Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland The sun setting over the Irish coast Irish locals fishing on the lake at Kylemore Abbey Glendalough, monastic site visited on some of our Ireland tours Traditional Irish music performed for visitors on a Tour of Ireland Sheep grazing on the Irish coastal clifftops

Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2019 A luxury tour for max. 8 guests

2019 Tour Summary

Take a closer look at Ireland. With only eight guests, the Ancient Ireland Tour places the focus on you. That's more time and more attention for you, your interests and your questions. You will be exploring Ireland at a comfortable pace, with plenty to see and do, plus plenty of time for yourself.

This is a luxury tour of Ireland in every sense, and you will be staying in some of Ireland's top hotels. Even spending two nights in the luxury of Ballynahinch Castle, nestled in 700 acres of pristine walkways, rivers and woodland. We invite you to live like royalty for eight days and seven nights in Ancient Ireland.

  • Dublin

    Explore Trinity College, the Book of Kells, the famous Guinness Storehouse.

  • Galway & Clonmacnoise

    Stay in Ballynahinch Castle in Connemara. Galway city & Kylemore Abbey.

  • Clare & Shannon

    The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren limestone landscape, the thatched village of Adare.

  • Kerry & Cork

    The Ring of Kerry, enjoy an Irish pub lunch, Macroom and Blarney Castles, the Jameson's Old Mildeton Distillery.

  • Kilkenny & Waterford

    Spend the night on a real Irish farm. Visit Kilkenny Castle and the House of Waterford Crystal.

Key Tour Information

  • Max. 8 Guests
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • €2,390 to €2,690
  • Stay in a Castle
  • Luxury Transport
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  • Tuesday:

    Welcome to Ireland

  • Wednesday:

    Dublin to Galway

  • Thursday:

    Wild Connemara

  • Friday:

    Wild Atlantic Way

  • Saturday:

    The Ring of Kerry

  • Sunday:

    Kerry to Cork

  • Monday:

    Kilkenny & Waterford

  • Tuesday:

    Departure or onward journey
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Tour Accommodation Stay in a real Irish Castle

The Ancient Ireland Tour welcomes you to a different class of accommodation. We are very proud of the selection of hotels we have put together for this exclusive journey through Ireland's history and culture. Some of these hotels are family-owned, just like ourselves, and we have a long standing relationship with them all.

We know and trust the hotels we use for our tours, and we choose them carefully based not only on their star rating, but also on their location, service, value and character. With 29 years of experience offering tours of Ireland, we have the knowledge, the experience and the local contacts to design the perfect accommodation package for your vacation.

Luxury Transport

On a tour vacation, the journey can be just as important as the destination. That's why our vehicles are all of the highest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability. For our mini-group tours of Ireland, we use custom 9-seater Mercedes-Benz mini-coaches. These are executive-class tour vehicles designed specifically for this purpose, offering the very pinnacle of comfort and safety, combined with a luxurious finish throughout. Panoramic tinted windows provide the very best view of the journey and the glorious sights which mark the way. Enjoy a front-row seat on your tour of Ireland.

  • Extra Legroom & Comfort
  • Tinted Windows
  • Panoramic Outlook
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luxury Cushioned Seats

Tour Prices

Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Tue 30 Apr 2019 Tue 07 May 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 14 May 2019 Tue 21 May 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 28 May 2019 Tue 04 Jun 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 11 Jun 2019 Tue 18 Jun 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 25 Jun 2019 Tue 02 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 02 Jul 2019 Tue 09 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 16 Jul 2019 Tue 23 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 30 Jul 2019 Tue 06 Aug 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 13 Aug 2019 Tue 20 Aug 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 27 Aug 2019 Tue 03 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 03 Sep 2019 Tue 10 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 17 Sep 2019 Tue 24 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 01 Oct 2019 Tue 08 Oct 2019 € 2490 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 15 Oct 2019 Tue 22 Oct 2019 € 2490 Spaces Available - Book Now!

The Deposit for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2019 is €450 per person
The Single Occupancy Supplement is €545

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The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake

Because we were such a small group we were able to spend more time at the sights we visited and had a little more flexibility with our schedule. I highly recommend this trip!!

Richard V.

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Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle

The Tour Itinerary Tuesday: Welcome to Ireland

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Tuesday's Itinerary

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 mini-coach and make the short transfer to the Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublin city where you can relax and unwind after your flight.

This afternoon after all introductions have been made you will depart on a tour of the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland's capital city visiting Trinity College which was 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.

No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to the 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.

Evening free to relax and unwind at your leisure. Overnight in the Brooks Hotel.

Included Today

Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement

Wednesday Dublin to Galway

Wednesday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for 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. At Ballynahinch Castle, My Ireland Tour guests will enjoy the breathtaking Superior Bedroom. This unique castle is spectacularly located on a private 450 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara.

Travelling west your route today will take you through Ballinasloe & Athlone, which is the centre of Ireland. You will visit Clonmacnoise a medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century. Clonmacnoise lay at a crossroads of medieval Ireland linking all parts of the island. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

We will continue west on our journey to Galway City, known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble down Shop Street to Galway's Latin Quarter where stands Lynch's Castle, Galway's grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

We will travel on west of Galway City via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross & Recess into the wilds of Connemara, famous for its bogs, mountains and rugged coastline. Tonight you will overnight & dine in Ballynahinch Castle. Suggestion: After dinner you might like to retire to the friendly Fisherman's Pub for a nightcap (Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey is just a suggestion) before bed.

