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From the Mountains to the Sea, Storytelling and Heritage in the Great Outdoors of County Wicklow –
“One of Europe’s most beautiful locations”

The summer is upon us, so why not relax and enjoy the rich heritage of County Wicklow with a stay in the Arklow Bay Hotel on the coast. Spend an evening of Storytelling, Food and Music in Fitzgerald’s Pub, Avoca. Enjoy your visit to the 18th century ancestral home of Charles Stewart Parnell. And visit Glendalough Heritage Site, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions.

2 Nights B&B and One Evening Meal in the 3* Arklow Bay Hotel
Storytelling Evening with 4 course meal, and live music in Fitzgerald’s Pub, Avoca
Visitor’s Pass for Avondale House and Gardens
Visit to Glendalough Monastic Heritage Site
Visitor’s Pass to the Arklow Maritime Museum
Price: from €169 per person sharing

Offer available Fri-Sat 10/6/11 to Sat 20/08/11

To Book Just Call Eva or Alan in The Arklow Bay Hotel, Tel: +353 (0)402 32309

or Click Here to Book Online

Day 1 - Friday

3.00pm - Arrival and Check in Arrive at the Arklow Bay Hotel on the coast of the ‘sunny south-east’ of Ireland and settle into your surroundings. Visit the nearby town of Arklow with its rich maritime history. Why not use your visitor’s pass this afternoon to visit the Arklow Maritime Museum situated at the Bridgewater Shopping Centre, a 10 minute stroll from the hotel. Maybe have a swim in the hotel’s Spa and Leisure Club before dinner. 7.30pm Return to the comfort of your hotel and enjoy a 3 course meal in the restaurant this evening. Most Friday evenings there is live music in the hotel during the summer months.

Day 2 - Saturday Wicklow Gaol

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will visit Avondale House, the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) one of the greatest political leaders of Irish history. Set in a magnificent forest park of over 500 acres with tree trails and walks ranging in duration from one to five hours. This beautiful Georgian House designed by James Wyatt and built in 1777 contains fine plasterwork and many original pieces of furniture. The American Room is dedicated to Admiral Charles Stewart - Parnell’s American grandfather who manned the USS Constitution during the 1812 war. Visitors are introduced to this wonderful historical house by a specially commissioned audio visual presentation. Other facilities include a licensed cafe, book shop, picnic areas, children’s play area, and three orienteering courses (maps can be downloaded at www.coillteoutdoors.ie) and large car park.

7.30pm – Storytelling Pub Night in Fitzgerald’s Pub

Make your way to Fitzgerald’s Pub in the village of Avoca, the home of the BBC TV series ‘Ballykissangel’ starring Colin Farrell and Stephen Thompkinson, with more stories to tell than they have time to tell them! Now the story of the centuries in this beautiful place are being retold in storytelling pub nights, where people enjoy traditional Irish food & drinks and listen to the telling of stories from storytellers across County Wicklow. The Storytelling Night will take place in Fitzgerald’s, Avoca and the Storyteller, in costume, will greet you at the door of the pub. Between courses of four course meal you will love the stories he has to tell of times gone by. Enjoy the live music afterwards.

9.30pm 11.30pm – Live music

Bar Closes at 12.30pm

Taxi/transfer back to hotel. We recommend Martin Lynch 086 2263699.

Day 3 - Sunday

Maybe a late breakfast today after last night’s exertions! Relax during breakfast and take time to remember the great experiences in this beautiful location. Before going home, try visiting Glendalough, beside picturesque Laragh and one of Ireland’s most visited heritage attractions. It is just a 25 minute drive from the hotel. Glendalough is an early Christian ecclesiastical settlement in a glaciated valley with two lakes. The monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses. You will have time to walk through the wooded pathways or be meander on your way to the lakes. Experience the peace and tranquillity of Glendalough. Whether in sunshine or in showers, Glendalough offers itself up in beauty to every visitor. Sample the atmosphere, the misty mornings, the mossy bark, the rustle of autumn leaves as you walk along. Maybe take a picnic with you.

Safe journey home ...

Price includes:
• 2 nights B&B and one 3 course meal in the 3* Arklow Bay Hotel
• Visitor’s Pass for one person into Avondale House and Gardens
• Storytelling Night for one person with 4 course meal and Live Music in Fitzgerald’s Pub
• Visitor’s Pass for one person to the Arklow Maritime Museum
• Free use of the Leisure Club which overlooks the Arklow estuary where wild swans and geese

Note: Own transport required

• Visit to Glendalough Monastic Settlement only (free entry) (not the visitor’s centre)
• Lunch at Avondale Cafe is an optional extra payable at the Avondale House Cafe
• Picnic lunch to take with you as you travel home. Payable at the Hotel.
• 4 hour guided walking tour of the Avoca Mines and Mottee Stone with picnic lunch.

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