Donegal & The Giant's Causeway
5 nights. April 2019 - October 2019. From £569.00.
Enjoy a feast of heritage and stunning coastal and mountain scenery on this six-day break. You'll discover iconic sights and unspoilt corners, from the extraordinary Giant's Causeway to the timeless, remote Inishowen Peninsula. You'll also explore Donegal town and the contrasts of beautiful Glenveagh National Park and its castle.
One of the most popular towns in Ireland's north, with a host of modern facilities, Letterkenny in County Donegal is an ideal base for exploring this lovely area. Dominated by the vast cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colomba, the town lies just north of the River Swilly, and a short distance from beautiful Lough Swilly.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsA visit to the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway with included entry to the Visitor Centre
Time to explore bustling Donegal town
A visit to beautiful Glenveagh National Park and a guided tour of historic Glenveagh Castle
A scenic coastal drive
A tour of the rugged Inishowen Peninsula including a visit to the fascinating Doagh Isle Famine Village
Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (upgrades available)
Comfortable coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Belfast International Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 4:00pm).
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Belfast, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you'll be able to spend the rest of the day exploring the town of Letterkenny or relaxing in a pub or cafe.
Day TwoToday we'll head to Donegal, where a rich history is reflected in an imposing Jacobean castle and an ancient marketplace, the 'Diamond'. Wander the streets, or take a 70-minute waterbus trip (payable locally) around Donegal Bay, before we return to our hotel.
Day ThreeThe stunning Inishowen Peninsula is home to Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. Visit the Doagh Isle Famine Village, where 19th-century Irish life is recreated, before continuing through the remote peninsula town of Carndonagh to see wild, windswept Malin. You'll return this evening to Letterkenny.
Day FourThis morning we'll reach the windswept coast of County Antrim for our visit to the Giant's Causeway. Long associated with legendary Irish hero Finn McCool, its basalt columns, which rise like stepping stones from the Atlantic, were in fact formed after a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Take the minibus from the visitor centre to the Causeway, or walk the mile or so along the cliff path and marvel at the breathtaking views.
After time for lunch (payable locally), we'll continue to Dunluce Castle, one of the most extensive ruins of a medieval castle in Northern Ireland, rising dramatically from the rocks above the wild sea. Explore this stunning place before we return to Letterkenny.
Day FiveToday, admire the contrasting scenery of rugged, remote Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle, in its peaceful setting overlooking Lough Veagh. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic castle, with its round turrets, keep and spectacular gardens.
We'll continue to the coastline, via Mount Errigal and through Dunlewy village to Bunbeg, where, weather permitting, you may like a short stroll on the beautiful beach. Then it's up and around the Bloody Foreland, named for the red hue of the rocks at sunset, to the little village of Gortahawk and back to Letterkenny.
Day SixTransfer back to Belfast for your flight home, taking with you some wonderful memories of this very special part of the world. Back to top
AccommodationStation House Hotel Letterkenny
''A really friendly hotel, conveniently located within walking distance of the high street's shopping area, cinema, theatre and all the culture and nightlife which makes Letterkenny such a delight!''
The Station House Hotel at Letterkenny is conveniently situated by the banks of the tranquil River Swilly, overlooking Oldtown Bridge, close to the centre of this lively community.
The hotel has a cafe-bar, which serves food and drinks from dawn until dusk.
The guest rooms are modern in style, comfortable and well-appointed. Each offers private facilities, TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer and a direct-dial telephone.Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny
''An excellent modern base for a short break, with plenty of 'home comforts' should you not wish to venture into town.''
The contemporary Radisson Blu is centrally located, within walking distance of most of Letterkenny's many amenities, should you wish to explore during your stay.
Offering a warm welcome and a high standard of service, the hotel's facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sauna and a steam room. The hotel's restaurant serves fine Irish cuisine, and its bar and grill serves a selection of drinks and lighter meals.
The rooms are well-appointed and comfortable, and all have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hairdryers, and cable TV.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Visits to the Giant's CausewayYour visit will include entry to the new visitor centre for the Giant's Causeway. You will also be given a free audio guide to take to the stones.
The Station House Hotel, LetterkennyThis hotel offers a complimentary guided walking tour of Letterkenny during your stay.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
CurrencyAs this holiday is based in Letterkenny, which is in the Republic of Ireland, but includes travel to and from Belfast plus a visit to the Giant's Causeway (both of which are in Northern Ireland), you will need both sterling and euros.
TippingWe are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around GBP2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around GBP3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of GBP1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around GBP2 for services such as hairdressing. Back to top