Celtic Connections – Scotland, Ireland & Wales

Our new tri-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.
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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 time for lunch here before we continue to Culzean Castle, one of Scotland's best loved castles. Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the castle 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 continue on 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 Harbour Cruise & Titanic 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 Castle & Jouney to Caernarfon
This morning, we visit Malahide Castle & Gardens where we enjoy a 45 minute guided tour when we will gain 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 on to our base for the last two
nights, in Caernarfon.

Day 7 Caernarfon - Drivers Day off
This morning we visit the 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
This morning, we begin our journey home.
Legend

Riverside Lodge Hotel (Formerly Hallmark Hotel Irvine)

Irvine, Ayrshire
AAAA Great Views
The 4 star Hallmark Hotel Irvine is located on the outskirts of Irvine, Ayrshire, known as one of Scotland's most picturesque areas. The hotel has 128 comfortable, modern rooms (including ground floor rooms), all of which are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also offers a contemporary Brasserie restaurant, stylish cocktail lounge and a spacious lounge. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

The Celtic Royal Hotel

Caernarfon, North Wales
AAA+ Traditional Hotel
The traditional 3 star Celtic Royal Hotel is located near Bangor, Gwynedd, and prides itself on its fabulous, award winning standards of customer service. The hotel offers 110 bedrooms, each equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The chic Brasserie Draco restaurant provides a Mediterranean inspired menu and the stylish wood-panelled bar & bistro is a perfect place to relax after dinner or to enjoy a lighter menu. The hotel also offers an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna and steam room. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Treacy’s Hotel Monaghan

Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Good Touring Location
Treacy's Hotel Monaghan is a new addition to the Treacy's hotel portfolio. Within easy reach of both Dublin and Belfast. The hotel has 42 comfortable and spacious bedrooms finished to high standards. The contemporary restaurant is light and airy and serves many traditional Irish dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. There is also a spacious and traditional bar offering a real Irish experience and regular live entertainment.
Nights 1 & 2
Riverside Lodge Hotel
Irvine, Ayrshire

Nights 3, 4 & 5
Treacy's Hotel Monaghan
Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Nights 6 & 7
Celtic Royal Hotel
Caernarfon, North Wales

7 Nights Half Board
May - Sep 2019 Twin from £549pp
Single Supplement from £175
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 Treacys Hotel Monaghan
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Live musical entertainment on 1 night
• 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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