Dunluce Castle, Castle Greyjoy, Northern Ireland
Land of Thrones
After a quick stop in Dublin, it’s on to Belfast in search of Game of Thrones filming locations. You’ll explore Tollymore Forest, eat at The Cuan, tour Winterfell, and see Castle Greyjoy. After seeing the sights of Belfast, swing by The Giant’s Causeway and Glenveagh National Park. In the Connemara region you’ll marvel at neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey and daytrip to the Aran Islands, then it’s on to The Burren for an otherworldly landscape. The Ring of Kerry drive will serve up coastal vistas aplenty and the town of Dingle is the perfect place to recoup. As you make your way to Dublin to tour the city, don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Tour over 20 key Game of Thrones filming locations
Walk the Giant’s Causeway
Explore Glenveagh National Park, Ireland’s second largest national park
See Slieve League Cliffs - one of the highest marine cliffs in Europe
Explore Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands
Discover the moonlike landscape of The Burren
Drive the Ring of Kerry coastal route
This exciting trip to Ireland includes international flights, car hire, excursions, accommodation and some meals.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip. All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
The day for your exciting Irish road trip is here! Once you arrive in Dublin, you’ll pick up your car and drive to the North Star Hotel Dublin. After you’ve checked in why not try out the Scandinavian sauna or relax with a drink in the beer garden?
The next day you’ll leave the city behind and head to Tollymore Forest for a Game of Thrones trek and tour. Over two hours you’ll tour the waterfalls, bridges and woodlands and see where some of the scenes from Game of Thrones were shot. The theme continues as you enjoy lunch at The Cuan, before spending the afternoon at Castle Ward. Here you’ll take a tour and explore of 20 key Game of Thrones filming locations including Winterfell Castle, the tower Bran Stark fell from, Robb's Camp, and Walder Frey's Twins. You’ll even have the opportunity to do archery at the same spot as Jon Snow! Wrap up your Game of Thrones extravaganza at the monastic ruins of the Inch Abbey, another key shooting location for the series. After that fun-filled day, it’s on to Belfast to get some rest at Europa Hotel Belfast City, situated opposite the 19th century Grand Opera House.
The next day it’s all about the city of Belfast. You’ll take a hop on hop off bus tour of the city which will take you to all the must-see sights including St Georges Market, St Anne’s Cathedral and Crumlin Road Jail among others. Afterwards you’ll visit the Titanic Experience Belfast to learn more about the world’s most famous ocean liner. There is the option to take a political and mural 90-minute black taxi tour, for those who want to dig even deeper into the city’s troubled past and promising future.
The Giant's Causeway
Activity and Adventure
Today you’re off to Letterkenny. But first? The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Caused some 6 million years ago by a flow of basaltic lava, the legend and myth that surrounds this iconic site is just as interesting. From here, drive to Dunluce Castle, filming location for Castle Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. There’s also the option to visit the nearby Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge and walk the 20m wide bridge to a rocky island with fabulous views. From here you’ll head to Derry and take a walking tour of the walled city, before arriving in Donegal where you’ll check in to the Clanree Hotel. You’ll spend the next day exploring the Glenveagh National Park, Ireland’s second largest national park that is home to a dreamy landscape of lakes, mountains, rivers and bogs.
As you make your way to Castlebar in County Mayo, you’ll stop off at The Slieve League Cliffs, said to be one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. There’s also the option to stop off at Malin Head. The most northerly point of the Wild Atlantic Way it boasts a ton of natural attractions including an impressive underground cave called Hell’s Hole and a natural arch known as Devil’s Bridge. You might also like to catch the sunset over Grianan of Aileach, an ancient site one believed to have been the seat of the ruling kings of the area. Before you arrive at Castlebar, you’ll also stop off at Killybegs, the largest fishing port in Ireland. Tonight your home will be the Breafy House Hotel.
Today you’ll explore the beautiful Connemara region, known for its verdant countryside, picturesque stonewalls and fishing villages. You’ll enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, one of the best examples of Irish neo-gothic architecture. Take time to explore the Victorian walled gardens, situated on the shore of Lough Pollacappul it’s considered one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings. Afterwards you’ll depart for Galway where you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city, before checking in to the Harbour Hotel.
The next day you’ll take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of Ireland’s beautiful and beloved Aran Islands. Located in the heart of Galway Bay, the islands offer visitors insight into a way of life that no longer exists. And despite their tiny size, the islands are home to Christian ruins, medieval castles and prehistoric stone forts. If you’d like to learn more, go on the optional tour of Dún Aonghasa, a semi-circular stone fort that attracts visitors and archaeologists alike.
Activity and Adventure
Today you’ll explore the otherworldly landscape of The Burren. Comprised of bare limestone rock, this landscape looks akin to the moon and was once home to Stone Age settlers. As you journey through, you’ll stop off at famous villages like Doolin, Fanore Bridge and Ballyvaughan. You’ll continue heading south towards the Cliffs of Moher which stand a cool 213m above the wild Atlantic Ocean and are home to thousands of seabirds. From here you have the option of crossing the River Shannon by ferry to shorten the journey. Or you can continue by road to Limerick and enjoy the optional visit to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the most complete medieval castle in Ireland. Afterwards you’ll arrive in Killarney where you’ll stay at the International Hotel for the next few nights.
The next day you’ll head out on the Ring of Kerry, the most famous road-trip in Ireland thanks to its countless panoramas over the Atlantic Ocean. After getting your fill of coastal scenery, continue on through Sneem, Molls Gap and Ladies’ View and into Killarney, before visiting Muckross Gardens, Muckross House and the Gap of Dunloe. On day 11 you’ll take a full day trip out to the Dingle Peninsula where you’ll explore the pretty town, learn about Gaelic folklore and tradition and soak up the views out to the Blasket Islands. There is also the option to visit Gallarus Oratory, a well-preserved ancient site near Gallarus Castle.
Today you’ll make your way back to Dublin, stopping at the Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and get the gift of the gab en route. You’ll also swing by one of Ireland’s most spectacular landmarks: The Rock of Cashel, which dates back to the 4th century. For those who fancy it, there is also the option of visiting Smithwicks Brewery in Kilkenny.
After a good night’s sleep, wake up and enjoy a tour of the city. You’ll visit Trinity College – home to the 9th century Book of Kells – as well as St Patrick’s Cathedral. You’ll also tour The Old Jameson Distillery and visit the Guinness Storehouse where you might like to treat yourself to the best pint you’ll ever have. On your last day in Ireland explore Dublin at your own leisure, before heading back to the airport.