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8 Day Irish Castles Northwest Coast Fly & Drive

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1 - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland.

DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin
Welcome to Ireland, the "Emerald Isle!" Arrive in Dublin, the country's spirited capital, immortalized by James Joyce; pick up your reserved vehicle at the airport's car rental facility. On the drive to your hotel, see the city’s contrasting architecture -- from modern glass skyscrapers to grand neoclassical facades, accented by lovely views of the River Liffey. Today, perhaps visit Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President and the Dublin Zoo. Or, stroll leisurely along Temple Bar with its charming narrow cobbled streets and statue lined O'Connell Street, the city's main thoroughfare, dominated by the "Spire", the world’s tallest sculpture. Dublin is filled with welcoming people, fabulous restaurants and cozy pubs on every corner where you can sample some of the local brews. Drive to your hotel in Meath for overnight. 

Drive Time: 45 minutes*

Distance: 15 miles*

DAY 3 - Drive to Leitrim
This morning, journey to County Leitrim and arrive in Dromahair village, set amid spectacular landscapes. Visit the Creevelea Friary, on the outskirts of Dromahair. What remains of this Franciscan friary, built in 1508, stand on a small hill overlooking the River Bonet below. Continue to your castle hotel for overnight. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 2 hours*
Distance: 85 miles*

DAY 4 - Parke's Castle, Arigna Mining Experience
Today perhaps visit Parke's Castle, a restored plantation castle from the early 17th century. Once an important stronghold of the O'Rourke family, it's situated on the shores of Lough Gill. On the way back to the castle hotel, stop at Arigna Mining Experience and get an insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 100 miles*

DAY 5 - Drive to Lough Eske
On the way to Lough Eske stop at Donegal Castle built by the O'Donnell chieftains in the 15th century. Continue on to your castle hotel, a restored 17th century castle on the shores of Lough Eske. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 2 hours in 30 minutes*
Distance: 100 miles*

DAY 6 - Giant's Causeway, Londonderry
Venture into Northern Ireland along the edge of the Antrim plateau to Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Site, with its over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns leading from the coastal cliffs out to sea. Stop in Derry (Londonderry), a city steeped in history and stroll along the medieval walls, among the best preserved city fortifications in the Western world. View the Guildhall, Apprentice Boys Memorial and St. Columb's Cathedral. The Museum of Free Derry pays homage to the events of the Bloody Sunday Massacre. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 75 miles*

DAY 7 - Belfast, Cavan
From Lough Eske journey to Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, located at the mouth of the River Lagan. A must-see visit to the imposing Titanic Experience Museum, constructed in the same dockyard where the doomed ship was built. The museum, built the same size as the height of the Titanic, has nine galleries spread over six floors that tell the astonishing story of the Titanic from "rivets to requiem." Drive past the university district, the Ulster Museum and the botanic gardens. Continue to your castle hotel for overnight. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 4 hours 15 minutes*
Distance: 185 miles*

DAY 8 - Depart Ireland
Drive to Dublin Airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight. (Breakfast)

Drive Time: 2 hours*
Distance: 50 miles*
All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • 7 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily
County Meath: Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
County Leitrim: Lough Rynn Castle
County Donegal: Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa
County Cavan: Cabra Castle
  • Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. Additionally, drivers must be 28 years old in order to rent a Full Size (Car Categories FVMR and FVAR).
  • Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.
  • This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.