Weil Family Adventure Final Information

Jennifer & Alexander

Monday 17th June – Sunday 23rd June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 7 Days / 6 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 by land and by sea
  • Explore Belfast's history from the Titanic to The Troubles
  • Climb the ancient Giant’s Causeway Stones

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 17th June - Arrival in Northern Ireland

Arriving in Ireland today, your guide will meet you at Belfast airport and together you will make your way to your hotel for the evening. You’ve had a long day, so check in, get settled, and tonight your guide will join you for a welcome dinner. Adventure begins tomorrow!

Overnight: Bushmills | The Bayview Hotel
Room Type: x1 classic twin
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1 - Guide Details - David Lawless Read More +

Name: David Lawless
Contact Number: +353 86 856 2537
Meeting Place: Belfast City Airport | Meeting Time: 5:45 pm

David will meet you in the arrivals hall, he will have a sign with your name on it.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Bayview Hotel
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm

Tonight your guide will join you for dinner at your accommodation.

Day 2 - Tuesday 18th June - Carrick - a - Rede Rope Bridge & Giant’s Causeway

This morning, head to meet a local expert for a behind the scenes look at one of the coastline’s most intriguing sites at Carrick-a-Rede. Carrick-a-Rede is a unique coastal attraction in Northern Ireland, featuring a suspended rope bridge that offers stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and 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. The cliff path itself is narrow and winding, which adds to the thrill of the experience. Finish your day at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site the Giant’s Causeway – octagonal columns of rocks created by feuding giants or volcanic activity – myth or science, you decide!

Overnight: Bushmills | The Bayview Hotel
Room Type: x1 classic twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Private Carrick-a-Rede Rope Tour Read More +

Activity: Private Carrick-a-Rede Rope Tour
| Start Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Please wear outdoor clothing & footwear. You will be walking approx. 3km.

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: Gray's Hotel
Reservation Time: 1:00 pm
Website: https://graysbushmills.com/

Lunch is pre-booked for you.

Day 2 - Giant's Causeway Tour Read More +

Activity: Giant's Causeway Tour
| Start Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Tartine or The Bushmills Inn. We are happy to make reservations for you in advance.

Day 3 - Wednesday 19th June - Exploring Rathlin Island

This morning, sail along the Causeway Coast to Rathlin Island. The history of the isle is entwined in folklore, the best known being that of Robert the Bruce, who, when driven from Scotland in 1306, is said to have found inspiration to reclaim his crown by watching a spider’s perseverance when building its web. Today, Rathlin is home to Northern Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary and also three enchanting lighthouses. Enjoy exploring the salt-stung cliffs, ancient woodlands and secluded beaches with your knowledgeable guide. Learn about the island’s history of shipwrecks, before returning to the mainland in the golden glow of the afternoon.

 

Overnight: Bushmills | The Bayview Hotel
Room Type: x1 classic twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Ferry to Rathlin Island Read More +

Activity: Ferry to Rathlin Island
| Start Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs

Please wear comfortable hiking clothes & footwear. You will spend the day exploring the island, if it is raining you may want to pack a spare pair of clothes. Your return ferry is at 4pm. Keep an eye out for those Puffins!

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Tides in Portrush. This would require a taxi that should be paid for locally and can be organised by your hotel.

Day 4 - Thursday 20th June - Discover Belfast

Checking out of your accommodation this morning, it’s time to head to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Enjoy the ultimate Titanic day out with a White Star Premium Pass which includes the award-winning guided Discovery Tour, entry to the Titanic Experience and SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star vessel. Belfast has been the scene of bloody battles and civil strife for hundreds of years.  This afternoon, you will meet a local who has lived through turbulent times from war to peace and together you will explore the murals dotted around the city, framing an understanding of Northern Ireland’s dramatic past. As the sun begins to set, grab some dinner with your guide in one of Belfast’s many award winning restaurants.

Overnight: Belfast | The Merchant Hotel
Room Type: Deluxe x 1
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 - Tour of Titanic Belfast Read More +

Activity: Tour of Titanic Belfast
| Start Time: 11:00 am | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Day 4 - Belfast Black Cab Tour Read More +

Activity: Belfast Black Cab Tour
| Start Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Thirsty Goat
Reservation Time: 6:30 pm
Website: https://thethirstygoat.co.uk/

Day 5 - Friday 21st June - Dublin - Afternoon Vintage Tea

Heading south this morning, your guide will drop you at your 5* hotel. It’s time to say goodbye, but the adventure isn’t over yet! Later today, enjoy your afternoon tea delicacies, and good conversation, and tap along to some fabulous 1950s jazz. This is afternoon tea with a difference, onboard a converted double-decker bus! Board your vintage Routemaster bus in the historic Temple Bar. Soak up the nostalgia as your host gets the conversation started, the music begins, and a classic afternoon tea is served.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Garden wing x 1
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Vintage Tea Trips Read More +

Activity: Vintage Tea Trips
Start Location: St Stephens Court | Start Time: 1:45 pm | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Booking Reference: #206375667
Phone: +353 (0)1 255 1777 | Website: https://www.vintageteatrips.ie/

The meeting point is only a 5 minute walk from your hotel: https://maps.app.goo.gl/HLdVeyiVFwSj9Gbk9

Day 5 - Suggested Stops Read More +

Dublin Castle Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland.

