JEC Ireland 2020 17th May - 22nd May 2020From £775.00 per person
JEC Ireland 2020
JEC Ireland Tour 2020
17th May – 22nd May
Faithlegg, County Waterford
Waterford is an Irish county and its oldest city. On this escorted JEC driving tour we shall be exploring both. This area is steeped in history, including castles, stately homes and even the oldest operational lighthouse in the world! The coastline features scalloped bays and rocky headlands, hiding small villages and seaside towns. There is a lot to see and experience as we explore this beautiful area.
Just six miles from the city of Waterford, is the Faithlegg hotel; our home this year. The heart of this four-star hotel is a restored 18th century mansion complemented by modern facilities including a fine dining restaurant, well stocked bar, golf-course, swimming pool and spa treatment rooms.
Sunday 17th May
We depart on the morning ferry from Holyhead to Dublin (routes from Fishguard – Rosslare are also available). Once in Ireland we drive to the south coast and the city of Waterford. We check-in at the hotel in Faithlegg in the afternoon, prior to our informal welcome barbecue/buffet in the hotel’s grounds.
Monday 18th May
We start our scenic drives by exploring the Hook Peninsula. Following a quick crossing of the river by ferry, we head to Duncannon Fort overlooking the water. We will park inside the fort and guided tours have been arranged. From the fort we will continue down the peninsula to its tip and the Hook Lighthouse. This is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. We can park here and guided tours of the lighthouse facility are available (for those that are OK with steps!) There is also a café and lovely views for those that prefer to stay on the ground. In the afternoon the drive continues to the JFK Arboretum, where a picturesque drive is rewarded with panoramic views from the top of the hill. From here there is a choice of return routes via the ferry or the new suspension bridge.
Tuesday 19th May
Today’s drive takes us in to the heart of County Waterford, along the meandering River Suir, to visit the imperious Curraghmore House and the surrounding gardens. Once parked in the courtyard of this stately home, we have organised guided tours of the neo-classical rooms and the 18th century gardens. You will also be able to explore the 2500 acres of grounds by yourself if you choose and light refreshments at the on-site tea rooms. The driving route continues from Curraghmore through the Booley Hills before returning to Waterford.
Wednesday 20th May
Although we have no specific driving route today, you could make the short journey in to Waterford to explore this historic city. As well as the famous Waterford Crystal experience, there is a trio of museums (called the Waterford treasures) which tells the story of the city from medieval times. It is not all about history either, as Waterford is also now well-known for its local craft beers and traditional “blaa” bread rolls. Alternatively, you may prefer to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities; take a swim, enjoy a treatment in the spa or play a round of golf. A group dinner has been arranged at the hotel for this evening.
Thursday 21st May
We return to the road with a scenic drive around the Copper Coast; named after the copper industry that dominated the area in the 18th century. There are scalloped beaches and rocky headlands, protecting small villages and seaside towns along the way. The route returns to Waterford via Mount Congreve Gardens, home to one of the largest collections of plants in Ireland.
Friday 22nd May
After breakfast our stay in Waterford concludes and we return to our chosen afternoon or evening ferries.