Dublin & Northern Ireland Sample Tour

"Dublin & Northern Ireland"

Example golf tour in Ireland

At a glance...

Trip Itinerary

A star studded line up of some of the best links courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Royal Portrush hosts The Open again in 2025 which makes it most peoples highlight, however we find it difficult to pick a favourite course from this bunch. This example itinerary lasts just nine days but you could easily stay for two weeks. It makes the perfect itinerary for groups joined by non golfers as they can keep busy with distillery and brewery tours, castle visits, Game of Thrones tours and the list goes on. With such a variety on offer we highly recommend you get in touch to discuss your options for this itinerary. Remember, this itinerary serves just as an example of what your golf vacation could look like. Every aspect can be tailored to your liking- perhaps you'd like to break up the golf with a few days just sightseeing, or perhaps you'd like to play more golf or extend your trip to play in Southwest Ireland. Speak to a golf travel expert today to begin planning your dream itinerary.

Day 1 (Saturday)- Arrive, Dublin Airport

Meet & greet at Dublin Airport. Transfer to Dublin (30 mins) and check into The Davenport hotel. From here you can walk to the Temple Bar district and sample Dublins famous pubs.

Day 2 (Sunday) - The Island

The Island has the most dramatic dune structure on the East coast and is a championship links not for the faint hearted. Until the 1970’s the club was only accessible via boat, hence the name. On the way back to your hotel stop off at Malahide Castle for a quick look around this magnificent 12th century castle. Overnight, Davenport Hotel.

Day 3 (Monday)- Portmarnock

Portmarnock is argued by many elite golfers to be Irelands greatest links course. The condition is unmatched and is without a doubt the fairest of tests- you’ll be rewarded for good shots and punished for bad ones. If there’s time you should certainly stay here for lunch, the clubhouse and food is second to none. This afternoon take a visit to the Guinness Storehouse to learn how it’s made and of the significance of this black drink to the city of Dublin. Overnight, Davenport Hotel.

Day 4 (Tuesday)- County Louth
Check out of your hotel this morning and head up to Northern Ireland. An hour along the way you’ll pass County Louth where you’ll play 18 holes. A championship links steeped in history, it hosted the Irish Open in 2004 and 2009. As you reach the 14th tee experience spectacular, elevated sea views and an awesome short, downhill par4 to a perched green. After golf continue your journey to the village of Bushmills in Northern Ireland and check in to the Bushmills Inn.
Day 5 (Wednesday) - Portstewart (Strand)
Another belter of a links course full of theatrics. Described by John Rahm as “Probably the most beautiful course I’ve ever played”. In the afternoon take a visit to Bushmills distillery, the oldest working distillery in Northern Ireland (est 1608). Overnight, Bushmills Inn.
Day 6 (Thursday)- Royal Portrush (Dunluce)
A course on everyones bucket list and for good reason. The Dunluce course at Royal Portrush is ranked 14th in the world after the extensive changes made in 2015 which saw the creation of some new greens and 2 holes stolen from its second course (Valley). The result is a visually spectacular masterpiece. Overnight, Bushmills Inn.
Day 7 (Friday)- Free Day
Today you could visit some local sights and attractions such as Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, The Giants Causeway and The Dark Hedges (allow 6 hours to do all 3). Alternatively you could venture into Belfast for a famous black cab tour to uncover the cities dark past, or take a guided “Game of Thrones” tour to visit the many filming locations in Northern Ireland. Overnight, Bushmills Inn.
Day 8 (Saturday)- Castlerock (Mussenden)
Overshadowed by its famous neighbors but every bit as entertaining. Some holes are played through enticing dunes, the other inland holes have other hazards such as burns and a railway line. The greens run fast and you must maintain concentration to score on this course. After golf you should head into Portrush to experience the Harbour Bar, a traditional “front” bar serving excellent Guinness. Overnight, Bushmills Inn.
Day 9 (Sunday) Depart
Transfer to Dublin Airport (3.5hours) for your flight home. Or why not make the short 45 min flight over to Scotland or England to extend your golf trip.

Pricing

This is just an example itinerary; we do not sell “off the shelf” packages. All of the golf trips we plan for our customers are bespoke, and so are the prices. Price depends on the dates you travel, party size, hotel rooms, transport choices, itinerary complexity and so on.

It’s no secret that booking through a tour operator like ourselves is more expensive than booking the golf trip by yourself . We’ve added links to all hotels and golf courses in the “at a glance” section if this is what you’re looking to do.

If however you’d rather leave the admin of 20 or 30 separate bookings to the experts and receive round the clock support and advice from a passionate, local golfer, then look no further. We’re confident in the level of service we provide to every customer and are proud to offer fair prices when compared to our competitors. 

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