Our five day north by west experience is one of our most popular cultural and historical tours of Ireland. On this easygoing experience tour of Ireland, you will embrace Irish history, from famine to freedom, in just five days. Sweeping down from the land of giants to the castle of pirates, our Irish local tour guides will elevate this accessible and immersive experience through the majesty of storytelling, including tales of modern conflict in Belfast and Derry, and ancient Celtic folklore.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Easygoing experience tour of Ireland
  • Walk the legendary Giants Causeway
  • Bike along the Great Western Greenway
  • Take a famous black taxi tour of Belfast or visit the gigantic Titanic Museum
  • Dare to cross the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge
  • Take a ramble around Slieve League – Ireland’s steepest cliffs
  • Discover the ancient Donegal fort  ‘Griannan of Aileach’
  • Travel along the Antrim Coast taking in many stunning Game of Thrones locations
  • Learn the tragic history of Derry City on an award-winning historical walking tour
  • Catch fantastic live Irish music performances and meet friendly locals.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 5 Full day easygoing experience tour of Northern Ireland
  • Overnights:  Westport x 2, Ballycastle x 1, Donegal x 1
  • Services of a highly-trained and professional Irish Experience tour guide
  • 4 delicious and hot filling Irish breakfasts
  • 5 Full days in a luxury touring vehicle
  • Discover the ancient Donegal Ringfort
  • Historical walking tour of Derry and the city walls.
  • Experience traditional Irish music sessions in local cosy pubs
  • Entrance fee to Giants Causeway & Slieve League
  • Leisure time to pursue independent interests
  • Easygoing walks or activities for all levels of fitness (optional)
  • All relevant taxes

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

Lunch and dinner

Food and Drinks

Gratuities (optional)

Flights

Travel Insurance (Can be booked via Nomads HERE)

Dublin Accommodation pre or post tour

Any flexible and optional activities named below 

Giant Irish Experience (5 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFROM EUR
€1139

ITINERARY:

Begin your easygoing experience tour of Ireland from Dublin and travel to Antrim’s Causeway Coast via Belfast.

  • Cross into Northern Ireland (remember, UK £ sterling required).
  • Explore Belfast with a guided Black Cab Tour (Tour Option – £15 per person), and enjoy a visit to the fantastic Titanic Centre (Tour Option – £18.50 per person) or follow the Glass of Thrones trail.
  • Discover one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives, the Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Overnight at Ballycastle

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

This morning we will continue along the stunning Causeway Coast,
  • We will take in Game of Thrones locations and the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean below.
  • The Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, is the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.
  • Take a guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry, Ireland’s only walled city
  • Visit an ancient stone ringfort at Grianán of Aileach.
  • Visit Eddie Doherty’s weaving studio. One of Ireland’s few remaining handweavers
  • Traditional Irish music and crafts in the quaint town of Ardara.
Overnight in Adara, Donegal

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Explore Donegal, and enjoy the scenic drive to Ireland’s most beautiful regions.
  • From the Hills of Donegal to a magnificent drive over the Glengesh Pass.
  • Wander the wild stone path along the Slieve League Cliffs – these dramatic 600m/2000ft cliffs
  • Drive along the coastline of Mullaghmore Head and after, stop by the small fishing village of Mullaghmore. Savor some fresh seafood and enjoy a warm welcome from the locals.
  • Look out for the majestic Classiebawn Castle in the distance and admire the picturesque stone harbor.
  • Visit Glencar Waterfall – Hidden away within the lush forest isn’t the biggest waterfall in Ireland but it’s undoubtedly one of its most picturesque.
  • Arrive in time for an evening stroll around one of Ireland’s most atmospheric towns, Westport
Overnight in Westport
The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.
Today you have a chance to discover Westport and beyond.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Westport house. Explore historic Westport House one of County Mayo’s best-loved attractions with beautiful parklands, lakes and a fascinating history of Westport House that goes back to the 1500s when the famous Pirate Queen of Connaught, Grace O’Malley, built one of her castles here.
  • Choose to climb Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s Holy Mountain
  • Or hire a bike and discover the amazing Great Western Greenway from Achill Island to Westport
  • Or just spend the day wandering the towns colourful streets, visiting friendly pubs and cafes and craft shops.
  • You will have the evening free to experience this most exciting market town, full of fantastic pubs and restaurants, many with traditional Irish music. Listen out for the Irish language – Gaeilge – being spoken by some locals and take in the many and varied cultural experiences awaiting you.
Overnight in Westport
This morning you will wake up in Westport and have time to stroll around one of Ireland’s most atmospheric towns.
  • En route back to Dublin you’ll have the chance to explore Ireland’s rich rural heritage at the Museum of Country Life; a modern exhibition space amid landscaped gardens.
  • Arrive back in Dublin between 5 pm and 6 pm – time to say goodbye, we hope you’ve enjoyed your Giant Irish Adventure.

Giant Irish Experience (5 Days)

Dates & AvailabilityFROM EUR
€1139
  • Black Cab Tour

£25.00
Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.

  • Titanic Experience

£18.50
Self-guided tour of the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

£14.00
Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Bushmills Distillery Tour

£9.00
Guided walking tour of the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery.

OPTION 1:

B&B (Bed and Breakfast or Guest House)

The real Irish B&B experience is the opportunity to stay in a local family-run business. You will be greeted with the warmest of Irish welcomes.  They are great value for money, with a real small hotel experience.

  • Private rooms – single, twin, double and family rooms available
  • 3* and above rating
  • Small, locally run and independently owned accommodation
  • Low-cost, quality private accommodation
  • En-suite guaranteed
  • Quality Breakfast provided

OPTION 2:

Original Irish Hotels

Formerly Manor House Hotels & Irish Country Hotels, we are a collection of unique owner-run hotels located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. Open the door to the magic of unmissable moments with Ireland’s leading collection of independent hotels.

  • Private rooms – single, twin, double and family rooms available
  • 3* and 4* rating
  • On-site amenities
  • Quality Breakfast provided
  • En-suite guaranteed

Please note:

B&B Single Supplement – is mandatory for solo travellers – Solo travellers must pay extra to have their private room.

B&B –  Twin/Double Room Share – is automatically included when 2 travellers book together

  • What do twin/double and single mean?

A twin room is a room with 2 single beds, whilst a double room has 1 large bed suited for two people. Both rooms are designed for double occupancy. A single room is a single bed, designed for single occupancy.

  • Are family rooms available?

We always try to accommodate your needs. For any special requests, please contact us at info@irishexperiencetours.com or call us on +353 (0)86 160 6604

Gather your favourite people to share an Irish adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip – featuring all the legendary Irish Experience hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

Choose from the selection of dates for your group; All dates are available for 8+ guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we’ll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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sunset view at the Giants causeway
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crossing the rope bridge at Carrick a Rede
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group biking on Aran Islands
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Solo traveler taking in the fresh sea air at the Giants Causeway
colourful harbour view of Cushden hotel with small blue and red boats
night time view of Titanic Museum Northern Ireland
Ancient stone fort at Grianán of Aileach, County Donegal
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