6 Day Northern Island Tour

Experience northwestern and Northern Ireland in 6 days. Relax amid stunning scenery and amazing culture.

Step onto the Giant's Causeway. Enjoy guided tours of Belfast and Derry. Take a boat trip to Slieve League sea cliffs. Tour the Antrim coastal route. Visit Irish craft studios in Donegal.

🏰 Enjoy a night in a charming Irish castle hotel. Overnight in boutique guesthouses.

€1,669.00 pps*
*Single Supplement EURO €239
Estimated $ USD 2020 Price: $1,856 (based on $1 = €0.89)
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€1,669.00 Per person sharing

Notre Dame / Navy NFL Game in Dublin Discount applies for 23rd August 2020 Departure.

All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

A 15% deposit is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

Time to relax and explore historic Ireland
Smooth and comfortable Mercedes-Benz tour vehicles
Tour historic castles and traditional Irish culture
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 Benz/Volkswagen 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 City

For your information - below are a list of options you can choose while on tour.

Lots of flexible options while on tour!
  • Black Cab Tour
    ÂŁ10.00
    Guided tour of historic Belfast. Highly Recommended.
  • Titanic Experience
    ÂŁ18.50
    Self-guided tour of the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
    ÂŁ9.00
    Cross this scenic rope bridge, suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Bushmills Distillery Tour
    ÂŁ9.00
    Guided walking tour of the world's oldest licensed whiskey distillery.
  • Dunluce Castle
    ÂŁ5.50
    Self-guided tour of clifftop Dunluce Castle.
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Getting to know the real Ireland through a once in a lifetime experience!
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We would absolutely use them again for any future trips! Our guide Jason was fantastic giving us the history of the area and of the places we were going to visit. Along the way he found us unique places to visit and see that there …
Eric Funk, 21st Oct 2019
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Great trip, guide was excellent and the tour was fantastic The hotels and the lunches were first rate. Bus was clean and new and no wifi was great. Running commentary from Tim Orr was excellent.
2nd Oct 2019
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Tim was just the best! Got us where we needed to be when we needed to be, but such a great relaxing attitude as well.
Elizabeth Albright, 1st Oct 2019

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How to enjoy a no stress tour
"How about a small tour group? A small tour vehicle? and an agenda that is a suggestion but not carved in stone? This was my second Driftwood tour in six months, this time to the West coast and Northern Ireland. There would be driving and enjoying the scenery and stopping at interesting places. The accommodations were great, no, not chain hotels but rather interesting places to stay with staff who want you to enjoy your time there.
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Best Tour Ever!
My wife and I recently took the Driftwood tour of Northern Ireland tour. What a fantastic week! The itinerary was carefully crafted to offer a wide variety of interesting historic and cultural experiences. The pace was brisk but manageable and we had enough discretionary time to fit in some additional activities. The accommodations were stunning and included two castles.
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2nd Tour with Vagabond--Simply the Best!!
We just completed our second tour with Vagabond. We did the new six day Northern Ireland tour with our guide, Sean. If you are looking for a small group tour, you will not find anything better than Vagabond. We went with the Driftwood group. The knowledge and professionalism of their tour guides is the difference between other groups and Vagabond.
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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 and Hotel, Co. 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

Belleek Castle, Co. Mayo

Belleek Castle is a characterful 19th century country home close to Mayo’s Atlantic coastline. Enter this genuine Castle and be welcomed in the original Great Hall, an open fire with the sweet smell of burning turf to warm your steps back through half a millenium. Enjoy Belleek's attentive hospitality where they encourage you to leave hectic reality behind you.

"Here in Belleek Castle, you will leave hectic reality behind you."
The front exterior view of the stunning Belleek Castle
Interior design of main bedroom in Belleek Castle with four poster bed

The Nesbitt Arms, Co. Donegal

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel was established in 1838 and has been providing people with a home away from home experience since. Snuggled between the Wild Atlantic Coast line and the Bluestack mountains, Ardara, is a warm, welcoming, friendly & musical village with The Nesbitt Arms at the centre of it. Warm tweeds, traditional music, roaring fires and friendly local staff await you where modern comfort is interwoven with historic soul.

Exterior of the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara, Donegal, Ireland
Bed and soft furnishings in a deluxe room at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara, Donegal, Ireland

Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry

Experience the rustic elegance and authentic Irish charm of the Beech Hill Country House - one of Ireland's finest manor house hotels run by Conor Donnelly and his team. During its 400-year history, Beech Hill played a role in a series of high profile international events, including the Plantation of Ulster, the 1641 Rebellion, the Siege of Derry in 1689 and World War II, during which the hotel grounds hosted one of the largest US Navy accommodation camps in Base One Europe.

"On behalf of our family and all the team at Beech Hill Country House, we would like to welcome you to this wonderful hotel."
The exterior of Beech Hill with a guest horse riding through the gardens
A picnic on the grass in front of Beech Hill with two horses in the background

Ballygally Castle Hotel, Co. 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

Slieve Donard, Co. Down

Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down golf links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas.

The exterior of Slieve Donard Resort and beautiful garden
The interior design of a main bedroom in the Slieve Donard Resort
Itinerary
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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.
  • 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
A smiling Driftwood tour group pose beside their Drifter tour vehicle at a scenic location in Ireland
All aboard your super-comfy, slick Mercedes tour vehicle

Day 1: Mayo & Mount Falcon

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 or Belleek Castle tonight - both romantic and characterful boutique hotels.

The average driving time today is 4 hours 30 minutes.

Exterior of Museum of Country Life Castlebar in Ireland
Explore Ireland’s rich rural heritage at the Museum of Country Life
Exterior of Mount Falcon Hotel with landscaped gardens
Relax in style tonight at Mount Falcon or Belleek Castle

Day 2: Crafts & Castle Tour

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

  • Take a guided tour of Donegal castle, a 15th century fortress.
  • Take a boat trip underneath the towering sea cliffs of Slieve League.
  • Meet a true master craftsman at work in Eddie Doherty's open handweaving studio.
  • Don't miss a traditional Irish music performance in the quaint town of Ardara.
  • This evening’s accommodation is at the family-owned Nesbitt Arms in Ardara.

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: Walking Tour & National Park

Northward, ever northward! We travel today from Donegal to Derry 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 onlywalled city, Derry.
  • Your accommodation and dining tonight is at the Georgian-era Beech Hill Country House 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: Tour Northern Ireland

Touring Northern Ireland, we move along the Antrim coast.

  • Walk in the footsteps of Finn McCool at the legendary Giant's Causeway.
  • Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, suspended high above the waves.
  • Raise a glass at Bushmills, the world's oldest licensed Irish whiskey distillery.
  • 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
Carrick-a-rede rope bridge panorama including sea
Dare to cross Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

Day 5: Guided Belfast Tour

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

  • Explore the vibrant history of Belfast on a historical Black Cab Tour
  • Visit the Titanic Centre, the world's largest Titanic visitor experience.
  • Discover the life and legend of Ireland’s patron saint at Saint Patrick’s Centre
  • Witness St Patrick's grave at nearby Down Cathedral.
  • Relax tonight at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, set between sea and mountain.

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
Exterior of Slieve Donard Hotel at night time
Relax at Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Day 6: Castles & Celtic Crosses

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 2 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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All tours are charged in EURO. Single Supplements apply to Single Room Occupancy.

A 15% deposit is all we need to secure your tour online. All our departure dates are guaranteed.

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