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7 Day Northern And Southern Ireland Backpacker Adventure Tour

Our ultimate Irish adventure!  Tour Ireland, north and south and visit Inis Mór, the Gaelic-speaking Aran Islands hidden away off the west coast.  This one has it all — traditional music, stunning scenery, ancient monuments and vibrant towns, plus great craic on the road and at night.  This is your chance to see Ireland through Irish eyes.  Seven action-packed and fun-filled days which may well turn out to be the best days of your life!




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Tour Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of giants at The Giant’s Causeway
  • Take a ferry across the Atlantic to the Aran Island of Inis Mór
  • Marvel at the mighty Cliffs of Moher
  • Explore Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital
  • See the mysterious ‘Dark Hedges’ and Ballintoy Harbour seen in Game of Thrones
  • Learn about the turbulent past of Belfast and Derry
  • Pick a pub in Ennis and join a traditional Irish music session
  • Enjoy the wild and rugged scenery of Connemara
  • Travel through the stunning Slea Head Drive and Dingle Peninsula
  • Get charmed by small Irish towns of Westport and Lahinch, Ireland’s surf capital
  • Fall in love with the lunar landscape of the Burren
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin To Ballintoy

We start from the Fair City of Dublin at 08.30am and leave the Republic behind when we head north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.

Take the chance to do a famous Black Cab Tour with a local cabbie at the wheel and explore the Loyalist and Republican heartlands with their famous political murals.

Alternatively, you have free time to see the city or visit Belfast’s Titanic Experience to learn about the iconic, yet doomed ship.

In the afternoon we head even further north to ‘The Dark Hedges’ that starred as Kingsroad on the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

We spend the night in the rural village of Ballintoy, which will also be familiar to the Game of Thrones fans as Lordsport on the Isle of Pyke.

You will have the chance to head to the stunning Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and sway Indiana Jones’ style over the choppy Atlantic Ocean, before admiring the stunning sunset.

Day 2 - Ballintoy To Derry

What a way to start the day!  We follow in the footsteps of Giants on the eighth natural wonder of the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Giant’s Causeway.  With its thousands of hexagonal columns you can make up your mind what caused it; a giant or geology?

After hearing tales about the giant Finn MacCool, we travel further along the beautiful coast to Derry, our home for the night.  This medieval city will test your emotions as you are brought face to face with its troubled history, both past and present on an optional award-winning walking tour led by a local guide.

Day 3 - Derry To Galway

Heading south, we cross the border and make our way back to the Republic of Ireland.

We visit the resting place of the world famous poet, W.B. Yeats, before stopping for lunch at the quaint town of Westport on the edge of an Atlantic inlet.

The wild and rugged Connemara awaits, with its barren mountains in the north and bogs and lakes in the south, which both have been inspiring Irish musicians for centuries.

Our overnight is the cultural capital of Ireland.  Enjoy Galway’s lively atmosphere and streets filled with buskers or re-enact Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl music video in the vibrant Latin Quarter.

Day 4 - Inis Mór

Travel back in time as we cross the Atlantic to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.  With its 3,000 miles of stone walls, Inis Mór is like nothing you have ever seen.  Explore the island on foot, hire a horse and cart or rent a bike. Whatever you do, don’t miss the awe-inspiring Dun Aonghasa, a 3,000-year-old Iron Age ring fort perched on the edge of a 300-foot high cliff.

The locals are fluent Irish Gaelic speakers and super friendly, so get chatting to them over a pint to get an insight to the Irish island life.

After a tremendous day exploring the remote island, it’s time to head back to the mainland for a pint of Guinness or two in one of Galway’s many buzzing pubs.

Day 5 - Galway To Ennis

We continue our journey through County Clare and the Burren region, Ireland’s lunar landscape and home to ancient tombs, fairies and leprechauns.

We stop for lunch in Ireland’s surf capital Lahinch on the west coast before making our way to the most famous cliffs in the world!

Hold on to your hats because next up are the awesome Cliffs of Moher, rising hundreds of feet over the Atlantic Ocean.  The cliffs are famous the world over for their stunning views and have been used as a backdrop in movies like Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince and The Princess Bride.  We have included the entrance to the award-winning Visitor Centre in our trip, so after a wander on the cliff’s edge you can head in and learn the history of this magnificent place.

