The Wild Coasts of the North 2024

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6 Days / 5 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : April - October
Start: Belfast, Northern Ireland
End: Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Wild Coasts of the North: 1 nt Portrush, 1 nt Enniskillen, 1 nt Donegal, 2 nts Letterkenny

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

Soaring cliffs, thousands of mysterious basalt columns, and sweeping white beaches; the coasts of the North of Ireland are undeniably a sight to behold.

And as you travel through the island, you can’t help but notice the profound impact this rough landscape has on everything around you.

In county Donegal, you discover proud and resilient communities speaking Irish. At Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, you start believing that the legend you’ve heard is true. And after time spent exploring this sometimes unforgiving landscape, you understand why music is so merry and Guinness tastes so refreshing in legendary Irish pubs.

So dive deep into this land shaped by nature and return home with a head full of unforgettable sights, fascinating stories, and merry melodies.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS / MAX 14 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

The Giant’s Causeway – Feel the power of Irish giants in the unique and breathtaking coastal formations of the Causeway. 

County Donegal – This part of Ireland will spellbind you with striking coastal views, rugged mountain tops, and rich Irish heritage.

Derry/Londonderry – Explore the city of Derry, Ireland’s only completely intact historic Walled City, and the home of the popular TV show Derry Girls. 

Slieve League Cliffs – Gaze upon the second-highest sea cliffs in Ireland, three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher. 

Wild Atlantic Way – Get ready to be blown away by the wild beauty and unique experiences waiting for you on this epic coastal route.

Mussenden Temple –  The ruins of this 18th-century mansion belonged to an eccentric Bishop and was originally built as a library.

Malin Head – Explore the northern-most point of Ireland and get your camera ready for pictures of this rugged headland that appeared in Star Wars.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Belfast  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 08:45 (tour departs at 09:00) – Belfast Pick-Up, Donegall Square West, Belfast, BT16JH

Drop off Location & Time

Belfast
6:00pm

Price Includes

  • 5 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Irish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 5 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Belfast - Ballycastle - Giant's Causeway - Bushmills Distillery - Portrush

  • Admire the elemental beauty of the Causeway Coast
  • Walk where giants fought and changed the earth at the unique and stunning Giant’s Causeway

You leave Belfast and travel north following the winding and magnificent Causeway Coastal Route. A truly sensational experience, the journey takes you past craggy cliffs, ruined castles and through the sweeping glens of Antrim, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your driver will talk with the group about where they might stop along the way for photos!

You stop in at the charming seaside town of Ballycastle for a wander and some lunch. After this, you’ll pop down to see the impressive Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge before it’s back on the road.

The crowning glory of this coastal drive is the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power.

To finish off the day, you stop in at Bushmills Distillery for an optional tasting of their famous whiskey before a quick photo stop to see the dramatic Dunluce Castle. 

Reinvigorated by the sea air and the mind-blowing scenery, you arrive in Portrush in the late afternoon where you stay for the night.

Day 2Portrush - Derry - Ulster American Folk Park - Enniskillen

  • Discover the vibrant cultural scene and rich history of Derry
  • Learn more about the pioneering spirit of Irish emigrants in the Ulster American Folk Park

You say farewell to the coastal charms and head to Derry/Londonderry.

From the almost intact historic walls to the murals commemorating the more recent troubled past, this city is steeped in history. And it’s also quickly becoming one of the most important artistic and cultural hubs in Northern Ireland. You’ve got free time to explore Derry for yourself or you can join an optional walking tour.

Next, you travel to the Ulster American Folk Park, where you can discover the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the hardships these bold people had to face and the impact they made in the new land. Please note, due to the remote nature of the park, there is no alternative during this part of the tour.

