50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

50 ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018

ESCORTED COACH HOLIDAYS 2018 50 Ulsterbus Tours Northern Ireland’s Premier Coach Holiday Company 2018 The Travel Centre, Europa Bus Centre, Glengall Street, Belfast, BT12 5AH Call us: 028 9033 7004 Email: ulsterbus.tours@translink.co.uk Book online: www.ulsterbustours.com Tweet: @ulsterbustours

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 3 50 Fifty years of travelling with you …time flies when you’re enjoying yourself! It’s hard to believe, but Ulsterbus Tours celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It all started back in 1968, just one year after Ulsterbus was formed and our familiar blue livery became an everyday sight on the highways and byways of Northern Ireland.

Things were simpler back then of course – a handbill from August 1968 shows that we offered such delights as ‘Evening Coach Tours’ from Great Victoria Street Bus Station in Belfast. For the princely sum of eight shillings (about 40p today) travellers could enjoy a three-hour trip to Lough Neagh, with a cruise onboard MV ‘Maid of Antrim’. Alternatively, a mere five shillings and sixpence (about 27 pence) would secure a leisurely evening drive around the delights of Whitehead and Brown’s Bay, or indeed, to Millisle and Donaghadee. Times change… and we have changed with them. Nowadays Ulsterbus Tours will whisk our discerning travellers in effortless comfort to just about any part of the UK and Ireland for a short break of their choice.

France, Germany, Italy, Austria and even Norway are also within striking distance for our intrepid tourers, with the chance to savour the sights, sounds and flavours of these wonderful destinations in pleasant accommodation, handpicked by ourselves. So here’s to our next 50 years. If you’ve travelled with us before, welcome back. Or if this is your first time with Ulsterbus Tours, climb on board for a wonderful time. This page: Oxford Cover image: Tuscany

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4 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 5 Tours for Every Taste Whatever your particular passion may be, we’ve probably got a tour that is right up your street. Whether it’s the ancient, weathered landscapes of the UK, the highest Alpine passes or the deep, plunging fjords of Norway, we’ll take you there. Or perhaps you prefer the faster pace of Formula 1 racing, the scented air of an exquisite flower show or the hustle and bustle of Europe’s liveliest markets.

There’s a world of experiences on offer with us. Handpicked Accommodation We like to think that our hotels offer each and every Ulsterbus Tour traveller a home-from-home experience. And given that many of them are family-run establishments, it’s no surprise that this is most often the case! The point is that we have stringent accommodation standards and we handpick each hotel to make sure it meets or exceeds them in terms of service, quality and ambience.

Exciting Excursions There is so much more to an Ulsterbus Tour than simply sitting in a coach. Travelling with us, you not only look at the landscape, you become part of it – whether it’s chugging through the Cairngorms on a steam train, or traversing an Italian lake by ferry. Moments like these create a frisson of excitement that stays long after the holiday is over. Taking care of you One of the most enjoyable aspects of taking a break with Ulsterbus Tours is that all you have to do is decide where you want to go. We take care of everything else. This means that as soon as you step on board the luxury coach to be greeted by your friendly driver, the pressure is off.

No deadlines to meet, no luggage to haul, no hassle at all. Simply sit back and go with the flow.

Top Picks Delivering great experiences for fifty years Exclusions Apply: Discount excludes Cheltenham Festival, F1 British Grand Prix, Collette Worldwide Holidays and tours operated by the Gleneagle Group and Royal Hotel, Bray – not available with any other offers. Available until 28th January 2018. English Heritage Immerse yourself in London’s history and culture. This tour takes us through the historic streets of London to explore some of the city’s most significant and iconic cultural sites. There’s Buckingham Palace, of course and Wren’s mas- terpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral. We also step back into the Tudor world at Hampton Court Palace – but please don’t get lost in the maze! Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise A memorable voyage of discovery.

Travelling to the far north of Scotland via the spectacular Highlands, this voyage allows you a unique opportunity to experience the dramatic and beautiful scenery of the Orkney and Shetland Islands, as well as the local lifestyles. You will uncover some of the Islands’ long 5,000-year-old history, which includes a number of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Europe and a rich Viking legacy. With early booking 10% Discount Be adventurous and explore the stunning sights of this unspoilt country.

Norway has many beautiful natural wonders, but Geirangerfjord, arguably the most breathtaking of all Norway’s fjords, forms a backdrop to this wonderful tour. Travelling by cruiser, train and coach, we will get up close to experience the towering mountains and gushing waterfalls of this unspoilt country and visit Borgund Stave Church, an exquisitely well-preserved 800-year- old place of worship, made entirely from wood. Unforgettable Norway 8 Days • September New for 2018 Wild Atlantic Way Take an exhilarating journey along Ireland’s Atlantic coast. The Wild Atlantic Way follows Ireland’s Atlantic coastline from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork.

This tour hugs the coastlines of seven counties along its route and delivers the best on offer from the West of Ireland and its people. It’s an exhilarating journey, as we pass huge cliffs, windswept coastlines, romantic sweeping bays and lively sea ports. In fact, it’s the only Way to go!

