Belfast and the Gobbins
CLOSED FOR EMERGENCY REPAIRS
- Return Rail Travel
- Reserved Seats on the train
- Railtours Ireland Host
- Gobbins Visitor Centre Admission
- Safety briefing & equipment
- Short Belfast City Tour
- Escorted Coach
Travel North by Train
New day tour! We are delighted to present the newly re-opened spectacular under cliff walk on the wild north Antrim coast. Originally built in 1902 by the Northern Counties Railway Companies chief engineer Berkeley Deane Wise as a major Edwardian tourist attraction. This 2 mile trek through basalt cliffs at the oceans edge is truly an invigorating adventure. A guided tour of Belfast City concludes your days northern adventure!
Dublin to Belfast and the Gobbinshide
Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.
Customer Service Desk at Connolly Station where our Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!
Check in for 07:35 Departure from Connolly Station, which was built in 1844 as the terminus of the Dublin & Drogheda Railway and is now the administrative headquarters of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s National Railway. We depart northwards through the Dublin suburbs, which soon give way to farmland. Soon we pass the exclusive coastal village of Malahide before we cross the wide Broadmeadow Estuary, followed by Rogerstown Estuary. Fine views of the sea appear as we pass through the coastal town of Skerries, followed by the fishing village of Balbriggan. A few kilometres further on we pass Gormanston, a former Irish Air Corps military airfield –on the landward side. Red flags on the seaward side indicate military exercises are in progress. We travel through Drogheda. Immediately north of Drogheda we cross the historic river Boyne by a magnificent viaduct, with great views of the town. We then pass through the border town of Dundalk before begining our climb into the ancient province of Ulster through the foothills of the Camlough Mountains, Slieve Gullion which is the Gap of the North. After to the city of Newry we follow the Newry canal to Portadown where we cross the River Bann. Lurgan and Lisburn are passed before the suburbs of Belfast along the Lagan valley.
Arrive into Belfast, Ireland’s second largest city, we transfer you, enjoying a pleasant 30 minute drive to Islandmagee, a large peninusla on the north Antrim coast. Here we check-in at the Gobbins Visitor Centre for our guided tour at 11:00 - saftey equipment and a briefing will be provided.
Walking the cliff path at The Gobbins will be an exhilarating adventure that will excite all the senses. While The Gobbins will be a spectacular new adventure on the Causeway Coastal Route , it is also a re-awakened coastal experience which was first enjoyed in 1902 by the Edwardians. The modern cliff path at The Gobbins will be an unexpected white-knuckle walk which will thrill those with a sense of adventure and delight those who wish to experience the coast up close.
A steep descent to the beginning of the cliff path will be rewarded by the feeling of walking on water as you begin to experience being on the edge of Northern Ireland. You will see and hear the waves crashing against the cliffs as they have done for thousands of years. You will hear and feel the wind as it conducts the swell of the sea below your feet. You will feel the sea spray on your face . You will witness the ever-changing flora and fauna. You will be able to reach out and touch the edge of our island. You will wonder at the closeness of Scotland as you peer across the Irish sea to the east. You will be fascinated by the ancient stories of this place.
A guide will escort you on a journey along the narrow winding cliff edge path which rises and dips and follows the curves of curious geology. Bridges, tunnels, caves, steps, unique rock formations and stunning views will punctuate your path as you walk, presenting themselves in a different light for your return journey. This experience takes 3 Hours in total and please note that there will be no bathroom facilities available for the duration of the walk. A moderate level of fitness and mobility are required and regrettably we cannot accommodate wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.
There is time for lunch (not included) at the Gobbins visitor centre and restaurant - where a good selection of hot and cold lunch options are available.
14:30 pick up at the Gobbins visitor centre for transfer back to and tour of Belfast City.
Guests will be brought to Belfast Central Station for 18:05hrs train departure to Dublin. Guest have the option to return at their own discretion on the next train at 20:05hrs or indeed on any train. (Your return train ticket is valid for one month).