Our new tour to Irelands northwest offers a slice of the Wild Atlantic Way in County Sligo and County Donegal. It includes visits to the magnificent Lissadell House and Europes tallest sea cliffs at Slieve League. We finish with a visit to Dublin, Irelands capital and largest city.
At the time of writing a Passport is not required to travel to the Republic of Ireland. We strongly recommend you take some form of photographic identification
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Day 1 - Sunday
Our door-to-door service will collect you from home and bring you to the coach to join your driver and fellow passengers. We make our way through the Midlands and Shropshire to Llangollen in North Wales. The final stage of today's journey takes us over the Horseshoe Pass and through the Vale of Clwyd to the comfortable Kinmel Hotel.D
day 2 - Monday
An early start is required, as we head across the Menai Strait to Holyhead on the tip of Anglesey. Breakfast is included on board the ferry, which takes approximately three and a half hours to reach Dublin Port. The journey across Ireland is around 220 miles, and we will reach our Hotel by the end of the afternoon. The comfortable Sligo Park, our base for 4 nights, is situated on the outskirts of Sligo Town in the heart of Yeats' Country.B, D
Day 3 - Tuesday
After a leisurely Irish breakfast we follow a scenic route passing Glencar Lough to LISSADELL HOUSE AND GARDENS. Situated on the shore of Sligo Bay, surrounded by mountains, sea and woodlands, this restored country estate was the childhood home of Constance Gore-Booth, an Irish revolutionary, and her sister Eva. The poet W.B.Yeats was a friend of the sisters and a visitor to the House. Some of the rooms, including the servants' quarters, are open to view, and there is a Walled Victorian Kitchen Garden and Seashore Rockery Alpine Garden.B, D
Day 4 - Wednesday
Today sees a highlight of the holiday, as we are joined by a local guide for a tour of the WILD ATLANTIC WAY. The drive around Donegal Bay is spectacular as we make our way to the GLENCOLMCILLE FOLK VILLAGE. It's one of Ireland's best living history museums with a collection of traditional thatched cottages perched on a hillside overlooking Glen Car Bay. Another highlight of your tour awaits, with a trip by minicoach up to the viewpoint on SLIEVE LEAGUE to see incredible sea cliffs reaching 2000ft above the Atlantic - a truly wild and wonderful sight.B, D
Day 5 - Thursday
This morning we take a drive around LOUGH GILL. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woodlands, and provided the setting for W.B. Yeates' poem "The Lake Isle of Innisfree". Right beside the Lough is PARKE'S CASTLE, a restored plantation castle from the early 17th century. As well as visiting the Castle, we will take a trip on board the waterbus 'Rose of Innisfree'. This afternoon you can choose to explore the County Town of Sligo or simply relax at the Hotel.B, D
Day 6 - Friday
We will load the coach and drive to CARRICK-ON-SHANNON in County Leitrim. A relaxing one-hour cruise will enable us to enjoy the scenery along the River Shannon, with a commentary and tea/coffee and scones included. This afternoon we continue to THE JOHNSTOWN ESTATE in County Meath. Less than an hour from Dublin, this 1950s Georgian rural residence is one of Ireland's premier spa resorts and has a leisure club with 20-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi and hot tub. We will arrive in good time to relax and enjoy a drink from the bar before dinner.B, D
Day 7 - Saturday
This morning we will meet a guide for an informative tour of DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY. The coach tour is a perfect introduction to the City's history and heritage, and our guide will point out famous landmarks like O'Connell Street, Phoenix Park, the River Liffey, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the statue of Molly Malone, affectionately nicknamed 'The Tart with the Cart' by Dubliners. After lunch we will make our way to the port for an afternoon ferry back across the Irish Sea to Holyhead. The final night of the holiday will be spent at the Celtic Royal Hotel in Caernarvon.B, D
Day 8 - Sunday
We follow the A5 through the Snowdonia National Park before joining the motorway network and continuing through the Midlands to reach Sussex late afternoon/early evening.B
THE SLIGO PARK HOTEL
The Sligo Park Hotel has all the features you would expect to find in a modern four-star hotel. Some of the spacious bedrooms have views of the gardens and Mountains. Furnished with luxury fabrics, each room has tea/coffee tray and free Wi-Fi. There is a leisure centre with an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and plunge pool. The Hotel has a lift. This is Irish hospitality at its best.
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