NEOBIOTA 2018
 

Coastal Scenic Tour including Bull Island and Malahide Castle


Delegates will be brought along the North shore of Dublin, where a view of Howth Head, Bull Island Bird Sanctuary and other sights can be seen. Malahide Castle and Gardens is one of the oldest castles in Ireland, set on 260 acres, this magnificent & historic 12th century castle has been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years. The castle is steeped in history and has many fascinating stories of the descendants who lived here. 

The ornamental gardens adjoining the castle cover an area of about 22 acres and were largely created by Lord Milo Talbot. He was an enthusiastic plant collector who brought specimens from around the world to create the gardens here. 

Delegates will go on to Visit Bull Island, which lies on the doorstep of Dublin city centre and is one of Ireland’s key biodiversity sites. The 5km long sand bank created following the construction of the Bull Wall in 1825, and the extensive salt marsh combine to provide a refuge for thousands of wildfowl and waders in winter, and specialised plant and insect communities in summer. Bull Island is afforded more environmental designations than any other site in Ireland, and has been extensively studied. Having such an important biodiversity site on the doorstep of the capital city, makes this a very, very special site.

During your visit of the North Bull Island Interpretative Centre you will find out all about the Island’s history and formation, the wildlife which live and visit there and the ecology of Dublin Bay.

Date: Friday, 7th September 2018
Departure Time: 09:30
Departure Location: Royal Marine Hotel
Return Time: 15:00
Ticket Price: €50


Dublin City Tour with tour around Phoenix Park and visit to Guinness Storehouse


The group will visit Dublin’s Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe.The Park is also home to the Zoological Gardens, Áras an Uachtaráin, and Victorian flower gardens. This famous park is home to the Fallow Deer which can be seen roaming freely, a favourite amongst the visitors.

After visiting the Phoenix Park, delegates will board a coach and have a tour of the city centre before arriving at one of Irelands top visitor attractions. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the Guinness Storehouse is home to a seven story visitor experience telling the history of the making of this world famous beer. It is a dramatic story that begins 250 years ago and ends in Gravity Bar where visitors receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.

The adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. As you wander up through Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the “Black Stuff” – the ingredients, the process, the passion. You’ll learn about Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has been transported around the world. You’ll see how Guinness has been advertised over the years and visit Guinness, at Home and Abroad.

Date: Friday, 7th September 2018
Departure Time: 09:30
Departure Location: Royal Marine Hotel
Return Time: 15:00
Ticket Price: €55


Glendalough and Powerscourt Gardens Tour


Guests on this tour will enjoy stunning scenery and a glimpse of Ireland’s monastic past at Glendalough in Co. Wicklow, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

Founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, Glendalough (meaning glen of two lakes) is a former glacial valley renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement. For thousands of years people have been drawn to Glendalough for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife.

The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthral visitors, from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys.

From the gentle wilds of Glendalough, guests are then taken to the beautiful grounds of Powerscourt House & Gardens. Powerscourt House and Gardens is one of Europe’s great treasures and Ireland’s most famous estate. Gracing the foothills of the Wicklow mountains, the 18th century mansion was partially destroyed by fire in 1974. A long restoration project ensued and an exhibition now brings its rich history to life. Also onsite is Ireland’s premier shopping emporium, Avoca Handweavers.

Begun in the 1740s, 47 acres of gardens are remarkable for their grandeur of scale and comprise a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, splendid statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and an extensive variety of trees and shrubs.

Date: Friday, 7th September 2018
Departure Time: 09:30
Departure Location: Royal Marine Hotel
Return Time: 15:00
Ticket Price: €55



*All tours are subject to a minimum number of bookings. If the minimum number of bookings is not reached, the tour will be cancelled. 2 weeks notice will be given of such a cancellation. Alternative tour option will be offered or the payment made will be refunded.