County Mayo, Ireland
As Ireland's first and only Forbes Five Star Hotel and the former home of the Guinness family, Ashford Castle is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The hotel has reopened, we very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Ashford Estate.
Take a walk with Annette Henry, a gold-accredited tour guide who was born and bred on the island, and has been offering guided tours for the past 20 years. You’ll discover the island’s rich heritage, including how Guernsey fared during the bubonic plague, witch trials, cholera epidemic and the English Civil War.
Annette will also share the reality of the five years of German Occupation during World War II, with personal stories of demilitarisation, evacuation, deportation and the eventual liberation of the islanders. She’ll also point out spots mentioned in the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society film, based on the best selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer.
Price: From £26 per person
Discover a different side to Guernsey with a Land Rover tour. Over three hours, you’ll feel like you’re on safari as you explore the southern and western parts of the island with your tour guide Andy Taylor, driving through some of the narrowest lanes, deep into the Guernsey countryside in his comfortable 11-seater open-sided Land Rover.
Andy is a passionate Guernseyman and is keen to show visitors the best the island has to offer, from its tastiest coffee and tea, to its Guernsey jumpers and other small businesses.
Price: From £59 per person
Join Amanda Johns, Silver Accredited Tour Guide, on a tour around our beautiful island. Drive through St Peter Port, passing the Liberation Monument, to Fort George, overlooking Castle Cornet. Continue to Jerbourg for a quick stop to stand on top of a WWll bunker, viewing the other islands, and walk out to the cliffs opposite the Doyle Monument for spectacular views. Then proceed to the German Occupation Museum, which is privately owned, for a guided tour inside. Afterwards, visit either Batterie Mirus or Batterie Scharnhorst, for a guided tour, both locations being WWll fortifications situated on private land. Lastly, take in a drive along the beautiful west coast, passing various WWll bunkers along the route.
Experience Amanda John’s half-day tour with lunch, but continue on from Batterie Mirus or Scharnhorst to Pleinmont to view Batterie Dollman and walk out to the MP4 tower – an exclusive itinerary for our guests. It is only when you stand right next to it that you have an appreciation for the size. Continue along the west coast, stopping at Le Guet - from here the view over Cobo is stunning. This location was utilised by the soldiers due to the excellent views out over the coastline.
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Enjoy a private viewing of The Guernsey Tapestry Gallery houses The Bailiwick of Guernsey Millennium Tapestry, a project that involved the whole community. It illustrates 1000 years of local history in ten panels of embroidered canvas work, each panel covering one century. You will have a private viewing of the tapestry with its curator, Andrew Warry and local guide Gill Girard. After viewing the tapestry, enjoy Champagne and canapés with Gill, hearing more of her family's anecdotal history.
Philip, whose family roots on Sark go back to 1560s, prides himself on continuing the family business. With his team and he has been providing Sark visitors with many unforgettable memories for many years now. On this full day tour, you will be shown around Sark as well as Little Sark peninsula. Philip will drive you to the northern parts of Sark, offering great views of Alderney and Brecqhou islands. On your way down south towards La Coupee, a clifftop pathway which connects Sark with Little Sark, you will pass enchanting and historic La Seigneurie Gardens, as well as Caragh Chocolate factory, the home of the famed homemade Sark chocolates.
Once on Little Sark and just in time for lunch, you will be dropped off at La Sablonnerie Hotel with its beautiful garden to enjoy a delightful al fresco lunch. While on Little Sark, there is a short and lovely walk towards the historic silver mines which date back to 1830s and offer stunning views.
You will be picked up after your wander around Little Sark and taken back, via the old windmill, to the village centre just in time to catch the Toast Rack down to the harbour for your return boat back to Guernsey.
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