Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

A Taste of Northern Ireland (10 days)

Adams & Butler Ireland

Belfast, United Kingdom To Belfast, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Belfast, United Kingdom
The Merchant Hotel None

Private transfer to the hotel and a Black Taxi tour of the city in the afternoon. Time permitting visit the Titanic Belfast Experience

Day 2
Belfast, United Kingdom
The Merchant Hotel Breakfast

After a good night's rest and another fine Irish breakfast it’s time to take in all the sights and sounds of Belfast City. This thriving city is divided into four quarters: the Gaeltacht Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter. Each quarter has its own defining characteristics, but the one that unifies them is the people and their charismatic nature and welcoming charm. With so much to do in each, it’s hard to know where to begin your exploration of this wonderful city.

Within the Queen’s Quarter you’ll find some stunning architectural gems, including Queen’s University, the Botanic Gardens and the Palm House (all from the 19th Century). This part of Belfast is brim-full of cultural hotspots with several contemporary art galleries, a diverse fusion of restaurants and some fantastic pubs offering anything from traditional Irish music to Jazz sessions.

Taking its name from St. Anne’s Cathedral, the Cathedral Quarter was deemed a Conservation Area in 1990 as a means to preserve its identity as the historical heart of Belfast. Walking through its narrow cobbled streets you will find many intriguing buildings that really add to its intimate charm. More recently this area has started to play a key role in the arts and crafts scene in Belfast with many visual and performing artists making it their home.

That night, a visit to Hatfield House is a must. This favorite Belfast traditional pub was recently restored to its former glory with original bar fixtures, ornate ceilings and expert craftsmanship, carried out by the same craftsmen who worked on the HMS Titanic. If you’re looking for a bite to eat Belfast’s range of restaurants ensure every taste is catered for whether you’re looking for some local produce served up at an affordable price or some continental delights with a local chef’s twist. If you’re really looking to live it up, you can’t go wrong with The Great room Restaurant at the Merchant Hotel. Fine dining will take on a whole new meaning as you enjoy an exquisite menu matched only by the décor. Seated in plush gold and red furnishings beneath Ireland’s largest chandelier is certainly an experience.

Day 3
Antrim, United Kingdom
Bushmills Inn Breakfast

Your driver guide will be taking a scenic route from Belfast toward the Giant’s Causeway is a must as you will pass through a variety of picturesque coastal villages. Ballycastle (town of the castle) contains the remains of Bonamargie Friary, which was built by Rory MacQuillan (13th Century) as well as a graveyard on the original site where St. Patrick founded a ministry in the 5th Century. Also along this route you’ll find Cushendall beside the river Dall, and overshadowed by the summits of Lurigethan and Tievebulliagh. The scenery in these beautiful villages will fascinate you as you edge ever closer to the causeway.

Your next stop will be Carrick-a-Rede Bridge Rope. This area is a veritable treasure trove of geology, flora and fauna, but is probably most famous for “the rope bridge experience”.

Day 4
Antrim, United Kingdom
Bushmills Inn Breakfast

Start your day with Giant’s Causeway. This is a truly magical place. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the causeway. Set against a dynamic coastal landscape with views of crushing Atlantic waves and rugged cliffs, the causeway forms a jagged formation, which juts out in Scotland’s direction.

Visit Bushmills Distillery. As you take a sip of Bushmills Whiskey, reflect for a moment and appreciate the 400 years of dedication, which has gone into this world renowned brand. Since 1608, Bushmills have been distilling the finest of whiskeys despite having their share of hiccups along the way - in 1885 the distillery was burned to the ground.

Optional Activities:

• Joey Dunlop Memorial Museum

• Glenarm Castle Estate and walled Gardens

Day 5
Derry, United Kingdom
Beech Hill House Breakfast

The City of Derry/Londonderry (also called the “Walled City” or the “Maiden City”) is your next stop.

Taking the city’s heritage trail you’ll discover the origins of one of the longest inhabited places in Ireland as well as its magnificent walls. There are over 100 sites of historical interest along the trail from cathedrals and churches to parks, villages, murals and monuments. You’ll find a new story on every side street as the echoes of the city’s history call out to you.

