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Castles, Gardens and Whiskey Discovery Tour of Northern Ireland

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Experience an intimate 7 day tour with Irish National Tour Guide Con O’Leary on a fully guided luxury motor coach of no more than 14 people exploring the Castles, Grand Gardens and Whiskeys of  Northern Ireland. Get an overview of the current and past political situation in Northern Ireland.  Experience a working sheep farm and get to hold a baby lamb.  Glenshane Country Farm is a working sheep farm owned by Jamese McCloy. Four generations of Jamese’s family have been sheep farmers, each more determined than the last to preserve the epic landscape around them.

This is an in depth tour of Northern Ireland with a very experienced local guide where we will have lots of opportunities to get off the beaten track and discover the real Ireland and meet with the locals.

€TBD per person, double occupancy

€TBD single occupancy supplement.


4* plus Accommodation

2 x Nights Belfast City

2 x Nights Portrush

1 x Night Derry City

1 x Night Dublin City


First Class fully air conditioned  Midi-Motor Coach

Professional Scotia Ireland Driver/Guide


All breakfasts included

Lunches and Evening dinners not included

Not Included

Price does not include driver guide tips or other gratuities

Price does not include domestic or international air fares.

Scotia Ireland Tours do not provide travel insurance and strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel, we recommend consulting the following companies to discuss your options.



Other Info

  • Based on current rates, double occupancy and includes taxes per person sharing.
  • Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose to arrive early or stay late and tour on their own.
  • Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs. Subject to change.
  • Does not include driver guide tips or other gratuities.
  • This tour information is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Terms and Conditions.
  • Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and possible currency exchange fluctuations, Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd reserve the right to adjust the tour price.

Baggage Limitations
The interior of the coach will have limited space for baggage. Therefore each person will be limited to one piece of luggage/suitcase (to ride in the under-coach hold), one small carry on tote bag (or purse), plus a photography equipment bag.

Extend your Stay
Ireland has a wealth of things to see and do. This tour has been designed with variety in mind for the photographer tourist to provide both urban and wild destinations and includes stops to historic sites and opportunities to see wildlife. Consider adding additional days prior to (or after) to see sights you will not visit on this tour.

Camera Gear
It is tempting to bring all your camera gear on such an excursion. However take time to ponder what you really need and cull out some of your gear to keep your weight down. Light-weight tripods may be more beneficial than large heavy ones. Two lenses (three at the most) should be more than sufficient. Most camera battery chargers are adapted to the voltage in USA and Ireland, but you will want wall socket adapters that fit the Irish wall sockets. Be sure your plug will actually plug into the adapter as fittings for both can mismatch.

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin and travel by luxury mini coach to Royal Hillsborough Castle and Gardens just south of Lisburn.

Following our visit of the Castle and Gardens we make our way to Belfast and along the way enjoy a guided distillery tour and tasting in their exclusive tasting bar.

On arrival in Belfast before checking in to our hotel we will have the opportunity to visit Belfast Botanic Gardens that were first established in 1828. There is an extensive rose garden, long herbaceous borders and some rare oaks planted in the 1880’s

Overnight in Belfast City Centre Hotel

Day 2

This morning in this vibrant historical city we can enjoy a panoramic political tour of  Belfast city with your driver guide and maybe a visit to the highly recommended Titanic visitor centre experience. There is tons to do in Belfast, from the galleries of the Cathedral Quarter, super cool restaurants to the bustle of St George’s Market, this afternoon you are free to explore the vibrant and colourful city on your own.

Overnight in Belfast City Centre Hotel.

Day 3

Explore the dramatic Causeway Coast route running for almost two hundred miles along the coast from Belfast to Derry, this Northern Ireland road trip has everything from castles to stunning landscapes, Game of Thrones filming locations, whiskey distilleries, sandy beaches, and UNESCO world heritage sites. We will stop in many charming little towns and villages along the way such as  Carnlough, Cushendun, Ballycastle to mention just a few.

Our first visit will be the coastal town of Carrickfergus to visit the medieval Carrickfergus Castle, built in the late 12th century.

Our next stop along the coast will be the village of Glenarm and Glenarm Castle gardens. Since opening to the public in 2005 the garden continues to evolve as a centre of horticultural excellence with imaginative herbaceous borders, water features, fruit and vegetable gardens and display of flowers which burst with colour from spring to autumn. From the mount at the top of the garden you have a magnificent view of the Castle, sea and the estate beyond.

Overnight in a local Inn

Day 4

Today we visit Northern Ireland’s World Heritage Site, The Giant’s Causeway. Comprising of around 40,000 thousand of mostly hexagonal basalt columns descending gently into the sea. Depending on who you believe, the stones were formed either by an underwater volcano’s geological actions or by a giant named Finn McCool, who lived and battled along the north Antrim Coast.

Following lunch in a local pub we will make our way back to Bushmills village where we can enjoy a whiskey tasting and tour of the Bushmills Distillery. Bushmills Irish Whiskey is made at the world’s oldest licenced working distillery in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the beautiful North Coast. We can experience the rich aromas and full- bodied flavours of Ireland’s oldest working distillery (1608) by pre-booking one of the tutored tasting events.

Overnight in Local Inn

Day 5

Today we tour the most Northern coast of Ireland visiting Dunluce Castle which is one of the most picturesque and romantic of Irish Castles. With evidence of settlement from the first millennium, the present castle ruins date from the 16th and 17th centuries. It was inhabited by both the feuding McQuillan and MacDonnell clans.

The afternoon we will continue the Northern Ireland coastline soon arriving in Derry City, where you will have the evening free to explore the famous medieval walled city. Derry city is a friendly and busy little town with many bars and pubs offering traditional music each evening, so be sure to go for a pint or two and enjoy the local banter. Northern Ireland’s second largest city, Derry, also known as Londonderry and Doire, is a fascinating walled city with a long and absorbing history.

Overnight Derry City Hotel

Day 6

Today we say farewell to Derry city and make our way back to Dublin. We will tour through the beautiful Sperrin Mountain range as we again head South towards the Republic of Ireland.

We will visit Glenshane Sheep farm in the Sperrin mountains, Glenshane Country Farm is a working sheep farm owned by shepard and sheep farmer Jamese McCloy. Immerse yourself in stories of four generations of hill farming in this unique part of the world. Here we can experience what a working day is like on an Irish mountain sheep farm, we will have an opportunity to see Jamese work with his sheep dogs moving and gathering sheep from place to place.

Following our visit to the sheep farm we will continue towards Belfast and onwards to Dublin where we can check in to our hotel for the evening,

Overnight Dublin City Centre Hotel.

Day 7

After the final Irish breakfast this morning transfer to Dublin Airport with your driver guide to board your return flights to the US or onwards to further exciting adventures.

Turas sàbhailte abhaile  dhuibh (safe journey home).

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