Deluxe Irish Castle Tour [2020]
Kylemore Abbey, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

Deluxe Irish Castles Tour 2020

€2,290 to €2,490
10 days / 9 nights
Max. 26 Guests
Stay in Castles

A luxury tour with castle accommodation

Live like royalty on this luxurious exploration of Ireland's best-loved attractions. On this tour, you won't simply be visiting the landmarks of Ireland's rich history. You will actually be staying in its historic luxury castles and manor houses. On a tour that promises more, you can expect the finest accommodation, the best food and the most luxurious tour transportation.

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Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle

On Day Two you will visit Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30 year period until its completion in 1206.

Belleek Pottery, County Fermanagh

Belleek Pottery

The second stop of Day Two will be to one of the world's oldest potteries (founded in 1857): Belleek Pottery, County Fermanagh.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle

On Day Two & Day Three you will overnight and dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. You might like to retire to the Gallery Bar for a nightcap before bed.

The walled city of Derry

Derry / Londonderry

On Day Three enjoy a walking tour of the historic walls with a local guide. Up to 8 metres (26 feet) in height and 9 metres (29 feet) wide. Completed in 1618 the walls have stood, unbreached ever since.

Westport town in Co. Mayo, Ireland

Westport

On Day Four we will journey to Westport. A town tucked away in the shadow of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, where Ireland's Patron Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights.

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey

Day Four includes a visit to, arguably, Ireland's most beautiful building: Kylemore Abbey. Found at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the shores of the tranquil Lough Pollacappul.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle will be your base for both Day Four & Day Five. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant and a nightcap in it's famed Fisherman's Pub.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Day Four & Day Five. Ballynahinch Castle is spectacularly located on a private 450 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara.

The Burren, in Clare, Ireland

The Burren

On Day Six 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, upon covering the area, called it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".

The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

On Day Six you will stand on the dramatic 650ft high and 8 kilometre long Cliffs of Moher. Gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Colourful cottages in Adare, County Limerick

Adare

On Day Six take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare in County Limerick.

Cahernane House, Killarney

Cahernane House

On Day Seven you will overnight and dine in the splendid Cahernane House Hotel. A private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

On Day Eight you will visit the Rock of Cashel. The seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years. It 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.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Blarney Castle

On Day Eight you will visit what is perhaps Ireland's most iconic landmark, Blarney Castle in County Cork. Climb its stairs to find & the magnificent Blarney Stone.

Killashee House, where you will be staying in Kildare

Killashee House

Your base for Day Eight & Day Nine will be the exquisite Killashee House Hotel, County Kildare. Jack's Bar is the ideal location to recap on the days events after dinner.

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral

On Day Nine you will visit the almost 1,000 year old Christ Church Cathedral, in Dublin City. The legendary cathedral crypt dates back to the 12th Century and holds a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.

Trinity College, home of the book Book of Kells

Trinity College

On Day Nine you will see the Book of Kells at Trinity College, Dublin. Trinity College is one of Ireland's most historic landmarks, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I.

Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle

On Day Two you will visit Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30 year period until its completion in 1206.

Belleek Pottery, County Fermanagh

Belleek Pottery

The second stop of Day Two will be to one of the world's oldest potteries (founded in 1857): Belleek Pottery, County Fermanagh.

Lough Eske Castle Hotel, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle

On Day Two & Day Three you will overnight and dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. You might like to retire to the Gallery Bar for a nightcap before bed.

The walled city of Derry

Derry / Londonderry

On Day Three enjoy a walking tour of the historic walls with a local guide. Up to 8 metres (26 feet) in height and 9 metres (29 feet) wide. Completed in 1618 the walls have stood, unbreached ever since.

Westport town in Co. Mayo, Ireland

Westport

On Day Four we will journey to Westport. A town tucked away in the shadow of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, where Ireland's Patron Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days and nights.

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey

Day Four includes a visit to, arguably, Ireland's most beautiful building: Kylemore Abbey. Found at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the shores of the tranquil Lough Pollacappul.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Ballynahinch Castle will be your base for both Day Four & Day Five. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant and a nightcap in it's famed Fisherman's Pub.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Day Four & Day Five. Ballynahinch Castle is spectacularly located on a private 450 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara.

