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6 Day Northern Island Tour

The Perfect Way to Tour Northern Ireland

Tour Northern Ireland and the northwest coast on this relaxed journey of discovery, featuring excellent hotels, unforgettable sights and fun activities.

Explore the wild backroads of Mayo, medieval castles in Donegal and the epic Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. Overnight in a charming Irish castle hotel and visit the world’s biggest Titanic attraction.

Shop for authentic crafts and meet local people in friendly Irish villages, before visiting Northern Ireland’s cities: Belfast and Derry/Londonderry.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "We had an amazing driver (Danny). He was entertaining and fun. He also was flexible and took folks to places their ancestry was from when it was on the route. Small tours can get to places the big coaches cannot plus with a smaller group, you get to know people better and it takes less time getting on/off." Guest Review - Sept 2023

From €1,647.00 pps* Single Supplement €285.00
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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 accommodate 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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The tour guide, Dave, was terrific. Liked having tour options. Lack of air conditioning in some hotels was lacking, making it difficult for some to sleep at night. Food options were good. A couple of the museums on the first day were boring. It would have been better to arrive at the hotel on some days earlier so that we could partake in some of the amenities offered; such as the pool and trail walking. It was a very good experience overall.
Clare, 17th Jul 2023
The 6-day Northern Island Tour was…exceptional!
The 6-day Northern Island Tour was excellent. Our guide, Damien, was very knowlegdeable, organized, and accommodating to individual needs. Plus, he was a lot of fun!! The hotel locations were great, and the breakfasts were wonderful.

Everything about this tour was wonderful! Damien was an excellent guide -- knowledgeable and passionate about Ireland!
Mary Ellen, 22nd Jun 2023
The tour was everything I expected and more! Tim is an excellent guide who absolutely went above and beyond to ensure we had a wonderful experience. So happy to finally see Northern Ireland!
Billie, 28th Jun 2023

Trip Advisor - 6 Day Northern Island Tour

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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.


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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.


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Selfie of three tour guests in Northern Ireland

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.


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Tour FAQs

Find answers to questions about the 6 Day Driftwood Northern Island Tour itinerary.

What Currency Will I Need On Tour?

Euro is the main currency you'll use while touring in the Republic of Ireland.

If your tour visits Northern Ireland, you'll also use Pound sterling (£).

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When & Where Do Vagabond/Driftwood Tours Depart From?

All of our tours leave from our pick-up/drop-off point at the Grand Canal Hotel in Dublin.

Our pick-up times from the Grand Canal Hotel vary by tour:

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Who Guides The Tours?

All of our tours are fully guided by our team of expert driver guides.

We call them VagaGuides.

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What Activities Have Weight Limits?

We always put guest safety first on Vagabond Cultural Adventures.

For this reason, when engaging in kayaking and horseback-riding activities, the following personal weight limits apply:

🐴 Horseback-Riding

Male weight limit: 238lbs / 17 stone / 108kg

Female weight limit: 225lbs / 16 stone / 102kg

🛶 Kayaking

Per person Double Kayak weight limit: 110kg / 17.5 stone / 245lbs

Total Double Kayak weight limit for 2 guests: 190kg / 30 stone / 420lbs

Per person Single Kayak weight limit: 92kg / 14.5 stone / 200lbs.


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Are There Any Luggage Restrictions?

Yes, we do operate a limit on luggage.

Owing to the compact nature of our small-group tour vehicles, your luggage limit is one suitcase per person (no bigger than 30” or 75cm along their longest side).

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What Day Do Tours Return To Dublin?

To help you plan your return flights, here are the days and times that our tours return to Dublin.

The return point for all tours is Dublin's Grand Canal Hotel

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Where Can I Do Laundry On Tour?

Serviced laundry facilities are available on tours that stay 2 nights in the following towns:

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Do All Hotels Provide Separate Bathrooms?

Yes, all hotel rooms on Vagabond and Driftwood Tours of Ireland are ensuite.

Expect your own separate bathroom with toilet, sink and shower and/or bath.

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Where Is My Luggage Stored On Tour Vehicles?

The answer depends on which tour style you have chosen.

Driftwood vehicles have space for luggage onboard. Vagabond vehicles tow a trailer.

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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 Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Moy Valley, the 4 star Mount Falcon Estate offers 100 acres of magical woodlands to add to the adventure of the day.

If you have time, make sure you experience the hotel's spa and a falconry experience

This Victorian Gothic manor house was originally built as a wedding gift.

It's widely recognised as one of the the most romantic historic hotels in Ireland; perfect if you have an anniversary while on tour.

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

Abbey Hotel Donegal

Enjoy the charms of Donegal town at the comfortable Abbey Hotel.

Relax in superbly appointed bedrooms before savouring delicious food and lively traditional Irish music performances.

You're guaranteed a warm Irish welcome at the Abbey!

The exterior of The Abbey Hotel in Donegal
The abbey hotel double room interior

Shipquay Hotel

Originally constructed as a bank in 1895, the Shipquay Hotel oozes personality.

