The magnificent early 18th century stately home of Robert Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, stands in 160 acres of parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell.
Belvedere is one of the finest of Ireland’s historic houses, and together with gardens and park has been exquisitely restored.
Before you cross the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, you can visit Clonmacnoise a 6th century Christian site. Arrive into Galway, which has long traded with Spain and the Spanish influences are many in the city.
Of note is Spanish Arch, a gateway in the old city walls and the Spanish Parade, where wealthy merchants and their families enjoyed a stroll along the promenade. Overnight in the Clayton Hotel (4 star), Upper Newcastle, Galway or similar
Day 3: The Connemara Region
Today travel out into the wild and rugged Connemara region, famous for the savage beauty of its lake and mountain scenery.
Why not visit the Connemara National Park, where Connemara Ponies and Irish red deer roam freely through 5,000 acres of scenic mountains, bogs and grassland.
You can also visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey – a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting against a mountainous backdrop.Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in Connemara
Day 4: Touring in the Connemara Area
Why not relax and enjoy the spectacular Connemara countryside or travel northwards through the magnificent Delphi Valley to Croagh Patrick and into Westport located on the shores of Clew Bay?
Alternatively take a boat trip to one of the Aran Islands and experience a very different aspect of Irish culture.Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in Connemara
Day 5: Co. Clare
Today travel through Galway and continue on to the Lough Derg region one of Ireland’s largest lakes comprising of 50 square miles.
Lough Derg or Loch Derg is a lake in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. It is near the border with Northern Ireland and lies about 7 kilometres north of the border village of Pettigo.
It is best known for St Patrick’s Purgatory, a site of pilgrimage on Station Island in the lake.
Why not visit Rathbaun Farm and see the animals being tended, or enjoy a tea break. Overnight in Farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast Accommodation – in the Lough Derg Region.
Day 6: Tipperary & Kilkenny
Continuing to travel inland, we drive through some of the many small towns and villages Ireland is famous for.
Stop in Cashel and visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most important ecclesiastical sites, which rise dramatically from the flat countryside.
Continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny which is ideal for a casual stroll through its narrow streets and alleyways. Overnight in Springhill Court Hotel (3 star), Waterford Road, Kilkenny or similar
Day 7: Dublin
We return to Dublin and you can complete your tour with a final visit to Dublin’s city centre. En-route you can visit the Irish National Stud where you can see the new born foals in the fields with their mothers.
Overnight in Sandymount Hotel (3 star), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4 or Similar
3 nights – bed & breakfast/farmhouse. Based on per person sharing twin/double room with bath/shower inclusive of service charges
Heritage Island Touring Guide and discount card
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Children supplements apply when a child between 3 & 12 years is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. A child sharing with a single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0 – 2 years are free and meals paid directly to the hotel.