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Larry Reynolds Memorial Tour

My name is Bridie and I am the Senior Agent here at Crystal Travel. That is me on the left with some of the women from our Larry Reynolds Festival Group Tour that went to Ireland last September. We love organizing group tours for people whether it’s families who are looking to take the trip of a lifetime, a running club or a company party.

Group tours are an exciting way of traveling as you have great company while exploring many of the sights and sounds which your vacation has to offer. With a group tour almost everything is organized before you leave, so it is a stress-free way of traveling. You can sit back and unwind as the picturesque landscape of the world is unveiled before you with some of your best friends, group, associates or families.

Upon arrival at Dublin Airport we were met by our driver/guide Pat who was just wonderful. We spent the first two nights in Dublin and visited the Jameson distillery and Guinness Brewery, Trinity College and Book of Kells, and of course Dublin’s oldest pub The Brazen Head. We then went to Donegal for two nights and stopped at Newgrange along the way. It was a perfect time to visit as the day was just beautiful. We traveled through Letterkenny to Glenveagh National Park which was amazing.

On our way to Galway we stopped at Knock Shrine, said a prayer picked up some holy water and then continued on to Galway where we had plenty of time to have lunch and do some shopping. We continued on the next day to Connemara and Clifden. We also visited Clonmacnoise and took a cruise around Athlone where again we had plenty of time to find a nice place to have lunch, shop and meet up with some friends. Our last trip was to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher - also amazing.

We include all attraction fees, breakfast and dinner. Lunch is on your own but the driver always finds great places to eat along the way, especially in little pubs in quaint towns and villages. I really enjoyed this group tour as everyone got along beautifully with each other. It was as if we always knew each other and now we are friends for life. Going on a customized group tour is a great way to see Ireland.

Following on the huge success of the 1st Annual Larry Reynolds Irish Music Weekend in September 2014 plans are afoot for a bigger and busier weekend in September 2015.

Taking place from the Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September

The 2nd Annual Larry Reynolds
Irish Music Weekend

promises to be a weekend of remembrance, music, song, dance and craic.

Crystal Travel & Tours is running a group tour of Ireland to coincide with the festival with the help of the Reynolds family.    

A section on the Boston Irish appeared on Chronicle of which Larry was a big part. You can see it here. 

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Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin

Tour Highlights

Dublin City Attractions

Rugged Hills of Donegal

Knock Shrine

Galway City

Connemara Tour

Larry Reynolds Festival in Ballinasloe

Clonmacnoise & Athlone Cruise

Cliffs of Moher and The Burren

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Sept 5 - Leave Boston

Depart Boston tonight and take an overnight flight to Dublin via New York arriving early tomorrow morning.

Sept 6 & 7 - Arrive in Dublin

Arrive in Dublin on the morning of the 6th where you will stay for the next two nights. As it is early, you may wish to get out and about to see some of the sights. If you wish to do things as a group, your driver can take you to the sights you wish to see. As it is Dublin, much of what you want to see is within walking distance so you can use your hotel as a base.

As your hotel is in Stephen's Green, you can take a stroll through the park to stretch your legs. Trinity college is less than a half mile walk from there, where you can see the Book of Kells and Old Library. Leinster House, Dublin Castle and a number of museums are also only a walk away.

On your second day, your driver can take you to the attractions that are further away such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery, Glasnevin Cemetry, and Phoenix Park. On the second night you will take in dinner and a show at Taylor's Three Rock Pub.

Dinner on the first evening will be at your leisure.

Overnights at O'Callaghan St. Stephens' Green Dublin

Sept 8 - Dublin to Donegal

This morning you will leave Dublin and make your way to Donegal. The journey takes about three hours but it might be a good idea to take a detour north and stop off to see Newgrange, the passage tomb that is older than the pyramids at Giza, or at the Battle of the Boyne Centre to brush up on your Irish history. You might even fit both in if you set out early enough.

