Discover Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way
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On this solo holiday, you'll see the breathtaking coastline of the west of Ireland and enjoy the craic in two of Ireland's most popular cities. The 2,500 km Wild Atlantic Way has six distinct regions, and you'll discover the wild cliff coast around Clare and Galway. Travelling to Dublin by ferry from Holyhead, over the course of six days you'll visit Brigit's Garden in Galway, take in the stunning Cliffs of Moher and see the unique limestone landscape of The Burren. You'll also have time to enjoy the lively atmospheres of Galway (European Capital of Culture for 2020), Limerick and Dublin.
Reasons to book
Galway and Limerick
- Travel by coach and ferry (also available by air at a supplement)
- Spend a night at the four-star Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar with a welcome drink, dinner and breakfast
- Stay three nights at a three-star hotel in Lisdoonvarna (June/July departures) or a four-star hotel in Shannon (September departures), with dinner and breakfast
- Enjoy one night at a three-star hotel in the Dublin area with dinner
- Dine on three lunches, including one in the famous Durty Nelly's pub
- Take excursions to Brigit's Garden, Galway, Limerick, Bunratty Folk Park, The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Dublin
- Go on guided tours of Galway, Limerick, The Burren and Dublin
Catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and continue onwards to your overnight hotel in Mullingar. Later, enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by your tour manager followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day2Brigit’s Garden, Galway & Lisdoonvarna or ShannonGalway, Ireland
Leaving Mullingar, you'll head to the magical, award-winning Brigit's Garden, set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. The series of four gardens takes you on a journey through the Celtic heritage, mythology and the cycle of the seasons, with each garden representing one of the Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. Enjoy an included lunch after our visit.
You'll continue on to Galway, which has been named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020, and enjoy a guided tour of this thriving, cosmopolitan city with our tour manager. Galway has the added bonus of a seaside setting with beautiful beaches and a promenade. Later, check into your hotel in Lisdoonvarna or Shannon, where you'll stay for the next three nights, with dinner included every evening.
Day3Limerick & Bunratty Folk ParkLimerick, Ireland
Our day starts in Limerick where we enjoy a guided tour with our tour manager. With a lively atmosphere and a rejuvenated waterfront with a stylish boardwalk, Limerick combines Irish tradition and modernity. Built on the River Shannon, the city is overlooked by the majestic 13th-century King John's Castle and is also home to St John's Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in Ireland.
We continue on to the charming village of Bunratty where, after an included lunch at the famous Durty Nelly's pub, we take a step back in time at Bunratty Folk Park to experience village life in 19th century Ireland. Set on 26 acres, rural farmhouses, village shops and streets have been recreated as they would have appeared at that time while costumed characters portray the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age.
Day4The Burren & Cliffs of MoherBurren National Park, Ireland
Explore the unique landscape of The Burren with a guided tour by your tour manager. With its limestone rocks and 'pavements', lakes and cliffs, the area is rich with historical and archaeological sites and is renowned for its remarkable assemblage of plants and animals, including many rare Irish species.
After an included light lunch in Lisdoonvarna, continue on to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher including the fascinating visitor centre, which brings the different aspects of the Cliffs to life. Stretching for eight miles along County Clare's Atlantic Coast and 214m at their highest, the cliffs offer stunning views towards the Aran Islands and Galway Bay from three different viewing platforms. They are also home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland.
After checking out of your hotel, you'll travel to Dublin and take a locally guided tour of the Republic's wonderful capital. Some of the sights here include the historic Temple Bar area, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the Ha'Penny Bridge, an old iron footbridge that spans the River Liffey. You'll then spend the night in your hotel close to Dublin, with dinner included.
Day6Ferry homeDublin, Ireland
Check out of your hotel early to catch the ferry back to Holyhead - a voucher will be provided to enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Holyhead, continue your journey home. Due to ferry times, coach pickup times may be very early in the morning.
Bloomfield House Hotel
Family-owned hotel in an idyllic setting overlooking Lough Ennell
The lakeside four-star Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar features a pub, restaurant and bar & grill, as well as a spa, Health & Leisure Club and live music. Renowned for its customer service, Bloomfield House Hotel also provides in simple elegance in the 111 tastefully furnished bedrooms.
Treacys Oakwood Hotel
Treacys, located in the center of Shannon Town, has just undergone a major refurbishment
The four-star Treacys Oakwood Hotel is a newly refurbished hotel located in the heart of Shannon. The hotel offers a bistro bar, a restaurant and stylish, modern rooms with flat-screen TV, tea and coffee-making facilities and free Wi-Fi.