8 Days • June, August 7 Days • August 5 Days • May, September See Page 15 See Page 78 See Page 61 See Page 84 Wild Atlantic Way Buckingham Palace Guards ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland Stenness, Ring of Brodgar Geirangerfjord Borgund Stave Church

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 7 6 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Ireland 8 Irish Whiskey Experience in Co. Clare 10 Easter in Ennis 10 Westport Bargain Break 11 Galway Bargain Break 12 Co. Kerry Bargain Break 12 Waterford Bargain Break 13 Renvyle House – Connemara Tranquility 14 Winter Weekend in Donegal 14 Wild Atlantic Way 15 Galway Garden Trail 16 Irish Midlands Garden Trail 17 Co.

Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands 18 Donegal Winter/Autumn Fireside Cheer 19 Summer in Donegal 20 Sligo & Co. Mayo 21 Co. Mayo with Afternoon Tea 22 Westport & Co. Mayo 23 Galway Bay & the Aran Islands 24 Connemara 25 Lisdoonvarna 26 Killaloe & Co. Clare 27 Waterford & the Ancient South East 28 Wexford & Kilkenny 29 Christmas in Galway 30 Christmas in Donegal 30 Winterval in Waterford 31 New Year in Sligo 31 The Gleneagle 32 The Maritime 34 Dublin & Bray Weekend 36 Getaway Breaks England & Wales 40 Manchester, Liverpool 40 & Chester Bargain Break Fizz & Fayre 41 Blackpool Tribute Weekends 41 Lake District & Yorkshire Dales 42 Peaks & Lakes 43 Ribble Valley & Haunted Lancashire 44 Staffordshire & Chester 45 Southport 46 Blackpool & Lake District 47 Northumbria’s Gardens 48 Northumbria & Lincolnshire 49 All Things Emmerdale & Harrogate 50 Harrogate & Yorkshire 51 Stratford-upon-Avon & the Cotswolds 52 The West Country 53 Cornwall 54 Torquay & the English Riviera 55 Bournemouth & Dorset 56 Brighton & Sussex 57 Eastbourne 58 Kent 59 London Super Saver 60 London – English Heritage 61 Caernarfon & North Wales 62 Experiences & Events 64 Cheltenham Festival 66 F1 British Grand Prix 66 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 67 Chelsea Flower Show 68 Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate 69 Scotland 70 Arrochar Bargain Break 72 Western Highlands & Loch Lomond 73 Highlands Railway Adventure 74 Great Highland Railways 75 Loch Lomond & The Highlands 76 Orkney & Shetland Mini-Cruise 78 Drams & Dances in Oban 79 Europe 80 Remembering the Somme 82 The Somme & the Armistice 83 Norway & the Western Fjords 84 Seine River Cruise 86 Valkenburg, Maastricht & Aachen 87 Romantic Rhine 88 The Rhine Ablaze 89 Italian Lakes & Mountains 90 Treasures of Tuscany & Florence 91 Italian Dolomites 92 Lake Maggiore, Switzerland & Germany 93 Germany & the Austrian Tyrol 94 Austria, Swiss Alps & the Glacier Express 95 German Christmas Markets 96 Valkenburg Christmas Market 96 Worldwide 98 America’s Historic Mid-Atlantic 98 America’s Music Cities 99 Northern National Parks 100 Spotlight on New York City 100 Colours of New England 100 The Best of Eastern Canada 100 Canadian Rockies 100 Spectacular South Africa 100 General Information 101 Hotel Directory 100 Fair Trade Agreement 103 Holiday Insurance 107 Departure Calendar 108 Useful Information 110 Contents Stratford-Upon-Avon ©VisitBritain/LeeBeel

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Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 9 8 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Ireland The road ahead is empty. We’re smiling. Well-kept hedgerows on either side as we drive through charming villages, tidy towns and compact cities. Glimpses of huge mounds, ancient castles show we’re travelling through an ancient landscape, shaped by the elements and over 5,000 years of settlement, farming, war and faith. Let’s take our time. Ireland is a place to relax, unwind and uncover at leisure. It has its ‘must-see’ destinations to explore, and others less obvious, that our tour is quick to discover.

And every time we get back on the coach, the adventure starts again.

“…and the clouds have begun their slow, fat rolling journey across the sky, no land in the world can inspire such love in a common man.” – Frank Delaney, Ireland Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal

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10 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 11 Situated on a bend in the River Fergus at the heart of Co. Clare sits Ennis, its capital. Ennis is one the county’s most characterful and picturesque towns, with narrow, winding streets and historical buildings.

It is the perfect base to explore one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties. Let’s get going Day 1 – Good Friday We leave Belfast and travel to Ennis via Co. Dublin.

Day 2 – Easter Saturday Today we take a scenic drive around Co. Clare, making short stops at Kilrush and Kilkee before continuing north along the coast to Lahinch. From there we turn inland and return to Ennis. Day 3 – Easter Sunday Morning is free to relax or to make use of the hotel’s leisure facilities. Light Easter Sunday lunch in the hotel is followed by an afternoon drive through the Burren to the Cliffs of Moher. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight. Day 4 – Easter Monday Ennis to the Europa Buscentre via Co. Dublin. Accommodation Hotel: Treacy’s Hotel, Ennis (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.00am Return Monday 4.30pm Price 30 Mar 2 Apr £279 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £45 • Holiday Insurance Easter in Ennis Tour Highlights Kilrush • Kilkee • Lahinch • Burren • Cliffs of Moher Price £279pps 4 Days • March The picturesque and historic town of Ennis is characterised by its narrow, bustling streets and lanes, fine monuments and waterways, traditional Irish music and warm, friendly atmosphere.

