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Gateway to Galway

Gateway to Galway

NEW for 2022 & Fully Escorted by Karen Kirby!

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Join Karen and discover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, the mighty Wild Atlantic Way and the lovely city of Galway. You will also view the Wicklow Mountains National Park, enjoy scenic river trips on the River Corrib and the Shannon and visit Irish towns where you hear the traditional Irish music radiating from the local pubs. This Irish holiday is truly one not to be missed!

Day 1

We depart home area and make suitable comfort stops enroute to Fishguard where we join Stena Line for our afternoon ferry crossing (3¼-hours) across the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Afterwards we travel a short distance to our overnight hotel, The Talbot Hotel in Wexford where we will be welcomed with a cup of tea/coffee upon arrival whilst our overnight case is taken to our room. Time to freshen up before our evening meal.

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Day 2

After breakfast we travel along the east coastal route to Avoca, the filming location for ‘Ballykissangel’ and home to Avoca Handweavers, Ireland’s oldest weaving mill. We continue our journey alongside the Wicklow Mountains National Park via Wicklow to Bray for our lunch stop. Bray is known as the ‘Gateway to the Garden of Ireland’s and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland. Afterwards we continue our journey through the heart of Southern Ireland to our main hotel and arrive early afternoon. Time to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink before your evening meal.

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Day 3

Today we travel a short distance to the pretty town of Athlone, perched on the banks of Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon. Spend time at leisure discovering this town which is also home to Sean’s Bar- Ireland’s oldest pub.

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Day 4

This morning we travel west to the colourful city of Galway which was named in 2020 as the European Capital of Culture - and for good reason! Galway is an exciting, lively town with something to interest everyone, from the beautiful colours of its portside houses to the infectious rhythms of the traditional Irish music found in almost every pub and bar. We take a scenic 90-minute cruise aboard the Corrib Princess from Woodquay, in the heart of the city, along the majestic River Corrib and into Lough Corrib. During the cruise you will hear about Galway’s ancient past, Celtic mythology and the resident dancers will wow you with their professional Irish dancing. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Galway.

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Day 5

This morning we make our way to the impressive Birr Castle Gardens, where we have time to wander around the awardwinning gardens, home to an abundance of rare plants collected by the Earls of Rosse on their travels around the world over the last 150 years. After free time for lunch in Birr, we enjoy a scenic 1-hour river cruise from Shannonbridge to Clonmacnoise, taking in the stunning natural beauty of the Shannon waterway as we relax. Upon arrival, we explore the spectacular Clonmacnoise monastery which was founded in the 6th century.

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Day 6

After breakfast we depart our hotel and return to Wexford to our overnight hotel making a stop enroute in Kilkenny, a medieval town. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It is also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.

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Day 7

After an early breakfast we catch the 8am return ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard and arrive home area early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

THE SHEARWATER HOTEL & SPA, BALLINASLOE  ****

The Shearwater Hotel & Spa offers a warm welcome. Modern rooms feature TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Make use of the hotel leisure facilities which include a gym, indoor pool and sauna.

 

AT A GLANCE

• Return Stena Line ferry crossing

• Outward & return overnight accommodation at the Talbot Hotel, Wexford

• 4 nights accommodation at the Shearwater & Spa, Ballinasloe

• Tea/coffee on arrival at both hotels

• Tea/coffee after dinner at both hotels

• 90-minute sailing on the Corrib Princess

• Entrance to Birr Castle Gardens

• 1-hour cruise on the River Shannon

• Coach excursions as described

• Fully escorted by Karen Kirby

 

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If you book 20 places all together on a day excursion, short break or holiday ONE GOES FREE

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Barking Station Parade, IG11 8TU
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Barkingside Fullwell Cross, Bus Stop A - IG6 2EA
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Basildon Cherrydown East Bus Stop, Basildon
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Brentwood Brentwood, Outside The Dairyman
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Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop, London Road
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Chelmsford Victoria Road Victoria Road CM1 1JR
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Collier Row White Hart Lane - Bus Stop out Tythe Court RM7 8LZ
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Corringham Town Centre Gordon Road, Bus Stop opposite Colbourne Close
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Cranham Front Lane/Moor Lane Junction Bus Stop RM14 1XJ
Outside Restaurant Opp. Car Park
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Dagenham Church Elm Lane, Bus Stop L - RM10 9QS
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Depot Depot, Princess Road, Rayleigh
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Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
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Harold Wood Bus Stop A, Gubbins Lane, RM3 0DR
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Hockley Spa Hockley Spa, Bus Stop outside the Library
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Holiday Inn, Brentwood Holiday Inn Brentwood
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Hornchurch. Hornchurch Town Centre
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Hutton Hutton, Bus Stop just past the Chequers Pub
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Ilford Ilford, Bus Stop outside 6 Clements Road, IG1 1BA
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Kavanaghs Rd Kavanaghs Road/London Road, Brentwood
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Palace Theatre Palace Theatre Bus Stop
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Pitsea Outside Gala Bingo Hall, Pitsea
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Queensway Queensway Bus Stop (Behind the Odeon Cinema)
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Rayleigh Stn Rayleigh Railway Station
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Romford St Edwards Way - Bus Stop H - RM1 3DQ
Out: Romford Shopping Hall
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Sadlers Farm Bus Stop on A13, just before Sadlers Farm
roundabout, nr Romsey Road
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Shenfield Stn Shenfield Station, outside Barclays Bank
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Shepherd & Dog Crays Hill Shepherd & Dog, Crays Hill
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Shotgate Shotgate Post Office
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South Green Grange Parade Bus Stop, South Green, Billericay
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Stanford Rookery Corner Rookery Corner Stanford
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Sun Corner Sun Corner London Road - Billericay
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Thames Drive Thames Drive Bus Stop
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The Elms Bus Stop outside Elms Public House, Leigh on Sea
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The Oak Grays The Oak Public House, Lodge Lane, Grays
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Thorpe Bay Stn Thorpe Bay Station, Acacia Drive (opp Station)
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Thurrock Services, Thurrock Services Coach Park, RM16 3BG
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Upminster Bus Stop M, St Mary's Lane- Upminster
Outside St.Laurence Church RM14 2QJ
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Vic Hse Cnr, Rayleigh Rd Vic House Corner, (Rayleigh Road)
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Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh
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White Horse White Horse,Southchurch Road, Southend
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Whittinghams Grg Whittinghams Garage, opp Rochford Railway Station
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Wickford Halls Corner, opposite Police Station, Wickford
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Woodford Green Snakes Lane East, Bus Stop R - IG8 7HU
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