6 DAYS | 3rd September 2017
This year our Irish Adventure takes us around Derry, the Inishowen Peninsula, and the mystical Giant Causeway. We enjoy a scenic railway journey that Michael Palin described as “one of the most beautiful in the world”.
We head north calling for coffee and lunch en-route to the small village of Cairnryan in Dumfries and Galloway, where we catch the ferry across to Larne in Northern Ireland. Once in Ireland we head to Ballygally and our overnight Hotel. The four star Ballygally Castle Hotel is a stunning 17th century castle overlooking Ballygally Bay. Offering a large garden and terrace, and a lounge with an open fire and antique furniture. All bedrooms ensuite, TV and courtesy tea trays.
After a leisurely breakfast we venture along the Antrim Coast to the legendary Giant’s Causeway. We experience the visitors centre and use the outdoors interpretive audio guide. We take a stroll to the causeway, or alternatively there is a shuttle bus you can catch. Just after lunch we venture to Colraine where we catch the train for our scenic railway journey with stunning scenery all the way to the walled City of Derry where the coach will meet you. We then continue our journey to Donegal and The Mill Park Hotel, situated a gentle 15 minute stroll from Donegal Castle and the Old Franciscan Abbey. It offers the Granary restaurant, a Café Bar, an indoor pool and Wi-Fi. The spacious en-suite rooms have TVs.
Our tour today explores the Wild Atlantic way and begins with a scenic drive along the edge of Donegal Bay to the Folk Village at Glencolmcille. Its one of Irelands best living history museums with its collections of traditional thatched cottages perched on a hillside overlooking Glen Car Bay. Another highlight of our tour is a trip to the viewpoint on Slieve League to see the incredible sea cliffs reaching 2000ft above the Atlantic, a truly wild and wonderful sight!
Today we discover the delightful coast and countryside of County Donegal, we begin with a trip to Glenveagh Castle, lying half hidden in woodland at the edge of a lake in a protected national park. After our visit to the Castle and gardens we have time for lunch before we take the scenic journey down the dramatic wild Atlantic west coast, through the Blue Stack Mountains before returning to our hotel.
A free day to explore Donegal, why not visit the well preserved castle, the abbey ruins, take a stroll around the shops and then after a relaxing lunch why not take a ride on the waterbus boat around the bay. The 75 minute cruise explores the history, environment and wildlife of this unique estuary, which is renowned for its vistas of mountains and sea.
We say a sad farewell to Donegal and head into Southern Ireland to Dublin to catch our ferry home. We make coffee and lunch stops en-route. Our ferry departs at 15.10 bound for Holyhead. Once back on dry land we join the main road network, make a quick comfort stop en-route and aim to be home late evening.
£648.00 per person sharing twin/double
£114.00 single room supplement
£37.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT