Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel

Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
2017- 2019

             “inspiring coach travel”

                  Complete Ireland
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
Complete Ireland
     “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about
    creating yourself.”
    George Bernard Shaw; Irish playwright, socialist, and a
    co-founder of the London School of Economics (1856-1950)

    The Island of Ireland is quite simply the best
    place to create the new you. Never has so
    much been available to so many and yet, so near.
    Whether you are seeking peace and tranquillity,
    a buzzing nightlife, culture, history, adventure on
    land or sea, city, mountain or lake - health and
    happiness, fitness and fun, fine food and fine
    friends are waiting to be discovered by you.
    For groups large and small, spread your
    imagination as there is a great deal more to
    see and do in Ireland than just the iconic cities,
    towns and villages you thought you knew so well.
    Take your coach across the sea and we’re pretty
    sure…’ll be back!
    ICT’s team of experts are on hand to offer
    advice, support and quotations to meet your
    groups’ needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us
    to see how we can help you.

    Don’t search for a new you, search for the new
    Complete Ireland.

    Peter Stratton
    Managing Director

                             Gateway House,
                             Stonehouse Lane,
                             Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1NS                              COACH TOURISM
                             Tel 01708 802 355
    “inspiring coach travel” Fax 01708 802 377
                          Part of the Cruise and Maritime Travel & Leisure Group

Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
Pricing & Booking Conditions
                                                       All pricing is based on 2018 rates and is quoted in sterling per person sharing a twin /double
                                                       room. Group size is based on a minimum of 30 paying people (unless otherwise indicated),
                                                       prices for smaller or larger group sizes available on request. All prices and information are correct
                                                       at the time of publication but may be subject to change until the booking has been confirmed.
                                                       Offers are subject to availability. ICT booking terms and conditions apply - for further details
                                                       please visit

                                                       Tailor-made Service
                                                       We hope you enjoy our selection of Irish tours, we believe we have something to suit all tastes,
                                                       however, if you haven’t found what you are looking for wish to adjust any aspect of any tour, please
                                                       speak to a member of our team. We are here to help create your perfect Irish trip through our
Glen Colm Cille (c) Martin Fleming / Tourism Ireland   tailor-made service.

                                                                      01708 802 350                                                                            3
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
Sea Route Crossing

                         Lying just across the sea

                                                                                                              Belfast                          Cairnryan   Stena Line
                                                                                                                                                           2 hrs & 15 mins.
                                                                                                                                                           6 crossings a day


                                                                                                                                                                          Stena Line
                                                                                                             Holyhead                                                     8 hours.
                                                                                                                                                             Liverpool    1 day & 1 night
                                                                                                                                                                          crossing only
                                                                                                                           Stena Line
                                                                                                                           3 hours 15 mins.
                                                                                                                           4 crossings a day
                                                                                                                           Irish Ferries
                                                                          Rosslare                                         Swift: 2 hrs 30 mins.
                                                                                                                           2 crossings a day
                                                                                                                           Cruise Ferry:
                          We now require full names as per                                                                 3 hours 30 mins.

                          passport for all Irish tours and drivers                                              Fishguard
                          mobile number prior to travel                                                         Stena Line
                                                                                                                3 hours 30 mins.
                                                                                                                2 crossings per day

                                                                                                Lighthouses (c) Rob Durston / Failte Ireland

                     Dublin Day Experience

                     T      ake a day experience in Dublin, ever    Package Includes                               from £90
                            popular and ever changing. Whether      • 1 night B&B at Jury’s Inn, Dublin OR
                            there is a special event you want to       1 night prior on Half Board at the Four Oaks
                     attend, new attraction to check out or to         Hotel, Llandudno (lead price)
                     simply soak up the vibrant atmosphere          •  Return ferry crossing Holyhead/Dublin*
                     of the city streets. Currently some of the     •  Free time to explore Dublin’s Fair City
                                                                    * Ticket only available - admin fee applies
                     top visitor attractions include: Kilmainaham
                     Gaol, Glasnevin Cemetery, Croke Park           Pre-bookable Extras
                     Stadium Tour & GAA Museum and the              • Entry to the Irish Whiskey Museum
                     new Irish Whiskey Museum, where you will       • Guinness Storehouse / Jameson Whiskey
                     be guided though the rise and fall of Irish
                     whiskey on an interactive tour, sampling
                     aged whiskey.                                                                                                                                       Molly Malone Statue (c) Tourism Ireland

Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
W          hat better way to visit Ireland than on a cruise,
           let your floating hotel take you there in style and
           comfort. Discover Ireland’s iconic cities or take an
                                                                                      cruise line offering a traditional
                                                                                      British cruise experience on board
                                                                                      its fleet of small to mid-sized cruise

excursion and uncover the Emerald Isle’s beautiful scenery.                           ships. Sailing from a choice of UK
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is Britain’s leading independent                      ports, cruising with CMV couldn’t be more convenient.

 Grand British Isles Discovery                                                         Scottish Highlights & Emerald Isle
 from £765pp                                                                           from £519pp
 Astoria departs London Tilbury, 14th March 2018, 11 nights                            Marco Polo departs Bristol Avonmouth, 7th April 2018, 7 nights
 London Tilbury - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) -                                          Bristol Avonmouth - Belfast - Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)h -
 Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)h - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)h - Belfast -                    Tobermory (Isle of Mull)h - Dublin - Cobh for Cork - Bristol Avonmouth
 Dublin - Cobh for Cork - St. Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)h -
 St Peter Port (Guernsey)h - Honfleur (France) - London Tilbury

 Emerald Isle & Isles of Scilly                                                        British Isles Discovery
 from £389pp                                                                           from £775pp
 Marco Polo departs Cardiff, 27th May 2018, 5 nights                                   Magellan departs Newcastle Tyne, 2nd June 2018, 10 nights
 Cardiff - Dublin - Cobh for Cork - Glengariffh -                                      Newcastle Tyne - Dundee - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) -
 St Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)h - Cardiff                                                Tobermory (Isle of Mull)h - Dublin - Ringaskiddy for Cork -
                                                                                       St Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)h - St Peter Port (Guernsey)h - Newcastle Tyne

 Weekend Cruise to Dublin                                                              British Isles & Cities Discovery
 from £149pp                                                                           from £749pp
 Magellan departs Liverpool, 25th August 2018, 2 nights                                Columbus departs London Tilbury, 25th Sept 2018, 10 nights
 Liverpool - Dublin -Bristol Port.                                                     London Tilbury - Rotterdam (Netherlands) - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)-
 Transfer back to Liverpool £30pp                                                      Portree (Isle of Skye)h - Belfast - Dublin - Cobh for Cork -
                                                                                       Honfleur (France) - London Tilbury

Prices are from and per person based on two adults sharing a twin cabin, subject to availability. The from prices are shown as a guide and are subject to change. Please
call for full details and current fares.

                                                                           01708 802 350                                                                              5
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
City Breaks

                                                                                Long Room Trinity College (c) Rob
                                                                                                                    Durston Failte Ireland
              National Museum of Ireland (c)Rob
                                                       Durston Failte Ireland

                                                                                                                                             Irish Whiskey Museum (c) Gareth Byrne
                                                                                                                                                                                     Failte Ireland

                     Titanic Belfast

                                                                                Dublin					                                                                          3 nights B&B from £249

                                                                                F      rom its past literary heroes, to its
                                                                                       present day lively pubs, soak up the
                                                                                       vibrant atmosphere of Dublin, and
                                                                                you’ll find warm hospitality - not usually
                                                                                                                                               settlement. It’s a city of depth; from its
                                                                                                                                               central River Liffey, its vast parklands and
                                                                                                                                               Port of Dublin, yet it’s all quite compact
                                                                                                                                               and easily navigated, where locals will
                                                                                associated with a city scene. Explore its                      accompany you along your way. So, paint
                                                                                historic buildings and stories, its grand                      the town red, drink a pint of the black stuff
                                                                                Georgian architecture and sites of interest                    and you’re sure to feel as green as the
                                                                                spanning back to its origins as a Viking                       natives.

