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Wandering Aengus (Yeats Tour) | 10 Day Self-Drive

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Park House Hotel- Galway (3)
  • Clarion Hotel - Sligo (3)
  • Camden Court Hotel - Dublin (3)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport 

Hertz manual compact car with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Discount book, travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours

Price is per person based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

"There are no strangers here; only friends you haven't met yet."

- William Butler Yeats

Much of Ireland's beauty is captured through literature with some of the world greatest authors, poets and playwrights hailing from the island. William Butler Yeats was one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature, a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, the first Irishman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation."

Born in Dublin, Yeats spent his childhood in County Sligo and much of his adult life in Galway hence the three overnights on this tour. This tour is designed to be relaxing with 3 nights in 3 different areas. All areas are related closely to Yeats so nature and scenery is the key on this tour but history can also play a huge part. Does not have to be exclusively related to Yeats but involves some hiking and exploring.

10 Day Wandering Aengus Itinerary

Day 1: Shannon to Galway

Leave Shannon Airport this morning and make the short journey to your accommodation in Galway. As the journey is so short you may wish to stop in Ennis for breakfast and explore the town a little before making your way to Lahinch. From Lahinch you can follow the Wild Atlantic Way up along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs tower 700 feet above sea level, standing watch over the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Take a walk along the top of the Cliffs to O'Brien's tower for an even better view before continuing along the coast to Galway. Galway is a fantastic little city, easily navigable but foot and full of an indefinable charm that only a city of its size can have.

Overnight in Park House Hotel Galway

Day 2: Coole Park & Thoor Ballylee

Less than an hour from Galway is an area where Yeats spent much of his time in the company of Lady Gregory. The area is near Gort and consists of places like Coole Park, Thoor Ballylee and Kiltartan Cross. Coole Park was the home of Lady Gregory, one of the most important figures in the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century and was immortalized in some of Yeats poetry, including The Wild Swans at Coole. There are two trails to follow. "The Family Trail" is an easy 1.75 km walk, taking you past the deer pen, the site of the house and into the walled garden to see the Autograph Tree. The 4.5 km "Seven Woods Trail" connects the different woods made famous in poetry by W.B. Yeats. Depending on the season, you might see bluebells and violets, jays and treecreepers, red squirrels and stoats, butterflies and dragonflies, or swans and other wetland birds. Next you can visit Thoor Ballylee, often referred to as Yeats Tower. as the poet lived there for a time. Return to Galway city when you have given over enough time to exploring this area.

Overnight in Park House Hotel Galway

Day 3: Connemara Tour

Today you will explore Connemara to your west. Journey along the Wild Atlantic coast through Clifden, the unofficial capital of the area, to Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful Victorian Castle, stunning Neo Gothic Church, and the largest Victorian Walled Garden in Ireland all set in a 1000 acre woodland estate. Make your way deeper into Connemara to Leenaun before cutting east for Cong in Co. Mayo. This is where The Quiet Man was filmed and is also home to Ashford Castle. Return to Galway towards evening and further explore this vivacious city.

Overnight in Park House Hotel Galway

Day 4: Drive to Sligo

Leave Galway this morning for Sligo, your home for the night. You will pass through the small town of Knock in Mayo where Our Lady is said to have appeared in 1879. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way from Enniscrone all the way to Sligo. The Wild Atlantic Way provides you with some exceptional stopping points and photo spots. It is well sign posted so you won't miss a thing. Stop off in Sligo for lunch or tour Yeats Country while you are there. Settle in to your accommodation in the evening after a long journey.

Overnight in Clarion Hotel Sligo

Day 5: Yeats' Country

Sligo was the county of Yeats childhood and features heavily in the poetry of William Butler Yeats. Today is dedicated to exploring its beauty and tranquility. Follow the signs for Rosses Point, one of Sligo's leading resorts. The picturesque village, magnificent sandy beach, the championship golf links and the yacht club justifiably attract visitors each year. Then back along this lovely peninsula facing Benbulben and north to Drumcliffe. The churchyard contains the grave of W. B. Yeats. Head north west to Lissadell via Carney. There is a wildfowl reserve between the road and the sea noted for wintering barnacle geese. From Lissadell, travel back to the main road and then north via Grange and Cliffony to Mullaghmore. West of Grange is Streedagh which has some fine beaches and dunes.

Overnight in Clarion Hotel Sligo

Day 6: Relax

Today is a free day to relax and do your own thing. Because you are a little over mid way through your tour and you have done a lot of driving, you may wish to take it easy today. If you have more of Yeats Country to explore, you can do so today. Your other options are to strike west or north along the Wild Atlantic Way to either Enniscrone or Donegal and take in all of the scenery along the way.

Overnight in Clarion Hotel Sligo

Day 7: Drive to Dublin

Today you can drive from Sligo to Dublin. It is best to go directly to Dublin, a journey that should take a little over three hours. There is little of note to break up the journey but much to see and do in Dublin. Drop off your car as you will no longer need it. Check into your hotel on arrival and give yourself plenty of time to check out the area. Temple Bar is very lively at night, possibly a little too lively for some but there are plenty of options for everyone as Dublin is a substantial city.

Overnight in Camden Court Hotel Dublin

Day 8: Explore Dublin

Take today to leave the car idle and use the open top bus tour as your mode of transport. It allows you to hop on and off at whatever attractions you choose along the route and should keep you entertained for a large part of the day.

Be sure to visit the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery among the other attractions along the route.

Overnight in Camden Court Hotel Dublin

Day 9: Literary Dublin

It might be nice to dedicate today to literary Dublin. For a relatively small country, Ireland has made a huge contribution to world literature. Many world famous Irish writers, poets and playwrights were born in Dublin or made Dublin their home. For example, Seamus Heaney, Jonathan Swift, WB Yeats. Yeats was involved in setting up the Abbey Theatre and James Joyce whose world famous “Ulysses” is set in Dublin, remarks on a journey he made around the city. Visit the Books of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity College. The Yeats Collection at Dublin's National Library of Ireland allows visitors to trace Yeats' family tree and features an interactive experience. There is even a Literary Dublin Pub Crawl or you could see a show at the Abbey Theatre which was co-founded by Yeats.

Overnight in Camden Court Hotel Dublin

Day 10: Return Home

Make your way from your hotel to Dublin Airport where you will return your rental car and fly home.

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