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6 Day Northern Island Tour

The Perfect Way to Tour Northern Ireland

Come with Driftwood Tours on the most incredible tour of Northern Ireland and the northwest. Our expert tour guides will escort you from the beaches of Donegal to Belfast via the Giant's Causeway.

Visit the world's largest Titanic experience. Take in the buzz, history and culture of the walled city of Derry/Londonderry. Meet expert Irish craftspeople in quaint villages. Take a scenic boat trip to Europe's highest accessible sea cliffs.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "My 6 day Northern Ireland tour exceeded all my expectations... The tour guide, Sean, was exceptional... His knowledge, stories, humor and individual client interest made our small group feel like a family. Every hotel, tour stop, activity, restaurant offering never disappointed. The pace of each day was comfortable and allowed us to cover a lot of sites and towns easily... Remarkable value with high quality standards." Guest Review - September 2022

As a Driftwood Ireland Tour, this 6 day tour of Northern Ireland moves at a gentle pace and aims for relaxation first and foremost.

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*Price displayed is the discounted price for Mar, Apr and Oct.

If the date you want is full please contact us and we will do our best to accomodate you.

A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

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What's Included

All Driftwood tours are flexible. Your 6 Day Driftwood Northern Island Tour is no different.

Unmissable activities are included. Where there are great options, we’ve left the final decision up to you. Feel free to choose your evening meals and lunches. All additional tour options are marked clearly below.

Brexit Notice: Please note all tours travelling into Northern Ireland will continue to run as normal and scheduled. Please contact us with any direct concerns you may have.

  • A journey of discovery in a super-comfy, slick Mercedes mini-coach
  • The services of a highly-trained and professional VagaGuide tour guide
  • 6 full days on tour
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 delicious and filling hot Irish breakfasts
  • Most daily activities and visits (see Tour Options below for extras)
  • Live like lords and ladies with a one night stay in a castle
  • Entrance into the world famous Giant's Causeway
  • Entrance into Doe Castle/ Donegal Castle
  • A guided walking tour of Derry/Londonderry

All details of prices and suppliers listed here are correct at time of publication. Our suppliers occasionally increase prices for optional tour activities during the touring season. This is a rare occurence. In the unlikely event of a major price increase, we will do our utmost to update you.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Black Cab Tour
    £20.00
    Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
  • Atlantic Sheepdog Demos Sligo
    €10.00
    Watch a live demo of sheepdog and master at work in Sligo.
  • Titanic Experience
    £21.50
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience
  • Bushmills Whiskey Tasting
    £10.00
    Tasting at the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery
  • Dunluce Castle
    £6
    Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle
  • Boat Trip at Slieve League Cliffs
    €25.00
    Guided boat trip in the shadow of 2000ft high sea cliffs.
  • Walking Tour of Derry/Londonderry
    £6
    Guided walking tour on the historic walls of Derry/Londonderry
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Absolutely we would tour with Vagabond again in the future! Our tour guide, Eamonn, did a great job with keeping our group on schedule and sharing the history of Ireland and was a great storyteller. Most of the hotels were all great locations to stay and walking distance to pubs, shops and restaurants. It would have been nice to have a longer time to tour Belfast. We felt that there was a great mix of touring time with free time to wander on your own.
Lisa, 6th Dec 2022
A little rain can make for some devilish fun too!
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Yes, I have already recommended Driftwood to a friend. Our tour guided Eamonn was the best. He told stories answered all questions with wit and laughter. The accommodations were superb. The weather unfortunately was not to great but that didn’t prevent us all from having fun. I’d go again in a heartbeat!
Patricia, 2nd Dec 2022
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Our tour guide, Eamon, was wonderful.
We loved his stories and his knowledge of current and past events and history.
A delightful young man who represents the very best of the Irish people.
Many thanks 🙏 for a memorable trip!
Product : Good selection of hotels and sites.
Lots of bathroom breaks which made it a very thoughtful experience.
Kathleen, 25th Nov 2022

Trip Advisor - 6 Day Northern Island Tour

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"GROUP SIZE WAS PERFECT"

Two tour guests holding lambs in Northern Ireland

We just finished our awesome 6 Day Tour which included both the north of the Republic [of Ireland] and Northern Ireland.

The 6 days were each unique with variety of indoor and outdoor activities (waterfalls, castles, walking tours, titanic museum).

The small group size was perfect. I felt very secure for health safety and was able to have my first real vacation since the pandemic.

Our guide Sean was knowledgeable, with great stories and kept us on time and entertained.