The Burren, in Clare, Ireland

The Burren

On Day Six 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, upon covering the area, called it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".

The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

On Day Six you will stand on the dramatic 650ft high and 8 kilometre long Cliffs of Moher. Gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.

Colourful cottages in Adare, County Limerick

Adare

On Day Six take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare in County Limerick.

Cahernane House, Killarney

Cahernane House

On Day Seven you will overnight and dine in the splendid Cahernane House Hotel. A private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park.

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

On Day Eight you will visit the Rock of Cashel. The seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years. It 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.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Blarney Castle

On Day Eight you will visit what is perhaps Ireland's most iconic landmark, Blarney Castle in County Cork. Climb its stairs to find & the magnificent Blarney Stone.

Killashee House, where you will be staying in Kildare

Killashee House

Your base for Day Eight & Day Nine will be the exquisite Killashee House Hotel, County Kildare. Jack's Bar is the ideal location to recap on the days events after dinner.

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral

On Day Nine you will visit the almost 1,000 year old Christ Church Cathedral, in Dublin City. The legendary cathedral crypt dates back to the 12th Century and holds a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.

Trinity College, home of the book Book of Kells

Trinity College

On Day Nine you will see the Book of Kells at Trinity College, Dublin. Trinity College is one of Ireland's most historic landmarks, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I.

Tour Itinerary: Day by Day

Tour Itinerary:

Throughout ten unforgettable days, the Deluxe Irish Castles Tour ranges widely across the length and breadth of Ireland. Click on the days below to find out what adventures await you on each day of your tour.

  • Day 1

    Day 1 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 Irish tour guide (who is also your driver). 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.

    15:00 Check in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to check in.

    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 tour guide.

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 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 visit 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
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Leisurely morning on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. Depart for the historic fortified walled city of Derry / Londonderry 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 guide. The city walls are up to 8 metres (26 feet) in height and in places are 9 metres (29 feet) wide. They were completed in 1618 and were never breached.

    Take some free time in Derry / Londonderry to visit the shops and cafes of Derry / Londonderry 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
    • Irish Breakfast
    • Evening Dinner
    • Derry / Londonderry City Tour
    • Lough Eske Castle (See website)
  • Day 4

    Day 4 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 the grave of WB. Yeats.

    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 Leenane and along the shores of Killary Harbour, a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, Ireland's only fjord, on the Mayo - Galway border.

    Travel on to Kylemore where you will visit Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, 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.

    Journey 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.

    Please note, although Ballynahinch Castle has undergone many modernising refurbishments over the past 250 years there are no elevators in the hotel. There is a full porter service, to carry your bags to and from the bedroom, but walking up and down the stairs, for anyone with mobility issues, can be quite difficult. Please, feel free to contact us should you have any such concerns.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast take time to explore at your leisure the extensive grounds of Ballynahinch Castle. Take time to stroll the estate's forest trails or simply sit in the tranquillity of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea.

    Later this morning if the lure of the castle grounds are not too strong you will travel along the shores of the famous Galway Bay into Galway City, known as the "City of the Tribes".

    You will have the afternoon free in Galway City, a small but vibrant city easy to explore on foot at your leisure with plenty of opportunities for shopping, seeing its historic sites, Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or perhaps enjoying a leisurely afternoon drink in one of Galway's many legendary pubs.

    Return to Ballynahinch Castle Inagh Valley.

    Tonight you will overnight and dine in Ballynahinch Castle.

    Please note, although Ballynahinch Castle has undergone many modernising refurbishments over the past 250 years there are no elevators in the hotel. There is a full porter service, to carry your bags to and from the bedroom, but walking up and down the stairs, for anyone with mobility issues, can be quite difficult. Please, feel free to contact us should you have any such concerns.

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6 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 Galway.

    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, a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, 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
  • Day 7

    Day 7 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:
    • Irish Breakfast
    • Traditional Pub Lunch
    • Evening Dinner
    • Cahernane House Hotel (See website)
  • Day 8

    Day 8 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 Woolen 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.

