Follow in the footsteps of Ireland's patron saint with a 12 day Ireland travel package, exploring the landmarks and legends of Saint Patrick.
Discover Dublin on the day you arrive. See a play at one of Dublin's popular theatres, the Abbey, Gate or Gaiety with shows nightly featuring some of the best theatre in the world. You could also take a visit to one of the many lively pubs and restaurants.
Leave Dublin, drive north to Co Meath and stop at Newgrange , which is an ancient passage grave built in 3200 BC. It is the oldest solar observatory in the world and on the day of the winter solstice, December 21st, rays of the sun enter the tomb and light up the central burial tomb. The interpretive centre nearby will explain the history of the site. Also visit the Hill of Tara , Slane Castle and Kells, home to the Book of Kells (Currently in Trinity College Dublin) before going on to the 6th century monastery of Monasterboice.
Days 3 & 4
Heading up the east coast and into Northern Ireland . This is an ideal location to explore the beautiful Mourne Mountains. The drive along the coast of Co Down along the A2 is the most memorable in Co Down. You can stop at Rostrevor, Kilkeel and Annalong, from these villages you can detour into the Mourne Mountains themselves. Travel onwards and arrive at the seaside town of Newcastle in Co Down. Newcastle is also the location of the Royal Co Down Golf Club that is consistently rated among the top 10 courses in the world, so if you are a golfer this may be an opportunity not to be missed. You can take a drive and visit the other villages along the coast or take on of the many walks along the many trails in the Mourne Mountains. You travel onto Belfast this evening for 2 nights. The city offers a great selection of attractions, restaurants and pubs.
Travel north to Carrickfergus through to Larne and up to Ballycastle. This drive takes you through the Glens of Antrim, a wonderfully scenic journey. From Ballycastle you can discover Dunluce and Dunseverick Castle and the strange phenomenon that is the Giants Causeway . Bushmills is nearby and boasts the oldest whiskey distillery in the world. Continue to the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart . Continue to Derry City through Coleraine for your next nights stay.
Days 6 & 7
From Derry you can travel around Donegal , one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. From here you could travel through Donegal town to see the Slieve League Cliffs, visit one of Ireland's finest beaches at Rossnowlagh and the fishing town of Killybegs. Visit Glenveagh National Park and stay in Donegal Town where you can enjoy some great traditional music sessions in the local pubs at night.
From Donegal travel on through Co. Leitrim , Co. Sligo and on towards Mayo for your next night's stay. Mayo has some of the most dramatic scenery and beautiful sandy beaches. There are many attractions to see in Mayo such as Croagh Patrick , the pilgrimage mountain as well as the beautiful view of Clew Bay and its many islands. Also take a trip to the beautiful town of Westport . Nearby is Westport House, home to the descendants of Grace O'Malley, 16th century Queen of Connacht.
Days 9 & 10
Leave Mayo and drive into Connemara for your next 2 nights stay. Attractions in and around Connemara include Clifden , Oughterard , Leenane, Maams Cross. Connemara is best enjoyed by taking a leisurely drive through its tranquil open countryside where peace comes easy. Excellent hill walking routes are also found in Connemara. Also worth visiting is Galway city bursting with life and activity. Yeats described Galway as the 'Venice of the West'. Located on the West coast, on the shores of the Atlantic, Galway is Ireland's cultural capital. Free spirited, artistic and bohemian, it has an ambience all of its own Galway is famous for its traditional music and great pubs among other things.
Leave Galway and travel south to The Burren . As the largest karstic limestone area in Western Europe, the Burren is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and continues to fascinate geologists who come to study its limestone patterns, underground rivers and grykes (cracks). Its also home to some of Ireland's most exotic flora. This is the ideal place for a walk and you will find many way-marked paths. Continue on to the Cliffs of Moher to see one of Ireland's most popular attractions. Also worth visiting are the villages of Doolin , Lahinch and the Alliwee Caves.
Regrettably, your Irish Chieftains Self Drive vacation in Ireland ends today. Either depart from a local airport or make your way back to Dublin or Rosslare for your flight or ferry home with happy memories of your time in Ireland.
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This Irish vacation package includes:
- Bed & Breakfast at the hotels listed or similar
- Road map of Ireland
- Heritage guide to Ireland including admission special offer
- Free calls to your personal Ireland specialist
- Mont Clare Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
- Headford Arms, Meath (1 nights)
- Europa Hotel, Antrim (2 night)
- Tower Hotel, Derry (1 night)
- Solis Lough Eske Castle , Donegal (2 nights)
- Knockranny House Hotel and Spa, Mayo (1 nights)
- Hotel Meyrick , Galway Clare (1 nights)
- Sheedy's Country House , Limerick (1 night)
Rental of a economy-size car. Included with your car is all compulsory insurances - Collision Damage Waiver insurance (CDW with an excess/deductible), theft protection insurance, location fee of €30, Road fund tax, sales tax at 13.5%, unlimited free mileage, third party liability insurance, 24 hour peace of mind breakdown cover.
Prices are per person based on 2 persons in each room with full Irish breakfast and taxes included. A single supplement will apply to rooms and car rental in the case of single occupancy.