TOUR 2: 5 Day 'Intermediate'

To get into the 'craic', our first destination is Strangford, the town sharing its name with the lough. Most of the seafood comes straight out, into a pan and onto your plate - it's literally that fresh!

Into day two, we've options to either cut through or go round the Mourne Mts, then heading on for Navan. A 'happening' town with lots of sight-seeing, a good centre also plenty of eateries/bars to accommodate all tastes.

Day three takes us to Clones via Cavan and its Crystal Factory. Tours are available so with this being the shortest run of the trip, there's ample time to peruse at your leisure and maybe purchase a souvenir to take back?

Enniskillen, back over the border, is another great place to visit on day 4. The waterfront overlooking Lower Lough Erne is a picturesque area before we head over into Co Donegal and the town of the same name. The Diamond is the hub, all roads leading to and from with many excellent places to slake the thirst and hunger of the traveller.

Day five take us home by-passing Derry and its walled city. The Glenshane Pass is the road back to Larne, again after a photo-shoot taking in Lough Neagh, the largest inland water in the UK. Arriving back at the ferry port, we say our goodbye's in Cairnryan.

TOUR 3: 6 Day 'Iron Butts'...