Celtic Connections - Scotland, Ireland & Wales 2020

Our exciting multi-centre holiday is designed to offer groups a fantastic 8 day touring experience, incorporating the dramatic scenery, historic castles, rich heritage and contrasting landscapes of the Ayrshire Coast, Dublin, Belfast and North Wales.
Packaged Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival in Irvine

We arrive in Irvine, our base for the next two nights.

Day 2 Robert Burns Birthplace Museum & Culzean Castle
This morning we make our way to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which offers a unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set in 10 acres of the poet’s cherished countryside, the museum includes the famous Burns Cottage, where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works. There is free time for lunch here before we continue to Culzean Castle, one of Scotland's best loved castles, where we enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore the gardens, deer park and swan pond before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3 Irvine to Carrickmacross
Today we say goodbye to the Riverside Lodge Hotel and travel to Cairnryan to board our 2 hour 20 minute ferry sailing to Belfast, from where we travel to our hotel for the next 3 nights in Carrickmacross.

Day 4 Dublin & Liffey River Cruise
This morning, we travel to Dublin and enjoy a 45 minute guided cruise on the River Liffey before enjoying free time to explore the many attractions Dublin has to offer, including the Guinness Store House, Jameson’s Distillery, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, St Patricks Cathedral or one of Dublin’s newer attractions such as EPIC Ireland or the GPO Witness History exhibition.

Day 5 Belfast
Today we travel to Belfast where our guide joins us for a half day step-on guided tour of this fascinating city. After our tour, we visit Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic exhibition and a must see for any tour of Belfast. Located in the Titanic Quarter, right beside the historic site of the world famous ship’s construction, the exhibition is housed in an iconic 6 floor building. This state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in the city.

Day 6 Malahide & Journey to Caernarfon
This morning, we visit Malahide Castle & Gardens where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour for an extraordinary glimpse into the life of the castle and the Talbot family who resided there for 800 years! After our tour, we travel to nearby Dublin Port and board the afternoon sailing to Holyhead, from where we continue to our base for the last two nights, in Caernarfon.

Day 7 Caernarfon Driver's Day Off
This morning we visit wonderful Caernarfon Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a stunning location on the banks of the River Seiont. In the afternoon we enjoy time at leisure to explore our base of Caernarfon, Gwynedd’s county town. We can take a stroll around the town's narrow streets or stylishly redeveloped waterfront.

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.
Legend

Ballymascanlon House Hotel

Dundalk, County Louth
AAAA Collection Hotel Historic Hotel
Located half way between Dublin and Belfast, this 4 star family owned hotel is run with pride and dedication. The impressive Victorian house forms the heart of the hotel which is located on the 140 acre Ballymascanlon estate. All 90 spacious bedrooms are very comfortable and kept to a high standard. There is an elegant, formal dining room with chandeliers, a large bar overlooking the gardens, a cosy lounge and an outside terrace. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, hydro pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

Celtic Royal Hotel

AAA+ Free Onsite Coach Parking
The traditional Celtic Royal Hotel prides itself on its fabulous, award winning standards of customer service. Refurbished in 2017, the hotel offers 110 stylish bedrooms, a chic brasserie style restaurant, an informal pub-style bar and bistro with plenty of comfortable seating.

Riverside Lodge Hotel

Irvine, Ayrshire
AAA
The recently refurbished Riverside Lodge is located on the outskirts of Irvine. There are 128 comfortable bedrooms, a contemporary brasserie restaurant and an open plan reception, lounge and bar area. • Ground floor rooms • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge
2020
7 Nights Half Board

Twin from £569pp

Single Supplement from £165
Selected Dates Only

Inclusions
2 Nights Half Board at Riverside Lodge Hotel

• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee/shortbread
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Pianist on 1 night
• Entrance to Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
• Guided tour of Culzean Castle
• Ferry crossing Cairnryan - Belfast
3 Nights Half Board at Ballymascanlon House Hotel
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• 45 minute guided River Liffey cruise
• Belfast half day step-on guided tour
• Entrance to Titanic Belfast
• Guided tour of Malahide Castle & Gardens
• Ferry crossing Dublin - Holyhead
2 Nights Half Board at Celtic Royal Hotel
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live entertainment on 1 night
• Entrance to Caernarfon Castle
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£569 for 8 days

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