This Tour at a Glance
Our Luxury Castle Tours of Ireland 2017
Stay in Ireland's Historic Castles and Country Manors
Our Castle Tours in Ireland are your opportunity to live like royalty in Ireland's historic Luxury Castles and Romantic Country Manor Houses. This Tour of Ireland is carefully designed to offer you the perfect balance of luxury properties and unique experiences, comfort and culture. Ample downtime to relax, unwind and explore Ireland on your own, yet with your expert Irish Driver-Guide (one person) on hand to advise and inform.
A luxury and leisurely coast to coast tour of Ireland. Experience the warmth of true Irish hospitality. Soak up the magical atmosphere on your castle stay evenings. Stroll the extensive grounds of each country manor. Meet the friendly locals. Hear the history. Witness the timeless historic landscape and the legendary shades of green.
Fully Escorted luxury tour of Ireland. Fully Inclusive. No Hidden or Optional Extras. Overnight stays in five-star Luxury Castles. Excellent Value. Superior Comfort.
The Royal Treatment
Live like royalty on this luxury castles tour, staying in some Ireland's finest castles and manor houses...
The Culture, History and Iconic Sights...
Beginning in Dublin, you'll head to Donegal with a two night stay in the majestic 5 star Lough Eske Castle. Browse the shops and pubs of Westport with their traditional shop fronts. Experience Galway, the “City of the Tribes”. Sit in the tranquility of the grounds of the romantic Ballynahinch Castle listening to the song of the river.
Gaze out on the Atlantic Ocean from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Clare. See the Burren, Gaelic for rocky land. Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry from the Lake Hotel Killarney located on the edge of Killarney National Park. Have lunch in a traditional pub where visitors and locals alike have been drinking since 1865. Admire the magnificent views of the Kildare countryside from Killashee House Hotel set amidst over 280 acres of historic & intriguing gardens, walkways and parkland.
This tour was awesome. The itinerary was perfect for my first visit to Ireland. The hotels were beautiful and everything was so well planned...
Discovering Past and Present...
As a Thousand Years of Irish History rolls before you...
Explore Ireland’s ancient past at the Hill of Tara. Visit Kylemore Abbey considered one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings nestled on a lake shore in the wilds of Connemara. Lean back and kiss the Blarney Stone high on the ramparts of Blarney Castle – if you dare.
Gaze out on the fields of Tipperary from the Rock of Cashel, seat of kings & medieval bishops for 900 years. Marvel at the richly decorated Book of Kells in Trinity College. See Christ Church Cathedral founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago. Enjoy a pint of Guinness from the top of a glass tower with spectacular views of Dublin City at the Guinness Storehouse.
I cannot say enough good things. We liked our driver guide so much we adopted him like family and invited him to come visit us in the states. Use these guys...
Tour Facts at a Glance
- 10 Days / 9 Nights
- Small group sizes (max. 26 Guests)
- Fully inclusive (see itinerary for details)
- Stay in real Irish Castles
- Prices range from €1,975 to €2,175
- Tour Dates from May to October 2017
- Tour starts and ends at Dublin / Dublin Airport
Small Group Tours Max 26 People
More space, more comfort.
We use 35 seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. 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.Read 2015 Guest Reviews & Comments
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 excursions 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 26 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
Welcome - you've arrived on your Irish castle tour. 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 0700 am & 1200 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned coach and make the short transfer to Dunboyne Castle Hotel where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in 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.
Day 2 - Monday
After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for the 5 star Lough Eske Castle majestically set on the shores of Lough Eske in Donegal. Travelling west your route today will take through Meath, the Royal County due to its history as the seat of the High King of Ireland.
Our first stop today will be at the Hill of Tara. Tara was the political & spiritual centre of Celtic Ireland and the seat of the High Kings until the 11th century.
Continue on through the lake region of Cavan and briefly cross the border into Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and along the shores of Lough Erne Upper and Lough Erne Lower to Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world dating from 1857.
Cross the border back into Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and travel on to Lough Eske. Leisurely afternoon on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle Tonight you will overnight & dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa After dinner you might like to retire to the Gallery Bar for a nightcap before bed
Day 3 - Tuesday
Leisurely morning on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa
Depart for the historic fortified walled city of Derry in Northern Ireland. The city fortifications are among the best - preserved in Europe and were completed in 1618 to defend the city from Gaelic chieftains in Donegal.
Afternoon guided walking tour of the historic walls with a local Derry City guide. The city walls are up to 8 metres in height and in places are 9 metres wide. They were completed in 1618 and were never breached.
Take some free time in Derry to visit the shops and cafes of Derry to get a flavour of Northern Ireland before returning to Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Again this evening dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa
Full Irish Breakfast
Day 4 - Wednesday
This morning after breakfast will depart for the Ballynahinch Castle for an unrivalled experience of true Irish hospitality. Formerly the home of “Humanity Dick” Martin and The Maharajah Ranjitsinhji, Ballynahinch Castle has been welcoming visitors to Connemara for over 250 years. This unique castle is spectacularly located on a private 450 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara.
Your route south to Ballynahinch castle will take you to Drumcliffe in Sligo where you can read the epitaph on grave of WB. Yeates.
Travel on to the beautiful Mayo town of Westport on the shores of Clew Bay. Take time to explore this unique and charming heritage town nestled in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days. I would suggest a stroll down the elegant tree lined Mall of Westport and wander along Bridge Street with its colourful and friendly mix of traditional shops and pubs.
