Thursday 06 April | Meet at the airport at 15:00 for Ryanair flight to Shannon departing at 16:55. On arrival, meet up with representative at airport and transfer to Five Ferns B&B.
Friday 07 April | Visit and enjoy a walk in the pretty village of Cong, where Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man was filmed. Proceed to Knock Marian Shrine, one of the few Marian sites in the world recognized by the Vatican and a well-known place of Catholic pilgrimage. Visit charming Ballintubber Abbey, founded in 1216 by King Cathal Crovderg O’Connor, the oldest cathedral in Ireland, also the place where actor Pierce Brosnan got married.
Saturday 08 April | Visit the Doolough Valley Famine Memorial. This stone memorial was erected in memory of the victims of the famine in this area. Proceed to the stunning Aasleagh Falls, a picturesque waterfall located on the River Erriff near Killary Harbour. Killary Fjord, dramatically surrounded by mountains stretches 16 kilometres inland to the picturesque village of Leenane perfect for a visit to the Sheep & Wool Centre. Proceed to Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Gardens, originally built as a castle in 1867 as a romantic gift, later becoming home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920. Visit Connemara National Park featuring over 2000 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests. Optional trek to unleash its beauty.
Sunday 09 April | Day at leisure in Westport, a charming small town with fabulous, picturesque views, such as a parkland setting with a lake, terraces, gardens and views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill, Clare Island and Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick.
Monday 10 April | Visit the National Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, an award-winning Museum all about discovering the story of Irish country life between 1850 and 1950. Next stop is Newport, a heritage town at the heart of the Great Western Greenway. Visit Achill Island, full of incredible beaches to explore amidst a magnificent mountain landscape.
Tuesday 11 April | Visit Foxford Woollen Mills and Factory Outlet, situated in the picturesque small town of Foxford, County Mayo. Visit Rosserk Abbey, a national monument and one of the finest examples of a preserved Franciscan friary. Along the stretch of ruins lies Moyne Abbey, north of Ballina and on the west side of Killala Bay. A short distance away is Killala, a picturesque seaside village whose skyline is dominated by a round tower, dating to the 12th century. Visit DownPatrick Head, a ravishing location where millions of years of geological formation meets folklore, legends and history, both ancient and modern.
Wednesday 12 April | Visit Sligo City, and from the town centre, Sligo’s attractions are right on your doorstep. Visit the Creevy Keel Neolithic Site, amongst the finest examples of a full-court tomb in Ireland. Proceed to the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs. Carrowkeel also boasts 140 circular stone foundations, which are thought to be the remains of a prehistoric village.
Thursday 13 April | After breakfast, visit Galway City for some last-minute shopping. The city is wild and bohemian, and at the same time full of culture, artistry, exceptional food and music. In the afternoon, transfer to Shannon Airport for our flight departing at 20:15. Land in Malta at 00:55.