2022 - Wild Atlantic Way - Westport & Kylemore Abbey
Staying right in the heart of the vibrant Georgian town of Westport on the picturesque shores of Clew Bay, you can be sure of a warm Irish welcome. Photogenic Westport in County Mayo is a fabulous place with striking views, riverside walkways, tree-lined streets, friendly bars and pubs as well as a great vibe. It is also home to Ireland’s ‘most beautiful historic house’. This is truly a breath-taking corner of Ireland and this brand-new tour also takes in stunning Kylemore Abbey plus a day trip to beautiful Clare Island in Clew Bay. Come and explore the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and discover what makes this part of the Emerald Isle so special!
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 - Join your holiday coach and 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. After disembarkation, head west through the heart of Ireland to bustling Westport to check in for your 4-night stay at the Wyatt Hotel with tea / coffee on arrival. DBB
Day 3 – 5 - At leisure in Westport with three included excursions. Your hotel is centrally located, ideal for exploring the agreeable, easy-going centre with its fine architecture, striking octagonal square, artsy, cosmopolitan feel and array of local shops, cafes and pubs. Its main visitor attraction is Westport House and entrance is included.
WESTPORT WALKING TOUR, HOUSE & GARDENS
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore fabulous Westport. Join the included one-hour walking tour of the town with an expert local guide for an insight into its fascinating history as well as inside info on all the best places to go – from the best pubs for Irish music to the best ice cream and hot chocolate! The tour will finish at Westport House, a true jewel in the crown of Ireland’s historic family homes, just a 15 – 20 minute (flat) walk from the centre. Dubbed ‘the most beautiful house in Ireland’, Westport has been home to the Browne family for over 300 years. This graceful, Georgian mansion enjoys a superb parkland setting with a lake, terraces and magnificent views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (entrance included).
KYLEMORE ABBEY & FJORD CRUISE
Just a short distance from Westport is Kylemore Abbey, the crenelated 19th century neo-Gothic home to the monastic community of Irish Benedictine nuns. Photogenically perched on the shores of Pollacapall Lough, Kylemore is famous for its miniature ‘cathedral’ and the extravagant Victorian walled gardens (a free shuttle bus to the gardens operates in summer). Just a little further north at Nancy’s Point on the south side of the Killary, the nine mile inlet that is Ireland’s only fjord, join a 90-minute cruise. Set off west to the mouth of the fjord with hills rising steeply from the sea and pass between the Maam Turk mountains in the south and the Mweelrea mountains in the north. Head back to Westport this afternoon
According to tradition, beautiful Clew Bay has 365 islands, one for every day of the year. Today you head to Roonagh quay for the 15-minute boat trip to the biggest island of Clare, which guards the entrance to the sheltered bay. Known as the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), the island is just 5 miles by 3 miles. On arrival, a local guide will give a heritage talk and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the picturesque harbour and beach before a soup and sandwich lunch is served at the Sailor’s Bar.
Day 6 – After a farewell hearty Irish breakfast, you head back towards Dublin to take the mid-afternoon crossing back to Holyhead. 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
Wyatt Hotel, Westport
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Located in the heart of glorious Westport, this charming 3* boutique-style hotel offers a very warm Irish welcome.
All 92 traditionally designed bedrooms are of a good size and standard and are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
The hotel is popular with both locals and guests and features an intimate restaurant, a brasserie bar and a large traditional bar with plenty of seating where live entertainment takes place.
There is also a lovely lounge area where drinks are served. Guests also have use of the town leisure centre free of charge. There are ground floor rooms as well as a lift.