One of the most impressive coastal lines of Europe

Our 10-day trip starts in the Irish capital Dublin. Despite its size and the millions of tourists the city has kept its special charm. From here we are heading north-west to the province of Donegal and the city of Derry. We enjoy the vastness of the highlands. Rugged cliffs are followed by white sandy beaches. From Derry our tour follows the northern coastal line along one of the most impressive coasts of Europe to the Giant’s Causeway. Some of the scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed in this wild landscape. Belfast and the East Coast also have highlights in store for us, not least the stay in the Irish Cultural Center Tí Chulainn in South Armagh. We enjoy a pint or two in the many pubs along our way. With the famous music sessions, but also by meeting ordinary people, we get an impression of the Irish way of life.

Ireland

10 days

Tours 2021

April 11th-20th
June 24th – July 3rd

Please contact us for further dates.

Small Groups

4 – 8 participants

1450,- €

per person (double en suite)

Tour

sightseeing, meetings, walks, pubs and restaurants with a wide scope for individual and spontaneous ideas.

accomodation in small hptels or B&Bs: 1 night in Dublin, 3 nights in Derry, 1 night near Ballycastle, 2 nights in Belfast, 2 nights in Mullaghbane (South Armagh, Ring of Gullion)

Included

Guide
Transport during the tour
9 nights in a hotel or B&B, double room en suite
9 Mal breakfast
2 dinner
All fees for visits or guided tours, Whiskey Destillery tour

Not Included

Single room: + 150,- €
Flight (ca. 100-250,- €)

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Guide

Uschi GrandelThe Partizan Travel Director Dr. Uschi Grandel lives in the south-east of Germany. She guides our tours to Ireland, to the Basque Country and to Scotland. She is your contact person in the preparation of your tour.

Tour Details

Days 1-2: Dublin

Our tour guide picks us up at Dublin Airport. From the hotel in the city center it’s just a 15-minutes walk to Templebar, Dublin’s famous artist and pub district. We enjoy the flair of the pubs with their traditional music. Our first pint in Ireland! The City that Fought an Empire The next morning we get to know more about Dublin. Irish history shows up everywhere. Dublin was the center of the 1916 Easter Rising against British colonial rule. We also get to know Dublin as a modern and open minded city. In the afternoon we leave Dublin for the north-west of Ireland, famous for the rugged beauty of its highlands and the wild Atlantic coast. Irish music traditions are alive here and in many of the small villages the Irish language Gaelic is still used in everyday life. Our destination is Derry, the second largest city of the North of Ireland, where we will stay for the next three days.

Days 2-5: The North-West of Ireland: Derry and Donegal

Derry is a homely city with a lot of good restaurants, a craft village, nice pubs and a historic city wall. But it is known around the world for Bloody Sunday of January 1972, when the British Army Regiment 1Para shot 14 unarmed participants of a civil rights march. Today, the city stands for exemplary reconciliation initiatives. During the 1-hour “Bogside History Tour” relatives of the victims tell their stories. We will also visit Donegal, the coast of the Inishowen peninsula and the wild highlands of Glenveagh National Park. Shortly after Derry we cross the border between the “South” and the “North” of Ireland, as the “Republic of Ireland” and “Northern Ireland” are often called. Nowadays the border is almost invisible. The peace process of the last twenty years has in fact made it disappear. But many people on both sides of the border are concerned about the changes Brexit will bring. We will have the opportunity to talk to locals about it.

Days 5-6: Bushmills and The Giant’s Causeway

We follow the Wild Atlantic Way to the north coast of Ireland. A impressive coastal line stretches over 40 km. We take our time with several stops and short walks. The little town of Bushmills, our destination today, is home to the oldest whiskey distillery on the island. A guided tour of the distillery will give us some insight into Uisce Beatha, the Irish whiskey. The Irish expression Uisce Beatha literally translates to water of life. Not far from here is the Giant’s Causeway, the path of the giant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to legend, the giant Finn Mac Cool piled huge basalt steles there. The next day we still follow the coast, first to the most north-eastern part, then turning south. The small port of Ballintoy served as scenery for Game of Thrones. On our way south we cross the Glens of Antrim. The valleys on the east coast are a beautiful landscape, celebrated in many traditional songs.

Days 6-8: Belfast

The next two days we are staying in Belfast. There is a lively pub and music scene in the city center. The Titanic Quarter reminds us that at the beginning of the last century the Titanic was built here. And from here she set out to her tragic maiden voyage. West Belfast is known for its murals and the interfaces separating the Irish community from their pro-British neighbors. Less well known is the progressive culture of discussion and the political, social and cultural activities that characterize the quarter. During dinner in one of several excellent Irish restaurants in the heart of West Belfast we also get to know the good cuisine.

Days 8-10: South Armagh and Tí Chulainn

The last few days we spend around the Ring of Gullion, officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where a number of ancient, long-extinct volcanoes build a ring dyke around the main mountain Slieve Gullion. These rolling hills in South Armagh are perfect for discovering old stories and legends. The area has been Ireland’s spiritual center for centuries. We experience a landscape in which small towns and pastures blend into a picturesque and wild mountain landscape. South Armagh is one of the regions which has had to cope with the inner Irish border. We explore her history with a contemporary witness. In the evening we enjoy Irish music in one of the nearby pubs.

Day 10: Dublin Airport

We are approaching the end of our tour. One last breakfast together before we make our way to the airport. Maybe it’s a “slán go fóill – see you soon”.

Highlights

Small group

Pubs and traditional music

Meeting contemporary witnesses of the conflict

Murals in Belfast and Derry

Impressive scenery

Dublin

Our tour
Belfast: Kelly’s Cellar is always busy
Ulster Way walking trail
The small port of Ballintoy served as scenery for Game of Thrones