In the late afternoon, you travel to Enniskillen, a small island town and your overnight base. Enjoy an evening stroll around this lovely area or discover the famous Irish charm as you chat with the locals in a cosy pub. (B)

Day 3Enniskillen - Hillsborough Castle & Garden - Donegal

  • Spend the morning exploring Enniskillen Castle or get on an optional lake cruise
  • Explore the magnificent Hillsborough Castle, with gardens that you’ll want to lose yourself in

In the morning, you can decide to explore Enniskillen a bit more. You may visit its many galleries and craft shops, explore the 15th-century castle, or see the beautiful Lough Erne on an optional cruise (subject to season and availability).

Then, you say farewell to the lovely island town and head to your next stop on the tour, Hillsborough Castle and its stunning gardens. Here, you get to discover ornamental grounds, tranquil woodlands, and charming glens that have been a joy to the Royal Family and thousands of visitors. If you fancy, you can choose to explore the beautiful state rooms of the castle and find out more about its fascinating history (tickets subject to availability) and even grab a bite to eat for lunch.

This is also where you join a new bus for the continuation of your tour to county Donegal. Your guides will help you transfer your luggage and introduce you to your new travelling companions.

From here you head to Donegal Town, your overnight stop for tonight. This town boasts a panoramic backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains, plus plenty to do in town, including an array of restaurants for your dining options. (B)

Day 4Donegal - Slieve League - Ardara - Letterkenny

  • Head along the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world
  • Gaze upon the Slieve League Cliffs, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe

Today you wrap yourself in wilderness as you journey along the wild Atlantic coast.

First are the Slieve League Cliffs that tumble down 600 metres to the unrestrained ocean. These impressive crags are among the highest in Europe and are steeped in legends.

The landscape continues to get wilder as you travel through the sparsely populated Irish-speaking communities. Taking a break from the coastal delights, the route takes you through a striking mountain pass at Glengesh to the picturesque village of Ardara for lunch.

Then, you continue to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and stop at locations graced with magnificent views of the rugged coast and islands, before travelling through the impressive Glenveagh National Park.

In the early evening, you arrive in Letterkenny, a vibrant town full of history and great traditional bars, where you spend two nights. (B)

Day 5Letterkenny - Fort Dunree - Mamore Gap - Carndonagh - Malin Head - Grianan of Aileach - Letterkenny

  • Reach the northern-most point of Ireland at the rugged headland of Malin Head
  • Drive along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland

Leaving Letterkenny the next morning, you head straight for Fort Dunree. This strategic clifftop fort is now also home to a military museum.

From here you travel along Mamore Gap, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. Spend some time discovering the treasures found along the route, including a holy well devoted to St Eigne.

Next up you make your way to the lovely little town of Carndonagh for lunch. This market town boasts loads of pubs and restaurants, not to mention it’s the site of the Donagh Cross (or St. Patrick’s Cross).

After you’ve filled your belly, it’s up to Malin Head. This is the northern-most point of mainland Ireland and you should ensure your camera is ready to snap pictures of this wild and rugged headland.

After a quick comfort break, your adventure continues to Grianan of Aileach. This peculiar hilltop fort dates back to 1700 BC and has some breathtaking views. You then head back to Letterkenny for the night. (B)

Day 6Letterkenny - Mussenden Temple - Portstewart - Belfast

  • Discover the striking beauty and iconic location of Mussenden Temple
  • Relax with a beautiful view in the beach town of Portstewart

Today you travel back into Northern Ireland to admire the beauty of Mussenden Temple perched right on a cliff’s edge. This 18th-century temple was originally built to house the eccentric Earl Bishop’s library and is now one of the most photographed places in Ireland and a Game of Thrones location.

Our next stop is at the seaside town of Portstewart for a well-deserved lunch break where you have free time to explore.

And as our tour comes to a close, worry not – there are still beautiful things to see. We keep this final afternoon flexible and your driver-guide will find local spots to show off to you on your route back to Belfast. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Monday $2,100 $2,640
2024: June to September – Monday  $2,180 $2,720
2024: October  – Monday $2,100 $2,640

All guaranteed departures.

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April to May – Monday $2,160 $2,720
2024: June to September – Monday $2,240 $2,800
2024: October – Monday $2,160 $2,720

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.


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Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

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