The Midlands

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Day 1


We travel to the Midlands on some of the best roads in the country. Our first gem is Belvedere House and Gardens on the shores of Lough Ennel. Hear the story of the house and family before moving on to our base at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone.

Day 2

Kilbeggan Distillery & Athlone

Kilbeggan Distillery is our first port of call today. The guided tour shows how the building looked and operated in the 19th century and offers the opportunity to sample some of the produce. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Athlone Castle which is famous for being the site of the Siege of Athlone, which was a defining moment in Irish history. Athlone town has a reputation for quality shopping with the Golden Island Shopping Centre and Athlone Town Centre, offering plenty of choice.

Day 3

Clonmacnoise & the River Queen

Today we visit Clonmacnoise, which was founded by Saint Ciaran about 584AD and was a major centre of learning, craftwork and social development. In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Banagher and take a trip on the River Queen, which is a 50 seat passenger boat, providing cruises on the River Shannon. The boat allows the passengers to enjoy the natural beauty of the Shannon waterway.

Day 4

Birr Castle Gardens & Tullamore

On our homeward journey, we will stop off en-route, to visit the famous Birr Castle Gardens which can be explored at your leisure. There will be time for some shopping in the town of Tullamore.

Day 5

If you require a fifth day of your tour, this can be added. Please contact our team for more details.

What’s Included

  • Luxury Touring Coach
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • 3 Nights Accommodation
  • 4 Full Days Touring
  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • 4 Nights / 5 Days available on request

Other Attractions

  • Derryglad Folk Museum
  • Charleville Castle, Tullamore
  • Clara Bog Visitor’s Centre

(Entrance to attractions not included)

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