Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th June 2022
We would like to welcome you on the 2022 McLaren Glasgow, Ultimate Roadtrips Ireland Tour!
This trip is only for current McLaren owners.
We have worked alongside Lee and the team at McLaren to create the Ultimate Road Trip for you, bringing you the best ownership experience and showcasing what your car can really do on the open road.
Our plan is to spend time on some of the best driving roads, catching the best scenery, whilst taking time to stop in superb locations for lunch and making it to the evening's hotel each day, mid-afternoon. This lets us unwind and enjoy any additional features of the hotel before re-convening for the evening.
Please find an outline below of the planned tour.
On this trip you can look forward to:
An spectacular tour of the stunning roads and scenery just over the water in the Republic of Ireland
Road sections lead by Andy Gordon – Former racing driver, qualified ARDS Instructor and known for frequently driving all over Europe in his spare time
Ferry transfers - upgraded priority boarding and lounge access
Luxury Accommodation and Private parking at Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa (all included accomodation is on a B&B Basis)
5 Star Accomodation at Glenlo Abbey
Spectacular scenery at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel
Powerscourt Hotel and Spa - Part of the Autograph collection, one of Irelands best hotels for our final night
Our guest experience host on hand to assist with any requirements you have over the duration of the Road Trip
Make it your trip – optional elements including additional sightseeing, spa treatments and more!
Costs are per car - including a driver and one passenger.
Ireland is home to some incredible scenery and driving roads, and the Atlantic Way, Irelands answer to the North Coast 500, travels the length of it.
The trip begins early morning on Wednesday 8th June, from the port of Cairnryan
Once we arrive in Larne, will head past some of the most scenic parts of Northern Ireland, passing many of the Game of Throne sights, before heading down to our first night stay at The Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa in Donegal.
For those fancying a treatment, you will be able to book in ahead of time to ensure you can enjoy the facilities on arrival.
Before a lively dinner you’ll have the chance to explore Rossnowlagh beach, one of the largest and most popular beaches in Donegal.
Thursday 9th June
Thursday morning, after a delicious breakfast, we start heading down the Atlantic Way towards our evening stop in Galway.
Our first stop of the day is Downpatrick Head. Adored by historians, this spectacular jagged Mayo headland sits an astonishing 126ft above the crashing Atlantic!
Continuing our drive south our next stop is a peaceful golden stretch of secluded Sandy Beach, as we stop for a stroll to go and visit the “Deserted Village” which was abandonded during the early 20th century.
We will drive south past KIllary Harbour, which is one of only three glacial fjords in Ireland, but more importantly the road dissects one of the most striking and stunning landscapes in all of Ireland.
From there we stop at Derrimlagh, a patchwork landscape of small lakes and peat bog which makes you feel as if you are on a different planet.
Don’t forget, all the while we are driving some truly astounding driving roads as we go!
Arriving in late afternoon in Galway at the fantastic Glenlo Abbey, a 5 star hotel and estate dating back to the 18th century, where old world charm meets contemporary elegance.
Friday 10th June
Friday sees us heading for Killarney, with our first stop along the Atlantic Way being the towering Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.
We then move on towards Loop Head, enjoying the panoramic cliffs, picturesque seaside villages, and a lighthouse that has been in service since 1760!
Irelands best and most scenic driving road is coming next! The Ring of Kerry, dreamlike landscapes and dramatic coastlines, this is Ireland at it's dramatic best. This scene-stealing route around the Iveragh Peninsula, beginning and ending in Killarney, takes in all the big hitters – Moll’s Gap, Torc Waterfall and the Gap of Dunloe are winners – but really, the route itself is so much more than the sum of its parts.
Within this 179km of road, you’ll find that each turn brings a new treat to the eye, from lakes, rivers and waterfalls, to grand houses and castles.
Stopping along the route for a slight diversion to see the Sceilg Mhichil, Isands made famous by Star Wars for being Luke Skywalkers new home, we will complete the loop before heading to the fantastic Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.
Famed for its customer service, it’s a mere 2 miles from Killarney Town Centre. After dinner in the Lake Room Restaurant, you’ll have the option to head in to Killarney to experience Irish hospitality at its best for a few hours.
Saturday 11th June
It’s time to start heading back north! With an optional trip to Maizen head, the most southerly part of Ireland and often used start of the Atlantic Way, this is where many of Irelands emigrants during the Great Famine set sail for America.
After that is along to Kinsale for lunch, and a visit to the Old Head of Kinsale, which juts out more than 2 miles in to the Atlantic. A quick lunch then sees us head up to Powerscourt via some of the roads through the Wicklow Mountains National Park. Arriving at the astounding Autograph Collection hotel and a mere 30 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city centre.
The indoor 20m Swarovski Crystal swimming pool has to be visited. It is breath-taking. ESPA treatments are also available on request.
Our final night ends in spectacular style in McGill's, offering a traditional Irish Pub feel, with live music, delicious food, and a fantastic range of drinks.
Sunday 12th June
Final day of the tour and after three days of intense driving, it's time to have a relaxing last day in Dublin for you to see this beautiful city. You're free to do as little or as much as you want - stay and enjoy the class-leading facilities at the hotel, or forge out into the city and explore. Your only stipulation is to make the ferry back to Liverpool on time!
Please note – While there is a guideline itinerary in place elements are TBC and may change
The trip cost includes, Ferry crossings (upgraded) overnight accommodation and breakfast.
Not included are dinners, lunch, drinks, fuel and any additional motoring costs.
Dinner reservations are made with the group and you are free to attend, or make your own arrangements
Spa or leisure facilities are available at all hotels and can be arranged directly - please avoid making bookings before 4:30pm to ensure we will be on site in time