Private Tour Ards Peninsula Saint Patrick Trail with Strangford Lough and Ferry

Completely Unique Irish Experience! This will suit travellers who have seen all the other sights! Follow in the footsteps of Ireland's patron saint with a full day County Down travel package, exploring the landmarks and legends of Saint Patrick all for an unbeatable price. Tour the Ards Peninsula, climb up Scrabo hill and see the Tower whilst admiring the amazing view, drive along the shore of Strangford Lough an area of outstanding natural beauty, visit the Game of Thrones filming location beautiful Inch Abbey as well as the medieval town of Downpatrick, you can visit Down County Museum as well asThe Saint Patrick Centre. Tour Saint Patrick's Grave, sight-see the cathedral as well as the largest Saint Patrick statue in the world! The tour also visits the beautiful Game of Thrones filming location of Inch Abbey. You can customise this tour to suit your needs.
We can also incorporate some moderate walking if you want.

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5 to 7 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Free Pick Up Central Belfast
    • Optimize your time with hassle-free round-trip transfer from your hotel
    • Benefit from the personalized service and itinerary of a private tour
    • Let your driver handle navigation, leaving you free to admire the beautiful scenery
    • Gain intimate insight into Northern Ireland's history and culture from your guide
    • Admission to Down County Museum
    • Private Tour of Down Cathedral and Saint Patricks Grave
    • Entry/Admission - Strangford Lough
    • Entry/Admission - Down Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Slieve Patrick Statue
    • Entry/Admission - Saul Church
    • Entry/Admission - Inch Abbey
    • Entry/Admission - Struell Wells
    • Entry/Admission - Down County Museum
    What's excluded :
    • Tip For Your Guide
    • Upgrade to Top of The Range Luxury Mercedes V-Class for £30 (Where Available)
    • Saint Patrick Center Admission
    • Add extra time to your tour from £50 per hour
    • Car Ferry Fee
    • Pick up costs outside Belfast
    • Entry/Admission - Portaferry Castle
    • Entry/Admission - The Saint Patrick Centre
    • Entry/Admission - Strangford
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Scrabo Tower, 203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards BT23 4SJ Northern Ireland

    Scrabo Tower is a 135 feet high 19th-century lookout tower or folly that stands on Scrabo Hill near Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. It provides wide views and is a landmark that can be seen from afar. We will climb up and admire the splendid views!
    It was built as a memorial to Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry and was originally known as the Londonderry Monument. Its architectural style is Scottish Baronial Revival.(Howley 1993)
    Scrabo Hill rises to a height of 540 feet (160 m) above mean sea level. The viewing platform or parapet walk of the tower, reached by climbing 122 steps, provides views over Strangford Lough and its islands, as well as the towns of Newtownards and Comber. As the area to the south and southwest of Scrabo Hill is part of the Ulster Drumlin Belt, this glacial landform can be very well observed from the tower.
    On clear days Helen's Tower in the north, the Copeland Islands with their lighthouse and the Scottish coast (Mull of Kintyre, Ailsa Craig and Rhins of Galloway) beyond the North Channel in the northeast, the Isle of Man in the southeast, the Mourne Mountains in the south, as well as Divis Mountain and Cave Hill over Belfast in the west can be seen.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Portaferry Castle, Portaferry, Newtownards BT22 1NY, UK

    Drive down the beautiful Ards Peninsula along the shores of Strangford Lough and get the car ferry across to the village of Strangford.

    Clients Pay for Ferry Crossing.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Strangford Lough, Park Road, off the A25, Strangford Northern Ireland

    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, amazing scenery and wildlife abound.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Saint Patrick Centre, Market Street, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ Northern Ireland

    Learn all about St Patrick

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Down Cathedral, 35 English St, Downpatrick BT30 6AB, UK

    Down Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral. It stands on the site of a Benedictine Monastery, built in 1183. Saint Patrick's Grave
    Outside Down Cathedral on the highest part of Cathedral Hill lies the grave of Saint Patrick, the apostle of Ireland. By the early medieval period Patrick’s grave had become an important site for the developing church and an important monastery had grown around it. At this time the tradition of the hill being the burial place of saints Brigid and Columcille had been added to the legend of Patrick, giving rise to the well-known couplet:

    “In Down, three saints one grave do fill,
    Patrick, Brigid and Columcille.”
    A massive granite stone marker was placed on Cathedral Hill in the early 1900’s to protect the grave from the many pilgrims who visited, some of whom were known to take scoops of earth from the grave abroad with them when they emigrated.
    Location: Down Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Grave are located on Cathedral Hill beside the Saint Patrick Centre.
    Saint Patrick's remains are buried on the site. Magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and beautiful organ case enhances this interesting building.Visit Saint Patricks Grave and get your own private tour of Down Cathedral!
    Opening times
    Monday - Saturday 09:30 - 16:00
    Sunday - 14:00 - 16:00

