The Emerald Isle

From north to south – step into Ireland’s colourful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history. Rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains create a dramatic setting for your Emerald Isle adventure.

Belfast | Galway | Dingle | Kilkenny

12 days – 11 Nights – up to 18 guests

The Back Roads difference:

  • Discover Northern Ireland’s dramatic history in an escorted Black Can tour of Belfast’s unique street art and political murals
  • Marvel at the mysterious Giant’s Causeway
Day 1 - Dublin to Belfast
From Dublin, we venture to the prehistoric site of Newgrange and visit the Battle of Boyne for an exciting preview of what to expect over the days to come. Tonight, we arrive in Belfast and enjoy a delicious meal together. (D)
Day 2 - Belfast - Londonderry
You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see the influences on contemporary culture. This morning begins with an escorted Black Cab tour of Belfast’s unique street art – its political murals, followed by a visit to the Titanic Museum where we discover the personal stories that surround this fateful ship. We continue to Ballyscullion Park, a historic private country house, where lunch will be waiting for us. Later, we explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder – the Giant’s Causeway – before arriving in Londonderry. (B,L)
Day 3 - Londonderry - North Irish Coast - Londonderry
Today, stroll along the old city walls of Londonderry and then continue the journey to the Isle of Doagh where we’ll learn of the local population’s experience of the devastating Irish Famine. (B)
Day 4 - Londonderry - Ballyfarnon
More fascinating history is on the cards today at the Ulster-American Folk Park, where we learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to embark on a fresh life in the New World and make time for a pottery demonstration. The day ends in Ballyfarnon where we regroup for an evening meal together. (B,D)
Day 5 - Ballyfarnon - Connemara - Galway
The morning sees us in Westport before visiting the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre to gain a unique insight into Ireland’s past. As the day draws to a close, we’ll complete our journey with a walking tour through the harbour city of Galway. (B)
Day 6 - Galway
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish in buzzing, bohemian Galway. (B)
Day 7 - Galway - The Burren - Dingle
We meet with the picturesque area of Caherconnell and witness local sheepdog trials in action. We continue across the Burren and round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, rising high above the Atlantic. (B,D)
Day 8 - Dingle Peninsula
We’ll begin in south-west Ireland’s jewel in the crown – the Dingle Peninsula before stopping off at the Blasket Islands Centre. The afternoon gives us plenty of free time to delve deeper and explore DIngle. (B)
Day 9 - Dingle - Kenmare - Blarney
Peaks and lakes are on the cards today. Time to take in the views across the stunning Killarney Lakes and onwards to Kenmare before the adventure continues with a visit to the iconic Blarney Castle. Legend has it, if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be blessed with the gift of eloquence. Tonight, make the most of your new found eloquence over dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 10 - Blarney - Kinsale - Blarney
The port and fishing town of Kinsale is where we’ll start our walking tour through history and a stop at Charles Fort before returning to Blarney for the evening. (B)
Day 11 - Blarney - Tipperary - Kilkenny
As we approach the final few chapters of our tour we find ourselves at rural Tipperary and Swiss Cottage to then carry on through to Kilkenny, Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. (B,D)
Day 12 - Kilkenny - Avoca - Dublin
Our last day sees us reach the ‘fair city’ of Dublin with a stop via Avoca and Huntingdon Castle where our tour ends. (B)

 

Tour Inclusions

  • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 evening meals (D)
  • Black Cab tour of Belfast
  • Entrance included to: Newgrange, Battle of the Boyne site, Titanic Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Doagh Famine Village, Ulster American Folk Park, Parke’s Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands Centre, Charles Fort, Connemara Heritage Centre, Swiss Cottage, Huntington Castle

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