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.
TRAVEL INSURANCE - Required.
The 3 star Dorrians Imperial Hotel is a family owned hotel, renowned for their friendly welcome and superb service. 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 travel via Loch Ryan to board the afternoon 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.
We take a spectacular drive along the coast to Lissadell House and Gardens, an imposing early 19th century house with magnificent views across Sligo Bay to the mountains beyond. Discover the exhibitions on the poet WB Yeats, his artist brother Jack Yeats and Countess Markievicz and explore the beautiful alpine and kitchen gardens.
We travel east along the shores of beautiful Lough Erne to Enniskillen. There we board the MV Kestrel for a wonderful boat trip taking in the scenery as we journey to Devenish Island, a former monastic site with the atmospheric ruins of St Mary's Priory and spectacular round tower. We have free time to explore the town, returning via Belleek Pottery, one of Northern Ireland's oldest and most fascinating attractions.
This morning we visit the village of Adara, home to the Donegal Tweed Visitors Centre where you watch the master weavers at work on the heritage looms. Later, we travel via the Glengesh Pass to Glencolumbkille Folk Village, returning to Ballyshannon via the coast.
This morning we visit Donegal Town, overshadowed by the stunning Bluestack Mountains. We return to Ballyshannon for a free afternoon.
Morning transfer to Belfast for the mid-day sailing to Loch Ryan. Arriving back into the local area early evening.
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast, Luxury coach travel with onboard toilet & facilities, Ferry travel, Services of experienced tour driver, There is entertainment some evenings at the Dorrians Hotel - please join in the music and dancing.
EXCURSIONS - entry to Lissadell House & Gardens and boat trip on Lough Erne.
DEPOSIT: £80.00 per person
Single supplement: £100.00