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Ireland's Capitals & Causeway Coast

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular Giant's Causeway - just waiting to be discovered
  • Enjoy a nostalgic ride on the Bushmills Railway
  • Stunning scenery along the dramatic Antrim coastline
  • Explore the vibrant city of Belfast
  • Discover cosmopolitan Dublin
  • Enjoy the popular resort of Portrush
  • Visit the Saint Patrick's Centre to learn about Ireland's patron saint

Holiday Summary

8 days from only £539

Departs Saturdays
7 nights
Board: Half Board

Per person. Based on two passengers

Our customers rate this holiday

4 out of 5 stars ( from 1 customers )

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Holiday details

What is Included?

  • Luxury coach travel
  • En-route hotel stays on outbound and return journey
  • Seven nights half-board accommodation
  • Touring itinerary

Join us as we explore the dramatic Antrim Coast, discovering the wonderful seascapes as well as the cityscapes of Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital cities, Belfast and Dublin. With a great combination of coast, country and city, we’re sure this is a holiday you’ll enjoy.

Your Hotels

Ramada Hotel Portrush
Ramada Hotel Portrush

Overlooking the sea, this bright and airy hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the picturesque Portrush Harbour and a 10-minute walk from the Blue Flag Whiterocks Beach.

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Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon
Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarfon

This prestigious hotel has an elegant yet homely atmosphere. Its superb facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-style cuisine or youcan enjoy light meals in the bistro bar.

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Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Green
Gretna Hall Hotel

This striking hotel was built in 1710 and is next to the Blacksmith's Court where many marriages are held. There is a restaurant and lounge bar for you to enjoy.

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Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin
Academy Plaza Hotel

Just off O'Connell Street, this stylish hotel enjoys an excellent location. The modern bedrooms feature flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. The restaurant, Sir Harry's Grill Bar & Bistro, serves a variety of traditional dishes using fresh local produce.

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Joining Your Holiday

This tour is available with departures from the following regions…

  • South East
  • South West

We offer a number of ways to join our tours. Enter your postcode to see which are available to you…

Home Connect - we collect you from your home

For the ultimate in convenience and comfort, why not choose our Home Connect service?

Relax in the comfort of your own home, waiting for your driver to collect you from your front door and take you to meet your coach. Then at the end of your holiday we’ll take you home again - it’s that easy! When you book this service you’ll be given a collection time window, usually of approximately 30 minutes. This will be re confirmed when your tickets are issued.

Note: Home Connect is only available on Grand Tourer holidays travelling by coach.

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Tour Connect - easy connections at nearby locations

Try our Tour Connect Service for a hassle-free way to travel.

This service may incur a small supplement for those travelling from selected joining points and for customers booking within four weeks of departure.

We’ll pick you up by coach from a convenient joining point near you and take you to one of our interchanges. Here you’ll join your holiday coach and set off for a fantastic holiday.  When you've chosen your tour, give us a call and we'll let you know your approximate pick-up time.

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Direct Connect - make your own way to join the tour

Available from your area for this tour at no extra cost and car parking available for a small fee.

You can also choose to drive or get a lift direct to one of our coach interchanges. Our coach interchanges offer plenty of seating, toilet facilities, refreshments and a shop. They also provide car parking for your convenience for a small fee.

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Holiday Details

Day 1: From home to Gretna
We travel to Gretna for our overnight stay at the Gretna Hall Hotel. (D)
Day 2: Gretna to Portrush
It’s an early start as we sail from Cairnryan to Belfast. Once on dry land we journey north, to arrive at our holiday resort of Portrush, where we settle for four nights at the Ramada Portrush Hotel - the perfect base from which we can explore!
Day 3: Belfast
Today you are in for a treat as we travel to Belfast – a vibrant city with so much to see and do. Here you can spend your day at leisure; fabulous shops, the Edwardian City Hall and Queen;s University are just a few of the sights to see. We recommend you round off the day with a drink in the Crown Liquor Saloon – one of the city’s best. You may choose to enhance your time in Belfast by joining our optional guided city tour which will make sure you see the main sights. (B,D)
Day 4: Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway
An exciting day is ahead as we venture out to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, where 40,000 symmetrical columns rise dramatically from the sea – this really is a spectacular sight to behold! As the story goes, the columns were built by the Irish giant Finn McCool so his Scottish lover could walk across the sea to be with him. But the adventure doesn’t stop there, we then join the recently renovated Bushmills Railway for a relaxing journey before returning to Portrush where you will have free time to explore this delightful resort.
Day 5: A day at leisure in Portrush
Now is your chance to explore the bustling resort of Portrush with its beautiful beaches. Portrush is one of Northern Ireland’s premier seaside resorts, and the oldest part of the town is built on a mile long peninsula, extending out into the sea. (B,D)
Day 6: Portrush to Dublin via Downpatrick
As we bid farewell to Portrush, we journey southwards to visit the fascinating St Patrick’s Centre in Downpatrick, to uncover the history of Ireland’s patron saint. It is here in the nearby Down Cathedral that the remains of Saint Patrick are said to lie. Our next stop is Dublin, which is where we’ll stay overnight in the St Stephen’s Green area at the lovely Camden Court Hotel, a pleasant stroll from the city centre. (B,D)
Day 7: Dublin to Caernarfon
Another great city is just waiting to be discovered – dazzling Dublin! You can spend the morning exploring the city at leisure or join us on an optional guided tour. Then in the afternoon we make our way to the port for our return ferry crossing back to Holyhead and on to Caernarfon where we stay overnight at the our Hotel. (B,D)
Day 8: Caernarfon to home
We depart this morning and make our way home. (B)



8 September 2012

Very diverse and as busy or quiet as you like

Holiday August 2012 - this was my first Shearings holiday and I wasn't sure what to expect, though my mother had been with them before. It was very well organised; stress free changes throughout. All the hotels were good re accommodation and food. Some of the other passengers had grumblings about the bedrooms in the stop over hotels in Wales but Mum and me were very lucky and were in a refurbished room, though it was very small with little room for two suitcases.As we were worried about the weather (though we were very lucky and hardly had any of the forecast rain), we elected to go on the optional city tours of Derry, Belfast and Dublin. I would recommend these to everyone. You still get some time in the cities to 'do your own thing', but you would never get to see all we did. I would particularly recommend the Belfast tour.All in all a good holiday and it has tempted me to book with Shearings again next year !

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