This new tour takes in both the south east and south west of Ireland. Included are visits to Foynes Flying Boat Museum, a cruise around the mighty cliffs of Moher, plus visits to Galway, Kilkenny and Waterford.
The outward journey to Ennistymon is broken by an overnight stop at the Summerhill House Hotel, a former country house situated in the picture-postcard village of Enniskerry. It is now a lovely hotel enjoying panoramic views of the Wicklow Mountains. This hotel has a lift. We then spend 3 nights at the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon. All the bedrooms are en suite, several of which are on the ground floor. The hotel has a lift to all floors and several bedrooms have got shower cubicles (available on request only). The next 2 nights will be spent at Dooley’s Hotel which is in the centre of Waterford. The hotel does not have any ground floor rooms and although it has a lift this does not travel to all parts of the hotel. The hotel does have bedrooms with walk-in showers but there are a number of steps to reach these rooms from the lift. Our final hotel is the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan on the outskirts of Dublin. This hotel does not have any ground floor rooms but there is a lift. It has only two rooms with walk-in showers (available on request only).
Sunday: Travel to Holyhead for the ferry to Dublin. Continue to Bray, where we stay overnight at the Summerhill House Hotel.
Monday: We travel west through beautiful countryside as we continue our journey to Ennistymon and the Falls Hotel where there will be a drink with dinner on the first evening and musical entertainment in the bar on one evening.
Tuesday: We head over to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre for breath-taking views 700ft above the for breath-taking views 700ft above the Atlantic Ocean. From here we travel the short distance to Doolin for lunch (not included). In the afternoon we follow the dramatic coastal route around Black Head and Ballyvaughan Bay before returning to Ennistymon via Lisdoonvarna.
Wednesday: Today we make our way to Galway City, known as the ‘City of Tribes’, and the gateway to Connemara. Enjoy the buzzing café culture in Eyre Square, visit the cathedral and museum or watch the salmon fisherman on Lough Corrib.
Thursday: We depart Ennistymon after breakfast. On our way to Waterford we will visit the fantastic Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum which recalls the nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world between 1937 and 1945. After the tour we enjoy an Irish coffee (included) before leaving and making our way to Dooley’s hotel where there will be a welcome drink on arrival and one night’s entertainment in the bar.
Friday: Today there is a full day tour to Kilkenny, a well-preserved medieval town and very popular with tourists. The best way to explore Kilkenny and its historic sites is on the Kilkenny road train (included). Sit back and relax as it makes its way through the narrow streets to reveal the abbey, cathedral and many other highlights. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the town on your own.
Saturday: A morning to explore Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, founded by the Vikings and home to the world famous Crystal factory. We then make the scenic journey via Wicklow mountains to our hotel on the outskirts of Dublin.
Sunday: Early this morning we head for the ferry back to Holyhead. Breakfast will be served on board the ferry. We then continue our journey back to Derbyshire.
Cost shown is per person for half board sharing a double or twin room
Single room supplement £149
Entrance to Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Kilkenny City tours Road Train journey are included