A Grand Tour of Ireland

We stay in some of Ireland’s key destinations on our fantastic new 12 day packaged tour which features top attractions and the stunning scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way – we take in Killarney, Sligo, Galway and Donegal - just look at what is included!
Packaged Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Portlaoise
We arrive at the Midlands Park Hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Wicklow Mountains National Park
This morning we travel to the monastic settlement of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of Ireland’s most beautiful visitor destinations. We spend time at the Visitor Centre and explore the Sensory Garden and peaceful surroundings. In the afternoon, we head to Kildare, the home of Ireland’s valuable horse racing industry. The town of Kildare is home to the Irish National Stud and has long been the home of many thoroughbred champions. We take a fascinating guided tour of the stables where racehorses are conceived, born and raised and we also have the opportunity to stroll through the wonderful Japanese Gardens, one of the best examples in Europe.

Day 3 Portlaoise to Killarney via Blarney
We begin our day at Blarney Castle, built nearly 600 years ago. Since then, millions have visited the castle in order to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence. The grounds of the castle are incredibly beautiful and believed by some to have a genuinely mystical quality - decide for yourself after exploring the bewitching themed gardens, herbaceous borders and woodland walks. We also have time to visit the Blarney Woollen Mills (within walking distance of the castle) known as the “largest Irish store in the world”, selling a wide selection of authentic gifts from Ireland. From here, we continue our journey to Killarney and our next hotel.

Day 4 Killarney Driver’s Day Off
We have time at leisure in Killarney today. Take a jaunting car ride through the spectacular Killarney National Park to Ross Castle or simply enjoy exploring the beautiful little town.

Day 5 Ring of Kerry
After breakfast we begin our journey around the mystical and unspoilt ‘Ring of Kerry’, one of the most spectacular circular driving routes in Ireland. The drive provides us with an insight into the area’s ancient heritage and allows us to marvel at the fantastic views. During our journey, we spend time at the elegant seaside town of Kenmare.

Day 6 County Kerry to County Clare via Foynes
This morning we drive to Foynes Flying Boat Museum where we enjoy a guided tour. Housed in the original terminal building, this unique museum tells the story of how Foynes was the centre of the aviation world between the years of 1937-1945. It is also the home of Irish coffee, which was created to warm passengers up after periods of bad weather, and we will therefore also enjoy an Irish coffee making demonstration! After leaving Foynes, we catch the ferry from Tarbert to Killimer and continue to our next hotel.

Day 7 Bunratty Castle & The Cliffs of Moher
We take a morning drive to visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, which is a UNESCO Geo Park. Look out for the colonies of nesting seabirds and enjoy spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Maumturk Mountains in Connemara. In the afternoon we visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Built in the 15th century, the castle is adorned with a magnificent collection of medieval furniture, furnishings and works of art, whilst the 19th century Folk Park reconstructs the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Set in 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings, including a fully licensed working pub, in a “living” village.

Day 8 County Clare to Sligo via Galway City
En route to our next hotel in Sligo, we stop in Galway where we spend time at leisure exploring this vibrant, colourful city – named 2020 European Capital of Culture! Admire the beautiful colours of its portside houses and enjoy the infectious rhythms of the traditional Irish music found in almost every pub and bar. Other attractions include the Spanish Arch, built in 1584 to protect the city’s quays, and Galway Cathedral. From here, we continue to the fabulous Sligo Park Hotel.

Day 9 Sligo Driver’s Day Off
This morning, we take a short journey on the local bus to Sligo (just 2 miles away) and spend time at leisure exploring this county town. Follow in the footsteps of Sligo’s most famous son, the poet Yeats, and visit the sights and scenes that inspired him. The town’s most popular attractions include the Sligo County Museum & Art Gallery, Yeats Society Memorial Building and Sligo Abbey.

Day 10 Donegal
After breakfast, we drive to Donegal where we embark upon a 75 minute circular cruise of stunning Donegal Bay, complete with an on-board sing-a-long! After our cruise, we have free time for lunch in Donegal before we travel south to Ireland’s oldest pottery producer, Belleek Pottery which has been welcoming visitors since 1857. We enjoy a 30 minute guided tour at the award winning visitor centre.

Day 11 Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
We depart Sligo this morning for a scenic drive back across Ireland. On the way, we visit Strokestown Park & the Irish National Famine Museum, enjoying a 45 minute guided tour of the Georgian Palladian mansion and a 40 minute tour of the Famine Museum housed in the stable yards. From here, we make our way to our overnight hotel, ready to board the ferry home tomorrow.