                                                                                Waterford 			                                                          3 nights Half & Board from £175

                                                                                S        teeped in ancient history,
                                                                                         Waterford was Ireland’s first city. A
                                                                                         Viking city of immense fortifications
                                                                                still evident today. Within the Old City or
                                                                                                                                               quayside, to its narrow streets, Waterford
                                                                                                                                               is a joy to stroll at leisure. Watch local
                                                                                                                                               craftsmen at work and pick up high-quality
                                                                                                                                               souvenirs from the House of Waterford
                                                                                ‘Viking Triangle’ as its better known, you’ll                  Crystal. As evening falls a great traditional
                                                                                find Reginald’s Tower, Bishop’s Palace and                     Irish entertainment scene erupts.
                                                                                the Medieval Museum. From its harbour

                                                                                Belfast				                                                                          3 nights B&B from £269

         Belfast City Hall (c) Brian Morrrison-
                                                                                R        ich in maritime heritage, Belfast’s
                                                                                         shipbuilding past leaves a lasting
                                                                                         mark on the cityscape, notably
                                                                                the white-star inspired Titanic Belfast
                                                                                                                                               to Crumlin Road Gaol, the parliament
                                                                                                                                               building of Stormont, or the edgier street
                                                                                                                                               art peace murals with which the city is
                                                                                                                                               synonymous. There is also a great food
                                                  Tourism Ireland.
                                                                                exhibition structure which holds the                           and shopping scene here, and when in
                                                                                impressive title as the World’s Leading                        town be sure to check out the National
                                                                                Tourist Attraction. The intriguing political                   Trust pub -Crown Liquor Saloon for a
                                                                                story of Belfast can be heard through visits                   refreshing pint or point of view.

                                                                                                         Return ferry crossing from the UK included in the city breaks
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
City Breaks
                                                                                                           Blarney Castle Cor
                                                                                                d                            k (c) Failte Ireland
                                                               k (c) chris hill - Tourism Irelan
                                       Jamesons Distillery Cor

                                               Quay St Galway (c) Tourism Ireland

Cork				                                                                          3 nights B&B from £190

L      ocally known as ‘the real capital of
       Ireland’, Cork is fast becoming one
       of the hippest young cities in Europe,
yet it retains a traditional Irish atmosphere,
                                                      jazz genres. Add to this the high quality
                                                      local food offering, from having West Cork
                                                      on its doorstep, and you can definitely see
                                                      the attraction. City highlights include the
brimming with cosy Irish pubs, live music             gothic St Finbar’s Cathedral and the 18th
sessions featuring a mix of trad, rock and            century covered English Market.

Galway					                                                                       3 nights B&B from £219

T      he bohemian west coast city of
       Galway is where you’ll encounter
       the ‘most Irish’ of Irelands cities. It
has a thriving arts scene, youthful student
                                                      brightly painted pubs with bright-eyed
                                                      Irish pub landlords awaiting your custom.
                                                      It’s lengthy coastal promenade stretches
                                                      all the way to the seaside area of Salthill,
                                                                                                                       Titanic Experience Cob
                                                                                                                                                    h Cork (c) Failte Ireland

population and a character untouched.                 a great way to take in the rugged west
Revel in the street buskers on Eyre                   Ireland shoreline.
Square, the second-hand book stores, the

Derry			                                                         3 nights Half & Board from £285

D       erry-London Derry, so good
        they’ve named it twice! Since
        being named UK City of Culture
in 2013, the city has become accustomed
                                                      city walls remain completely intact,
                                                      in fact it’s one of the finest examples
                                                      found throughout Europe and gives a
                                                      great prospective of the city’s numerous
to hosting a cultural entertainment                   church steeples. Other highlights include
programme, so to say there’s always                   the Peace Bridge, the Guildhall and the
something happening in Derry, is no                   Craft Village, located right in the heart
exaggeration. Its circuit of 17th century             of the city.
                                                                                                                                                                    Tourism Ireland
                      Return ferry crossing from the UK included in the city breaks                                                           Gardiner Mitchell -
                                                                                                                      Guildhall Derry (c)

                                                                              01708 802 350                                                                                       7
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
Twin Capital Cities

Twin City Centre

                            nly two hours apart, Dublin and
                            Belfast make an ideal twin centre
                            break. Take in the vibrancy of
                   Dublin’s streets and historic Belfast city;
                   over the last number of years a host of new
                   visitor experiences have been established
                   so there is a great mix of traditional and
                   new to fill in your touring programme.
                   See mummified animal remains in the
                   crypts of Dublin’s Christchurch; follow the
                   fascinating story of the whiskey industry
                   in Ireland - tastings included, at the Irish
                   Whiskey Museum, visit the world’s number
                   one visitor attraction - Titanic Belfast and
                   discover the famous eye-opening wall
                   murals of Belfast in the Cathedral Quarter.
                   Which ever city itinerary you wish to follow,
                   please consult our tailor-made service for
                   all your group’s requirements.

                                                                                                                                                                  Atrium (c) Rob Durston

                                                                                      Whiskey Museum - Dublin (c) Brian Morrisson/ Tourism Ireland                       The Chef - Smug

                                                         Christchurch nave - Dublin

                   Package Includes                           from £449

                   • 4 nights Half Board accommodation:
                       2 nights Dublin - Academy Plaza
                       2 nights Belfast - Europa Hotel
                   •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
                   •   Premium entry to the Irish Whiskey Museum
                       with 4 tastings
                   •   Guided tour of Christchurch Cathedral &
                   •   Visit to the Titanic Belfast
                   •   Walking street art tour of Belfast Murals in
                       Cathedral Quarter
                                                                                                                                                     Girl by Irony & Coral by Louis Massai
                   See pages 28 and 18 respectively for hotel details

                                                                                                                                                     Girl by Irony & Coral by Louis Massai

                                                                                                                                                                           Titanic Belfast

Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
West Cork Food Trail


                                                                                                                                                                            Tastes of Ireland
  reland’s gourmet capital, Kinsale, sits
  on the southern tip of the country in
  County Cork, surrounded by the freshest
of seafood and with the renowned local
artisan food producers of West Cork on its
doorstep. Kinsale’s narrow winding streets
are home to brightly coloured buildings,
some with Dutch architectural influence, a
delight to stroll around with views of the
marina below. The food offering here will
not disappoint, stemming from a small few
entrepreneurs in the 60’s, today a strong
Good Food Circle of restaurateurs. The
area has also played host to many historical
battles with fort remnants and much more
to explore.                                                                                                                        English Market Cork (c) Failte Ireland

Package Includes                    from £415
• 4 nights accommodation at Carrigaline Court
  Hotel (3 nights Half Board & 1 night B&B)
• Return ferry crossing from the UK
• Gourmet seafood meal in Kinsale
• Entry to Charles Fort
• Tour & Tasting at Jamesons Whiskey Distillery
• Free visit to the historic indoor English Market
  in Cork City
• Visit & demo at Cork Butter Museum                                                                     Carrigaline Court****
                                                                                                         • At heart of bustling town centre
                                                                                                                                                      Co. Cork
• Clonakilty Flavours Tasting (2 hrs)                                                                    • Contemporary bar • Bistro • Jacuzzi
                                                                                                         • 20m indoor pool• Steam room & sauna
                                                                                                         • Gym• 91 bedrooms• Tea & coffee facilities
                                                        Cashel Blue (c) Tony Pleavin / Tourism Ireland   • Lift to all floors • Free coach parking

Sligo Food Trail

T       he shores of northwest Ireland are
        fast becoming known for their surf,
        seaweed and seafood. Indeed the
Irish have long included dried seaweed,
known as ‘dillisk’, within their diet and
carrageen moss too which is recommended
to remedy flu. We explore the upcoming
Sligo Food Trail. An expert-led sea foraging
trip, the thrill of Strandhill, hands-on bread-
                        making session, the art
                        of brewing craft beer
                        in pure remoteness to
                        the refined afternoon
                        tea setting in the
                        homelands of poet                                                                                                       Brewery Tour White Hag

                        WB Yeats.
Package Includes                    from £435
• 4 nights Half Board accommodation at
  Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo
• Return ferry crossing from the UK
• Sourdough bread making workshop &
  gardening tutorial
• Tour & Tasting at White Hag Craft Beer
  Brewery, Ballymote
• Lissadell House, Garden & Exhibition tour &
  afternoon tea
• Trip to Coney Island - seaweed walk & talk
  session lead by expert harvester                                                                       Glasshouse Hotel ****                                 Sligo
• Lunch at Strandhill’s award winning Tra Ban                                                            • Only 4* star hotel in centre
    Restaurant followed by free time to pursue
                                                                                                         • Overlooking river • Architecturally interesting
    beach related activities
                                                                                                         • Chic interiors • AA Rosette restaurant
    Optional Extras:                                                                                     • 2 Bars • Gym • 116 bedrooms
                                                                                                         • Tea & coffee station• Lift to all floors
                                                                   Seaweed Foraging (c) Failte Ireland
    Perhaps a Voya Seaweed bath or Surf Lesson

                                                     01708 802 350                                                                                                      9
Inspiring coach travel - Independent Coach Travel
Regional Information

                                                                 Lorem ipsum

                        U        lster to the north of the island encompasses Northern
                                 Ireland and three Republican counties. Its coast is
                                 rugged. Curved inlets on the Wild Atlantic Way reveal
                        Donegal’s secluded beaches and Ireland’s premier fishing
                        port. The coast continues to enchant and from its northern
                        tip you can experience some of the darkest skies in Europe,         With two fascinating cities on the rise, each evolving all the
                        owing to the absence of light pollution from anywhere north         time, Ulster is a vibrant place yet to fulfil its full potential.
                        or west of this spot. Then the Giant’s Causeway jumps out,          In short Belfast now holds the world’s number one visitor
                        its rock columns a geological wonder; nearby the exhilarating       attraction, the Titanic Belfast and Derry is where you will find
                        Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge crossing beckons the brave of            one of the best-preserved examples of a circuit walled city
                        heart. The region is also home to Ireland’s largest lake and has    within Europe and thriving cultural events scene.
                        numerous gentle mountains, ideal for hiking.


