2021 A Journey Around Ireland

23rd May - 18th June(26 nights)pdfdownload

 




Relaxed touring, Natural beauty and the Wild Atlantic Coast

The Emerald Isle. Before you’ve travelled far in this country you’ll be enchanted and captivated by the land, its people and its wonderful laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy Spring-Early Summer as we tour around almost the entire coastline of both the North and the Republic, all in a relaxed manner.

The major population centres tend toward the east coast. Whilst there will be an opportunity for visits into Belfast and Dublin, this tour really focuses on the much more rural areas of the south and west coasts. It is here that Blarney, Bantry, The Ring of Kerry, The Dingle Peninsular, The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Ballina are all found, as we travel leisurely along the Wild Atlantic Way of the Republic.

It’s then time to be in the North for some touring, firstly inland at Lough Macnean, where the water creates the border between the North and the Republic, and then onto Bushmills on the North Coast. Here is home to the famous Bushmills Distillery and the natural phenomenon of the Giants Causeway.

This tour offers wonderful travel in your own motorhome, in lovely locations whilst remaining socially distanced.

Day One – Sunday 23rd May
We meet at a well-appointed campsite near Stranraer. Late afternoon the Tour Directors will host a welcome get together. A chance to meet fellow travelling companions and to learn a little more about the adventure ahead.

Day Two – Monday 24th May
We take the ferry from Cairnryan to Larne (Northern Ireland). The crossing is around 2 hours. Upon departing we have 70 miles to our campsite located in Rostrevor Forest, which is home to Carlingford Lough. This evening the Tour Directors will host a welcome to Ireland drinks reception at their motorhome. 5 miles to Cairnryan port then 70 to campsite

Day Three – Tuesday 25th May
Two options for today. Belfast City is easily reached by public transport for those wishing to see this capital of the North, the Titanic Exhibition is a very good visit. Alternatively relax in the surroundings of the Park and Forest, it is also just a 15-minute walk into the centre of Rosetrevor.

Day Four – Wednesday 26th May
We cross into the Republic today as we make our way down the East coast towards Dublin. Our campsite is situated outside of the city within the grounds of Camac Valley Park. 90 miles

Day Five – Thursday 27th May
An opportunity to visit Dublin. From outside our campsite runs the bus directly into the city, home to Molly Malone and Guinness. For those not wishing to go into the city the campsite and local park are a peaceful place to be.

Day Six – Friday 28th May
A return visit to Dublin or take a relaxing walk to enjoy the park or visit the local shops.

Day Seven – Saturday 29th May
We arrive on the south coast to a well-kept campsite at Dunmore East in Co. Waterford. This evening we have a group dinner in the campsites own restaurant with fine views out to sea. 125 miles

Day Eight – Sunday 30th May
A free day take a walk down to the village and explore the harbour area.

Day Nine – Monday 31st May
Today we continue our journey along the south coast to arrive in Irelands south west corner for the start of the Wild Atlantic Way that runs all the way to Co. Donegal. You may wish to stop at Blarney Castle on the way. 150 miles

Day Ten – Tuesday 1st June
There are some good walks in the area, or just 10 minutes away you can normally see seals basking in the sun.

Day Eleven – Wednesday 2nd June
Although we are now close to the ‘Ring of Kerry’ you can drive down to the end of Beara Peninsula, passing Bere Island on your left, to see the Dursey Cable Car. Later we are covering just half of the ‘Ring’ giving you all day to enjoy the great scenery this route is rightly famous for. 80 miles

Day Twelve – Thursday 3rd June
We are now halfway round the ‘Ring of Kerry’ but rather than push on today we have a free day to enjoy the wonderful location and surroundings of our coastal campsite which is situated on the Gulf Stream coast in South-West Kerry. There are also some interesting things to see in Cahersiveen

Day Thirteen – Friday 4th June
Today we do move on with another short journey giving time to take in the second half of the ‘Ring’ as we travel to another good campsite on the outskirts of Killarney. 40 miles

Day Fourteen – Saturday 5th June
Plenty of opportunities today. Take a walk into Killarney town centre (1 mile), make a visit to the Killarney National park by bicycle/motorhome. Muckross House is just 3 miles down the road with easy motorhome parking

Day Fifteen – Sunday 6th June
Relaxing day or you could drive up to the Gap of Dunloe, 10 miles, and take a jaunting car (pony and trap) ride through the gap.