Our family- owned hotel is a short stroll from Ennis town centre and offers you a complimentary Whiskey Experience. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Ennis via Co. Dublin. There is a hot whiskey on arrival.

Day 2 Today a circular tour of County Clare’s dramatic coastline takes us through Doolin, Ballyvaghan (overlooking Galway Bay), Kinvarra, and back inland to Ennis. This evening you can enjoy an Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Demonstration. Day 3 Today you are free to explore Galway City, one of Ireland’s oldest cities with a lively and inviting atmosphere, plus historical sites such as the Spanish Arch and medieval walls. Get ready for an Irish Whiskey Tasting in the hotel tonight. Day 4 We retrace our journey back to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Treacy’s Hotel, Ennis (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 4.30pm Price 29 Apr 2 May £239 7 Oct 10 Oct £229 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £50 • Holiday Insurance Irish Whiskey Experience in Co.

Clare Tour Highlights Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Demonstration • Galway City • Irish Whiskey Tasting Price £229pps 4 Days • April, October Westport Bargain Break Westport is one of the most popular short break destinations in Ireland. Compact and cosmopolitan, and set on the banks of the beautiful Carrabawn River, its busy shops, restaurants and bars are matched by its bustling Quay area on the shores of Clew Bay. Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Westport via Sligo. Day 2 A full day excursion to Galway city.

Day 3 Today we cross over the bridge to Achill Island and follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. We return to Westport after lunchtime with the afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 We return to Belfast via Enniskillen. Accommodation Hotel: Clew Bay Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Wednesday 4.00pm Price 11 Mar 14 Mar £229 8 Apr 11 Apr £269 14 Oct 17 Oct £249 11 Nov 14 Nov £229 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Galway City • Achill Island Prices From £229pps 4 Days • March, April, October, November Cliffs of Moher Westport Achill Island Tourism Ireland, © Christopher Hill Photographic 2014 ©Pawel Sadowski1 ©Failte Ireland

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Kerry Bargain Break This new Bargain Break reveals some of Ireland’s best and most awe-inspiring, coastlines with stunning scenery, jaw- dropping views and world-famous attractions. Based just outside Tralee, the ‘Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula’, we are perfectly situated to sit back and enjoy the views!

Tour Highlights Dingle Peninsula • Listowel • Tralee • Ring of Kerry Prices From £279pps 5 Days • March, April, September, October Galway Bargain Break Discover one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland, a region renowned for its ancient Gaelic culture and for the charm and allure of its scenery – a land of mountains, lakes and waterfalls, rocky coastlines, welcoming villages and verdant pastures. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Galway via Enniskillen and Sligo, arriving late afternoon.

Day 2 Change of county today as we venture into Clare and travel on part of the R477 as far as Lisdoonvarna, a truly spectacular drive through the Burren and along the Atlantic Ocean.

Spine-tingling curves, impossibly steep drop-offs, and rocks and boulders of all sizes make this a memorable drive. We arrive back in Salthill in late afternoon. Day 3 Today is a free day to explore Galway City. The coach drops you off in Eyre Square and will return you to the hotel in time for dinner. Day 4 Our return journey to Belfast is via the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on the edge of Dublin. We are expected back in Belfast at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel: Salthill Hotel, Galway (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 12 Feb 15 Feb £219 19 Mar 22 Mar £249 22 Oct 25 Oct £259 19 Nov 22 Nov £239 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Lisdoonvarna • Burren • Galway City • Blanchardstown Centre Prices From £219pps 4 Days • February, March, October, November Waterford Bargain Break Co. Waterford is part of Ireland’s Ancient East. The city itself was founded by Viking traders in 914 making it Ireland’s oldest. With this bargain break we travel a little further afield to the other historic towns and cities and specular scenery of the area.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast and travel to New Ross where we spend a couple of hours before arriving in Waterford in time for dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we travel directly to Kilkenny where we spend the day. Day 3 Today we tour the Copper Coast and Comeragh Mountains taking in Tramore and Dungarvan and past the Nire Valley. Day 4 Our return journey to Belfast is interrupted with a visit to Kildare Outlet Village for some last minute shopping. Accommodation Hotel: Dooley’s Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 18 Feb 21 Feb £175 25 Mar 28 Mar £215 28 Oct 31 Oct £229 25 Nov 28 Nov £219 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights New Ross • Kilkenny • Copper Coast • Comeragh Mountains • Dungarvan • Kildare Outlet Village Prices From £175pps 4 Days • February, March, October, November Let’s get going Day 1 Leaving Belfast, we travel direct to our hotel outside Tralee.

Day 2 Today’s tour of the rugged Dingle Peninsula reveals its outstanding mountain and coastal scenery, the inspiration for such films as ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ and ‘Far and Away’. Day 3 A shorter day, as we visit the heritage town of Listowel in the morning and Tralee in the afternoon. Day 4 We travel the spectacular Ring of Kerry around the Iveragh Peninsula, visiting some of the towns that dot the route, and witness its wonderful natural beauty. Day 5 We retrace our outward journey back to Belfast Accommodation Hotel: Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee (4 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 4.30pm Price 18 Mar 22 Mar £279 15 Apr 19 Apr £289 30 Sep 4 Oct £299 21 Oct 25 Oct £289 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Galway City Dingle Peninsula Kilkenny ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland

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14 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 15 Connemara is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north, through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. For this off-season break we are based in Renvyle House, a special place to stay, hidden in 200 acres on the edge of the Atlantic.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Connemara via Enniskillen.

