Northern Highlights Guided Tour - The Best Of Northern Ireland - Belfast

Overview

This is a full-day guided tour taking in the highlights of Belfast, the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route, the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, with a few surprise destinations off the beaten track. This tour is aimed at the visitor who has limited time to spare on their trip to Northern Ireland. This tour will give you a great taste of the variety offered by the city, the coastline, the culture and heritage on a day-long tour from Belfast.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Details about this tour

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Belfast City Sightseeing, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Take a tour of the highlights of Belfast including its majestic City Hall, the grandeur of the Stormont Estate, the University Quarter and the wonderful maritime history of the Titanic Quarter.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Carrickfergus Castle, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
One of the oldest and largest intact Norman Castles in Ireland, it has sat on the shores of Belfast Lough since 1177. Stop to take photos of this majestic building
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Glenarm Castle, Glenarm, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Get up close with one of the few remaining Irish castles still lived in by the same family for hundreds of years. Sadly, as it is a private home, we cannot visit, but our tour will uniquely take you to an amazing vantage point above Glenarm to view this Gothic masterpiece in all its glory.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Carnlough Library, Carnlough, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
A stopover in Carnlough will reward you with views of its beautiful limestone harbour, its railway bridges, the hotel once owned by the Churchill family and of course your first Game of Thrones location of the tour.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Glenariff Forest Park, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Travel through the Queen of the Nine Glens of Antrim - an inspiration for Narnia in the CS Lewis novels - and home to the tumbling waterfalls and ancient woodlands of Glenariff Forest Park.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Cushendall Local Information Office, Cushendall, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Before we visit Cushendall we take a stop at Agnew's Field and marvel at the sheer scale of Glenariff Glen and the ruins of the ancient Redbay Castle. The village itself has at its heart the 'Curfew Tower' and the magnificent murals celebrating the Irish game of Hurling.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Cushendun Village, Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
This pretty seaside village is a conservation area in the ownership of the National Trust. Admire its half-slated homes in the Scottish style and the sculpture of Johann the goat and the story of his tragic end.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Torr Head, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Torr Head Scenic Route curves its way across the high cliffs of the Antrim Coast, with amazing sea views and the Scottish coast just 12 miles distant. Admire deep green inlets and otherworldly rock formations before reaching the astonishing Murlough Bay.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Murlough Bay and Fair Head, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
This amazing bay is accessed by a narrow road that winds its way from the limestone cliffs that feature as the Stormlands in Game of Thrones, to the rocky shoreline with its limestone and basalt rock features, battered year-round by North Atlantic Ocean.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Ballycastle Harbour, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
We will stop at this celebrated seaside resort for lunch (depending on season) at the award-winning Marconi Bar and Bistro with its famous seafood dishes - Ballycastle being the first place to send and receive wireless radio signals by Marconi's team - then head along the coast to Kinbane.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kinbane Castle, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The ruins of Kinbane Castle sit on a long, narrow limestone headland projecting into the sea, overlooking the churning waters of the Straits of Moyle, Rathlin Island and the Scottish Islands. Marvel at the tumbling waterfall and the sea caves far below the coastal path.
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
View the Rope Bridge from above from Portareevy Lookout Point and enjoy a panoramic view of the coastline and views across to Scotland.
Stop At: Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Giant's Causeway is the most visited natural attraction in Ireland and is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. With its astonishing collection of over 40,000 basalt columns, it is one of the must-see natural wonders on this spectacular coastline.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dunluce Castle, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Nearly 250 years in construction, the clifftop location of Dunluce Castle has attracted artists and photographers for years. One of the most impressive castle ruins in Ireland, this stop will appeal to your inner artist.
Duration: 15 minutes

Inclusions

  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off from Northern Ireland
  • Private Tour by Car or Minivan
  • Bottled water
  • Light refreshments
  • Driver and/or guide dependent on booking
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local professional guide
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Private Car or Minivan
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea

Exclusions

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup from Dublin
  • Entry/Admission - Carrickfergus Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Ballycastle Harbour

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 3 people per booking

At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Marisa W
    09-Sep-2019

    Excellent tour. Off the beaten path of tourists with amazing views and places that only a local can show you. Awesome day. Can’t say enough good things about this tour. For sure the highlight of our trip to Ireland.

  • Diane L
    14-Aug-2019

    Furgal was our guide for the day and this was hands down the best tour we had while on the Island of Ireland. He went above and beyond to ask questions to get to know a little about our interests and thus tailored the tour for us. It was a beautiful sunny day and we now understand why Ireland is known as "The Emerald Island". We saw 100's of shades of green at any one time looking over the countryside hills and landscape. We saw off the beaten path places that were truly enchanting. I am so happy we took this tour and if we ever return to Ireland, will do it again and ask for Furgal once again.

