Amazing Grace & The Giants

Amazing Grace & The Giants

When his ship ‘The Greyhound’ took refuge in Inishowen from a violent storm, slave-trader John Newton believed God had delivered him to safety. Penning the hymn, Amazing Grace, Newton reformed and pushed for the abolition of slavery. It isn’t hard to believe a calm day in Ireland, a beautiful setting like this could change the course of a lifetime.

 

 

Amazing Grace & the Giants

 

Day 1. How sweet the sound of friendly chatter on a coach bound for Caernarfon

 and overnight stay at the Celtic Royal Hotel *** The hotel has a lift.

 

Day 2. An early departure to catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin.

Breakfast will be served on board ship.

 Back on solid ground and through the counties of Meath

 and Louth to Co. Fermanagh and Buncrana where the

Inishowen Gateway Hotel *** will be our home for the next 3 nights.

 

Day 3. Wild and stunning the Inishowen Peninsula is dappled with Celtic crosses,

 castles and ancient forts kissed by white sandy beaches,

 and fortressed by dramatic cliffs and sea-surged rock.

 We’ll travel the scenic route,

meandering along twists and turns of a road that passes panoramic views of Lough Swilly,

 the Atlantic and Lough Foyle, calling at Malin Head,

the most northerly point in Ireland.

 Next we visit fabulous Derry for a walking tour

 around the only completely walled city in Ireland.

 

Day 4. Today we explore Donegal, beginning with a trip through

the Glenveagh National Park

 situated in the shadow of Mount Errigal.

 Bordered by the Atlantic on three sides,

 spectacular sea views are never far away on this dramatic stretch of coastline.

 

 

Day 5. Michael Palin described the train journey from Londonderry to Coleraine

 as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’.

 Starting at the 6th Century riverside setting of Derry,

 the train glides through tunnels and over bridges,

 leading to unspoiled beaches, seaside villages, and past Binevenagh Mountain

 on the way to Ireland’s earliest site of settlement, Coleraine.

 Next stop is the Giant’s Causeway where world-famous basalt pillars have created

 a unique geological feature  that never fails to impress those who visit.

 Enjoy an optional bus ride with audio guide

 telling the fascinating story of the Causeway’s creation

 before departure for Belfast where The Park Avenue Hotel ****

 welcomes us for the next two nights.

 

 

Day 6. A great day exploring Belfast’s rich history and vibrant culture begins

 with a two and a half hour open-top bus guided tour of the city.

 There will be free time to appreciate the city’s buildings,

 monuments and heritage centres

 before visiting the Titanic Experience

 to learn more about the ill-fated liner’s links to Northern Ireland’s capital city.

 

 

Day 7. Scenic journey to Waterford and Dooley’s hotel *** where we will rest overnight.

 

Day 8. An early morning ferry with breakfast on board departs for Pembroke,

and the coach delivers us home to the West Country and surrounding area.

 

 

*Please Note: It is not possible to use the SwanTourer on day 6.

We use a coach supplied by a local operator

 and this may not feature additional legroom, onboard refreshments or WC.

Photographic Identification is required on this tour

 and it is recommended that you carry your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

The currency for Northern Ireland is Sterling £.

What’s included in this Sapphire Tour…

 

  • Luxury coach travel

  • 7 nights hotel stay on half board.

  • Return ferry crossings

  • Walking Tour of Derry

  • Train ride along Causeway Coast, Derry, to Coleraine.

  • Entrance to Giant’s Causeway Visitor’s Centre and audio guide.

  • Guided tour of Belfast by open-top bus.

  • Entrance to Titanic Experience, Belfast.

  • Excursions as detailed.

 

 

 

 

Inishowen Gateway Hotel

Buncrana ***

 

On the Inishowen Peninsula, overlooking Buncrana Golf Course and Lough Swilly,

this modern hotel is 1km from the beach and near the town centre.

Excellent leisure facilities include a 20m swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room.

The hotel has a lift.