CHRISTINE, APRIL 2022

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"EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS"

Two tour guests with their feet in the water in Northern Ireland

Our trip was wonderful, I highly recommend Vagabond Tours.

Sean, our guide, was very knowledgeable and shared some great stories. The accommodations booked were outstanding. The trip exceeded our expectations. The Irish food was delicious.

It was nice to have someone do all the driving on the left.

We saw more of the Irish island with Vagabond, than if we had been on our own.

CHRIS, APRIL 2022

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"NO OTHER WAY TO SEE IRELAND"

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We just completed our second tour with Vagabond... We had such a great time on our first trip... that we knew there was no other way to see Ireland...

The knowledge and professionalism of their tour guides is the difference between other groups and Vagabond.

Sean did a fantastic job of making sure that everyone was comfortable and happy on the trip (our group was 11 people in all.) This was truly the trip of a lifetime...

If you are looking for a small-group tour, you will not find anything better than Vagabond.

DEBORAH, JULY 2018

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Exterior of Ballygally Castle Hotel in Antrim
Enjoy a night in a charming Irish castle hotel and overnight in boutique guesthouses.
Sunlight on Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
Tour the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland
Ruins of Dunluce castle on the Antrim coast
Visit stunning Dunluce Castle on the Antrim coast
Sunlight catches the 17th century walls of Derry, Ireland's only walled city
Take a guided tour of the 17th century walls of Derry, Ireland’s only walled city
A man and a woman on a boat trip underneath the Slieve League cliffs in the sunshine
Spot wildlife on a boat trip to Slieve League sea cliffs
Titanic mural on a building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour
Dramatic mountain scenery of Granny Pass in Donegal
See green valleys and deserted beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way
Accommodation

A hot shower after a woodland stroll. A real fire. A pint. We assure you that wherever you stay with us, you’ll love it.

We put great effort into selecting accommodation on Driftwood tours. Your tour will overnight in locally-owned establishments (in some cases for generations). Receive a heartfelt welcome, often from the hoteliers themselves. No hotel chains here!

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Mount Falcon Estate, Mayo

Situated in the heart of the Moy Valley on the banks of the River Moy, the 4 star Mount Falcon Estate and Hotel offers 100 acres of magical woodlands. The Estate is perfectly located for exploring The Wild Atlantic Way. Originally constructed as a wedding gift, this Victorian Gothic manor house exudes understated elegance and is widely recognised as the most romantic house in Ireland.

Exterior view of Mount Falcon House and Estate
Interior design of main bedroom in Mount Falcon House

Abbey Hotel, Donegal

The Abbey Hotel is located in the centre of historic Donegal town in Ireland’s northwest. This is a wonderful base to enjoy the beautiful northwest region with Vagabond & Driftwood Tours. Take a stunning coastal drive, explore nearby beaches and other amazing sights along the Wild Atlantic Way touring route. We highly recommend a visit to Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, only a stone’s throw away along Donegal’s rugged coast line.

Exterior facade of the Abbey Hotel in Donegal
Ireland tour group at Donegal castle

Shipquay Hotel, Derry/Londonderry

Overlooking the famous Guildhall, Shipquay Hotel lies at the heart of Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Shipquay is a 5 storey Italianate-style listed heritage building, dating back to 1895. Enjoy contemporary bedrooms, many with views over the city’s famous 400-year-old walls. It’s the perfect base when you tour Derry/Londonderry.

The exterior of the Shipquay hotel in Derry
The interior of the double room in Shipquay hotel

Ballygally Castle Hotel, Antrim

They say location is everything, and if so Ballygally Castle has it all! Sitting proudly on the scenic Antrim coast, the 400 year old castle is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today. This 4 star hotel has recently undergone major refurbishment and is one of the finest hotel on the famous Causeway Coastal Route. Its tasteful contemporary décor, combined with the traditional character of the hotel, adds to the welcoming atmosphere.

Exterior of Ballygally Castle Hotel at dusk
The interior design of a main bedroom in the Slieve Donard Resort

The Cuan Strangford, Down

The Cuan has been in the heart of Strangford village since the early 1800s. It is a unique hotel in a stunning setting. The immediate area is a delight to explore and is home to beautiful sandy beaches that are perfect for a relaxing stroll at the end of the day.

Green exterior of Cuan hotel in Northern Ireland
Colourful pillow on bed in hotel interior in Ireland
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Northern Ireland Tour Intro & Highlights

Time to discover Ireland's north and northwest on this relaxed 6 Day tour.