  • Cheryl P
    03-Jul-2019

    This was hands down the greatest tour that I have ever taken. Fergal picked us up in his sharp Mercedes and we did a little city tour of Belfast. We hit the highlights and then headed on our Scenic Coastal Tour. Every stop was more majestic than the previous. My husband enjoyed his Game of Thrones spots, while I enjoyed the vista views, waterfall, and my absolute favorite, Giants Causeway. Fergal is informative and engaging. He’s like family now. I could go on and on. I am sending all my family and friends over for this tour. BOOK IT!!!!!!☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

  • Diane F
    03-Jul-2019

    This would have been an amazing trip except for the fact that at the last minute the guide had to be replaced. He was great but had no knowledge of the sights that we were seeing so basically we had a great driver.

  • Tammy D
    03-Jul-2019

    Our tour guide Fergal was great! He was very informative. He made our 1st day in Ireland the best. We highly recommend this tour and especially with Fergal!

  • Richard K
    03-Jul-2019

    We were met by Sean at the cruise port. The first thing he told us was that his partner, the tour guide, had called in sick. He asked us what we wanted to see and when we told him we wanted to see the murals in Belfast depicting the uprising, he told us there were only a couple of pictures on walls and not worth seeing. Then he asked us where we wanted to go - multiple times. We expected him to know where we were going according to the itinerary for the tour. He never gave any narration of historical or interesting facts as he drove. Although we did see some beautiful scenery, the Giant's Causeway, the Carrick-a- Rede bridge and a couple of Games of Thrones sites, we were disappointed that Sean did not drive us around Belfast, which was listed as one of the highlights of this tour. Though we understand that Sean was put on the spot for not having his partner to provide the narrative, we feel that we got a bit cheated for what could have been a fantastic tour.

  • lilyjules
    03-Jul-2019

    We booked the private tour of Belfast months in advance. The day before we contacted Fergal to confirm pickup and were told that one of their two vehicles had broken down and we would be joined by another couple. He said the same thing happened to two other couples two days earlier and they got along fine, saying it wouldn't be a problem. He told us that he was unavailable to personally lead this tour, which was unfortunate as we had read good reviews, but assured us that the other guides (his partners) were just as capable. On the day, we found out that our tour guide (I use this term loosely) did not work for Fergal's company, but was hired to drive us, using his own personal vehicle. The driver was friendly and polite, but missed many of the stops. We missed lunch as the other couple delayed us. We did miss several stops that we had wanted to see like the famed Dunluce castle. There wasn't any running commentary/ history about any of the sites. He nice but what was delivered is not what was advertised for this tour. Overall the day was okay, but didn’t meet our expectations based on the description of this tour. We did not receive the private tour we had booked (or offered a discount), and missed most of the advertised stops on the itinerary.

  • Cathleen S
    21-Feb-2019

    I have been to Belfast and NI about 20 times and was vacationing with my son (age 20), who had never been there. We were on a European vacation also including London, Copenhagen, Venice, Florence and Rome. This was by far one of the highlights of our adventure! Furgal was a fantastic host and tour guide, providing both scenic sites but also history and interesting stories. We were able to tailor the timing to be slightly shorter due to evening plans, but did not feel that we missed anything! Furgal was funny, insightful and relatable for both of us! Can't recommend this tour higher!

  • ANNE M
    11-Dec-2018

    We had the good fortune to hire Fergel as our guide of Northern Ireland. He picked us up promptly in Belfast in a very comfortable Mercedes and we enjoyed a 5-6 hour tour of the coastal sites of Northern Ireland. We visited castles, the Giants causeway, many of the film sights of Game of Thrones, as well as had many opportunities to stop and take pictures. Although it poured rained at different times during the day it did not dampen our experience as Fergel was entertaining, informative and cheerfully answered all our questions about life in Northern Ireland. He was very flexible with our schedule and was accommodating to our tight time frame. If you only have a day or two in Belfast, I highly recommend hiring Fergel as your guide. If you have an American or Canadian cell phone, be sure and use 0044 before dialing his number (Viator only shows a 04 which caused us a delay in reaching him).Overall we rate Fergel 5 stars for his in depth tour and his wonderful and patient personality.

  • visinnett
    23-Oct-2018

    It doesn’t get any better than a tour with Fergal. I wish I could give him 10 stars. He picks you up at your hotel at 11am and then whisks you off in his Mercedes to explore Northern Ireland with a smile and a story for every location. The day was so much fun and we were able to see so many things because we were in a private car and on our own schedule. We never felt rushed or that we had to stick to a certain timeframe. I cannot recommend Fergal and his tour any more highly. You will not regret booking this one!!

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