Mayo & Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way
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11th September 2020
€140 Single Supplement
Your Trip Includes
- Experienced Driver
- Luxury Coach Transportation
- 4 Nights 3 star Hotel Accommodation
- 4 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 4 Evening Meals
- Entrance to Ceide Fields – Self Guided
- Atlantic Sheep Farm – Currently Open
- Visit Foxford Woollen Mills – Currently Open
- Visit The Museum of Country Life – Currently Open
- ALL VISITS AND TOUR OPERATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CV19 RESTRICTIONS
- Dublin Heuston Station
- Dublin City Centre
The Twin Trees Hotel : Ballina (3 star) – 4 nights
This morning we travel from Urlingford and Dublin to our hotel in Mayo. We will stop for a short visit to Foxford Woollen Mills, a hugely important local business that has provided emplyment for the locals of Co. Mayo town for the past 130 years. It’s exquisite shawls, blankets and throws are all made here by the banks of the river Moy. Reboard the coach and travel the short distance to our hotel in Ballina. Rachael Moylette welcomes you to her family owned and operated hotel now run by the 3rd generation. Enjoy a welcome cuppa on arrival with time to relax before dinner together at 7pm.
Following breakfast, we visit the Ceidi Fields
The Ceide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world, dating back five and a half millennia. They were discovered in the 1930’s but it took another 40 years before an archaeologist began studying these stones in the bog and their true historical significance was realised. Currently Self Guided only
It is a unique Neolithic landscape of world importance, which has changed our perception of our Stone Age ancestors. The remains of stone field walls, house and megalithic tomb are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles. They tell a story of the everyday lives of a farming people, their organized society, their highly developed spiritual beliefs and their struggle against a changing environment beyond their control. The afternoon is free in Ballina, perhaps you may want to visit The Jackie Clarke Collection (Currently Open): Jackie Clarke (1927-2000) was a Ballina Businessman and a genius collector of Irish historical material. In 2005 his widow, Mrs Anne Clarke, gifted his collection to Mayo County Council for the people of Ballina, Mayo and Ireland
We return to our hotel in Ballina for dinner and overnight.
Following a leisurely breakfast, the morning is free to relax at our hotel. In the late morning, we board the coach and travel to Co Sligo enjoying beautiful scenery on our drive. We’ll visit Atlantic Sheepdogs. It’s a great opportunity to see some of the worlds smartest sheepdogs, working in their natural environment. Martin Feeney, who together with his dogs, has represented Ireland on an international stage on numerous occasions over the past twenty years, demonstrates how sheepdogs are used to move sheep around mountains and fields, on a typical Irish Farm. Learn how the dogs are trained, about the many different breeds of sheep reared on the Atlantic Sheepdogs Farm and all about life on the farm.
Dinner together at our hotel this evening at 7pm.
Following breakfast, board the coach for a delightful day touring to Achill Island. Achill Island is Ireland’s largest island and it is accessible from the mainland by bridge. The island represents the west coast in miniature form: majestic mountains, clear lakes, expanses of bogs, long unspoilt sandy beaches, picturesque villages and the highest sea cliffs of Ireland. The Atlantic Drive, boasting some of the most impressive views of the Atlantic, goes along the south west coast of Achill. This coast road along the cliff edge has fantastic views of Clew Bay.
Continuing the journey from Achill to Westport you pass along Clew Bay which, according to tradition, has 365 islands – one for every day of the year. No wonder Grace O’Malley, the fearless sea pirate used this bay as her own.
Dinner is at 7pm today in the hotel’s dining room
Our final morning together; following breakfast and check-out, we visit The Museum of Country Life in Turlough. This award-winning Museum is home to the National Heritage, Culture & Natural History Collection. With exhibitions spead over four floors, the museum gives its visitors a unique opportunity to see how the people of Ireland lived in years between the Great Famine and the end of the 1950’s. We continue homeward bound arriving into Dublin at approx. 4pm before continuing to Urlingford