You can check out the Tower Museum or Guildhall with its impressive collection of beautifully designed stained glass window. There is so much to do here and once you’re finished sightseeing there’s a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants, pubs and theatres just waiting to be discovered.

Day 6
Derry, United Kingdom
Beech Hill House Breakfast

Today you will sample the scenic delight of the Inishowen Peninsulas as you travel from Derry to Donegal. This beautiful coastal drive is lined with activities and stunning natural sights – Slieve Snaght (the highest point in Inishowen), the Knockamany Bends (stand atop the cliff and admire the views of the Five Fingers Strand) and Fort Dundee (originally a military fort and now a military museum).

Just when you think you’ve seen all the Inishowen Peninsula has to offer, you can visit one of the local pubs and enjoy the proud locals displaying their dedication to their roots. Big Night at Dan’s will get your Irish spirit revving with music, dance, songs, recitations and poetry.

Winding down for the night return to Derry.

Optional Activities/Tours/Entertainment

• McGory's Traditional Session and Backroom

Day 7
Derry, United Kingdom
Harvey’s Point Breakfast

This day head to Donegal, toward Glencolmcille. You will be spoiled with natural beauty and vast landscapes along the way. Glenveagh National Park (Ireland’s largest National Park) is a great location to enjoy the country air and take in your surroundings.Covering over 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh mountains, visitors are invited to embark on an array of walking trails with guides, which deal with different themes within the park, such as sites of historical significance.

Visit Glenveagh Castle and Gardens.

Donegal Town is an excellent center for touring the southern side of the county. It was the area most affected by the 1921 Partition. The eastern portion has the most fertile land and is settled by Protestant farmers and shopkeepers who look to Northern Ireland as their authority. Derry is the regional capital to the people of the north Donegal area, many of whom are Irish speakers.

The ruins of Donegal Abbey, which was founded by Nuala, wife of Red Hugh O'Donnell, stand beside the River Eske as does the ruin of Donegal Castle. The castle was the stronghold of the O'Donnells. A massive rectangular gabled tower with two bartizan turrets remains.

Day 8
Belfast, United Kingdom
Harvey’s Point Breakfast

With the dawn of a new day comes the prospect of yet another action packed journey. This drive will see you surrounded by expansive and beautifully scenery. If ever there was a doubt of the intense spiritual connection between Ireland and the US, the museum puts it to rest.

This open air museum in Castletown (just outside Omagh) explores the historical link between Ulster and America, dealing mainly with those particular immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The folk park is one of the three national museums of Northern Ireland and features displays on the lifestyles and experience of those people who took that leap of faith and ventured to the Newfoundland.

On the site of the folk park you’ll also find Mellon House (birthplace of Thomas Mellon, who was an Irish–American banker and lawyer). All these unique ties with America are further strengthened with a wealthy calendar of events such as a Bluegrass Festival, so make sure you check ahead before you visit to see if there’s anything on when you’re travelling.

Visit Florence Court. Florence Court is a truly welcoming home, around 8 miles from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains. Discover many serene and beautiful corners by exploring the Pleasure Grounds and the Walled Garden in this magnificent demesne.

Return to the hotel.

Day 9
Belfast, United Kingdom
Castle Leslie Breakfast

Tour on route to Castle Leslie.

Situated on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan is one of the last great Irish castle estates still in the hands of its founding family.

The lodge is the social hub of the estate, offering authentic original interiors and old style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Victorian treatment rooms, based in the lodge, will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. With seven treatment rooms, a relaxation area and hot tubs overlooking the stables, it’s the perfect place to ease your weary muscles after taking part in one of the many activities available on the Estate.

Only sixty minutes from Belfast, Castle Leslie Estate will be a lovely stop before departing the next day.

Day 10
Belfast, United Kingdom
None Breakfast

Private transfer to Belfast Airport.

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Northen Ireland

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Fabulous!

