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Westport, Sligo & Ireland's Beautiful Lakelands

6 days from £639*
Departing: September 2017
* Price shown: 10 September 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 31st JULY*

"Come away, O human child, to the waters and the wild"

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.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Delightful Westport and a full day tour of scenic Mayo
  • A day in 'Yeats Country' including a cruise on Lough Gill and a tour of Lissadell House
  • A tour of Belleek Pottery
  • Visit Ireland's only 'island' town - Enniskillen
  • A tour of the Fermanagh Lakelands
  • Drumcliffe Church - the site of Yeats' grave
  • A tour of the National Trust owned Florence Court (entry payable locally for non- members)
  • A sightseeing tour in Sligo
  • Entry to Parke's Castle
  • A tour of Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Five nights' dinner, bed and Irish breakfast accommodation at the three-star Riverside Hotel, Sligo
  • Return flights to Knock
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Tour only passengers will be met by the Tour Manager at Knock Airport on Day One. Return airport-to-hotel coach transfers are included (pick-up time from the airport on Day One is 3:30pm).

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

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.

Day Two

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.

Day Three

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.

Day Four

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.

Day Five

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.

Day Six

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.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Bristol
Bristol 03 September 2017 £689
Bristol
Bristol 10 September 2017 £689
East Midlands
East Midlands 03 September 2017 £659
East Midlands
East Midlands 10 September 2017 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 10 September 2017 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 September 2017 £639
London Stansted
London Stansted 03 September 2017 £649
London Stansted
London Stansted 10 September 2017 £649

The Riverside Hotel ★★★

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.

Further Information

Airport development fees

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.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from Knock airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Introduction

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.

Facilities & Amenities

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.

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.

Special requirements

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Disabled access

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.

Westport, Sligo & Ireland’s Beautiful Lakelands reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Westport, Sligo & Ireland’s Beautiful LakelandsScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 10 reviews
(10 out of 10)

MOIRA

mold Friends
I chose this holiday as I love WB Yeats' poetry and wanted to visit all the places associated with him and the historical events connected with the area. I saw everything I wanted to see and would take this trip again. The weather was fabulous which was the icing on the cake. Unfortunately you are unable to control the weather so we were lucky there but what you were in control of was excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 26 May 2017
Published on: 20 June 2017
(7 out of 10)

RODNEY

Abingdon Couple
Evening meals were poor. Only 2 main course choices the 1st evening. Last evening had sausage and mash as 1st choice. We never had beef, lamb or pork as a choice. Service was
poor on 1st 3 evenings.
The catering staff were not up to serving a touring party.
Newmarket should consider a better venue for this holiday.
We felt sorry for the tour manager.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 30 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

JAN-MARY

LONDON Single traveller
Excellent driver (Tommy) and tour leader (Deirdra). Hotel well placed,comfortable and quiet.Plentiful food and good choices available for vegetarians.
Beautiful scenery even in the rain!
Day to N .Ireland needs some rethinking. There is only one thing of interest to visit in Eniskillen (the castle) but there wasn't enough time to go there. However I hesitate to suggest having a longer time in what is otherwise a fairly ghastly boring town!
Boat trip was delightful especially for anyone who likes Yeats's poetry.
Lissadell House was ok but the guided tour went on too long and there was rather too much history of early 20th century Irish independence struggle for most people.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 26 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

Slough Couple
Excellent holiday. Perhaps tried to cover too much on each day. Driver was fantastic, very knowledgeable. The coach was quite old and I would like to have had a toilet on board.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 26 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

MARY

Boughton Notts Couple
Lovely holiday....hotel staff very good but issues with service.Food plentiful but would have preffered less and better quality.Tour manager and driver both excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 19 May 2017
Published on: 26 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Nottingham Couple
This was, we understand, a new tour and there were a few things that would probably need tweeking for future tours of the area. However, as a first tour with Newmarket, indeed our first organised tour ever, we enjoyed the time in and around Sligo, a beautiful part of the world.
Confirmed traveller: 28 April 2017
Published on: 01 June 2017
(5 out of 10)

CONSTANCE

Heswall Single traveller
The visit to a country house that had not yet been opened up for the season was a cheerless event with no one there but ourselves and no access to cafeteria or shop.
Westport was billed as having a harbour worth visiting. We were not taken to the harbour area and it was too far to walk from the town. Sligo museum was closed. There was no Yeats exhibition in the Yeats Memorial Building.
It soon became clear that we were a week too early for most of what Sligo had to offer tourists. Hotel catering was worse than school dinners. Sam, our guide, whilst a very nice man, was alarmingly inaccurate in much of the information he gave us re Irish history in general and W.B.Yeats in particular. Had he been thrown in at the deep end? Was he ' winging it' as best he could? Disappointing trip compared to the other holidays I have had with Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 28 April 2017
Published on: 26 May 2017