Travel Ireland the Local Way – With Royal Irish Tours
We’re so excited to introduce a new way to take you a little closer to the culture and history of Ireland. Northern Highlights is a 5-day tour spent searching out the scenic, historic and cultural highlights of Northern Ireland. It’s a special tour not just because of the ancient castles and too-good-to-be-true scenery, but it’s our smallest, most intimate tour. A modern mini-coach, with a max of only 16 passengers, is lead by an experienced local driver/guide to take you to all the best places Northern Ireland has to offer.
Day 1: Belfast and Titantic Quarter
Departing from Dublin, we make the drive north through the Mountains of Mourne and arrive into Belfast, the capital Northern Ireland. We have a tour of the award winning Titanic Belfast experience, where you explore the shipyard, walk the decks and uncover the true level of the Titanic in the city where it all began. After the tour, there’s free time to explore the buzzing cultured city.
Spend the night at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast.
Day 2: Giant’s Causeway & Derry
We head north along the Antrim Coast for a visit to the famous Giant’s Causeway. Take a voyage back in time at this world heritage site that has been explored for centuries. Have you heard the folklore surrounding this mysterious rock formation? Next we pass through Bushmills and Portrush on the way to Derry, where we have a walking tour of the historic ‘Walled City’ – the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland
Enjoy dinner and a good night’s rest at City Hotel in Derry.
Day 3: Glenveagh National Park
Today we head west along the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ into Donegal, where we explore the Glenveagh National Park – a remote and stunningly beautiful wilderness with rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls. We also have a tour of Glenveagh Castle, in the heart of the park.
Back to City Hotel to sleep.
Day 4: Enniskillen
This morning we depart Derry and make our way past Lough Erne and arrive in the lovely town of Enniskillen. We have a tour of the 18th Century Florence Court, where you can enjoy glorious walks around the grounds, including a pretty walled garden. Next we head to our final overnight property – one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels.
Dinner & overnight at the (instant trip highlight) Kilronan Castle.
Day 5: Kells and Home
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast with time to explore and enjoy the castle grounds & spa, we head back towards Dublin with a visit the ancient village of Kells. We then make the short drive back to Dublin.