New Year In Ireland
The turkey's been polished off and the prospect of a brand new year awaits! So don the sparkles and spangles and join the fun-filled celebratory shenanigans for a New Year holiday to remember in Ireland's South West. With magnificent landscapes, rugged mountains, imposing valleys and deep dark lakes, the region brims full of history, heritage and world class hospitality. This special New Year departure visits the spectacular Ring of Kerry, the rejuvenated city of Limerick and lovely Killarney without the summer crowds. Enjoy the genuine warmth, humour and friendliness of the local people with entertainment each night as well as a New Year's Eve Ball!
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 After joining your luxury coach, journey westwards to North Wales with ample stops for refreshments before arriving at your overnight hotel, where an evening meal is included. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast the next day on the ferry.
Day 2 An early start to Holyhead for the morning crossing to Dublin with breakfast included. Arrive in Ireland around midday and continue through the Irish countryside to your main holiday hotel in Castleisland, arriving late afternoon. DBB
Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Castleisland with four included excursions. Enjoy an included glass or wine, beer or a soft drink each night with dinner. There is nightly entertainment in the hotel eg bingo, quiz night, games night, traditional Irish music etc. There is a Punch Reception on the first evening and the New Year's Eve Ball includes a glass of wine and top-up, a New Year's Toast and live musical entertainment
The Ring of Kerry
The 100 mile circuit of the Iveragh peninsula is on the itinerary of every self-respecting fan of Ireland for a very good reason. The road winds past pristine beaches, medieval ruins, dramatic mountains and loughs (lakes) with ever-changing views of the island-dotted Atlantic. Follow the narrow coastal road to Killorglin, home of the famous Puck Fair with a stop at the Kerry Bog Village, which depicts the tough existence of Irish life in a typical 19th Century peat-cutting settlement (entrance included). Continue through Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh and Kells, with their beautiful golden beaches, to Cahersiveen. Then it's along the shores of Ballinskelligs Bay to Waterville and Caherdaniel. At Sneem, head inland onto the Moll's Gap, a dramatic cutting between the peat bog and the mountains. The winding road passes Ladies View and then into Killarney National Park.
Visit the remote Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the film 'Ryan's Daughter', offering some of the wildest natural scenic beauty in Ireland. Travel over the mountains to Castlemaine, before continuing via Inch to the cosmopolitan fishing village of Dingle. Enjoy a circular tour around the most westerly tip of the peninsula (Europe's westernmost point) with a view of the dramatic Blasket Islands. Back to Gaelic-speaking Dingle before continuing to charming Tralee.
A Day in Killarney
Operated by a local coach, transfer the short distance to the town of Killarney for some time to explore. The scenery is sublime (whatever the weather) with lakes, waterfalls and woodland beneath a skyline of towering peaks. Shops, cafes and outlets should all be open again after the New Year's festivities. There is an included visit to the impressive Muckross House, the focal point of the Killarney National Park and the 19th century mansion built for the Anglo-Irish politician, Henry Arthur Herbert and his artist wife, Mary Balfour. (Much of the house has good access although some areas may be limited die to the historic nature of the building). Muckross House re-opens on 2nd January.
Straddling the tidal reaches of Ireland's longest river, Limerick on the Shannon, birthplace of Terry Wogan, was the country's first ever City of Culture in 2014. The subsequent investment has seen a rejuvenated waterfront with stylish boardwalk and you may like to explore the compact old town, well known for the medieval St Mary's Cathedral and St John's Square lined with Georgian townhouses. The 13th century castle of King John, right on the river banks, is a city landmark and the superb Hunt Museum houses the Republic's richest art and antiquities collection outside the capital (entrance not included). The foodie scene is rapidly growing and you will experience a warm and heart felt welcome in its many traditional pubs
Day 7 Following breakfast depart for Dublin and the mid-afternoon sailing back to Holyhead. It is recommended to have a meal on board as it will be a mid-evening arrival at the overnight hotel in North Wales. BB
Day 8 After a leisurely breakfast retrace your steps with ample stops for refreshments. Continue back to your local joining points arriving back mid/late eveningBack to top
River Island Hotel, Castleisland
This modern 3* River Island Hotel is situated on the main street of Castleisland, a small thriving market town just a short distance from Killarney and 'The Ring'. There are many bars and shops just a short stroll away and the hotel has its own bar lounge and restaurant. You can be sure of a warm Irish welcome here! All the comfortable rooms have en-suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors.