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Magnificent Mayo

Archill Island, Keel, Sligo, Foxford Woollen Mills & Hennigen’s Heritage Centre

By popular request we have arranged another super value holiday with single travellers in mind with sole occupancy
bedrooms having no single room supplement and including four nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast.
Persons who prefer to share a twin or double bedroom are most welcome to join this tour!

Ballina is an attractive town situated on the River Foy, famous for being the “salmon capital of Ireland”, and it is an
excellent base from which to explore the delights of County Mayo and County Sligo. This tour offers superb value, as
well as a varied itinerary that offers something for everyone; culture, history and breathtaking scenery.

At the time of publication of this leaflet, Passports are not a requirement for British Citizens visiting the Irish Republic, however the Irish Authorities have indicated that this policy is to change in the future and passengers are therefore recommended to carry a valid Passport or photographic I.D. e.g. photo driving licence with them on this holiday.
Further information can be obtained from the UK Passport Office and/or main Post Offices.


The 3 star family owned Downhill Inn Hotel is located on the edge of Ballina approx. a twenty minute walk from the town centre. The owners provide a truly warm welcome and great hospitality for their guests and hotel facilities include open plan reception, restaurant and bar and all bedrooms have en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone and tea/coffee maker. Please note that the hotel does not have a lift but there are ground floor bedrooms available.


Monday: Early morning departure to Holyhead where we board the 08.55hrs ferry service to Dublin port. We disembark and continue westwards via Longford and Boyle arriving at the hotel early evening. Settle into your room and enjoy your evening meal.

Tuesday: This morning we travel to Westport, one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns and voted the best place in Ireland to live. The streets of Westport are lined with fine Georgian architecture and have an unusual layout centred on “The Octagon”. The town is noted for its traditional pubs including Matt Molloy’s, named after the flutist from The Chieftans.

Wednesday: Today we discover the magic of County Mayo. We begin the journey along the shores of Lough Conn and Lough Cullen, through Newport and Mulranny and take the bridge across to charming Archill, Ireland’s largest island. We make a stop in Keel before continuing on the Atlantic coastal drive. Returning to Ballina via Castlebar.

Thursday: Today we enjoy a visit to Sligo with its rugged landscapes and fantastic scenery. Here we follow the Yeates trail and revisit the sights and scenes that inspired some of the most beautiful poetry and paintings of the 20th century. We call in at the Foxford Woollen Mills and take a guided tour through the visitor centre as it recounts the story of the woollen industry. Here we can enjoy lunch at leisure and have time for some retail therapy. This afternoon we travel the short distance to Hennigan’s Heritage Centre which is situated near Swinford, overlooking Creagaballa Lake. Here we meet our guide and learn how his family survived
on less than 10 acres of poor land for nearly 200 years. During this fascinating visit we enjoy tea and scones before returning to Ballina.

Friday: After an early breakfast we bid farewell to the hotel and retrace our route to Dublin port. We board the 15.10hrs afternoon ferry service to Holyhead. After disembarking we arrive back in the local area at approximately 21.00hrs. (All ferry timings are subject to alteration).

*Please note itineraries are subject to change

Price Includes

  • Return coach travel & ferry sailings
  • 4 nights accommodation with dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • VAT

Limited Single Room Supplement

A limited number of single room supplements are available at no cost, please book early to obtain your free single room supplement.