Day 2 A bright start today as we head to Lough Corrib for a one-hour History Cruise – there are reputedly 365 islands, one for every day of the year. We spend some time in Cong, where you can visit The Quiet Man Museum, before returning to the hotel. Day 3 Today we drive south to the Errismore Peninsula, admire the stunning Twelve Bens Mountain Range, view from the pier of Grace O’Malley castle, all before reaching the village of Roundstone at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain. We return to our hotel via the beautiful clear waters and glistening white sands of Dog’s Bay Beach. Day 4 Tranquillity, like all good things, must come to an end.

We call into Westport before returning to Belfast via Sligo.

Accommodation Hotel: Renyvle House Hotel (3 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 22 Apr 25 Apr £339 30 Sep 3 Oct £329 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement • Holiday Insurance Winter Weekend in Donegal The laidback pace of County Donegal, coupled with miles and miles of unspoilt scenery, makes it the perfect place for a relaxing break. Its sweeping hills and rugged glens offer spectacular panoramas all year round, creating memories that will last a lifetime. In Donegal, you can sit back, slow down, admire the view and enjoy a gentler pace of life.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Ballybofey via the Maiden City, where we stop for a few hours’ exploration, before arriving at our hotel. Entertainment follows dinner. Day 2 Today we explore part of the Wild Atlantic Way (weather permitting) as we travel through the Fanad Head Peninsula, stopping first at Portsalon and then the Fanad Head Lighthouse (photo opportunity) before turning west to Sheephaven Bay and Dunfanaghy. We return via Letterkenny. Entertainment follows dinner. Day 3 After a relaxing late breakfast we return home via Omagh.

Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (2 nights D, B&B) Dates & Prices Depart Friday 10.00am Return Sunday 3.00pm Price 5 Jan 7 Jan £139 19 Jan 21 Jan £149 9 Feb 11 Feb £149 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £30 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Maiden City • Portsalon • Fanad Head Lighthouse • Sheephaven Bay • Dunfanaghy Prices From £139pps 3 Days • January & February Renvyle House - Connemara Tranquility Tour Highlights Lough Corrib • History Cruise • Cong • Roundstone • Westport Prices From £329pps 4 Days • April & September Renvyle beach The Quiet Man Museum Wild Atlantic Way The Wild Atlantic Way is an exciting journey along the Atlantic coast of Ireland from the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork – we cover just some of it taking in seven counties in total.

The route itself comprises a central spine that navigates travellers along Ireland’s Atlantic coast showcasing the diverse landscapes and the rugged coastline and provides us with the best experience that both the West of Ireland landscape and people have to offer.

Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast direct to the outskirts of Tralee. Day 2 Out first experience of the Wild Atlantic Way is on the Dingle Peninsula out as far as Slea Head, with views out to the Blasket Islands. Day 3 This morning we travel along the Kerry coast through Ballybunion and cross the Shannon into Co. Clare, stopping in Kilrush for lunch. We continue along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, before arriving at our overnight hotel. Day 4 The awesome R477 coastal road is our starter today, passing Black Head to Salthill on Galway Bay. We continue through Connemara following the coastal route via Spiddal to Clifden and finally arriving in Westport.

Day 5 Today we travel through the breathtaking landscapes and fascinating countryside of Co. Mayo, passing Ballycroy National Park, through the Ceide Fields, to Enniscrone. Following the coast we arrive in Strandhill before overnighting in Sligo.

Day 6 It’s a short trip to view Rosses Point before we make a brief visit to Yeats grave at Drumcliffe Church. Our next stop is the small peninsula of Mullaghmore Head, where you can view Classiebawn Castle and Donegal Bay. Following the Wild Atlantic Way north we enter Co. Donegal and take a rest in Donegal Town, before finishing the day in Ardara. Day 7 This morning we visit Glencolumbkille, bounded by the mountains of Slieve League, Leahan and Tooey, and of course the restless Atlantic Ocean, before taking on Ireland’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League. We round off the day with a stop in Killybegs.

Day 8 We return to Belfast today travelling through the Blue Stack Mountains to Ballybofey and then Letterkenny. We are expected home at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel days 1 – 2: Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee (2 nights D, B&B) Hotel day 3: Hydro or Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna (1 night D, B&B) Hotel day 4: Mill Times Hotel, Westport (1 night D, B&B) Hotel day 5: Great Southern Hotel, Sligo (1 night D, B&B) Hotel days 6 – 7: Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara (2 nights D, B&B) We have selected a number of three-star hotels for this tour and they all offer en-suite bedrooms equipped with multi-channel TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Sunday 5.00pm Price 24 Jun 1 Jul £579 26 Aug 2 Sep £589 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £130 • Holiday Insurance Where possible this tour has been designed to take in much of the Atlantic coast as possible – many areas will have uneven surfaces.

