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5 Day West and Northern Ireland Tour

A fully packed 5 day tour that includes, Galway, Inis Mór, Giant’s Causeway, Derry and Belfast the province of Ulster, with its stunning landscape and turbulent history are a part of the Emerald Isle that once experienced is never forgotten.

Set your sights on the north of Ireland and the province of Ulster, with its stunning landscape and turbulent history. From the ancient past to the ‘Troubles’ of recent times, there’s the unforgettable scenery of Inis Mór, the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant’s Causeway and the Antrim coast. Along with the vibrant cities of Derry and Belfast and their fascinating stories, this is a part of the Emerald Isle that once experienced is never forgotten.


Price: £225
Dublin Departure
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Inis Mór Cliffs of Moher and Galway


Tour Highlights:

The Gaelic speaking isle of Inis Mór
The mighty Cliffs of Moher
The mysterious lunar landscape of the Burren
Galway, City of the Tribes
The Giant’s Causeway
The perilous Carrick–a-Rede Rope Bridge
The stories behind the ‘Troubles’ in Belfast
Derry’s walled city

Day 1: Dublin - Galway
Straight out of Dublin and across the country to visit the awesome Cliffs of Moher rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Vertigo sufferers beware! After lunch we’ll explore the weird and magical world of the Burren, Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to fairies and leprechauns. Hear the Celtic legends surrounding the ancient burial tombs, or dolmens. Our stop for the night is Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital and festival city

Day 2: Inis Mór Day
We spend a whole day on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Inis Mór has over 3,000 miles of stone walls! The locals here are fluent Irish (Gaelic) speakers and you’ll be free to explore the island and get chatting to them over a pint. You can take a walk, a horse and cart or for the more energetic, explore the island by bike! You can’t miss the awe-inspiring fortress of Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000 year old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300 foot high cliff. After a tremendous day it’s time to head back to the main land for a pint of Guinness or two in Galway’s buzzing pub scene

Day 3: Galway - Derry
Today we make our way through the wild, rugged and rural Connemara. Then along the surfy coast of Co. Sligo to the resting place of world famous poet W.B. Yeats. The medieval city of Derry will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled past on a walk through both past and present.

Day 4: Derry - Belfast
Today we follow in the footsteps of Giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world – The Giant’s Causeway. We’ll take you to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge * weather permitting where you can sway Indiana Jones’ style. Then it’s party time in the North’s vibrant capital Belfast

Day 4: Connemara Day (Nov-March)
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Connemara, from sandy beaches to rugged mountains and misty peat bogs. We stop at Ireland’s own Holy Mountain and destination of pilgrims, Croagh Patrick. We pay a visit to the National Famine Memorial to learn about a tragic chapter in Ireland’s history. All this fresh air demands a pint at Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport and then it’s back to Galway for more shenanigans

Day 5: Belfast - Dublin
This morning take the chance to do a Black Cab tour of Belfast City with a local at the wheel. You’ll visit the Loyalist and Republican heartlands, see the famous political murals and learn about the ‘Troubles’. Belfast has gone through some remarkable changes in the last few decades and is a highlight of many travellers trip to the North. We head south for a stop at Monasterboice ruined monastery with high Celtic crosses and then the site of the Battle of the Boyne, a pivotal even in Ireland’s turbulent history

Departs Dublin
Every Wednesday

Accommodation is guaranteed on all trips. We reserve the beds and you pay as you go. The price is between €18 and €20 per person per night in shared dorms.

What type of accommodation do you use.
Unlike others, we are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best hostels. We choose places packed full of character and only use quality independent and Youth Hostel Association hostels. We guarantee dorm bed accommodation on all our tours.

Are double/twin rooms available
Some of the hostels we use do have private (double/twin) rooms but these are limited and dependent on availability. Hostel private rooms cost approximately Euro 25 - 40 per person per night
We can also make B&B bookings. These are again dependent on availability and the price is around Euro 40 – 60 per person per night. Any B&B bookings made must be honoured and credit card details will be required.

Is a sleeping bag required.
A sleeping bag is not required as all hostels provide linen but it is a good idea to bring a towel.

Additional Information

Pints of the black stuff in Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital
Cycle the Gaelic island of Inis Mór
Take an award winning walking tour of Derry
View the political murals of Belfast in a Black Cab

Free Irish Guide
All transport around the Emerald Isle
Entry to Blarney Castle
Entry to Cliffs of Moher
Free transfer and ferry to Inis Mór
Entry to Giant’s Causeway
Entry to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Are there any age restrictions
We are the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this
The minimum age on all tours is 17. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time
Will there be people travelling on their own
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, every tour has loads of people travelling on their own and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough

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