Included Today

The rugged and rustic grounds of Ballynahinch Castle, your accommodation in Connemara The rugged and rustic grounds of Ballynahinch Castle, your accommodation in Connemara

Thursday Wild Connemara

Thursday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast take some time to explore at your leisure the extensive grounds of Ballynahinch Castle. There are some who visit Ballynahinch Castle and never leave the grounds during their stay, such is the choice of activities available. Hiking the trails, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, playing tennis, biking, or simply sitting in the tranquillity of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea are all possibilities today.

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 shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.

Your return route to Ballynahinch Castle will take you via the spectacular Inagh Valley with the rugged 12 Bens of Connemara on your right and the Maumturks mountain range on your left. Tonight you will overnight and dine in Ballynahinch Castle

Included Today

The Cliffs of Moher The Cliffs of Moher

Friday Wild Atlantic Way

Friday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for the Cahernane House Hotel situated on the edge of Killarney National Park. The hotels commands the most magnificent setting with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins.

Your journey will take you down the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Clare via the famous Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle and the fishing village of Kinvarra. 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 Atlantic west coast of County Clare you will stand on the dramatic 650ft high and 5 mile 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 at Cahernane House Hotel.

Included Today

Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry Caherdaniel on the Ring of Kerry

Saturday The Ring of Kerry

Saturday's Itinerary

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 pub lunch in The Blind Piper Pub in the village of Caherdaniel. Locals & visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. Who was 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 in the Cahernane House Hotel.

Suggestion: You might like to retire to the Cellar Bar for a nightcap before bed (I would suggest Jameson whiskey from the neighbouring County Cork which you will be visiting tomorrow.

Included Today

Blarney Castle in Co. Cork, Ireland Blarney Castle in Co. Cork, Ireland

Sunday Kerry to Cork

Sunday's Itinerary

Your journey 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 to visit Blarney Castle. This world famous castle was built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy and here you will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.

You will have time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills where one of the largest selections of Irish arts, crafts and produce can be seen on display.

This afternoon we will visit the Old Mildeton Distillery - home of Jameson's Whiskey - which has the world's largest pot still with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons. After the tour you might like to enjoy a complimentary drop of Irish whiskey

Our destination for tonight is Ballymacarbry on the Tipperary/Waterford border to a family owned Irish Farmhouse for a unique overnight stay.

The idyllic setting of Glasha Farmhouse nestled between the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains will give you a unique insight into rural Irish life. Tonight you will enjoy a hearty home cooked dinner and conversation with your Irish hosts.

Suggestion: After dinner you might fancy taking the three minute stroll to the Bridge Bar, a friendly authentic Irish pub to enjoy chatting with the locals over a pint of Guinness.

Included Today

Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle

Monday Kilkenny & Waterford

Monday's Itinerary

After a hearty home cooked full Irish breakfast this morning we will set off for the world renowned House of Waterford Crystal in the Viking founded city of Waterford where extensive glass manufacturing was established in 1783. Learn the art of glass blowing from the professional craftsmen and take time to visit the store which is home to the largest selection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

We will continue on to Kilkenny for a visit of Kilkenny Castle. It 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.

This afternoon you will once again be back in the "Fair City" of Dublin. Overnight at the Brooks Hotel.

Included Today

The stunning landscapes of Co. Meath The stunning landscapes of Co. Meath

Tuesday Departure Day

This morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 & 1200 for you to choose from to bring you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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Why this Tour?

With a maximum of eight guests per tour, the Ancient Ireland Tour is designed to give you the space and the freedom to experience Ireland to its fullest. Offering a different level of luxury, this tour of Ireland invites you to stay in some of Ireland's very best hotels, including to nights in a real Irish castle. Visiting Blarney, Macroom and Kilkenny castles, The Ancient Ireland Tour gives a unique glimpse into the Old World, the stories and secrets is still holds.

The Burren, in Clare, Ireland

Small Groups

With a maximum of eight guests per tour, the Ancient Ireland Tour is designed to give you the space and the freedom to experience Ireland to the fullest. More time and attention from your driver-guide (one person). Greater flexibility to focus on your specific interests.

The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake

Luxury Tour

The Ancient Ireland Tour is a luxury experience in every sense. Travel in total comfort as you experience Ireland on one of the most inclusive Ireland tour packages around. You will be staying and dining in some of Ireland's very best hotels including Ballynahinch Castle (pictured above).

Blarney Castle, captured on one of our tours of Ireland

History & Culture

Witness the storied legend of ancient Ireland as you visit such attractions as Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle, and Macroom Castle ruins; Clonmacnoise Medieval Monastery, Kylemore Abbey and the historic Book of Kells. Drawing on their extensive knowledge, your driver-guide will breathe life into these ancients monuments and they stories they tell.

idyllic Irish Coastline idyllic Irish Coastline

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

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Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Tue 30 Apr 2019 Tue 07 May 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 14 May 2019 Tue 21 May 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 28 May 2019 Tue 04 Jun 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 11 Jun 2019 Tue 18 Jun 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 25 Jun 2019 Tue 02 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 02 Jul 2019 Tue 09 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 16 Jul 2019 Tue 23 Jul 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 30 Jul 2019 Tue 06 Aug 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 13 Aug 2019 Tue 20 Aug 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 27 Aug 2019 Tue 03 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 03 Sep 2019 Tue 10 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 17 Sep 2019 Tue 24 Sep 2019 € 2690 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 01 Oct 2019 Tue 08 Oct 2019 € 2490 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Tue 15 Oct 2019 Tue 22 Oct 2019 € 2490 Spaces Available - Book Now!

The Deposit for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2019 is €450 per person
The Single Occupancy Supplement is €545

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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.