Tour Highlights Dingle Peninsula • West Kerry Coast • Cliffs of Moher • R477 • Connemara • Enniscrone • Mullaghmore Head • Slieve League Prices From £579pps 8 Days • June & August Wild Atlantic Way ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

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16 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 17 Irish Midlands Garden Trail This updated tour focuses on the Irish midlands with its beautiful scenery of fast-flowing rivers, mountains, lakes and a treasury of unique and fascinating gardens found in the Counties of Westmeath, Offaly and Laois.

We have three new gardens for 2018 – Belvedere House Gardens, Bellefield House and Gardens and Ballintubert Gardens – each of which gives you a different theme and contrasting beauty of the Irish gardening world.

Let’s get going Day 1 On leaving Belfast we travel via Dundalk to Belvedere House Gardens and Park for a self-guided tour of the walled garden and the arboretum surrounding the House. We continue our journey to Birr arriving in time for dinner. Day 2 This morning we make the short journey to Birr Castle Demesne to tour the gardens and arboretum, viewing Lord Rosse’s remarkable collection of rare trees and shrubs. The rest of the day is free in Birr. Day 3 Our first garden today is Angela Jupe’s Bellefield House and Gardens with its beautifully restored walled garden. Our next visit is Fancroft Mill and Gardens where Marcus and Irene Sweeney have lovingly restored a magnificent mill that we are invited to view before a walk around their lovely garden.

Day 4 Our return journey home takes us to Tyrreltown House Gardens to discover its two walled gardens and arboretum with woodland walks. We are expected back in Belfast at 5pm.

Accommodation Hotel: County Arms Hotel, Birr (3 nights D, B&B) This County Arms Hotel sits on the edge of Birr, the historic centre of Ireland. All 70 en-suite bedrooms come with satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is an indoor swimming pool, a gym, sauna, whirlpool and steam room. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 23 Jul 26 Jul £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Belvedere House Gardens • Birr Castle Demesne • Bellefield House and Gardens • Fancroft Mill • Tyrreltown House Gardens Price £339pps 4 Days • July Galway Garden Trail There are some fascinating gardens in County Galway.

Even non-gardeners will find something of interest, such as the gardens at old castles. This tour takes you on a journey of gardening exploration and discovery, as we travel east to west across Ireland. You will be amazed at the diversity of characteristics, features and settings we uncover – to say nothing of the gardens’ owners!

Let’s get going Day 1 We drive from Belfast through Kells to Tullynally Castle Gardens where we explore its 12 acres of gardens and two ornamental lakes. We arrive in Athenry in time for dinner. Day 2 This morning it’s Ardcarraig Garden which specialises in primulas, poppies and hostas. Then we drive further into Connemara to Brigit’s Garden where the four main gardens represent Celtic fire festivals. Day 3 The first stop today is Woodville Walled Garden, where we enjoy tea/coffee and homemade cake. Next, at Lough Derg, we visit Portumna Castle and Gardens for a guided tour of the house with time to explore the gardens.

Day 4 We leave Athenry and visit the Kildare Outdoor Village for a few hours before returning to Belfast.

Accommodation Hotel: Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry (3 nights D, B&B) The four-star Raheen Woods Hotel, in the medieval town of Athenry, has 50 en-suite bedrooms each with satellite TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There is an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 9.30am Return Wednesday 5.00pm Price 5 Aug 8 Aug £299 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Tullynally Castle Gardens • Ardcarraig Garden • Brigit’s Garden • Woodville Walled Garden • Portumna Castle and Gardens • Kildare Village Price £299pps 4 Days • August Brigit’s Garden Portumna Castle & Gardens Fancroft Mill ©Tourism Ireland

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18 Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre Call 028 9033 7004 • Book online ulsterbustours.com • Visit the Translink Travel Centre 19 Donegal Winter/ Autumn Fireside Cheer Experience all the beauty Ireland has to offer with seasonal getaways in glorious Donegal. This breathtaking county promises wild landscapes blanketed in bog and heather, isolated white sandy beaches and a roughly hewn coastline. Donegal is a county that will force you to kick back, slow down and admire the view.

Let’s get going Day 1 We depart Belfast travelling via the Glenshane Pass for a leisurely drive to Ballybofey where we are greeted with a roaring fire and afternoon tea.

Day 2 We drive through Glenties and Ardara and past the Blue Stack Mountains before reaching the fishing port of Killybegs, where you might just catch a sight of the seals. The afternoon takes us to Donegal Town, home of the O’Donnell Clan and Donegal Castle, where we spend some time before returning to the hotel. Day 3 This morning we venture south to Mullaghmore Head for a scenic drive before continuing onto Drumcliffe Churchyard, where Yeats is buried, returning via Lower Lough Erne and Belleek.

Day 4 Today we travel through the stunning Inishowen Peninsula to Fort Dunree, a true hidden gem. Our return journey takes us through Ballyliffin, Carndonagh and Quigley’s Point. Day 5 We return to Belfast via Omagh, arriving back in mid-afternoon. Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (4 nights D, B&B) This family-run hotel in Ballybofey is our base once again in 2018. All 53 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. The hotel boosts a swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and steam room. Entertainment is available most nights in the hotel.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.00am Return Friday 3.00pm Price 12 Mar 16 Mar £269 5 Nov 9 Nov £269 3 Dec 7 Dec £259 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats Tour Highlights Killybegs • Donegal Town • Mullaghmore Head • Inishowen Peninsula • Fort Dunree Prices From £259pps 5 Days • March, November, December Co.

