Golf Links Tour along Wild Atlantic Way
Sept 5th to 13th 2023
Non Golfers $1865
About this trip
For Golfer and guest.
The wild Atlantic way is known to be the longest coastal drive in Europe and is known for its spectacular scenery, but it also has amazing golf links courses along its path. We have created a tour for the golfer who wants to play on the links along the coast of Ireland. But this tour is slightly different because it does not just cater for the golfer but also his or her spouse/partner/friend who do not golf. While you are golfing, we are taking your guest on a sight-seeing tour showing them all Ireland has to offer. You can enjoy your game of golf knowing that your guest is being well entertained and looked after.
We have picked 5 courses for this tour. They are all very well known and well respected golf link courses. Ballybunion in Co Kerry, Lahinch in Co Clare, Connemara Champion golf course in Co Galway, Rosses Point in Co Sligo and last but not least Narin and Portnoo in Co Donegal.
You stay in 4 star hotels during your stay. You will find links to the golf courses and hotels below.
Subject to slight change depending on availability
We pick you up at Shannon airport in the afternoon and bring you to your first hotel so you can relax and settle in.
After you enjoy your first Irish evening meal we will bring you into Limerick city to explore the night life.
Ballybunion Golf Course/ Dingle Peninsula.
For the golfers, we bring you to Ballybunion Golf Course, Located on the north-west coast of County Kerry, on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find two wonderfully challenging and unique world-class links golf courses at Ballybunion – the Old Course and the Trent Jones Cashen Course. Whatever your choice, every hole, every hazard and every shot is defined by nature’s infinite presence.
For the Non-golfers, we bring you sight-seeing to the famous and beautiful Dingle peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean on the south-west coast on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to the Conor pass and Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest peak. The magnificent coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs such as Slea Head dramatic headlands broken by sandy beaches, with the award-winning beach at Inch in the south
The Blasket Islands lie to the west and the peninsula is dotted with lovely villages that each offer their own unique Sense of Place………
When we stop and explore the town of Dingle you might even hear the natives speak in Gaelic (Irish language), and you will spend time in a place rich in tradition, literature and culture, where native Gaelic prospers alongside modern languages, where the perfect harmony created by nature restores the spirit, where you can relax and savor the scenery, the flora and fauna the art, culture, the archaeology, the local food craft distillery and breweries, or just meet the people – the choice is yours!
Lahinch Golf/ Cliffs of Moher walk/Doolin and Aillwee Caves
Lahinch Golf Club decided to enlist the services of Golf Course Architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree in 1999. Dr. Hawtree’s plan modernised the links golf course at Lahinch providing a top class championship golf course. In the new layout, the sand dunes closer to the Atlantic Ocean were utilised and, in all, 14 greens were redesigned introducing wonderful undulations making putting a fine art. The redesigned course has met with wide acclaim and is consistently ranked in the World Top 50 courses.
For the Non-golfers we are bringing you to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher where your breath with be taken away by the sheer beauty of the place, we then visit the nearby coastal village of Doolin to get some lunch in one of the local pubs there before going to the Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan. Located in the heart of The Burren Region of County Clare. Perched high on its Burren terraced mountainside with what has to be one of the most spectacular views of Galway Bay, along The Wild Atlantic Way, Aillwee is a place full of wonder, beauty and discovery.
AILLWEE IS HOME TO:
Ireland’s Premiere Show Cave; Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely Cave tour. The tour consists of a 35-minute stroll through the beautiful caverns unveiling a unique Burren underground landscape.
Connemara Champion Golf course/Kylemore Abbey/ Victorian walled Garden
Galway's only True Links...Connemara Championship Golf Links, is nestled between the scenic splendour of the 12 Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic Ocean. This beautiful isolated links course, founded in 1973 and designed by Eddie Hackett lies to the West of Clifden along the Wild Atlantic Ways signature discovery point of Derrigimla Bog and Mannin Bay Blueway. From the testing dog leg opening hole through to the breathtaking back 9, the course is a test for all levels. In 2000 an additional 9 holes were unveiled to add a further dimension to the exhilarating Connemara golfing experience.
When playing Connemara you are always mesmerised by the landscape around you, whether it's Slyne Head Lighthouse, the 12 Bens Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean or Grainne O'Malleys Castle, there is something special on every hole. The club offers fantastic facilities with a modern clubhouse bar, coffee shop and restaurant, a proshop, practise range and putting green. The proshop has everything you need from golf carts, rental clubs, tuition and all top clothing brands.
For the Non-Golfers, we bring you for lunch at nearby Ballinahinch Castle which is nestled on the shores of a beautiful lake. We then go to the amazing Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled garden.
Located just over one hour from Galway City, Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions. Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP, a wealthy businessman, and liberal politician. Inspired by his love for his wife Margaret, and his hopes for his beloved Ireland, Henry created an estate boasting ‘all the innovations of the modern age’. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920.
