Scenic loughs and landscapes
Discover one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland, a region renowned for its ancient Gaelic culture and for the charm and allure of its scenery. Explore historic Galway City, cruise Lough Corrib, visit fascinating Kylemore Abbey and discover Connemara's scenic splendours, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren on this entrancing six-day break.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- A visit to vibrant, colourful Galway City
- A drive along part of the Wild Atlantic Way and a scenic tour of glorious Connemara
- Admission to beautiful Kylemore Abbey
- Visits to the towering Cliffs of Moher and the lunar-like landscape of the Burren
- A private cruise on lovely Lough Corrib with commentary from a local historian
- Time to explore The National Museum of Irish Country Life
- Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the four-star McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris
- Return flights from your chosen airport to Knock
- Comfortable coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Ireland, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is left free so you can relax and perhaps make the most of the hotel's leisure centre. Alternatively explore nearby Claremorris, about a 10-minute walk away.
Discover the unique, rugged beauty of Ireland's unspoilt west on today's excursion. The vast expanse of the Burren, one of the largest limestone karst areas in Europe, is our first stop.
Learn about the region's natural and archaeological treasures at the Kilfenora visitor centre, before we continue to the majestic Cliffs of Moher - towering some 200 metres above sea level. On a clear day, the pathways and viewing platforms along the cliff edge offer simply stunning views, including the famous Aran Islands, the Kerry Mountains and Galway Bay.
This morning, we'll visit the award-winning National Museum of Irish Country Life - which gives a fascinating insight into rural Irish life between 1850 and the 1950.
We continue to the picturesque little town of Cong, setting for the 1952 John Wayne film 'The Quiet Man', where we'll board our privately chartered vessel for a cruise across beautiful Lough Corrib. Sit back and enjoy the fantastic views of Ashford Castle, the Connemara mountains and the wooded islands that dot the lake.
After the cruise we'll follow a particularly spectacular route home, between the lakes of Corrib and Mask.
Lively, picturesque Galway City beckons today. Join our Tour Manager for a guided tour, then explore at leisure. The old centre surrounds ancient Lynch's Castle, and a pedestrianised thoroughfare leads down to the thriving waterfront. Browse the shops and perhaps enjoy lunch in one of Galway's countless restaurants, take a harbour cruise or visit the city's great, stone cathedral.
Our final day is spent exploring the remote beauty of Connemara. Heading west, our route takes us along part of the Wild Atlantic Way - one of the world's longest defined coastal routes - before turning north to Maam Cross.
From here we continue to Leenane, dramatically situated on Ireland's only fjord, for a visit to nearby Kylemore Abbey. Enjoy the Abbey's beautiful setting, fascinating history, Victorian walled gardens and welcoming tea rooms. Afterwards admire the scenery of the Inagh Valley, the Quiet Man Bridge and Oughterard, before arriving back in Claremorris.
Spend a final few hours resting and relaxing at the hotel, or perhaps exploring the local area, before transferring to the airport to board your flight home.
Hotel spa facilities
To avoid disappointment, please pre-book any beauty treatments direct with the hotel prior to your holiday.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 40 minutes from Knock Airport.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Airport development fees
An Airport Development Fee (of 10 EURO per person in October 2014) has been introduced at Knock airport. You will be required to pay this at the airport prior to checking in for your flight home. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.