The Emerald Isle Grand Tour

The Emerald Isle Grand Tour

This fantastic eleven day tour includes many of the magnificent Emerald Isle highlights, including visits to Killarney, Galway and Donegal

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This fantastic eleven day tour includes many of the magnificent Emerald Isle highlights, including visits to Killarney, Galway and Donegal

Kilkenny

Kilkenny city has so much to offer. Spend some time visiting historic Kilkenny Castle, see the wonderful parks and gardens, do some shopping in the newly opened MacDonagh Junction shopping centre or find the craic in one of Kilkenny's finest bars and restaurants.

 

Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

The Irish National Stud belongs to the people of Ireland but prides itself on being enjoyed and appreciated by visitors from all parts of the globe. The stud is a unique attraction of outstanding natural beauty that is home to some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere in the world. Racehorses are conceived, born and raised on Tully's famous stud farm, which has long been and continues to be the source of thoroughbred champions. The Irish National Stud's Japanese Gardens, renowned throughout the world and the finest of their kind in Europe, are far more than simply a treat for the eye. They also provide comfort to the soul, achieving exactly the objective that was set out when the gardens were created between 1906 and 1910. Devised by Colonel William Hall Walker, a wealthy Scotsman from a famous brewing family, the gardens were laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru. Their aim was, through trees, plants, flowers, lawns, rocks and water, to symbolise the 'Life of Man'. That plan was executed to perfection and Eida's legacy is now admired by the 150,000 visitors who soak up the peace of the gardens every year.

 

Killarney 

Killarney Cill Airne, meaning "The church of the sloes" is situated beside Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks on the northeastern shore of the Lakes of Killarney. The town is home to St. Mary's Cathedral. It’s a stop on the well-known Ring of Kerry circuit, and the start and finishing point of the Kerry Way walking trail. It’s also a gateway to bucolic Killarney National Park, whose more than 100 square kilometers of countryside encompass lakes, mountains, castles and stately homes.

 

Killarney Jaunting Cars

Killarney Jaunting Cars is the perfect option see the hidden delights of Killarney National Parklands and the famous beauty & charms of the Lakes of Killarney. The most popular tour is the Jaunting Car Tour and Lakes of Killarney Cruise. Cruise on Killarney's largest lake, Lough Lein in the comfort and safety of a covered heated and modern vessel. Drift through the island on board "The Lily of Killarney" cruiser and relax in the beauty and splendor that surrounds you. The final part of the Tour will see you on board a traditional jaunting car where you will ramble through the Killarney National Park and Ross Castle with the local jarvey (coachman).

Killarney Jaunting Cars

 

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum, housed in the original terminal building in Foynes, recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945.

The amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations featured throughout the original Terminal Building including in the authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather Rooms—complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment; the Brendan O'Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat.

 

Cliffs of Moher

Situated in County Clare and bordering the Burren Area, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's most visited attractions and when you've been there, you'll know why.

Donegal

 

The Corrib Princess

The Corrib Princess sails from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city. The journey takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib, the Republic of Ireland's largest lake, providing visitors with unsurpassed views and natural amenities that make this the most spectacular waterway in Ireland. The Corrib Princess takes you past castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest.

 

Galway

Galway, on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Nearby, stone-clad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls.

 

Westport

Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Cheerful, multi-coloured shop fronts jostle for attention with an attractive selection of shops, pubs, cafes & restaurants. Little wonder it has become one of Ireland’s most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations. Situated on the south east shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay, against the backdrop of the protective Croagh Patrick – under the watchful eye of the chapel at its peak! The charming Quay area is just a few minutes from Westport’s town centre and possesses a unique character of its own with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries.

 

Donegal

Donegal Town is a fairytale of a place, featuring a charming harbor, serene beaches and stoic stone remains of centuries past, like those of 15th-century Donegal Abbey. Stern-looking Donegal Castle, recently restored to its one-time Gaelic glory, is the crown jewel of the area. If you’re looking for souvenirs, snag a hand-woven tweed or carpet, the signature goods of the area. For a good craic the pubs of The Diamond area are a sure bet.

 

Belfast

The last few years have seen Belfast emerge from a turbulent past, and shake off its reputation as a troubled city. For years it was off the tourist scene, but now it’s firmly established itself as a destination with bars, museums and sights to rival many a European city. 

 

Titanic Exhibition Belfast - the exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition. Drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features you will explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day in the Ocean Exploration Centre.

Saturday 22nd Sept

We have an early morning departure to Holyhead for our lunchtime sailing to Dublin. On arrival we travel south to Portlaoise and the Heritage Hotel our base for 2 nights. Dinner in the hotel.

