Group coming over from UK to travel to Westport, in Dublin Monday 10th (evening).
Now in its 18th year, this trip gives participants the opportunity to relax over a few pints and take life as it comes. The emphasis is very much on the social aspects and the fact that we all drive Alfa Romeo cars is almost incidental.
If you enjoy dramatic scenery, good company, fine dining, interesting conversation and the odd pint of Guinness, then this event is for you! Apart from club members travelling from Britain, the event also attracts ‘Alfisti’ from other European countries, notably from Germany and Holland. All are made to feel very welcome by Irish club members and it should also be noted that this is a ‘family friendly’ event.
“There are no strangers here, only friends who have never met!”
The basic 5-day trip will take place between Thursday 6th – Tuesday 11th October, but it is also possible to extend this by a few days for any individuals that request it.
Visiting Alfisti will arrive in Ireland on Thursday and head directly to Westport, where our accommodation for the first four nights will be at The Harbour Mill.
These luxury apartments (****) are situated overlooking Westport Quay, which is approximately 1.5km from the centre of the bustling town. Irish members are invited to join the group for a stay of up to 4 nights in Westport.
Set in the midst of some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland, and in the shadow of Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s holy mountain), Westport has an eclectic mix of traditional bars and fine restaurants, both in the vicinity of the harbour and in the town itself. Already established as one of our favourite locations, our visit to Westport this time also happens to coincide with Westport Arts Festival (now in its 33rd year), so the town will be busier than on previous occasions, with plenty of activities and entertainment to suit everyone.
We all leave Westport on Monday, but visiting Alfisti will spend a final night at the D4 Berkeley Hotel (****) in Dublin, before heading home on Tuesday.
Thursday 6th October
Club members from Britain and continental Europe will travel to Ireland on the Irish Ferries ‘Dublin Swift’ Fast Ferry (12.00 noon sailing).
Following disembarkation in Dublin, the group will then travel directly to Westport.
If you are joining us today for a stay of up to 4 nights, The Harbour Mill has a 24-hour reception, so the time of your arrival there is not too critical. Your apartment will be allocated on arrival (requests to share an apartment with particular friends will usually be honoured, but cannot be guaranteed for logistical reasons).
You will also be provided with a separate guide to eating and drinking in the Bars & Restaurants in Westport. For some restaurants, it may be wise to book ahead, particularly for Saturday night!
Friday 7th October
This is a free day for you to explore the local area. Anyone feeling really energetic may like to walk to the top of Croagh Patrick! Westport itself is a delightful little town, with many interesting shops and inviting pubs and cafés. Westport Arts Festival will be in full swing, so there will be no shortage of things to do and see around the town.
Some of you may opt to travel to Westport today for a stay of up to 3 nights.
Saturday 8th October
Another free day for you to do as you like. Anyone interested in the history of the locality might like to visit Westport House and Gardens, which will be open to visitors today. Also worth a visit, is Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, which is still home to an order of Benedictine Nuns.
Other places of interest within one hour’s drive include Galway City, Connemara National Park, Achill Island and the Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar (part of the National Museum of Ireland – free admission).
The more adventurous among you might like to take the short ferry trip (15 minutes) from Roonagh Quay to Clare Island.
Suggestions for other things to do are available in your accommodation or at the Tourist Information office in Westport.
Sunday 9th October
The Scenic Drive & Treasure Hunt will take place today.
All participants will assemble by the quayside at 10.15am for a group photo opportunity. The first cars will be released at 10.45am. The route will take in the eastern edge of Connemara and part of the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
In the evening, there will be a Gala Dinner in the Blue Wave Restaurant at the Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel, during which the prizes will be awarded.
Monday 10th October
All too soon, we have to leave Westport. Whilst Irish members will head for home, visiting Alfisti will travel back to Dublin, where a final night will be spent at the D4 Berkeley Hotel (****) before sailing home on Tuesday afternoon.
The format of the trip will as always be very informal, and any club members joining us for the first time will be made to feel especially welcome. The only organised events will take place on Sunday and the
remaining time will be yours to enjoy as you like.
Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room. Supplements are payable for Single occupancy. Prices are valid until 15th August and any bookings made after that date will incur a €10 per person surcharge.
The total cost for a stay of 3 or 4 nights in Westport is €150 per person sharing. This amount includes accommodation at The Harbour Mill, administration fee, Sunday event, Gala Dinner, a souvenir polo shirt and a surprise gift. The price for a stay of just 1 or 2 nights is €120, so you may as well stay as long as you can! A supplement of €30 is payable for Single occupancy of a room. If you are only able to join us for the event on Sunday, an entry fee of €10 per person will be charged (payable locally, but must be pre-booked).
The enclosed booking form should be completed and returned to the address given by the due dates together with the appropriate payment.
If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser, Nick Clancy;
Tel: +44 (0)1902 764976 (evenings only)
Mobile: +44 (0)7712 299565 (evenings preferable)
e-mail: [email protected]
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All participants are advised that neither AROC nor the organisers of this event/trip are responsible for making any insurance cover or legal arrangements. Whilst personal insurance cover is not compulsory, it is your own responsibility to ensure that adequate cover (if required) is arranged in respect of Travel, Accident, Medical, Motor, Breakdown etc. to meet your individual circumstances.