By: Mendy & Kendall


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2016

We loved Ireland and a great part of that was how we were treated and serviced while visiting. Our hotels were wonderful, accommodations lovely and comfortable and the locations of each were ideal. By far, our driver for the week, "Paddy" was a real highlight. He was always on time and seemingly effortlessly accommodated our wishes and modifications to our itinerary, even when we know it meant much more driving for him. We met each morning early and exhausted each day with as much site-seeing as possible. Paddy offered great conversation in between venues and navigated the loads of buses so that we never wasted time in queue. We ended our week in Ireland regretting nothing but the lack of more time to spend in such a beautiful country. The People, landscape, architecture, the food and of course the drink were all delightful - it is a very special place. At the beginning of our trip Paddy was our driver and at the end we felt we had made a friend!! Thank you, K & M
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Crockett-Rice

Ireland trip

By: cate


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

Adams and Butler did a wonderful job for us. the driver they assigned to us Paul Hehir was great. He became part of the family by the second day with us. he went out of his way to make our trip memorable. The places we stayed were fabulous. The service and food were terrific. Everything that they recommended turned out to be memorable. we would definitely use them again in our travel planning.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Aug 2017 Tour of Scotland

By: Carmel Traveler


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

Great. There were some miscommunications but only of an aggravation nature not any big issues. Tour went smoothly. Good accommodations, great food. Checked off most of the items we wanted to do that were not specified by the Adams and Butler tour. The two tour guides hired by Adams & Butler in Edinburg were outstanding. Good experience, would recommend working with Adams and Butler to others.
Travel Advisor:  Dennis Wallace

A most memorable Scotland adventure

By: Susan Roche


Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2017

We considered planning our trip to the Scottish Highlands ourselves but quickly realized what a monumental task it would be. We contacted Katie Boydston with CSB Travel and she said she had the perfect tour planners. She wasn't kidding. Adams and Butler blew it out of the park. From Edinburgh to Isle of Skye our hotels were incredible. My husband particularly loved that Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy Castle - hands down our favorite place to stay. Our tour guide/driver Davey was phenomenal. Simply perfect for us. My husband and son are history buffs and he didn't disappoint. Conversation in the car was lively and at every stop he added so much more to the sights than just taking the tour. He even found us some out of the way places to have lunch that were special treats. He was always professional and just delightful to be with. At the end of the trip, we felt like we were saying goodbye to close friend. We will definitely book again with Adams & Butler.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Rollins

Top notch

By: CC


Reviewed on: 16 May 2018

Our trip to Scotland was just a dream! We were thrilled with the itinerary and all that we got to see and do. We felt it was a very good balance of relaxation and adventure. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Fiona our walking guide in Edinburgh. She was so lovely and full of interesting tidbits we would have never known about Edinburgh and Scotland without her! We only had a few minor issues which is inevitable with any major trip. We paid extra for the GPS with Europcar and once we got on the road it became apparent the GPS was not working in the rental car. We have since gotten reimbursed for that, but it was a bit of a headache while trying to navigate with just our cell phones. Additionally, we were not aware that the Castle Hotel required a sport coat for dinner. Luckily they did have a closet full of coats available for loan. Thank you so much for all your assistance with our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin

Scotland

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

We would certainly recommend Adams & Butler. Our driver/guide, Paul was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, congenial and a good fit for our group. He thoughtfully broaded our understanding of this lovely country and it's people. All our arrangements went smoothly and accommodations were lovely and comfortable.
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson

Scotland trip

By: Anonymous


Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2018

The itinerary was very well designed. Our two tour guides were exceptional. Fiona in Edinburgh was knowledgeable and erudite. Our guide for 6 days, Ian Linn, was a gem. He was attentive, on task , personable, and knowledgeable. To learn about Scotland from a native Like Ian was a memory we will cherish. Our only. Issue was the quality of the accommodations. Our hotel in Edinburgh was a business hotel with a decent location and was fair. The Fonab castle was fine. The Strathness House in Inverness was a second rate Hampton Inn We’ve had better breakfasts at Hampton Inns. The room was small, had a slanted floor and was poor. We switched to a larger room the second night but It was hardly what we expected from our previous Virtuoso experiences. the Nights at the Inch hotel had a similar low quality room but the food was quite nice. Our last night st the Crossbadket Castle was exquisite. This was the quality accommodations we’ve had in previous Virtuoso trips
Travel Advisor:  Amy Metzger

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By: RBC


Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2018

Charlie (driver / guide) was excellent. Very well organized and helpful in planning each day. very accomodating. And full of knowledge
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps