Day 1 To Holyhead and our crossing to Dublin. We spend the ﬁrst night at the nearby 3 star Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Spa.
Day 2 We continue through central Ireland, with a lunchtime stop in Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon and on to the fabulous Breaﬀy House Resort, our base for 4 nights. We are met with tea, coﬀee and biscuits. During our stay we enjoy an Irish Themed dinner and learn how to make (and get to drink!) Irish Coﬀee.
Day 3 To the Knock Shrine and Museum to discover this historic venue and major pilgrimage site. We will be met by our experienced and friendly local guide and accompanied through the Shrine complex while the guide narrates the story of Knock in fascinating detail. Learn about the story of the apparition of 1879 with an approx. 30 minute guided tour of the beautifully landscaped Knock Shrine grounds. Follow this with a self- guided visit of the museum where you can share in the experiences of the millions of pilgrims that have visited here through the years. Later to Castlebar where we have free time to explore this bustling market town.
Day 4 Along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara National Park, which has long been regarded as the real Emerald of Ireland with its stunning vistas of scenic mountains, valleys, lakes and spectacular coastline. We have an exclusive tour at the iconic Kylemore Abbey, home to the Benedictine nuns and one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. Surrounded by acres of woodland and lakes, the impressive Kylemore Castle sits at the base of a mountain. We enjoy a VIP 30 minute head gardener tour followed by a 20 minute guided tour of the house after which guests can enjoy a light lunch comprising soup and sandwiches followed by tea or coﬀee. On the scenic drive back through Connemara we take in Killary Harbour, situated on the southern shore of Ireland’s only Fjord on the Wild Altantic Way, with unrivalled views of the spectacular bay and across to the northern shore and the Mayo mountains.
Day 5 We have a guided tour of Achill Island, Ireland’s largest island! Experience some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast of Ireland. Once on the Island, enjoy the spectacular 23 mile Atlantic Drive that takes you on a journey of scenic splendour. Later we visit charming Westport, Mayo’s most magniﬁcent heritage town and at Westport House we have an exclusive VIP visit. We are greeted by the owner of the house before relaxing and enjoying a cream tea served in the restored original kitchens of the house. This is followed by a 30 to 45 minute 'out of hours’ private guided tour of the house led by one of Westport's knowledgeable guides. Later take a stroll of the wonderful gardens absorbing in the magniﬁcent views overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 6 To Dublin for our afternoon ferry crossing and on to our overnight stop at the Lion Hotel in Criccieth, North Wales.
Day 7 The holiday is not over as we enjoy a drive through Snowdonia with a morning stop in Betws-y-Coed and then a lunchtime stop in Llangollen.