Fancy A Getaway This Autumn?
Hop on board a luxury coach from Brian Cunningham Travel, with pick ups in Waterford, Portlaw and Dungarvan.
Stay at The Clayton Hotel, Galway or The Maritime Hotel in Cork while taking in all the sights, dinner, nightly entertainment, day trips and more.
Sunday 26th September – Thursday 30th September
Staying at The Maritime Hotel.
This morning we will collect everyone at their designated pick-up points and board our luxury Ardcavan Coach to travel to the glorious West Cork where we will stay at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry. Whilst on board you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic views Ireland has to offer. After our warm reception we will unwind and settle into our rooms before meeting for dinner.
After a lovely breakfast we are heading up to Gougane Barra and to the National Forest Park. Gougane Barra is in these hills where the majestic River Lee rises, flowing to Cork Harbour approximately 89km away. Steeped in history, there is a tiny island at the edge of the lake at the entrance to the Forest Park where St. Finbarr, patron saint of Cork, founded his early Christian monastery in the 6th century.
After our morning trip to Gougane Barra it is off to Glengarrif. From here we will meet our friendly captain, who will take us by enclosed boat to Garnish Island. On route to Garnish Island, we might even get a glimpse of some of the seals. On Garnish Island we will spend two hours here discovering the Italian Garden, Greece Temple and much more. After our trip, it is back to the hotel for some relaxation for wonderful dinner and entertainment.
After a hearty breakfast we travel down to Michael Collins family homestead, close to the entrance is the footprint of a farmhouse that Michael Collins’ mother built. Down here we will learn about the “Big Fella” himself, his life story entwined with the history of the fight for Irish independence. Following on from here we will head back into the town of Clonakilty where we will enjoy a guided tour of Clonakilty Distillery, located in the heart of Clonakilty town, their distillery opened in 2018. The three gleaming copper pot stills are inspiring sight to behold. Here they create their award-winning new make. Later we return to the hotel for a lovely dinner and some light entertainment.
This morning after breakfast, we are off on our coach for a scenic drive to Mizen Head. The tour will include a walk to the famous iconic Mizen bridge which is 150ft long, joining the two islands and bringing you to where the lighthouse keepers lived and worked. Mizen Head is the most south-westerly point in Ireland. You might even get a glimpse of some dolphins and whales. After our trip to the stunning Mizen Head, we travel to the beautiful village of Schull which is dominated by Mount Gabriel. It has a sheltered harbour which is used for recreational boating. We travel back to the hotel for dinner and relax into this beautiful West Cork Hotel.
After our delicious full Irish breakfast, we say farewell to our lovely hotel. Prior to leaving the town, we do some shopping at the local fair. Fair Day is every Friday in Bantry and we discover the local delights and products available before departing back to our original pick-up points.
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Monday 30th August – Friday 3rd September
Staying at Clayton Hotel Galway.
Today we will collect everyone at the pick-up points, and you will board our luxurious Ardcavan Coach. From there we will travel to the West of Ireland and visit the historic city of Tribes in Galway where we will begin our holiday. We will stay at the charming Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit in Galway. Upon arrival we can relax and unwind before meeting for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Today after a hearty breakfast we travel to the scenic area that is Doolin in Co. Clare, here we will board our cruise with the Harbour Queen and sail across the Cliffs of Moher to the smallest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Oirr. The flora & landscape of this island has northern and alpine species which are rare and under conservation order. Looking out onto the Coastline you will witness the breath-taking views of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher from a truly unique perspective. We will arrive back at the hotel and enjoy some relaxation before sitting down for some dinner and light entertainment.
Today after a delicious breakfast, we journey to the famous Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation and spirituality. Explore a breath-taking 6 acres of beautiful Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings.
After a lovely lunch, we will take a tranquil woodland & lakeshore walk that will take you through the charming 1,000-acre estate. The exquisite Gothic Church is only a short distance from the abbey, nestled nearby in the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. We will then return to the hotel for a lovely dinner and light entertainment.
After breakfast, we have an official tour around the vibrant Galway City, where our guide will highlight some of the many attractions throughout the city from Eyre Square, Spanish Arch and a tour of the Galway City Museum for you all to enjoy. Later we will visit the Cathedral and then you can spend the afternoon with some free time doing a bit of shopping on the famous streets of Galway City. We will return to the hotel for some much-needed down time before enjoying a fantastic farewell dinner with some light entertainment.
After our final breakfast we will be getting back on our coach and heading home after a fun filled packed few days. Enjoy the scenes as we begin our journey back to our original pick-up points, stopping off for lunch en-route.