Cavan & Fermanagh Lakelands Tour Highlights Cooley Peninsula • Florence Court • River Shannon Cruise • Cavan County Museum Prices From £339pps 5 Days • July, August, September Co. Cavan is considered to be Ireland’s Lake District and it shares a border with Northern Ireland’s own Lake District, Co. Fermanagh. Our journey takes us through Co. Down, past the mighty Mourne Mountains and into Co. Louth, home to the rugged Cooley Mountains and beautiful Carlingford Lough, then on to Cavan town.

Let’s get going Day 1 Leaving Europa Buscentre, we drive south past the Mournes, through Newcastle to Carlingford where we stop for lunch. Travelling around the Cooley Peninsula we continue inland to our hotel in Cavan town. Day 2 Today we drive to Fermanagh and visit Florence Court. Then we circumnavigate Lower Lough Erne and arrive in Enniskillen in time for lunch and leisure. Day 3 After breakfast we take the scenic route to Carrick-on-Shannon and board the ‘Moon River’ for a one-hour cruise on the Shannon- Erne Waterway. There’s time to explore the town before we return to our hotel in late afternoon.

Day 4 A relaxing morning in the award-winning Cavan County Museum, with artefacts dating from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Afternoon is spent in Cavan town, returning to the hotel at 4.30pm. Day 5 We return to Belfast via Monaghan and Armagh. Accommodation Hotel: Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan (4 nights D, B&B) The contemporary Cavan Crystal Hotel provides four-star luxury accommodation on the outskirts of Cavan town. All 85 en-suite rooms have multi-channel TV, iron, tea/coffee- making facilities and WiFi. There is a swimming pool and full leisure facilities. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 4.00pm Price 23 Jul 27 Jul £349 13 Aug 17 Aug £349 17 Sep 21 Sep £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Lough Key Castle, River Shannon Mullaghmore Head Drumcliffe High Cross ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland

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Let’s get going Day 1 We leave the Europa Buscentre and break our journey in Enniskillen around lunchtime. We arrive at our hotel in late afternoon. Day 2 Our first stop today is at Drumcliff Churchyard where W.B. Yeats, whose strong association with Sligo and the surrounding countryside inspired a lot of his writings, is buried. We continue on to Lissadell House and Gardens, possibly the jewel on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its 400 plus acres comprise the incredible neo-Georgian house, magnificently restored gardens and specially assembled Countess Markievicz exhibition gallery. Day 3 This morning we travel to Hennigan’s Heritage Centre where we have a tour around this traditional rural cottage and enjoy tea with freshly baked scones.

We continue north through Ballina to ever popular Enniscrone, where we spend the afternoon, before returning to Sligo via the coast road. Day 4 We have a short trip to Parke’s Castle, a 17th-century plantation castle picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, where we have a guided tour. We return to Sligo around lunchtime and the rest of the day is at leisure. Day 5 We retrace our journey back to Belfast but visit the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre just after lunchtime and arrive back in the Europa Buscentre at approximately 4pm.

Accommodation Hotel: Great Southern Hotel, Sligo (4 nights D, B&B) This family-owned hotel is located right in the heart of the city, next to the rail and bus stations. The hotel has 96 well- appointed bedrooms all en-suite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and complimentary WiFi. The hotel also offers a pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10am Return Friday 4pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £359 10 Sep 14 Sep £349 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £70 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Drumcliff Churchyard • Lissadell House and Gardens • Hennigan’s Heritage Centre • Parke’s Castle • Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Prices From £349pps 5 Days • July & September Summer in Donegal With a personality that is both rugged and awe-inspiring, Donegal seems more like a country than a county.

Isolated wild landscapes give way to soaring sea cliffs and deserted white sandy beaches. Mount Errigal dominates the landscape of the far north-west of Donegal as it towers above the Poisoned Glen. To the north, the land sweeps down from Muckish towards Horn Head, Doe Castle and Sheephaven Bay. Donegal lets you to sit back, slow down, admire the view and recall a gentler pace of life – the perfect escape.

Let’s get going Day 1 We travel over the Glenshane Pass stopping in Derry~Londonderry before arriving at the hotel in late afternoon where we enjoy some tea/coffee and homemade biscuits on arrival. Day 2 We have a scenic drive this morning as we pass through Creeslough to Dunfanaghy overlooking Sheephaven Bay. We turn west to Falcarragh before arriving at the spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes and tumbling waterfalls. Day 3 Today we travel through the stunning Inishowen Peninsula to Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.

We follow this with a guided tour of the fascinating Doagh Famine Village to learn the story of a family that lived on the edge from the 1840s.

Day 4 A memorable full-day circular tour taking us through Barnesmore Gap to Donegal Town, onward to Dungloe, the principal town of the Rosses and home of the Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre, where we spend some time before returning to Ballybofey. Day 5 We enjoy a final breakfast before travelling past Lower Lough Erne to Enniskillen, where we stop for a couple of hours before returning to Belfast. Accommodation Hotel: Kee’s Hotel, Ballybofey (4 nights D, B&B) The family-run Kee’s Hotel in Ballybofey is our base once again in 2018. All 53 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee- making facilities and free WiFi.

