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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

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




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