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    Giants, Myths & Legends

    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From €2,700

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    Region: Northern Ireland – Giants Causeway & Belfast
    Trip Type: Family
    Accommodation: Deluxe
    Deposit From €675.00 €675.00

    Grading: Your Own Pace

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    Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway Coast, the inspiration for C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, TV series Game of Thrones and countless Irish tales of giants, magical beasts, kings and queens, is an ideal region to discover as a family. 

    Rated the top region to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet, explore the Causeway Coast and Belfast on this fully-guided Giant’s Causeway family expedition by land and sea. Search for puffins on an island retreat, climb steep cliffside paths, hike to the mythic Giant’s Causeway and learn about those who built the Titanic.

    On this fully-guided deluxe grade Giant’s Causeway family adventure, explore the myths of Northern Ireland from the Giant of the Causeway to mythical Narnia’s Dunluce Castle while staying in comfortable and family-friendly accommodations along the Causeway Coast and on an island retreat. Taste hearty local dishes, tap your foot to traditional Irish music, and have an adventure fit for the whole family.

    This itinerary is designed to suit children 8-15 years old. Please note depending on factors such as weather and the height of the child, some activities may be restricted. This is a guided private departure and therefore the activities can be tailored to the needs and abilities of you and your children. This trip may be taken any time during the year (choose the dates best for your family), though keep in mind some of the activities may be modified in winter, especially water sports.

    Trip Highlights

    • Privately guided deluxe grade family adventure with activities tailored to your family
    • Island hopping to Rathlin Island to spot seabirds and puffins at certain times of year
    • Paddling the unique geology of the Causeway Coast
    • Visit the world-famous Giant's Causeway

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Legendary Castles of Inspiration

    Meeting in Belfast, we travel north to the imaginary land of Narnia – or at any rate, the dramatic ruins of Dunluce Castle that was C. S. Lewis’s inspiration for the royal Narnia castle of Cair Paravel. More recently, Dunluce Castle served as Pyke and the Iron Isles on the hit TV series, Game of Thrones. Exploring its spectacular clifftop setting, we’ll learn fascinating stories of battles, ghosts and magic that haunt the ruins. (L, D)

    Day 2 – Causeway Canoe Expedition

    On our first day of real adventure, we’ll explore the magical Causeway Coast on a full-day kayak expedition. Brilliant for the whole family, the kayaks allow everyone an outdoor adventure together. Your expedition will be tailored to suit everyone depending on ability, weather and tides. We’ll enjoy a tasty seaside picnic while admiring the dramatic coast. In Bushmills, we’ll visit the 400-year-old home of the ‘Water or Life’ or ‘Uisce Beatha’ in Irish – the iconic Bushmills Whiskey. Enjoy soft drinks for the kids and a whiskey tasting experience for the adults before retiring to your comfortable hotel in time for dinner. (B, L)

    Day 3 – Hike the Giant's Causeway

    As the myth goes, the Giant’s Causeway was built by mythological giants. Today our Giant’s Causeway family adventure continues with a clifftop hike to the Giant’s Causeway, enjoying lunch by a quaint harbour made famous by the Game of Thrones series. Ahoy mate, all aboard – we set sail to our island retreat! Encapsulating Ireland in miniature, these windswept Irish islands are perfect places to find the Ireland of your romantic imaginings. (B,L,D)

    Day 4 – Island Retreat on Rathlin Island

    Awake to the smell of salt in the air, the crash of waves and the sound of birds – the perfect introduction to Rathlin Island. Intertwined with the legend of Robert the Bruce and the spider, it was here that the famous Scottish king rehashed his battle strategy. The only inhabited island off the Causeway Coast, Rathlin is home to Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony – including plenty of the iconic and loveable puffin. From April to July, puffins and other seabirds jostle for space on the sea stacks. To meet our feathered friends, we’ll visit the seabird centre for some birdwatching. We’ll also explore the unique ‘upside down’ lighthouse. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 – The Cliffside Gobbins Path

