Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
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Deluxe Irish Castles Tour 2019 Stay in real Irish castles

2019 Tour Summary

On the Deluxe Irish Castles tour, you are invited to live like royalty. You won't simply be visiting the stunning heritage sites of the Emerald Isle. On this tour of Ireland, you will actually be staying 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. The finest accommodation, the best food, the most luxurious tour transportation.

  • Dublin & East

    Trinity College, Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral, County Meath. Staying in Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

  • The North-West

    Trim Castle, Lough Erne, Belleek Pottery, Derry city tour. Staying in Lough Eske Castle Hotel.

  • Wild Atlantic Way

    Galway City & Bay, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Adare Village. Staying in Ballynahinch Castle.

  • Cork, Kerry & South

    Ring of Kerry, Lakes of Killarney, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Rock of Cashel, Macroom Castle. Staying in Cahernane House Hotel and Killashee House Hotel.

Key Tour Information

  • Stay in Castles
  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • €1,990 to €2,390 per person
  • Max. 26 Guests (extra space)
  • Luxury Tour Package
  • No sales pitches
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  • Sunday:

    Welcome to Ireland
    Staying in Dunboyne Castle Hotel

  • Monday:

    The North West
    Staying in Lough Eske Castle

  • Tuesday:

    Derry
    Staying in Lough Eske Castle

  • Wednesday:

    Heading West
    Staying in Ballynahinch Castle

  • Thursday:

    Wild Connemara
    Staying in Ballynahinch Castle

  • Friday:

    Wild Atlantic Way
    Staying in Cahernane House

  • Saturday:

    The Ring of Kerry
    Staying in Cahernane House

  • Sunday:

    Cork Tipperary
    Staying in Killashee House

  • Monday:

    Dublin City
    Staying in Killashee House

  • Tuesday:

    Departure or onward journey
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Tour Accommodation Stay in luxury Irish Castles

The Deluxe Irish Castles Tour welcomes you to a different class of accommodation. On this Ireland tour, you will be staying in some of Ireland's finest castles and manor houses. We are very proud of the range of luxury accommodation we have put together for this exclusive journey. Many of these castle hotels and manors are family-owned, just like ourselves, and we have a long standing relationship with them all.

We know and trust the accommodation providers we use for our tours of Ireland, 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 tour vehicles we use 34-seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. This gives you more space to spread out, relax and enjoy the wonderous scenery. This smaller group size is a core principle in our tours.

  • Extra space to spread out
  • Tinted Windows
  • Panoramic Outlook
  • Air Conditioning
  • On-board Fridges
  • Luxury Cushioned Seats

Tour Prices

Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Sun 05 May 2019 Tue 14 May 2019 € 1990 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 19 May 2019 Tue 28 May 2019 € 2290 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 02 Jun 2019 Tue 11 Jun 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 16 Jun 2019 Tue 25 Jun 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 07 Jul 2019 Tue 16 Jul 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 21 Jul 2019 Tue 30 Jul 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 04 Aug 2019 Tue 13 Aug 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 18 Aug 2019 Tue 27 Aug 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 08 Sep 2019 Tue 17 Sep 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 22 Sep 2019 Tue 01 Oct 2019 € 2290 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 06 Oct 2019 Tue 15 Oct 2019 € 2190 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 20 Oct 2019 Tue 29 Oct 2019 € 1990 Spaces Available - Book Now!

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10-day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2019 10 days / 9 nights €1,190 - €1,690 Max. 26 ppl Details
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Deluxe Irish Castles Tour 2019 10 days / 9 nights €1,990 to €2,390 Max. 26 ppl Details
Discover Northern Ireland 2019 6 days / 5 nights €995 Max. 26 ppl Details
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The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake

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The stunning landscape of Co. Meath in Ireland The stunning landscape of Co. Meath in Ireland

The Tour Itinerary Sunday: Welcome to Ireland

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Sunday's Itinerary

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 three Group transfers this morning between 0700 am and 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.

Included Today

Lough Eske Castle Hotel Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Monday: The North West Staying in Lough Eske Castle

Monday's Itinerary

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 Trim Castle. Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30 year period, finished in 1206.

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 and dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. After dinner you might like to retire to the Gallery Bar for a nightcap before bed.

Included Today

The city fortifications of Derry / Londonderry The city fortifications of Derry / Londonderry

Tuesday: Derry Staying in Lough Eske Castle

Tuesday's Itinerary

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

Included Today

Ballynahinch Castle, captured on one of our Ireland Tours Ballynahinch Castle, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

Wednesday Staying in Ballynahinch Castle

Wednesday's Itinerary

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 County 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 and dine in Ballynahinch Castle. After dinner you might like to retire to the friendly Fisherman's Pub for a nightcap before bed.

