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Step on the train this morning, heading northwest away from one of Europe’s great capital cities, for a scenic three-hour journey through counties Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Roscommon, and onwards into Co Sligo. Your destination is the county town of Sligo itself, straddling the Garavogue River, your hotel just five minutes from the station by taxi.
Your Accommodation in Sligo
Shipshape in more ways than one, your accommodation in Sligo is an independently owned hotel, proudly set on the riverside like a vessel in dock. The impressive glass exterior houses quirky bedrooms wreathed in colour, and an award-winning restaurant overseen by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed chefs.
Restrain yourself at breakfast this morning, as today you are off on one of Sligo’s tastiest and most fascinating excursions. Meeting at the oyster-farming family’s cafe just two minutes’ walk from your hotel, you’ll have the chance to sample oysters either in their natural state, or baked oysters – often less intimidating for the beginner – or even deep-fried in the family’s signature po-boy sandwich. Yum! Later, enjoy a guided tour of the oyster farm in the company of the owner, learning about Sligo’s ancient seafood and the care, craft and expertise that goes into growing Sligo Bay Oysters from tiny seed to plate. All of this amidst jaw-dropping views of Benbulben and Knocknarea, and the grand expanse of Sligo Bay.
Get set for a fine day on the road. You’ll be met by a local driver-guide and taken on a tour of the superb coastal route between Sligo and Westport in Co Mayo. Taking in the banks of the River Moy, ancient Ceide Fields, stunning Ballycroy National Park and the sweep of Clew Bay, you’ll be delivered to your next base in Westport in the early afternoon.
Your Accommodation in Westport
Mere yards from the railway station and the centre of town, your accommodation in Westport is a slice of old Irish hospitality at its best. Owned and run by a local host who knows just how to make guests feel at home, you’ll sleep soundly in traditional accommodation, and be well set up for a day out with a show-stopping breakfast.
There are few more colourful places in Ireland than the jewel-like town of Westport. This morning, you’ll uncover some of its rich history and hidden details in the company of a cheerful local guide as part of a small group. Later, perhaps stroll around the bay taking in the harbour area before dinner closer to town and a live music session in one of Westport’s many welcoming pubs.
A longer day on the rails today, your train heading inland to the rolling landscapes of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the ancient city of Athlone (home to Ireland’s oldest pub – imagine!) where you change for the Galway service, heading back towards the coast. From Galway station, your hotel is a few minutes away by taxi.
Your Accommodation in Galway
Perched on the harbourside here in Europe’s westernmost city, your accommodation in Galway is a fine independent hotel, whose friendly staff are always eager to help you make the most of your time. Enjoy a drink in the popular bar or dinner of superb seafood in the restaurant, then take your leave in one of the comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
A holiday highlight today, as you board the ferry at Galway docks, bound for the island of Inis Mor. Recently given something of a boost with its appearance in the award-winning film The Banshees of Inisherin, Hollywood has certainly not changed this captivating place. Upon arrival here, you’ll be met by an ebullient guide, a local man of the Gaeltacht, and whisked away in his specially adapted Land Rover for a tour of the island as part of a small group. With stories of the island’s rich and ancient history and a vehicle that makes much of its landscape uniquely accessible, there’s no better way to see Inis Mor.
The return ferry-crossing detours via the foot of the Cliffs of Moher, some of Europe’s highest sea-cliffs, giving you the opportunity to see them from a superb vantage-point.,
A day of relaxing exploration at your own pace here in the ‘City of Tribes’. Europe’s westernmost city is a lively and colourful place, rich in history, with a buzzing Latin Quarter, an impressive cathedral, fine pubs and dining. We’ll make sure you have all the information you need to make the most of your time.
Wave goodbye to the west as you board the train returning to Dublin. To wherever you’re making your onward journey, we’ll be happy to assist in getting you there with the minimum of fuss.
This public-transport holiday starts with a train journey from Dublin to Sligo, then carries on to Westport in Co Mayo and finally the city of Galway.
£1225 per person for April & October, £1285 per person for May to September.
Prices are based on two sharing ensuite twin or double rooms for seven nights on a bed and breakfast basis
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.
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