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Sunday 23rd Sept

Today we head to Kilkenny, Ireland’s most historic and compact city. We meet our guide for a half day walking tour, and a visit to Kilkenny Castle which dominates the city. Following our tour, we will have free time to explore Kilkenny’s narrow medieval alleyways and tradtional shops.

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Monday 24th Sept

This morning we have a guided tour of the Irish National Stud and also chance to see the Japanese Gardens, one of the best in Europe, before we head to the picture postcard town of Adare and a 2 night stay at the fabulous Fitzgeralds Woodlands hotel.

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Tuesday 25th Sept

Morning free to explore the town of Killarney, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations. In the afternoon we enjoy a traditional horse drawn Jaunting Car ride around the beautiful Killarney National Park.

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Wedneday 26th Sept

This morning our first visit is to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. A very unique and interesting Museum housed in the original terminal building. It is also the home of Irish coffee which was invented to warm passengers up after a period of bad weather! We will have the opportunity to learn how to make (and taste!) the famous Irish Coffee. We then make the short journey to Tarbert to board the Shannon ferry for the 20 minute crossing to Killimer, from where we will begin our scenic coastal drive to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher & Visitor Experience. We will arrive at Oranmore Lodge, our Galway base for the next two nights, in time for dinner.

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Thursday 27th Sept

After breakfast this morning, we will drive to the centre of the small, colourful medieval city of Galway to board the Corrib Princess for a 90 minute cruise to Lough Corrib, Ireland’s second largest lake. Spend the afternoon exploring the popular city of Galway at leisure.

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Friday 28th Sept

We depart after breakfast and travel through Connemara National Park to Westport, where we will have free time for lunch and to explore one of Ireland’s most photogenic towns. We then make our way to Donegal and 2 nights at the Central Hotel.

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Saturday 29th Sept

Day at leisure to explore Donegal, visit the 15th century castle, cruise the bay, visit the Heritage Railway Centre or Craft Centre for an insight into local history and culture.

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Sunday 30th Sept

From Donegal, we make our way via Omagh and Lough Neagh to Newtownabbey and a 2 night stay at the Corrs Corner Hotel.

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Monday 1st Oct

This morning we have a guided tour of Belfast, showing the highlights of this magnificent city. In the afternoon we visit the Titantic Exhibition a state of the art visitor centre located next to the historic ships construction site.

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Tuesday 2nd Oct

We leave the Emerald Isle and return via the Belfast to Cairnryan Ferry and then onwards to Cumbria, arriving back early evening.

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Heritage Hotel Portlaoise

An imposing, columned building in the town centre, this polished 4 star hotel is within 10 minutes' walk of shops, restaurants and Portlaoise train station. The 110 rooms are intimately decorated with rich warm colours and offer all the modern services and facilities that you expect from a 4 star hotel, combined with a respect for traditional values of comfort. The majority of the Standard Rooms have both a double bed and a single bed in them and are equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary WiFi access, direct dial telephone and multi channel TV. All rooms are non-smoking. There is an Italian bistro, a casual Irish restaurant, a coffee shop and a traditional bar. A fitness centre includes an indoor pool with hydrotherapy, Jacuzzis and a sauna,

 

Fitzgeralds Woodlands Adare

This 4 star family run hotel is 2.5 km from the ruins of Desmond Castle and 8 km from Limerick Racecourse. Traditional rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi, TVs, tea and coffeemaking facilities, and sitting areas. Other amenities include a spa and a fitness centre, plus an indoor pool, a sauna and a steam room

 

Oranmore Lodge Galway

This upscale family run hotel occupies a former 19th century manor house - the original manor house was built circa 1850 and it has been tastefully extended to a 4 star luxurious hotel, incorporating a superb leisure centre, conference centre and banqueting suite. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. 

 

Central Hotel Donegal

Set in the town centre, this polished 3 star hotel with views of Donegal Bay is a 2-minute walk from Donegal Castle and a 6-minute walk from the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre.

Bright, wood-furnished rooms have TVs, free WI-Fi, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There is a bistro, a fine-dining restaurant and a bar offering regular live entertainment. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a gym and a spa, plus a hot tub and a steam room.

 

Corrs Corner Hotel Newtownabbey

This newly redeveloped 3 star hotel offers bright, well appointed ensuite bedrooms with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, desks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. as well as several new conference and banqueting suites. The warmth of the interior, welcoming allures and friendly staff enable guests to experience the embracing welcome and vitality that is synonymous with Northern Irish hospitality.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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