Post Botanica Tour

Botanica Burren, Galway & Connemara Tour


Monday 8th September 2014

We depart Dublin city-centre immediately after the last Botanica2014 workshop. We will meet our Irish tour guide who will accompany us throughout the tour to the West of Ireland and then transfer by luxury coach to Galway. Transfer time is approximately 3 hours, which includes a comfort break.

We arrive in Oranmore, a busy village on the coast, a short 10 minute drive from Galway city centre and check-in to the Coach House Hotel, situated in the heart of the village.

We then head to the famous Moran’s of the Weir pub where we will enjoy the best in Irish oysters, mussels and of course a Pint of Guinness!

Tuesday 9th September 2014

Full Irish Breakfast is served.

Our journey today takes us along Galway Bay, with a first stop at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle, and then into the the Burren- home to 75% of Ireland's native flora and location of numerous ancient monuments several of which we visit including the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort. We then continue along the coast via Black Head to the coastal village of Doolin before visiting the 200m high, 8km long Cliffs of Moher.

Here we enjoy the stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take our time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher before continuing to Lisdoonvarna for lunch.

This afternoon, we meet an old friend from Botanica2012,Vivienne Campbell.Vivienne was a keynote speaker at Botanica2012 and is well known amongst the Irish and international herbal communities. Vivienne will take us to the Burren Perfumery, Ireland’soldest perfumery which is located in the heart of the beautiful and dramatic landscape of the Burren. Following time with Vivienne discussing the flora of this area, organic tea rooms are on site to tempt you! The perfumery also has a wonderful herb garden.

Following transfer back to the Coach House Hotel, we have time at leisure before travelling into Galway city.

Also known as the “City of the Tribes” after the fourteen merchant families that dominated the political, commercial and social life of the city, Galway is alive and vibrant. Home to many festivals including the Oyster festival, the Arts Festival and the famous Galway Races, this small city of the Atlantic Ocean is teeming with music, theatre and great “craic”!

We enjoy dinner in Kirwans Lane restaurant in the heart of the city and then go on to sample the local pub culture and have a pint in the King’s Head, the Quays or Neachtains…you will be spoiled for choice!

We then return to the Coach House Hotel for the night.


Wednesday 10th September 2014

Full Irish Breakfast is served.


Today we leave Galway city behind as we explore the heart of Connemara, a region lying between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean which offers some of the best scenery in the world. This is a region of superb scenic grandeur, dominated by the rocky mountain range known as the Twelve Bens. Many of the inhabitants are Irish speakers and much of the ancient Gaelic culture is preserved.

We reach the beautiful Pass of Kylemore, here are the three Kylemore lakes, all famous angling waters, and above them, the nineteenth-century Kylemore Abbey. We stop to admire this magnificent 19th century mansion of massive walls and gracious windows. It is now the only Benedictine Nun's Abbey in Ireland and is run as a boarding school for girls.

Continuing our tour of Connemara, we pass through the quiet village of Letterfrack, set in beautiful surroundings, with fuschia hedges demonstrating its mild climate. We also pass part of Connemara National Park, covering almost 4,000 acres of rugged Connemara countryside and encompassing the Twelve Bens mountain range. The expanses of bogs, heaths and grasslands are home to red deer and the famous Connemara ponies.

The road from Letterfrack to Clifden passes through the pretty village of Moyard where there is a good view over the landlocked Ballinakill Harbour.

We lunch in the town of Clifden, fast becoming known as the “Gourmet capital of the West”with its excellent choice of restaurants and pubs.

In the afternoon we return to Galway for a herbal surprise and have time at leisure in the city before returning to our hotel.


Thursday 11th September 2014

Full Irish Breakfast is served.

We check-out of the hotel this morning and transfer into Galway city. Here we take a walking tour to discover city delights including the Spanish Arch and the Claddagh, Eyre Square, St. Nicolas Church and Lynch’s Window. There is then free time for shopping. Following lunch at the award winning seafood restaurant O’ Grady’s on the Pier situated on the outskirts of Galway city, we then leave for Dublin. The scheduled arrival time in Dublin is 6pm latest.


· 3 nights sharing a twin/double room Bed & Full Irish Breakfast in the Coach House Hotel in Oranmore

· Luxury coach for the duration

· Badged guide for the duration

· Entrances to Cliffs of Moher; Kylemore Abbey and Burren perfumery

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