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Ireland, Ancient East Coasts & Castles

Ireland, Ancient East Coasts & Castles

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Tick off several of Ireland’s historic hotspots on this new tour for 2021, beginning with a drive through the splendid Wicklow Mountains. Marvel at some fabulous castles and other ancient buildings, lust over silverware and get to grips with cider making while we brush up on our Irish history.


Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Blessington Lakes

The 4-star Tulfarris Hotel is situated in one of the most picturesque settings in Wicklow, overlooking the breathtaking and tranquil Blessington Lake. Enjoy delicious food and relaxed bars. All 60 deluxe bedrooms contain hairdryer, TV, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.


Hotel Minella, Clonmel

With 10 acres of gardens, the family owned Hotel Minella occupies a scenic spot beside the River Suir. You feel like you are entering into a touch of grandeur; a former private home and now operating as a hotel, rooms are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub and tennis court.


Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk

Located half way between Dublin and Belfast, this 4-star family owned hotel is run with pride and dedication. The impressive Victorian house forms the heart of the hotel which is located on the 140-acre Ballymascanlon estate. All 90 spacious bedrooms are very comfortable and kept to a high standard. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, hydro pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room



Day 1

Depart the local area and travel to Holyhead for our afternoon ferry crossing to Dublin. We continue our journey to the Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort for our evening meal and overnight stay (overnight bag recommended).


Day 2

Today, we travel through Wicklow Mountains National Park, the largest of Ireland’s six National Parks and one of the country’s most untouched regions. We pass through the spectacular valley of Glendalough, famed for its picturesque scenery and rich history, as we make our way to the Hotel Minella in Clonmel, our base for the next 3 night’s.

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Day 3

We begin our day at Kilkenny Castle, which dominates this historical small city. We wander through period rooms and set foot in 50 acres of rolling parkland. We then delve into a treasure trove of artefacts with a guided tour of Medieval Mile Museum. We finish the day with some free time to explore charming Kilkenny.

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Day 4

This morning, we visit the historic site, Rock of Cashel, a collection of medieval buildings standing atop an imposing hill with limestone outcrops. We then fast forward to the 19th century with a guided tour of Swiss Cottage. For our last stop today, we enjoy a guided tour of Fethard Horse Country Experience.

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Day 5

Today we have a morning visit to Slane Castle and its impressive buildings, where we have a guided tour. We then make our way to Ballymascanlon House Hotel in Dundalk, our base for the next 2 night’s.

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Day 6

We spend today getting to grips with the cider making process at Armagh Cider Company. A guided tour brings to life the journey from blossom to bottle, with a peek at the orchards and where the cider and apple juices are made. To celebrate the humble apple, we tuck into apple tarts washed down with tea and coffee, before finishing the day with a walking tour in the coastal town of Carlingford.

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Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel we begin our return journey home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Price Includes:


  • Return ferry crossings

  • 1 night half-board accommodation in Blessington Lakes

  • 3 nights half-board accommodation in Clonmel

  • 2 nights half-board accommodation in Dundalk

  • Rooms with private facilities

  • Entrance to Kilkenny Castle

  • Guided tour of Medieval Mile Museum

  • Entrance to Rock of Cashel

  • Guided tour of Swiss Cottage

  • Guided tour of Fethard Horse Country Experience

  • Guided tour of Slane Castle

  • Guided tour of Armagh Cider Company with tea/coffee & apple tart

  • Walking tour of Carlingford


Single Room Supplement £154.00

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Alfreton Bus Station Alfreton Bus Station, Hall Street
Barlborough, Rose & Crown Barlborough, Rose & Crown Pub
Barnsley, Eldon Street Barnsley, Eldon Street opposite the Odeon Cinema
Bolsover Market Place Bolsover Market Place
Carlton in Lindrick Carlton in Lindrick, A60/Maiin Rd End of Long Lane
The Bus Layby
Carlton in Lindrick. Carlton in Lindrick, Limetree Nursery
The Bottom Of Rotherham Baulk
Chesterfield, Beetwell St Chesterfield, Beetwell Street
Outside the old Registry Office
Clay Cross, Church Layby Clay Cross, The Church Layby The High Street
Clowne Tesco Clowne Tesco, Bus Layby
Clowne,End of Gapsick Ln Clowne, The end of Gapsick Lane
Creswell Creswell, Junction of Sheffield Road/Elmton Road
Creswell Bingo Hall Creswell, Bingo Hall, Elmton Road
Creswell, Skinner Street Creswell, Skinner Street, Cemetery
Derby, Full Street Derby Full Street, Premier Inn
Doncaster, Ward Bros Doncaster, Ward Bros Waterdale
Eckington, Bus Station Eckington, The Bus Station
Edwinstowe,Mansfield Road Edwinstowe, Mansfield Road/ Fifth Avenue
Old Manvers Arms
Grays Travel Home Pickup
Hodthorpe, Top Bus Stop Hodthorpe, Queens Road, The Top Bus Stop
Hucknall, Ogle Street Hucknall, Ogle Street Opposite the Car Park
Killamarsh, Nags Head Pub Killamarsh, The Nags Head Pub
Top of Bridge Street
Langwith Junction Langwith Junction, The Bus Stop End of Station Rd
Langwith Junction. Langwith Junction, The King of Diamonds
Langwith, The Gate Hotel Langwith, The Gate Hotel
Leicester Forest Leicester Forest East Services, South Bound
Leicester Fosse Park Leicester Fosse Park, Outside Marks & Spencer
Leicester, St Margarets Leicester, St Margarets Bus Station, Bay Z
Loughborough Loughborough, Junction 23 - M1
The Bus Stop outside the Harvester Pub
Mansfield Outside Iceland Mansfield, Walkden Street Outside Iceland
Mansfield Woodhouse Mansfield Woodhouse, A60 The Coopers Pub
Mansfield Woodhouse. Mansfield Woodhouse, The Bus Stop A60
End of Peafield Lane
Nottingham, Mount Street Nottingham
The top of Mount Street on Maid Marion
Ollerton, Main Road Ollerton, Main Road
The Junction of Forest Road/Sherwood Drive
Ollerton, The Plough Pub Ollerton, The Plough Pub
Retford Market Place Retford Market Place, Outside Greenwoods
Rhodesia, Tylden Way Rhodesia, End of Tylden Way
Rotherham, Mecca Bingo Rotherham, The Mecca Bingo, Corporation Street
Sheffield The Penny Black Penny Black Pub Pond Hill Sheffield 1
Shirebrook, Ashbourne St Shirebrook, Ashbourne Street, Opposite
Ashbourne Court
Shireoaks Fish&Chip Shop Shireoaks, Shireoaks Row, Fish & Chip Shop
Sutton Lammas Centre Sutton Lammas Centre
The Sidings The Sidings, Mansfield Woodhouse
Off Debdale Lane
Warsop Church Warsop, The Church bottom of Cuckney Hill (A60)
Warsop Motor Company Warsop Motor Company
Warsop, The Strand Warsop, The Strand Bingo Hall
Whitwell Bakestone Moor Whitwell, Bakestone Moor, End of Franklin Avenue
Whitwell Mini Market Whitwell, Mini Market, Welbeck Street
Whitwell Square Whitwell Square
Whitwell The Spar Shop Whitwell The Spar Shop, Bakestone Moor
Worksop B&Q Worksop, B&Q, Sandy Lane
Worksop Bingo Hall Newcastle Avenue, The Bingo Hall
Worksop Community Church Worksop, Thievesdale Lane, The Community Church
Worksop Eyres Corner Worksop, Eyres Corner
Worksop Gateford Road Worksop, The bus stop before the Post office
Worksop Larwood Health Worksop, Larwood Health Centre
Worksop Pelham Street Worksop, Pelham Street Shops, Manton
Worksop St Annes Church Worksop, St Annes Church, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop Three Legged Worksop, The Three Legged Stool, Raymoth Lane
Worksop, Cannon Hotel Worksop, The Cannon Hotel
S81 7AD
Worksop, High Hoe Road Worksop, High Hoe Road, Nr Canal Bridge
Worksop, Innings Pub Worksop, The Innings Pub, Prospect Estate
Worksop, Johnsons Depot Worksop, Johnsons Depot, Dukeries Industrial Est
Worksop, Kilton Hill The shops (One Stop) Kilton Hill
Worksop, Opposite Tesco Worksop, Opposite Tesco
Worksop, Plantation Hill Worksop, The Shops, Plantation Hill, Kilton,
Worksop, Priory Church Worksop, Priory Church Car Park
Worksop, Stubbing Lane Worksop, End of Stubbing Lane, Newcastle Avenue
Worksop,Mansfield Rd, A60 Worksop, Mansfield Road, A60
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