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JEC Ireland 2018

JECJEC Ireland Tour 2018
27th May – 1st June
Balymena, County Antrim

To drive along the Causeway Coastal Route is to experience one of the most dramatic roads in the world. The coastline is sprinkled with historic castles set amongst rugged cliffs and unspoilt beaches. The neighbouring Glens of Antrim, provide an oasis of calm, where ancient woodlands border green hills and valleys, creating a mythical backdrop to this essential Irish journey. We will be exploring all of this from our luxurious inland retreat; the Galgorm Resort & Spa, allowing you to relax in the evenings after a hard day touring from the seat of your Jaguar.

Suggested Itinerary:

Sunday 27th May
Depart on the morning sailing from Holyhead for Dublin (routes from Cairnryan to Belfast are also available). After arriving in Dublin, we head North up the East coast to Balymena in County Antrim. After checking in at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, an informal welcome barbecue has been arranged in the hotel’s Mulberry Garden. (Approximate driving distance: 130 miles)

Monday 28th May
The first of our circular road runs takes us north to Bushmills, where you will be able to tour the oldest working distillery in Ireland. It has been producing whiskey for more than 400 years. From Bushmills it is a short hop to the iconic rock formations at Giant’s Causeway. The new visitor centre offers a great introduction before you walk down to the water’s edge and witness the basalt columns first hand. Our drive then continues to Portrush and Portstewart where it is possible to drive your car on to the beach for a sunbathe (weather permitting). Our route back passes Mussenden temple and Magilligan strand before turning inland past the picturesque Roe Valley Country Park back to our hotel. (Approximate driving distance: 87 miles)

Tuesday 29th May
Heading back to the North coast, today’s drive takes us through Dark Hedges, along avenue of entwined beech trees, planted in the eighteenth century. The trees now form the backdrop for TV and films such as Game of Thrones. Once we reach the coast, our first port of call will be the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge that stretches over a 24m deep chasm to a salmon fishery on a rocky island. From here we continue clockwise around the coast, past Torr head with views across to Scotland to the small fishing village of Cushendun. Neighbouring Cushendall is the gateway to the Glens of Antrim and we head up in to the hills via Glanariff Forest Park and back to our hotel. (Approximate driving distance: 77 miles)

Wednesday 30th May
A third road run takes us to Carrickfergus. The castle dominates the skyline here, and dating back to 1178 it dominates much of local history too. From the castle we continue around the coast in an anticlockwise direction, beyond Larne, along the coast road to Ballygally and then to Glenarm Castle, where it is possible to visit the walled garden before returning back to the hotel via the beach at Carnlough. A tour dinner for the group has been arranged in the hotel for this evening. (Approximate driving distance: 75 miles)

Thursday 31st May
Today can be a day to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities. Perhaps take a walk by the river or indulge in the award-winning spa facilities. Alternatively, for those wishing to take a further drive there are the options to visit the famous Titanic quarter and heritage site at the Belfast docks, or there is the opportunity to explore the 17th century city walls of Derry/Londonderry.

Friday 1st June
The tour comes to an end as, after breakfast, we return to our ferries. Those returning via Scotland can return to Belfast for the morning crossing, whilst those heading South can return to Dublin for the afternoon crossing (Approximate driving distance: 130 miles)

 

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Galgorm Resort & Spa

Galgorm Resort & Spa

The impressive Galgorm Resort & Spa will host the JEC Ireland tour as we explore the Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim
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