The Delights of County Down

Monday March 25th 2024

A new addition for this year is a visit to Down and the Mourne region. Explore this stunning part of the north, with visits to Downpatrick, Strangford and the Ards Peninsula. This part of the northeast is a visitor’s paradise and has so much to offer. Explore the spectacular mountains and coastline of Co. Down, with visits to Carlingford, Castle Ward National Trust, Downpatrick as well as the royal residence of Hillsborough Palace & Gardens.

Your Holiday Itinerary

Day 1
Board your luxury coach and make your way to Royal Hillsborough Castle & Gardens. The Castle has witnessed key moments in history for over three hundred years, including a pivotal role in the peace process. Later in the afternoon we check in to our nearby hotel.

Day 2
This morning we will visit Downpatrick and the Saint Patrick Centre, the only permanent exhibition in the world about Ireland’s Patron Saint. In the afternoon we travel to nearby Castle Ward for a visit to this stunning National Trust property. Castle Ward is an eccentric 18th-century mansion resting on a rolling hillside and looking out over the tranquil waters of Strangford Lough.

Day 3
Enjoy a day of exploring on the Ards Peninsula. Bordered by the Irish sea on one side and Strangford Lough on the other, this area is filled with stunning coastlines, charming towns, historical monuments and opportunities for all visitors, from the adventure seekers to the hikers, to history tellers and pilgrims.

Day 4
As we depart Co. Down this morning, we will visit Carlingford and the Coolea Peninsula in nearby Co. Louth. Bounded by Carlingford Lough and Dundalk Bay, the Peninsula covers an area of roughly 60 square miles of mountains, flat plains, wide valleys, forests, and long beaches. The group will visit Carlingford town for a walking tour and visit to King John’s Castle before we begin the return journey home.

Your 4-Day Holiday includes

  • Return Luxury Coach Transport
  • Professional Driver / Guide who will act as Tour Manager for the group
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Breakfast on 3 mornings
  • Evening meal on 3 evenings
  • Castle Ward National Trust
  • Downpatrick
  • St Patrick’s Centre
  • Royal Hillsborough Castle & Gardens
  • Carlingford Walking Tour
  • King John’s Castle
  • Ards Peninsula

*€€90 Single Supplement

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