Enjoy the superb quality of some of Ireland's most well known Castles and Manor Houses, while enjoying the magnificent scenery and Irish hospitality.
This 7 night vacation features your stay in some of the finest Irish Manors and castles that Ireland has to offer as well as an included ferry trip to Inismore Stay in some of our finest Irish Castles and Manor Hotels on this 7 night vacation to Ireland complete with ferry trip to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and home to the spectacular pre-Christian Dun Aonghus Fort. While this tour includes many of Ireland’s most iconic locations, it will also afford you the opportunity to experience something extra. Due to the fact all of our travel consultants live in Ireland, they also have an intimate knowledge of Ireland’s hidden gems, sights and locations they will be more than happy to direct you to. We design all of our tours in-house with precision and a dedication to quality that is unmatched in the industry. To compliment your tour you will have your own dedicated travel consultant as well as the comprehensive daily sightseeing guide that will be provided for you.
One of the highlights of yours stay here in Ireland will undoubtedly be the complimentary guided tour of the 15th century Castle ruins beside Ballinalacken House by its owner. A head for heights is most definitely a requirement for this experience as you gaze out from the battlement ruins at the top of the castle over the mesmerizing west coast of county clare and the Burren region, a karst landscape almost lunar in appearance! Keep in mind that all elements of this vacation package can be customized to suit your needs.
Overnight Locations for this 7 night tour includes:
Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny for 1 night
Ballyseede Castle in Kerry for 2 nights
Ballinalacken House in County Clare for 2 nights
Ashling Hotel in Dublin City centre for 2 nights
Your tour also includes;
Day 1 – Dublin Airport to Kilkenny
Upon your arrival (Dublin Airport) collect your Hertz Car Rental and your Castle’s and Manor Tour of Ireland will commence. Your first day’s drive is a short one, bringing you to the Southeast Ireland from Dublin to Kilkenny.
Your first stop is the National Stud and Japanese Gardens where you can visit a Horse Museum tracing the history of the horse in Ireland. In fact the winner of the 2003 Californian ‘Breeders Cup Mile’ race is a National Stud horse, the 3rd in the last 9 years. The Japanese Gardens are located in the grounds of the Stud Farm and were created between 1906 and 1910. They were designed to symbolise the 'Life of Man' from the cradle to the grave.
On to Kilkenny city- which has been long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital. The popular city’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. Also located in Kilkenny is Saint Canice's Cathedral, built on the site of an earlier church, the major work was carried out in the 13th Century. As part of this tour, tickets for the ‘Smithwick’s Experience’ are also included. This famous Irish Ale was first produced in Kilkenny by monks in 1231 and this tour culminates with a pint of this now world renowned Ale
Day 2 – Kilkenny to Ballyseede, County Kerry
This morning, travel from Kilkenny to the Kingdom of Kerry in Irelands spectacular South West. Your first stop is the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of this southern province. Kings of Ireland as well as Munster came to this spot and St. Patrick is known to have preached and converted the local King, Aenghus, here in the 5th Century.
Next you will visit Cahir Castle. Cahir Castle was once an important stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it is one of Ireland’s best-preserved castles. Next you will venure on to Killarney. With its three famous lakes and majestic mountain ranges, The Killarney National Park is renowned both for its scenic beauty and scientific interest. There are many walks and trails around Killarney including a 2-hour tourist trail around the town itself.
You will also have a chance to visit Ross Castle, the Gap of Dunloe with the Black Valley. From here, travel north to Ballyseede Castle just outside of Tralee where you will be spending 2 nights.
Day 3 – Ring of Kerry/Dingle Peninsula
Today you may choose to relax in Ballyseede Castle and the nearby town of Tralee or take in a days touring of either the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula to the west of Kerry. While the Dingle Peninsula is the shorter drive and is graced with more interesting antiquities, historic sites and varied mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland, the Ring of Kerry includes spectacular views over the lakes of Killarney from Moll’s Gap as well as numerous colourful villages on this route. Not for the faint-hearted, you will remember this mountain pass drive forever.
The Dingle route includes visits to the lovely fishing town of Dingle and beyond to Dunbeag Promontory Fort, an archaeological site on the from the late Bronze Age, 800 BC. Next continue your journey on to Slea Head and here you will see Dun An Oir (Fort of Gold). Here in 1580, after a three day siege, over 600 Irish and Spanish soldiers surrendered to Lord Grey only to be massacred by his troops.
Nearby is the Gallarus Oratory, which is one of the best preserved early Christian churches in Ireland. Back to Tralee town where you can relax in the luxurious surroundings of Ballyseede Castle.
Day 4 – To Adare, Bunratty and the Cliffs of Moher
Today's tour brings you to the west coast of County Clare. First stop will be the popular Village of Adare in County Limerick. Adare is regarded by many a seasoned traveller as Ireland’s prettiest village with charming thatched cottages, manicured public park and ancient church. From Adare continue towards Limerick City of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ fame and home to King Johns Castle.
Shortly after this drive, you arrive at Bunratty Castle. Built in 1425, the castle was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour. Within the grounds of the Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century Irish life is vividly recreated.
Continuing on to the magnificent ‘Cliffs of Moher’. The majestic Cliffs of Moher are without doubt one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and overlook the Atlantic Ocean. You then arrive at the village of Doolin. Doolin is famous for its wealth of Irish folk music. Just north of the Cliffs Of Moheryou then have the lunar like Burren region and the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs.
Day 5 – Ferry trip to Aran Islands
Drive to Doolin pier and take the ferry to the Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. Take a pony and trap, or a guided tour from the pier up the island to the stone fort of Dun Aonghus. The fort is situated on top of a 300ft high sea cliff and is one of the finest prehistoric monuments in Europe.
For whatever reason, should you prefer not to take the ferry to the islands, then perhaps take a stunning cliff walk high above the Atlantic Ocean with stunning views of the Burren and Aran Islands.
Travel to the lunar like Burren Region and the ancient Poulnabrone Dolmen Tombs. Also on route, you will have a chance to visit Dunguaire which was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes clan on the shores of Galway Bay. This evening, travel the short distance to Doolin village or Lisdoonvarna to enjoy the best of traditional Irish music in one of the many excellent pubs.
Day 6 – To Dublin via Historic Meath
Today’s tour brings you east to our capital city of Dublin. A slight detour will also allow you a visit to the megalithic tombs of Newgrange. One of the great wonders of the ancient world, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt and is foremost among the passage-tombs of Europe. Also in this area are the Hill of Tara (seat of Ireland’s ancient High Kings) and Trim castle, featured in the famous movie ‘Braveheart’.
Depending on whether you took any detours earlier, you may have time to shop or sightsee in Dublin City Centre. Close to your hotel are many of the city’s most historic attractions including Dublin Castle, The Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the National History Museum.
Day 7 – In Dublin
Using the Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket we provided you, in Dublin you will be able to visit many of Dublin’s most renowned and historical locations. Amongst other sites, you will see the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Art and the historic Kilmainham Gaol.
For a more light hearted experience, maybe a visit to the Irish Leprechaun Museum would be worth taking in. In the evening, there are many great Irish plays on in Dublin if that is to your taste. Of course, the authentic Dublin pub or literary tours are also freely available.
In the evening you will attend the Irish House Party. The Irish House Party is unique in Dublin. Unlike any other traditional Irish music night in the city, it is organised and hosted by All-Ireland Champion traditional Irish musicians and dancers in an intimate and homely setting.
Day 8 – Homeward Bound
Regrettably, this morning it is time to leave for the airport unless you are one of the lucky ones who has planned post night stays in Dublin or Belfast City.
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