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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Special Interest Irish Holiday

Celebrate the Emerald Isle in all its glory with a range of inspirational trips from the Specialist Journeys’ family of tour operators. Both ourselves here at Brightwater and our sister company Andante Travels offer a range of unique, exciting trips to Ireland, shining a spotlight on different aspects of its culture – from beautiful gardens and historic houses to the Opera Festival in Wexford, as well as its fascinating history.   

Irish Rover

With departures in both May and August, this 8-day holiday led by popular guide Trevor Edwards will take guests from Belfast to Dublin, and from Blarney Castle to the famous Powerscourt Gardens. Highlights include exclusive access to the new private garden of Helen Dillion, a tour of the historic island gardens of Ilnacullin, a visit to the enchanting gardens of Mount Stewart, and time at the historic castle and botanical gardens at Malahide.

Brightwater Holidays offers an eight-day Irish Rover holiday from £1,495 per person. Price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation, some meals, all coaching and garden entry, and the services of a tour manager. Departures on 12th May and 15th August 2019.

Historic Houses of Northern Ireland

Be among the first to visit HM the newly restored Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland – Hillsborough Castle – on this 4-day holiday. Currently undergoing a £16m restoration project, this tour will visit the property after it reopens. Additionally, explore the gardens and extensive collection of items on display at Mount Stewart, enjoy a specially arranged visit to the historic estate of Benvarden, and discover one of the most important Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland – Carrickfergus Castle.   

Brightwater Holidays offers an eight-day Historic Houses of Northern Ireland holiday from £795 per person.  Price includes return flights, three nights’ accommodation, some meals, all coaching and house entry and the services of a tour manager. Departs on 10th October 2019.

Prehistoric Ireland 

Join leading Irish archaeology expert Dr. Kelli Ann Malone this summer on a journey to Ireland’s past on this 8-day archaeological adventure. Admire 4,500-year-old artefacts at the National Museum in Dublin, take a boat trip to Inis Mór with its sites and monuments, and visit the Hill of Tara, once a legendary seat of power. Guests will also visit the UNESCO-listed site of Knowth in the Boyne Valley, the burial chamber at Fourknocks and the city of Galway.

Andante Travels offers an eight-day Prehistoric Ireland holiday from £2,199 per person. Price includes flights, 7 nights’ accommodation, most meals including wine with dinner, local travel, the services of an expert guide lecturer, a tour manager and entry into sites. Departs 23rd June 2019. Call 01722 398860 to book your place. 

Wexford – The Opera Festival 

Join expert Barnaby Rayfield in Wexford at its annual Opera Festival. Along with attending stage performances, guests will take part in an Irish dancing and music workshop led by local Irish musicians. There will be a special private reception at the Opera House, an excursion to the oldest working lighthouse in the coastal area of Hook and the chance to join the Wexford Historical Society for a guided town walk. 

Andante Travels offers a five-day Wexford: The Opera Festival holiday from £2,195 per person. Price includes flights, 4 nights’ accommodation, opera tickets, most meals with wine at dinner, local travel, the services of an expert guide, a tour manager and entry into sites. Departs 23rd October 2019. Call 01722 398860 to book your place. 


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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Special Interest Irish Holiday was published on 15 March 2019