Northern Ireland & Atlantic Coast
5 day tour

  • Connemara
  • Galway tours
  • Giant's Causeway tours
  • Antrim Coast

Weave through Northern Ireland’s rich tapestry of Gaelic history and spectacular scenery.

Tour map

Highlights

Beaches
Gaelic Culture
National Parks
Literature
Mountains
Film Locations

Places you'll explore


Belfast - A city steeped in the history of Ireland, its hopes and dreams and heartaches.

The Titanic Quarter - See the regenerated waterfront where the Titanic was constructed and explore the tragic histories of the people who built it.

Giant's Causeway - Feel the power of Irish giants in the unique and breathtaking coastal formations of the Causeway.

Portrush - Relax in this small and charming coastal resort town.

Derry - Enter the only completely walled city in Britain and Ireland, and discover markets, spires and museums.

Donegal - Venture into this land of castles, rugged coasts and thick forest, where Gaelic culture is writ large and proud.

County Mayo - Explore the typical Irish scenery and magnificent wildlife of this land with a tragic past.

Westport - Sweep past Atlantic views and across fabulous verdant earth before you enter this pretty bay front village.

Connemara - Stunning vistas and superb wildlife abound within this famously serene park, from the towering peaks of the Twelve Bens to the panoramic Sky Road.

Galway - Stone clad buildings line the winding lanes and medieval walls of this ancient harbour city, all set to the sounds of traditional music pouring from cosy pubs.


Your journey


History can affect you in different ways.

It can shock you with savage battles. It can inspire you with ancient beliefs and myths. And it can amaze you with feats of endurance and strength.

On this tour you experience all the extreme breadths of Irish history as you sweep down from dramatic sea cliffs to ancient castles. You weave through the modern tales of Belfast, the Celtic beliefs of Giant’s Causeway, and unlock the tales that made Ireland the place it is today.

Take this adventure and experience the enchanting and educational landscapes of Northern Ireland and the Atlantic Coast.


Tour Details

Departs
09.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
Returns
19.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • All road tolls
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Explore historic Belfast with an insightful city tour
  • Learn about the tragic history of the world’s most famous maritime disaster in the museums and attractions of the Titanic Quarter
  • Wander the glens and coast at Antrim, an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the superb Scottish coast
  • Walk where giants fought and changed the earth at the unique and stunning Giant’s Causeway

Departing Dublin you head north to Belfast, a city famed for its industrial heritage and turbulent past. You take a short city tour which covers the capital’s triumphs, tragedies and soul.

You then have time for lunch and exploring in the Titanic Quarter, a regenerated hub where the famous liner was built and launched in 1911. Here you can visit the award winning Titanic museum, board the HMS Caroline or take a black cab tour of the city.

Leaving bustling Belfast behind, you travel through the phenomenal scenery of the Antrim Coast and Glens, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Moving along the winding roads from Ballycastle, you enter the awe inspiring setting of the Giant’s Causeway, a place where history and myth collide spectacularly with raw geological power. Waving farewell to the giant’s steps, you head to Portrush, a charming fishing village and your home for the night.

Day 2

  • Marvel at the 17th walled city of Derry, with its famous 7 gates and bustling markets
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Gaelic culture of Donegal as you pass through its rugged mountains
  • Experience the haunting beauty of the remote Glenveagh National Park

You head to Derry, the fabulous 17th-century walled city that boasts 7 ornate gates. Derry was designated as UK City of Culture in 2013, and you get time to explore its museums, galleries and excellent markets.

From here, you head to County Donegal, which boasts stunning scenery and a strong Gaelic heritage. You then head into the picturesque Glenveagh National Park and past the soaring peak of Mount Errigal, before traveling through the traditional fishing villages of the area. Along the way there will be plenty time for walks, photos and soaking up the local culture before arriving at your overnight stop in Donegal.

Day 3

  • Wander amongst the ancient standing stones of Carrowmore
  • Explore the bogs and misty moors of County Mayo
  • Gaze in awe at the magnificent sea cliffs of Achill Island

In the morning, you pass south along the coast near Donegal and into County Sligo. This area is home to the burial site of famed poet WB Yeats, and dramatic views of the gorgeous mountain, Benbulben.