Stop for a quick lunch in Drogheda before continuing your journey through the wonderful Fermanagh Lakelands where you will be spoiled with scenery before entering the rugged Donegal countryside.

Dinner this evening is at your hotel and you should be left with plenty of time to wander the town in search of live music and a comfortable bar stool.

Overnight at Mill Park Hotel Donegal

Sept 9 - Tour Donegal

Today you get to delve deeper into Donegal county and its famous rolling hills. Make your way through Ballybofey and Letterkenny to Glenveagh National Park, one of six national parks in Ireland and encompassing some 16,000 hectares. The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park.

From here, go to the Wild Atlantic coast and head south taking in what is probably the most rugged part of the entire Wild Atlantic Way. Be sure to stop off at the Slieve League sea cliffs, one of the 15 signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way. Slieve League are said to be some of the highest and best examples of marine cliffs in Europe. Be sure to walk along the cliffs so as not to miss the scenery. If you manage to make an early enough start, you might also be able to take in Fanad Head after Glenveagh. Fanad Head is a wildly exposed romantic headland, known for its iconic lighthouse, as well as stunning scenery and incredible beaches.

Return to Donegal where dinner will be at your hotel.

Overnight at Mill Park Hotel Donegal

Sept 10 - Donegal to Galway via Knock

Your journey today takes you along a little stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way again towards Galway. You will only be in the bus a short time before your first stop at Mullaghmore Head. Mullaghmore Head is home of the "prowler", a wave like no other, said to be up to 30 metres (100 feet) in height.

From here make your way through Sligo and on to Knock. While here you can visit the Shrine and walk the grounds as well as stretching your legs in the town. It might also be a good place to get some lunch.

From here it is only another hour to Galway where you will spend the night. Galway is a wonderful city so it is no harm to arrive here early in the evening. Your hotel is directly off Eyre Square so you can take the evening to become acquainted with the many shops and pubs that find their home in the city. It is a small city so easy to get around on foot. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Meyrick Galway

Sept 11 - Connemara Touring

Today set out along the west coast to Connermara and onto Clifden. Take some stunning pictures of Kylemore Abbey.  The story of Kylemore – both Castle and Abbey – is a truly remarkable one. The twists of fate which its occupants experienced, from moments of romance and happiness, to sadness and courage have all combined to create a fascinating history spanning over 150 years. This fairytale castle and Abbey is the most visited attraction in the West of Ireland.

Find somewhere nice in the Connemara region to get some lunch. Make your way back to Galway city and on to your final destination for the day which is Ballinasloe. Settle in to your hotel. You will be here for the next three nights for the Larry Reynolds Festival which starts this evening. Dinner is at your hotel.

Overnight at Gullane's Hotel Ballinasloe

Sept 12 - Clonmacnoise & Athlone Cruise

This morning you will take the short trip to Athlone where you will board a Viking River Cruise to Clonmacnoise. An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre.

Return to Athlone by bus and take some time to explore the town. See Athlone Castle and spend some time shopping in Athlone's two wonderful shopping centres before returning to Ballinasloe for another evening of entertainment. Dinner is at your hotel.

Overnight at Gullane's Hotel Ballinasloe

Sept 13 - Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Today you will take your last road trip in Ireland as you go from Ballinasloe to the Cliffs of Moher. The Burren is there to provide some spectacular scenery of its karst landscape along the way.

The Cliffs of Moher tower over the wild Atlantic Ocean and have been acknowledged all over the world as one of the most spectacular sights to see. The Cliffs made it to the final 28 in the 'New 7 Wonders of Nature' campaign in 2011 and are definitely one sight you do not want to miss on your trip to Ireland.

Return to Ballinasloe a different way from whence you came and settle in to enjoy a final night of entertainment in memory of the great Larry Reynolds. Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight at Gullane's Hotel Ballinasloe

Sept  14 - Return Home

Your bus will take you the 90 minutes from your hotel to Dublin airport where you will depart for home.

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