Castles and Back Roads Tour of Ireland 2017
This Tour at a Glance
Stay in Historic Castles whilst discovering Ireland's most famous sights and the off-the-beaten track gems.
Experience the history and culture of Ireland on this unique tour
The Castles and Back Roads Escorted Tour places you amongst Ireland's most renowned and charming scenes. See Ireland's impressive raw landscapes and soak in the history whilst you stay overnight in stately Irish castles.
On this coast to coast tour you will enjoy the history, sights and culture of Ireland with your friendly and knowledgeable Driver-Guide (one person) on hand to inform, with plenty of time to relax and explore Ireland on your own.
This small group tour (maximum 20 participants) is designed to offer that perfect mixture of experiencing Ireland's most famous sites, and getting off the beaten tracks on a voyage of discovery of it's hidden secrets.
Explore the Road Less Travelled
The Castles and Back Roads Tour of Ireland takes you off into the heart of real Ireland. Discover Irish Culture whilst exploring off the beaten track.
The Culture, History and Iconic Sights...
Get lost in the lyrical beauty of Connemara. Cruise down Killary Fjord on a boat tour with panoramic views of countryside and wildlife. Stand on the edge of Europe and gaze out at the wildness of the Atlantic ocean atop a 700ft drop at the Cliffs of Moher.
Understand real Ireland. Observe a demonstration of the techniques used to make authentic Irish Whiskey and then participate in whiskey tasting as you stroll through one of Ireland's iconic distilleries.
Learn how to make traditional baked scones after enjoying a delicious Home Cooked Lunch at a family farm outside Kilkenny. Join in the festivities with an evening of traditional Irish music at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.
Discovering Past and Present...
As you Travel from Coast to Coast ...
Traverse the rocky limestone paths of the Burren, the great rock, with its harsh land and beautifully silent & haunting atmosphere. Amongst the desolation you can spot the strangeness of the wildlife that survive there.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Dublin City and visit the remarkable Guinness Storehouse, an informative and entertaining experience that ends at the gravity bar, where you can enjoy 360° views of the fair city.
Everything we did was worth doing, the sights were eye candy, the strangers on tour with us were only strangers for minutes!
Tour Facts at a Glance
- 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Small group sizes (max. 20 Guests)
- Fully inclusive (see itinerary for details)
- Stay in real Irish Castles
- Just €1,495-1,570 per person
- Tour Dates from June to August 2017
- Tour starts and ends in Dublin City / Dublin Airport
Stay in real Irish Castles
Live like royalty on the Castles and Back Roads Tour. You will be staying in two of Ireland's premier castle hotels and the historic Wynns Hotel in the heart of Dublin City.
Small Group Tours Max 20 People
More space, more comfort.
We use 35 seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 20. This gives you more space to spread out, relax and enjoy the wondrous scenery. This smaller group size is a core principle in our tours.
Our vehicles are a league above
Panoramic tinted windows, extra cushioned seats, air conditioning, fridges on board. Enjoy touring Ireland in luxury.
Because Value Matters
We are very proud of the value our Tours Provide, and not only because of the industry-leading prices.
The little things can add up on holiday - a meal here, an excursion there... but not with our tours. We include a huge array that others leave out.
Including Much More
Airport Transfers, every excursion, every entrance to every attraction, far more meals and many other things are all included to give you the very best in value.About the My Ireland Tour Difference
Luxury and Comfort
Here at My Ireland Tour we know that the journey is just as important as the destination. That's why our vehicles are all of the higest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability.
Always Room to Relax
The extra space afforded by travelling in a 35 seater coach with a maximum of 20 passengers allows you to spread out and enjoy the Irish landscape as it should be. Whether winding down a narrow country road in Connemara or taking in the wonderful architecture of Dublin City the air conditioning, leather seats and air suspension ensure that travelling through Ireland is as relaxing and comfortable as possible.My Ireland Tour Vehicles
Tour Itinerary ▼
Day 1 - Sunday - Arrival in Dublin
On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here in the Arrivals Hall you will meet your Professional Irish Driver-Guide (one person).
There will be 3 Group transfers this morning between 07:00 am & 12:00 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned coach and make the short transfer to Wynn's Hotel where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
At 19:00 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in Wynn's Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers and the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your Professional Driver-Guide (one person).
