What are the interests & age range of the group? Difficult to answer without more information.
Hi. We are retired and interested in museums, history, culture, food and nature. No shopping malls or tourist traps.
Di from NewJersey USA
How about Carlingford Co Louth - nice place to break your journey as you head North to the Causeway. Medieval / Heritage village and some beautiful scenery and restaurants.
Also I would recommend the coast road rather than the motorway to Belfast as the scenery is breathtaking on the North East Coast of Ireland and you will go through lots of lovely little villages and can also take a ferry for part of the trip. Strangford to Portaferry.
Re my post above I omitted another wonderful place you should visit on your way to Carlingford / Belfast. Newgrange which is a must on the East coast of Ireland. it is a stoneage passage older than Stonehenge and there is also an interpretative centre there.
Not to be missed
Thank you for the info. Your suggestions will go into my trip folder and will share with our friends. Great input!