Heart of Ireland

Heart of Ireland

A super holiday to the Emerald Isle, based in the traditional Irish market town of Birr in county Offaly, a designated Irish Heritage Town.

This holiday to the Emerald Isle is based in the traditional Irish market town of Birr in County Offaly, a designated Irish Heritage Town with a wealth of Georgian architecture, the earliest buildings dating from the 1740s. A large rock called the Seffin Stone is said to mark the centre of Ireland, the indentations on the stone are as old as megalithic sites such as Newgrange.



This early 19th century family run four star hotel is located in the heart of Birr within easy walking distance of the pubs, shops and restaurants. Facilities include a spacious lounge, restaurant and bar plus a techno gym, swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, steam room and heated relaxation seats. All bedrooms feature queen-size beds, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.

Lift available.



Day One: We travel across Anglesey to Holyhead for our Stena Line Irish Sea crossing to Dublin, then continue west to Birr where we commence our stay at the County Arms Hotel.


Day Two: A morning visit to the historic walled town of Athlone, renowned for its location on the banks of the River Shannon which flows through the town Centre. Afternoon at leisure to explore Birr and maybe visit the Birr Castle formal gardens and Ireland’s Historic Science Centre with its amazing 72 inch Great Telescope, designed and built back in 1840. (Please note the castle itself is not open to the public).


Day Three: We visit Kilkenny, Ireland’s most historic and compact city with origins dating back more than 1,500 years. A city rich in medieval heritage which is evident in the treasure trove of historical buildings and landmarks such as St. Canice’s Cathedral, the imposing Butler Castle and medieval abbeys.


Day Four: Today we visit Galway, one of Ireland’s oldest cities with medieval walls and monuments such as St. Nicholas’ Church, Lynch’s Castle and the Spanish Arch, plus the Cathedral, the city museum and Eyre Square which is a delight to explore with its labyrinth of cobbled streets.


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



  • Four nights accommodation with dinner and breakfast

  • Irish coffee demonstration

  • Irish themed dinner night with dancers

  • Live entertainment night

  • Glass of wine with dinner on last night

  • Return Irish Sea crossings

  • Excursions as described above

  • Return travel by luxury air conditioned coach.

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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