Ireland

Two Capital Cities

Well ladies and gentleman, we said about this holiday last year “we think we have a tour as good if not better than our superb holidays to Ireland” and boy it did not disappoint.  Karl himself drove the coach and was delighted, along with our clients, just how good the hotel and the whole holiday was.  The area around Dundalk is beautiful, where the Castletown River flows into Dundalk Bay, opposite the Cooley Peninsula looking across Carlingford Loch, with the mountains of Mourne as a backdrop, a view to behold.  Our trips to the two capital cities of Belfast and Dublin offer a great insight into this majestic island, Ireland.  This holiday is highly recommended.

24th – 28th May 2020 (Deluxe Tour) 4 nights £499pp

Half Board.  Single supplement £82pp

The Ballymascanlon Hotel

The outstanding Ballymascanlon House is set in 130 acres of beautiful parkland, with award winning gardens and a picturesque golf course.  The impressive Victorian House forms the heart of the Hotel.  It is one of the most remarkable historical estates in Ireland dating back to 833AD.  Owned and run with pride and dedication by the Quinn Family, they are delighted to welcome you to this beautiful, luxurious venue.  The hotel boasts 97 lovely bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board, direct dial telephones, electronic safe and hairdryer.  Leisure facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and hot tub, along with a fully equipped gym.  In the restaurant, the menu offers classical cuisine with an array of traditional desserts, all made in house.  Situated just a short distance from Carlingford, all the seafood is sourced locally.  The hotel is perfectly located approximately 1 hour from Belfast and Dublin.

ITINERARY:-

Day 1 – We make our way to North Wales with comfort stops en-route to get the ferry to Dublin and then onto our hotel in Dundalk.
Day 2 – A full day visit to the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast, where our first port of call is the Titanic quarter for a very informative, guided boat trip around the harbour where we can also see the local grey seals.  From here we visit the iconic HMS Caroline, a veteran on two world wars, now fully restored as a five star museum.  We then spend the afternoon in the centre of this fine city for plenty of shopping and sightseeing.
Day 3 – A full day of wonderful scenery, where we drive the short distance to Greenore and board the small ferry across Carlingford Loch to Greencastle.  We then traverse the loch shores, beneath the mountains of Mourne, passing through some lovely villages until we get to the small port town of Warrenpoint at the head of the loch.  After time here we travel towards Newry where we cross the Newry River and drive along the loch on the Cooley Peninsula side until we get to the gem of the peninsula, the small medieval town of Carlingford.  After time here we head back along the Loch to the hotel.
Day 4 – A full day visit to Dublin, capital city of the Republic of Ireland, which needs no introduction whatsoever.  On arrival we take a boat trip on the famous River Liffey, with informative commentary pointing out some of the many historical buildings the city boasts.  We then head into the city centre for wonderful shopping and sightseeing.
Day 5 – An early start to Dublin Port and the ferry, where breakfast is provided as we make  our journey home.

 

Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

The “Ring of Kerry” is one of the most desirable holidays in our brochure.  Killarney and the South West of Ireland is a truly magnificent area to visit, and with our exceptionally good hotels and itinerary, a top quality holiday awaits.  This area of Ireland is world famous for the stunning scenery on offer with majestic mountains, beautiful National Park, legendary Loch’s, unrivalled history and heritage.  Add to that the charming hospitality of the locals, it is quite easy to see why it has been voted in the top 10 tourist destinations in the world.
Currency:  Euros
26th July – 1st August 2020 Deluxe Tour 6 nights £695pp

Half Board.  Single supplement £162pp.

The Killarney Towers Hotel

Ideally located in the centre of Killarney, this excellent 4 star hotel offers first class accommodation and facilities.  Each hotel room offers guests all the modern conveniences that you would expect from a contemporary 4 star hotel.  All the guest rooms are spacious and bright and designed, furnished and decorated four your comfort, all are fully en-suite with tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer, WiFi, satellite TV, Iron, air conditioning and safe.  The extensive leisure facilities include a luxurious swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna and gym, spa treatments are also available.

The two overnight hotels we also stay at are Dooleys Hotel in Waterford and Maldron Hotel in Wexford.  Both properties are of a very high standard with modern amenities.

 

DAY 1 – We travel to the port of Pembroke in South Wales for our ferry crossing to Rosslare.  From here we drive to Waterford for an overnight stay at Dooleys Hotel.  OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIRED
DAY 2 – Today, we head across to the south west via Blarney, arriving in Killarney mid afternoon.  We head straight to Ross Castle, where we board the boat for our cruise on Lough Leane, after which, we are taken to the excellent Killarney Towers hotel by the famous “Jaunty Carts”, passing through the Killarney National Park.
DAY 3 – A free day to explore the delights the town of Killarney has to offer.
DAY 4 – Our local guide joins us at the hotel for our panoramic “Ring of Kerry” tour, offering spectacular scenery.  We stop at several locations around “The Ring”, and are knowledgeably informed by our guide of many of the interesting and historic places and features we encounter.
DAY 5 – Once again, we are joined by our guide for another exhilarating journey, this time around the rugged Dingle Peninsula, which is lined with sandy beaches and awesome cliffs.  We view the uninhabited Blasket Islands, and the rolling hills inland that protect the beauty of Dingle Bay.
DAY 6 – We head east through many counties today towards our overnight hotel, with comfort stops en-route.  An evening meal is provided.  OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIRED
Day 7 – We travel to the port for our ferry crossing back to Wales, then travel back home.

 

 

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