Day 2 - Monday
After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Abbeyglen Castle majestically set on the Sky Road overlooking the town of Clifden in Connemara, County Galway. Travelling west your route today will take through County Offaly to the town of Tullamore.
Your first visit will be Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery, where you can learn about the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity with a tour of Triple whiskey tasting.
Travel on via Galway into the wilds of Connemara via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross and Recess to Clifden the capital of Connemara which was founded in 1812 by the High Sheriff of Galway to create a pocket of respectability within the lawlessness of Connemara
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. After dinner you might like to retire to the Lounge for a nightcap (Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey is just a suggestion) before bed.
Day 3 - Tuesday
Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara famous for its bogs, mountains, lakes and rugged coastline. You will visit Kylemore Abbey, which is nestled at the base of Dúchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.
Continue on via Connemara National Park to Leenane (The film location of "The Field" featuring Richard Harris as The Bull McCabe)
At Nancy's Point just outside Leenane Village you will board the "Connemara Lady" for a spectacular 90 minute cruise on Ireland's only fjord. Cruising the sheltered Killary Harbour fjord is the ideal way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape, as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains to the South, in County Galway; and the Mweelrea mountains to the North in County Mayo, as well as the views out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord. The fjord's sheltered waters are perfect for mussel farming and you will see the ropes at several points on the fjord. You will also see some circular salmon farms, closer to the shore. Sheep dot the hills and now ramble freely over the remnants of potato ridges which stand testimony to The Great Famine of the 1840's. Return to Abbeyglen Castle via the rugged & lonely Inagh Valley
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. After dinner you might like to take a short stroll into Clifden and enjoy a drink in one of its many fine pubs - E.J Kings, Lowry's or Griffins to name a few!
Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning after breakfast we'll depart for the Kinnitty Castle in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in County Offaly. This unique castle has had a long & turbulent history from the Normans in the 12th century to its destruction by Republican Forces in 1922 to the present day. It now stands an intimate and cosy castle hotel.
Your journey to Kinnitty Castle will take you along the Wild Atlantic Way down the west coast of County Clare via the famous Galway Bay.
You will see the Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land - an apt name for this vast limestone plateau. In the 1640's, Cromwell's surveyor described it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".
On the coast you will stand on the dramatic 650ft high and 8 kilometre long Cliffs of Moher to gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
Continue east via County Limerick to Kinnitty. Tonight you will overnight & dine in Kinnitty Castle. After dinner you might like to retire to the Dungeon Bar for a nightcap before bed.
Day 5 - Thursday
This morning after breakfast you will tour the counties of Tipperary & Kilkenny. Rising out dramatically from the plains of Tipperary you will visit the Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002.
You will have a unique home cooked lunch experience today on a family farm outside Kilkenny. After lunch your hosts will give you a demonstration class in making delicious traditional home baked scones.
After lunch you will visit Kilkenny Castle which has been an important site since Strongbow constructed the first building a wooden tower in the 12th century. William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site in 1260.
Take time to stroll the medieval streets of Kilkenny and you might want to visit the Kilkenny Design Centre or take time for a pint of Smithwick's an Irish Red Ale from Kilkenny. Return to Kinnitty Castle.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Kinnitty Castle.
Day 6 - Friday
After breakfast this morning you will make the short journey to the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland's capital. Here you will explore Dublin City visiting:
Trinity College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, which is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. The book contains the four gospels in Latin. Some of the dyes used were imported from as far as the Middle East.
Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate for a tour of the world famous brewery and afterwards enjoy a perfect pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City & County in every direction.
You will have free time this afternoon to explore & shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Grafton Street. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and a mighty evening of Irish music, song & dance at the Merry Ploughboy Pub.
After a great night we will make our way to Wynn's Hotel in the heart of Dublin City to get a good night's rest for your journey home in the morning.
Day 7 - Saturday
After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 2 group transfers between 0500 & 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
Full Irish Breakfast
What's Included ▼
The Very Best in Value
All excursions, all entrances, airport transfers, more meals. We have designed one of the most inclusive holiday packages on the market to offer you the very best in value.
