awaiting coach to the city centre to discover something of the sights and sounds of this atmospheric city. Visit Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells and St. Patrick's Cathedral which dates back to 1190 A.D. where Jonathon Swift, the author of Gullivers Travels, was once Dean. Dinner and overnight in Dublin.
Day 2 - Boyne Valley to Armagh

Morning visit to the Boyne Valley, the ancient seat of Ireland's High Kings. Visit the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre & the neolithic tombs of either Newgrange or Knowth. Continue to 6th century monastic settlement of Monasterboice. Travel via Ardee & Carrickmacross to Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. Visit Navan Fort, one of Europe's most important Celtic sites. Dinner & overnight Monaghan.
Day 3 - Monaghan to Belfast

Morning visit to Downpatrick Cathedral. Continue along the shores of Strangford Lough to Mount Stewart & visit the 18th century house and gardens. On your way to Belfast stop at the Heritage Museum to see its First World War exhibition. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Belfast city. Highlights include the famous shipyards of Harland and Wolff where the 'Titanic' was built, Stormont Castle and the City Hall. Continue to Carrickfergus for dinner and overnight
Day 4 - Giants Causeway to Derry

Visit the historic town of Carrickfergus. Travel via Ballymena & the beautiful green Glens of Antrim to Cushendall, follow the coastal route to Ballycastle. See the famous Rope Bridge of Carrick-a-Rede before arriving at the Giant's Causeway, one of the world's outstanding geological curiosities. Later, visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest 'licensed' distillery in the world. Continue along the coastal route to Derry, Ulster's second largest city for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Derry to Donegal

Derry is fondly known as the Maiden City as its walls have never been breached. Walk along the famous walls & visit St. Columb's Cathedral & the red sandstone Guildhall. Later, enjoy a scenic tour of the adjoining Inishowen peninsula in Donegal, whose tip is Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point. The area is well known for traditional music & there will be a possibility to stop in a pub on the way back & maybe join in! Dinner and overnight in Donegal.
Day 6 - Donegal Coast

Travel the dramatic poised Glen to Bunbeg route. Follow the coastal route to Glencolumcille in the heart of the Irish speaking area of Donegal. It is named after St. Columcille who had his retreat house here & many relics remain from that time. The area is rich in monuments dating back to pre-Christian times such as  portal dolmens, souterrains & cairns from the Bronze Age. Travel via Killybegs village, one of the most important deep sea fishing ports in Ireland. Dinner & overnight Donegal.
Day 7 - Omagh to Dublin

On our way back to Dublin we will stop at Omagh to visit the Ulster American Folk Park, an outdoor museum which tells the story of emigration from Ulster to North America. Visitors can experience the dreadful living conditions on board a typical 19th century emigrant sailing ship. Continue your journey to Dublin where you shall have views of uninterrupted countryside enroute. 
  Day 8 - Slán Abhaile!

Transfer to Dublin Airport for departure.  

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