UCC Ireland Scotland Wales

17 July - 6 August 2018
Destinations: 
Dublin, Galway, Killarney, Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, Conwy, Cardiff, Heathrow

Cool Green Ireland

Tuesday 17 July

Fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland

Wednesday 18 July

Arrival Day Dublin
11:30 Meet tour guide extraordinaire, Gary, at Dublin Airport
A bit of free time at Malahide Castle for a light lunch on your own
1:15 Malahide Castle Tour followed by Howth Drive on the way to our hotel, The Academy Plaza
18:00 included group dinner at hotel
Dublin

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Thursday 19 July

Breakfast in hotel
Free Day in Dublin with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass included
Opportunity to visit Trinity College, the Book of Kells, St Patrick's and Christchurch Cathedrals, Grafton Street and more
Dinner on your own
Dublin

Friday 20 July

Breakfast in hotel
9:00 Bags on coach for a 9:15 departure
10:30 Visit Castletown House, a Palladian country house built in 1722 with gardens and a river walk on a 550 acre estate, with some time at the end of the tour for refreshments in their cafe, on your own
12:45 back on coach for an hour and a half ride
3:00 Visit to Clonmacnoise Abbey, a monastery on the River Shannon founded in 544, displaying the largest selection of Early Christian graves in Europe
About an hour drive on to The Imperial Hotel, Galway
Dinner on your own
Galway

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Saturday 21 July

Breakfast in hotel
9:00 Departure from hotel lobby for drive to The Corrib Princess
9:30 An hour and a half cruise on the Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland
After the cruise, travel by our coach through the heart of Connemara to the Kylemore Abbey- a Victorian mansion built in the 19thC
Lunch on your own. Kylemore Abbey has a cafeteria on site
Back to Galway after the Abbey visit
Dinner on your own
Galway

Visibility ~  Cliffs of Moher

Sunday 22 July

Breakfast in hotel
Bags on coach
9:00 Departure for scenic drive with stops along the way, to the Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
12:00 Arrival at the Cliffs of Moher for cliff viewing and lunch in the visitor's center, if you wish
2:00 Drive approximately 2 hours to Killimer for 20 minute Shanon Ferry Cruise
Then on to Innisfallen Hotel
7:00 Included dinner in hotel
The Innisfallen Hotel is 4 miles from Killarney. Taxis to and from the town center would be possible after dinner if you wish
Killarney

Monday 23 July

Breakfast in hotel
The Ring of Kerry-- a full day excursion around the Iveragh Peninsula. Plenty of stops with sea views, a sheep dog demonstration, mountain regions, and villages
Dinner on your own
Celtic Steps Show
Killarney

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Tuesday 24 July

Breakfast in hotel
9:00 Departure for an hour and a half drive to Blarney Castle and Gardens. Time is allowed for the castle climb, kiss and lunch in their visitor center on your own
An approximate hour and a half drive to the 2:45 tour of the Rock of Cashel
4:00 Departure for 2 hour drive to The Grand Hotel Malahide
7:30 Farewell to Ireland dinner in hotel
Malahide/Dublin
Kilkenny Reader

Wednesday 25 July

Breakfast in hotel
Bags on coach
Transfer to Dublin Airport, Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath, for flights
Slán abhaile!
12:35 pm Ryanair flight # FR 816 to Edinburgh
1:45 pm scheduled arrival in Edinburgh
Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and walk the Royal Mile
Edinburgh

Thursday 26 July

Breakfast in hotel
Visit Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum
Edinburgh

Friday 27 July

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
An hour and a half drive to Stirling
Visit Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's largest and a favorite residence of the Stuarts
Continue about 3 hours on to the Premier Inn Inverness River Ness
Inverness

Saturday 28 July

Breakfast in hotel
10:00 Departure for Worship with a local congregation
2:30-5:50 Afternoon excursion
Inverness

Sunday 29 July

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
Drive along Loch Ness and the Caladonian Valley passing Ben Nevis via Ft. William and Glencoe
Included group dinner in hotel
Oban

Monday 30 July

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
Drive through the Trossachs and along the bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond
Glasgow

Tuesday 31 July

Breakfast in hotel
Day on your own to follow your own interests in Glasgow
Suggestions include: The Kelvingrove Gallery and Art Museum, Glasgow Science Center, The Tall Ship, Glasgow Cathedral, Pollok Country Park
Glasgow

Wednesday 1 August

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
Drive 280 miles, crossing Hadrian's Wall, to Wales
Conwy

Thursday 2 August

Breakfast in hotel
9:00 departure Visit Conwy Castle, Bodnant Garden and Snowdonia National Park
Conwy

Friday 3 August

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
Drive 223 miles through Wales to Cardiff
Cardiff

Saturday 4 August

Breakfast in hotel
9:00 departure Visit Cardiff Castle, Llandaff Cathedral
Cardiff

Sunday 5 August

Breakfast in hotel
8:45 Bags on Coach for 9:00 departure
Drive 138 miles to Heathrow
Along the way visit the best preserved medieval ruins of Tintern Abbey on the Welsh bank of the River Wye and the Roman spa town of Bath
Heathrow

Monday 6 August

Breakfast in hotel
Transfer to London Heathrow for flights
or
extend your stay in London

ITINERARY CHANGES: All transportation. lodging, and sightseeing arrangements and schedules are subject to variance and substitution due to circumstances beyond our control.

The hotels we plan to use are:

Dublin

The Academy Plaza
10-14 Findlater Place, off Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, D01 X2X0, Ireland
www.academyplazahotel.ie/en/

Galway

The Imperial Hotel
Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland
www.imperialhotelgalway.ie/

Killarney

The Innisfallen
www.innisfallenhotel.ie/

Dublin Airport

The Grand Hotel Malahide
Grove Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36 XT65, Ireland
www.thegrand.ie/

Edinburgh

Travelodge Edinburgh Central
33 St Mary's St, Edinburgh EH1 1TA, UK
Phone: +44 871 984 6137
https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/205/Edinburgh-Central-hotel

Inverness

Premier Inn Inverness River Ness
19-21 Huntly St, Inverness IV3 5PR, UK
Phone: +44 871 527 9302
https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/scotland/highland/inverness/inverness-centre-river-ness.html?cid=GLBC_INVRIV/

Oban

Royal Hotel
Argyll Square, Oban PA34 4BE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1631 563021
https://strathmorehotels-theroyaloban.com/

Glasgow

Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre Buchanan Galleries
St Andrew House, 141 W Nile St, Glasgow G1 2RN, UK
Phone: +44 871 527 9360
https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/scotland/strathclyde/glasgow/glasgow-city-centre-buchanan-galleries.html?cid=GLBC_GLASTA

Conwy

Quay Hotel and Spa
Deganwy Quay, Deganwy, Conwy LL31 9DJ, UK
Phone: +44 1492 564100
http://www.quayhotel.co.uk/

Cardiff

Hotel Novotel Cardiff Centre
Schooner Way, Cardiff CF10 4RT, UK
Phone: +44 29 2113 2800
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-5982-novotel-cardiff-centre/index.shtml

Heathrow

Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel
Bath Road, Hounslow TW6 2AQ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 8897 6363
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lhrbr-renaissance-london-heathrow-hotel/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

Harp ~ National Symbol