The hotel boasts a swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi and steam room. Entertainment is available most nights in the hotel.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 11.00am Return Thursday 4.00pm Price 6 May 10 May £339 3 Jun 7 Jun £359 15 Jul 19 Jul £369 5 Aug 9 Aug £369 26 Aug 30 Aug £369 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £60 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Glenveagh National Park • Inishowen Peninsula • Doagh Famine Village • Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre Prices From £339pps 5 Days • May, June, July, August Malin Head Glenveagh National Park Ben Bulben, Sligo ©Tourism Ireland / Failte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Mayo County Mayo has some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland. Our base in Westport is set against the majestic expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. We visit rugged Achill Island, discover traditional ways of life at the National Museum of Country Life, step back to the 16th-century in Westport House and get a first-hand experience of sheepdog herding.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Westport via Sligo. Day 2 This morning we drive around Clew Bay, across the Corraun Peninsula and Achill Sound to Achill Island. Following the Atlantic Drive we capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. We spend the afternoon back in Westport. Day 3 Our first stop today is the award-winning National Museum of Country Life which tells the story of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950. We return to Westport for a guided tour of Westport House, whose history dates back to the 1650s.

Day 4 After breakfast we drive to Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre for a short stop to discover more about the Holy Mountain.

Next stop is Glen Keen Farm and Visitor Centre where we enjoy Sheepdog Herding and a light lunch. We return to Westport via the impressive Aasleagh Falls (photo opportunity). Day 5 We return to Belfast via Enniskillen. Accommodation Hotel: Clew Bay Hotel (4 nights D, B&B) Our base, the Clew Bay Hotel, is a comfortable, family-run three-star hotel in the town centre. The en-suite bedrooms are different in size and décor, and are equipped with a hairdryer, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities. There is free WiFi in public areas and complimentary access to the Westport Leisure Park next door.

Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 13 May 17 May £349 17 Jun 21 Jun £369 16 Sep 20 Sep £379 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement May & June £75, September £95 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Achill Island • National Museum of Country Life • Westport House • Glen Keen Farm & Visitor Centre • Aasleagh Falls Prices From £349pps 5 Days • May, June, September Co. Mayo with Afternoon Tea The scenery of Co. Mayo, on Ireland’s west coast, ranges from rich, verdant countryside inland, to barren rocky cliffs at the Atlantic coast. You’ll be amazed at the breathtaking landscapes, spectacular lakes and stunning stretches of coastline.

It’s hard not to fall in love with Mayo!

Let’s get going Day 1 We leave the Europa Buscentre, travelling west via Enniskillen and Sligo. Day 2 It’s a day of contrasts at Strokestown Park and the Irish National Famine Museum. We explore the Georgian Palladian mansion, preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, followed by the Famine Museum, which commemorates the history of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s. Day 3 After breakfast we travel to Westport to browse before enjoying a guided tour of Westport House, reputed to be the most beautiful house in Ireland. We finish our day with Afternoon Tea before returning to Ballina.

Day 4 Today we explore the remote west, travelling through Newport and Mulranny to Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, with its stunning panoramic views of the park and Achill Island. We continue along the Wild Atlantic Way through Bangor Erris, returning to Ballina in the late afternoon.

Day 5 We retrace our journey, returning to Belfast around 5pm. Accommodation Hotel: Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina (4 nights D, B&B) For 2018, our base is the three-star Twin Trees Hotel, situated just outside Ballina. Most of the 54 bedrooms command outstanding views of the beautifully landscaped gardens, and all are en suite with hairdryer, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness suite. Dates & Prices Depart Sunday 10.00am Return Thursday 5.00pm Price 22 Jul 26 Jul £429 19 Aug 23 Aug £429 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £95 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Strokestown Park & Irish National Famine Museum • Westport • Westport House guided tour • Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre Price £429pps 5 Days • July & August Achill Island Strokestown Strokestown Westport ©Tourism Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Connemara via Sligo.

Day 2 Today our destination is the Twelve Pins. We drive via Ballyconneely, past Dog’s Bay and on to Roundstone. At the Dan O’Hara Homestead we have a guided tractor-drawn carriage tour to the hilltop overlooking the Roundstone Bog Complex. We’re back in Clifden by mid-afternoon. Day 3 This morning we turn north, following the Wild Atlantic Way via Louisburgh, for a day in Westport, one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns.

Day 4 Killary Harbour beckons this morning! We take a 90-minute Killary Fjord Cruise and in the afternoon travel to Cong where ‘The Quiet Man’ was filmed in 1951. Then home to Clifden. Day 5 We return home via Dublin. Accommodation Hotel: Clifden Station House Hotel, Clifden (4 nights D, B&B) The Clifden Station House Hotel, set around the old Clifden Railway Station in the town centre, offers 78 en-suite bedrooms all with TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi in public areas. The hotel’s leisure centre has an 18m pool, gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £409 3 Sep 7 Sep £399 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Guided tractor-drawn carriage tour • Westport • Killary Fjord Cruise • Cong Prices From £399pps 5 Days • July, September Galway Bay & the Aran Islands The harbour city of Galway is a fascinating place to visit.

Sitting where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean, at its heart is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs with live folk music. Remnants of the medieval town walls stand between shops selling handcrafted Claddagh rings, books and musical instruments.

