The traveling group from our October 2023 North Ireland FAM trip are delighted to be able to share their personal highlights. We hosted the 8-day itinerary alongside Tourism Ireland for some of our North American clients.
We began in Dublin with a full day sightseeing in the city and a day trip south to the Wicklow Mountains National Park before heading north to Belfast and exploring the Causeway Coast along to Londonderry/Derry and Donegal.
I think the highlights for me are a lot of the natural areas of Ireland, so the Giant’s Causeway was really cool to see and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, even though it was too windy for us to go over. Just the scenery, driving through, even though we had a lot of long drives it was great to be able to take that time to take in the landscapes. And learning a little more about the history of the country was great too.
There are so many highlights I can mention, the trip was unquestionably fascinating. But I have to say the tours which centred around the ‘history’ of Ireland, I treasured the most. Seeing Belfast firsthand was remarkable. Being a child in the 80’s I remembered the upheavals Northern Ireland endured in all their turbulent history. My only wish during that visit is that our tour guide would have had ample time to thoroughly explain in depth the events that took place in that city. Such amazing history.
My highlight of this trip was the Old Bushmills Distillery. As the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, not only does it have plenty of history but the tour itself was the most engaging and interesting distillery tour I have had the pleasure of experiencing. Our guide was incredibly knowledgable, there are a few fantastic surprises along the way and the tasting at the end was delicious.
As a big Titanic film fan one of my highlights was the Titanic Museum in Belfast. It tells the full story of the ship with loads of interactive elements, you could spend hours there. It is also incredibly moving.
Powerscourt was one of my personal favourites but I also was so pleasantly surprised by Belfast. I just didn’t know what to expect because I know Sunrise Tours hasn’t been to Belfast yet, so I loved Belfast. There is so much history there and so much to do.
I loved Londonderry/Derry and it was really interesting learning about the city’s complex history. Karen Henderson from Visit Derry was a fantastic host for us during our stay. It is also perfectly situated for a day trip to Country Donegal and a visit to Triona Donegal Tweed where you can see the master hand weaver hard at work.
I liked the historical parts of the trip, seeing the history of the people of Ireland and the castles, I really enjoyed that and I think my clients would like that too. I have a lot of faith groups so I think they would really enjoy seeing the burial site of Saint Patrick, Down Cathedral and the Saint Patrick Centre.
The diverse and varied Emerald Isle really does have something to offer for all of your client’s interests from history to nature and food to cosmopolitan cities. See the full detailed programme from our trip.
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