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
- Entrance to the Lissadell House
- Music on 8th July with Des Lee of Miami Showband Fame
- Visit Foxford Woollen Mills
- Visit The Museum of Country Life
- 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 a leisurely breakfast, we board the coach and travel to Co Sligo and 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.
We continue to Lissadell House, made famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann, where she served as Minister for Labour (thus becoming the first woman minister in a modern Western European democracy), and was also the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons at Westminster, London (where she declined to take her seat).
It is now the home to Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and their 7 children, they have worked hard since buying the house restoring it to it’s former glory for everyone to visit. Enjoy a guided tour of this wonderful house with huge connections to Irish history milestones.
We return to our hotel in Ballina for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, we visit the Céide Fields.
The Céide Fields are the oldest know field systems in the world, dating back five and a half millennia. They were discovered in the 1930s but it took another 40 years before an archaeologist began studying these stones in the bogs and their true historical significance was realised.
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 tombs 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. There is a tearoom here if you would like a quick cuppa before boarding the coach again. The afternoon is free in Ballina, perhaps you may want to visit The Jackie Clarke Collection: 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.
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 followed by music and dancing by Des Lee of The Miami Showband Fame – Bring those dancing shoes!
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