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashburton Ashburton - Eastern Road (B3352)
just past Glendinnings Office TQ13 7AP
Barnstaple Coach Depot Barnstaple-Coney Avenue EX328QJ.
Barnstaple Railway Barnstaple Railway Station - EX31 2AU
Bickington Garage Bickington - Opposite Garage EX31 2JG
Bideford/Kingsley Statue Bideford Kingsley Statue
Bishopsteignton Bishopsteignton - Bus stop outside Metro Motors
TQ14 9RL
Bodmin Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park
PL31 2LL
Braunton/opp George Hotel Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ
Bridgewater - Bus Station Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7
TA6 5PZ.
Bridgewater Services Bridgewater Services Coach Park - TA6 6TS
Bristol - Anchor Road Bristol - Anchor Road bus stop opposite @ Bristol
Buckfastleigh Buckfastleigh - Dart Garage Bus Shelter
on Dart Bridge Road, TQ11 0DZ
Bude Bude - TSB Bank
EX23 8JJ
Budleigh Salterton Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall
EX9 6RJ
Clyst St George Clyst St George - Bus stop by St George & Dragon
Hotel, EX3 0QJ
Cullompton Services Cullompton Services M5 Jct 28 EX15 1NS
Dawlish Dawlish - Piermont Place, EX7 9PH
East Budleigh East Budleigh, The Rolle Arms, EX9 7DL
Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre, Bus stop(M32 Jct 2)
Exeter - Belgrave Road Exeter - Belgrave Road, Loading Bays at the back
of Vue Cinema, EX1 2AA
Exeter Services Exeter Services M5 coach park EX2 7HF
Exminster Exminster - Victory Hall
EX6 8DF
Exmouth Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema
EX8 1HP
Folly Gate Folly Gate EX20 3AH
Fraddon Services Fraddon Services - TR9 6NA
Fremington/New Inn Fremington New Inn EX31 2NT
Gordano Services M5 Gordano Services Coach bay - BS20 7XG
Hatherleigh Co-Op Hatherleigh Co -Op EX20 3HY
Holsworthy Holsworthy Bus Stop opposite Church - EX22 6HA
Ilfracombe Ilfracombe War memorial
EX34 8HB
Ivybridge Ivybridge,Bus stop on road outside Town Hall PL21
J27/M5 Services by Petrol Station
Kenton Kenton - Outside Roadean Restaurant A379
Kilkhampton Kilkhampton - Outside the Church
Kingskerswell /NewtonRd Kingskerswell - Bus stop just before Hospital
on Newton Road, opposite Bridge Retail Park
Kingskerswell Hare&Hounds Kingskerswell, just past Hare & Hounds Pub
on corner of Manor Gardens
Kingskerswell/ The Sloop Kingskerswell - Bus stop by The Sloop
Kingskerswell/Devon Motor Kingskerswell - opposite Devon Motor Homes
TQ12 5AT
Kingsteignton Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl
Knowstone Knowstone - Picnic Area
Launceston Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park
on Westgate
Liskeard Liskeard - The Parade
Lympstone Lympstone - The Saddlers, Exmouth Road
Meeth Meeth - The Bull and Dragon Public House EX20 3EP
Merton Merton Square, EX20
Merton Square Merton Square
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot,Railway Station TQ12 2BT
Newton Poppleford Newton Poppleford, St Luke's Church, EX10 0EG
North Tawton North Tawton Square
Okehampton Okehampton, West Bridge Bus Stop, EX20 1JZ
Paignton Paignton,Garfield Rd, by the Multi storey car park
Plymouth Plymouth, Outside Bretonside Coach Park PL4 0BG
Plymouth - Derrys Cross Plymouth - Derrys Cross bus bays
outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe, PL1 2TE
Plympton Plympton - Ridgeway Bus Stop near Co-op Store
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway - Opposite Lidl Store
by Broadway Car Park PL9 7AU
Preston Preston - Bus Shelter in between Conservative Club
and Baptist Church A3022
Redruth Redruth - Railway station, Redruth, TR15 2AB
Sedgemoor Services M5 N Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Northbound
Sedgemoor Services M5 S Sedgemoor services M5 Coach Park, Southbound,
Self Drive Self Drive
Sidford Sidford - Green Close Bus Stop
Sidmouth, The Triangle Sidmouth, The Triangle, EX10 8PF
Sourton Cross Okehampton, Sourton Cross EX20 4LY
South Brent South Brent - Bus stop outside The London Inn Mews
on the B3372
South Molton/Square South Molton Square - EX36 3AB
St Austell St Austell - Railway Station, PL25 4LA
Starcross Starcross - Opposite Railway Station
Stibb Cross Stibb Cross Bus stop adjacent to the Old Union Inn
Taunton - Tower Street Taunton - Tower Street Bus Station
Taunton Deane Services N Taunton Deane Serv M5 Coach Pk Northbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Deane Services S Taunton Deane Serv Coach Park Southbound TA3 7PF
Taunton Murco Garage Taunton, Murco Garage J25/M5
Tavistock Tavistock, Opposite/Outside the Bedford Hotel
Depending on which way the coach is coming from
Teignmouth Teignmouth - Eastcliff Coach Park
Tiverton Coach Station Tiverton Coach Station
Tiverton Shell J27/M5 Tiverton Shell Garage J27/M5
Torquay Torquay - Opposite the library on Lymington Road,
Torrington Torrington - back of Globe
Totnes Totnes - Bus layby opposite the Seven Stars Hotel
TQ9 5DD
Truro Truro - Fairmantle Street coach park, TR1 2EQ
Wellington - Chelston Wellington - Chelston Business Park
outside Wellington Motors
Wellington - Conservative Wellington - Conservative Club, TA21 8QT
Whiddon Down Sevice area Whiddon Down Service Area Exeter Road EX20 2QT
Winkleigh Winkleigh Garage,Exeter Road, Winkleigh, EX19 8JJ
on A3124
Worle Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind
Parish Pump Pub
Yelland/Pottery Lane End Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31
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