Pickup Points

Conwy, Lancaster Square
Llandudno Junction, Station Hotel Bus Stop
Deganwy, Castle Hotel
Llanrhos, Post Office
Llandudno, Mostyn Broadway Coach Park
Llandudno, Clarence Hotel(Travel Lodge)
Craig Y Don, St Pauls Church
Penrhyn Bay, St Davids Church
Mochdre, Bowling Green
Rhos On Sea, Cayley Arms
Rhos On Sea, Hickorys (The Ship)
Colwyn Bay, Guys Newsagents
Colwyn Bay, Railway Station
Old Colwyn, Opposite Marine Hotel
Old Colwyn, Top Shop
Old Colwyn, Queens Nursing Home
Old Colwyn, Junction Abergele Rd/Highlands Rd
Llanddulas, Fairview Inn
Abergele, Tesco Bus Stop
Abergele, Bowling Green Bus Stop
Abergele, Pentre Mawr Park Bus Stop
Pensarn, Roundabout Bus Stop
Belgrano, Pensarn Grange (Windjammers)
Towyn, Wendover Bus Stop
Sandy Cove, Bus Stop
Kinmel Bay, Junction Bronwen Ave/ St Asaph Ave
Kinmel Bay, Silver Birch
Bodelwyddan, Bus Stop opposite Garage
Bodelwyddan, The Vicarage
Rhuddlan, Vicarage Lane Bus Stop
Rhuddlan, Highlands Road Bus Stop/ Pentre Lane
Rhuddlan, Rhyl Road Bus Stop
Denbigh, Lenton Pool
Denbigh, Colomendy
Denbigh, Plas Pigot
Denbigh, The Green Bus Stop
Denbigh, Myddleton Park
Trefnant, Village Hall Bus Stop nr Traffic Lights
Trefnant, The Tweedmill
Trefnant, Clwydian Park
St Asaph, HM Stanley Hospital
St Asaph, Cathedral Bus Stop
St Asaph, Fountain Garage
St Asaph, Ashley Court Bus Stop
St Asaph, Bod Erw
Rhyl, Ffordd Derwen Pub
Rhyl, Boulevard Bus Stop
Rhyl, Old Carlton Garden Centre (opp Rosehill Road/ Rhuddlan Rd Bus Stop)
Rhyl, Rhuddlan Road/ St Margarets Drive Bus Stop
Rhyl, Vale Road Flats Bus Layby
Rhyl, Argos, Bodfor Street
Rhyl, Catholic Church/Wellington Rd
Rhyl, Marine Lake Bus Bay
Rhyl, St Thomas’ Church, Russell Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road /Churton Road
Rhyl, Junction Russell Road/ Old Golf Road
Rhyl, Eastville Bus Stop opp Denmore Stores
Rhyl, Tynewydd Estate Entrance( Junction Tynewydd Road/ Ffordd Anwyl)
Rhyl, Parrys Corner/ Pendyffryn Rd North
Rhyl, Junction Grange Rd/ Clifton Park Road
Prestatyn, Williams Estate Agents, Meliden Road
Prestatyn, Pendyffryn Gardens Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Bus Station
Prestatyn, The Victoria Hotel Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Police Station
Prestatyn, Ffrith Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Clwyd Carpets ( Victoria Road West)
Prestatyn, Jolly Sailor
Prestatyn, Penrhwylfa Crossroads Bus Stop
Prestatyn, Junction Ffordd isa/ Princes Avenue
Meliden, Manod Road Bus Stop
Meliden, Roundwood Avenue
Meliden, Old Garden Centre
Gronant, Cross Roads
Talacre, Junction Coast Road/Station Road
Ffynnongroew, Crown Inn
Mostyn, Lletty Hotel
Greenfield, Queens Head Hotel
Bagillt, Blossoms Inn
Dyserth, Voel Depot
Dyserth, The Vicarage Bus Stop
Dyserth, Cross Keys/Pendre Farm Bus Stop
Dyserth, The Bank (Bus stop opposite junction High Street/ Thomas Avenue)
Trelawnyd, Memorial Hall Bus Stop
Trelawnyd, Erw Wen Bus Stop
Lloc, Rock Inn
Carmel, Halfway House
Holway, Garage
Holywell, Traffic Lights (Fron Park Road/ Brynford Street)
Holywell, Victoria Hotel
Flint, The Ship Hotel Bus Stop
Northop, Car Park Entrance
Sychdyn, Cross Keys
Mold, Station Motors, Chester Road
Mynydd Isa, The Griffin
Queensferry, Deeside Leisure Centre
Ewloe, Clwyd Car Aucitons
Buckley, The Tivoli
Chester, Holiday Inn Wrexham Road (Old Post House)

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