7th July 2018
Saturday - Dundalk
We leave from our local departure points and travel to the west coast and Cairnryan, where we board the Irish Sea Ferry to Larne. We travel south to the Irish Republic and Dundalk for the night. Carrickdale Hotel & Spa.
Sunday - Clifden
Our route takes us west to Galway, one of Ireland's most engaging cities. Stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls. We explore the old town before continuing west to Clifden and our hotel for five nights. Clifden Station House Hotel.
Monday - Thursday - Clifden
Often referred to as 'The Capital of Connemara’, Clifden is a vibrant town in a picturesque setting between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean and we tour this unspoilt region with its rugged coastline, tiny coves, pretty bays and quaint fishing villages. We visit Westport House, where we enjoy a tour of one of Ireland's most beautiful country houses. Built in 1730, the house boasts original architecture with a superb parkland setting including a lake, terraces, waterfalls and magnificent views of Ireland's holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. We travel through the Connemara National Park to Glen Keen Farm where we enjoy a sheep herding demonstration, traditional Irish music and refreshments before continuing to Killary where we include a cruise to admire the breathtaking coastal scenery. A visit will be made to Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre in Moycullen, where we enjoy a guided tour of this family-run, traditional business. We relax in the comfort of our centrally located hotel and allow ample time to enjoy the local shops, traditional music, tasty food and most importantly, the 'good craic'.
Friday - Newtownabbey
We bid farewell to Connemara and drive north via Enniskillen and Belfast to Newtownabbey and our hotel for the night. Corrs Corner Hotel.
Saturday - Scotland
A short drive takes us to Larne, where we board the Irish Sea Ferry to Cairnryan and arrive back in Scotland after a relaxing tour of Ireland.
Our three star hotel is set in and around a former railway station and offers well-appointed bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and a traditional bar located in the Station Masters House. Evening meal menu choices, full Irish breakfasts and a warm Connemara welcome will ensure a wonderful stay.