MS Veendam Belfast excursions: This relaxing tour with Diamond Chauffeurs Ireland (qualified tour guides – Belfast college) whisks you away from the city and explores the beautiful coastline and countryside to the north of Belfast.
Departing from the pier, your tour begins with a scenic drive on the old Antrim Coast Road. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel around each bend in the road, revealing dramatic headlands and bays. You will drive past the town of Larne, the most modern and the most ancient of places. The name Larne is believed to have derived from a prince called Lathar, son of an ancient Irish King, who was granted the lands by his father. Today, the town combines a historical past with modern port, shopping and leisure facilities. You continue along the coastal route where on a clear day, you may be able to enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre.
Continuing with your drive, you will pass through the fine harbour of Carnlough, usually bustling with yachts and pleasure boats before reaching Glenariff Forest Park, situated amid the world-famous Glens of Antrim, an area which has attracted tourists for over a century. The Park, now including the former Parkmore Forest, covers an area of 2,900 acres of which 2,200 acres have been planted with trees. The remainder consists of several small lakes, recreation areas and open space left for landscape and conservation reasons. Bisecting the Park are two small but beautiful rivers; the Inver and the Glenariff, containing spectacular waterfalls, tranquil pools and stretches of fast flowing water tumbling through rocky steep-sided gorges.
You will make a stop for coffee or tea served with freshly baked scones, cream and jam at the ideally situated Glenariff Tea & Craft Shop in Forest Park. With diverse woodland habitats, superb natural beauty and spectacular views, Glenariff Forest Park is considered to be the “Queen of the Glens.”
Your leisurely return drive travels via Ballymena before reaching Belfast Castle, depending upon time we will introduce you to some of Belfast’s other attractions before returning to MS Veendam at the pier.
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