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Gateway to Galway

Gateway to Galway

Discover Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, the mighty Wild Atlantic Way and the lovely city of Galway.

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You will also view the Wicklow Mountains National Park, enjoy scenic river trips on the River Corrib and the Shannon and visit Irish towns where you hear the traditional Irish music radiating from the local pubs. This Irish holiday is truly one not to be missed!


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G&K Shared Tour

We have been working behind the scenes with Galloway to be able to offer you an even wider range of UK and Continental Holidays, this enables us to offer you more choice and some exciting NEW destinations. As these Holidays will be offered by both companies, we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Day 1

We depart home area and make suitable comfort stops enroute to Fishguard where we join Stena Line for our afternoon ferry crossing (3¼-hours) across the Irish Sea to Rosslare. Afterwards we travel a short distance to our overnight hotel, The Talbot Hotel in Wexford where we will be welcomed with a cup of tea/coffee upon arrival whilst our overnight case is taken to our room. Time to freshen up before our evening meal.


Day 2

After breakfast we travel along the east coastal route to Avoca, the filming location for 'Ballykissangel' and home to Avoca Handweavers, Ireland's oldest weaving mill. We continue our journey alongside the Wicklow Mountains National Park via Wicklow to Bray for our lunch stop. Bray is known as the 'Gateway to the Garden of Ireland's and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland. Afterwards we continue our journey through the heart of Southern Ireland to our main hotel and arrive early afternoon. Time to relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink before your evening meal.

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Day 3

Today we travel a short distance to the pretty town of Athlone, perched on the banks of Ireland's longest river, the Shannon. Spend time at leisure discovering this town which is also home to Sean's Bar- Ireland's oldest pub.

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Day 4

This morning we travel west to the colourful city of Galway which was named in 2020 as the European Capital of Culture - and for good reason! Galway is an exciting, lively town with something to interest everyone, from the beautiful colours of its portside houses to the infectious rhythms of the traditional Irish music found in almost every pub and bar. We take a scenic 90-minute cruise aboard the Corrib Princess from Woodquay, in the heart of the city, along the majestic River Corrib and into Lough Corrib. During the cruise you will hear about Galway's ancient past, Celtic mythology and the resident dancers will wow you with their professional Irish dancing. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Galway.

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Day 5

This morning we make our way to the impressive Birr Castle Gardens, where we have time to wander around the awardwinning gardens, home to an abundance of rare plants collected by the Earls of Rosse on their travels around the world over the last 150 years. After free time for lunch in Birr, we enjoy a scenic 1-hour river cruise from Shannonbridge to Clonmacnoise, taking in the stunning natural beauty of the Shannon waterway as we relax. Upon arrival, we explore the spectacular Clonmacnoise monastery which was founded in the 6th century.

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Day 6

After breakfast we depart our hotel and return to Wexford to our overnight hotel making a stop enroute in Kilkenny, a medieval town. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including imposing St. Canice's Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It is also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.

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Day 7

After an early breakfast we catch the 8am return ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard and arrive home area early evening.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Evening Meal Included


The Shearwater Hotel & Spa offers a warm welcome. Modern rooms feature TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Make use of the hotel leisure facilities which include a gym, indoor pool and sauna.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ardleigh Crown Ardleigh Crown Public House
Beacon Hill Services Beacon Hill Services Lorry Park
Bramford, Angel PH Bramford, Angel Public House
Bury St Edmunds Bus Stn Bury St Edmunds, Bus Station, Stand 9
Capel St Mary (North) Capel St Mary White Horse Public House
Setdown Point:Capel St Mary National Exp StopSouth
Chelmsford Services Chelmsford Springfield Services
Lorry Park (Off A12)
Claydon Crown Claydon Crown Public House Lay By
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Combs Bus Shelter Combs Bus Shelter, Ipswich Road (Opp. Esso Garage)
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Debenham Angel Debenham Angel Public House
Diss Bus Station Diss Bus Station
Eye Town Hall Eye Town Hall
Felixstowe Coach Park Felixstowe Coach Park, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe,
IP11 7SJ
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Kelvedon - The Tavern Kelvedon The Tavern, High Street/Station Road
Long Stratton Long Stratton Police Station
Mendlesham Kings Head Mendlesham, Kings Head Public House,
Mendlesham, Denters Hill Mendlesham, Denters Hill
Needham Market - Swan Needham Market, Swan Public House,
Newmarket Bus Station Newmarket Bus Station
Norwich - Castle Meadow Norwich, Castle Meadow,(Outside Galloway Office)
Redenhall/Station Road Junction of Redenhall Road/Station Road Harleston
(Old Duke William PH) IP20 0LB
Scole - Scole Engineering Outside Scole Engineering Garage, Scole
Sproughton Sproughton, Wild Man Public House
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Stowupland Dents Corner Stowupland, Dents Corner,
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Witham Old Post Office Witham Old Post Bus Stop - Sorting Office
(NOT McColls Store)
Woolpit Church Woolpit Church

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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