    Please note, the Killashee House Hotel still retains some of the characteristics from its Victorian heritage. While the hotel has been refurbished and has elevators to the bedrooms, its grand scale means that to walk the full length of the lobby can be quite strenuous for anyone with mobility issues. Please, feel free to contact us should you have any such concerns.

    Included today:
  • Day 9

    Day 9 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.

    Please note, the Killashee House Hotel still retains some of the characteristics from its Victorian heritage. While the hotel has been refurbished and has elevators to the bedrooms, its grand scale means that to walk the full length of the lobby can be quite strenuous for anyone with mobility issues. Please, feel free to contact us should you have any such concerns.

    Included today:
  • Day 10

    Day 10: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of the Deluxe Castle Tour of Ireland.

    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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Deposit

The Deposit for the Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2020 is €400 per person.

Single Occupancy Supplement

For guests who are travelling alone and are therefore not sharing a room, the single occupancy supplement for the Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2020 is €500.

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 adults-only tours.

Participant Cancellation:

Once a partial or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing (either by email or standard mail) to My Ireland Tour. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to tour commencement. Cancellation fees apply as indicated below. All cancellaion fees include the initial, non-refundable deposit.

Cancellation Date Cancellation Fee
Up to 60 days before start of tour: Non-refundable deposit
59 to 40 days before start of tour: 50% of total price
39 to 14 days before start of tour: 75% of total price
Less than 14 days before start of tour: 100% of total price

Reviews of this tour

October 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

Great trip! We did the Deluxe Castle tour. Everything was as advertised. Our driver/guide was Calm - absolutely fantastic. He arranged some additional demonstrations - crystal making, weaving, and Conamara marble. Our group was friendly and congenial. We highly recommend My Ireland and the Deluxe Castle tour.

September 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

We just returned from a 10 day Deluxe Castle Tour and had an absolute fantastic trip. Working with Martina prior to the trip was really nice as she was quick to respond to our questions. Our tour director/driver, Nigel really made the trip a very special and memorable one for all of us as he was very knowledgeable, informative, responsible, and he made us laugh quite a bit with his humor (and he even sang a few lines of songs for us which was a good touch). Nigel was very accommodating for any special requests. According to him, he even arranged for the good weather we experienced, or so he said. Our group was amazing as we had 26 total people which is a very good and manageable size. Many new friendships were made and the group exchanged email addresses, took a group picture with our driver and many new phone numbers are now in my phone so we can stay in touch. We quickly all became very comfortable with each other which made for a fantastic tour. Ireland is such an amazing country and the Irish people were very friendly; the sites and places we toured were beautiful, wonderful, and educational. The other tour guides at some of the stops were so informative and obviously wanted to share their love for Ireland. The accommodations and food were excellent. This really was the perfect 1st trip to Ireland for us and we really have a big thanks for Nigel for making the trip so special.

September 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

My wife and I, along with another couple with whom we are close friends, had the pleasure of enjoying the Deluxe Castle 10 day tour beginning August 4, 2019. Let me say the accommodations, comprised of 5 castles/hotels were top notch, as was the delectable food we enjoyed at each venue. One venue was better than the next, and they were ALL excellent. We stayed two nights at each venue, with the exception of the first, at which we stayed one night. Our tour guide/driver, Tom Lavin, was excellent. He was accommodating, informative and humorous, and provided much insight about Ireland and its people. Tom's driving was amazing, as he navigated many rural roads and quaint towns expertly. The coach bus was quite comfortable and provided Wi-Fi and charging stations for our cell phones. The tour itself was incredible as we left Dublin, headed north to Northern Ireland, then to NW Ireland, and then south along the east coast, down to Kerry/Killarney, then west and northwest back to Dublin. We enjoyed so many attractions along the way, and loved the beautiful and scenic Irish countryside and its quaint towns, including Donegal, Westport, Galway and Killarney. Dublin was amazing, and we actually tacked on a few days to enjoy Dublin a bit longer. The Irish people we met were super friendly and just a joy. This was a truly memorable trip. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to see as much of a beautiful country as one can see within a 10 day period of time. Excellent!!!