Continue on via the Famine Relief Road into Galway and down the spectacular Inagh valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your right and the Maumturks Mountains on your left as you travel to Ballynahinch.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Ballynahinch Castle. After dinner you might like to retire to the friendly Fisherman's Pub for a nightcap before bed.
Full Irish Breakfast
Day 5 - Thursday
This morning after breakfast take some time to explore at your leisure the extensive grounds of Ballynahinch Castle. Take time to stroll the estates forest trails or simply sit in the tranquility of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea.
This afternoon if the lure of the castle grounds are not too strong you will tour the sights of wild Connemara. You will have free time in 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
You will visit Kylemore Abbey, which is nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the northern shores of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.
Return to Ballynahinch Castle via spectacular Inagh Valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your right and the Maumturks mountain range on your left.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Ballynahinch Castle
Day 6 - Friday
This morning after breakfast you will depart for the Lake Hotel Killarney on the edge of Killarney National Park.
Your journey to Killarney will take you down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of 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. Further south in County Limerick take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare before travelling on to Killarney.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Lake Hotel. After dinner you may wish to try The Devils Punchbowl Bar before bed.
Day 7 - Saturday
This morning after breakfast you will set off on the world famous Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) via Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O’ Connell, known as “The Liberator”, to Caherdaniel.
Today you will have a traditional Irish pub lunch in The Blind Piper Pub in the village of Caherdaniel. Locals & visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865.
Who is the Blind Piper?? The Blind Piper is Mici Cumba O'Sullivan who was born nearby in 1835 and became one of Ireland's most famous pipers.
Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and along the Lakes of Killarney to Killarney town.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Lake Hotel Killarney
Full Irish Breakfast
Traditional Irish Pub Lunch
Day 8 - Sunday
This morning after breakfast you will depart for Killashee House Hotel set amidst over 280 acres of historic & intriguing gardens, walkways and parkland with magnificent views of the Kildare country side. Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery & Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle, once home of Sir William Penn, whose son was later to found the state of Pennsylvania.
Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee
Visit Blarney Castle built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy and here you will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.
You will have an opportunity for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills where one of the largest selections of Irish arts, crafts & produce can be seen on display
Rising out dramatically from the plains of Tipperary you will visit the Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of kings and medieval 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.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Killashee House Hotel. After dinner you might like to retire to the contemporary Jack’s Bar for a nightcap before bed
Day 9 - Monday
After breakfast this morning you will make the short journey to the “Fair City” of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. 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.
Christ Church Cathedral founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034. The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here in the crypt you can see the Mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ and a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta. You will also have a unique opportunity to visit the Belfry and ring the Cathedral bells *** Please note: Getting to the Belfry in Christ Church Cathedral involves climbing 86 stone steps in a medieval building and crossing the roof at the South transept – quite the experience !)
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 some free time this afternoon to explore & shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Gratfon Street.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Killashee House Hotel.
Day 10 - Tuesday - Departure
After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 3 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 Luxury Tour of Ireland:
- 9 nights accommodation - 1 night in a superior quality hotel and 8 nights luxury accommodation in Castles & Country Manors
- 9 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 1 Pub Lunch
- 9 Evening Dinners; All Three Courses with Choices on Each Course + Tea or Coffee
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
- 35 seater coach limited to a maximum of 26 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 10 days
- Group Airport Transfers
- Admission to all Attractions Included on the Itinerary:
- Porterage of large suitcase per person.
- All local taxes
- Air fares to & from Ireland
- Gratuity for the Driver-Guide (one person)
- Travel Insurance
- Lunches except:
- Blind Piper Pub Lunch on Day 7
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
- Room Service
- Telephone Charges
No hidden extras, no daily sales pitches
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 07 May 2017||Tue 16 May 2017||€ 1975||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 21 May 2017||Tue 30 May 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|Sun 04 Jun 2017||Tue 13 Jun 2017||€ 2175||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 18 Jun 2017||Tue 27 Jun 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|Sun 09 Jul 2017||Tue 18 Jul 2017||€ 2175||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 16 Jul 2017||Tue 25 Jul 2017||€ 2175||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 06 Aug 2017||Tue 15 Aug 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|Sun 20 Aug 2017||Tue 29 Aug 2017||€ 2175||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 03 Sep 2017||Tue 12 Sep 2017||€ 2175||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 17 Sep 2017||Tue 26 Sep 2017||€ 1975||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 01 Oct 2017||Tue 10 Oct 2017||€ 1975||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 15 Oct 2017||Tue 24 Oct 2017||€ 1975||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
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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.
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|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.|
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Every week is guaranteed
Our Deluxe Irish Castle 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
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We had a great time participating this past June in the Luxury Castle Tour.
The organization is simple and efficient: no red tape and help is available throughout the booking and closing process with both Eric and Kristel.
The tour itself is of interest: a good picture of several very different parts of Ireland, done in a comfortable and secure way. Transportation is very good, the driver/guide Tony unbeatable for his knowledge and personal qualities. The local guides are remarkably good, especially Ronald in Derry. Organization at the hotels is very good: no hassle checking in and out, luggage is moved with no delay to/from the room. Service at the different castle and hotels differs, but in all cases is at least good. Food: both breakfasts and dinner are good to very good everywhere and occasionally excellent.
As a word of caution, the long hours on the bus need to be mentioned, as the distance traveled is approximately 2000 kilometers. Conclusion: a very good few days enjoying a beautiful country and its people, and a very reliable tour operator. AJS, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Armando (July 2016)