The Emerald Isle

Sunday 1st - Sunday 8th October 2017

£665pp

8 days, 7 night(s)

Deposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £38.50pp
Single supplement: £129

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Overview

This year’s Irish holiday will take you to the West Coast to experience glorious Galway, the mighty Cliffs of Moher, and the haunting landscapes of the Burren.

Your Holiday Hotel

The Falls Hotel & Spa in Ennistymon is housed in an 18th century mansion beside the Inagh River, in a wooded setting just a short stroll from the town centre. The 3-star hotel is privately owned and managed by the McCarthy family and we will receive a warm and friendly Irish welcome. There are 140 bedrooms, all designed with comfort in mind, with flat screen television, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The Hotel has a lift. The River Spa at the Hotel is considered to be one of the finest spas in Ireland.

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Location (Ireland)

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Itinerary

(DAY 1) Sunday 1st October

Taxi pick-up from your home to the coach. We travel through the Midlands for a lunch break at Trentham Gardensnear Stoke. Continuing through rural Staffordshire and Cheshire we reach North Wales and spend tonight at the Kinmel Hotel, set amidst rolling parkland with views of the coast.

(DAY 2) Monday 2nd October

An early departure for Holyhead on Anglesey, where we board the Stena Line Ferry which crosses the Irish Sea in around 3 hours 15 minutes. Breakfast today is included on board the ship. We will head west across Ireland, making a brief stop in Athlone, a pretty town on the River Shannon. The journey from Dublin to County Clare is about 170 miles, but Irish roads have improved greatly in recent years – they now even have motorways! – so we will arrive at our Hotel by the end of the afternon in good time for dinner.

(DAY 3) Tuesday 3rd October

After breakfast we will set off to explore the Burren National Park, an area of distinctive limestone plateaux and outcrops providing a habitat for all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Visitor Centre in Kilfenora offers a good introduction and some of the best scones in Ireland! We will then follow part of the Wild Atlantic Way, hugging the coast past Ballyvaughan and around Black Head to the world-renowned Cliffs of Moher. From the cliff top and excellent visitor centre there are superb views stretching from Connemara and Galway Bay to Dingle Bay and the Blasket Islands.

(DAY 4) Wednesday 4th October

A half day excursion to the little matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna, famous for its Victorian Spa Complex. You will be able to visit the Burren Smokehouse, where you can taste some of their fine Irish smoked salmon. There are mosaics inside and outside the shop, and you can see the very first kiln that was used for smoking. A wide range of organic foods and Irish craft products are available to buy. We return to our Hotel at lunchtime so that you can explore the town of Ennistymon, with its traditional shop fronts and lively ‘craic’pubs.

(DAY 5) Thursday 5th October

This morning we travel to Galway, known as the City of Tribes. We begin with a pleasure cruise aboard the Corrib Princess, exploring Ireland’s second largest lake, Lough Corrib, a designated special area of conservation. A cup of tea or coffee and a scone will be served on board. After our boat trip there will be time at leisure in Galway, a bustling trading and fishing port since the 16th century where you can discover the City Museum, Spanish Arch and the iconic cathedral.

(DAY 6) Friday 6th October

We head south today and take the ferry across the mouth of the Shannon. At Foynes we will pay a visit to the unique Flying Boat Museumto unravel a fascinating chapter in aviation history. There is also a new Maritime section of the Museum, covering the history and personality of the Shannon River. Foynes was where Irish Coffee was invented in 1943, and we include one of these tasty Irish specialities for you to enjoy during the visit.

(DAY 7) Saturday 7th October

We take our leave of the Falls Hotel and travel to County Limerick to visit Bunratty Castle, Ireland’s foremost medieval fortress. The Castle dates from 1425 and contains 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art. We also spend time in the Folk Park. Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house around the village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub! This afternoon we drive through County Tipperary and County Waterford to the Maldron Hotel in Wexford for a final overnight stay with dinner and breakfast.

(DAY 8) Sunday 8th October

After an early breakfast at the Hotel we take the ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard then drive home through South Wales, across the Severn Bridge and reach Sussex mid evening.