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Slieve Patrick Statue, St. Patrick's Road Saul, Downpatrick Northern Ireland

    we will climb a mountain! Amazing views from the top!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Saul Church, Saul Road, Saul, Downpatrick Northern Ireland

    Irelands first Christian church, beautiful

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Inch Abbey, Downpatrick BT30 6LZ Northern Ireland

    A must for Game of Thrones Fans! Inch Abbey is a large, ruined monastic site 0.75 miles north-west of Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, on the north bank of the River Quoile in a hollow between two drumlins and featuring early Gothic architecture. The site is mostly in State Care and is at grid ref: J477455, off the main road to Belfast
    Located on the north bank of the Quoile River, Inch Abbey was founded by John de Courcy in atonement for his destruction of Erenagah Abbey. The buildings are mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries while it is believed the church is older than that at Grey Abbey which was built about 1193.
    Inch Abbey Game of Thrones Filming Location
    Cast your eyes over the remains of a Cistercian abbey on the north bank of the River Quoile and one phrase will come to mind: “THE KING OF THE NORTH!” Why? This 12th century building was where Robb Stark’s bannermen rallied to their leader after taking victory (and Jaime Lannister prisoner) at the Battle of the Whispering Wood.As well as being the camp of The Houses of the North and the Riverlands in Game of Thrones, Inch Abbey is home to a breathtaking view of the River Quoile – in the distance you can see Downpatrick Cathedral, burial place of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.
    Which episode was filmed here?
    Season 1, Episode 10: Fire and Blood used Inch Abbey as a filming location.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Struell Wells Road, Downpatrick BT30 6RA Northern Ireland

    Visit to the HOLY HEALING WELLS.

    Well and Men's bath house, Struell Wells, October 2009

    Struell Wells (Irish: Toibreacha an tSruthail; Ulster-Scots: Struell Waals)[1] are a set of four holy wells in the townland of Struell, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland (grid ref: J513442).[2] The wells date from before the time of Saint Patrick, and even today are used for people seeking cures. On Mid-Summer Eve (St John's Eve) and the Friday before Lammas, hundreds of pilgrims used to visit Struell.[3] The earliest written reference to the wells is in 1306, but none of the surviving buildings is earlier than about 1600. Pilgrimages to the site are well documented from the 16th century to the 19th century

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7BU, UK

    Cross Strangford Lough from Portaferry village to Strangford Village on the Car Ferry! Get out and take pictures, the lough contains many marine life including Dolphins, basking sharks and native birds.
    Vehicle up to 6m Single £5.80 Passenger Fares
    Passengers Ordinary fare: Single £1.00
    Example Group of 6 with vehicle=£11.80

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Down County Museum, English Street The Mall, Downpatrick BT30 6AH Northern Ireland

    Welcome to Down County Museum, where the rich heritage of County Down is brought to life in fascinating exhibitions, lively events, hands-on activities and award winning education programmes. Visitors can explore the history of the old Gaol, enjoy our permanent exhibitions and see one of our special, temporary exhibitions displaying objects from our varied collections.
    The Museum's extension, containing three new permanent galleries and a brand new tearoom is now open.
    The Museum is located in the historic buildings of the eighteenth century County Gaol of Down. The Gaol was opened in 1796 and until its closure in 1830 housed many thousands of prisoners.
    The County Gaol of Down was opened in 1796. Built and administered by the County Grand Jury of Down, the Gaol housed prisoners convicted of a wide variety of offences.
    During its period of operation (1796-1830) the Gaol saw many changes in attitudes to crime and punishment. Georgian gaols had been notoriously unregulated and haphazard in their operation of prison legislation. As the eighteenth century gave way to the nineteenth the Gaol became increasingly outmoded and unable to implement increasing bureaucracy and stricter attitudes to separating classes of criminals. The Gaol closed in 1830.
    Today visitors to the Museum can see one of the most complete surviving Georgian gaols in Ireland. A floor of restored cells conjures up something of the atmosphere of over 200 years ago.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Killyleagh, Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland

    Killyleagh Castle is a castle in the village of Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland. It dominates the small village and is believed to be the oldest inhabited castle in the country, with parts dating back to 1180.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Finally drive back to your Belfast accommodation, driving through beautiful little towns and villages along the way

    Duration: 40 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Belfast City Airport, Belfast Northern Ireland
    • Belfast Intl Airport, Belfast Northern Ireland
    • Belfast
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.



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Activity ID: V-102681P23

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