This compact, high quality boutique hotel is centrally-located in Derry/Londonderry.

It overlooks the famous 400 year old city walls and the historic Guildhall building.

The Shipquay is the perfect base when you tour Derry/Londonderry.

We'd recommend trying a cocktail!

The exterior of the shipquay hotel
The bedroom of the shipquay hotel

Ballygally Castle Hotel

Ever stayed the night in a haunted castle? Now you can.

Sitting proudly on the scenic Northern Ireland coast, Ballygally Castle Hotel features a 400 year old tower house which is home to a friendly ghost. Spooky!

Ballygally is the only 17th century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland today.

This elegant and welcoming hotel has become a firm guest favourite on our small-group tours of Northern Ireland.

A view of Ballygally castle at dusk
The gardens of ballygally castle with a blue sky

The Cuan

The boutique Cuan has been in the heart of Strangford village since the early 1800s.

This is a unique hotel destination in a stunning setting.

The immediate area is a delight to explore. Strangford 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
A double bed in with a green throw on it in the cuan hotel

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 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 Donegal Castle
  • Entrance into Dunluce Castle
  • Entrance into Hillsborough 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.

** Cash is required for this activity. No card payment available.

Flexible and optional activities on tour
  • Boat Trip at Slieve League Cliffs**
    Guided boat trip in the shadow of 2000ft high sea cliffs. Cash required.
  • Atlantic Sheepdog Demos Sligo**
    Watch a live demo of sheepdog and master at work in Sligo. Cash required.
  • Bushmills Whiskey Tasting
    Tasting at the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • Black Cab Tour**
    Guided Belfast tour. Recommended. Cash Required (£GBP Sterling).
  • Titanic Experience
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
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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
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6 Day Driftwood Northern Island Tour Intro & Highlights

  • Experience the historic cities and spectacular natural scenery of Northern Ireland and the rugged northwest region.
  • Visit the geological wonder that is the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's World Heritage site.
  • Board a boat trip to Slieve League, the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe.
  • Traverse mountain passes and pristine beaches in Donegal, one of Ireland’s most beautiful but undiscovered counties.
  • Take a history tour with a local guide to see street murals and learn about the 'Troubles' in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland.
  • Relive epic battles on a historic walking tour of Ireland’s only fully intact walled city; Derry/Londonderry.
  • Overnight in high quality guesthouses and locally-owned hotels.
  • Take a guided tour of the castle where the British Royal Family stay in Northern Ireland.
  • Meet master craftspeople and skilled artisans in working craft studios.
  • Encounter authentic culture and local experiences in off the beaten track destinations.
Giants causeway with a mountain the background
Couple on boat tour to Slieve League in Donegal

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.

Accommodation tonight is at The Mount Falcon Estate & Spa.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Door open on a Drifter tour vehicle in Northern Ireland
Exterior of Mount Falcon Hotel with landscaped gardens
Exterior of Mount Falcon Hotel with landscaped gardens

Day 2: Donegal Boat Trip & Sheepdog Demo

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

  • Watch shepherd and dog working perfectly in tandem during a sheepdog demo (Tour Option).
  • Take a boat trip underneath the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League (Tour Option).
  • Don't miss a traditional Irish music performance while in Donegal.

Accommodation tonight is at The Abbey Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Tour Group visits Donegal Castle
A tour group exploring Donegal Castle
Slieve League cliffs, a beautiful destination if you're spending 2 weeks in Ireland

Day 3: National Park & Walking History Tour

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

  • Watch for wild deer in Glenveagh National Park with the choice of an historic castle tour (Tour Option).
  • 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.

Accommodation tonight is at The Shipquay Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

The exterior of Glenveagh castle and gardens.
Tour group at stone ring fort while touring Ireland for 2 weeks

Day 4: Castle Hotel Stay & Giant’s Causeway

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 (Fee Included).
  • 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).

Accommodation tonight is at Ballygally Castle Hotel.

The average driving time today is 3 hours.

Giants causeway with a mountain the background
A barman at the Armada Hotel in Ireland examines a measure of Midleton Irish whiskey in a glass tumbler with light shining above him

Day 5: Belfast History Tour & Royal Castle

  • Sea cliffs and a welcome spa hotel, travelling from Antrim to Newcastle via Belfast city.
  • Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a historical Black Cab Tour (Tour Option).
  • Visit the Titanic Centre, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience (Tour Option).
  • Visit Hillsborough Castle & Gardens this afternoon to see the British Royal Family's official residence in Northern Ireland (Fee Included).

Accommodation tonight is at The Cuan Hotel.

The average driving time today is 2 hours 30 minutes.

A tour group at the peace wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tour Group visit the Titanic Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Day 6: Mountains, Castles & Celtic Crosses

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

  • 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 3 hours 30 minutes.

Detail of decoration on High Celtic Cross at Monasterboice in Ireland
Seals recline on rocks near Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland
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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 accommodate 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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