Included in your Castle Escorted Tour:
- 6 nights accommodation - 4 nights accommodation in Castle Hotels.
- 6 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 1 Farmhouse Lunch and Scone Baking Demonstration
- 5 Evening Dinners; All Three Courses with Choices on Each Course + Tea or Coffee
- 1 Evening Dinner & Show at Merry Ploughboys
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
- 35 seater coach limited to a maximum of 20 passengers for additional space and comfort
- Extra Cushioned Seats
- Panoramic Tinted Double-Glazed Windows
- PA system
- Professional, Experienced and Knowledgeable Irish Driver-Guide (one person) for 7 days
- Group Airport Transfers
- Admission to all Attractions Included on the Itinerary:
- Porterage of one large suitcase per person.
- All local taxes
- Air fares to & from Ireland
- Gratuity for the Driver-Guide (one person)
- Travel Insurance
- Lunches except:
- Unique Home Cooked Lunch on Day 5
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
- Room Service
- Telephone Charges
No hidden extras, no daily sales pitches
Our escorted tours are fully inclusive. There are no hidden extra charges such as fuel surcharges or credit card fees. There are no daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs waiting for you once you arrive in Ireland. You pay the listed tour price and your Driver-Guide (one person) focuses entirely on your vacation enjoyment.
You are on holiday, after all.Book Now
Dates & Prices ▼
Full Dates & Prices:
|Arrival||Departure||Price Per Person||Availability|
|Sun 18 Jun 2017||Sat 24 Jun 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|Sun 02 Jul 2017||Sat 08 Jul 2017||€ 1495||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 16 Jul 2017||Sat 22 Jul 2017||€ 1495||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 13 Aug 2017||Sat 19 Aug 2017||€ 1495||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 27 Aug 2017||Sat 02 Sept 2017||€ 1570||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
A non-refundable deposit is required to secure you booking
- 10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2017 - €300.00 per person
- 15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2017 - €500.00 per person
- Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2017 - €450.00 per person
- Castles and Back Roads Tour 2017 - €400.00 per person
- Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour 2017 - €400.00 per person
- Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2017 - €300.00 per person
- Essential Ireland Tour 2017 - €300.00 per person
|Balance Payments:||The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.|
|Single Occupancy Supplement:||Our pricing is based on 2 persons sharing a room. For single occupancy of a double room there is a supplement:
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2017 - € 335
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2017 - € 610
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2017 - € 450
Castles and Back Roads 2017 - € 300
Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2017 - € 475
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2017 - € 275
Essential Ireland Tour- € 250
Single occupancy rooms are subject to availability.
More about Tours of Ireland for Singles.
|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.|
|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.|
We charge in Euro. Using the below Currency Converter you can get an approximate equivalent in your currency.
Every week is guaranteed
Our Castles and Back Roads Tours are guaranteed. Once you make a booking the tour will run. We do not cancel tours.
Extend your Stay ▼
Fancy a few Extra Days in Ireland?
Just let us know, we'd be very glad to arrange any extra days you'd like. Perhaps a few extra nights in Dublin to soak up the atmosphere of this famously lively city, or maybe a private tour to a particular area of interest in Ireland?
Whatever your requirements, please just let us know, we'd be very glad to help.Get in Touch to Plan your Extra Days
A little about us
Independent Family Business
We have been providing tours of Ireland since 1989. Here we've used all our collective knowledge and experience to design one of the finest escorted tours Ireland has to offer.
Focused on You
Based here in Ireland, we are here to give you the personal attention your vacation to Ireland deserves. As an independent family business based here in Cork, our local knowledge is unrivalled and our sole focus is your vacation.
One of our team personally takes responsibility for your entire vacation, and you can speak to that same person each and every time you contact us.More About My Ireland Tour How to Book your Tour of Ireland
Reviews and Posts about our Castle and Back Roads Tours of Ireland.
We love hearing about our guests castle tours in ireland, their experiences of Ireland are always so varied and interesting. So if you have been on a tour with us, leave a review on Facebook or Google.
As our guests leave their comments and reviews about their travels on their Castle and Back Roads Tours, we will place their comments here for you to see.See All of our Irish Tour Reviews here