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Sligo & Yeats Country
  Ireland   Mon Jun 10 2019  08.00hrs 
Sligo & Yeats Country
  Rate (adult/child): €569/€569
Price Includes:
  • Luxury coach throughout with experienced driver.
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation (D, B&B)
  • Cruise on Lough Gill
  • Visit to Glencar Waterfall
  • Visit to Drumcliffe Church and Yeats Grave
  • Entrance and tour of Lissadell House & Gardens
  • Guide for walking tour of Sligo town
  • Guide for one day trip exploring Yeats Country
Monday 10 June 2019
We will pick you up at your designated pick up point and travel west towards Sligo. Our first stop will be in Longford where we will stop for some free time to have lunch and visit St Mel’s Cathedral. The historic Saint Mel’s Cathedral was destroyed by fire in 2009 leaving only the exterior walls, portico and campanile standing. The restoration project, headed by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, has been the biggest in Europe over the past 5 years and the finished building is an awe inspiring display of craftsmanship, dedication and love. After some free time in Longford we will board the coach and continue on to Sligo and our hotel to check in for the first of 4 nights with dinner. (D,B&B)
Tuesday 11 June 2019
After breakfast today, we will board the coach and make our way to Parke’s Castle where you will board the Isle of Innisfree for a cruise on Lough Gill. You will sail around the Isle of Innisfree, which inspired W.B. Yeats to write Ireland’s most popular poem. After your cruise we will visit the spectacular Glencar Waterfall which is 50 ft high and situated at Glencar Lough. Glencar served as an inspiration to WB Yeats and features in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’. The waterfall is really impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. Before returning to the hotel we will stop at Drumcliffe Church which is best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. His grave is marked with a simple headstone with the inscription, "cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman, pass by." This was Yeats' self-penned epitaph together with the instructions that the grave consist of "no marble, no conventional phrase". The graveyard also contains a high cross and nearby is the site of a 6th Century Columbian monastery. We will return to the hotel for dinner. (D,B&B)
Wednesday 12 June 2019
After breakfast today we will depart the hotel and travel to Lissadell House. Lissadell secured its place in the turbulent revolutionary history of 20th century Ireland through Constance, later Countess, Markievicz who turned her back on a life of privilege to become a leading member of James Connolly’s Irish Citizen Army and a 1916 Rising Leader. After our visit to Lissadell we will take a scenic drive around the Wild Atlantic Way to Mullaghmore, passing by Streedagh Point and the fairy-tale castle of Classiebawn which was built in the 19th century by Lord Palmerston, but more recently belonged to Lord Mountbatten. Mullaghmore is a picturesque seaside resort. It has a charming 19th century harbour in the centre of the village and it is a delight to watch the sailing boats come as you sit and relax over a drink or cup of coffee. Mullaghmore village has a generous selection of pubs, hotels and shops, to meet even your best expectations. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner. (D,B&B)
Thursday 13 June 2019
Today, we will have a leisurely day with a late breakfast after which there will be a walking tour of Sligo Town itself. Sligo is the largest town in Ireland’s North West with a rich history evident in landmarks such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the Courthouse, which served as a carpenters’ shop during the cholera epidemic and Sligo Abbey, the town’s only surviving medieval building (built circa 1252). A bronze statue of William Butler Yeats stands watch on Hyde Bridge, while City Hall, with its Renaissance-style architecture, dates back to the 1860s. The walking tour of Sligo provides access to the city’s most significant sites. The route includes main streets, quiet alleys, pedestrian walks and riverside amenity areas, giving the visitor a perfect taste of Sligo. The cholera epidemic in 1832 caused more deaths in Sligo than anywhere else in Ireland. People were left dead in the streets and whole families were wiped out. Bram Stoker (the author of Dracula) had his macabre imagination fired by his mother, a Sligo woman, who told stories of coffin makers knocking on doors in the night looking for corpses and of victims being buried alive. After your walking tour the rest of the day will be free to spend at your leisure with dinner served in the hotel in the evening. (D,B&B)
Friday 14 June 2019
We will check out of the hotel after breakfast and start the journey home with a stop near Roscommon at Arigna Mining Experience where you will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour lasts 45 minutes and brings visitors to the coal face of the mine, where the methods used to extract coal are demonstrated. You will accompany an ex-miner on a tour which is literally a journey through a miner’s life. The dripping of water, the intensity of the darkness, the sight of the cramped areas in which the miners lay on their sides in pools of water, leaves visitors astounded that such working conditions existed until relatively recent times. After your tour there will be time for some lunch before boarding the coach and making our way back to the original pick up points with comfort stops as required.

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