Take a whirlwind 5-day journey through historic Northern Ireland from Dublin! In a small group, explore historic sites like Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, Kylemore Abbey and St Columb’s Cathedral, and soak up the scenery along Ireland’s rocky western coast, including the mythical Giant’s Causeway and Derry. Design your perfect vacation with a combination of guided tours, independent sightseeing and open activities. Four nights of 3-star B&B or hotel accommodation and daily breakfasts included.
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This is a great way to escape the city and see the beautiful Irish coastline! As it’s a small-group tour, you get even more information from your guide, making it a really memorable experience.
5-Day Northern Ireland and the Atlantic Coast
Your 5-day tour of picturesque Northern and Atlantic Ireland departs Dublin in the morning. With your friendly guide, head directly to Belfast, kicking off your trip with visits to famous and infamous city locations such as Titanic Quarter. Over the following days, you’ll hit all the regional highlights. Explore unbelievable natural landmarks like UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway and Derry, as well as the coastal towns of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Connemara. You'll also discover cultural sites like St Columb’s Cathedral, Kylemore Abbey and the tombs at Carrowmore. When not on a guided tour, you'll have plenty of free time for nature walks, shopping and gastro-touring.
Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel or B&B and daily breakfasts. All other fees are at your own expense.
Day 1: Dublin – Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Portrush
Leave central Dublin by luxury coach, traveling north to the Northern Irish capital of Belfast. After an hour on the road, arrive in the town, and then see its highlights on your city tour. Pass through Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, seeing sights linked to the fated Titanic ship that was built in the city. See the Titanic slipways, pass Harland and Wolff’s drawing offices where plans for the ship were originally drawn up, and hear little-known tales about her final voyage from your guide.
Head out of the city and travel northeast along Antrim Coastal Drive, admiring rocky shorelines framed by wooded glens. The second site of your day is the UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway – an attraction that barely needs introduction! Hop off your coach and explore the coastal area at leisure, posing for photos in front of its hexagonal-shaped rocks that appeared after a volcanic eruption.
Travel to the nearby town of Portrush on the north coast, check in to your hotel, and then spend your evening at leisure.
Overnight: 3-star B&B or hotel in Portrush
Day 2: Portrush – Derry – Donegal (B)
Leave your hotel after breakfast and travel south to the walled city of Derry, a site designated as the UK Capital of Culture for 2013. Enjoy free time to explore, seeing St Columb’s Cathedral or perhaps visiting the Tower Museum.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and travel south into County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. One of the country’s most remote and unspoiled areas, Donegal has a strong Gaelic culture as well as incredible scenery. Stop for a walk in Glenveagh National Park and take photos against the backdrop of Errigal Mountain, before traveling through fishing villages where street signs are written in Gaelic. Check in to your hotel in Donegal city and then spend your evening doing as you please.
Overnight: 3-star B&B or hotel in Donegal
Day 3: Donegal – Westport (B)
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel, and then leave County Donegal behind as you travel into County Sligo – home of the revered Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Stop for a stroll along the beaches at Strandhill and pose for photos in front of Ben Bulben – a magnificent rock in the Dartrey Mountains. Continue past Sligo town, and stop to admire the megalithic tombs at Carrowmore that are said to date back more than 6,000 years.
Work your way into County Mayo, stopping in a village on the way for lunch. After traveling further into the heart of the county with its vast expanses of open moorland, stop in the town of Westport – your base for the following two nights. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy free time for the rest of your day.
Overnight: 3-star B&B or hotel in Westport
Day 4: Westport – Connemara – Westport (B)
After breakfast, head out to discover the delights of County Connemara on your full-day excursion. Known for being an area of rugged scenery where wild horses roam free, the county is a delight to explore. While your exact excursion is dependent on the weather, possibilities include Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, Clifden (where the first transatlantic flight landed) or the Twelve Bens of Connemara – the county’s stunning mountain range.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend your evening doing as much as you like! Perhaps ask your guide for a restaurant recommendation and sample some of Westport’s renowned seafood in town.
Overnight: 3-star B&B or hotel in Westport
Day 5: Westport – Lough Corrib – Dublin (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel and then travel inland through County Connemara toward Lough Carrib – one of west Ireland’s largest lakes. Stop to explore the lakeside village of Cong at leisure, seeing filming locations from The Quiet Man – the hit 1950s film featuring John Wayne. Visit Cong Abbey if you wish, or head inside the Quiet Man Museum to see memorabilia and movie props from the film.
Continue by coach to the vibrant university city of Galway, and enjoy lunch in one of the city’s famous pubs. Then, return to Dublin, enjoying one last visit to Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan on the way. Sample artisanal Irish whiskey while looking around at leisure, and then finish your 5-day tour in central Dublin.