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Dreaming of Donegal

  • Glenveagh National Park

    Glenveagh National Park
  • Glenveagh Castle ©Tourism Ireland-Geray Sweeney

    Glenveagh Castle ©Tourism Ireland-Geray Sweeney
  • Glenveagh Gardens

    Glenveagh Gardens
  • Slieve League Cliffs ©Tourism Ireland-Holger Leue 2005

    Slieve League Cliffs ©Tourism Ireland-Holger Leue 2005
  • The Peace Bridge in Derry, Ireland

    Derry
5 day tour
From £279 per person - minimum 25 passengers

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Donegal, wild and remote, marks the most northerly point of Ireland. Almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic, Donegal’s scenery is a true national treasure. On this exciting tour you will visit the quaint town of Donegal and enjoy a boat trip around the bay, you will also experience some of Ireland’s greatest scenery at Glenveagh National Park and the Slieve League Cliffs. Visits to Belleek Pottery and Lifford Courthouse add an extra light hearted, historic and artistic dimension to this tour.


Dates

April - October 2020


Suggested itinerary by coach or air

Day 1

Depart the UK

Travel to Ireland by either coach and ferry or fly from your local airport.

Day 2

Slieve League cliffs and Donegal Cruise

Travel via Killybegs to view the spectacular Slieve League cliffs, the highest in Europe at 1,972 ft above the sea. Enjoy the views of the Glengesh Pass and on to Donegal where you will have some free time to wander the old town; perhaps visit the 17th century Donegal Castle and the famous Magee’s Tweed shop before taking a short cruise of Donegal Bay.

Day 3

Glenveagh National Park and Lifford Courthouse

Today visit Glenveagh National Park, a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the northwest of County Donegal. A tour of Glenveagh Castle is included on your trip. Located at the centre of the Park, on the edge of Lough Veagh, Glenveagh Castle is a late 19th century castellated mansion, built as a hunting lodge.

This afternoon visit Lifford Courthouse for the ‘Live’ tour for a step back in time, as you mingle with prisoners from years gone by in Donegal’s original county jail! An actor will take you down into the original dungeon cells where you will face arrest by our prison guard, suffer a lesson with the stern schoolmaster and try and avoid some pesky asylum inmates. Any caught misbehaving will be thrown in solitary confinement or even worse – the stocks!

Day 4

Belleek Pottery and Sligo

This morning enjoy a fascinating factory tour of the world famous Belleek China Pottery. After exploring the small museum, your tour guide will take you around the factory where you can watch the different stages of the pottery making process and speak with the craftspeople as they work. There will also be time to explore the shop and enjoy refreshments in the café.

In the afternoon visit Drumcliffe Village and Visitor centre – laying under the shadow of Sligo’s most famous mountain, Ben Bulben. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Sligo where you can visit Sligo Art Gallery, St John’s Cathedral, Sligo Abbey and Sligo County Museum.

Day 5

Derry/Londonderry and return home

Time permitting, enjoy a morning visit to Derry; the 2013 Capital of Culture. Enjoy a fascinating tour explaining the turbulent and moving history of this beautiful city. Visit the cathedral, take a walk on the ancient city walls and stroll over the stunning new Peace Bridge. Afterwards return home.


Suggested hotels – Visited by Greatdays August 2017

Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey ****

Jackson’s Hotel is an award-winning 4-star hotel in Donegal boasting fully equipped leisure centre with 22 m swimming pool, Garden Restaurant, Bally Buffet Bistro and Joe’s Lounge Bar. Welcome drink on arrival is included, porterage and regular evening entertainment programmes including live music, Irish coffee making, knitting and cookery demonstrations. Complimentary coach parking is available on site.

Great Northern Hotel **** Bundoran

This 4-star hotel is set in 130 acres of parkland in the popular tourist town of Bundoran just 7 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking Donegal Bay, it has a golf course and a fully equipped leisure club including gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. A restaurant and 2 bars are available on-site. All rooms are equipped with a TV, telephone and private bathroom. Many rooms also boast views of the coast or golf course.


5 days
2020 dates From £279.00 per person

*All prices include return ferry crossing

We can offer a wide range of overnight stays along Ireland’s Ancient East or North Wales should require you them when travelling to Donegal.

All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room and with one free place, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Based on Exchange rate of £1 = €1.112 Correct as of January 19.

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