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Ireland, Highlights of Derry

Coleraine, Londonderry, The Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Coast, Bushmills Distillery & Glenarm Castle

* 4 night stay at The 3* Lodge Hotel, Coleraine with dinner, bed & breakfast
* Entrance to The Giant’s Causeway
* Single train journey from Coleraine to Derry-“one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world”
* 2 hour guided walking tour of Derry
* Entrance to Bushmills Whiskey Distillery & Tour
* Entrance and guided tour of Glenarm Castle & Gardens

Explore the diverse Northern Ireland coastline on this new tour taking in breathtaking scenery and includes a stunning train journey, the fascinating city of Londonderry, the world famous Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery and Glenarm Castle and Walled Gardens

***At the time of publication of this leaflet ( November 2018) Passports are not a requirement for British Citizens visiting the Irish Republic, however the Irish Authorities have indicated that this policy may change in the future and passengers are therefore recommended to carry a valid Passport or photographic driving licence with them on this holiday. Further information can be obtained from the UK Passport Office and/or main Post Offices.

Accommodation

The Lodge Hotel is a 3* family run hotel located on the edge of Coleraine and is ideally
situated for touring the area. Hotel facilities include restaurant, lounge and bar and all bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, TV and tea/coffee maker. n.b. the majority of the bedrooms are located in an annexe building with covered access.

Itinerary*

Monday: Early morning departure to Holyhead where we board the 08.55hrs ferry service to Dublin port. We disembark and continue northwards arriving at the hotel in Coleraine late afternoon. Settle into your room before enjoying your evening meal.

Tuesday: Today we board the train for the single journey from Coleraine to Derry. This journey was described by Michael Palin as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”. Its route follows the River Foyle and heads into lush green countryside before arriving at the golden sands of Benone Strand. The track runs alongside the sands so there are spectacular views of one of the most unspoilt beaches in Ireland. On the opposite side we pass the maritime cliffs of Downhill and the impressive Binevenagh Mountain. We arrive in Derry and meet our guide for a fascinating walking tour of the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. Built between1613 and 1618 the walls are approx. 1.5 km in circumference and form a walkway around the inner city. Derry claims to have Europe’s largest collections of cannons with 24 surviving and displayed throughout the city walls including the famous Roaring Meg! Following our guided tour there will be some free time at leisure to meander the compact streets and discover all that this fantastic city has to offer.

Wednesday: After breakfast we experience stunning scenery as we travel along the Antrim Coast. We arrive at the village of Bushmills where we visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest whiskey producer in Ireland. Here we enjoy an informative guided tour showing the processes used to manufacture the whiskey. Please note that there are numerous steps and the tour may not be suitable for visitors with restricted mobility. Later this afternoon we visit
the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway, the only UNESCO World Herirtage site in Northern Ireland. Flanked by the wild North Atlantic ocean on one side and a landscape of dramatic cliffs on the other, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway’s basalt stone columns have inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. The mystery and stories of the area are now explained in the award winning Visitor Centre. There is a shuttle bus available (at an extra charge) for the less mobile to gain access to the stones.

Thursday: This morning we make our way to one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most beautiful estates, Glenarm Castle which is the ancestral home of the McDonnells, Earls of Antrim. The housekeeper and butler will take you on a tour of the private home of Lord and Lady Dunluce giving an insight into the fascinating history and life of the castle. There will be time to explore the walled garden, in its incomparable setting by the sea; perhaps enjoy refreshments in the charming tea room. Our return journey is all about the scenery as we travel along the Antrim coast back to the hotel.

Friday: After breakfast we bid farewell to the hotel and retrace our route back to Dublin. We board an afternoon ferry sailing to Holyhead and then continue the homeward journey.


*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel & ferry sailings
  • 4 nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • VAT

Single Room Supplement

A single room supplement of £59.50 is applicable on this tour, for more information please call and speak to an advisor.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Queensferry, Deeside Leisure Centre
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)

Booking Information

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