NEW: Titanic Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway
Monday 8th - Sunday 14th October 2018
7 daysDeposit: £75pp
Single supplement: £149
This tour encompasses the beautiful scenery of the Ards Peninsula, the spectacular Antrim Coast, and the highlights of Belfast City.
Reduction of £15 for National Trust members.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE STORMONT HOTEL
Situated 4 miles from the City Centre close to the Parliament building, this contemporary hotel offers a high standard of food and accommodation.
Location: Northern Ireland
(DAY 1) Monday 8th October
A taxi will collect you from home and bring you to the coach to join your drivers and fellow passengers. Complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits will be available during the journey to Cumbria, where we will spend a night at the comfortable Crown Hotel in Wetheral, with dinner and breakfast included.
(DAY 2) Tuesday 9th October
A leisurely start, crossing the border at Gretna Green and past Dumfries to the small town of Newton Stewart, gateway to the Galloway Hills, where we will have a lunch stop. Then on to Cairnryan, where we board the ferry for a two and a half hour crossing to Belfast. Drive to the Stormont Hotel for a 4-night stay.
(DAY 3) Wednesday 10th October
Our day in Belfast begins with a guided coach tour to get a flavour of Northern Ireland’s capital and largest city. We will see some of the political murals of the Falls and Shanklin Roads, discovering the story of what has become known as “The Troubles” in recent Irish history. Also along the route will be the Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast City Hall, and the Albert Memorial Clock. We will take a tour of the Stormont Parliament buildings, home to the NI Assembly, and a uniquely striking piece of architecture.
(DAY 4) Thursday 11th October
Stunning scenery today during a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast. We visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest whiskey producer. An informative guided tour will explain how the precious nectar gets from grain to bottle. We will continue to the World Heritage Site of The Giant’s Causeway. From the Visitor Centre it is a walk of about half a mile (or pay for the shuttle bus) to the amazing basalt stone columns left by volcanic eruptions 60 million years ago (give or take a year or two). Legend has it that they are the stepping stones of the giant Finn McCool! Sturdy shoes and suitable outdoor clothing will be required.
(DAY 5) Friday 12th October
RMS Titanic was built at the giant Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast in the early 1900s, and TITANIC BELFAST was voted “The World’s Leading Visitor Attraction” in 2016. It is a very impressive state of the art exhibition, with interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds and smells of Titanic, and the evocative stories of the passengers and crew who sailed on her tragic maiden voyage. Later we drive alongside Strangford Lough to Mount Stewart House & Gardens. The 18th century mansion has lavish interiors, and the garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry.
(DAY 6) Saturday 13th October
After breakfast we embark on the ferry for Cairnryan, arriving in Scotland early afternoon. We drive to the Crown in Wetheral, pausing in Gretna Green for some souvenir shopping and perhaps a ‘wee dram’.
(DAY 7) Sunday 14th October
No rush today, as we make our way home through Cumbria, Lancashire and the Midlands, reaching the waiting taxis late early evening.