Connemara National Park, captured on one of our Ireland Tours Connemara National Park, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

7-Day Castles and Backroads Tour 2019 Explore the road less travelled

Only 2 Dates Left in 2019:

Sun 11 Aug to Sat 17 Aug 2019

Sun 29 Sep to Sat 05 Oct 2019

Key Tour Information

  • €1,395 to €1,595
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. 26 Guests
  • Stay in Irish Castles
  • Space to Spread Out
  • No sales pitches

On the Castles and Backroads tour of Ireland, see the true face of Ireland as you explore not only the top tourist attractions, but also the road less travelled. Designed for a maximum group size of 26 Guests, this unique Small-Group Tour offers the perfect blend of Ireland's best-loved destinations and its best-kept secrets. Stay in real Irish castles as you uncover the hidden charms and unmissable sights on your Ireland tour.

Why this Tour?

This seven-day tour of Ireland encourages you to take a closer look at the authentic face of Ireland. See the sights and live the culture that the locals know and love. Staying in real castles during your Ireland tour, you will be exploring not only the best-loved destinations of the Emerald Isle, but its best-kept secrets, too. As well as visiting the unmissable tourist attractions of Dublin and the West Coast, you will be heading off the beaten track on a voyage of discovery.

  • Dublin & East

    • Explore Trinity College
    • Ancient Book of Kells
    • The Guinness Storehouse
    • Stay in the Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel
    • Evening Of Traditional Music & Dance
  • Central Ireland

    • Medieval Kilkenny Castle
    • Lunch on a traditional Irish Farm
    • The Rock of Cashel
    • Tullamore Distillery
    • Stay in Kinnitty Castle
  • West Coast

    • The Spectacular Cliffs of Moher
    • Burren Limestone Landscape
    • Kylemore Abbey
    • Connemara National Park
    • Killary Fjord Cruise
    • Stay in Abbeyglen Castle
A stunning Connemara lake A stunning Connemara lake

Just got back from Castles and Backroads tour. Cannot say enough great things about the entire experience! Many praises and accolades for our guide Tom and the company in general.

Sally D, September 2018

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Why our smaller group sizes are better for you

We only offer Small Group Tours

Even our largest tours take just 26 guests. But many other companies accept up to 50 people per tour. So, why did we take this big step to limit our tours to such small group?

Our focus is on you

With a smaller group, our driver-guides have time to get to know you, explore your questions in detail and share their experiences with you.

Spread Out and Relax

Space to spread out on the coach. Our small group tours use 34 seater coaches but only sell 26 spaces, giving spare seats for you to spread out.

Speedy Check-ins

Checking in and out at each hotel is much faster and more enjoyable in a smaller party. Breeze through check-in in no time.

A close-up personal experience

Experience each attraction up-close and personal. In a small group, there is more time to ask questions and see what interests you personally.

Relaxing Pace

Experience Ireland at your own pace. After all, nobody enjoys being part of a herd, especially on vacation. No rushing to keep up and no waiting around for large groups to assemble.

Cherish each Moment

Relax and enjoy the moment. Savour each meal. Capture every photo opportunity. Cherish every memory with a small group of people you can really get to know.

Better service for you

Just look at our amazing reviews to see for yourself. Our guests consistently list smaller group sizes among the top reasons why they would book My Ireland Tour again. The smaller numbers mean we can really deliver the best in service and attention throughout your whole experience.

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Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Ireland

Stay in Castles

On this Ireland tour, you will be staying and dining in real Irish castles. Live like royalty as you make yourself at home in these historic buildings. Your accommodation includes Abbeyglen Castle and Kinnitty Castle (pictured above).

The Cliffs of Moher

Unmissable Sights

While showing you the hidden charms of Irish culture and history, the Castles and Backroads tour ticks all the right boxes when it comes to Irish vacations. See the Guinness Storehouse, the Book of Kells, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Rock of Cashel and more.

A real Irish traditional music session in a Pub in Ireland

Truly Irish Experience

On this Ireland tour, you are invited to discover the true face of Irish culture. You will share a home-cooked lunch with an Irish family on their working farm. Learn how to bake traditional Irish scones. Enjoy celtic music and dance in a real Irish pub.

Questions about this tour?

What's Included?

This is one of the most inclusive Ireland tour packages available anywhere in Ireland. Click below to find out just how much is included in the price.

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Will the tour run?

Yes, like all of our Ireland bus tours our Castles and Backroads Tours are guaranteed. Unlike many rivals there are no minimum numbers for the tours to go ahead. Rest assured: we do not cancel tours or change dates.

Can I extend the tour?

Yes. You can extend this tour of Ireland simply by letting us know what else you would like to do on your vacation to Ireland and we can arrange it for you.

Prices & Availability Castles and Backroads Tour 2019

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Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Sun 26 May 2019 Sat 01 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 09 Jun 2019 Sat 15 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 23 Jun 2019 Sat 29 Jun 2019 - fully booked
Sun 14 Jul 2019 Sat 20 Jul 2019 - fully booked
Sun 11 Aug 2019 Sat 17 Aug 2019 € 1595 1 Space Left - Book Now!
Sun 25 Aug 2019 Sat 31 Aug 2019 - fully booked
Sun 29 Sep 2019 Sat 05 Oct 2019 € 1595 Spaces Available - Book Now!

The Deposit for the Castles and Back Roads Tour 2019 is €400 per person
The Single Occupancy Supplement is €425

Paying for your Escorted Tour of Ireland

Payment Information

  • Balance Payments: The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.
  • Currency: All payments are in Euros.
  • Credit Cards & Fees: We do not charge any fees for paying by credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
  • Children's Rate: Children ages 8 yrs - 17 yrs inclusive receive a 10% discount on the prices. Children must share a room with a least 1 adult. Our tours do not cater for children 7 yrs or younger. You must be 18 or over to travel on our Mini-Group Tours.

Find your Way Around


The General Post Office

The General Post Office of Ireland The General Post Office of Ireland

The General Post Office of Ireland had many homes before finally settling on its current location of O'Connell Street, on January 6th 1818. It is most famous for housing the Irish Rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916.

The building was destroyed by fire during the uprising and was left unattended until the Irish Free State government set about restoring it. The General Post Office now acts as a visitor centre and sheds an amazing light on some of Ireland's darkest days and the country it was to become.