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August 29, 2018

An Autumn Break in County Kildare from £299

Irish Ferries Holidays is offering a self-drive break at one of Ireland’s most welcoming country house hotels, with a four-night break at in County Kildare just £299 per person (twin share) throughout September and October 2018.

Killashee is now a 141-room four-star hotel set in 280 acres of parkland and woods, an hour’s drive from Irish Ferries’ Dublin terminal. The gothic-style mansion has impressive public rooms from the friendly Bistro bar to Turner’s Restaurant for fine dining. The spacious rooms are elegantly presented, divided between the original house and more modern wings.

The formal gardens and grounds are well worth exploring, with a choice of four walking trails marked on the estate map available from reception. A spa and gym complete the leisure facilities.

Between 2 September and 3 November, Irish Ferries Holidays can arrange a four-night stay (arrive any day) for just £299 per person when two people share a room and travel together. This includes not only bed and breakfast at the hotel each day, but also return cruise ferry crossings for the couple and car.

Killashee is a superb base from which to discover County Kildare’s sporting attractions, especially horse racing at The Curragh, Punchestown and Naas and golf at Craddockstown Golf Club.

The renowned Kildare Village outlet shopping is nearby, as are several beautiful gardens and country houses to visit, such as Powerscourt. The glorious autumn scenery around Blessington Lakes and the Wicklow Mountains National Park are within easy reach on this self-drive short break.   08717 300 400

May 14, 2018

Self-drive Half Term Break in Ireland: £568 total including Ferry

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is the ideal half term break destination, with five-night stays at Irish Ferries’ holiday cottages costing from just £568 for a family of up to five, including return ferry crossings for car and family.

Counties Wicklow and Wexford are easy to reach by ferry via Dublin or Rosslare, and the crossing time (around three to four hours depending on route) is just right for enjoying onboard facilities like the entertainment centre or the cinema, as well as restaurants and promenade deck.

And during May half term, a five-night break at either Aughrim Holiday Village or Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes costs just £568 including ferry travel.

Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow is an attractive cluster of cottages. The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  The houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes are only three kilometres from the popular family resort of Courtown on the Wexford coast. The collection of pet-friendly cottages offer modern family accommodation, each with three bedrooms (two bathrooms) to sleep a family of five. There’s also a children’s play area and tennis court onsite. Nearby attractions include a seal rescue centre and Courtown’s indoor/outdoor adventure centre.

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • Irish Ferries offers the most varied and exciting fleet sailing to Ireland: the twin-hullled catamaran Dublin Swift is the biggest high-speed ferry, and the cruise-ferry Ulysses is currently the largest ship on the Irish Sea, being 12 decks high and weighing in at almost 50,000 tonnes and superb on-board facilities.
  • Drive times: to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.


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