In Ireland they say, 'a stranger is a friend yet to be made'. This sums up the most charming nature of probably the friendliest nation in Europe, the most beautiful parts of which we visit on this superb holiday. Donegal offers some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in Ireland. The welcome is warm and genuine and the landscape is truly stunning with rugged coastline, sandy beaches and dramatic mountains. Your visit to Donegal will be a memorable experience and features interesting visits and excursions throughout. Our base is the Dorrians Imperial Hotel in the town of Ballyshannon, a favourite with Bibby’s customers.
CURRENCY - Currency required for this tour will be the Euro.
PASSPORT - Not required BUT Photographic ID is required.
The Dorrian family purchased the 3 star Dorrians Imperial Hotel over 60 years ago. The elegant restaurant offers excellent Irish cuisine using local fresh produce and is enhanced by an imaginative wine list. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea making facilities. Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. There is a lift.
We make an early start and travel via the Galloway coast to Loch Ryan to board the lunchtime Stena Line ferry to Belfast. We travel across country to Ballyshannon for 5 nights half board accommodation at the Dorrians Imperial Hotel, arriving late afternoon.
Visiting Killybegs (Ireland's premier fishing port) and viewing The Carrick & Slieve League Mountains from our elevated coastal route along Muckross Cliffs. We continue to Glencolumbkille Folk Village, a thatched-roof replica of a rural village in Ireland's most north westerly county offering a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries.
We begin our day with a visit to Drumcliffe, best known as the final resting place of the poet W.B. Yeats. We continue to the seaside resort of Rosses Point and onwards via Lough Gill to Sligo Town, the county town situated on the banks of the Garavogue River. We return via the picturesque seaside village of Mullaghmore, once the home of Lord Mountbatten.
We travel via the village of Glenties, a well-kept village which has won awards both in the national Tidy Towns competition and the international European competition, Entente Florale. We travel to the coastal town of Dungloe, home of the Daniel O'Donnell Museum (coffee stop) before making our way to the village of Crolly, where lunch is included at Leo's Tavern (the birth place of Irish singer 'Enya' and the folk group 'Clannad'). We meander our way back to Ballyshannon through the Derryveagh Mountains & National Park.
This morning we include a visit to Belleek Pottery, one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Later in the day we visit Donegal Town, overshadowed by the stunning Bluestack Mountains.
After an early breakfast we travel to Belfast for our ferry crossing to Loch Ryan. Arrive home early evening.
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, 1 light lunch, Ferry travel, Luxury coach travel with onboard toilet & facilities, Services of experienced tour driver.
EXCURSIONS - entry to Belleek Pottery.
There is entertainment most evenings at the Dorrians Hotel - please join in the music and dancing.
DEPOSIT: £80.00 per person
Single supplement: £100.00