The magical south-west corner of the Emerald Isle is a truly stunning place to escape to where verdant green hills, attractive seaside towns, historic castles and a wonderfully rugged coastline embody the best of rural Ireland. In contrast to the peaceful countryside, we also discover the lively city of Dublin, Eire’s thriving capital.
We’ll stay at the Westlodge Hotel, situated on the edge of the market town of Bantry, overlooking beautiful Bantry Bay. Set in 23 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel offers en-suite rooms, a bar, restaurant and leisure centre with indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym as well as a 9-hole pitch & putt course.
We’ll also spend the first night of our break in the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow and our last night at a conveniently located hotel in the Dublin area.
We catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where our tour manager joins us. We continue onwards to our overnight hotel in Carlow.
Day 2 – Blarney Castle & Bantry
Leaving the hotel we head to Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous visitor attractions. Here we have time to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence, as well as browse Blarney town’s Woollen Mills retail outlet. We then continue on to the Westlodge Hotel in the charming coastal town of Bantry, our base for the next three nights.
Day 3 – The Ring of Kerry & Killarney
Our tour manager takes us on a scenic guided tour of the Ring of Kerry, journeying through an untouched landscape of tranquil lakes and rolling hills, passing through charming towns such as Killorglin, Waterville and Kenmare.
We then head to pretty Killarney, famed for its jaunting cars (horse-drawn carts) operated by the local jarvies that take visitors on guided tours of the town.
Day 4 – Beara Peninsula & Garnish Island
We head out on a scenic drive of the wildly beautiful Beara Peninsula which stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean. The breathtaking rural scenery includes mountains and valleys rich in archaeological sites such as stone circles, picturesque villages and towns and a spectacularly rugged coastline.
Next we board the small ferry boat which takes us to Garnish Island, an amazing island garden located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay. The world renowned gardens contain an amazing range of exotic species that flourish in the unique micro climate.
Back at our hotel in the evening, we enjoy an Irish coffee-making demonstration.
Day 5 – Dublin
Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. Once Europe’s fifth largest city with a history that stretches back over a thousand years, Dublin is now one of the most vibrant cities in the world with numerous friendly pubs serving up the perfect pint of Guinness. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city (£12pp) before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
We check out of our hotel very early to catch the ferry back to Holyhead; therefore a voucher will be provided to enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Holyhead, we continue our journey home.
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