                        F      rom Sligo’s surf scene to the Connemara coastline, the
                               Connaught region is a delight to explore. It’s got sandy
                               beaches in abundance, each holding their own charm.
                        Home to Ireland’s largest island, Achill, which is connected by      of Ireland’s largest river – The Shannon. The Twelve Pins
                        road to the mainland, and home to the remote, yet inhabited,         Mountain Range and Croagh Patrick, associated with Ireland’s
                        Aran Islands off Galway Bay. The beauty of the Connemara             patron saint, are ideal for rambling and hiking.
                        National Park is widely known, breeding ground of the distinct
                        Connemara pony, however the region also has a peatland               Galway City embraces a bohemian vibe with a lively arts
                        protected national park of Ballycroy and the oldest known            scene and youthful student population. The heritage town of
                        fields system in the world, the archaeological site of Ceide         Westport also makes a great base for those looking for a lively
                        Fields. The eastern part of this region is lakelands and source      and hospitable visit.

Lorem ipsum

                                         Lorem ipsum


                                                                                                                                                       Regional Information
T      his region has not been branded – Ireland’s Ancient
       East for nothing! Here you will find passage tombs
       predating the pyramids, Viking strongholds, castles and
country houses in abundance as well as treasured artefacts
from all around the country at the National Museum of
Ireland in Dublin.
                                                                                     Leinster’s physcial features include the picturesque Wicklow
Yes Dublin, the Irish capital extends the warmest of welcomes                        Mountains, home to the sanctuary of Glendalough and
to all those who visit as they bank more and more awards as                          the lesser known landsape of the Bog of Allen the largest
the ‘Friendliest City’. The entire region of Leinster has a great                    preserved peatland in Ireland - wonderfully uncovered at
                                                       Lorem ipsum

                                                                       Lorem ipsum

cultural scene, which the locals are keen for visitors to foster                     Lullymore Discovery Park.
during their stay.


A        true sporting corner of Ireland, from the native
         Gaelige Games to the region’s rugby heroes, Munster
         is a riveting place. It got a great food scene too; with
Ireland’s gourmet capital of Kinsale within its bounds in
addition to the city of Cork, known to locals as the real capital
                                                                                     highest mountain range in Ireland, the Macgillycuddy Reeks and
of Ireland, as well as the medieval city of Limerick which sits at
                                                                                     the region’s temperate climate has allowed glorious gardens
the mouth of Ireland’s largest river, The Shannon.
                                                                                     to flourish throughout. It also has an abundance of wildlife
This province is also where you’ll find some of the leading                          from resident dolphins, whales, seals colonies and puffins off
visitor attractions in the country - the Ring of Kerry and the                       its shores.
Cliffs of Moher. The National Park of Killarney is home to the

                                                                     01708 802 350                                                                11
North Atlantic Way                                                                                                                                         Our
Multi Centre Touring

                                                                                                   Package Includes                                from £615
                                  hat to expect from the North                                     • 7 nights accommodation along the
                                  Atlantic Way? Since Tourism                                           Wild Atlantic Way

                                  Ireland have reinvented this                                          Galway Bay Hotel (1night B&B)
                       coastal road network, it seems to appear                                         Castlecourt Hotel (2 nights Half Board)
                       somewhere on everyone’s bucket list! The                                         Allingham Arms (2 nights Half Board)
                                                                                                        Inishowen Gateway (2 nights Half Board)
                       stunning coastal scenery of white sand
                                                                                                   •    Return ferry crossing from UK                          Galway Bay Hotel ****                   Salthill
                       beaches, rocky cliffs and headlands alongside
                                                                                                   •    Free time in Galway city                               • Situated along Salthill Promenade
                       rising mountains, means that every turn                                     •    Entry to Kylemore Abbey                                • Nearby Blue Flag beach • Gastro Pub
                       of the road uncovers a new delight. This                                    •    Fjord Cruise on Killary Harbour                        • Seaweed Spa treatments (extra charge)
                       northern part of the route passes through                                   •    Free time Westport ‘Heritage’ Town                     • 2 restaurants Lobster Pot /Harvest with
                       many Gaeltacht ‘Irish speaking’ strongholds                                     (opt bike hire along Greenway)                           award winning lunch carvery • Pool & gym
                       where traditional culture goes hand in hand                                 •    Afternoon tea at Ashford Castle                        • 153 bedrooms • Tea & coffee tray
                       with new innovative craftsmanship. Hosting                                  •    Stop at Yeats Grave and Glencar
                       a thriving festival scene, you’re almost                                         Waterfall (optional hiking)
                       guaranteed to find live music brimming                                      •    Entry to Beleek Pottery
                       from local pubs practically every night of                                  •    Free time in Donegal Town /
                                                                                                        Donegal Craft Village
                       the week, all year long.
                                                                                                   •   Visit to Slieve League Cliffs.
                                                                                                   •    Entry to Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre
                                                                                                   •   Tour of Fanad Lighthouse
                                                                                                   •    Entry to Glenveagh National Park
                                                                                                   •   Visit to Mallin Head, chance see the
                                                                                                        northern lights ( Feb/ Mar)
                                                                                                   •    Stop at Granian an Aileach Visitor
                                                                                                        Centre with ring fort site visit                       Castlecourt Hotel ****               Westport
                                                                                                                                                               • Located  in the heart of Westport
                                                                                                                                                               • Courtyard   dining area• Orchard Restaurant
                                                                                                       _                                                       • Bistro & Bar • Spa Sula • 20m indoor pool
                                                                                                       _                                                       • Jacuzzi • Steam room & sauna
                                                                                                           North Atlantic Way     Malin Head

                                                                                                           South Atlantic Way
                                                                                                                                                               • Gym •157 bedrooms
                                                                                                   1   Malin Head
                                 Aurora Borealis Malin Head (c) Michael Gill / Tourism Ireland     2   Galway                                                  Allingham Arms ***                   Bundoran
                                                                                                   3   Kinsale
                                                                                                                                                               • Seafront Wild Atlantic Way location
                                                                                                                                                               • Restaurant• Ultra-cool café bar
                                                                                                                                                               • Coolmore Bar • 132 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                                               • Tea & coffee station
                                                                                                                                                               Inishowen Gateway ***                Buncrana
                                                                                                                                                               • Overlooking the sandy shores of Lough Swilly
                                                                                                                                                               • Positioned on the edge of the seaside resort of
                                                                                                                                                                Buncrana • Tea & coffee tray • Seagrass Spa &
                                                                                                                                                                 Wellbeing Centre (pool, jacuzzi)
                                                                                                                                                               • Peninsula Restaurant & Lough View Bar
                                                                                                                                                               • 80 bedrooms • Lift to all floors
                                                                                                                                                               Falls Hotel ****                 Ennistymon
                       South Atlantic Way                                                                                                                      For hotel details see page 23

                                                                                                                                                               Dingle Skellig ****                     Dingle
                               he southern end of Ireland’s Wild
                                                                                                                                                               • Dingle Bay views

