Autumn Tints on the Antrim Coast

Staying at the Ballygally Castle Hotel

5 DAYS | 13th October 2019

At this time of year Northern Ireland’s stunning scenery is an autumnal explosion of red and gold hues. Join us as we explore some of the most interesting and beautiful areas the Antrim Coast has to offer. We will visit Belfast, the heart and soul of Northern Ireland, the fabulous new Titanic Exhibition, as well as Mount Stewart House and Gardens, recently voted one of the top ten gardens in the world. To complete our tour we take a trip along the amazing Antrim coastline and visit the Giant’s Causeway; the natural phenomenon is a marvel not to be missed.

Our base for the tour is the Ballygally Castle Hotel; perched on the tip of the famous Causeway Coastal Route it is a stunning 17th Century Castle that overlooks the golden sands of Ballygally Bay. The hotel boasts the Garden restaurant with views over the beautiful grounds, as well as a bar and lounge to relax in. The Castle has tastefully decorated bedrooms, some have original beamed ceilings, while others enjoy stunning views of the sea and mountains. All rooms are en-suite and offer free WiFi, a TV and tea tray.

We depart Macclesfield early in the morning and head north for Stranraer. We will take the scenic route through the area of Dumfries and Galloway for our afternoon ferry sailing to Larne. We then have a short drive to Ballygally and our hotel for the next four nights.

Meeting our guide for a tour of Belfast, we will enjoy a fantastic insight into this fabulous city. We then spend the afternoon at the famous Titanic Exhibition, where the ambition, ingenuity, skill and bravery that created the World’s greatest liner has been captured for us to explore.

Today will be a full day tour taking us along the stunning Antrim Coast calling for coffee at one of the picturesque villages. We will then continue along the coast to the famous Giant’s Causeway. You will have free time to wander at leisure and have lunch before we retrace our steps back along the coast road. A splendid day with stunning views all the way.

After a leisurely breakfast we will head south calling for coffee at the little town of Carrickfergus. We will then continue on to Strangford Lough and Mount Stewart House for one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens of the National Trust. The garden reflects the rich tapestry of design and planting artistry that was the hallmark of Lady Londonderry. At this time of year the gardens should be a riot of autumnal colours. (NT members free, non-members £10.50)

Sadly, it’s time to leave and head for home. We take the short journey to Larne for our ferry crossing to Stranraer. We retrace our journey home making stops for lunch and tea en-route. We aim to arrive early evening.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 4 nights dinner bed and breakfast, return fast ferry crossing, guide for Belfast, entrance to The Titanic Exhibition and Giants Causeway.
£598.00 per person sharing twin/double
£112.00 single room supplement
£28.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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