    Today we tackle one of the most dramatic hikes in Europe, the Gobbins Path. Originally opened in 1902, it was later abandoned in the 1960s until its rebirth in 2015. The Gobbins Path* experience takes us along a narrow path hugging the dramatic cliff face, across spectacular bridges amid the swirling waves of the North Channel. We traverse hidden tunnels under the Irish Sea, and climb rugged staircases carved into the cliff face and duck into caves once home to smugglers and privateers. This is an exhilarating but strenuous adventure so some family members might want to enjoy a more gentle coastal hike exploring Islandmagee with your guide. (B, L) 

    *For the Goblin’s Path, please note that there is a minimum height 3’9” (1.2 metres).

    Day 6 – Belfast & the Titanic

    As the RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, an intriguing interactive visitor centre has been built in its honour. This award-winning experience will bring alive the sights, sounds, smells and stories of RMS Titanic, as well as the city and people who created her. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a celebratory high tea with all the trimmings in the decadent marbled surroundings of The Merchant Hotel. Once the magnificent headquarters of the Ulster Bank, today you can sip your tea under the largest chandelier in Ireland surrounded by 19th-century elegance where you’ll bid farewell to your trip guide. (B, L) 

    Day 7 – Departure

    This morning, say goodbye to this fascinating corner of Northern Ireland. Your Belfast hotel can assist you in booking a taxi to the train station or airport on departure. (B)

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    Price from: €2,700
    Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    This is a deluxe standard trip. On your family adventure, our trip designers have hand-picked Deluxe accommodations that are recognised for their cosiness, luxury and comfort each night as well as their excellent location, service and comfort.

    Evening meals will be taken either in a local town, which offers a good choice of restaurants to suit every taste, or perhaps in a different location depending on the day’s activity.

    Representative pricing for this trip is based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old sharing one deluxe family room. Exact final cost and rooming configuration will depend on your family’s specific needs as well as hotel room availability at the time of booking. Your adventure consultant will discuss your preferred rooming set up and available options with you.

    Meals Read More

    Each morning, enjoy a homemade breakfast of your choice at your accommodation. Lunch will be taken in cafes or a Wilderness Picnic along your route. Throughout the day, your guide will provide water and tasty, Irish snacks. Some evening meals are included as stated in the itinerary. On all other evenings, your Wilderness Guide can provide expert recommendations or you can dine in at your lodging.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in hand-picked deluxe grade hotels and guesthouses
    • Most meals, incl. all Breakfasts and most lunches and dinner on Day as marked on the itinerary (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide/driver from day 1 to 6
    • All transport throughout the trip, aside from taxi transfer (if required) on the final day
    • Activities as stated in the itinerary, incl. paddling, Titanic Experience, boat trips, and other entries stated in the itinerary

    This trip includes all accommodation, guiding, most travel, as well as most meals. It does not include drinks or gratuity for your Wilderness Guides.

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    At Your Own Pace

    With your own private guide, activities can be tailored to meet your family’s needs, preferences and expectations, and therefore this trip can be enjoyed at your own family’s pace.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    Depending on your travel plans, you will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide either at Belfast Airport, Dublin Airport or in Belfast Lanyon Place Railway Station on Day 1 of your trip.

    You will be dropped off at Belfast Airport or Belfast Train Station on the last day of your trip in time for regular connections to Dublin if required.

    For advice on getting to from and around Ireland please our travel advice here.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Darragh Devaney

    One of our team members, Darragh is Wilderness Ireland’s Operations Manager. As the team’s resident bike expert, Darragh has helped research, design and even guide nearly all of Wilderness Ireland’s bike trips. When not in the office, Darragh can usually be found exploring a little-known corner of Ireland on two wheels or camping in the countryside with his family.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    With your own private guide, activities can be tailored to meet your family’s needs, preferences and expectations, and therefore this trip can be enjoyed at your own family’s pace.

    It is your responsibility to ensure you are appropriately fit and capable of doing the described hikes in the expected times. Please refer to the grading section on our website for more details. If you are unsure we encourage you to speak to us first.

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