Day Sixteen – Monday 7th June
We leave Co. Kerry today as we travel north to Doolin and back to the Wild Atlantic Way. On route take time to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. 130 miles

Day Seventeen – Tuesday 8th June
The next two days have been left free to enjoy the stunning area around our coastal campsite. Doolin is reputed to be the heart of traditional music and is situated overlooking the Cliffs of Moher from where you can see and witness the Atlantic rollers crashing into the cliffs.

Day Eighteen – Wednesday 9th June
Enjoy a coffee whilst looking out to sea towards the Aran Islands and maybe take a boat trip to view the cliffs from the sea.

Day Nineteen – Thursday 10th June
Continue along the Wild Atlantic Way to our next coastal campsite just outside of Galway. 50 miles

Day Twenty – Friday 11th June
Take a coastal walk or use the local bus from the campsite entrance for a visit of the historic centre of Galway. Irelands National Aquarium is also located close to our camping.

Day Twenty-one – Saturday 12th June
We continue north on our journey to Achill Island where we will be staying for two nights. With Tramore Strand to the south, Slievemore mountain to the north, the Minaun cliffs to the west and Keel village to the east, the location simply cannot be beaten. Take the longer route and stop off to see Kylemore Abbey & the Victorian Walled Garden.  125 miles

Day Twenty-two – Sunday 13th June
Our caravan park is alongside Keel Beach which stretches for 5km and is one of the finest Blue Flag beaches in Ireland.

Day Twenty-three – Monday 14th June
Today we complete the journey on the Wild Atlantic Way as we approach Co. Donegal and turn inland to Lough Macnean. This lough forms the border between the North and Republic and this evening we stay on its northern shore; we are now back in Northern Ireland. 120 miles

Day Twenty-four – Tuesday 15th June
Return to the coast today, this time the north coast. We arrive to a well-appointed campsite at Bushmills. 100 miles

Day Twenty-five – Wednesday 16th June
The Giants Causeway is likely to be your destination for today. This can be reached by a coastal walk of around 5 miles, bicycle or by local small gauge railway. The famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge is also within reach, but only for the more adventurous to cross.

Day Twenty-six – Thursday 17th June
An opportunity to explore the local area further; including seeing the distillery of the world-renowned Bushmills whiskey, or just relax and take it easy. This evening we will walk into town (10 minutes) for a ‘Farewell Dinner’.

Day Twenty-seven – Friday 18th June
We have an easy drive to Larne for our return ferry to Cairnryan, 2-hour crossing. It is here our tour comes to an end. 50 miles

VISITS TO PLACES OF INTEREST

  • All visits are left for individuals to decide which they would like to make and are not arranged/included in the tour. Throughout the time away the Tour Directors will be on hand to assist with any bookings. Note some attractions may require online pre-booking/paying.

GROUP MEALS

  • 5 group meals with wine are included in the tour *

PRICE

Motorhome with 2 people = £1399 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £1999

INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Return Cairnryan to Larne ferry crossing
  • 26 Campsite nights with electric hook-ups
  • Welcome to Ireland drinks reception
  • 5 group meals with wine *
  • Tour information pack with suggested routes & GPS co-ordinates
  • Services of Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome

* Two meals are already arranged for days 7 & 26, three more will be arranged throughout the tour. Locations will be chosen whilst on the tour to aim for the correct weather with ideally meals being planned outdoors. If meals are moved inside they will proceed only where social distancing guidelines can be adhered to.