Let’s get going Day 1 Europa Buscentre to Galway via Enniskillen. Day 2 Today we take the ferry out into Galway Bay for a day on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Inishmore features the spectacular Dún Aengus Fort, one of the best-preserved stone forts in all of Europe. Day 3 A free day to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or visit Galway city. Day 4 It is Connemara today, calling at Clifden and Kylemore Abbey before travelling along the edge of Lough Inagh between the Twelve Bens and the Maumturk Mountains.

Day 5 Our journey home sees us stopping at Clonmacnoise, a 6th-century monastic settlement on the banks of the River Shannon, with round towers, elaborate Celtic crosses and church ruins.

Accommodation Hotel: Salthill Hotel, Galway (4 nights D, B&B) The Salthill Hotel on Galway promenade gives panoramic views of Galway Bay and the Clare hills. The hotel has 161 tastefully designed en-suite bedrooms all with multi-channel TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and free WiFi. There’s a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, whirlpool and fully equipped gym.

Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 7 May 11 May £449 18 Jun 22 Jun £449 16 Jul 20 Jul £459 13 Aug 17 Aug £459 24 Sep 28 Sep £439 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £110 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Aran Islands • Connemara • Clifden • Kylemore Abbey • Clonmacnoise Prices From £439pps 5 Days • May, June, July, August, September Inishmore Clonmacnoise Killary Fjord Dan O’Hara’s Cottage Cong Roundstone Bog ©Tourism Ireland ©Artur Ilkow ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland ©Tourism Ireland

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Clare Ireland reveals one of her most stunning secrets when you visit Co. Clare. Set in the heart of the west coast, Clare combines the stunning beauty of its long, meandering coastline with unique windswept landscapes. Our base is the popular twin heritage towns of Ballina, Co. Tipperary and Killaloe, Co. Clare. Let’s get going Day 1 Belfast to Killaloe direct. We have a welcome tea/coffee, a short historical talk followed by a cookery demonstration and a table quiz after dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast we travel to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum before boarding the Shannon Ferry to travel part of the Wild Atlantic Way through Doonbeg to Lahinch, with time for lunch sightseeing. Join Irish Night entertainment this evening. Day 3 Another full day as we travel to Kilcogan, then drive around Galway Bay to Aillwee Cave in the Burren for a guided tour. We return inland, stopping in Ennis for some sightseeing. Entertainment in the hotel tonight. Day 4 A shorter day, as we enjoy a cruise on the mighty River Shannon on board the Spirit of Killaloe, followed by some time in Adare.

Entertainment tonight.

Day 5 Time to return home. Accommodation Hotel: Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe (4 nights D, B&B) The three-star Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre has 43 en-suite bedrooms, all with multi-channel TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. There is free WiFi in public areas. Relax in the lovely landscaped gardens or unwind in the leisure centre with its swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Please note, the hotel does not have a lift but there are numerous ground floor rooms. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 10.00am Return Friday 4.30pm Price 5 Mar 9 Mar £279 9 Apr 13 Apr £349 30 Apr 4 May £349 14 May 18 May £349 28 May 1 Jun £349 11 Jun 15 Jun £349 18 Jun 22 Jun £349 27 Aug 31 Aug £359 17 Sep 21 Sep £359 24 Sep 28 Sep £359 1 Oct 5 Oct £299 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement from £80 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum • Lahinch • Aillwee Cave • Ennis • River Shannon Cruise • Adare Prices From £279pps 5 Days • March, April, May, June, August, September, October Lisdoonvarna Nestled just between the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and the wild, empty Burren National Park lies the beautiful spa town of Lisdoonvarna in Co.

Clare. It became a popular health resort in the early 19th century and has hosted an annual matchmaking festival for over 150 years. Nowadays it is the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area. Let’s get going Day 1 We leave Belfast travelling south past Dublin, arriving in plenty of time to freshen up before dinner.

Day 2 Today, all of our senses are in for a treat as we journey on one of the ten best road trips in the world – the spectacular R477 coastal road. After a lunch stop in Ballyvaughan we finish our journey at the picturesque fishing village of Kinvarra and return inland to our hotel. Day 3 After breakfast it’s a short trip to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing 702 feet at their highest point and stretching for five miles along the Atlantic coast. Afterwards, there are a few hours to explore Ennis. Day 4 A less busy day with a visit to Caherconnell Fort, a well-preserved ring fort, followed by a Sheepdog Demonstration with dogs working with both sheep and cattle.

A drive through the Burren takes us to the hotel in early afternoon. The rest of the day is free.

Day 5 We leave Lisdoonvarna and arrive back in Belfast around 5pm. Accommodation Hotel: Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna (4 nights D, B&B) The Hydro Hotel in the centre of Lisdoonvarna is a three-star family-run hotel. All 110 en- suite bedrooms come with multi-channel TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is live traditional music most nights in the hotel bar. Dates & Prices Depart Monday 9.30am Return Friday 5.00pm Price 2 Jul 6 Jul £339 30 Jul 3 Aug £339 20 Aug 24 Aug £339 Price Excludes • Single Room Supplement £75 • Holiday Insurance Tour Highlights R477 • Cliffs of Moher • Ennis • Caherconnell Fort • Sheepdog Demonstration • The Burren Price £339pps 5 Days • July, August Cliffs of Moher The Burren Killaloe Foynes Flying Boat & MaritimeMuseum The Burren ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland ©Tourism Ireland © Fáilte Ireland ©Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland