Athlone & Irish Lakeland

Athlone & Irish Lakeland

A tour to Ireland’s picturesque Lakeland region, based in the historic walled town of Athlone, the geographical centre of the Emerald Isle.

This very popular tour to Ireland’s picturesque Lakeland region is based in the historic walled town of Athlone at the geographical centre of the Emerald Isle. Athlone is renowned for its location on the banks of the River Shannon which flows through the town centre. Lough Ree just north of the town is one of the largest lakes on the Shannon and Lakelands region. The town is also home to several historic landmarks, most notably Athlone Castle which dates from 1210.



Set in a stunning location on the shores of Lough Ree, a few kilometres from the centre of Athlone. Facilities include two restaurants and the Waterfront Bar, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa treatments. All bedrooms feature satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee tray. Lift available.



Day One: We travel to Holyhead for our Irish Sea crossing to Dublin, then continue west to Athlone and the Hodson Bay Hotel.


Day Two: This morning we have an included boat trip on Lough Ree departing from the hotel’s own jetty to the castle quay in the centre of Athlone. Some time to explore and perhaps visit the castle which re-opened recently after major renovation. You could also enjoy an Irish coffee in Sean’s Bar, reputed to be the oldest pub in Ireland.


Day Three: Today we visit the city of Galway one of Ireland’s oldest cities that features monuments such as St. Nicholas’ Church, Lynch’s Castle and the Spanish Arch, plus the Old Claddagh fishing village, the Cathedral, the city museum and Eyre Square. The centre is a delight to explore with its labyrinth of cobbled streets.


Day Four: This morning we head to Clonmacnoise to see the Ancient Monastic Site near Shannonbridge. The extensive ruins include round towers, numerous churches and elaborate Celtic crosses. We continue via Shannon Harbour to Birr Castle with its magnificent formal gardens, Ireland’s Historic Science Centre and the amazing 72 inch Great Telescope, designed and built in 1840.


Day Five: We travel back to the ferry port for our return sailing to Holyhead and on home to North Wales.



  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Lough Ree boat trip

  • Return Irish Sea crossings

  • Return coach travel

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
Abergele Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Bangor, Beach Rd IRE Bangor, Nelson Pub Beach Road
Bangor, Deiniol Rd IRE Bangor, Old Post Office Bus Stop Deiniol Road
Bethel Bethel, Primary School Bus Stop
Bontnewydd Bontnewydd, Bus Stop Near Chip Shop
Bryngwran Bryngwran, School Entrance
Caergeiliog Caergeiliog, Outside Sportsmans Pub
Caernarfon, Campbell Road Caernarfon, Bus Stop Bottom of Campbell Road
Caernarfon, Leisure Cent. Caernarfon, Bus Stop opposite Leisure Centre
Caernarfon, Morrisons Caernarfon, Morrisons Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Caernarfon, Waterloo Port Bus Stop
Caernarfon, Y Glyn Caernarfon, Y Glyn Bethel Road
Colwyn Bay Colwyn Bay, Railway Station Bus Stop
Criccieth, Medical Centre Criccieth, Medical Centre Bus Stop
Deganwy Deganwy, Railway Station Bus Stop
Gaerwen IRE Gaerwen, Bus Stop Opposite Stermat
Gwalchmai Gwalchmai, Opposite Clock
Holyhead Holyhead, Bus Stop Outside Ferry Terminal Entrance
Llanberis, Maes Padarn Llanberis, Bus Stop Opposite Maes Padarn
Llanberis, Spar Llanberis, Outside Spar Shop
Llandegai IRE Llandegai, Bus Stop Opposite Castle Entrance
Llandudno Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park Bus Stop
Llandudno Jct. New Road Llandudno Junction, New Road Bus Stop
Llanfairfechan Llanfairfechan, Castle Bridge Bus Stop
Llanfairpwll Llanfairpwll, Pringles Car Park
Llangefni IRE Llangefni, Tafarn Y Rhos
Llanrug Llanrug, Arvonia Garage
Menai Bridge Menai Bridge, Library Bus Stop
Old Colwyn IRE Old Colwyn, Church Walks Bus Stop
Penmaenmawr IRE Penmaenmawr, Bus Stop Opposite Llys Clwyd
Penrhyn Bay Penrhyn Bay, Post Office
Penygroes Penygroes, Crossroads (Outside Victoria Hotel)
Porthmadog Porthmadog, Tesco Bus Stop
Pwllheli Pwllheli, Bus Station
Rhos on Sea Ire Rhos on Sea, The Cayley Arms Bus Stop
Rhos on Sea, Hickorys Rhos on Sea, Bus Stop Opposite Hickorys Restaurant
St. Asaph St. Asaph, Bus Stop Outside Petrol Station
Valley Valley, Opposite Valley Hotel
Y Felinheli, St. Marys Y Felinheli, St Mary's Church Bus Stop
Y Felinheli, Victoria Y Felinheli, Victoria Hotel Bus Stop

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