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This activity tour of Ireland is a rambler's delight, where history, legends and magical tales await as we explore fascinating Northern Ireland & the wild Inishowen Peninsula.
Learn about the history of Ireland, from a time of ancient heroes to 'The Troubles'; discover the intriguing cities of Belfast and Derry (Londonderry); explore ruined castles; and walk the stunning Causeway Coast into the Giant's Causeway, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
We begin this activity holiday with a visit to the ancient ruins of Bru na Boinne and Monasterboice, learning about Ireland in bygone days, before making our way along the glorious Lagan towpath, on foot or bike, which takes us into the intriguing Victorian city of Belfast, with its contrasting traditions and cultures. After spending a day exploring the majestic Glens of Antrim and rambling along the Causeway Coastline between Carrig-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giants Causeway, we'll cross the border again to the most northerly point in the Irish Republic, Donegal. The wild landscape of the Inishowen Peninsula contrasts amazingly with the settled north of Ireland, offering a tranquil atmosphere and a relaxed pace of life. We'll explore Malin Head on foot and bike, or you can opt to explore the coast by horseback. As the sun settles in the sky, you can feast on the delights of Irish cuisine and sample popular native brews whilst soaking up the music in the colourful traditional pubs.
Departing Dublin at 8.30am, we begin our discoveries with a visit to the vast Neolithic necropolis at Bru na Boyne and visit one of the tombs. We continue northward to cross over the border into Northern Ireland, visiting Ireland’s finest Celtic crosses at Monasterboice ancient monastic site en route. In the afternoon, you have the choice to walk or cycle the historic Lagan Canal Towpath, which takes us into Belfast. We end the day discovering the intrigue of Belfast on a city tour which includes the Falls and Shankhill Murals, The Titanic Quarter and Dockyards, City Hall, The Grand Opera House and The Crown Liquor Saloon.
Today we set out to explore the Antrim coastline, dotted with glacier valleys known as the Glens of Antrim. Fondly described as the ‘Queen of the Glens’, we stop in Glenariff Forest Park, where we take in a scenic walk to the cascading Ess-na-Larach Waterfall. Further along the coast, you can test your head for heights on Carrrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, where we cross the 30 metre chasm between the sea cliffs and the island of Carrick-a-Rede itself. In the afternoon, we head on to enjoy Ulster’s jewel: The Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the walk from Dunseverick Castle along the Causeway Coast, into the Giants Causeway, is nothing short of spectacular. We end our day with a short ferry ride across Lough Foyle, to the Spectacular Inishowen Peninsula, where you have the option to cycle to our hotel.
Morning sees us exploring Inishowen, one of Ireland’s most rugged corners, with opportunities for cycling or walking on Malin Headland. Alternatively, you can opt to take a horse ride along the beach! We arrive in Derry (Londonderry) for lunch, nicknamed the ‘Maiden City’ because her walls have never been breached by an invader. In the afternoon, we take a guided tour of the historic city walls and the Bogside area, before enjoying free time in Derry for Sunday lunch. We finish our day with a drive back to Dublin, dropping at either Dublin airport or Dublin City.
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