The Ancient East to The Northern Coast
From the heart of Ireland's Ancient East to the drama of the Northern Ireland, this tour brings together the best of Ireland's ancient past with the fascinating recent history. This journey will take you into the tombs of The Boyne Valley that were built at the dawning of Ireland's identity to the streets of Belfast were Ireland's identity fought a bitter battle. A tour of Northern Ireland that combines fascinating history with exhilarating sights and sounds of the North Atlantic. Join us on a unique Irish journey from The Republic to Northern Ireland...
3 Private Day Tour Itinerary
Dublin City to Belfast City
via the Boyne Valley
Today we will begin our adventure North. Our first stop will be at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites - the UNESCO heritage site, Newgrange. Standing over 5,000 years old, this passage tomb not only predates Stonehenge but also the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Our tour will take you inside this ancient tomb for a recreation of the lightshow on the winter solstice when the sun shines through lighting up the inner chamber of the tomb. we will also have the option of enjoying the other treats that The Boyne Valley has to offer like The Hill of Slane. Afterwards we will go through the 'Gap of the North' and across the border into Northern Ireland where we will visit the quaint town of Hillsborough to wander around the official royal residence of the Monarchy. A short drive from here will see us arrive into the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast City, where we will complete our day with a comfortable stay in the heart of the city.
Activity Options - Newgrange, Hill of Slane, Hillsborough Castle
Tour Timings - 9.30am - 5:30pm
Overnight - Belfast City, Northern Ireland
Belfast City to Derry City
via the Causeway Coast
Today we will continue our journey north, this time taking the stunning north-east coastal drive through parts of the nine Glens of Antrim where the mountains meet the sea. This drive offers spectacular views across to our neighbours Scotland on a clear day and through many quaint towns and villages along the way. Your journey will take you into the queen of the glens - Glenariff where you will take a short walk to enjoy the forest and waterfall. Our next retreat is the beautiful fishing harbour of Ballintoy before journeying on to the world famous Giant's Causeway, where geology meets mythology. Here you will have plenty of time to enjoy the stones and learn all the myths of Fionn MacCumhaill. A short drive further west will see us arrive at the old Bushmills Distillery that sits on the River Bush. You will have the option of touring the distillery where you will learn all about the process that makes this whiskey so special and get a chance to sample the local stock. To end the day we will drive along the coast, stopping at the crumbling ruins of the incredible Dunluce Castle before making our way to the fascinating walled city of Derry for your overnight within the medieval walls.
Activity Options - Giant's Causeway Exhibition Centre, The Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, Cliff Walks, Bushmills Whiskey Distillery, Games of Thrones Sightseeing
Tour Timings - 9:30am to 5:30pm
Overnight - Derry City
Derry City to Dublin
Our final day on our private tour of Northern Ireland will see us explore the western parts of Northern Ireland with trips around Derry City and then a visit to the excellent Ulster American Folk Park where we will learn of Ulster's extraordinary contribution to the rest of the world through emigration. After this educational stop we will then enjoy the lake lands of Enniskillen and take in the sights and sounds of the town. After Enniskillen we will make our way south back across the border, enjoying the area of outstanding beauty - The Ring of Gullion before making our way back to County Meath. Here we will end the days travels with a tour of one the most impressive castles in Ireland - Trim Castle before arriving back in Dublin City.
Activity Options - Ulster American Folk Park, Lake Boat Trip, Loughcrew Megalithic Tombs Walk, Trim Castle Tour
Tour Timings - 9:30am to 6:30pm
Overnight - Arrive Back in Dublin City
on the 3 Day Northern Ireland Private Tour
Where would you like to stay?
We offer a varied portfolio of boutique and luxury options of accommodation from the exclusive to the less expensive. We believe variety is the spice of life and we encourage a mix style of accommodations to enhance your private tour experience. All of our partner accommodations are of the highest standard and offer a special, memorable, local experience.
Below you will find some examples of our partner accommodations.
5 Star - Castles, luxury hotels & city hotels
4 Star - Manor houses, deluxe hotels and city hotels
3 Star - Country houses, gourmet hotels & retreats
Speciality Lodgings - B&B's, guesthouses & farmhouses
Others - Hostels, Private Rentals, Camping, Glamping & Quirky
We will tailor the tour using your accommodation option.
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