Western Ireland Explorer - duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1: Dublin

Arrive at Dublin and transfer to your hotel. Relax and soak up the atmosphere of this exciting city which includes statue lined O'Connell Street, with the "Spire" at its centre and the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter uprising and many elegant Georgian squares. Visit some of its many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Book of Kells at Trinity College or Old Jameson Distillery. Overnight.

Day 2: Dublin – Belvedere House & Gardens – Galway

Breakfast. Drive west through farming country and marketing towns stopping at Mullingar where you can visit Belvedere House & Gardens. The magnificent early 18th century stately home of Robert Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, stands in 160 acres of parkland on the shore of Lough Ennell. A modern visitor centre tells the tale of Rochfort's cruel 31 year imprisonment of his second wife; Sir John Piers' seduction of Lady Cloncurry at a picnic and the creation of Ireland's largest man made folly – The Jealous Wall.

Then continue to Galway, called the "City of the Tribes" after the fourteen most prominent families in this area. Galway long traded with Spain and the Spanish influences are many like the Spanish Arch, a gateway in the old city walls and the Spanish Parade, a promenade. Overnight.

Day 3: Galway – Connemara, Kylemore Abbey & Sligo

Breakfast. Tour the wild and rugged Connemara region, famous for the savage beauty of its lake and mountain scenery. Pass through the village of Oughterard, the gateway to Connemara. Stop in the pretty hillside town of Clifden and visit the nearby magnificent Kylemore Abbey - a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting. Irish Benedictine nuns, with a tradition of over 300 years run this unique Abbey. Visit the magnificent Gothic church. Travel through Westport and into Sligo, known as Yeats Country after the poet W.B. Yeats. Time permitting, visit Lissadell House, which is celebrated in the poetry of Yeats and was the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Check in at your hotel in Sligo. Overnight.

Day 4: Sligo – Roscommon, Strokestown Park House & Dublin

Breakfast. Return inland travelling to Boyle and visit Lough Key Forest Park, which is located in a scenic and historical area of Roscommon. It has approximately 350 hectares of forested areas and open parkland. Also visit the nearby Strokestown Park House, which was built in the 1660's and was recently restored. The Famine Museum housed in the stable yards of Strokestown House commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s. Continue to Dublin for overnight.

Day 5: Dublin

Breakfast. Transfer to Dublin Airport.