Nestled just between the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and the wild, empty Burren National Park lies the beautiful spa town of Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare.
Nestled just between the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher and the wild, empty Burren National Park lies the beautiful spa town of Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare. It became a popular health resort in the early 19th century and has hosted an annual matchmaking festival for over 150 years. Nowadays it is the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty and rugged coastline of this area.
The Hydro Hotel in the centre of Lisdoonvarna is a three-star family-run hotel. All 110 ensuite bedrooms come with multi-channel TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee-making facilities and WiFi. There is live traditional music most nights in the hotel bar.
We leave Belfast travelling south past Dublin, arriving in plenty of time to freshen up before dinner.
Hotel: Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna *** (4 nights D, B&B)
Today, all of our senses are in for a treat as we journey on one of the ten best road trips in the world - the spectacular R477 coastal road. After a lunch stop in Ballyvaughan we finish our journey at the picturesque fishing village of Kinvarra and return inland to our hotel.B, D
After breakfast it’s a short trip to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing 702 feet at their highest point and stretching for five miles along the Atlantic coast. Afterwards, there are a few hours to explore Ennis.B, D
A less busy day with a visit to Caherconnell Fort, a well-preserved ring fort, followed by a Sheepdog Demonstration with dogs working with both sheep and cattle. A drive through the Burren takes us to the hotel in early afternoon. The rest of the day is free.B, D
We leave Lisdoonvarna and arrive back in Belfast around 5pm.B
B=Breakfast Included , D=Dinner Included
R477 Cliffs of Moher Ennis Caherconnell Fort Sheepdog Demonstration The Burren
Single Room Supplement £75