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Galway and the Contrasts of Connemara

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6days from
£749*per person


Wild by name, wild by nature; the Wild Atlantic Way runs the length of Ireland’s west coast and provides the world’s most enchanting coastal touring route. We combine this breathtaking scenery with the diverse landscapes of the Connemara National Park as well as the contrasting convivial urban atmosphere of Galway and Dublin. With visits to the beautiful Westport House, a heritage Victorian Walled Garden, plus the ancient Achill Island also included, this break is the perfect chance to absorb the natural beauty and history of the west of Ireland.


  • We catch the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where our tour manager joins us. We continue onwards to the Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar for our overnight stay.
  • Leaving our hotel, we head across to Galway, a thriving, cosmopolitan city with the added bonus of a seaside setting. We enjoy a guided city tour with our tour manager, followed by free time to explore the city, which was named as the European Capital of Culture for 2020! Later we continue to Castlebar where we check in to our hotel for the next three nights.
  • We start the day at Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. We visit the restored rooms of the beautiful Gothic Abbey, home to a monastic community of nuns since 1920, and explore the six-acre Victorian Walled Garden where only flower and vegetable varieties from that era are grown. This was one of the last walled gardens built in Ireland during the Victorian period, and its magnificence at the time was compared to London’s Kew Gardens. Finally we explore the scenic mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands that make up the Connemara National Park. Covering around 3,000 hectares of scenic countryside, the park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including the famous Connemara ponies.
  • After spending some free time in the picturesque town of Westport, we enjoy a scenic drive around Achill Island, the largest of Ireland's offshore islands. The island’s striking natural beauty and rugged landscapes feature spectacular mountains, remote lakes, soaring cliffs and secluded beaches. First inhabited 5,000 years ago, the island is peppered with ancient forts, historic churches and megalithic tombs.
  • Checking out of our hotel, we travel to Dublin where we spend an afternoon at leisure. There are plenty of historic sites and monuments to see from the oldest, Dublin Castle, to one of the newest, the Spire of Dublin. We also have the option to join a locally guided tour of the city before spending the night in our hotel in the Dublin area.
  • We check out of our hotel very early to catch the ferry back to Holyhead; therefore a voucher will be provided to enjoy breakfast on board. On arrival in Holyhead, we continue our journey home. Due to ferry times, coach pickup times may be very early in the morning.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Excursions to Galway, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara National Park, Westport, Achill Island & Dublin
  • Guided city tour of Galway with our tour manager
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland

Our Price Includes

  • Return coach travel^ and ferry crossings or flights as booked
  • Two nights' three-star half-board accommodation at a selected hotel in the Dublin area (JG3 rating)*
  • Three night’s three-star half-board accommodation at the Breaffy Woods Hotel, Castlebar
  • Excursions to Galway, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara National Park, Westport, Achill Island & Dublin
  • Guided city tour of Galway with our tour manager
  • Escorted by a tour manager in Ireland
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May 2024
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Breaffy Woods Hotel, Castlebar -


The 3-star Breaffy Woods Hotel is situated in 90 acres of woodland estate just outside the town of Castlebar. The en-suite rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. The hotel also features a bar and restaurant plus an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and spa (spa treatments at extra cost).

We also spend the first and last night of our stay at a conveniently located 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.

Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar -


We also spend the first night of our stay at the 3-star Bloomfield House Hotel in Mulligar and the last night at a conveniently located 3-star hotel in the Dublin area.

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*Please note: due to our early departure, breakfast on the final morning will be taken on the ferry.

Tour itineraries, hotel entertainment and use of leisure facilities will be subject to government guidelines.

Single supplement from £200pp

Optional locally guided city tour of Dublin (£16pp)

Pick up locations for this tour are (02/06/24)(01/09/24)Alfreton Altrincham Anlaby Ashton-under-Lyne Barnsley Barrow-in-Furness Basildon Bebington Beccles Bedford Belper Beverley Billingham Birkenhead Blackburn Blackpool Bletchley Bolton Boston Bourne Bradford Bridlington Brighouse Burnley Burton-upon-Trent Bury Bury St Edmunds Cambridge Canvey Island Carlisle Castleford Chelmsford Chester Chesterfield Chester-le-Street Cleveleys Colchester Corby Cottingham Crewe Darlington Daventry Derby Dewsbury Diss Doncaster Dunstable Durham Ellesmere Port Enfield Felixstowe Gainsborough Gateshead Goole Gorleston Grantham Grays Great Yarmouth Grimsby Halifax Harlow Hartlepool Hessle Heworth Hitchin Holbeach Holyhead Ferry Terminal Huddersfield Hull Hunstanton Huntingdon Ipswich Keighley Kempston Kettering Kings Lynn Knutsford Services (M6) Lancaster Leeds Leicester Leicester (Fosse Park) Leighton Buzzard Letchworth Leyland Lincoln Liverpool Long Eaton Loughborough Louth Lowestoft Luton Manchester Mansfield March Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Middlesbrough Milton Keynes Newark Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newmarket Newport Pagnell North Hykeham North Shields Northampton Northwich Nottingham Oldham Penrith Peterborough Peterborough Services [A1(M)] Peterlee Preston Rayleigh Rochdale Rotherham Rushden Sandbach Services (M6) Scarborough Scunthorpe Sheffield Skegness South Shields Southend Southport St Albans St Neots Stamford Stanford-le-Hope Stevenage Stockport Stockton-on-Tees Sudbury Sunderland Sutton-in-Ashfield Thetford Thirsk Wakefield Wallsend Warrington Washington Watford Wellingborough Whitby Whitley Bay Widnes Wigan Wisbech Worksop Wrexham York.

Pick up locations for this tour are(26/05/24)(30/06/24)(29/09/24)Abingdon Acocks Green Aldershot Andover Banbury Banstead Basingstoke Bath Bexhill Birmingham Bognor Regis Bournemouth Bracknell Braintree Bridgwater Brighton Bristol Broadstairs Bromley Bromsgrove Burgess Hill Camberley Cannock Canterbury Cardiff Cheltenham Chepstow Christchurch Cinderford Cirencester Clacton-on-Sea Clevedon Coventry Crawley Croydon Dartford Didcot Dover Dudley Eastbourne Eastleigh Evesham Exeter Services (M5) Fareham Faversham Folkestone Gloucester Great Malvern Hastings Hereford Herne Bay High Wycombe Holyhead Ferry Terminal Horsham Hove Hythe (Kent) Kidderminster Kidsgrove Leamington Spa Leatherhead Ledbury Leominster Lewisham Lichfield Liskeard Littlehampton Lydney Maidstone Margate Melksham Newbury Newcastle-under-Lyme Newport (South Wales) Newton Abbot Oswestry Oxford Oxford Peartree Services (A34) Oxford Services (M40) Pershore Plymouth Poole Portchester Princes Risborough Reading Redditch Ringwood Rochester Ross-on-Wye Rugby Salisbury Saltash Shrewsbury Sittingbourne Solihull Southampton Southampton Ferry Terminal St Austell Stafford Staines Stoke-on-Trent Stourbridge Stroud Sutton Sutton Coldfield Swindon Taunton Telford Tewkesbury Tiverton Sampford Peverell Services (M5) Trowbridge Tunbridge Wells Uxbridge Walsall Warwick Waterlooville Wellington (Shrops.) Weston-super-Mare Weymouth Whitstable Wolverhampton Worcester Worthing Yeovile, Yeovil.

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