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Emerald Isle and Spa
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Pamper all your senses on this perfect self drive holiday.
A 8 day self drive tour to Ireland.
Ireland has a reputation that precedes itself, so for those who have not yet had the pleasure you would be forgiven for thinking you knew what to expect.
Skip the bus tours that stop at leprechaun filled souvenir shops, save your lips for something better than kissing the Blarney stone because Ireland is so much more than fields full of clover and really gabby locals and those bus tours, seriously why would you!
Ireland has state of the art main roads and motorways which link the major towns and cities of the country, but take time, turn off, experience Ireland’s real beauty.
Departing from Hollyhead to Dublin Bay your ferry will have you across the sea in no time, where the adventure is ready and waiting for you.
On arrival your first drive will take you south and away from the hustle of the nations capital Dublin. Drive into the wilds of the Wicklow mountains heading for your first luxury hotel stop. At the foot of the mountains see Ireland’s highest waterfall Powerscourt, which is surrounded by oak, pine and beech trees.
The magical Wicklow Mountains.
Maybe take the coast road and visit the village of Avoca and the famous pub “Fitzgeralds”.
Fitzsgerald’s, worth a pint of the black stuff.
Take your time as you drive towards the town of Wexford where you will spend two nights at the Millrace Hotel and Spa.
Wexford and the evening views.
The Millrace Hotel - Wexford.
Stylish guest rooms at the Millrace Hotel
Make sure you try out their fantastic spa facilities.
The Millrace Hotel’s indoor pool.
Treat yourself, it would be rude not to!
Go on, you deserve it.
After your stop in Wexford, it’s time to move on to the Southern coast of Ireland and the village of Ballycotton.
On your way take a trip to the Hook peninsula, see the worlds oldest working lighthouse at Hook Head.
Take the ferry for a quick 5 minute crossing to the tiny fishing port of Passage East, where the saying “by hook or by crook” was first used.
The Hook Peninsula Drive.
Passage East Fishing Port.
Welcome to Ballycotton and the heavenly 4 star Bayview Hotel.
Fishing port at Ballycotton.
The Bayview Hotel.
A typical bedroom at the Bayview Hotel.
Take a 2 minute drive to the Bayview’s sister hotel and try their pool or spa facilities.
The pool at the Bayview sister’s hotel.
Spending just the one night, this fantastic hotel is great to either just relax, take a scenic walk, visit the city of Cork or the colourful town of Cobh, with it’s Titantic museum.
Houses at Cobh.
Leaving Ballycotton behind, head to Killaney, via the Healy Pass and Glanmore Lakes with it’s old hermitage remains on a tiny island in the middle.
Another view of the Healy Pass.
Killarney, gateway to the well known Ring Of Kerry and the lesser known Ring Of Beara
We have selected Killarney as your hotel destination, for it’s close proximity to the fantastic drives available in the area.
Drawing of Killarney.
You will spend the next two nights, again in a stunning hotel “The Dromhall” whilst here you will be spoilt for choice, either make use of the amazing facilities at this luxury hotel, or try some of the following drives. As with all our self drive tours the choice really is yours.
The Dromhall Hotel.
Typical Bedroom at Dromhall.
Treat yourself to a spa treatment.
The Ring Of Kerry is a 110 miles circuit which is said to be Ireland’s greatest, most diverse and definitely most jaw dropping drives. Taking in coastal scenery, pristine beaches, medieval ruins, lakes and emerald meadows. Plus traditional pubs and villages.
Drive the Ring of Kerry.
Views on the Ring of Kerry.
The Ring Of Beara takes you to mountain cradled lakes, mysterious standing stones, archaeological sites and pastel coloured pubs which serve seaford straight from the fishing fleet.
Killarney National Park is a 10,000 hectare where if your lucky you could see native red deer or even a white tailed sea eagle. Leave the park and go to the mountain pass, the “Gap of Dunloe”
Killarney National Park.
Killarney National Park.
The Dingle Peninsula with it’s Caribbean blue ocean, sandy surf beaches. Or visit Dingle with it’s higgledy piggledy streets full of art and craft shops.
The Dingle Peninsula.
You might prefer “The Rock Of Cashel” with it’s 12th Century Chapel and 13th Century Gothic Cathedral, for more than a 1000 years this was a true symbol of power and used by kings and churchmen who ruled the area.
The Rock Of Cashel.
Time again to move further north, this time to the city of Galway. Where if you want to find the real Irish Craic, your in the right place.
Listen to the latest young bands, or find a pub where old guys are playing the spoons or fiddles. don’t be shy and join the locals as you never know where the fun will lead.
You hotel for the 2 nights you will be in Galway is the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, located just 20 minutes from the centre of Galway. This contemporary hotel offers a Shore Island Spa, Thermal Suite and many different treatments that will revitalise mind, body and spirit.
Lough Rea Standard Room.
The Spa at Lough Rea.
Spa at Lough Rea Hotel.
Lough Rea Hotel.
Lough Rea Hotel and Spa.
Whilst in Galway visit the Cliffs of Moher and drive part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, from these cliffs which rise nearly 700 feet you can see the Aran Islands, laying on your back and looking over the cliffs is a incredible experience, (maybe not one we would recommend).
The Cliffs of Moher.
Try and find the cute little puffins that live in the area and look in wonder at the abandoned stone cottages.
Go to Connemara where the tiny coves meet the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Try a local pub, where the chowder has been cooked from recipes that are family secrets. Or drive inland where the grass is greener and the wild flowers and streams reflect the skies above, this will take you back to a simpler time.
Take the 8 miles Sky Road loop round Clifden Bay and Kingston where you will see Ireland’s rugged coastline at it’s best.
The Sky Road.
Make till to drive to the village of Recess, where you will see scenes of magnificent desolation, the stark brown landscape and the peaks of the Twelve Ben mountains in the distance.
Out and About Around Galway.
Your final day in Ireland and time to drive back to Dublin Bay for the ferry back to Hollyhead. Maybe take the direct route just 2 hours or go via Westport where you can drive through the beautiful Doolough Valley, where you can see silent lakes before you get to the surf beaches in the Georgian town of Westport. What ever you decide to do just make sure you enjoy your last day in the Emerald Isle.
Painting of the Doolough Valley.
Some of this trips highlights :
* Perfect for everyone.
* Ring of Kerry.
* The Dingle Peninsula.
* Healy Pass.
* See the Cliffs of Moher.
* Explore Irelands towns and villages.
* See and hike The Matterhorn.
* Less One Night Stays.
* Very High Quality Accommodation in the best locations.
* Freedom to do as you please.
What’s included :
* Return ferry crossings Hollyhead - Dublin Port.
* Millrace Road and Spa - Wexford, 2 nights, bed and full Irish.
* Bayview Hotel, Ballycotton, 1 night, bed and full Irish.
* Dromhall Hotel and Spa, Killarney, 2 nights, bed and full Irish.
* Lough Rea Hotel and Spa, Galway, 2 nights, bed and full Irish.
8 days from only £600 per person
This trip is based on a departure date 9th September 2015, all prices and hotels are subject to availability and price change.
Other hotels, meal basis and departure dates are available.
Even though we have laid out a great itinerary, which everyone would enjoy, we don’t insist that you stick to it, unless it is 100% right for you, this is why all our trips are completely changeable. All our trips can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
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