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October 22, 2018

Autumn Breaks in Kerry from £536 per couple with Irish Ferries

Killarney National Park is an ideal autumn destination, with self-drive breaks from Irish Ferries Holidays offering outstanding value in County Kerry, from just £536 per couple for a four-night stay at the Castlerosse Hotel.

One of Ireland’s last ancient forests is found here: the golden oaks and green yew trees beautifully reflected in Killarney’s lakes, while at this time of year there are no queues for the jaunting cart rides, or the guided tour of elegant Muckross House.

Stay at the 120-room Castlerosse Hotel, just two kilometres outside Killarney Town. The public rooms (and many bedrooms) have magnificent views to the Lower Lake and MacGillicuddy’s Reeks plus country walks from the front door.

Facilities include an indoor pool with jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, plus gym (all free to guests) as well as a spa and its own nine-hole golf course (both extra charge). For dining, choose between Mulligan’s Pub and the Grosvenor Restaurant, or drive into town to one of Killarney’s independent restaurants.

A self-drive break with Irish Ferries Holidays including return ferry crossings from either Pembroke into Rosslare or Holyhead into Dublin, four nights’ in a double room at the Castlerosse Hotel, with ‘the full Irish’ breakfast each morning costs just £536 PER COUPLE before 3 November.

08717 300 400

October 14, 2018

£189 for a Family Hop to Ireland at Half Term: Irish Ferries

Take advantage of Irish Ferries’ Next Day Return fare for a half term hop to Dublin, with a car and four people just £189 return!

This special 24-hour fare gives families time for an overnight in Dublin and sightseeing before returning to the UK the next day (accommodation is not included).

It’s a great-value treat for families living within easy reach of Holyhead, which includes Manchester, The Wirral, Chester, and North Wales.

For example, board the 12-deck, 50,000 tonne Ulysses for its daily 14.10hrs sailing from Holyhead, enjoy the family-friendly facilities on-board including a cinema, restaurants and play areas, and dock in Dublin at 17.25hrs.

The next day offers a host of city sightseeing opportunities, from free attractions like the Natural History section within the National Museum, to fun stuff like a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or the Leprechaun museum, plus Georgian squares, literary trails and the River Liffey.

Catch the 20.55hrs Ulysses sailing from Dublin port – a 10-minute taxi ride from the heart of the city – enjoy a meal on board in ‘Boylan’s Brasserie’ and dock in Holyhead at 00.20hrs for a late arrival home.

The flat rate of £189 works out at just £47.25 per person!

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September 12, 2018

From £99 for two people for four nights…almost cheaper than staying at home…

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is delighted to be featuring its special autumn short breaks where two people can enjoy a four-night stay from as little as £99.

This special deal applies between 3 November and 15 December at selected cottages and is based on two people sharing one bedroom in the chosen property.

Featured £99 cottages include Ty Melyn, a cosy little house just a short walk from the bustling centre of Fishguard with its picturesque harbour and pubs, restaurants and galleries.  It’s the ideal spot for walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and exploring Pembrokeshire’s stunning coastline.

Or for just a little more at £125 for four nights is Farmhouse Cottage, a converted dairy in the quite hamlet of Trevinert, less than a mile from the tiny city of St Davids with its Cathedral.  Many sandy beaches and quiet coves are within a short drive and the property is close to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.

For couples who require a separate bedroom, an extra charge of £15 applies, and additional guests at the chosen cottage are charged at £49 each for four nights.  Some cottages may be subject to a modest fuel charge and this special offer is valid for telephone bookings only.

Dogs are welcome at selected properties at a charge of £10 per pet.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

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September 12, 2018

Kilkenny Food Festival: bring gourmet gifts home with Irish Ferries

Savour Kilkenny food festival ( will be holding its 11th event over the long weekend between Thursday 25 and Monday 29 October 2018.

Kilkenny is a great destination at any time of year (good food, good beer, historic sights, independent shops, lively bars thanks to its student population) but this weekend is unmissable.

It’s an opportunity to up on the best Irish food and drink, from artisan cheeses to smoked meat and boutique whiskey brands. Take your own car to Ireland with Irish Ferries and there’s room for it all, with no baggage charges to worry about.

There are talks and demos from Irish chefs and foodies including Rory O’Connell, joint founder with his sister Darina Allen of Ballymaloo Cookery School; Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford aka The Gastro Gays food and travel bloggers; athlete turned healthy living guru Dervla O’Rourke.

The Market on Saturday and Sunday features 100 stalls, including dozens of small food producers and their wares. There’s a marquee full of craft brewing and distilling operations. There are even walking and cycling trails.

Workshops covering everything from foraging to bee-keeping are also timetabled, and there are child-friendly events too.

Kilkenny is the home of Smithwick’s Brewery, which is a great visit in itself, and the city boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, Campagne, plus other highly-recommended eateries.

Kilkenny town is about 90 minutes’ drive from either of Irish Ferries’ ports: Dublin (depart from Holyhead) and Rosslare (sail from Pembroke).

A four-night Irish Ferries self-drive break (so you can fill the boot with Irish food and drink to bring home) costs £398 per person based on two people travelling in the same car and sharing a double room at the Pembroke Hotel, a boutique four-star on Patrick Street. This is arriving Thursday 25 October for four nights and includes breakfast each morning.  08717 300 400

September 5, 2018

October Half Term from £473 for a family of five with Irish Ferries

A five-night break in Ireland is perfect for October half term, and a bargain from as little as £473 for return ferry crossings for a car, two adults and three kids under 16, AND holiday cottage rental!

The ferry journey is part of the fun: choose the Ulysses from Holyhead into Dublin, or Isle of Inishmore from Pembroke into Rosslare. Both Irish Ferries’ vessels offer family-friendly facilities including children’s play areas, video gaming, WiFi, cafes, restaurants and cabins. Ulysses even has a cinema!

Irish Ferries Holidays recommends Aughrim holiday homes in County Wicklow, less than 90 minutes’ drive from both Dublin and Rosslare ferry ports, so access is easy.

The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village itself, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  Each offers modern, open-plan living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

This is a great base from which to visit attractions such as Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and other lovely spots are Avoca and ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Irish Ferries Holidays’ package of £473 at Aughrim holiday homes is valid for any five nights between 12 October and 3 November.  08717 300 400




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