DAY 1 - 13th September (Monday)
Meet at Dublin Airport. Travel by luxury coach to the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. We’ll enjoy a tour of the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, taking in the world famous wall murals and learn about the history of the troubles from both sides of the divide. We’ll enjoy some traditional irish music in Kelly’s Cellars, the oldest bar in Belfast.
DAY 2 -14th September (Tuesday)
Meet at 9.30am and visit the famous Titanic Experience and learn about the history of the Belfast ship building history. Birthplace of the famous White Star Liner flagship, the Titanic, learn more about this tragic story and see how the ship was built from detail plans through the actual building process to completion. This afternoon you’ll have a few hours free to explore Belfast City Center before dinner. Music tonight is in Madden’s Bar.
DAY 3 - 15th September (Wednesday)
This morning we meet at 9am and pack our luggage onto the coach for the journey to the Giants Causeway on the north coast. These basalt columns were formed over 60 million years ago and are now a world heritage site. Folklore has it that they were created by the giant Finn Mc Cool. You decide which story is best!! From here we’ll pay a visit to the world famous Bushmills Distillery to sample some of the finest Irish whiskey and take tour. From Bushmills we make the short journey to Derry City where we’ll enjoy some music tonight in Peadar O’Donnell’s Bar.
DAY 4 - 16th September (Thursday)
This morning we meet with our local tour guide and historian from Derry City Walking Tours to take a guided tour of the famous 17th century Derry’s Walls and learn all about the history including the siege of Derry of 1688 up to the present troubles and Bloody Sunday. We’ll have a few hours off this afternoon to further explore the Maiden City before enjoying more music tonight.
DAY 5 - 17th September (Friday)
Today we pack up again and take the short journey back accross the border into County Donegal. We’ll stop off at the Moville Pottery Company where you’ll get to decorate a piece of handmade pottery to keep as a souvenir and also learn about the processes involved in the making of pottery. Tonight we’ll stay in Ballyliffin where we’ll enjoy some traditional music in our hotel. (Ballyliffin is famous for it’s golf course having hosted the Irish Open in 2018, and there maybe an opportunity to take in an evening round of golf for anyone interested).
DAY 6 - 18th September (Saturday)
Today, we head south along the coast to the heritage village of Ardara which is famous for it’s hand-woven tweed and traditional music. On route we’ll pay a visit to Leo’s Tavern, home of Clannad and Enya, for a few tunes and some lunch. We’ll visit the scenic Bloody Foreland and take to costal Santa Anna Drive before arriving in Ardara. Music tonight is in the famous Nancy’s Bar.
DAY 7 - 19th September (Sunday)
Meet at 9.30am. We take the coach to Donegal Town where we’ll visit Donegal Castle. Built in 1474 by Red Mc Hugh, chief of the O’Donnell Clan. It was vacated in 1607 when the O’Donnell clan we forced to flee during the Flight of the Earls. Weather permitting we’ll also take a trip out in Donegal Bay onboard the Donegal Bay Waterbus. You’ll also have time to explore the many gift shops before making our way back to Ardara. Music tonight is in the Beehive Bar.
DAY 8 - 20th September (Monday)
Today we pack up and head east to the historic Armagh City. On route we’ll pay a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh, Co. Tyrone. The Museum tells the story of the emigrants who made the journey across the atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Visit the thatched cottages and log cabins and be greeted by costumed characters and enjoy the stories and the food. Music tonight in the Marketplace Theatre.
DAY 9 - 21st September (Tuesday)
Meet at 9am. Today we leave the Orchard County and made our way south to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Horse racing and horse breeding have been a important part of Irish society for generations and this is an opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the equine industry. You can also relax with a leisurely stroll through the amazing Japanese Gardens. From here we take the short journey to the town of Bray on the east coast where we’ll stay the night and enjoy a lively session in our hotel.
DAY 10 - 22nd September (Wednesday)
Today we take a trip to the historic town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford. We’ll pay a visit to Vinegar Hill, scene of the 1798 rebellion and explore the visitor center to learn more about the failed uprising. We’ll make our way back to Bray via the Vale of Avoca and the Wicklow Mountains. Our final session tonight will be a special one with a few friends joining us for the finale.
DAY 11 - 23rd September (Thursday)
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and, after meeting at 10am, we’ll make our way back to Dublin. Drop off is at Dublin airport around Noon.