4* Galway, The Aran Islands & Cliffs Of Moher Special
AI6AAPStunning 4* hotel with extensive spa & leisure facilities...
Join us on this special departure to fabulous County Clare and some of the most beautiful sights that the Island of Ireland has to offer. You'll stay in the luxurious 4* Falls Hotel & Spa just on the outskirts of pretty Ennistymon and only 10 minutes from the famous Cliffs of Moher. We have included a magnificent cruise out to the wild Aran Islands and the dramatic Cliffs of Moher along with a visit to Galway City and the iconic Bunratty Castle & Folk Village. This tour really does have it all!
An ideal choice for:
* Anyone who loves Ireland
* Holidaymakers looking to just kick back and enjoy the craic
* Anyone looking to explore beyond the traditional
*Those looking for unique Irish experiences
British nationals travelling from the UK don’t need a passport to visit Ireland. However, Irish immigration officers may check the ID of all passengers arriving from the UK and may ask for proof of nationality, particularly if you were born outside the UK. We therefore advise you take your passport with you or other photo ID.
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 1Depart your local pick up point and head west across Wales to join your ferry for the crossing across to Ireland. Relax on board and enjoy the trip as you start thinking about everything you're going to see on this delightful holiday. Disembark in Rosslare and enjoy your first night in Ireland. Once checked in, why not relax in the bar with a drink before dinner and your first real taste of Ireland.
Day 2After a good night's sleep, rejoin your coach and head for the pretty town of Limerick before continuing on to Ennistymon and the lovely 4* Falls Hotel, your base for the next 4 nights. Check in to your hotel and settle in for an action packed few days.
Days 3-4Enjoy hearty, traditional Irish breakfasts every morning to set you for whatever each day has in store for you. There'll be plenty of time to enjoy your hotel and the delights that nearby Ennistymon has to offer but don't forget to join us on your INCLUDED excursions. This includes your cruise to the Aran Island of Inis Oirr and the Cliffs of Moher as viewed from the sea along with a sunset visit to the Visitor Centre at the Cliffs of Moher (weather dependent) and visits to Galway. Return to your hotel every evening to share stories with your fellow travellers and enjoy more delicious Irish meals.
Day 5After a final hearty breakfast it is time to bid farewell to Ennistymon and head for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park en route to your final overnight stop in Ireland before returning to Wales.
Day 6After an early final breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the Emerald Isle and start the journey back home. Join the ferry for the crossing back to West Wales and then head on home through Wales full of great memories and maybe some new friends?
LimerickLimerick is a city full of little “wows”. First off, there’s its location – right on the grey-blue gush of the River Shannon. Then, there’s its history: from brutal sieges in the 17th century to the grand Georgian era of the 18th century, all of which is written into the town’s streetscapes. And then there’s its music, art and literature, from The Cranberries to Pulitzer prizewinning author Frank McCourt. This vibrant city is a place of tragedy and regeneration, of culture and "craic" (fun), of little secrets and famous locals. And it’s a place that gets under your skin.
The Aran Islands - A Uniquely Irish Experience
Located 48km (30 miles) away from Galway Bay are the Aran Islands – Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr – the last lands to the west before you reach America. Famed for their wild landscapes, distinctive knitted jumpers and pretty cottages, the Irish-speaking Aran Islands never fail to wow. These three islands have maintained the culture and heritage of traditional Irish life, and fascinate the thousands of visitors who make the journey every year.
On this trip we will take you to the wild and beautiful Inis Oirr (aka Inisheer), only 3 kms long and 2 kms wide and where the Irish language is the first spoken amongst the some 260 inhabitants. Recognised for a warm and outgoing spirit, and graced with a welcome that extends beyond the island waves, islanders delight in the company of all who visit, and with little ado, join that endless stream of island chat and caint. With only six surnames among the locals, most given names are highly descriptive. Visit and you'll be enchanted by the island’s deep-rooted mythology, its devotion to traditional culture and unique landscapes.
The Cliffs of Moher
Soaring to 214m, the striated stone of the Cliffs of Moher reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond, and from O'Brien's Tower those with a keen eye may even be able to spot the Aran Islands to the north. As the sea spray fills the air with the invigorating freshness of the Wild Atlantic Way, it's hard not to feel as though you're braving the ocean from the prow of a magnificent ship. To make the most of the magic, nothing quite beats a wind-whipped trek across the clifftop, the edges peaking slightly upwards like the crests of the waves that roll endlessly below. The hugely informative Visitor Centre set into the hillside like a hobbit house is always a fascinating visit.
A balmy, bohemian city with a love of traditional music – Galway is hard to resist. The spirit of Ireland’s west coast beats through the bustling streets, from mellow old pubs boasting turf and cosy corners, to shops selling Claddagh rings, Aran sweaters and bog-oak carvings. On the flipside, you’ll find boundary-pushing chefs who are passionate about local ingredients, chic design stores, rolling street music and a seriously vibrant film scene (Galway is a UNESCO City of Film). Wander down age-old alleys, walk the coastal promenade to the seaside town of Salthill, or stroll over one of the River Corrib’s four bridges. Either way, stay a while, you won’t be sorry.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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 Gort's 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.
Prepare to experience village life in 19th century Ireland! Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. The village houses and shops in the Folk Park have been chosen from many different areas, to form a collection of typical 19th century urban Irish buildings including the School, Doctor’s house, Pawnbrokers, Pub, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware shop, Pottery and a Post Office.
- 2 overnight stays in County Waterford/Wexford including breakfast & dinner
- 3 nights stay in Ennistymon including breakfast & dinner
- Return ferry crossings between West Wales and Ireland
- Free time to explore Ennistymon
- Visit to Limerick
- Scenic cruise to the Aran Island of Inis Oirr and Cliffs of Moher
- Sunset visit to the Cliffs of Moher (weather dependent)
- Visit to Galway City
- Entrance to Bunratty Castle & Folk City
- Direct Coach Travel
- Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
Falls Hotel & SpaThe Falls Hotel & Spa is an eco friendly hotel nestled in a wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, in County Clare, at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way, just ten minutes from The Cliffs of Moher. It prides itself on being an eco friendly hotel, and actively promote sustainability on its 50 acre property. We are proud that it is a carbon neutral property and even produces its own renewable electricity from a hydro turbine on the nearby river.
The McCarthy Family own and manage this wonderful four star hotel, ensuring that you will always receive a warm and friendly welcome. The River Spa and Aqua & Fitness Club is the ultimate destination for relaxation & rejuvenation of the body and mind (charges may apply).
A short stroll up the driveway will bring you into the heart of the quaint town of Ennistymon, with its lovely cafes, restaurant and shops. The hotel is just a five minute drive from Lahinch, with its world renowned beach and Lahinch Golf Club. Another short drive North, will bring you into the heart of The UNESCO Cliffs of Moher & Burren Geopark, heading South you will discover yourself on the enigmatic Loop Head. The hotel's bar is named after the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas as his wife Caitlin McNamara's family lived in the original manor house before it became a commercial property. Caitlin's father "Francis returned to his ancestral home in 1936 and to make ends meet, entered the realms of common trade by turning the house into a Country Hotel.", John F Wood.
To find out more, visit the hotel website HERE