Irelands wonderful west offers spectacular scenery, stunning countryside and great attractions for you to enjoy. Designated a Heritage Town, Westport is one of Ireland’s major tourist destinations. Located at the south east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, the town has many picturesque features. Most notably the tree lined, flower decorated, boulevard known as The Mall with several bridges over the Carrowbeg River.
Sunday We depart for the port of Holyhead and our crossing to Dublin. On arrival we continue to the outskirts of Dublin for one night, dinner, bed and breakfast.
Monday Following breakfast, we depart our hotel and make our way to Westport, making a break in the town of Mullingar. Known for its neighbouring lakes, Mullingar in Westmeath County is a great place to spend a few hours and one of the town’s main attractions, is the Cathedral of Christ the King. Our journey will continue into County Mayo and to the town of Westport for four night’s dinner, bed and breakfast at the Castlecourt Hotel.
Tuesday Today we enjoy a visit to Foxford Woollen Mill Visitor Centre. As one of the last working mills in Ireland, Foxford was founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892. The visitor centre tells the story of the remarkable nun who founded the mills and made Foxford synonymous throughout the world with high-quality tweeds, rugs and blankets. Later this afternoon, we head past Clew Bay to Achill Island, a region of ancient forests and boglands that emerge from the Atlantic coast to dramatic effect.
Wednesday Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Westport. Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. The Mall, an enchanting tree-lined boulevard, punctuated with clusters of blooms, features several stone bridges over the serenading waters of the Carrow beg River, whilst 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 now occupying the old coastguard station and warehouses.
Thursday Today we travel into Co. Galway and enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Originally built as a castle in 1867 as a romantic gift, Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920. This afternoon we include a cruise on Ireland’s only true fjord. The cruise offers a great way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape, as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains to the South, in County Galway; and the Mweelrea mountains to the North in County Mayo, as well as the views
out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord.
Friday We depart Westport and begin our return journey home travelling via Galway. A harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, Galway sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic. The city’s hub is 18thcentury Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops, and traditional pubs. Nearby, stone-clad cafés, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which retains portions of the medieval city walls. We will continue to our hotel on the outskirts of Dublin for one night dinner, bed and breakfast.
Saturday An early departure as we travel to Dublin Port. A full breakfast is included on-board the ferry. We continue our journey home.
British or Irish citizens travelling on the Irish Sea routes do not need a passport to travel to Britain or Ireland but are advised to take a form of identity. Useful means of identification when travelling on this route are: Passport, Driving Licence, European identity Card, Bank cards, Photo ID (school or college) Utility Bills, Birth Certificate.
The beautiful Castlecourt Hotel is an awardwinning hotel in the heart of Westport and offers live music and dancing every night. All bedrooms are en-suite with television and tea/coffee making facilities. Additional facilities include a bar and restaurant. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. The hotel also has a spa (additional charge). Lift to all floors. Limited ground floor bedrooms.