                               Atlantic Way is a mixture of well
                               established tourist points with
                                                                                                                                                               • AA Rosette winning restaurant
                                                                                                                                                               • Conservatory-style dining area
                       mass appeal - from dramatic coastal cliffs                                                                                              • Blaskets Bar• Cocktail lounge
                       and island hopping, Killarney’s lakes and                                   Package Includes                                from £745   • Peninsula Spa • Jacuzzi
                       mountains and the gardens and gourmet                                       • 9 nights accommodation along the                          • Eucalyptus steam room
                       food offering of West Cork. Sip Irish coffee                                     Wild Atlantic Way:
                                                                                                        Celtic Ross (3 nights Half Board)
                                                                                                                                                               • 117 bedrooms• Lift to all floors
                       in the place where it was created, chance
                                                                                                        Dingle Skellig (3 nights Half Board)
                       coastal wildlife including dolphins, seals                                       Falls Hotel, Ennistymon (2 nts Half Board)
                       and puffins and taste good local food in                                         Galway Bay Hotel (1night B&B)
                       Ireland’s Gourmet Capital.Take a fresh look                                 •     Return ferry crossing from UK
                       at this old favourite!                                                      •     Entry to Charles Fort
                                                                                                   •     Gourmet seafood meal in Kinsale
                                                                                                   •     Entry to Mizen Head Visitor Centre
                                                                                                   •     Boat trip to gardens of Garnish Island and
                                                                                                        Seal Colony Eco boat trip of Skelligs
                                                                                                   •     Entry to Muckross House
                                                                                                   •     Jaunting car ride through Killarney National
                                                                                                         Park Dingle Dolphin Boat tour                         Celtic Ross Hotel ***           Rosscarberry
                                                                                                   •     Entry to Foynes Flying Boat Museum
                                                                                                                                                               • Perched on Wild Atlantic Way Headland
                                                                                                        (guided) with Irish Coffee Demonstration
                                                                                                                                                               • Stunning coastal views
                                                                                                   •     Shannon ferry crossing
                                                                                                                                                               • Kingfisher Bar & Bistro
                                                                                                   •    Aran Island tour/return ferry with light pub
                                                                                                                                                               • Large comfortable sea-view lounge
                                                                                                        lunch and Trad music
                                                                                                                                                               • Pool, sauna, steamroom & gym
                                                                                                   •     Entry to Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
                                                                                                                                                               • 66 newly decorated bedrooms
                                                                        Fungi (c) Failte Ireland
                                                                                                   •      Free time in Galway City
                                                                                                                                                               • Tea & coffee tray • Free coach parking
Multi Centre Touring
                                                             Slieve League (c) Martin Fleming / Failte Ireland

                                                                                                                 Skelligs (c) Failte Ireland Tourism Ireland.

Mizen Head (c) Arthur Ward - Tourism Ireland - ART   Kinsale TownCentre (c) Gemma Flanagan / Failte Ireland

                                                                                                                                         Kylemore Abbey

                                                                                                                         Fanadhead Lighthouse Donegal

                                                       01708 802 350                                                                                    13

                                                                                                                                     Jackson’s Hotel & Leisure Centre****
                                                                                                                                     • 70 years of hospitality• Woodland setting
                                                                                                                                     • Overlooking River Finn
                                                                                                                                     • Heated indoor pool
                                                                                                                                     • Jacuzzi, gym, steam room • Snug Bar
                                                                                                                                     • Garden Restaurant
                                                                                                                                     • Newly refurbished
                                                                                                                                     • 50 bedrooms • Tea & coffee station

                                                                                                                                      Package Includes                  from £265
                                                                                                                                      •4 nights Half Board at Jackson’s Hotel,
                                                                                                                                      •Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                                      •Guided walk of Derry City Walls
                                                                 Mussenden Temple, Downhill Demesne (code poet -
                                                                                                                                      •Visit to the National Heritage Downhill
                                                                                                                                       Demesne site with walking trail to the
          Darling Donegal & Derry                                                                                                      clifftop Mussenden Temple
                                                                                                                                      •Visit to the ring fort site and visitor centre

                iscover two counties with extremely       bonus of stunning rural scenery around                                       of Granian an Aileach
                strong ties to one another in the         every bend of your journey. Discover the                                    •Entry to Glenveagh National Park, castle
                northwest of Ireland – Darling            walled city of Derry, the sheer heights                                      tour with shuttle bus
          Donegal & Derry. Donegal in the Republic        of Europe’s highest sea-cliffs and clan                                     •Entry to Donegal Castle & free time in to
                                                                                                                                       explore the heritage town
          and Derry in the North never let a matter       castles of Donegal. Uncover this relatively
          of currency come between them. Touring          undiscovered corner of the Emerald Isle,                                    •Visit to the Slieve League cliffs
          possibilities here are endless with the added   offering a great visitor experience.

                                                                                                                                     Ballygally Castle Hotel ****
                                                                                                                                     • 400 year old Castle Hotel
                                                                                                                                     • Sea and mountain views
                                                                                                                                     • Walled garden and stream within castle walls
                                                                                                                                     • Garden Restaurant
                                                                                                                                     • 54 bedrooms (some with beams)
                                                                                                                                     • Tea & coffee tray
                                                                                                                                     • Lift • coach parking
                                                                                                                                     • 79 individually decorated bedrooms
                                                                                                                                     • Tea & coffee tray • Lift to all floors

                                                                                                                                     Package Includes                  from £425
                                                                                                                                     • 4 nights accommodation at Ballygally Castle
                                                                           Giants Casuseway shot credit Tourism Ireland Chris Hill
                                                                                                                                       Hotel (3 nights Halk Board /1night B&B)
                                                                                                                                     • Return ferry crossing from UK
          Giant Footsteps on the Causeway Coast                                                                                      • Giants Causeway Visitor Centre and

                                                                                                                                        guided causeway walk
                 coastline of geological curves, myths    and mythical viewpoints. Perhaps brave                                     • Carrick-a-rede rope bridge crossing
                 and legends, brave opportunities         the iconic Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge                                      • Goblins Coastal Walk - guided 2.5 hrs
                 and paths of the past, Ireland’s         erected by fishermen 350 years ago or                                      • Free stop at the Dark Hedges - beech
          Causeway Coast has it all. Be guided            the Gobblin’s coastal pathway a recently                                      tree lined roadway used in Game of
          along the region’s number one attraction,       revived tourist attraction from the turn of                                   Thrones
          the Giants Causeway; hearing geological         the 19th century.                                                           • Day at leisure in Belfast
                                                                                                                      Summerhill House Hotel***
                                                                                                                      • Country House Hotel
                                                                                                                      • Situated opposite Powerscourt Gardens
                                                                                                                      • Vintage décor
                                                                                                                      • Gardens with woodland driveway
                                                                                                                      • Welcome drink
                                                                                                                      • Porterage
                                                                                                                      • Rainforest Spa
                                                                                                                      • Restaurant & Lounge
                                                                                                                      • 84 bedrooms

                                                       Glendalough Wicklow Mts (c) Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland
                                                                                                                      Package Includes                from £309
Wicklow Mountains & Gardens of Ireland                                                                                 • 4 nights Half Board at Summerhill House
                                                                                                                       • Return ferry crossing from UK
      ounty Wicklow is often described       Irish destination for any horticulturalist.
      as the ‘Garden of Ireland’ with        The jewel in the crown is the Powerscourt                                 • Entry to Powerscourt House & Gardens
      beautiful mountain scenery. The lush   Estate which makes a great stop for local
                                                                                                                       • Entry to Mount Usher Gardens
vegetation and stunning landscapes have      craft shopping, exquisite gardens and its
                                                                                                                       • Visit to the Irish National Stud with
                                                                                                                         Japanese Gardens
attracted wealthy gentry to build country    quirkiness with a historic pet cemetery.                                  • Visit to Glendalough Mountain Valley
retreats here. The choice of wonderful,                                                                                   Monasteric Settlement
diverse gardens has made this the top

                                                                                                                      Celtic Ross Hotel ***
                                                                                                                      • Perched on Wild Atlantic Way Headland
                                                                                                                      • Stunning coastal views
                                                                                                                      • Kingfisher Bar & Bistro
                                                                                                                      • Large comfortable sea-view lounge
                                                                                                                      • Pool, sauna, steamroom & gym
                                                                                                                      • 66 newly decorated bedrooms
                                                                                                                      • Tea & coffee tray • Free coach parking
                                                                                                                      Package Includes                from £285
                                                                                                                      • 4 nights Half Board at Celtic Ross Hotel
                                                                                                                      • Return standard ferry crossing from UK
                                                                                                                      • 3 day West Cork Garden Trail pass
                                                                                                                      • Visit to Dereen & Bamboo Park Gardens
                                                                                                                      • Visit Bantry House & Gardens with guided
                                                                                                                        tour of house
                                                                        Bantry Gardens © Chris Hill Tourism Ireland
                                                                                                                      • Stop at Drombeg Stone Circle (Ireland’s
                                                                                                                        best preserved) & free time for lunch at
West Cork Garden Trail                                                                                                  picturesque village of Glandore
                                                                                                                       • Garden visit to private island estate on
     est known for its wild and rugged       gardens within this trail.Take a truly relaxing                            Inish Beg (accessible by road)
     beauty, West Cork’s location along      break and couple garden visits on the south                               • Visit to Glenview Gardens & Hobbits Hse
     a stretch of the Atlantic Gulf Stream   west coast of Ireland, where you may be                                   • Visit to Fernhill House Gardens with
means the climate here remains mild and      surprised to find an exotic Bamboo Park,                                   afternoon tea • Free time in Clonakilty
temperate, springing buds and flora, rare    along with leisurely afternoon teas for                                   • Visit to Model Railway Village including
shrubbery and no less than 22 manicured      some of life’s little pleasures.                                            train ride

