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Causeway Coast | 8 Day Self-Drive


Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Maldron Hotel Derry (2)
  • Royal Court Hotel Portrush (1)
  • Londonderry arms - Ballymena (1)
  • Maldron Hotel Belfast (2)
  • Camden Court - Dublin (1)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport 

Hertz manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Discount book, travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours

Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

 8 Days / 7 Nights

Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin

Highlights

 Newgrange

Malin Head

Giants Causeway

Carrick-A-Reede Rope Bridge

Dunluce Castle

Titanic Belfast

Travel across the coast of Ireland to see its breathtaking landscape.

The causeway coast weaves along an epic coastal stretch of Northern Ireland between the cities of Derry and Belfast. The route takes in a rich tapestry of rolling hills, crumbling castles and epic coastal stretches punctuated by towering sea cliffs and golden beaches.

There's never been an easier way to find your way around our glorious region. The Causeway Coastal Route is a way-marked 120 mile trail of outstanding scenic drives and attractions which, taken together, make up what has deservedly been described as 'one of the world's great road journeys'.  


Day 1: Newgrange & Fermanagh Lakelands

Leave Dublin this morning and make your way to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland where you will spend the night. Less than an hours drive to the north is Newgrange. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. While you are out of Dublin, you may also wish to visit Drogheda and the Battle of the Boyne Centre commemorating the largest battle to ever take place in Ireland. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and Religious power in Ireland. Continue your journey by taking a slight detour through the lakelands region of Fermanagh to ingest some of its beautiful scenery before arriving at your hotel towards evening. Give yourself some time to explore Derry by foot this evening if you have the energy.

Overnight in City Hotel Derry

Day 2: Malin Head & Giant's Causeway

Set off at a reasonably early hour this morning to circle Ireland's far north at Malin head. The tip of the Inishowen Peninsula is mainland Ireland’s farthest northerly point. The wild Atlantic has carved deep crevices into the rugged headland, like Hell’s Hole – a dramatic long, deep and narrow chasm where the swells roar and churn. Birds flock here, blown in on the Atlantic winds: regular visitors from Iceland, Greenland and North America; and rarer exotic creatures from further afield. You can take a 45-minute bike ride to stretch your legs in the fresh sea air, and learn about the area’s wildlife, geology and history.

Overnight in City Hotel Derry

Day 3:  Derry to Coleraine

http://s.inyourpocket.com/gallery/item_9540.jpgToday you depart Londonderry city for your inland hotel. The direct route takes a little under an hour but you will want to take the coast road through Portstewart and on to royal Portrush and discover the areas golden beaches and world famous golf course before getting to your hotel via Coleraine. There are plenty of stops and detours (such as the Roe Valley and Binevenagh scenic routes) along the way that will ensure you are out for most of the day.

Overnight at Brown Trout Golf & Country Inn

Day 4: Giant's Causeway & Ballintoy

Today's journey will take you approx 65 miles along the coast but you will have a number of big stopping points along the way. Return back to Portrush where you ended yesterday and continue your coastal journey. See Dunluce Castle perched atop a cliff overlooking the resort. Move a little inland to visit to the village of Bushmills to visit Ireland's oldest whiskey distillery. From there take the short trip north to the Giant's Causeway to walk around it's legendary basalt columns and make up your own myths as to how it was formed. From there it is just a short hop to Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge suspended across a 20 metre chasm.

Continue along the coast to Carnlough to your hotel. There is plenty more to see and do along this route (especially in Cushendun and Cushendall) if you have the time to take it all in.

Overnight in Londonderry Arms

Day 5: Slemish & Islandmagee

http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/image.aspx?ImageID=87655&Width=0&Height=300&Bg=Today you take the last leg of the Causeway Coast to Belfast. Right away today you can take the Slemish scenic drive a little inland. On this route you will see Slemish Mountain where St Patrick is said to have tended livestock in the 5th Century. Your next stop should be Ballygally to see its "haunted" castle. Here you can take the loop around Islandmagee to Portmuck Harbour and the Gobbins Cliffs, home to a breathtaking variety of seabirds.

You should find yourself with a lot of time in Belfast to get your bearings and explore this wonderful and vibrant city.

Overnight in Park Inn by Radisson

Day 6: Belfast

Today is a free day for you to explore Belfast. If you have any interest in the Titanic, visit Titanic Belfast this morning. If you do not have interest, you should still visit as it is an amazing display that attracts over a million visitors per year. There is also the shipyard where the Titanic was built.

If you have already seen enough of Belfast you may wish to journey south and explore the beautiful area around Carlingford. You may also wish to spend an extra night in Dublin. We can arrange that.

Overnight in Park Inn by Radisson

Day 7: Dublin City

Give yourself an early start today to get to Dublin and explore the city. Use the open top bus tour as your mode of transport. Hop on and off at any attractions that you may be interested in which include the big ones like Guinness, Jameson, and Trinity College where the Book of Kells is housed, but also includes Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison now museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, featuring a who’s who of modern Irish history including Daniel O’ Connell, Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, and over a million other stories, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the national cathedral for the Church of Ireland.

Overnight at Camden Court Hotel

Day 8: Return Home

Return to the airport and fly home. If you have a later flight, we can suggest plenty of things to keep you entertained.

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