  • Tour Northern Ireland along the epic Causeway Coastal Route.
  • Head truly off the beaten track in Donegal, one of Ireland’s most remote and beautiful regions.
  • Visit the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's World Heritage site.
  • Discover the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Enjoy cultural tours and historic architecture in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.
  • Meet Irish master craftsmen and other skilled artisans.

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Basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway wtih a mountain in the background
Tour Northern Ireland to see amazing sights like the Giant's Causeway
Couple on boat tour to Slieve League in Donegal
Take a scenic boat trip to Europe's highest accessible sea cliffs

Day 1: Let’s Hit The Prehistoric Road!

Begin your Driftwood Journey of Discovery from Dublin, bound for Mayo in Ireland's northwest.

  • Discover an Iron Age trackway at Corlea. Europe's oldest oak road was constructed nearly 2200 years ago.
  • Explore Ireland’s rich rural heritage at the Museum of Country Life; a modern exhibition space amid landscaped gardens.
  • Relax at Mount Falcon tonight, a romantic and characterful boutique hotel.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Door open on a Drifter tour vehicle in Northern Ireland
All aboard for Day 1 of your Driftwood Journey of Discovery from Dublin
Exterior of Mount Falcon Hotel with landscaped gardens
Relax in style tonight at Mount Falcon

Day 2: Scenic Boat Trip & Craft Studio in Donegal

Travel from Mayo to Donegal in Ireland's remote northwestern corner.

The average driving time today is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Slieve League sea cliffs in Donegal
Take a boat trip underneath the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League
Master handweaver Eddie Doherty meets Driftwooders on tour
See a true master craftsman at work in Eddie Doherty's open handweaving studio

Day 3: National Park Visit & Historic Walking Tour

Northward, ever northward! We travel today from Donegal to Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

  • Explore a romantic castle garden and a pristine wilderness in Glenveagh National Park.
  • Enjoy panoramic 360° vistas from the Celtic stone ringfort, Grianán of Aileach.
  • Take a guided walking tour of Ireland’s only walled city, Derry/Londonderry.
  • Your accommodation and dining tonight is at the central Shipquay Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

The exterior of the Glenveagh Castle Gardens with bright red flowers and green plants
Explore a romantic castle garden and a pristine wilderness in Glenveagh National Park.
Smiling Driftwood tour group at the Celtic ringfort Grianán of Aileach in Ireland
Panoramic 360° vistas from the Celtic stone ringfort, Grianán of Aileach

Day 4: Giant’s Causeway, Whiskey & Castle Stay

Touring Northern Ireland, we move from Derry/Londonderry along the Antrim coast.

  • Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the legendary Giant's Causeway.
  • Game of Thrones fan Alert! Look out for Theon Greyjoy stepping ashore at tiny Ballintoy Harbour.
  • Optional tasting at Bushmills, the world's oldest licensed Irish whiskey distillery (Tour Option - £10 per person).
  • Your accommodation tonight is at Ballygally Castle Hotel, situated directly on the beautiful Antrim coast.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway wtih a mountain in the background
Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway
A barman at the Armada Hotel in Ireland examines a measure of Midleton Irish whiskey in a glass tumbler with light shining above him
Raise a glass of Irish whiskey on a tour of Bushmills distillery

Day 5: Belfast Historic Tour & Titanic Experience

Sea cliffs and a welcome spa hotel, travelling from Antrim to Newcastle via Belfast city.

The average driving time today is 2 hours.

Smiling Driftwood group pose at a colourful, graffiti-covered Peace Wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a Black Cab Tour
Tour Group visit the Titanic Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Visit the world's largest Titanic visitor experience

Day 6: Castles, Celtic Crosses & Mourne Mountains

Headed south from Down to Dublin, there’s still time for some of Ireland’s top highlights on your final day

  • Watch for wildlife and wildflowers at Murlough National Nature Reserve.
  • Step back in time to imagine kings, earls and lords battling over Dundrum Castle.
  • Revel at the Celtic high crosses of Monasterboice.
  • Farewell hugs all round for your new Driftwooder friends in Dublin between 5-6pm.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Celtic Cross at Monasterboice
Revel at the Celtic high crosses of Monasterboice
Two seals on a rock in the blue sea in front of some green topped cliffs
Watch for wildlife and wildflowers at Murlough National Nature Reserve
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A €250 deposit per person is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

**All tours are charged in EURO. Exchange rates quoted are online rates and may differ to the rate our payment partner Flywire and banks offer.

Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

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