Outside Sligo Town lies Carrowmore, where you have the chance to visit the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, some of which date back over 6000 years.

Moving westwards, you enter County Mayo, an area ravaged by the Great Potato Famine. Winding roads curve through the picturesque farmlands, bogs and open moors, offering views of distant hills and the Atlantic coast, where you’ll visit the dramatic Achill Island. Here you have time to savour the rugged sea and peaceful beauty. From here it is a short drive to Westport – your base for the next two nights.

Day 4

  • Explore the Connemara National Park’s verdant marshes and incredible historical sites
  • Stroll through the superb grounds at Kylemore Abbey
  • Roam Clifden, site of the first transatlantic flight landing, and home to a delightful castle
  • Be enchanted by the seemingly infinite blend of earth and sky at sunset on the Sky Road
  • Prepare to be stunned by the legendary Twelve Bens, the famous jagged mountain range of Connemara.

Westport and the Connemara National Park are the areas you explore today.The itinerary is flexible today and your guide will ensure you take the route that best suits the weather .

Your options include the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey, the Connemara National Park, Clifden (the first transatlantic flight landed here), the Sky Road and the Twelve Bens of Connemara.

After an incredible day of exploration you return back to Westport, where you can dine on the delicious local seafood in the town’s top notch restaurants.

Day 5

  • Gaze into the past at the iconic 7th century ruins of Cong Abbey
  • Walk the iconic locations of “The Quiet Man” on the scenic shores of Lough Corrib
  • Enjoy the culture, sea views, and historic streets of Galway City

Traveling through the heart of Connemara, you arrive in the town of Cong on the shore of Lough Corrib. This area was where “The Quiet Man” was filmed and you’re free to wander the local museum devoted to the movie. Alternatively, you can visit the magnificently restored 12th century Cong Abbey.

Your route then weaves through the Maam Valley, a stunning pass lined by gorgeous mountains. Exiting the valley, you head to Galway City, a vibrant harbour city that combines traditional market life with high quality restaurants and pubs.

You have free time to sample the town’s delicious seafood before we head to Locke’s Distillery for a tipple. This is the oldest licensed distillery in the country, and boasts a superb museum.

You then travel back to Dublin.

Customer Reviews

Tour vom 07.05.2017 - 11.05.2017

Maren Lukowsky Posted on 21/05/2017

Es war bereits meine 3. Reise mit Rabbies und ich habe mir als erstes ein großes Dankeschön an Liam, unseren Tourguide. Er ist auf die Wünsche und Befindlichkeiten aller Tourteilnehmer immer sofort eingegangen und hat sehr viel Informationen über Land und Leute mit uns geteilt. Dann hat Rabbies wieder super schöne Unterkünfte gebucht. Sie befanden sich immer in Zentrum- oder Hafennähe. So konnte man abends gut zu Fuß die neue Umgebung erforschen mit einem anschließenden Pubbesuch. Die gesamte Organisation war wieder einmal sehr gut! Sogar das mit dem Wetter hat super eklappt -) Wir hatten die gesamten 5 Tage blauen Himmel und Sonne satt. Fazit: Immer wieder gerne und es gibt 5 Sterne von mir!!!

Great tour

Andrea Goldstein Posted on 17/05/2017

We took the Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast from May 10th-14th and it was great.our guide Dean was able to tell us a lot about irelands history.he also had a good sense of humor so we always had something to laugh about.

Super tour with Feargal - June 15

Debbie S Posted on 09/07/2016

Loved the land and seascapes. Achill Island was so beautiful and serene. Our guide/driver Feargal was exceptional. So knowledgeable about history, Irish and Celtic music and always sharing tips on where to eat and pubs to visit when we had free time in the evenings. Highly recommend this tour and hope you are as fortunate as us to have Feargal at the helm.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Portrush, one night in Donegal, and two nights in Westport.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in.You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between €30.00 - €65.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between €40.00 – €50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between €45 - €60 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel is between €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between €20 - €25 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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