                                                                01708 802 350                                                                                      15

          A       rthur Guinness grew up in Co.
                  Kildare bordering Dublin to the
                  east. At the age of 27, Arthur
          inherited the sum of £100 from his
                                                               malt within the mash along with the
                                                               ordinary pale malt. Experimenting with
                                                               the preparation of ingredients led to the
                                                               creation of what is now considered the
                                                                                                              at large. Among the initiatives were
                                                                                                              free healthcare for employees and their
                                                                                                              families, the famous Guinness pension, free
                                                                                                              meals for school children of retirees, paid
          Godfather the Archbishop of Cashel, a                world’s number one stout; a drink he was       annual holidays, free family train tickets for
          sizeable sum in those days. He spotted the           so proud of that he stamped his name on        excursions and of course a beer allowance
          potential to create a brewery by the river           it – Guinness. Prepared in a similar fashion   of two pints of Guinness® per day. In fact
          in Lexlip. It took several years to establish        to coffee, the dark colour of Guinness is      the social side of the company grew so
          with the help of his brother Richard, and            achieved through roasted malted barley.        much that formal Guinness Ambulance
          so it was there, that the Guinness brewing                                                          Division was established. In addition to all
          empire was born. In Lexlip, Arthur also              Arthur Guinness died aged 78, leaving the      this, Guinness salaries were 10 to 20 per
          bought the lease of an area along the main           business to his son Arthur II; he is buried    cent above the Dublin average. Indeed,
          street to create The Mall, designed similarly        on the heights of Oughterard Cemetery,         Dublin mothers would encourage their
          to Dublin’s O’ Connell Street, a tree-lined          Co. Kildare along with his wife Olivia,        daughters to marry a Guinness man for it
          avenue set back from the road.                       who bore him 21 children. The Guinness         was considered as a step up in society and
                                                               Corporation went on from strength to           a secure future any for their children and
          From this success, Arthur gained
                                                               strength becoming the largest brewery in       their further family.
          confidence, and left his brother in charge
                                                               Ireland in 1833 and in 1886 was quoted
          of the Lexlip brewery in order to pursue                                                            The world never tired of the taste, it
                                                               on the London Stock Exchange.
          an operation in Dublin itself. He bought                                                            seems, as today the success of Guinness
          an existing but run down brewery on the              The company gained a reputation                is still evident worldwide with 10 million
          now famous site at St James Gate. An                 within the city of Dublin as one of            glasses consumed every single day. A
          excellent choice location, as at the time            the best employment opportunities              fascinating story of a man, his vision,
          the Grand Canal terminated at a basin                around, it provided financial, medical and     his inspirational belief that has brought
          by St. James Street. Every brewery needs             recreational benefits to employees as well     benefits to many down through the
          supplies of grain and fresh water and the            as maintaining a strong sense of its own       ages and has become a modern-day
          convenience of having the Grand Canal                social responsibility to the community         phenomenon.
          nearby helped the business to expand.
          Arthur lived on the premises for a while
          and brewed all types of beer including
          dark beer known as porter’s ale or porter.
          The colour was obtained by
          including a proportion of

          Guinness Storehouse - Tara Morgan - Fáilte Ireland

                                                     Leixlip        Celbridge                   Hazelhatch                        Ardcolugh           Oughterard
Arthur Guinness Trail
This Guinness-inspired short                         0km		                    5km		                             8km		                   13km                16km
break explores the rise of the                       Your group can partake in as much or as little of the walking trail as you wish to suit your group’s needs
world dominating stout which
had become almost emblematic
in our vision of Ireland. Tracing the
footsteps of its founder Arthur
Guinness, whose story often
surprises, embark on a journey
of Dublin and its surrounds over
250 years ago. Visit Ireland’s first
Palladian estate, take a journey on
an ancient canal barge, step out on
a rural walking trail and of course                                                                                                                         Guinness Barge night time

enjoy a drop of the black stuff at
an obligatory stop at the Guinness                                                                                           Day 3
                                                                                                                             In Dublin today, to sample the ‘dark stuff ’
Storehouse - now Ireland’s number                                                                                            itself. We commence at the Guinness
one visitor attraction.                                                                                                      Storehouse for a guided tour taking you
                                                     Day 2                                                                   through the production process, followed
                                                     Equipped with map of the newly created                                  by a tutorial on the art of pulling the perfect
 3 nights Half Board & package                                                                                               pint!! Top this off with panoramic city views
                                                     Arthur Guinness Way, a walking trail around
 from £215                                           Northeast Kildare (or alternative optional                              at Gravity Bar.
                                                     bike hire); you will embark on a walk, 16km                             Next, to Grand Canal for a Guinness Barge
Tour Itinerary:                                                                                                              experience (2 hrs) under cutting stone
                                                     in its entirety, rambling for 3-3.5 hours
                                                     (although partial route possible). Following                            bridges and passing ancient locks, operated
Day 1
                                                     in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness from                                in the same manner today as back in 1798
Make your way to Lexlip, Co. Kildare, about                                                                                  when this canal was used to transport
                                                     childhood to business tycoon; your first stop
a fifteen-minute drive from Dublin city                                                                                      Guinness around the country. Aboard this
                                                     will be in Celbridge where Arthur grew up.
centre and the birthplace of Guinness! In                                                                                    1922 Guinness Barge replica you’ll enjoy a
fact, your base for this tour is the Courtyard                                                                               leisurely afternoon tea (chocolate Guinness
Hotel, located right in the town centre and                                                                                  cupcakes included!), as well as short
built on the original site of the Guinness                                                                                   commentaries and the opportunity to get
brewing empire. Featuring charming original                                                                                  up on deck and see first-hand the barge
stonework and hospitality to match, it won’t                                                                                 navigate the locks.
take you long to feel right at home.
                                                                                                                             Finish the day with a guided tour of Dublin
Courtyard Hotel****                     Lexlip                                                                               with a Guinness tilt of course! Hear of how
• Historic site of Arthur Guinness’ first                                                                                    the Guinness corporation was well loved by
  brewery                                                                                                                    city folks and how the company looked after
• Original stonework                                                                                                         its workers, even to the extent that there is
• Contemporary design                                                                                                        still a Guinness ambulance in operation on
• Courtyard dining • Arthur’s Bar                                      Castletownhouse (c) Tourism Ireland macmillan media
                                                                                                                             the city streets to this day. A business empire,
• River Liffey setting                                                                                                       world-renowned, etched into visitors vision
• Popular local dining venue                         Arriving at Castletown House enjoy the                                  of Ireland and etched into the history of the
• 40 bedrooms                                        inescapable parkland and River Liffey views,                            Ireland’s Ancient East.
• Tea & coffee station                               this was the earliest and largest Palladian
                                                     style estate in Ireland, which the Guinness                             Day 4
Arthur’s Bar is truly the perfect place to enjoy     family helped to rescue from demolition.                                Depart for your onward journey.
a pint! Alternatively relax in the hotel courtyard   Take some time for cafe refreshments before
or indeed enjoy the night away at Arthur Live        commencing a guided tour where you’ll
(Thurs- Sun nights) for full programme of live       see the only fully intact 18th century print
band entertainment.                                  room left in Ireland and walk underneath
                                                     decadent Murano Glass Chandeliers.
                                                     Now 5km along, from here you can continue
                                                     to Hazelhatch to join the Grand Canal,
                                                     which was used to transport Guinness into
                                                     Dublin, passing along grassy towpaths, flora
                                                     and fauna, and the enchanting Lyon’s Estate.
                                                     At Oughterard, meaning high place, from
                                                     where you will get spectacular views over
                                                     the plain of Kildare, Dublin and the region
                                                     of Leinster, lies Arthur Guinness’ final resting
                                                     place; a relatively easy climb to the cemetery
                                                     to conclude the trail.

