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Taste of Ulster
Distance (approx): 360 miles
Duration: 4 Days
Start: Dublin
End: Dublin

Day 1: Ulster American Folk Park and Derry
Join your tour at the Days hotel Santry at 08:00 Depart Dublin and drive through Carrickmacross, Monaghan and other market towns. As you pass through the countryside you will understand the importance of agriculture to Ireland’s economy. On the outskirts of Omagh visit the Ulster American Folk Park, an outdoor museum of cottages, including that of Thomas Mellon’s ancestors. Walk around this historic park to see displays of Irish life from bygone days. Continue your journey north past the Sperrin Mountains to your hotel in Derry.

Day 2: Derry and Donegal
A guided walking tour around Derry will include the Guildhall, St. Columbus' Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century city walls. Then drive to the Innishowen peninsula and travel the 140 km coastal route, providing wonderful views. Stop in Buncrana, the peninsula‘s largest town and continue on to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. This spectacular headland o offers distant views of Scotland on a clear day. Its highest point is called Banda’s Crown after one of the pagan queens of pre-Christian Ireland. Continue south along the Eastern shore of Lough Foyle to return to Derry.

Day 3: Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery
Drive along the North coast to explore the Giants Causeway, an area of hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. Many legends have arisen as the basalt resembles giant steps. Visit Bushmills Distillery, which received a license in 1608, making it the world’s oldest whiskey distillery. After a demonstration and a sample, continue your drive through the Nine Glens of Antrim enjoying wonderful views of Mountains, valleys and coastlines. Continue to Belfast to check into your overnight hotel.

Day 4: Belfast, Boyne Valley and Knowth
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Belfast with local Guide, from where you will see the Queens University and the famous City Hall. Later, continue along the coastal route past Newry, skirting along the gentle slopes of the mountains of Mourne. Continue south to visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre. This attractive centre explains the history and construction of the nearby passage graves of Newgrange and Knowth, which date from around 2500 BC. After a video presentation about the history and construction of these ancient monuments, visit Knowth to walk around and through the Tumulus. Drive into Dublin where your tour ends at approximately 17:00 in the airport or 17:30 in the city