Crutchfield Family Irish Adventure

Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights


Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring the island of Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Highlights

  • See some of Ireland’s most picturesque and wild coastlines along the Causeway Coast
  • Explore Belfast's history from Traditional Music to The Troubles
  • Meet locals as you enjoy some unique experiences

Day by Day

Day 1 - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you city to your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by. This evening, make your way to the Jameson Distillery for an exclusive and intimate pairing experience, as you enjoy the quintessential style of Irish Whiskey making, perfectly paired with luxury, hand-made Irish chocolates.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion
Room Type: Superior King
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Bru Na Boinne & Newcastle

This morning, your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and together you will take a trip north across the border. Before hitting the city, stop at the World heritage site of Brú na Bóinne, Ireland’s richest archaeological landscape with its famous prehistoric passage tombs of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth dating back to 3200BC.  Later on, continue on to the seaside town of Newcastle and check into your 5 star accommodation. Tonight, your guide will join you for a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Newastle | Slieve Donard
Room Type: Sea View King
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Biking The Mourne Mountains

Today you will meet a local biking expert and cycle an awesome circular route that meanders from the largely undiscovered Mournes coast to the foothills of the high Mournes, offering unique views in every direction. The highest and most dramatic mountain range in the northern part of Ireland, these mountains and hills are riddled with 18th century smuggler’s routes and its peaks capped with dramatic granite tors. This region is diverse in every sense, offering insights into the natural, built and social heritage that makes the ‘Kingdom of Mourne’ what it is today, including the stunning Greencastle Castle dating from as far back as the 13th Century. Today’s cycle will be tailored to your own requirements.

  • this is an electric bike tour and can be suited to your requirements

Overnight: Newcastle | Slieve Donard
Room Type: Sea View King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Crumlin Road Gaol & Black Cab Tour

This morning you will journey further north and into the bustling city of Belfast.  This afternoon, you will be introduced to Belfast culture with a unique twist! Visit Crumlin Road Gaol which dates back to 1845 but closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. On your visit you’ll learn the history of the site from when women and children were held within its walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners. Discover how internment, segregation and protests heightened tensions within the prison walls as you walk in the footsteps of former prisoners through the infamous underground tunnel. Explore the Circle and C Wing, view the newly renovated cells, and listen to interviews with former prisoners. Afterwards, hop into a local Black Cab to visit some of the city’s historical and political sites. Belfast was at the heart of The Troubles for over thirty years and you’ll see firsthand how this shaped the city and its residents.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant
Room Type: Deluxe Art Deco
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Belfast Trad Trail & Titanic

After breakfast head into the streets of Belfast for a unique way to experience Irish music. With two professional musicians as your guides, walk through cobbled alleyways, past famous landmarks and on to private bars in some of the city’s oldest buildings. At each stop you will be treated to a performance of traditional tunes, songs and stories, all of which make up your own personal ‘session’. Enjoy a local beer, cider, whiskey or Guinness while learning about the instruments, language, customs and history that make up Ireland’s vibrant musical tradition. There’ll be plenty of ceol agus craic (music and fun) in store and you might just want to bring your dancing shoes! After lunch make your way to the Titanic museum where you’ll get the chance to climb onboard the SS Nomadic, tender to RMS Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world! Restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s historic Hamilton Dock. Climb on board and experience over 100 years of authentic maritime and social history. This evening, we’ll provide some recommendations for some of the best local eateries in the city.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant
Room Type: Delxue Art Deco
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - The Causeway Coastal Route

Today you will follow the stunning causeway coastal route out of Belfast along the northernmost coast to Portrush, Co Antrim. The Causeway Coastal Route is possibly one of the world’s greatest road trips, featuring castles, temples, cliff top walks, caves, Game of Thrones filming sites, remote islands and its most famous attraction, The Giant’s Causeway. En route you will visit the Gobbins Cliff Path, which is a spectacular cliff walk that offers breathtaking views of the Irish Sea. As you embark on the cliff walk, you would be able to witness the sheer natural beauty of the area, including stunning waterfalls, diverse birdlife, and rugged cliffs. Your guesthouse tonight offers breathtaking views as it overlooks the stunning Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Visit Rathlin Island

Sail along the Causeway Coast today to Rathlin Island – many tales of myth and mystery surround Rathlin Island, though the most famous tells of Robert the Bruce. In 1306, the Scottish King was driven from Scotland by Edward I of England and took refuge on Rathlin where he watched a spider persevering again and again to bridge a gap with its web. Eventually it succeeded. Taking heart from the spider’s efforts, he returned to Scotland and eventually regained his crown. You’ll boat out to the island and explore by foot today, visiting the bird sanctuary and discovering the lighthouses on the island’s east and west coasts. You may even spot the resident island Puffins! Tonight, your guide will join you for a farewell dinner before its time to head home tomorrow.

Overnight: Portrush | Blackrock House
Room Type: Classic
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Depart

This morning, check out of your hotel and your guide will drop you to the airport. You have the option of flying out of Dublin or Belfast. We do hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we once again have the opportunity to welcome to our shores.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Most meals as indicated above, breakfast each morning, 6 lunch, 2 dinner
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 2 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 2 to Day 8
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Private Transfer From Airport to Hotel on Day 1
  • Historical Walking Tour of Dublin
  • Whiskey Taste & Pairing at the Jameson Distillery (public tour)
  • Entry to Bru Na Boinne
  • Biking Tour in The Mourne Mountains
  • Entry to Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Black Cab Tour of Belfast
  • Private Traditional Music Trail of Belfast
  • Entry to Titanic Belfast
  • Entry to Gobbins Cliff Path
  • Ferry to Rathlin Island
  • Entry to Bird Sanctuary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is €8,805 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

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