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.
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. Well 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 Irelands earliest site of settlement, Coleraine. Next stop is the Giants 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 Causeways creation before departure for Belfast where The Park Avenue Hotel **** welcomes us for the next two nights.
Day 6. A great day exploring Belfasts 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 citys buildings, monuments and heritage centres before visiting the Titanic Experience to learn more about the ill-fated liners links to Northern Irelands capital city.
Day 7. Scenic journey to Waterford and Dooleys 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 £.
Return ferry crossings.
Services of guide on day 3.
Train ride along Causeway Coast, Derry, to Coleraine.
Entrance to Giants Causeway Visitors Centre and audio guide.
Guided tour of Belfast by open-top bus.
Entrance to Titanic Experience, Belfast.
Excursions as detailed.
7 nights hotel stay on half board.
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.
|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 |
|Bodmin|| Bodmin - Bus stop by Dennison Road car park |
|Braunton/opp George Hotel|| Braunton Opposite George Hotel - EX33 2JJ |
|Bridgewater - Bus Station|| Bridgewater - Bus Station - Stand 7 |
|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 |
|Budleigh Salterton|| Budleigh Salterton - Public Hall |
|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 |
|Exmouth|| Exmouth - Opposite Savoy Cinema |
|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 |
|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 |
|Kingsteignton|| Kingsteignton - Fountain Bus Stop opposite Lidl |
|Knowstone|| Knowstone - Picnic Area |
|Launceston|| Launceston -Bus stop by the multi storey car park |
|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
|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 |
|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 |
|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 |
|Worle|| Worle - Bus Stop by Roundabout behind |
Parish Pump Pub
|Yelland/Pottery Lane End|| Yelland - Bus stop at Pottery Lane, EX31 |