2021 - Irish Treasures & Pleasures
Steeped in legends and rich in culture, attractions and hidden gems, it’s time to discover Ireland’s Ancient East. Ireland may be small in size but it packs a mighty punch when it comes to millennia of history, warmth of welcome and stunning beauty. Based in the excellent family-run Treacy’s Hotel in the heart of Enniscorthy (County Wexford) on the River Slaney, you can enjoy some truly authentic Irish experiences from pulling a pint of Guinness to enjoying live folk music, from stepping back in time in ancient Waterford to a learning the art of making soda bread and savouring some local dining. Come and discover this glorious and welcoming corner of the Emerald Isle!
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 - From your chosen joining point your feeder vehicle will take you to the designated interchange point where your holiday begins. After joining your holiday coach, travel north with suitable stops for lunch and refreshments. Arrive at your overnight hotel, 3* Beaufort Park in North Wales in time to freshen up for your evening meal. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast will either be arranged very early or the hotel will provide a packed breakfast (depending on departure time).
Day 2 – An early start as you drive to Holyhead for the morning crossing to Dublin. Travel through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park and the spectacular valley of Glenalough to picturesque Avoca, the filming location for ‘Ballykissangel’ and home to Avoca Handweavers, Ireland’s oldest working weaving mill. Continue to Enniscorthy to check in for your 4-night stay at the Treacy’s Hotel. DBB
Day 3 – 5 - At leisure in Enniscorthy with two included excursions. Your hotel is centrally located, ideal for exploring this pretty little town on your free day with its warren of steep streets descending from the cathedral to the Norman castle and the River Slaney. The town is inextricably linked to some of the fiercest fighting of the 1798 Rising and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre is a 15 – 20 minute walk from the hotel (combined Castle and Rebellion entrance approx €10pp in 2020 – not included).
WATERFORD DISCOVERY DAY
Ireland’s oldest city has a history dating back to Viking times (914) with vestiges of its past in the narrow streets of the ‘Viking Triangle’ the cultural and heritage quarter which is home to three museums all within steps of each other, collectively known as the Waterford Treasures. Enjoy an informative tour of the Bishop’s Palace and Medieval Museum given by a character guide in period costume who will regale you with tales of Waterford’s glorious past. Also included today is a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where 45,000 pieces of crystal are produced annually using traditional manufacturing techniques. There will be time to explore at leisure.
On a leisurely curl of the River Nore, Kilkenny is a most atmospheric and compact medieval city with all manner of curious, narrow slipways, historic pubs and brightly coloured shops. The Medieval Mile runs through its heart, linking 13th-century St Canice's Cathedral and the Anglo-Norman castle, largely remodelled in Victorian times (entrance not included - approx. €8pp in 2020 for self-guided visit). An included ride on the fully-narrated Kilkenny 'Road Train' is a great way to get your bearings and see the best of Kilkenny's sights.
Day 6 – After a farewell hearty Irish breakfast, you head back towards Dublin for a brief visit of the affable Irish capital its Georgian Squares, bustling Grafton Street and infamous Temple Bar district. You will board the mid-afternoon crossing back to Holyhead and it is recommended to have a meal on board as it will be mid-evening before arriving at your overnight at the Holiday Inn Runcorn. BB
Day 7 - After breakfast, return homewards, arriving back at your local joining points early to mid-evening.Back to top
Treacy’s Hotel, Enniscorthy
This 3* plus hotel, expertly run by the Treacy family, is located on the bustling vibrant street of Templeshannon, a 2-minute walk from Enniscorthy Market Square. It offers a high level of cuisine as well as gracious hospitality for guests. All 57 comfortable bedrooms are of a contemporary, superior and come complete will all mod cons including tea / coffee making facilities. Meals are served in the traditional, homely French themed restaurant and the popular Temple Bar is a typical traditional Irish bar oozing ambience and craic! Guests enjoy free use of the leisure facilities at the Waterfront Leisure Centre across the road. There is a lift.Back to top