Come to Kylemore and enjoy the new visitor experience in the Abbey, From Generation to Generation…..the story of Kylemore Abbey. Experience woodland and lakeshore walks, magnificent buildings and Ireland’s largest Walled Garden. Enjoy wholesome food and delicious home-baking in our Café or Garden Tea House. History talks take place three times a day in the Abbey and tours of the Walled Garden take place throughout the summer. Browse our Craft and Design Shop for unique gifts including Kylemore Abbey Pottery and award-winning chocolates handmade by the Benedictine nuns. Discover the beauty, history, and romance of Ireland’s most intriguing estate in the heart of the Connemara countryside.
No Golf day/Westport House and Garden, Leenan.
We give the golfers a day off but your time will be spent traveling and enjoying some places that we will visit on our way to our next hotel.
We will take a scenic drive through Connemara along Killary Fjord to Leenane which is a little coastal village. We stop there for a short while before going to visit Westport House and Garden.
Known as “Ireland’s Most Beautiful Home”, Westport House has a story that matches its beauty. One of the few still privately-owned historic houses left in Ireland, Westport House was built by the Browne family whose connections to Mayo date back to the 1500s and even relates them to the trail-blazing pirate queen and chieftain, Grace O’Malley. A visit to Westport House will tell the story of the development of the house as well as the family’s contribution to the estate and surrounding area. We hope you’ll enjoy the tales of pirates and slave emancipators as you gain a fascinating insight into the families behind the big house as well as the members of staff who made it all possible. Families can also visit the onsite Pirate Adventure Park. Keep an eye on its vibrant Events Calendar. Or book a stay in onsite Hotel Westport, hire a bell tent or bring your own to the Caravan & Camping Park.
We make our way to Sligo where we settle into our hotel beside the sea. You can take a short 5 min walk to get to the beach. The golf course is just outside the front door of the hotel.
Rosses Point golf/Parkes Castle, Boat ride, Scenic drive and holy well
This world famous golf course in Rosses Point offers an excellent challenge. The traditional links layout, designed by Harry Colt, utilizes the natural contours of the dune-covered landscape rather than moving large amounts of earth during its design. The end result is a course filled with dramatic undulations, elevated tees, and raised plateau greens.
For the Non-golfer we bring you on a scenic drive around Lough Gill where we first stop at Parke's Castle which dates back to the 13th century. It is rich in history and you will learn all about how life was lived during those times. We then take a boat ride on the Lake. When we end our boat ride we finish the scenic drive around the lake and we stop at a very special place for the locals called Tobernault Holy Well. Your guide will tell you the history and customs for this place.
Narin and Portnoo golf/ Sliabh Liag/Donegal
Narin & Portnoo is where the ocean, dunes, and linksland combine to create a course that demands to be discovered. This is a special place, where stunning vistas and the magnificence of the ocean come together to create a truly magical golf experience. Narin & Portnoo is a classic Irish links set on a breathtaking strip of land on the Donegal coast in the north-west of the country. Founded in 1905, in recent years world-renowned design team of Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner have lovingly re-established Narin & Portnoo as one of Ireland’s must-play links.
“I was just blown away by its beauty — the sky, the landscape, the water,” says Wagner.
For the Non-Golfers, we bring you to the breath-taking scenery of the highest cliffs in Europe...Sliabh Liag. The scenery on the way there is nothing short of magnificent. We give you a couple of hours to take in the views and soak it all up before bringing you back to Donegal town to explore the Castle and Abbey ruins. We stay in Donegal town while our driver gets our golfers and we then make our way back to the Hotel in Sligo.
Beautifully Restored 18th Century Manor House Hotel In Ennis, County Clare
We picked the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis which is not too far from Shannon airport to spend our last night.
The 4 Star Old Ground Hotel is one of the top hotels in Clare and offers guests a luxury hotel break in a central location in Ennis Town. Offering excellent award winning Clare hotel accommodation in the heart of Ennis, the award winning Old Ground Hotel is one of the finest luxury hotels in Clare. Ideally situated for overseas visitors coming from further afield, we are also a quick 20 minute drive from Shannon International Airport so you would be only moments from airport on your return to your home.
When guests arrive at the Old Ground Hotel, they will enter a beautifully restored 18th Century Manor House and will be greeted by a warm Irish welcome before checking into a luxurious and spacious hotel room which will become their home away from home during their stay in County Clare. The Old Ground also offers one of the top culinary experiences in Clare which will really take your hotel break in Ennis to the next level. Our acclaimed dining options offer something for everyone and use delicious fresh local Ennis produce.
We will of course stop in Galway for some shopping before you settle into your accommodation and of course you can experience the night life in the local pubs in Ennis town too. Secret Item today, can't tell you what it is!
We return you to Shannon airport today and wish you a safe journey. We don't say goodbye but rather we say until we meet again in Ireland safe travels.
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