                                                                       01708 802 350                                                                                             17
Academy Plaza ***                         Dublin
                                                                                                                                   For hotel details see page 27
Twin City Centre

                                                                                                                                   Maldron Hotel***                              Cork
                                                                                                                                   • City Centre location
                                                                                                                                   •Newly refurbished
                                                                                                                                   • Grain & Grill Restaurant
                                                                                                                                   • Pool & Gym
                                                                                                                                   • 101 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                   • Tea & coffee tray
                                                                                                                                   • Lift to all floors
                                                                                                                                    Package Includes                   from £375
                                                                                                                                    • 4 nights Half Board accommodation
                                                                                                                                        Academy Plaza, Dublin - 2 nights
                                                                                                                                        Maldron Hotel Cork - 2 nights
                                                                                                                                    •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                                    •   Visit the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship
                   Irish Famine & Emigration                                                                                        •
                                                                                                                                        & Famine Story
                                                                                                                                        Entry to Epic Ireland - New attraction

                           lmost 175 years on, the Irish              famine ship, and a new 21st century visitor                   •   Visit the Kennedy Homestead
                           Famine and Emigration story still          attraction EPIC, telling the story of Ireland’s               •   John F Kennedy Arboretum visit
                           resounds in the very fabric of Irish       Diaspora and how they changed the world.                      •   Entry to Cobh Titanic Experience
                   society, a lost generation that will never be      Venture on to JFK’s Kennedy homestead,
                                                                                                                                    •   Guided tour/transport to Spike Island
                                                                                                                                        Prison, Cork
                   forgotten. On this emotive tour, we visit the      visit the last port of call of the infamous
                   Emigration Quarter of Dublin, an infamous          Titanic and take a prison island tour.
                                                                                                                                   Academy Plaza ***                        Dublin
                                                                                                                                   For hotel details see page 27

                                                                                                                                   Europa Hotel****                          Belfast
                                                                                                                                   • World famous hotel
                                                                                                                                   • City central location
                                                                                                                                   • Bistro & Bar
                                                                                                                                   • Piano Lounge
                                                                                                                                   • 272 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                   • Tea & coffee tray
                                                                                                                                   • Lift to all floors
                                                                                                                                    Package Includes                   from £439
                                                                                               Kilmainham Gaol interior (c) DRTA
                                                                                                                                    • 4 nights Half Board accommodation:
                                                                                                                                        Academy Plaza Dublin - 2 nights
                   Irish Political Tour                                                                                                 Europa Belfast - 2 nights (Superior rooms)

                                                                                                                                    •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                 ith the recent centenary of the      and hear first-hand the speech the roused                     •   Visit to the newly opened GPO Witness
                                 Irish Rebellion having just passed   the many to freedom. Enroute to Belfast in                        History Exhibition
                                 an examination of the setting        this alternative twin capital city centre, stop               •   Entry to Kilmainham Gaol
                   leading up to events of the 1916 Easter            at the Battle of the Boyne where the feud                     •   Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetry &
                   Rising makes a fascinating political tour.         began hundreds of years prior.                                    Museum
                   Starting in Dublin where the battle raged,         See the Gaols of Belfast and Dublin where                     •   Entry to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor
                   look around the new commemorative                  political prisoners were detained, then
                   GPO Witness Exhibition dedicated to the            onto a tour of the beautiful parliamentary                    •   Free visit to Stormont Parliament Buildings
                   events of that period. Visit the gravestones       building of Stormont where today’s politics                   •   Guided tour of Crumlin Road Gaol

                   of fallen Irish heroes at Glasnevin cemetery       is played out.
                                                                                                                   Killarney Court ***                 Killarney
                                                                                                                   • 10 minute walk to town
                                                                                                                   • Welcome drink on arrival
                                                                                                                   • Porterage
                                                                                                                   • Bar & Restaurant
                                                                                                                   • Beauty & Rejuvenation Centre
                                                                                                                   • 116 bedrooms
                                                                                                                   • Tea & coffee station

                                                                                                                   Package Includes                 from £339
                                                                                                                   • 4 nights Half Board accommodation at
                                                                                                                      Killarney Court Hotel
                                                                                                                   • Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                            Ring of Kerry credit Failte Ireland.   • A jaunting car horse & cart ride from
                                                                                                                      Killarney to Muckross Hse
Killarney & The Ring of Kerry                                                                                      • Guided tour of Muckross House
                                                                                                                   • Eco boat tour of Skelligs

K      illarney is the place that launched    cruise on the lakes within Killarney National                        • Full day guided tour of Kerry with lunch
       a billion postcards. On the Ring of    Park, plus a visit to Muckross House where
       Kerry, it seems everything is worth    Queen Victoria stayed. Finish with a boat
photographing and its fast becoming           trip to the Skelligs Islands, recent film
an all-year-round destination. Enjoy a        location for Star Wars.
picture-perfect jaunting car tour and a

                                                                                                                   Country Manor House****             Killadeas
                                                                                                                   • Lakeside hotel • Family run
                                                                                                                   • 17th century charm
                                                                                                                   • AA Rosette Restaurant • Bar & Bistro
                                                                                                                   • Golf course • Tennis course • Marina
                                                                                                                   • Swimming pool & outdoor hot tub
                                                                                                                   • Jacuzzi, steam room & sauna•78 bedrooms

                                                                                                                    Package Includes                 from £385
                                                                                                                    • 4 nights accommodation at Country Manor
                                                                                                                        House, Fermanagh (1st night B&B & 3 nights
                                                                                                                        Half Board)
                                                                                                                    •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                    •   Lady of the Lake Sunset Dinner Cruise
                                                              Lough Erne - Co Fermanagh (c) Tourism Ireland
                                                                                                                    •   Entry to Beleek Pottery
                                                                                                                    •   Entry to the clan castle of Donegal & free
Leitrim & Lakes of Fermanagh                                                                                            time in the surrounding heritage town

                                                                                                                    •   Entry to Parkes Castle, Leitrim
       ake in the lake-land region of
       Ireland, with a stay on Lough Erne
                                              within the labyrinth of its impressive caves.
                                              Explore the diverse culture of this region
                                                                                                                    •   Cruise on Lough Gill from Parkes Castle
                                                                                                                        with scenery which inspired WB Yeats
       in beautiful Co. Fermanagh. Cruise     through its craftsmanship firsthand and past                          •   Guided visit of Marble Arch Caves with
amid tiny islands and castle loughs, taking   clan castle visits. Dance to the music of the                             subterranean boat ride in the Global
in stunning landscape, some of which          Irish showband era to capture the spirit of                               Geopark
inspired the poet WB Yeats. Also in this      entertainment in rural Ireland throughout                             •   Entry to Rainbow Tea Dance, Glenferran –
terrain sits the global Geopark of Marble     the 50’s and 60’s.                                                        exhibition on Irish showband memorabilia,
                                                                                                                        tea dance included!
Arch, experience a subterranean boat ride
                                                             01708 802 350                                                                                      19
River Shannon Trail                                                                                                                    Our
Multi Centre Touring

                              hannon is Ireland’s largest river; follow
                              the trail from its source in Leitrim
                              all the way to the Shannon Estuary
                       where you will uncover great touring                                                                                               Hotels
                       possibilities along its plains. Take a cruise                                                                      Landmark Hotel ****
                       to an ancient monastic settlement, feast at                                                                        Carrick-on-Shannon
                       a castle banquet, raise a glass in Ireland’s,
                       and possibly the worlds, oldest pub or sip
                                                                                                                                          • Overlooking River Shannon
                                                                                                                                          • Riverside restaurant & café
                       Irish coffee in the very place where it was                                                                        • Bar & sports bar
                       created. Read firsthand the heart-wrench-                                                                          • Cocktail, Gin & Whiskey Bar
                       ing letters of famine evictees sent during                                                                         • 51 bedrooms • Tea & coffee station
                       darker times uncovered in recent times
                       at Stokestown Park House, so much lies                                                                             Athlone Springs****
                       waiting to be discovered throughout the                                                                            Athlone
                       Irish midland counties.                                                                                            • 5 minutes from Athlone Town
                                                                                                                                          • Cedar Restaurant • Cocktail Bar
                                                                                                                                          • 20m swimming pool• Spa treatment rooms
                                                                                                                                          • Gym •68 bedrooms •Tea & coffee station
                                                                                                                                          Clayton Hotel****
                                                                                                                                          • Ireland’s tallest hotel
                                                                                                                                          • Overlooking River Shannon
                                                                                                                                          • Contemporary style décor •Café
                                                                                                                                          • Grill Bar & Restaurant• Pool & gym
                                                                                                                                          • Sauna & steam room•158 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                          • Tea & coffee station • Lift to all floors


