LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!
"Come away, O human child, to the waters and the wild"
OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*
Sligo is one of Ireland's most beautiful regions, an endless inspiration to William Butler Yeats and his artist brother, Jack B Yeats. Join us here, on a six-day tour of Sligo, Mayo and County Fermanagh, to discover a landscape of open grassland, dramatic mountains and mysterious waters.
Fly to Knock, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel (approximately one hour). Depending on your arrival time, perhaps venture into vibrant Sligo, where St John's Cathedral and the Sligo Art Gallery are well worth a visit, and the County Museum is a must-see for Yeatsian visitors.
Today, first visit pretty Fermanagh county town Enniskillen, on an 'island' beneath its turreted 17th-century castle, then take in nearby Florence Court (entrance payable locally but free for National Trust members), in its dramatic mountain setting near the West Fermanagh coast. Enjoy a fascinating tour of this fine Georgian home of the Earls of Enniskillen, before the final visit of the day is to famous Belleek Pottery, where a short tour of the production areas is followed by a chance to chat with the crafts people, and some pieces date back to the pottery's opening in 1857.
This morning, travel to Lough Gill, to visit beautifully restored, 17th-century Parke's Castle, on its north-western shores, and to board 'The Rose of Innisfree' for a short cruise around the idyllic island that was the subject of Yeats' most famous work. You'll then return to Sligo where the rest of the day is free, although you may wish to join a panoramic tour of the city, which also includes a drive on part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way around Rosses Point.
The scenic wonders of County Mayo beckon today, as you travel, via the fascinating, working Foxford Woollen Mill, to the beautiful Atlantic Coast heritage town of Westport, in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, Ireland's 'holy mountain'. Voted the best place in Ireland to live, this popular seaside resort is full of charm and character, with cheerful, multi-coloured shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, a beautiful tree-lined boulevard, The Mall, running parallel to the river, and the Quay area, home to a host of eateries, just a few minutes from the town centre. Return to Sligo at the end of a long, but unforgettable day.
This morning includes visits to romantic Glencar Waterfall, mentioned in Yeats' much loved poem 'The Stolen Child', and restored Lissadell House and Gardens. This stately home boasts a number of exhibitions, including one featuring truly remarkable Countess Markievicz, a privileged aristocrat who played an important role in 1916's Easter Rising, and the subsequent struggle for Irish independence.
After the opportunity for lunch (payable locally), continue along part of the Wild Atlantic Way to seaside town Mullaghmore, then on to Drumcliffe Church, with its striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountain, and where the final resting place of W.B. Yeats is marked with a simple headstone.
Depending upon your flight time, spend a final few hours at the hotel or perhaps exploring Sligo, before transferring to the airport at the end of a truly wonderful few days in this beautiful and unspoiled area of Ireland.
An airport development fee of 10 € is payable by departing passengers at Knock airport. This is collected at the airport prior to departure. Please see the airport's website for further information.
Airport development fees
The transfer time from Knock airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Hotel transfer times
Situated on the edge of the Garavogue River in the heart of Sligo Town, the newly renovated Riverside Hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the town and the surrounding area.
Traditional Irish live music is a regular feature in The Mill Bar and Lounge, which also offers a good range of bar meals. Dinner will be taken in the Riverside Restaurant, which boasts stunning views across the river. The hotel also has a fitness studio and health and beauty suites.
Facilities & Amenities
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.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
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.
*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.