Dublinia See Dublin from a new perspective as you travel back to the heart of the old city at Christchurch. Walk where Vikings walked, find out about Dublin’s rich past and even climb an original Medieval tower.

14 Henrietta Street When you enter 14 Henrietta Street you’ll experience over 300 years of city life in the walls of one address. By connecting to the personal stories of those who called 14 Henrietta Street home, the building’s hidden histories are revealed. See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls.

National Gallery of Ireland At the corner of Merrion Square West and Clare Street, the recently renovated National Gallery is a treasure trove of permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Highlights include Ireland’s National Portrait Collection, the Yeats Archive and stained glass by Harry Clarke.

Day 5 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Winding StairSole Seafood & Grill or The Boxty House (a modern take on tradtitional Irish food).

Day 6 - Saturday 22nd June - EPIC Museum, Trinity College & Kilmainham Gaol

Immerse yourself in a captivating journey through Ireland’s rich history with a day of exploration that spans from past to present. Begin your adventure at the EPIC museum, where the story of the Irish diaspora comes to life. Afterwards, set on 46 acres of leafy squares, cobblestone walkways and historic buildings, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s Oldest University and home to The Book of Kells. Join a group walking tour of the campus before viewing the Book of Kells and Old Library ( self guided). Visit Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison that bore witness to Ireland’s struggle for independence. Tonight, immerse yourself in the vibrant Temple Bar area, known for its lively pubs, restaurants, and live music. Have dinner at one of the many traditional Irish pubs and soak up the lively atmosphere.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Garden wing x 1
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Read More +

Activity: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Start Location: EPIC Museum | Start Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Booking Reference: TBK9JYRD (Weil)
Phone: +353 (0)1 531 3688 | Website: https://epicchq.com/

Day 6 - Trinity College Dublin / Book of Kells Read More +

Activity: Trinity College Dublin / Book of Kells
Start Location: Trinity College | Start Time: 12:00 pm | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: #443564453
Phone: +353 18962320 | Website: https://www.visittrinity.ie/book-now/

Please arrive 10 minutes in advance of your tour time.

Day 6 - Kilmainham Gaol Read More +

Activity: Kilmainham Gaol
Start Location: Kilmainham Gaol Museum | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Phone: +353 1 4535984 | Website: https://www.kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie/

We will forward tickets on the 15th of May, as booking is not open until then. You may need to take a taxi here.

Day 6 - Directions Read More +

Walking route notes from The Merrion to EPIC and then to Trinity College: https://maps.app.goo.gl/jB2M5Gs1mSUbywxs9

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Boeuf & FritesThe Church or Agave.

Day 7 - Sunday 23rd June - Depart

It’s time to say goodbye to Ireland today. Your private airport transfer will connect you with your chosen airport today for your departing flights home or onward travels. We hope you had an amazing experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: The Merrion Hotel | Pick Up Time: 7:50 am | Approx Duration: 0.75 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

 

  • All accommodation from Day 1-6
  • All meals included in the itinerary, specifically, breakfast each morning, four lunch and two dinner
  • Services of an experienced guide from Day  1-5
  • Ground transportation from Day 1-5
  • Private Transfer to Dublin airport on Departure Day
  • All guided hikes, entrance fees and activities, specifically:
    • Ferry to Rathlin Island
    • Belfast Political & Historic Tour
    • Titanic White Star Premium Pass
    • Bespoke Private Tour of Carrick – a – Rede Rope Bridge
    • VIP Vintage Tea Tour (public)
    • Entrance to the EPIC museum
    • Entrance to Trinity College & The Book of Kells
    • Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol
  • 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
Important Additional Information Read More

Get in Touch


Accommodation

Bayview Hotel

2 Bayhead Road, Portballintrae | Bushmills | Co. Antrim |
BT57 8RZ | Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (0)28 2073 4100
Web: bayviewhotelni.com

The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street | Belfast | Co. Antrim |
BT1 2DZ | Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (0)28 90 23 4888
Web: themerchanthotel.com

The Merrion Hotel

Upper Merrion Street | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 KF79 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 603 0600
Web: merrionhotel.com


Meet Your Guide

David Lawless

Contact Number: +353 86 856 2537

Music and the outdoors are my big obsessions. I grew up in Dublin but I took every opportunity to get out into the hills. The mountains of Wicklow provided endless options for hiking and biking, leading small groups of friends in the hills since my teens.

I worked in IT for over twenty years before taking a sabbatical in 2011 to go travelling for a year. Upon returning, I quit in 2013 and moved to the west coast for a change – which turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I’ve been working as a guide since 2016, and now live in Sligo, get to cycle its back roads, walk its hills, swim at its beaches, and play music with a bunch of good friends.