|Departing||April - October 2012|
* Price shown: 18 May 2014 from London Stansted - STN
Ireland's spectacular north
Join us amid some of Ireland's finest scenery. A land of rivers and loughs, some sweeping in from the sea; of towering mountains and sheltered glens; where the Irish language is still widely spoken and traditional music rings out from the pubs and bars of its ancient villages and towns.
Single rooms are available for a supplement
One of the most popular towns in Ireland's north, with a host of modern facilities, Letterkenny in County Donegal is an ideal base for our short stay. Dominated by the vast cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colomba, the town lies just north of the River Swilly, and a short distance from beautiful Lough Swilly.
Fly to Belfast and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you'll be able to spend the rest of the day exploring the town or relaxing in a pub or cafe.
Spend today exploring Letterkenny, or join our optional half-day excursion to Donegal. Centred on its ancient marketplace, the 'Diamond', Donegal has a rich history that is reflected in its imposing Jacobean castle. Wander the streets, or take a 70-minute waterbus trip (payable locally) around Donegal Bay, before we return to our hotel.
This morning we'll head to the windswept coast of County Antrim for our included excursion to the Giant's Causeway. Long associated with legendary Irish hero Finn McCool, its basalt columns, which rise like stepping stones from the Atlantic, were in fact formed after a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Take the minibus from the visitor centre to the Causeway, or walk the mile or so along the cliff path and marvel at the breathtaking views.
After time for lunch (payable locally), we'll continue to Dunluce Castle, one of the most extensive ruins of a medieval castle in Northern Ireland, rising dramatically from a precipitous basaltic rock standing over a hundred-feet sheer above the wild sea. Explore this dramatic place before we return to Letterkenny.
Today's optional excursion is to the stunning Inishowen Peninsula, home of Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. Visit the Doagh Isle Famine Village, where 19th-century Irish life is recreated, before continuing through the
remote peninsula town of Carndonagh to see wild, windswept Malin.You'll return this evening to Letterkenny.
Transfer back to Belfast for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories of this very special part of the world.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.