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Take the route less traveled along the Northern coastlines of Ireland from Belfast to Dublin. This 8 day self-drive is a journey across stunning landscapes, cultural heritage, cuisine and whiskey. Set off from Belfast along the Coastal Causeway, the essential driving route, known for its striking sea & cliff views. Push through Donegal & Connemara, made up of castles, rugged terrain and quaint fis...

Take the route less traveled along the Northern coastlines of Ireland from Belfast to Dublin. This 8 day self-drive is a journey across stunning landscapes, cultural heritage, cuisine and whiskey. Set off from Belfast along the Coastal Causeway, the essential driving route, known for its striking sea & cliff views. Push through Donegal & Connemara, made up of castles, rugged terrain and quaint fishing villages. Then, experience the dramatic contrasts when you reach Galway and Dublin - vibrant and full of life. Along the way, we'll offer up plenty of suggestions to make this one of the best drives of your life! 

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  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Sightseeing
    Sightseeing
  • Mountain
    Mountain

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Day 1: Belfast arrival

Collect the rental vehicle and hit the road!

• Fist stop, St George's Market. Browse the goods and grab some lunch

• Head to Titanic Belfast to discover the history of the doomed ship and its passengers

• For dinner, we suggest Made in Belfast, a hip eatery serving locally sourced fare

• After dinner, visit the Garrick – the quintessential pub

Visited:
Dublin, Belfast
Accommodation
night in Europa Hotel (Belfast)

Day 2: The Coastal Causeway route

• Start with a scenic coastal drive to Armoy Village, featured in the Game of Thrones!

• Head to Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge - a bracing coastal rope walk from cliff to cliff

• Next stop, the Giants Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns

• For lunch, we recommend the French Rooms in Bushmills

• Visit the DunluceCastle, a now ruined medieval castle in a stunning setting

• Then, go for a tour of the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery tour

• Continue to Letterkenny for a brief climb up to the beautiful Grianán of Aileach Fort

• If you've enjoyed our dinner suggestions so far, hit Brewery Bar and Restaurant in Letterkenny

• For a nightcap, try Furey’s Trad Bar, just steps away from Brewery Bar

Visited:
Dunluce Castle, Bushmills, Letterkenny, County Donegal
Accommodation
Mountain Errigal Hotel (Letterkenny)

Day 3: Discover Donegal

• Begin with a drive to Glenveagh. There, you'll find a castle, lake and national park

• Continue with a scenic mountain drive over Bluestack Mountains to Adara

• Visit Adara Triona Tweed Designs

Lunch at Nancy’s in Ardara

• Head to Slieve League Cliffs, some of the most stunning cliffs in Europe

Continue to Sligo, known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside

• For dinner, try Eala Bhan in Sligo

Shoot the Crows Bar offers great after dinner entertainment

Visited:
Donegal, Parc National Glenveagh
Accommodation
Riverside Hotel Sligo (Sligo)

Day 4: Majestic Mayo

Head to Mayo along the coast to Enniscrone with a stop at Downpatrick Head to take in the views

• Wet your palette over a whiskey tasting at the Connacht Distillery

• Lunch around Keem. Afterwards, enjoy the truly wild mountain and coastal landscape of Achill Island

• Dine at Cian’s on Bridge Street followed by a drink at Matt Molloy’s Famous Bar

Visited:
Mayo
Accommodation
Wyatt’s Hotel (Mayo)

Day 5: Connemara & Galway

• Drive through rugged landscapes on the way to Connemara

 Stop At Letterfrack Connemara National Park

• Visit Kylemore Abbey and Castle for a guided tour

• Lunch in Kylemore

• Discover Grace O'Malley's Castles: Aughnanure and Bunowen

• Don't miss Connemara Smokehouse!

• Dinner Suggestion: Brasserie on Eglington Street in Galway

• For late night, fun head to An Púcán 

Visited:
Connemara, Kylemore Abbey
Accommodation
Victoria House Hôtel (Killarney)

Day 6: High Cliff & Limerick

• Take coastal route to Clare with a photo stop at Dunaguire Castle

• Satisfy your craving for sweets at Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory

Hit the highlights of Burren Drive, Corcomroe Abbey, Leamangh Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen and Burren GeoPark

• Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, dramatic sea cliffs stretching 14 kilometers

• Grab a bite at Tasty Station Restaurant in Lahinch

• Drive to Limerick stoppingat BunrattyCastle en route

• Dinner Suggestion: FreddysBistro on Lower Glentworth St

• Knock a few back at the Iconic Locke Bar 

Visited:
Cliffs of Moher, Limerick
Accommodation
Pery’s City Centre Hotel (Limerick)

Day 7: Truly Dublin!

• Hit the road towards Dublin

• You'll then have a choice between a visit to the Guinnessbrewery or a Jamesonwhiskeytasting

• For a beastly lunch, head to Porterhouse on Parliament Street

• Take some free time to wander around the streets of Dublin or do some shopping

• For dinner, check out Murray’s Gastro Pub

• Afters in Murray’s for another night of good ol' Irish entertainment

Visited:
Dublin
Accommodation
Night at Cassidys (Dublin)

Day 8: Dublin departure

• Don't forget to return the rental vehicle!

• Say goodbye to the Emerald Isle

Visited:
Dublin

DublinBelfastDunluce CastleBushmillsLetterkennyCounty DonegalDonegalParc National GlenveaghMayoConnemaraKylemore AbbeyCliffs of MoherLimerick

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