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Ireland's Wonderful West

Holiday Highlights

  • Take in the scenery in Connemara National Park
  • Discover beautiful Achill Island
  • Visit stunning Kylemore Abbey and Gardens
  • Discover the Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre
  • Visit beautiful Westport House

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What is Included?

  • Return travel by coach/air
  • Six nights half board accommodation
  • Evening of traditional music on night four
  • Touring itinerary by luxury coach

Our holiday to the wonderful west coast of Ireland has so much to offer, with spectacular scenery, stunning countryside and great attractions for you to enjoy. The beautiful coastal town of Westport is bursting with character and is the perfect starting point for our adventure around beautiful County Mayo.

 

Connemara National Park

Situated in County Galway, west of Galway city, Connemara National Park covers almost 5,000 acres of scenic mountains (some of which form part of the Twelve Bens range), expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. It is home to red deer and native Connemara ponies. The changing colours of the landscape are simply breathtaking.

Holiday Details

Day 1: From home to Dublin
If you choose to travel by coach, your holiday begins as we head to Holyhead for our ferry crossing to Ireland. If you've decided to fly to Ireland, make your own way to your chosen airport for the flight to Dublin, where you will be met and transferred to the hotel and have time at leisure before our coach arrives later today. The Brennan Green Isle Hotel is where we stay tonight, a lovely hotel on the outskirts of the city.
Day 2: Dublin to Westport via the Cruachan Ai Visitor Centre
After some time in Dublin this morning, we begin our travels westward, calling at the Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre, where we have a fascinating insight into one of the 'Celtic Royal Sites' of Ireland on our guided tour. We continue on to arrive at the lovely resort of Westport, where we stay for four nights at the delightful Westport Woods Hotel, set in woodlands, located between the town centre and the quay. The hotel also has entertainment on each evening during our stay.
Day 3: Achill Island & Westport House
Today we journey around scenic Clew Bay and across the Corraun Peninsula and Achill Sound to reach Achill Island. Later we visit Westport House, which has been referred to as the most beautiful historic house in Ireland. (B,D)
Day 4: A day at leisure in Westport
Today we have chance to relax and explore the welcoming heritage town of Westport. Enjoy your hotel leisure centre and surroundings or venture out to see some of the local attractions, including nearby Westport House & Gardens. Tonight, our hotel hosts a wonderful Irish night, with traditional music and dancing.
Day 5: Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
Heading south, we call at stunning Kylemore Abbey, an extraordinary abbey in a beautiful setting overlooking Kylemore Lake. We learn of the remarkable and moving stories which have marked the history of the site, and have the chance to explore the abbey, gothic church, walled gardens and pleasant walks. We continue into the beautiful Connemara National Park, an area of nearly 5,000 acres of scenic countryside, on the slopes of the Twelve Bens mountain range.
Day 6: From Westport to Dublin via Galway
Sadly, we depart Westport this morning, but we firstly call at the wonderful medieval city of Galway. Known as ‘The City of The Tribes'. Galway is a lively and picturesque city, set at the mouth of Galway Bay. We continue then across country back to Dublin, where we stay for our final night at the Clarion Liffey Valley hotel.
Day 7: Dublin to home
After a wonderful break discovering some of the delights of Western Ireland, we now join our coach and take the ferry crossing back to North Wales and continue our journey home. Those travelling by air will be advised by our driver of your return transfer time to Dublin airport, and we wish you a safe flight home.

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