Included Today

Kylemore Abbey, visited on our Castle Tours of Ireland Kylemore Abbey, visited on our Castle Tours of Ireland

Thursday Staying in Ballynahinch Castle

Thursday's Itinerary

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 Inagh Valley. Tonight you will overnight and dine in Ballynahinch Castle.

Included Today

The Cliffs of Moher, as seen on our Castle Tours of Ireland The Cliffs of Moher, as seen on our Castle Tours of Ireland

Friday Staying in Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney

Friday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for the Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, located on the lake shore of Killarney's famous Lough Lein with magnificent mountain and woodland views. 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 and dine in Cahernane House Hotel After dinner you might like to retire to the Cellar Bar for a nightcap before bed.

Included Today

Dingle, Kerry, Ireland Dingle, Kerry, Ireland

Saturday Staying in Cahernane House Hotel, Killarney

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 traditional Irish pub lunch in The Blind Piper Pub in the village of Caherdaniel. Locals and visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. 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 and dine in Cahernane House Hotel.

Included Today

The exterior and gardens of Killashee House accommodation on our Deluxe Irish Castle Tour The exterior and gardens of Killashee House accommodation on our Deluxe Irish Castle Tour

Sunday Staying in the Killashee House Hotel

Sunday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for Killashee House Hotel set amidst over 280 acres of historic and 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 and 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.

Ha'penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin Ha'penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin

Monday: Dublin Staying in Killashee House

Monday's Itinerary

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 and County in every direction.

You will have some free time this afternoon to explore and shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Gratfon Street. Tonight you will overnight and dine in Killashee House Hotel.

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

Tuesday Departure Day

After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be three group transfers between 0500 and 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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Why this Tour?

Stay in real Irish castles and romantic manor houses on this 10-day luxury tour of Ireland, encompassing the very best of Ireland. From Dublin to Donegal, Cork to Connemara, you will experience an authentic and close-up look into Ireland's history and culture. Don't forget your camera as you visit the lakes and loughs, the seashores and summits that distinguish Ireland as one of the most stunning and photogenic landscapes on earth. This luxury and leisurely journey will guide you through Ireland's most treasured attractions and most memorable destinations. Welcome to Ireland.

The stunning Ballynahinch Castle with panoramic views over the lake

Stay in Castles

You will be staying and dining in some of Ireland's very best castles and manor houses. Live like royalty as you make yourself at home in these historic buildings. Your accommodation includes Ballynahinch Castle, overlooking its stunning lake and grounds (pictured above).

Ballynahinch Castle, your home during your time in Connemara, Ireland

Luxury Tour

The Deluxe Irish Castles Tour offers a first-class experience in comfort, luxury and inclusivity. Travel in total comfort. Stay in uncomproimising luxury. And enjoy one of the most inclusive Ireland tour packages you will find anywhere on this fair isle.

A real Irish traditional music session in a Pub in Ireland

People & Culture

We Irish are famous for our friendly, welcoming outlook and our love of the 'craic' - cheerful and genial banter. The Deluxe Irish Castles Tour invites you to meet the people and join in with the local culture as you get a unique look at the authentic face of Ireland, past and present.

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 in Ireland and we can arrange it for you.

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Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Sun 05 May 2019 Tue 14 May 2019 € 1990 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 19 May 2019 Tue 28 May 2019 € 2290 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 02 Jun 2019 Tue 11 Jun 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 16 Jun 2019 Tue 25 Jun 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 07 Jul 2019 Tue 16 Jul 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 21 Jul 2019 Tue 30 Jul 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 04 Aug 2019 Tue 13 Aug 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 18 Aug 2019 Tue 27 Aug 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 08 Sep 2019 Tue 17 Sep 2019 € 2390 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 22 Sep 2019 Tue 01 Oct 2019 € 2290 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 06 Oct 2019 Tue 15 Oct 2019 € 2190 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 20 Oct 2019 Tue 29 Oct 2019 € 1990 Spaces Available - Book Now!
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Tour Name Deposit Amount
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour 2019 €300.00 per person
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour 2019 €500.00 per person
Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2019 €400.00 per person
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2019 €300.00 per person

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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.

Single-Occupancy Supplements

Tour Name Single-occupancy Supplement
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2019 € 350
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2019 € 600
Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour 2019 € 500
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2019 € 275

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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.