Day 1 From Shannon, travel by the Cliffs of Moher and through the lunar landscape of the Burren, before arriving in Galway City
Upon early arrival at Shannon Airport, you will be met by your driver/guide and escorted to your awaiting motor coach. This morning you will travel to Ennis and continue to Lahinch. From here you take the coast road to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to a height of 600 feet over the Atlantic Ocean. Your tour continues through the lunar type landscape of the Burren Region and along the shores of Galway Bay before arriving in the city of Galway. Following hotel check in, the remainder of the afternoon is free for a well earned rest. This evening dinner is in your hotel.
Day 2 Tour through the mountains, lakelands, and boglands of Connemara, before visiting Kylemore Abbey, home to the Benedictine Nuns since 1920
This morning you embark on a tour of Connemara. Connemara is made up of mountains, lakelands and boglands. Because of its wild and rugged beauty Connemara has been the location for many films including, “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara, and in more recent times “The Field,” starring Richard Harris to name but two. The scenery is both magical and mystical and is a paradise for both artist and photographer. Your tour today will include a visit to Kylemore Abbey, built in 1866, and since 1920 has been home to the Benedictine Nuns. This evening you will have dinner in your hotel.
Day 3 From Galway, travel north through Knock, Sligo and Bundoran before arriving in Donegal Town
This morning you depart Galway and travel to Donegal. Your first stop this morning is in Knock, County Mayo. It was in Knock that Our Lady appeared in 1879 and has since become a great place of pilgrimage with thousands of people visiting each year. From here you travel to Sligo, immortalized in poetry by W.B. Yeats; one of Ireland’s great poets. You will continue on the coast road to Bundoran before arriving in Donegal town for a two night stay. This evening dinner is in your hotel.
Day 4 Day tour of County Donegal. Travel through Killybegs, Ardara, by the Blue Stack Mountain range, Finn Valley and the Barnesmore Gap
This morning you depart for a day tour of County Donegal, the most northwesterly county in Ireland. You will travel the coast road to Killybegs, one of Ireland’s largest fishing ports. From here you will continue to Ardara, centre of the Donegal homespun and knitting industry. From here, your tour winds its way around The Blue Stack Mountain range and through the scenic Finn Valley before returning through the Barnesmore Gap to Donegal town. This evening you are free for dinner.
Day 5 From Donegal, travel south through Ballina and Foxford en route to Westport
This morning you will pack your bags and begin to head south. You will take the coast road to Ballina and continue to Foxford. The development of Foxford owes much to The Sisters of Charity who established a convent there in 1891, and in particular to Mother Morrogh Bernard for starting the famous Foxford Woollen Mills a year later. Here, you will visit The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre which provides an opportunity to appreciate how this great industrialist realized her dream. From here you continue on to Westport. Tonight dinner is in your hotel.
Day 6 Day tour of County Mayo. Travel by the Nephin Beg Mountain range, through Pontoon, Ballina, Crossmolina to Bangor Erris. Continue to Achill Island for the famous Atlantic Drive
This morning you set out on a full day tour of County Mayo and experience some of the most spectacular scenery on the West Coast of Ireland. You will travel around The Nephin Beg Mountain range passing through Pontoon, Ballina, Crossmolina to Bangor Erris for your first stop. Afterwards, you will take the coast road to Mulranny before continuing to Achill Island where you will experience the breathtaking coastline of the famous Atlantic Drive. You will also have a stop on Achill Island for lunch before returning to Westport. This evening you will have dinner in your hotel.
Day 7 Depart Westport, travel to Cong to visit Cong Abbey before traveling by Lough Corrib, en route to Bunratty
This morning you depart Westport and travel to Cong, which was one of the primary locations for the film, “The Quiet Man.” In Cong you will see a 14th century cross and the ruins of Cong Abbey founded in 1128. Your journey continues along the banks of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland to Bunratty. After checking into your hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free to enjoy a drink in Durty Nellies, Ireland’s oldest pub or do some last minute shopping in The Bunratty Village Mills. This evening you will enjoy some home cooked food, excellent wine and best of Irish music and stories at the Corn Barn Ceili in The Bunratty Folk Park.
Day 8 Departure from Shannon Airport
This morning sadly you bid farewell to Ireland. You travel a short distance (approximately 20 minutes) to Shannon Airport for your flight home.
“May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you”