Add a little zest to 2019 with our new seasonal short break to Ireland’s south-east and a twist on the House Party theme. Discover Wells House & Gardens, the famous House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy ‘a drink on the house’ at Smithwicks Brewery each with guided tours, and explore miles of beautiful scenery plus the generous hospitality at Dooleys Hotel in Waterford.
|22nd – 26th September 2019||4 nights||£435pp|
Half Board. Single supplement £88pp
Situated in a prime city centre location boasting views of the River Suir, the hotel is a stones throw from the shopping and sightseeing districts. The excellent quality, family run hotel, has 112 spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated bedrooms all with en-suite, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone with voicemail service, trouser press, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, TV and WiFi. This hotel is particularly noted for the good home cooked cuisine.
Killarney & the Ring of Kerry
|13th – 19th July 2019 Deluxe Tour||6 nights||£659pp|
Half Board. Single supplement £157pp.
The three superb hotels on this tour offer excellent facilities, including fully en-suite rooms, lifts serving all floors & entertainment nightly. There is a beautiful indoor pool at the Killarney Towers. The overnight hotels are of a very high three star standard and the main hotel, the Killarney Towers, has undergone a major refurbishment and has been awarded four star status.
IRELAND – 2 CAPITALS
Anyone who has been on our Irish holidays knows just how good they are, well, we believe we have put together a holiday to beat them all. Based at the excellent, superbly located Ballymascanlon House Hotel, we get to visit not one, but two capital cities. Both Belfast and Dublin are fascinating venues to visit, both with a wealth of history, friendly people, great shopping, cafes, bars and restaurants, plus informative commentary on board boat trips plus free time to take in the wonderful atmosphere, you cannot but admire these wonderful cities. Added to this tour is a trip to the medieval coastal town of Carlingford, an absolute gem. If you love the Craic of Ireland, then you will love this holiday.
The Ballymascanlon House Hotel
Located half way between Dublin and Belfast, this 4 star family owned hotel is run with pride and dedication. The impressive Victorian house forms the heart of the hotel which is located on the 140 acre Ballymascanlon estate. All 90 spacious bedrooms are very comfortable and kept to a high standard. There is an elegant, formal dining room with chandeliers, a large bar overlooking the gardens, a cosy lounge and an outside terrace. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, hydro pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub.
|11th – 15th August 2019||4 nights||£495pp|
Half board. Single supplement £82pp
Day 1 – Travel to North Wales and then by ferry to Dublin and on to our hotel in Dundalk.
Day 2 – Travel to Belfast harbour and enjoy tea and scones before boarding our guided Titanic harbour boat tour. Embracing the Titanic story both old and new, the boat allows us to view the Titanic quarter from the water and appreciate the vastness of this important industrial era. The tour continues towards the Musgrave Channel where we can view Belfast’s large breeding seal colony. Following the tour, we remain in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and board HMS Caroline, a World War 1 Battle Cruiser and the last surviving ship from the Battle of Jutland in 1926. Having undergone extensive restoration, this new visitor experience allows visitors to discover Captain Crookes Cabin, the engine room, sick bay and galley kitchen. Following our visit we have free time in Belfast to explore the city and some of its many attractions.
Day 3 – Travel to the nearby coastal town of Carlingford, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Ireland with its narrow streets and castle. Carlingford boasts an idyllic location and is situated in the heart of the beautiful Cooley Peninsula, nestling at the foot of Foy Mountain, on the shores of Carlingford Lough and overlooking the Mountains of Mourne. During our relaxing visit we can explore the cobbled streets, old historic buildings, traditional pubs and brightly painted shops.
Day 4 – Travel to Dublin and enjoy a 45 minute guided cruise on the River Liffey. We will gain an insight into the history of the city, from the arrival of the Vikings to the impact of the Industrial Revolution. Discover the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge as well as Gandon’s masterpiece, the imposing Custom House. In the afternoon explore at your leisure the many delights Dublin has to offer.
Day 5 – After breakfast, we leave our hotel and begin our journey home.
People planning to travel abroad after the end of March will be required to have six months left on their passport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The edit comes in a government notice to the travel industry over passport validity changes should the UK fall out of the European Union without a deal on March 29.
The key call to action is for customers to visit the HM Passport Office online passport checker on the government’s GOV.UK website to see if they are affected and renew their passport early if necessary.
For example, UK residents wanting to travel on March 30 – the day after the UK is due to leave the EU if there is no deal – must have a passport issued on or after October 1, 2009.