                                                                                                                                          Package Includes                   from £645
                                                                                                                                          • 6 nights accommodation:
                                                                                                                                               2nts Half Board Landmark Hotel
                                                                                                                                               2nts Half Board Athlone Springs Hotel,
                                                                                                                                               2nts Clayton Hotel, Limerick:
                                                                                                                                               (1night B&B & 1 night Half Board)
                                                                                                                                           •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                                           •   1 hour cruise on the northern part of River
                                                                                                                                               Shannon from Carrick-on-Shannon with tea
                                                                                                                                               scone refreshments, commentary & live music
                                                                                                                                           •   Guided tour of Stokestown Park House,
                                                                          Foynes Flying Boat Museum (c)Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland
                                                                                                                                               The Irish National Famine Museum
                                                                                                                                           •   Visit to Ireland’s oldest pub - Sean Bar in
                                                                                                                                               Athlone with tour and complimentary Irish
                                                                                                                                           •   Guided tour of the 13th Century Athlone
                                                                                                                                               Castle & Visitor Centre, combined with visit
                                                                                                                                               to the visual arts Luan Gallery (across the
                                                                                                                                           •   2 hour mid River Shannon Cruise from
                                                                                                                                               Athlone Castle to Clonmacnoise Monastery
                                                                                                                                           •   Entry to Clonmacnoise Monastery
                                                                                                                                           •   Entry to King John’s Castle, Limerick
                                                                                                                                           •   Evening entertainment at Bunratty Castle
                                                                                                                                           •   Entry to the Flying Boat Museum (guided)
                                                                                                                                               with Irish Coffee demonstration in the place
                                                                                                                                               where it was created

                                                                                        Athlone (c) Fennell Photography/ Failte Ireland


                                                                                                                                                                                          Multi Centre Touring
                                                                                                                                       Ferrycarrig Hotel****
                                                                                                                                       Co. Wexford
                                                                                                                                       • Overlooking River Slaney Estuary
                                                                                                                                       • All rooms with view
                                                                                                                                       • Award-winning Reeds Restaurant
                                                                                                                                       • Bar • Pool & Gym
                                                                                                                                       • Jacuzzi & Spa
                                                                                                                                       • Sauna & steam room
                                                                                                                                       • 102 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                       • Tea & coffee tray
                                                                                                                                       • Lift • Free coach parking

                                                                                                                                       Treacy’s Hotel***
                                                                                                                                       See pages 24

                                                                                                                                       Jury’s Inn***
                                                                                                                                       • City centre location
                                                                                                                                       • Overlooking River Lee
                                                                                                                                       • Restaurant & Bar • 133 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                       • Tea & coffee tray • Lift
                                                                                 Waterford Greenway (c) Tourism Ireland Luke Myers.

Sunny South East
                                                                                                                                       Package Includes                  from £475
      his region of Ireland is known to                            historic ships which left these shores; the                          • 6 nights accommodation in Sunny SE
       have the best of the Irish weather –                        revered Titanic and the Dunbrody Famine                                  Ferrycarrig Hotel - 2 nights Half Board
       make what you will of that accolade;                        Ship have heart-breaking stories to tell.                                Treacy’s Waterford - 2 nights Half Board
it does, however, have some of the richest                         Take in beautiful seaside settings, stunning                             Jurys Inn Cork City Centre - 2 nights B&B
touring possibilities. Along this Sunny South                      countryside perhaps journey along the                                •    Return ferry crossing from the UK
East Trail we take in Wexford, Waterford                           newly created Waterford Greenway, a                                  •    Entry to the grounds and gardens of Wells
                                                                                                                                            House with guided costumed house tour
and Cork – a path known well to many                               disused rail line trail for hiking and cycling                           and unique afternoon tea experience
operators that use Rosslare ferry port.                            passing 3 viaducts, take time to soak up
From grand country houses to ecclesiastical
                                                                                                                                        •    Entry to the New Ross Tapestry
                                                                   the beauty of this southern coastal strip of                         •    Guided tour of Dunbrody Famine Ship
ruins, todays local craftmanship to the                            Ireland.                                                             •    Factory tour of the House of Waterford
                                                                                                                                        •    Free time to explore the newly opened
                                                                                                                                            Waterford Greenway coastal walking route
                                                                                                                                            (optional bike hire) to the pretty coastal
                                                                                                                                            town of Dungarvan
                                                                                                                                        •    Stop at Ardmore Old Cathedral ruins and
                                                                                                                                            round tower
                                                                                                                                        •   Tour & Tasting at the Jamesons Whiskey
                                                                                                                                            Distillery, Midleton
                                                                                                                                        •    Entry to Titanic Experience Cobh
                                                                                                                                        •   Visit to Fota Island Wildlife Park
                                                                                                                                        •    Entry to Fota House, Arboretum and

                Ardmore Cathedral (c) Liam Murphy Failte Ireland                                                Fota House interior.

                                                                                  01708 802 350                                                                                      21

                                                                                                                               Osprey Hotel ****                                        Naas
                                                                                                                               • Contemporary styled
                                                                                                                               • 35 minutes from Dublin
                                                                                                                               • Café Bar & Grill • Osprey Bar
                                                                                                                               • Spa • 20m swimming pool
                                                                                                                               • Sauna & steam room
                                                                                                                               • Gym • 108 bedrooms
                                                                                                                               • Tea & coffee tray

                                                                                                             Mares and Foals   Package Includes                           from £325
                                                                                                                                •3 nights Half Board at Osprey in Naas
          Full Bred Irish                                                                                                       •Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                                •Guided visit of the National Stud Farm &

          T       horoughbred        racehorses      are    also a big social event this end of the water.                       Japanese Gardens
                  synonymous with Ireland, the              Unearth the world’s largest collection of                           •Prosecco afternoon tea at Newbridge
                  rich iron-filled fields found in the      Audrey Hepburn dresses, timeless beauty,                              Silverware shopping outlet with tour of
                                                                                                                                  the world’s largest Audrey Hepburn dress
          neighbouring countryside surrounding              style and bubbly to be enjoyed by all.
                                                                                                                                  exhibition at the Style Icon Museum
          Dublin is home to prime racecourses and
          the Irish National Stud. See living legends up     New for 2019                                                       • Visit to Saddlery to watch the production

          close, some worth in excess of sixty-million       For for 2 visits in 2019, keep an eye out for
          euros, a massive sporting industry - and           the opening of the new Visitor Centre at
          common ground between our two nations.             the Curragh Racecourse - which will bring
          Another element of this fascinating scene          a brand-new day package for groups to the
          is fashion, of course, the racing calendar is      forum.

                                                                                                                                                   Fado fado (c) Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre

                                                                                                                               Killarney Court ***                              Killarney
                                                                                                                               See page 19

                                                                                                                                Package Includes                            from £349
                                                                                                                                • 4 nights Half Board at Killarney Court Hotel
                                                                                                                                •Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                                •Ticket to performance at SiamsaTire
                                                                                                                                 National Folk Theatre, Tralee
                                                                                                                                •Killarney Ghost Bus Tour by night (2 hours)
                                                                                                                                •Full day guided tour of mythical Kerry
                                                                                                                                    with stops at the Olde Irish setting of the
                                                                                                                                    thatched Kerry Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach
                                                                                                                                    in Glenbeigh from where the mythical
                                                                                                                                    character of Oisin & Niamh departed this
                                                                            Lough Gur (c) Failte Ireland Shannon Development        world for Tir na Nog (Land of the Youth),
                                                                                                                                    onto the ring fort of Cahergall, Derrynane
          Folklore Galore                                                                                                           House & tearooms (home the Liberator

                                                                                                                                    Daniel O’Connell): grounds include Ogham
             n the land of leprechauns, limericks           mystery, an age of whispers an age were                                 stone, ring fort in the woods and delightful
             and legends - a nation of storytellers,        legends were born and passed on to this                                 fairy trail.
             superstitions and small folk - delve into an   day. Experience mystical stone settings, fairy                      •   Guided tour of enchanting Lough Gur with
          alternative tour of the Kerry region. Fado,       woodlands, haunting tales and passionate                                visit to Ireland’s largest stone circle and
                                                                                                                                    entry to the interpretation centre
          fado - long ago, as the story unfolds…..          folk theatre played out before your eyes.
          let us transport you back to an age of

