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This exclusive short break delivers a charming combination of a fabulous driving experience in a choice of classic car and unforgettable accommodation in an historic castle.
In this bespoke weekend you can experience some of Ireland’s most spectacular driving scenery, all from behind the wheel of your choice of classic vehicle. Select from a sleek 1974 MGB roadster, a delightful 1971 Rover P5b, stylish 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider, beautiful 1979 Mercedes 350SL or charming 1970 Morris Minor.
We will recommend routes so that you can enjoy the gentle sloping landscapes and the meandering country roads of Ireland, whichever castle option you select.
Your accommodation choices are as follows:
Originally built in the sixteenth century but now offering some of Ireland’s finest 5 star accommodation, Dromoland Castle oozes historic significance and regal grandeur. Located in southern County Clare, the hotel’s exquisite renaissance structure elegantly sits amidst acres of grounds and immaculately manicured gardens.
Dromoland Castle’s unique blend of old-world opulence with contemporary facilities create a luxurious yet contented place to spend a weekend, and each room is thoughtfully appointed and individual in design.
The hotel offers a wealth of activities to cater for all desires whether you prefer to take a swing on its championship golf course, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or truly indulge in the castle fantasy with a spot of archery or falconry. Dining here is a truly gourmet affair with restaurants for both formal and informal dining boasting abundant and innovative menus.
A mere eighty minutes North West of Dublin in Glaslough, Monaghan lies the magnificent Castle Leslie Estate, situated in one thousand acres of rolling emerald countryside. Serenity, character and a strong sense of lineage pervade the grounds here as, impressively, the estate remains in the hands of the Leslie family who bought it way back in the 16th century.
Extensively restored in recent times to its original splendour, this luxurious hotel today offers charming accommodation, plentiful dining options including the award-winning Snaffles restaurant and a diverse range of on and off-site activities including horse riding, fishing and kayaking.
The castle’s rooms are steeped in history, retaining their original features and dotted with eclectic family collections from centuries past. Each room holds a story, from the governesses’ room which accommodated tutors and nannies throughout the years to the reclaimed cellar designed by Sir John Leslie or Uncle John as he is more affectionately known (you may even meet him at breakfast!). His room features a somewhat surprising glitter ball in the bathroom which apparently reflects his love of ‘boom boom’ music…
The classic cars are collected in and returned to Dublin, and you can enjoy a two night stay in your choice of castle hotel as described.
Hotel Option A – Staying at Dromoland Castle and Country Estate
Price by classic car hire:
1974 MGB roadster – £725 per person in April, May and October or £805 per person from June to September
1971 Rover P5b – £760 per person in April, May and October or £830 per person from June to September
1990 Alfa Romeo Spider – £725 per person in April, May and October or £810 per person from June to September
1979 Mercedes 350SL – £760 per person in April, May and October or £830 per person from June to September
1970 Morris Minor – £675 per person in April, May and October or £790 per person from June to September
The above prices are all based on two adults sharing a Queen Anne double ensuite room for two nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and includes three days hire of a classic car collecting and returning in Dublin.
Dinner is to be taken in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant and consists of five courses on each evening.
There are a number of room upgrades available from deluxe rooms to executive suites. Please do not hesitate to ask us for more details.
Hotel Option B – Staying at Castle Leslie Estate
Price by classic car hire:
1974 MGB roadster – £540 per person in April and October or £555 per person from May to September
1971 Rover P5b – £575 per person in April and October or £585 per person from May to September
1990 Alfa Romeo Spider – £540 per person in April and October or £550 per person from May to September
1979 Mercedes 350SL – £570 per person in April and October or £590 per person from May to September
1970 Morris Minor – £525 per person in April and October or £535 per person from May to September
The above prices are all based on two adults sharing a double ensuite room for two nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis and includes three days hire of a classic car collecting and returning in Dublin.
If you would like to upgrade to a superior room for your two night stay add a further £30 per person to the prices above.
We would be delighted to assist with accommodation in Dublin either before or after your classic car tour as well as transfers to and from the rental depot – please ask us for a quote from our selection of centrally located luxury hotels.
Both hotels have a wealth of activities on offer which are not included but we would be happy to book on your behalf.
We can also offer an excellent selection of guesthouse and hotel accommodation in Dublin should you wish to extend your holiday in the city.
Travel to Ireland
We would be delighted to book your travel to Ireland for this holiday. The most convenient ferry routes are those from Holyhead in Wales, to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. There are direct flight connections to Dublin from many airports.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions and recommended routes from your specified starting point, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.
All Ireland itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.
We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.
This holiday is available from April till October.
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