Hidden Gems Of Ireland's Ancient East
5 Day Coach Holiday
The market town of Carlow rests at the confluence of the rivers Barrow and Burrin and makes a traditional base for this wonderful holiday. It has a rich tapestry of history woven through its ancient streets with architecture telling the story of its growth since the arrival of the Normans in the twelfth century. Perhaps view the castle ruins or browse the arts and crafts boutiques. We explore the Wicklow Mountains National Park with its chocolate box vistas showcasing untamed forests, twisting mountain roads, fast flowing streams and the verdant Glendalough valley. We then proceed to pretty Avoca. We also venture out to the bijou and inviting city of Kilkenny where you’ll find historic treasures around every corner. We also spend a day in Waterford – a thousand-year-old- city, founded by the Vikings, with atmospheric streets and a lively waterfront.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Coach Holidays (Ireland)
- Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
- Coach travel throughout
- Return Irish ferry crossings (Cairnryan to Belfast)
- Excursions as stated
Holiday Highlights & Inclusions• Scenic drive through the Wicklow Mountains National Park
• Excursions to Avoca, Waterford & Kilkenny
• Four nights dinner, bed & breakfast
• Coach travel throughout
• Return ferry crossings to Ireland
• ABTA bonded for your peace of mind
Wicklow Mountains National Park & Avoca
A day in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains National Park and the valley of Glendalough. These areas of outstanding natural beauty feature historic sites such as the Monastic city with its round tower and churches, along with native woodland that is home to sika deer, feral goats, red squirrels, pine martens and peregrine falcons. We then call at the quaint and quintessentially Irish village of Avoca.
Waterford was founded by Vikings, is Ireland’s oldest city, and home to a museum chronicling its past. Perhaps walk through a thousand years of history in the city’s Viking Triangle with its quirky nooks and crannies, filled with ancient landmarks, craft studios and cafes. Maybe visit Waterford Crystal where two centuries of crystal creating unfold and the latest masterpieces are made before your eyes.
This bijou yet charming city abounds with historic treasures. Step behind the imposing stone walls of Kilkenny Castle, see the soaring eaves of St Canice’s Cathedral, view the shimmering stained glass of medieval Black Abbey or explore Rothe House – a unique sixteenth century townhouse. Elsewhere, you’ll find the Kilkenny Design Centre shopping mall with its Irish handcrafted gifts, and St Mary’s Church, which houses the Medieval Mile Museum, filled with artefacts and sculptures.
Collect 250 Coach Miles
COACH MILES is our fantastic reward scheme, allowing you to save money the more you travel with us. On this holiday you can collect 250 coach miles.Back to top
Woodford Dolmen Hotel - Carlow
Located just outside the market town of Carlow, this charming hotel stands in landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Barrow and has a little bridge linking the hotel to its own private island. It has a grand lobby, elegant bar, delightful restaurant and a pleasant terrace.Back to top