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Connemara to the Causeway Coast

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  • Scenic journey through the Connemara National Park
  • Discover the walled city of Londonderry
  • Take a scenic train journey from Londonderry to Coleraine
  • See the awesome Giant’s Causeway
  • Explore Ballina at leisure
  • Enjoy free time in Belfast

This touring holiday combines the serene beauty of the Connemara National Park with a stay in the 17th century walled city of Londonderry, from where we take a train journey that was described by Michael Palin as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’



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Itinerary

Day One - From home to Dublin area
We make our way to Holyhead from where we take the ferry to Ireland and on to our overnight hotel. (D)

Day Two - Dublin area to Ballina
Today we journey across country to reach Ballina in County Mayo, where we spend the next three nights at the Downhill Inn. (B,D)

Day Three - Connemara National Park
This morning we journey south into the beautiful Connemara National Park, home to the famous Connemara Ponies. Situated in County Galway, the park covers almost 3,000 hectares of scenic mountains, grasslands, woodlands, and expanses of bogs. It is a wonderful scenic journey through this spectacular National Park. (B,D)

Day Four - A day at leisure in Ballina
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and explore Ballina, take a walk in Belleek Woods or take it easy on and around the Quayside in one of the many traditional pubs Ballina is famous for. (B,D)

Day Five - Ballina to Londonderry
We depart Ballina this morning and travel via Sligo, Bundoran, and Donegal, where we enjoy a short break, arriving in Londonderry this afternoon. There will be some time for sightseeing before we make our way to the four star White Horse Hotel on the outskirts of the city, where we stay for the next two nights. (B,D)

Day Six - Coleraine to Londonderry by train
Today we are in for a treat, as we take a train journey described by Michael Palin as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’.  First though, we make our way to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, a truly spectacular sight. We then join the train in Coleraine and travel past peaceful Castlerock Golf Course and the maritime cliffs at Downhill. The railway track runs alongside the sand, so you will have spectacular views of one of the most unspoilt beaches in Ireland. We’ll then travel via Benone Strand, where you will see the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the beach, before arriving back into Derry. (B,D)

Day Seven - Londonderry to Belfast
We depart this morning and make our way to Belfast, where we will have the afternoon to explore at leisure before making our way to our overnight hotel, where we spend our final night. (B,D)

Day Eight - Belfast to home
We depart this morning and make our way home.  (B)

Downhill Inn, Ballina

The family owned and managed Downhill Inn prides itself on excellent service, and is renowned for its friendly, efficient staff.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

Full Day Coleraine to Londonderry by train

Today we are in for a treat, as we take a train journey described by Michael Palin as ‘one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world’.  But first of all, we make our way to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, a truly spectacular sight. Then we join the train in Coleraine and travel past peaceful Castlerock Golf Course and the maritime cliffs at Downhill. The railway track runs alongside the sand, so you will have spectacular views of one of the most unspoilt beaches in Ireland. We’ll then travel via Benone Strand, where you will see the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the beach, before arriving back into Derry.

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Full Day: Connemara National Park

We journey south into Connemara National Park, often regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth. The park encapsulates a wide range of landscapes for a relatively small area. Blanket bog land covers much of the area and the wild and isolated nature has inspired writers and artists for years. As well as the bleak and mysterious bogs there is a wide variety or plant and animal life here as well as ancient mountains that rise like massive granite statues above the green landscape below. There are not only natural wonders to see here, Kylemore Abbey, on the shores of Pollacapal Lough is a magnificently beautiful Victorian former castle.

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