Sailing Around Iconic Ireland
A rich collection of diverse Irish highlights is packed into this seven-night circumnavigation of the ‘Emerald Isle’, with Black Watch calling at five wonderfully welcoming and rewarding destinations to present you with plenty of historical and cultural sites.
You begin your tour of Ireland south of the Irish border, calling first into Cobh. This charming town, with it’s brightly coloured harbour and impressive cathedral is a joy to explore; perhaps see the sights before popping into one of the traditional pubs for an Irish coffee. Cobh is also where many of the Titanic’s passengers embarked on her fateful voyage and the fantastic Titanic Experience is a must-visit to explore the town’s links to the infamous ill-fated ocean liner. Along the dramatic west coast, Galway awaits you next.[ReadMore]This charming city boasts centuries of fascinating history; exploring the remnants of the medieval town here will reveal plenty of interesting historical sites, such as the Spanish Arch. Then it’s on to Killybegs, a picturesque town situated within the valleys and rolling hills of the County Donegal’s beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Here a tour to the stunning Bluestack Mountains is highly recommended, though you may opt to relax at Fintragh Bay, one of Ireland’s best beaches.
Visits to both Irish capitals are sure to be highlights of your holiday. Visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland’s attraction-packed capital offers you the chance to explore the city’s legendary connection to Titanic at the Titanic Belfast exhibition; visit the historic steamship SS Nomadic; and marvel at the Renaissance-style City Hall. Belfast is also your gateway to the incredible geological wonders of the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Finally, you’ll head south once again to Dublin. A guided walking tour is a great way to take in the fine architecture and iconic sights of the Republic of Ireland’s capital, including St Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – and Dublin Castle. For an authentic Irish experience, be sure to take time to visit the Temple Bar district and sample the famous ‘craic’; or stop-by the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about the history of Guinness and of course, enjoy a taste of the proper ‘black stuff’.