Day 12 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Eviston House

Killarney, County Kerry
AAA Double for Single Occupancy Traditional Lively Hotel
The 3 star family run Eviston House is located in the heart of Killarney and features the award-winning Danny Mann's Pub. Danny Mann’s is famous across Ireland for its live music and entertainment, with singers and folk bands taking to the stage most evenings. There are 111 traditionally styled bedrooms, a spacious restaurant and also a gym and sauna.

Midlands Park Hotel

Portlaoise, Co Laois
AAAA Central Location
(Formerly Portlaoise Heritage Hotel) This centrally located, 4 star hotel is the epitome of chic elegance and quality service. The hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment that was completed in early 2017. Hosting an impressive lobby and public areas with an elegant bar, the hotel serves traditional Irish cuisine in the Fitzmaurice restaurant. All 110 bedrooms are of a good size and equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers guests extensive leisure facilities with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Sligo Park Hotel

Sligo, County Sligo
AAAA Collection Hotel Free Onsite Coach Parking
This superb four star hotel is located just 2km from Sligo town centre, with local regular bus transportation. Public areas are very spacious and elegantly styled. All 126 bedrooms are a good size, with floor to ceiling windows offering views of the garden or mountain in the distance. Relax in Jack’s bar with a drink. All meals are served in the hotel’s contemporary restaurant which overlooks the garden. Substantial leisure facilities include an indoor pool, spa bath and steam room. Coach parking is off-site (walking distance) & free of charge.

The Gleneagle Hotel

Killarney, County Kerry
AAA+ Double for Single Occupancy Nightly Irish Entertainment
The excellent 3 star Gleneagle Hotel is one of Killarney’s largest hotels and overlooks the mountains of the Killarney National Park. The 244 bedrooms are comfortably furnished and there are two bars, one offering a relaxed setting and one offering live entertainment. The restaurant is large and bright and leisure facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There is also a shuttlebus to/from Killarney town centre (small charge). · Ground floor rooms · Lift · Bar · Restaurant · Tea/coffee in room · Leisure facilities · Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

The Inn at Dromoland

Latoon, County Clare
AAA+ Collection Hotel
No ordinary 3 star hotel, the Inn at Dromoland nestles in a countryside setting within the grounds of the Dromoland Castle Hotel, and is just minutes from the M18 motorway and within easy driving distance of Galway. This property is to a fantastic standard with a white and cream colour scheme in the public areas, giving a lovely clean, elegant style effect. All 155 bedrooms are a great size, very comfortable and offer a traditional homely feel. All meals are served in the spacious restaurant which serves traditional Irish cuisine. Relax in the Shannigans pub which offers a traditional Irish bar and enjoy the super leisure facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.

Treacys West County Hotel

Ennis, County Clare
AAA+ Excellent Public Areas
This friendly, contemporary 3 star hotel is managed and operated by the Treacy family who have a wealth of hotel experience and a reputation for offering a very warm welcome to all guests. All 152 bedrooms are spacious, light-filled and finished to a high standard. Meals are served in the Skillet Pot restaurant and the hotel's large traditional Irish bar is where live music takes place on most nights. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
2020
11 Nights Half Board

Twin from £854pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £248
Selected Dates Only

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing Holyhead - Dublin
2 Nights Half Board Midlands Park Hotel
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Glendalough Visitor Centre
• Guided tour Irish National Stud
• Entrance to Blarney Castle
3 Nights Half Board Eviston House Hotel
• Porterage & welcome punch reception
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live Irish music in the Danny Mann Pub each night
OR 3 Nights Half Board Gleneagle Hotel
• Porterage & welcome voucher for tea/coffee to use at leisure
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live musical entertainment each night
• Guided tour & Irish Coffee Foynes Flying Boat Museum
• Ferry Tarbert - Killimer
2 Nights Half Board The Inn at Dromoland
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
OR 2 Nights Half Board Treacys West County Hotel
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live musical entertainment each night
• Entrance to Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
• Entrance to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
3 Nights Half Board Sligo Park Hotel
• Welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 1 night
• 75 minute Donegal Bay circular cruise
• Guided tour Belleek Pottery
• Guided tour Strokestown Park & Irish National Famine Museum
1 Night Half Board (Overnight Hotel)
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
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