                                                                                                                                     Falls Hotel ****                                          Ennistymon
                                                                                                                                     • Former Historic House • Riverside location
                                                                                                                                     • Dylan Thomas Bar • Cascades Restaurant
                                                                                                                                     • Elemis spa treatments in 12 treatment rooms
                                                                                                                                     • 20m swimming pool
                                                                                                                                     • Jacuzzi & hydrotherapy pool
                                                                                                                                     • Sauna & steam room
                                                                                                                                     • Outdoor hot tub • 140 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                     • Tea & coffee tray • Free coach parking
                                                                                                                                     Aran Islands Hotel***                                            Inis Mor
                                                                                                                                     • Remote island location
                                                                                                                                     • Restaurant serving local catch
                                                                                                                                     • Bar with open fire
                                                                                     Inishmore Aran Islands (c)Islands

                                                                                                                                     • Regular trad music sessions • 22 bedrooms
Far Reaches of Europe & Father Ted                                                                                                   • Tea & coffee tray • Free coach parking

L     ying off the west coast of Ireland is
      a group of three Islands, known as
      the Aran Islands, made famous in the
UK by the hit comedy series Father Ted, in
                                                                cannot refuse a cup of tea, of course!
                                                                Seek out the ‘caves’ in The Burren Global
                                                                Geopark and a particular highlight of the
                                                                tour is a remote two-night island stay.
                                                                                                                                       Package Includes
                                                                                                                                       • 4 nights accommodation
                                                                                                                                            Falls Hotel - 2 nights Half Board
                                                                                                                                                                                              from £425*

which a questionable parish priest sets up                      Experience out-of-this-world limestone                                      Aran Island Hotel - 2 nights
to serve the island community. We explore                       landscapes, a cliff edge UNESCO stone fort                                  (1 night Half Board / 1 night B&B)
some of the film locations on a humorous                        and the true island hospitality at a shindig                           •   Return ferry crossing from the UK
guided tour around County Clare on the                          in the local pub, which just happens to have                           •   Guided film location tour of Father Ted
mainland, with selfie opportunity at the                        Father Ted’s caravan out the back!                                          around North County Clare: Ennistymon,
Parochial House and refreshments - you                                                                                                      Kilfenoria Pub & Parochial House visit with
                                                                                                                                            tea of course!
                                                                                                                                       •   Entry to Ailwee Caves & bird of prey centre
                                                                                                                                       •   Return ferry crossing to Aran Islands with
                                                                                                                                            transfers between returning via Cliffs of
                                                                                                                                       •   Pony & cart ride to Father Ted Ship Wreck
                                                                                                                                            site (Inis Oirr)
                                                                                                                                       •   Guided tour of Aran Islands, taking in Dun
                                                                                                                                            Aonghasa Fort (Inis Mor)
                                                                                                                                       •   Island Pub Grub Dinner with trad music

                                                                                                                                       *costed on 25 people
               Father Ted's House (c) JuneGloom07 - Wikimedia                    Fort Dun Aengus (c) Tourism Ireland Chris Hill

                                                                                     Inishmore Aran Islands (c) Tourism Ireland
                                                                                                                                    Plassey, Inis Oirr - ARan ISLES (c) Lukasz Warzecha - Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland

                                                                              01708 802 350                                                                                                                          23

                                                                                                                                                 Trim Castle Hotel ****                                  Trim
                                                                                                                                                 • Enviable position next to and overlooking
                                                                                                                                                   Trim Castle • Porterage • Welcome drink
                                                                                                                                                 • Modern design alongside historic architecture
                                                                                                                                                 • Irish coffee demo & 1 night of live music
                                                                                                                                                 • Restaurant, café & Bailey’s Bar • Elegantly
                                                                                                                                                   decorated bedrooms • Tea / coffee tray

                                                                                                                                                 Treacy’s Hotel***                            Waterford
                                                                                                                                                 • Riverside location overlooking the Suir
                                                                                                                                                 • Renowned family run hotel • Porterage
                                                                                                                                                 • Traditional Irish Pub with live band Thur-Sat
                                                                                                                                                 • Irish restaurant & Thai restaurant
                                                                                                                                                 • Spa & Leisure Centre
                                                                                                                                                 • Indoor swimming pool • 160 bedrooms
                                                                                                                                                 • Tea & coffee tray • Lift to all floors
                                                                                          Rock of Cashel (c) Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland

          Ireland’s Ancient East                                                                                                                 Package Includes
                                                                                                                                                 • 5 nights accommodation:
                                                                                                                                                                                             from £349

          U        nravel layers of history in Ireland’s           unveiled. Enjoy a feast in an ancient tavern.                                     Trim Castle Hotel (3nts 1 x B&B /2 x Half
                   Ancient East, through untouched                                                                                                   Board) & Treacy’s Hotel (2 nights Half Board)
                                                                   See up-close one of most important
                   landscapes, wondrous architectural              gold collections in Europe, hear stories of                                   •   Return ferry crossing
          masterpieces and listen to the tales of                  the most unusual finds from bog bodies
                                                                                                                                                 •   Entry to Trim Castle
          past Irish High Kings. With monumental                                                                                                 •   Visit National Museum of Ireland
                                                                   (pictured) to bog butter in the depths of                                     •   Visit the Book of Kells - Trinity College
          buildings predating the pyramids, rich Viking            the earth here. Discover 5000 years, the life                                 •   Abbey Tavern Irish Night - Dinner / Show
          heritage, fascinating historical artefacts, such         and times of Ireland’s ancient inhabitants.                                   •   Entry to Bru na Boinne - Newgrange
          as the Book of Kells, Ireland’s deep past is                                                                                           •   Visit to Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
                                                                                                                                                 •   Entry to Rock of Cashel
                                                                                                                                                 •   Viking Triangle walking tour
                                                                                                                                                 •   Entry to National Heritage Park

                                           Lullymore bog bodies.        Artefacts National Museum of Ireland (c) Tourism Ireland Tony Pleavin.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ringfort National Heritage Park.

                                                                                                                                                                     Newgrange (c) Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland

                                                                                                               The Irish landscape is perfect for hiking,
                                                                                                              undulating valleys, rocky outcrops, gentle
                                                                                                            mountains, moorlands and rugged coastal
                                                                                                          ridges, meaning that here, there is a trail to
                                                                                                         suit everyone. Soak up the countryside views,
                                                                                                         breath in the freshest of air and capture that
                                                                                                                                   feeling of being alive.

                                                                                                                                          The Scalp landscape (c) Rob Durston Failte Ireland

West Coast Hiking

O        ver this four-night west coast break,
         centred in the lively heritage town
         of Westport, you’ll enjoy three
different hiking routes. Start with a hike (or
                                                 Final challenge will be to take on the peaks
                                                 of Croagh Patrick. Indeed, this annual pilgrim
                                                 path, often done barefoot, is associated
                                                 with the patron saint, St Patrick himself.
optional cycle) on a stage of the Greenway,      The views from the top, on a clear day,
an off road coastal path stretching all the      are mesmerising; looking out over Clew
way to Achill Island, with its cliff-facing      Bay and its collection of sunken drumlins,
remote white sandy beaches.                      legend has it there are 365 tiny islands, one
                                                 for each day of the year.
Then a guided trek through a Glacial
Valley and peatlands in a Special Area of        Or perhaps a day at leisure in Galway City,
Conservation gaining an insight into how         you choose how active or inactive you wish
modern life is in these rural surroundings       the trip to be!
which includes gold-panning experience.
                                                                                                                          Mulranny Park****                              Mulranny
                                                                                                                          • Overlooking Clew Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way
                                                                                                                          • Great Western Greenway trail on doorstep
                                                                                                                          • 1897 character • Blue flag beach nearby
                                                                                                                          • Nephin Restaurant
                                                                                                                          • Waterfront Bar & Bistro
                                                                                                                          • 20m swimming pool• Jacuzzi & gym
                                                                                                                          • Sauna, steam room & plunge pool
                                                                                                                          • Hair & Beauty Salon • 41 bedrooms • Lift
                                                                                                                          • Tea & coffee tray • Free coach parking
                                                                                                                          Package Includes                             from £339
                                                                                                                          •4 nights Half Board at Mulranny Park Hotel
                                                                                                                          •Return ferry crossing from the UK
                                                                                                                          •Day on Greenway off road coast path
                                                                                                                           (optional bike hire)
                                                                                                                          •Full day visit to Glen Keen Farm with guided
                                                                                                                            walk and homemade lunch & trad music
                                                                                                                          • Climb the pilgrim mountain of Croagh Patrick
                                                                                                                            or day at leisure in Galway City
                                                           sheep at Croagh Patrick (c) Christopher Hill Tourism Ireland

                                                                   01708 802 350                                                                                                          25
Next part ... Cancel