Ireland's Hidden Heartlands

Departs: Sunday 12 June 2022 - 7 Days

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Tour Code: IR2204
Price: £869.00 Per person
Single Room Supplement: £60.00 per person
Insurance: £53.00


We explore the beauty of ‘Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’, County Clare and County Tipperary on this tour based at the excellent 4 star Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre which sits on the banks of the majestic River Shannon Highlights include a cruise on the River Shannon and beautiful Lough Derg. Visits to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Your Accommodation:

Lakeside Hotel Ballina - 4 Star

The 4 star Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre sits on the banks of the majestic River Shannon with stunning views of the twin heritage towns of Ballina in Co. Tipperary and Killaloe in Co. Clare. All the tastefully furnished bedrooms are en-suite and have an iron and ironing board, mini safe, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Public rooms include a noted restaurant and O’Hara’s bar. There is a comprehensive leisure complex complete with a large indoor pool.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1

Departing your home area early morning to join the waiting club class coach for the cross country drive to South Wales and the port of Pembroke for the sailing to Rosslare, where you can relax in the club lounge. Disembarking in Ireland we drive the short distance to our overnight hotel, the Maldron, in Wexford.

Day 2

Our cross country journey begins soon after breakfast as we head for Kilkenny. Considered second only to Dublin in popularity and attractions for visitors, Kilkenny is a county town set on the banks of the River Nore dating from the 6th century. In the north of the town is St Canice’s Cathedral, one of the finest in Ireland, and to the south is the imposing castle set in its own extensive gardens. Now we continue by way of North Tipperary to arrive to a warm welcome at our friendly hotel which includes tea/coffee and smoked salmon on brown bread.

Day 3

Today we have a scenic drive around ‘The Ring of Loch Derg’. This is the largest and one of the most beautiful lakes on the River Shannon. We explore this enchanting drive along the country roads that hug the lakes shoreline and pass villages such as Portroe and Portuma before returning by way of Mountshannon and Scarriff. This evening dinner is followed by live music in the hotel.

Day 4

This morning a short stroll takes us to the home of Kilaloe River Cruise where we board a purpose built passenger boat for a relaxing cruise on the River Shannon and Lough Derg before Spending time in Killaloe & Ballina, two little towns, separated by an ancient stone bridge which joins the counties of Clare and Tipperary, and each with little shops, cafes and riverside walks and bars.

Day 5

A full day excursion takes us to the famed country music town of Ennis which features a characterful and picturesque town centre with narrow winding streets. We have time to explore before visiting 15th century Bunratty Castle the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland. After a 30 minute tour we visit the Folk Park. Set in 26 acres the impressive Folk Park Is a reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. On our last evening at the hotel we enjoy dinner and a special Irish night.

Day 6

Today, we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way back to Wexford. We pass through Tipperary, the county town made famous by the song and home of hand cut crystal, en-route to Cahir an ancient village on the bank of the River Suir with one of the largest castles in Ireland, then Cashel with its national monument, one of Irelands most visited sites. This afternoon we drive along the Suir Valley to Waterford and on to our overnight hotel, the 3 star Maldron in Wexford.

Day 7

An early breakfast before joining the morning ferry to Pembroke. We return to our home area travelling across Wales and into the midlands before arriving in our home areas mid evening.

Day 14

Insurance Premiums are renewed from 1st January 2022. If you are making a booking after this date the rate will be revised from that shown in our brochure.

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