2021 - Wonderful West Ireland - Scenery, City & Sights
2021 - Treacy's West County Hotel - 7 Days (CU7AIS)
Great hotel leisure facilities
A great way to see 'Traditional Ireland' with so much INCLUDED!
The county of Clare, in Ireland’s mid-west, is often described as ‘Traditional Ireland’ with lots of pretty villages dotted with historical relics. It houses the unique scenery of the Burren National Park and the world famous Cliffs of Moher. We'll see all this and much more on this tour including Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, the famous Rock of Cashel, Allwee Caves and the charming city of Galway.
Our base for this great tour is the town of Ennis, known as a centre for traditional Irish music and dating back to the 11th century. This friendliest of places exudes character and good humour with its narrow streetscapes, quaint shops and shop fronts. It also has many pedestrianised streets, monuments and markets which give the whole town a medieval feeling.
We'll be staying at Treacy's West Country & Leisure Spa, which will not only offer you a traditional Irish welcome but also offers an amazing leisure facility including no less than 3 swimming pools, sauna, steam room & gym.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis + overnights
Treacys West Country Hotel in Ennis, County Clare is one of the most renowned hotels in the Clare Region. Located on the edge of Ennis, it is the ideal base to explore the town and the larger area, plus day trips around the West of Ireland. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated with en-suite bathrooms, welcome tray, satellite TV and complimentary WiFi. There is also leisure facilities at the hotel, including a gym, sauna and swimming and separate leisure pools.
After joining the coach at one of our local pick up points, we head west to join our ferry across to Ireland. Enjoy the many onboard facilities as we cruise across the Irish Sea and then on to our overnight stop at a Leisuretime selected hotel which you will know before you go. Relax and settle in for dinner and your first night in Ireland!
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we depart and head for our base in Country Clare. En route we will pass through some delightful Irish countryside as we pass the Galty Mountains and Tipperary (not such a long way for us, this morning!) before moving on to stop in Limerick to visit the impressive 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, one of the west of Ireland's most visited attractions. We then journey on to Ennis and our hotel for the next 4 nights, Treacys West County Hotel. We'll arrive in the late afternoon giving you time for a stroll into Ennis or maybe some time in the leisure centre before another hearty Irish dinner and maybe some entertainment?
Days 3 - 5
Enjoy more tasty traditional Irish breakfasts along with free time to relax in the hotel and explore Ennis on your own. Make sure you join us for our INCLUDED excursions to the Cliffs of Moher, Allwee Caves, The Burren and Galway City. Return to the hotel every evening to enjoy more delicious dinners and entertainment as you swap your stories of the day with your fellow travellers.
After a final breakfast in Ennis, we start the journey back home visiting the famous Rock of Cashel en route which dominates the surrounding landscape and is one of Ireland's most spectacular landmarks. We aim to arrive at our overnight hotel late afternoon so you can enjoy your last evening in Ireland.
After our last Irish breakfast we head for the port and our return cruise crossing back to Wales. Wave goodbye to Ireland from the deck and say hello to Wales! We intend arriving back in your local area in the late afternoon.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (outbound journey)
The most complete and authentic castle in Ireland! Irelands iconic Bunratty Castle is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. Named after the river Raite which runs alongside this strategic battlement. The spot on which this castle stands has been occupied for over 1000 years. From the Vikings to the Normans, great Irish Earls and noble Lords and Ladies. Graciously restored in the 1960's and furnished by Lord Gorts magnificent collection of medieval furniture and furnishings, this is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle.
When you visit Bunratty's 19th Century Folk Park you experience a reconstruction of the homes & environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time according to their social standing, from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House a fine example of a Georgian residence built 1804 home of the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle.
The Burren, Ailwee Caves & Cliffs of Moher
The region known as The Burren is an amazing two hundred square-mile limestone ‘moonscape’ wilderness. A unique area of strange beauty and mystery, it is one of the world’s prime nature reserves and of great interest to geologists and botanists with its unique karst landscape that incorporates fossils, rock formations and glacial-era limestone. From here we make our way to Ailwee Caves, one of the oldest caves in Ireland. Our guided tour takes us on a stroll through the beautiful caverns and we’ll marvel at the rock formations and frozen waterfalls. Finally we visit the dramatic and beautiful Clare coast line, with the mighty Cliffs of Moher rising in a sheer vertical wall 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Here, you will enjoy the most stunning views and on a clear day one can see both the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. During your time at the Cliffs, you’ll have plenty of time to visit the excellent visitor centre walk the coastal walkways and experience the magnificent views.
There is a certain chemistry and vibrancy to this friendly city, music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create this atmospheric medieval city. Along with being a popular seaside destination with beautiful beaches and a long winding promenade, it has also got a bustling cosmopolitan and rather bohemian centre. With cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and a vibrant café bar culture, ‘Old Ireland’ is present too with turf fires and traditional music featuring in many pubs to compliment your enjoyment of a well-earned pint of Guinness.
The Rock of Cashel (on return journey)
It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it’s right at the heart of Tipperary, forming one of Ireland's most spectacular landmarks. The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick’s Rock, is also known as the Cashel of the Kings and reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.
- Reserved coach travel throughout
- Return ferry crossings to Ireland
- 2 overnight hotels - bed & breakfast
- 4 nights at the Treacy’s West County Hotel - dinner, bed & breakfast
- Admission to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
- Excursion to Galway City
- Admission to the Cliffs of Moher & Ailwee Caves
- Admission to the Rock of Cashel
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
- Cardiff West
- Port Talbot
- Swansea Central
- Swansea West
Important NotesImportant Notes
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. Please make sure that you also read our Important Holiday Information & Enhanced Hygiene Protocols which we update from time to time.
We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please get in touch with us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps too. Sometimes, the order of excursions can change when you are on tour. We will try not to change things, but want to make you aware that this can happen.
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