Seaver Irish Adventure Final Information

Patrick & Sonja

Thursday 23rd May – Monday 27th May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and ancient interest. A world renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 23rd May - Arrival in Ireland, Head West

This morning, a private transfer will meet you at arrivals and take you to what is known as the capital of Ireland’s west, Galway! Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. Spend the day at leisure and adjust to the time difference before enjoying a delicious dinner onsite at your accommodation.

Hotel reservation: 64767

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Superior Family Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 23, 2024 | Airline: American Airlines | Flight Number: AA6768
Departure Airport: London Heathrow | Departure Time: 10:40 am
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 12:00 pm

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonard's Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: Arrivals Halls, Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 12:15 pm | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Your transfer has your flight number, so please don’t be alarmed if you are delayed. He will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall.

Day 1 - Glenlo Abbey Actitivites Read More +

Activity: Glenlo Abbey Actitivites
Website: https://www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie/estate-activities.html

Glenlo Abbey’s 138 acres of private estate is the idyllic setting for outdoor adventuring of all kinds. We are happy to book you any activities in advance.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Pullman Restaurant | Location: Glenlo Abbey
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: Patrick Seaver
Website: https://www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie/pullman-restaurant.html

We have booked dinner for you tonight at one of Ireland’s most unique restaurants, which just so happens to be located at your hotel!

Day 2 - Friday 24th May - Exploring Galway

Today a world of adventure awaits just beyond your hotel’s doorstep. Pick up your rental car and embark on a scenic drive through Connemara’s rugged landscapes, where rolling hills and shimmering lakes create a breathtaking backdrop. Explore charming villages like Clifden or Roundstone, where traditional pubs and artisan shops beckon with their authentic charm. Alternatively, opt to spend time onsite at Glenlo Abbey – there are plenty of activities to choose from. Whether venturing out into the wild beauty of Connemara or relaxing at the spa, a memorable day of discovery awaits.

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Superior Family Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1358516315
Pick Up Location: Ballybane Industrial Estate Tuam Road Galway, Ireland H91 PDR3 | Pick Up Time: 9:30 am
Phone: (01) 844 5848

Booked under Patrick Seaver. Automatic intermediate SUV (Kia Sportage or similar).

Inclusions:

  • AM/FM Stereo Radio
  • Air Bags
  • Automatic
  • Gasoline Vehicle
  • Air Conditioning

Protection Products

  • Collision damage waiver 1
  • Excess protection
  • Roadside assistance protection

You will need to take a taxi to collect your rental car. This can be arranged by the concierge at your accommodation. Please note Enterprise require a €200 pick up fee which will be refunded once you return the vehicle.

Day 2 - Suggested Stops Read More +

Killary Sheep Farm A traditional working farm where there are regular sheepdog demonstrations, sheep-shearing and you may even get to feed a baby lamb! We recommend booking this in advance.

Kylemore Abbey A romantically situated abbey with a history of tragedy, romance, innovation and spirituality. There is also a 6 acre Victorian walled garden with its delightfully stored garden buildings.

Connemara National Park The park covers some 2000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands with various hikes onsite (we recommend the Diamond Hill hike).

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/u71ujLSHSpv5E9LXA this route contains all stops mentioned above, remove as needed.

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

If you are heading into Clifden, we recommend Guy’s Bar. In Leenaun, there’s a lovely food truck called Misunderstood Heron that looks out onto Killary Fjord.

 

Day 2 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Sangria Galway | Location: 19 Middle Street
Reservation Time: 7:00 pm | Booking Reference: #111531988
Website: https://www.sangriagalway.com/

A delicious Latin American Tapas Restaurant located in the heart of Galway City.  Head Chef & owner, Byron Flores reigns from Antigua, Guatemala.

Day 3 - Saturday 25th May - Inis Oirr Adventure

Connemara is characterised by a rugged coastline to the south and west with many mountains and lakes to the North and a peat landscape running through its centre. The area is home to the largest Gaeltacht (Gaelic Speaking Population) in Ireland where an estimated 70% of the population speak Irish as their first language on a daily basis. Oozing with culture and tradition, Connemara and the islands have a lot to offer. This morning you will meet your guide and take a flight to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. Enjoy the commanding views of the islands, Galway Bay and the Connemara coastline before stepping into the wilderness. You’ll visit the island Arts Centre where you will get a glimpse of the island’s history, culture, heritage and traditions and finish up doing a craft workshop with Máirtín, a local islander and expert craftsman. A feast of local seafood will be served for lunch, including Aran Lobster, before you embark on a tour of the island visiting the Shipwreck, Underground Church and the 15th century O Brien’s Castle perched on the highest point of the island. Head back to the mainland this evening just in time to freshen up and grab a bite to eat.

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Superior Family Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Guide Details - Padraic Read More +

Name: Padraic
Contact Number: +353 (0)87 2238764
Meeting Place: Connemara Airport | Meeting Time: 10:00 am

Driving route to airport: https://maps.app.goo.gl/qAoXfCGKamrZNFSn8

Please arrive to the airport no later than 10am. Your flight departs at 10.30am. Padraic will meet you at the front of the airport, he will have your phone number. Your return flight is at 4.30pm, so you will spend most of your day on Inis Oirr.

