Céad Míle Fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes to the Wild Atlantic Way! Get the feel for this spectacular area on the very edge of Europe, where you are sure of a hearty welcome.
Discover the rich scenic beauty of the West Coast of Ireland …. bohemian Galway City, the breath-taking landscape of Connemara, the romantic setting of Kylemore Abbey, a dramatic and rugged coastline and a very special museum, all rounded off in the traditional way, with an Irish Coffee!
Day 1 to Ireland
We depart the Travel Centre in the early morning for the journey to Holyhead and join the ferry over the Irish Sea to Dublin. On arrival we will continue to our first hotel in Ireland, on the outskirts of West Dublin.
Day 2 Galway
This morning, the West Coast is our destination as we make our way to the charming harbour city of Galway with its colourful shop fronts curving around Galway Bay. Galway is a compact and picturesque city and has a labyrinth of cobbled streets; listen out for the Irish music coming from one of its traditional pubs (or go in to enjoy a pint of ‘the black stuff’) and take a walk to the Salmon Weir bridge to watch the fishermen. After some time to discover this vibrant city, we continue to our hotel in Castlebar.
Day 3 Kylemore Abbey & Connemara National Park
We spend the day in Connemara in the North west corner of Co. Galway, dubbed ‘A place of savage Beauty ‘ by Oscar Wild, and translates as ‘Inlets of the sea’. Surely the highlight of today will be a visit to iconic Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland’s most loved attractions. From its beginnings as a romantic gift in the 1860’s to becoming home to the Benedictine Nuns in 1920, Kylemore is steeped in history and intrigue with a wonderful Victorian atmosphere. We will also have a scenic drive in Connemara National park, including Killary Harbour - Ireland’s only Fjord.
Day 4 Westport
Today we visit the pretty Georgian town of Westport, which sits under the watchful eye of the mountain, Croagh Patrick on the West Coast. This is a charming town where there will be time to wander along the Mall, a delightful tree-lined promenade, and see the stone bridges arcing over the Carrowbeg River whilst the historic streets and colourful shop fronts are a delight to explore.
Day 5 Cliffs of Moher
We depart from Castlebar and make our way to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. This spectacular natural wonder of sea cliffs rising dramatically out of the Atlantic is a sight to behold. Discover the folklore and admire the views over to the Isles of Aran whilst spotting the birdlife. After some time at the Cliffs we continue to our next hotel in Ennis, Co. Clare
Day 6 Foynes Flying Boat Museum & Adare
Our visit today is to the The Foynes Flying Boat Museum and you may be wondering what this museum is all about! Discover the era of the 1930’s and 40’s and the first transatlantic passenger flights. Hear about the legendary ‘flying boats’ that carried celebrities, Royals and refugees alike. The stories are brought to life at the museum, including that of the invention of Irish Coffee which happened here ..and we, of course, get to taste one! We also visit Adare, said to be Ireland’s prettiest Village with time to explore its little streets of thatched cottages and craft shops.
Day 7 Kilkenny and Waterford
We depart from Co. Limerick in the morning and may our way east-bound. We will visit the town of Kilkenny where we find the ‘medieval mile’ of narrow lanes and historic building between the Castle and Cathedral before continuing to our hotel in Waterford.
Day 8 Farewell to Ireland
An early morning start as we say farewell to Ireland and travel to Rosslare for the morning ferry to Pembroke where we continue our journey to the Travel Centre, arriving in the early evening.
Harlequin Hotel, Castlebar - 4 star
Located in Castlebar, close to the Theatre and shops this hotel has a quirky, chic boutique style. Features include a restaurant and a bar / lounge. There is a lift and all rooms are en-suite with flat screen TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer
Single room Supp £150
Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis - 3 star
The hotel is located on the edge of the town of Ennis, the charming capital of Co. Clare. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and café and a lift. Bedrooms are tastefully decorated with en-suite bathrooms, welcome tray, satellite TV & complimentary Wi-Fi. There is a leisure centre with three pools, sauna, steam room, and gym.
Aspect Hotel Park West – 3 star
Situated 3 miles west of Dublin centre, this modern hotel has a restaurant, bar and a lift.
All bedrooms are en-suite and have tea & coffee making facilities as well as TV, Telephone and Hairdryer.
Viking Hotel, Waterford – 3 star
Situated on the outskirts of Waterford, this hotel has a popular restaurant, bar and a lift.
Each spacious en-suite room has satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.
- Roberts Gold service
- Return ferry crossings to Ireland
- 1 night half board accommodation in the outskirts of Dublin
- 3 nights’ half board accommodation in Castlebar, Co. Mayo
- 2 nights’ half board accommodation in Ennis, Co Clare
- 1 night half board accommodation in Waterford
- A visit to Galway
- A visit to Kylemore Abbey,
- A visit to the Cliffs of Moher
- A visit to Foynes Flying boat museum
- A scenic tour in the Connemara National Park
- A visit to Westport
- A visit to Adare
- A Visit to Kilkenny
- Services of a Tour Manager
- Free secure parking at our Travel Centre in Hugglescote
- Use of our staffed, travel centre in Hugglescote on the outward journey
- Executive coach travel with experienced tour driver
- Hotel accommodation, dinner & cooked breakfast throughout
- All excursions and entrances as described in the itinerary
- Door to Door home pick within our designated area
- Welcome reception at Hugglescote on the day of departure
- Return welcome from Roberts Holidays’ staff
- Porterage at the hotel
- Welcome platinum reception at Hugglescote Travel centre
- Cakes and pastries on departure
- Welcome Platinum pack
- Services of a courier
- Selection of complimentary magazines on the coach
- Biscuits, sweets and nibbles on board the coach
- Hot drinks whilst onboard
- Happy hour on the coach, soft drinks, savoury nibbles and alcoholic drinks included