Leaving Drogheda you cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of a town where Oliver Cromwell put the entire population to the sword in 1649. Further upstream is the site of the Battle of the Boyne, where [Protestant] King William of Orange defeated dethroned [Catholic] King James in 1690 –an event which is still celebrated annually by ‘Orangemen’ or ‘Northern Protestants’ on the ‘Twelfth’ of July.
Stopping in Dundalk, your train climbs through the foothills of the Camlough Mountains into border country, which is unmarked and onto Newry, with a final stop in Portadown before travelling along the Lagan valley to arrive in Belfast with views of the Harland & Wolff Cranes nicknamed Samson and Goliath. It was here that many great ships were built –most notably for White Star Line, whose ships included the Olympic, Britannic and (perhaps the most famous ship of all), RMS Titanic.
You arrive in Belfast at 09:45 and join a Coach tour of the Antrim Coast stopping off at historic towns and fishing villages. Passing through the Glens of Antrim with view of the Scottish Isle as you head towards Ballycastle and a stop at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
If you have a head for heights, cross the rope bridge which hangs overs an eighty foot chasm. Continue on to the Giant’s Causeway now a World Heritage Site, the stonework will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief the handicraft of the legendary creation of Finn McCool.
A short road trip will bring you to the ruins of medieval Dunluce Castle perched on the cliff’s edge with a short stop to take in the view and snap some pictures. After the coastal trip you will continue onwards to Belfast where you join a group leaving from Belfast Central Station at 20:05 arriving in Dublin Connolly at 22:15.
Departs Daily (Monday – Saturday). All tours have stops en route for Photography, shopping etc. Please Note: Sterling (£ British) Currency is required in Northern Ireland. *£4.50. payable if you actually cross the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge (local charge).