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Come with us on a fantastic break to the West of Ireland, home to the world-famous coastal route, the Wild Atlantic Way. With visits to the enchanting Brigit’s Garden and the charming cities of Galway and Dublin, as well as the chance to take in the stunning beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, this is a wonderful way to explore Ireland.
*The transfer service from Dublin airport to the Bloomfield House Hotel and back from the overnight hotel in the Dublin area is included in the tour price. If you would prefer to be picked up from an alternative airport or location, please contact us for additional mileage costs.
You will be met at Dublin airport for your transfer to the Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar, where we stay overnight (journey time approximately 1 hour 20 minutes). Check-in at the hotel is normally available from 2pm. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager followed by dinner at the hotel.
Leaving Mullingar, we head to the magical, award-winning Brigit’s Garden, set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. The series of four gardens takes us on a journey through the Celtic heritage, mythology and the cycle of the seasons, with each garden representing one of the Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. We enjoy an included lunch after our visit.
We continue on to Galway, which has been named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020, and enjoy a guided tour of this thriving, cosmopolitan city with our tour manager. Galway has the added bonus of a seaside setting with beautiful beaches and a promenade. Later, we check in to our hotel in Lisdoonvarna or Shannon, where we stay for the next three nights, with dinner included every evening.
Our day starts in Limerick where we enjoy a guided tour with our tour manager. With a lively atmosphere and a rejuvenated waterfront with a stylish boardwalk, Limerick combines Irish tradition and modernity. Built on the River Shannon, the city is overlooked by the majestic 13th-century King John’s Castle and is also home to St John’s Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Ireland.
We continue on to the charming village of Bunratty where, after an included lunch at the famous Durty Nelly’s pub, we take a step back in time at Bunratty Folk Park to experience village life in 19th century Ireland. Set on 26 acres, rural farmhouses, village shops and streets have been recreated as they would have appeared at that time while costumed characters portray the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age.
We explore the unique landscape of The Burren with a guided tour by our tour manager. With its limestone rocks and ‘pavements’, lakes and cliffs, the area is rich with historical and archaeological sites and is renowned for its remarkable assemblage of plants and animals, including many rare Irish species.
After an included light lunch in Lisdoonvarna, we continue on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher including the fascinating visitor center, which brings the different aspects of the Cliffs to life. Stretching for eight miles along County Clare’s Atlantic Coast and 214m at their highest, the cliffs offer stunning views towards the Aran Islands and Galway Bay from three different viewing platforms. They are also home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland.
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we take a locally guided tour of the Republic’s wonderful capital. Some of the sights here include the historic Temple Bar area, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the Ha’Penny Bridge, an old iron footbridge that spans the River Liffey. We then spend the night in our hotel close to Dublin, with dinner included.
You will be picked up from your overnight hotel and transferred to Dublin airport for your flight home.
We’ll stay at one of two hotels:
28 June & 12 July departures:
The 3-star Burren Castle Hotel is situated on the outskirts of Lisdoonvarna. All the comfortable en-suite rooms have a view of the countryside and offer tea and coffee-making facilities and TV while other hotel facilities include a bar and restaurant.
6 September departure:
The 4-star Treacys Oakwood Hotel is a newly refurbished hotel located in the heart of Shannon. The hotel offers a bistro bar, a restaurant and stylish, modern rooms with flat-screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi.
We also spend the first night of our break at the 4-star Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar and our last night at a selected 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.