Mayo & Sligo’s Wild Atlantic Way

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30th Aug 2021
€479 pps
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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
  • Atlantic Sheep Farm
  • Achill Island
  • Lissadell House
  • Visit The Museum of Country Life – Currently Open
  • ALL VISITS AND TOUR OPERATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO CV19 RESTRICTIONS

Pick-up Points

  • Cork
  • Fermoy (J14 Service Station)
  • Cashel
  • Urlingford
  • Portlaoise
  • Naas
  • Dublin Heuston Station
  • Dublin City Centre

Hotels:

The Twin Trees Hotel :  Ballina (3 star) – 4 nights

 

Day 1:

This morning we travel from Urlingford and Dublin to our hotel in Mayo.  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.

Day 2:

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.

Day 3:

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.

Dinner together at our hotel this evening at 7pm.

Day 4:

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. 

The afternoon is a delightful visit to Lissadell House, the famous childhood home of Constance Markieviez. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann

The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with the Gore Booth sisters and stayed at Lissadell in 1892 and 1893. He immortalised Lissadell and the Gore Booth sisters in his poetry:

The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle. …

Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

W. B. Yeats

Dinner together at our hotel this evening at 7pm.

Day 5:

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