We spend the night in Ennis, County Clare; the renowned home of Irish music. The pubs are filled with locals playing ‘trad’ music, so pick your seat and join a proper Irish jam session.

Day 6 - Ennis To Killarney

Today is all about breathtaking scenery and adventure.  We travel the stunning Slea Head Drive down to Dingle Peninsula and spend the day exploring the dramatic Irish coastline.  Your guide will take you to the edge of the ancient world and tell tales of our ancient heroes and warriors.  Spot ‘The Sleeping Giant’ and ‘The Three Sisters’ amongst the rugged coastline and beautiful beaches and learn how to play hurling, originating from an ancient Gaelic game, or just relax and take in the stunning views.

We head to the party town of Killarney for the night, located on the shores of Lough Leane.  You can take a horse and carriage ride through the beautiful Killarney National Park and see Ross Castle that was built in the 15th century, before joining the locals in a Kerry ‘Dishco’ and dancing the night away.

Day 7 - Killarney To Dublin

It’s time to leave the Kingdom of Kerry behind as we go on to Blarney Castle in the rebel county of Cork.  The famous castle dates back to 1446 and was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty.  On the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone.  If you dare to hang upside down at 11 meters and give the stone a big juicy smacker, you will be gifted with the legendary ‘gift of the gab’.  You will never be lost for words again!

In the afternoon we stop at the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the seat of the Kings of Munster before heading back to the Fair City of Dublin.  It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends when we arrive back to the capital at approximately 17.30pm.

Dublin
61°
partly cloudy
63% humidity
wind: 7mph E
H 64 • L 52
67°
Mon
65°
Tue
63°
Wed
67°
Thu
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Fri
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Important Information

Tour Inclusions

  • Your fan-feckin-tastic Irish Guide
  • All transport around the Emerald Isle
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Inis Mór ferry and transfer
  • Cliffs of Moher entry
  • The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre entry

Accommodation

6 nights’ hostel dorm multi-share accommodation is included in the price of your tour.  We use the best hostels available and generally use small 4 to 6-bed dorms.

Private Rooms Upgrade

Fancy some ‘together’ time? Private Room Upgrades can be selected at time of booking when available.  Most private rooms (min. 2 people) are accommodated within the hostel but where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation located a short walk away from the main drop off point.  Some private rooms have en-suite facilities whilst others have shared bathrooms.

Sheep Island View Hostel, Ballintoy

Set in one of the most picturesque parts of Northern Ireland overlooking the stunning coastline, this family-run hostel is sure to charm you.  After staying here you’ll know what a warm Irish welcome is!

Travelodge, Derry City

This centrally located, contemporary hotel features all the facilities you’d expect with plenty of local attractions within easy reach.  There’s a stylish cafe-bar to keep you refreshed, twin and triple rooms are standard.

Kinlay Eyre Square, Galway

A fantastic, newly renovated, award winning hostel located in the heart of vibrant Galway with top class facilities and the well-travelled staff there to help you get the most out of your stay.

Rowan Tree Hostel, Ennis

This impressive Georgian building was built around 1740 for the lords and gentry of the land! Facilities, however, are all brand new with outdoor patio, free WiFi and café bar.

Neptune’s Hostel, Killarney

A family owned hostel provides a great night’s sleep and is ideally situated close to the action in this party town.

Optional Activities

Award-Winning Derry City Walking Tour

Derry is known as the “home of the troubles” and after this walking tour you will understand why.  You will hear all about the changes that Derry has gone through since the “Good Friday” agreement and the amazing history of this great city.

Black Cab Tour of Belfast

West Belfast is a microcosm of “The Troubles”, encompassing the very fabric of what divides the communities in Belfast. During this tour, your driver will take you on an exploration of this part of Belfast, and they will provide you with a fresh perspective on events, as seen through the eyes of the local people, and as also seen from their different points of view.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago and is home to the Blarney Stone, which is found at the top of the Tower.  Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words!



FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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