Buncrana & the Irish Causeway Coaster

Buncrana & the Irish Causeway Coaster

Visit the Glenveagh National Park , the Giants Causeway and enjoy a scenic train journey

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Visit the Glenveagh National Park , the Giants Causeway and enjoy a scenic train journey

Inishowen Peninsula

The Inishowen Peninsula in the northeast of County Donegal is perhaps the great overlooked treasure of the Irish landscape (and certainly has the longest signposted scenic drive – the “Inishowen 100”), offering a diverse and visually exciting terrain, where the views usually encompass the waters of the loughs or the Atlantic waves. Virtually every aspect of the landscape is superb – the beaches, the towering headland bluffs (Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point, Inishowen, Dunaff and Dunree) and the central mountain range, with towering Slieve Snaght at the middle of it all.

The peninsula derives its name from Eoghán, who was made First Lord of the island by his father Niall, High King of Ireland. Phases of the peninsula’s history before and after Eoghán have left a legacy of fine antiquities, from the Grianán Ailigh fort to a host of beautiful early Christian crosses (Cloncha, Mura, Carrowmore and Cooley).

Londonderry

Derry, officially Londonderry is the second-largest city in Northern Ireland and the fourth-largest city on the island of Ireland. The name Derry is an anglicisation of the Irish name Daire or Doire meaning "oak grove". In 1613, the city was granted a Royal Charter by King James I and gained the "London" prefix to reflect the funding of its construction by the London guilds and is the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe.

 

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986. The Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park. Its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof mimicking the surrounding landscape causing minimum disturbance. The extensive displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural and built history as well as providing information on walking trails, events etc. Guides on duty will also be happy to provide visitors with information about the park and surrounding area.

 

The Giants Causeway

For centuries the splendid sight of the Giant's Causeway's 38,000 hexagonal shaped columns of basalt has astounded visitors from all over the world. There have been many different theories and scientific arguments to explain the origins of the Causeway stones and the reasons for their unique shape and form. Mythology long ago, an Irish giant named Finn MacCool roamed the north coast, where he could look across the narrow sea of Moyle to Scotland. A Scottish giant, Benandonner, was Finn's greatest rival, challenging his strength and reputation. As the two giants had never met, Finn decided to invite Benandonner to Ireland, to engage in a decisive battle. There was no boat large enough to carry giants, so Finn built a causeway of huge stones across the water so that the Scottish giant could travel on dry land; thus he would have no excuse to avoid the confrontation.

Coleraine-Derry Railway

Why not sit back, relax and enjoy the views! Whether you start your day in Derry or Coleraine, there’s many things to see along the way. Taking the train means you’ll travel in comfort and get plenty of time to view the scenery. The 45 minute journey was decribed by Michael Palin as "one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”. The railway track runs alongside the coast and through the longest railway tunnels in Ireland, measuring 668 and 307 yards respectively.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria as we head through southwest Scotland on our way to Cairnryan and the lunchtime sailing to Larne, from here we travel via Lough Neagh to the Irish border and on to our resort of Buncrana, County Donegal and the Inishowen Gateway Hotel. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

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Day 2

After breakfast we are joined by our local guide, we tour the scenic Inishowen Peninsula, visiting the fascinating famine village at Doagh on our way to Malin Head, the northernmost point in Ireland, before heading to Derry on the banks of the River Foyle, this city of culture has many attractions and our guide will lead us around the City Walls and show us the Peace Bridge. We return to the hotel for dinner.

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Day 3

Today we have a full day tour through the jewel of County Donegal, the Glenveagh National Park, calling at the Visitor Centre with its castle and gardens then on to Dungloe and Dunleny situated at the foot of Mount Errigal. The County is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides providing spectacular views. Dinner on our return to the hotel.

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Day 4

First off today is a scenic drive to the Giants Causeway Visitor Centre, learn about the legend, the giant Finn MacCool is said to have laid a path across to Scotland so he could meet his lady love. Following lunch we travel the short distance into Coleraine, where we join the train for the journey to Derry, the track runs alongside beautiful beaches , past historic landmarks and through Ireland’s longest railway tunnel. We rejoin our coach in Derry and head to the Inishowen Hotel for our final evening meal.

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Day 5

We leave our hosts and return to Larne for the early afternoon ferry crossing to Cairnryan and then on through southern Scotland on our way home to Cumbria.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Inishowen Gateway Hotel

On the Inishowen Peninsula overlooking Buncrana Golf Club and Lough Swilly, this modern hotel is 1 km from Buncrana beach and 1.7 km from Buncrana town centre. The bright rooms all include en suite bathrooms, and have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Most rooms have scenic lake views.

The Loughview Bar serves a light lunch and traditional evening menu, and the Peninsula Restaurant serves creative cuisine using local produce in more formal surroundings.

There's also an indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and a hot tub, as well as a gym. Guests are free to use Buncrana Golf Course

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
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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2018
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