Of the estimated 40 million Americans who are of Irish origin, well over half are Scots Irish. The Scots Irish established themselves in the northernmost counties of Ireland in the early 17th century. For centuries before this, Scots had drifted back and forth between the eastern counties of Antrim and Down across the narrow straits that separate Northern Ireland and Scotland. The great migration of the Scots Irish to North America began in 1717. Like the mass emigration that followed the Great Irish Famine of the 19th century, America became the destination for over 200,000 Scots Irish. Today nearly three centuries later, many millions of North Americans are descended from these early emigrants including 15 Presidents of the United States.
On the Scots Irish Trail Itinerary…
Day 1: Belfast
Full Day Exploring Belfast City with visits to St Anne’s Cathedral, Custom House Square, Titanic Quarter, Queens University and the Ulster Museum. Overnight in Belfast
Day 2: Down & Armagh
Tour the Ards Peninsula -at Groomsport, travel the story of Eagles Wing, the fabled ship North America bound with early Scots-Irish emigrants. Travel south to Armagh , the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. Visit Portadown and Lurgan, areas that feature important landmarks associated with Scots Irish. Return to Belfast for overnight
Day 3: Belfast to Fermanagh
Travel west to Fermanagh, which offers stunning Lakeland scenery and an abundance of castles. Visit the Marble Arch Caves, a fascinating natural underworld of rivers and waterfalls, Florence Court & Castle Coole -one of the best neoclassical homes in Ireland and the world renowned Belleek Factory. Overnight in Fermanagh
Day 4: Fermanagh to Tyrone
Visit the Ulster American Folkpark in Co Tyrone, and get an insight into the formidable contribution that generations of Scots Irish made to American frontier history. From Omagh drive through the Sperrin Mountains. Learn how many of the Scottish settlers became engaged in the production of linen. Visit Tryone Crystal in Dungannon and stop at the Wellbrook Beetling Mill in Cookstown before arriving in Derry City for overnight.
Day 5: The Medieval Walled City of Derry
Few places can boast a greater sweep of history and culture than ancient Derry, one of the few completely walled cities still standing in Europe. Stroll the magnificent walls, visit Saint Columns Cathedral and the Apprentiace Botys Hall, a visit to the Crafdt Village will take you back as far as the 16th century.
Day 6: East Donegal
Derry is a stones throw from picturesque Donegal. Donegal is bounded by 120 miles of Atlantic coastline and the most beautiful; golden beaches in Europe. Northeast Donegal was a stronghold of the Scottish Presbyterians who migrated into Ulster. The founder of the first Presbyterian congregation in the US was from Donegal, US President James Knox Polk, Frontiersman Davy Crockett and Edmund McIlhenny of the Tabasco fortune are just some of the descendents of the many Scots Irish families who emigrated from these parts. Overnight in Derry
Day 7: Antrim Coast to Belfast
Drive the Causeway Coastal Route rated as one of the world’s Top Five Road Trips. Visit the Giants Causeway, a world Heritage Site and continue through the Nine Glens of Antrim. Enjoy afternoon tea at Glenarm Castle and learn about the McDonnells and the migration of earlier Scots into the Glens. Visit Ballygally Castle and admire stunning views across to Scotland and learn about the history of the area from the time of the Plantation of Ulster. Stop at the Londonderry Arms, once owned by Sir Winston Churchill and now a popular seafood restaurant. Continue on your way to Belfast!
From $799.00 Per Person, Includes:
7 Night Superior Hotel Accommodation
8 Day Rental of a Manual Economy Vehicle
Full Irish Breakfast Daily
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