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Palmers Bar & Kitchen | Location: Glenlo Abbey
Reservation Time: 7:30 pm

For convenience we have booked dinner at your hotel tonight.

Day 4 - Sunday 26th May - Whiskey & Storytelling

The morning is free for you to explore Galway city. We recommend a stroll through Shop Street and a coffee stop down by the Spanish Arch overlooking the water. This evening join a local whiskey guide who will lead you around the streets of Galway into some of the oldest pubs to discover the finest Irish whiskey. Tasting the Uisce Beatha (water of life) will certainly leave you in the mood to go to your final stop to meet Galway’s famous storyteller in a cosy pub corner for an hour of tales and regaling. Allow yourself to be immersed in a world of creativity, laughter and amazement as the story’s told will let your mind wonder.

Overnight: Galway | Glenlo Abbey
Room Type: Superior Family Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Suggested Stops Read More +

Eyre Square Eyre Square is the focal point of Galway and it was renamed Kennedy Memorial Park in 1965, after J.F.K himself had visited. Today Galway’s main square is a large, open plaza, home to mini festivals, local and international buskers, musicians and street performers.

Galway City Museum & The Spanish Arch Learn all about the history of Galway city through the archaeology, art, geology, natural history, social, political and industrial materials preserved here. Take a peek at the historical Spanish Arch, located where Galway’s River Corrib meets the sea. This is a tranquil spot that tourists and locals alike enjoy. Visit the remnants of a 16th century bastion which was used to protect merchant ships from looting.

Galway Cathedral One of the city’s biggest buildings, Galway Cathedral is home to a huge octagonal dome visible for miles. Building of the cathedral began in 1958 on the site of an old county jail. The modern cathedral houses some interesting statues, a rose window and a huge crucifixion mosaic. It is built of Galway limestone and locally-quarried Connemara marble.

Shop Street Packed with buskers, restaurants, pubs and people – Shop Street is the beating heart of the city. It’s worth a browse in the local shops and at the street art.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop A must visit for book lovers! Explore their labyrinthine maze of over 100,000 books: new, second-hand, bargain and antiquarian.

Salthill Promenade Salthill is a seaside resort area on the northern shores of Galway Bay and features a promenade offering views of the nearby harbour city of Galway and the Aran Islands. Take a stroll along the shores and be sure to stop in one of the best ice cream parlours in the country.

Driving route into the city: https://maps.app.goo.gl/rTA4pL2Kddbskwm17 We recommend parking at Q Park Eyre Square.

Driving route to Salthill: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Zb7zfhb3h6PXWTq49

Day 4 - Lunch Details Read More +

For lunch we recommend The Creamery in Salthill, or in the city we recommend McDonaghs or Kai Restaurant. For something different, try Murphy’s ice cream, we recommend the Irish soda bread flavour!

Our favourite pubs in the city are O’Connells, Tigh Neachtain and The Dew Drop Inn.

Day 4 - Whiskey & Storytelling Experience Read More +

Activity: Whiskey & Storytelling Experience
Sheena:
Start Location: O’Connell’s Bar, 8 Eyre Square, Galway H91 FT22 | Start Time: 1:30 pm | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)86 733 2885

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Ard Bia | Location: Spanish Arch
Reservation Time: 8:00 pm | Booking Reference: BTY7QQVF
Website: https://www.ardbia.com/home-1/

Day 5 - Monday 27th May - Depart

This morning, drop your rental car back and it is time to make your way to Dublin for your onward adventure. We hope your time in the west has been memorable and we look forward to welcoming you here again soon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Car Rental Drop Off Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1358516315
Drop Off Location: Ballybane Industrial Estate Tuam Road Galway, Ireland H91 PDR3 | Drop Off Time: 10:00 am
Phone: (01) 844 5848

You will need to take a taxi from Enterprise to the train station in the city. We recommend Big Os taxi service +353 (0)91 58 58 58

 

Day 5 - Train Details Read More +

Travel Date: April 27, 2024 | Rail Operator: Irish Rail
Departure Train Station: Galway Ceannt Station | Departure Time: 11:05 am
Arrival Train Station: Dublin Heuston | Arrival Time: 1:33 pm

Your ticket collection number is 120 69650733. There is a ticket booth in the train station, click “collect pre booked tickets” and enter this number. Your seats are C35 & C39.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Car Rental from May 24th to May 28th (intermediate automatic SUV)
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically
  • Private Transfer from Dublin airport to Galway
  • Flights to Inis Oirr
  • Guided Day on the Island incl. lunch & all activities
  • Private Whiskey & Storytelling Experience
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities

Accommodation

Glenlo Abbey

Bushypark | Co. Galway |
H91 XD8K | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)91 519 600
Web: glenloabbeyhotel.ie