Ireland’s West Coast Spectacular: Galway / the Aran Isles & the Wild Atlantic Way

Staying at the Talbot Stillorgan Park Hotel

6 DAYS | 11th September 2022
Come and escape with us to the stunning west coast of Ireland; a region rich in ancient traditions and natural rural splendour, windswept mountains, stone walls and peat bogs. We will visit the ancient monument of Bunratty Castle, explore Galway (the Capital of Culture in 2020) and head across the bay to Inis Oirr, the largest of the Aran Islands.

We travel across Ireland with a refreshing overnight stop at The Talbot Stillorgan Park Hotel, a modern 4* establishment situated just on the outskirts of Dublin. We then continue on to The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon; beside the River Inagh, this former manor house has been equipped with pure comfort in mind. All bedrooms are en-suite with modern facilities and hospitality tea trays.

We depart Macclesfield and head for Holyhead and our ferry to Dublin. We then take the short journey to The Talbot Stillorgan Park Hotel for dinner and our first night’s stay.

After breakfast we continue our journey west to Galway where we meet our guide for a tour of this splendid city. Galway is a harbour city and sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is the 18th century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs. Nearby, stoneclad cafes, boutiques and art galleries line the winding lanes of the Latin Quarter, which still showcases medieval city walls. During our tour we will take in panoramic views and explore the history of this fascinating city. Mid-afternoon we continue our journey to Ennistymon and our hotel for the next four nights.

Heading out along the Wild Atlantic Way, we begin our day with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre where we will have plenty of time to browse and enjoy morning refreshments. Joining the Wild Atlantic Way once again we make our way to Ballyvaughan before heading to the town of Lisdoonvarna, Ireland’s premier Spa town famous for its music and festivals. With free time for lunch and a stroll around the shops why not visit the Spa to taste the waters. Next its to the Burren Smokehouse for a insightful and entertaining demonstration. We then head back to our hotel for a well-earned rest before dinner.

Today our tour takes us to the stunning Aran Islands. Departing Doolin Pier a short boat trip takes you to Inis Oirr, overlooking the stunning cliffs of Moher. Upon arrival we board a pony and trap for an informative tour of the island, and afterwards we have a delightful lunch of soup and a sandwich at a local hotel. Our return boat trip takes us via the cliffs for a closer look at this wonderful spectacle of nature.

Today we visit the pretty town of Ennis, situated at the heart of the county. Ennis is the capital of County Clare and is certainly one of the most characterful and picturesque spots, with its narrow, winding streets, historical buildings and busy market town atmosphere. We then continue on to the wonderful Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Set in 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and makes for a fascinating afternoon.

We depart after breakfast and head for Dublin for our ferry crossing to Holyhead. We take the quickest route home making a short comfort stop en-route, aiming to arrive in the Macclesfield area early evening.

Tour includes: Return ferry crossing; 5 nights dinner, bed and breakfast; guided tour of Galway; trip to the Aran Islands with pony and trap ride and light lunch; Burren Smokehouse demonstration; entrance to Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre.

£718.00 per person sharing twin/double
£122.00 single room supplement
£54.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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