Wild Atlantic Way 7 Days - Westport Woods Hotel
Westport is a town in County Mayo in Ireland, at the south-east corner of Clew Bay. Westport is a popular tourist destination and scores highly for quality of life.The most notable feature of this town plan is the tree-lined boulevard, the Mall, built on the Carrowbeg River. This little town with its picturesque views is the perfect place from which to explore.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 - Outward travel - Holyhead to Dublin
We’ll travel out with Stena from Holyhead to Dublin on an afternoon sailing and make our way straight to the Hamlet court hotel./n
Day 2 - En route Connemara Crystal
En route we'll call at Connemara Crystal, one of the last remaining crystal factories in Ireland where you can watch unique Celtic designs come to life. See Claddagh, Shamrock and Celtic Knotwork being created on crystal using traditional stone cutting wheels. We'll continue on to arrive at the Westport Woods Hotel, situated in the harbour town of Westport, standing in the shadow of Croagh Patrick./n
Day 3 - Killary Fjord Cruise, Connemara National Park, Abbey of Kylemore
Today we step aboard for a 90 minute fully guided cruise on the Killary Fjord; a great way to enjoy stunning views, spot grey and harbour seals in their natural habitat and perhaps enjoy a close up encounter with a dolphin. Afterwards there’ll be a drive through Connemara National Park for a kaleidoscope of colours ranging from scenic mountains, grasslands and heaths to the gentle shores of lakes. Our last visit of the day will be to the beautiful Abbey of Kylemore, the only Irish home of Benedictine nuns where you can enjoy its Victorian walled gardens and discover tales of romance and tragedy at the visitors centre. /n
Day 4 - Achill Island, Village of Slievemore, Westport
It’s time for a guided tour of the peat bogs and mountains of Achill Island, famous for towering sea cliffs and sandy beaches. We’ll also discover the ruined castle of a pirate Queen and the deserted village at Slievemore, the eighty stone cottages are a haunting reminder of past times. In the afternoon, spend free time in Westport, packed with colourful shop fronts and home to the legendary Matt Malloy’s Pub. A short walk away is the 18th century Palladian mansion of Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes. We’ll return to the hotel to enjoy a demonstration on how to achieve the perfect two‐part pull of Guinness pint and have a drink. /n
Day 5 - Brigit's Garden & Galway
Relax in Brigit's Garden - a haven of wildflower meadows and native woodlands. The themed gardens are ringed with pools, flowers and standing stones symbolising Celtic seasons. We'll continue our day visiting Galway - a brightly painted historic harbour town where the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter are bursting at the seams with cosy pubs./n
Day 6 - Dublin
In the morning we’ll leave Westport Woods Hotel and return to the fair city of Dublin to meet our guide for a tour of this remarkable vibrant place. Cross the Ha’Penny Bridge, see the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Then spend free time in Dublin – perhaps visit the Guinness Brewery, home of the original Guinness to enjoy a tasting and tour. Later we will have time for a shopping experience second to none, a visit to the cosmopolitan shops on Grafton and O’Connell Street is not to be missed. If this isn’t your thing, round off your Irish experience with a drink or two and enjoy a warm welcome in one of the many traditional pubs. We'll stay overnight in Dublin./n
Day 7 - Return journey - Dublin -Holyhead
In the morning we’ll start our return journey from Dublin taking the ferry to Holyhead with breakfast on board. /n
Hamlet Court Hotel
The 4 star Westport Woods Hotel and Spa is set in seven acres of beautiful tranquil woodland and is just steps from Clew Bay. All guestrooms are en-suite and include LCD TVs, free WiFi and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel also features an indoor pool and steam room.