June 30th – July 1st 2018

Cost: €115pps, Single Supplement €30 (limited places)
Deposit of €35 required at the time of booking.
(There is a 3% booking Fee)

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 08:30am
If you are making your own way down we will meet you in Borris at 10:15am

Walking Barrow Way, Borris – st Mullin’s

Tour Description

Barrow Walk is a wonderful flat walk, beside one of great rivers of southern Ireland. Expect to see interesting locks and cottages, herons, swans and if we were really lucky (and silent), kingfishers and otters! Includes: • Nights stay with breakfast at the 4* Brandon House Hotel in New Ross. • Evening meal – 3 course • Access to Gym and Swimming pool at the Hotel. • Transfer from Dublin, Rtn. • Discover the town of Borris • 2 Guided walks, with choice on walk. Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 08:30am If you are making your own way down we will meet you in Borris at 10:15am Barrow Walk is a wonderful flat walk, beside one of great rivers of southern Ireland. Expect to see interesting locks and cottages, herons, swans and if we were really lucky (and silent), kingfishers and otters!

Includes:

• Nights stay with breakfast at the 4* Brandon House Hotel in New Ross.
• Evening meal – 3 course
• Access to Gym and Swimming pool at the Hotel.
• Transfer from Dublin, Rtn.
• Discover the town of Borris
• 2 Guided walks, with choice on walk.

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 08:30am
If you are making your own way down we will meet you in Borris at 10:15am

Cancellation policy

  • A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than one month in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made one or more months in advance.

Itinerary

Saturday June 30th: We start our weekend with a walk around the charming heritage town of Borris. This is a town of granite buildings, victorian shop fronts, wonderful pubs and it is dominated by the estate walls of Borris House. We will walk the spectacular sixteen arch viaduct built by the McMurrough Kavanaghs of Borris House to carry the defunct Great Southern and Western Railway. We will then pick up the Barrow Way through the Golf Course and from here it is approximately 10 kilometres to the lively town of Graignamanagh where we will pause for a rest, having eaten our sandwiches at some point on the walk. Anyone who feels they don’t want to do the remaining 8 km to St Mullins can avail of the bus/cars planted here.

St Mullins is a fascinating little village with what was a very important monastery and a Norman Motte – it’s worth a visit while we are waiting for the bus to ferry drivers back to collect walkers – the downside of a linear walk!

We then head to New Ross for the glamorous surroundings of Brandon House Hotel, a four star hotel on the outskirts of the town. Here, those that are “under walked” can work out in the gym and swim in the pool, while those who need pampering can book themselves in for a spa (up to you to organise that!). We will have our dinner here and no doubt can raise a glass or two to our day.

On Sunday July 1st:Those who fancy knocking off a “county top” can join us on a lively walk up Brandon Hill – 515 m and truly a “gentle slope” if ever there was one! For those who have had enough of walking, you can visit the Dunbrody replica ship, moored down at the quay in New Ross, visit the wonderful Ros tapestry, or even venture to the Kennedy homestead in nearby Dunganstown, and admissions are at your own cost.

We aim to return to Dublin/Wicklow in the early/mid afternoon.

What to Bring

Here is a short list of extras you will need to bring along for this walking weekend.

N.B. Ireland’s climate is of a moderate type and suited to walking all year round. Although it is quite changeable so starting a walk on a fine clear morning may not be the case for the afternoon.

  • Hill walking Boots
  • Rucksack for walks (25L)
  • Walking Trousers (Not Jeans)
  • Waterproofs (Just in Case)
  • Walking Socks
  • Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
  • Sun Cream
FAQ

About the walks and fitness levels:

All the walks are taken at a pace to suit the group.
The groups can have a mixed level of fitness and age usually.
If the weather is to bad on a certain day to do the suggested walk, then the guide will suggest an alternative one.
The Guide will have the final say on the day of the chosen walk for the safety of the group.

The Accommodation: The Milltimes Hotel

• All bedrooms are en-suite with bath & shower, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and hairdryer.
• A comfortable lounge area, fine dining restaurant with seasonal & locally sourced food produce..
• There are live music sessions in Uncle Sam’s Café Bar every weekend.
• Award winning Temptations Restaurant, – has been recommended on Taste of Ireland for the excellent cuisine, using locally sourced produce and reviewed on Great places to stay and eat by Lucinda O’Sullivan
• Fresh breakfast is cooked to order with table service
• There are free limited basement car parking, otherwise there are very reasonable pay and display parking adjacent to the hotel.

Food:

1 evening meal is included as part of the tour

Breakfasts are included and there is a wide selection to choose from including a Full Irish, fruit, cereals etc.

Lunches for the walks: We will stop in the mornings at Delis or shops to get these.

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