EDGE OF IRELAND
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Day 1 – Belfast :
Greeting on arrival at Dublin Airport from your personal tour Guide. Depart for Belfast, stopping on route at Monasterboice, County Louth, an early Christian settlement which boasts the tallest high cross in Ireland standing over 7 metres high. On arrival in Belfast enjoy a welcome drink at the Crown Liquor Saloon before departing for a panoramic city tour with a local guide.
Overnight in Belfast
Day 2 – Giant’s Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge :
After breakfast depart for the North Antrim coastline, renowned for it outstanding scenic beauty. Continue to the famous and unique rock formation. the Giant’s Causeway, which was formed more than 60 million years ago. The Causeway is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and a new multi media Visitor Centre opened in 2012 explores the major themes of mythology, geology, landscape, ecology, culture and social history associated with the Giant’s Causeway.Cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, linking a tiny island to the mainland and enjoy the views out to Rathlin Island.
Overnight in Letterkenny
Day 3 – Donegal and Glenveagh National Park :
Today we visit Glenveagh National Park located in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in north-west Donegal. This extensive park boasts a fine Victorian castle surrounded by beautiful gardens, where there is time to relax and enjoy tea and scones in the castle tea rooms. Late afternoon travel south through County Sligo, birthplace of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats with a visit to his resting place at Drumcliffe church.
Overnight in Westport
Day 4 – Mayo :
This is a full day excursion exploring many of the highlights of Glorious Mayo. First visit is to the village of Leenane, traveling onward to Croagh Patrick via the Doolough Drive in south Mayo which boasts the most extensive views over clew bay and the Famine memorial ship. At Castlebar visit the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life which portrays the lives of ordinary people who lived in rural Ireland in the period 1850 – 1950.Overnight Westport
Day 5 – Achill Island :
Today we travel west to Achill Island. Lashed by the ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Ireland's most spectacular and beautiful places. Its rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. Enjoy a bracing walk along one of its many windswept beaches. Overnight in Galway
Day 6 – Aran Islands :
We will guide you south along the Wild Atlantic Way and into the lunar-like Burren region. From there we'll head to the picturesque fishing village of Doolin where you'll board the ferry* to Inisheer (Inis Oirr) - the smallest and most vibrant of the Aran Islands.From here you'll be in the safe hands of The Doolin Ferry Company. Inisheer is only a 30 minute sailing from Doolin and attractions include ancient churches and castles, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, a modern playground and several pubs and cafes. Take a pony and trap, hire a bicycle or stroll the peaceful boreens. The return journey, a guided cruise alongside the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, is a spectacular journey which puts the 214m high, 8km long cliffs into perspective.
Overnight in Galway
Day 7 – Midlands to Dublin’s Fair City :
Return to Dublin passing through the midlands. This Whiskey flavoured day begins with a visit to Kilbeggan Distillery the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland. Dating back to 1757 a visit today lets you discover real artisanal Irish whiskey distilling at its finest.Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish whiskey was made in decades past. Discover the families that owned the distillery in the past and the importance the local community had on what you see today. You’ll see the old mash tuns and fermenters, still in their original positions. You can also get close to the iconic waterwheel which once powered the whole distillery and kept whiskey flowing through Kilbeggan. On this the last evening, enjoy a special treat at the Old Jameson Distillery's ‘Shindig’ (selected Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays in Summer season). Tour the recreated distillery and enjoy a glass of ‘uisce beatha’ (whiskey) meaning the ‘water of life’ before sitting down to a dinner of Irish specialties, followed by lively traditional entertainment. Overnight in Dublin
Day 8 – Farewell :
After the final breakfast enjoy a morning tour of Dublin city. Explore the Georgian area of the city admiring the many colourful Georgian doors dotted across Merrion Square. Transfer to Dublin Airport for departure flight home
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