June 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

The 10-day Deluxe Castles Tour is the trip of a lifetime. We stayed at five luxury castles/hotels. Each one was rich with history and beauty. We loved swimming in the indoor pool, riding bikes and walking trails around gorgeous lakes. We also visited many of the historic sites in Ireland such has Derry, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher and Trinity College. Our tour guide Michael Coleman, a true Irishman, made the historical and cultural significance of the Irish people clear. Michael welcomed us to Ireland with consideration for each person's interests and wellbeing.

June 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

My friend and I did the 10 day deluxe Irish castle tour in May 2019. We chose My Ireland Tour due to the glowing reviews and the itinerary that seemed perfect for everything we wanted to experience on our trip. They did not disappoint! Booking and payment was easy, excellent communication, we never felt in the dark during the planning process. To be safe we arrived in Dublin the day before our tour started and met up with our driver/guide Mark back at the airport on the first day of the tour. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mark! He worked so hard to make sure the entire trip went as smoothly as possible. He was full of information, tips, and even has a lovely singing voice! The group of 26 ,on a 34 seat bus, was the perfect size. Enough diversity to make the trip interesting without ever feeling crammed or lost in the crowd. Being able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view without the stress of driving was amazing. The accommodations were all top notch and the food was to die for. Baggage service between the bus and the hotel rooms was a treat. ,Boy did we miss that when we were back on our own in Dublin after the tour!, If you are going to Ireland ,especially for the first time, and want to make the absolute most of your time, book with My Ireland Tours!!

June 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

We highly recommend My Ireland Tour for anyone who wants to visit Ireland. My wife and I joined the 10-day Deluxe Irish Castles Tour during June 2-11, 2019. It was a wonderful experience for us to get to know about Ireland: history, geography, culture, food, and people. Our tour director Tom was excellent. He was passionate in sharing various things about Ireland. We had 21 members in our group, and our fellow travelers were wonderful. They helped make our Ireland tour more enjoyable. One thing we did not have control over, was the weather. We had rain nearly everyday. But it did not rain the entire day. Instead, the weather could change quickly from sunny to cloudy to rainy, and then back to cloudy and maybe sunny in sequence. We would think the weather we experienced to be Irish too.

June 2019  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

My wife and I just returned from the Deluxe Irish Castle Tour. We were celebrating our anniversary. Our experience exceeded our expectations. Thanks to our driver, Tom, who did a fantastic job driving and sharing about the Irish culture and history. We highly recommend this tour group. Good work and thanks again for an amazing time.

October 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

I went on the 10 Day Deluxe Castle Tour with my son and we had a very memorable trip. It was our first time in Ireland and so we decided to take a tour so that we wouldn't miss any history in the places that we visited and we wanted to get the most out of our days there. Our tour guide Joe was beyond wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about Ireland and it's history. My only negative comment would be that while the places that we stayed were all top notch and beautiful, almost all of them were a little too out of the way in terms of being able to walk into any towns and check out the local life. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

September 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

TONY was Fantastic........ My wife and I completed the Deluxe Castle tour in September of 18. What made this 5 stars was the dedication, professionalism and knowledge of our tour director/driver Tony. The man is full of stories(some true, about the country and areas we visited. He guided us well, we saw much and enjoyed our time in Ireland. I felt we got a great sense of the country we visited. I liked the idea that we stayed two nights in all of our 'Castles'. Plus we had all breakfasts and dinners provided making for an easier vacation. All we needed to do was get on the bus to see the next area of Ireland. We left the driving to Tony. I highly recommend this company and if one is fortunate enough to have Tony, you are indeed in for a fine 'Irish' experience.

September 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

My sister and I just returned 2 days ago from Ireland after joining your Deluxe Castles Tour, and adding a couple days at the end to see more of Dublin. It was the first time in Ireland for each of us. We were very much impressed with all the aspects of the Castles Tour. The accommodations, food, and daily excursions were very nice, the staff were always helpful, and the service by everyone was incredible. I have to report that your country is very beautiful! Especially for me remembering the beauty of the Ring of Kerry drive, and our time at Connemara, the views out over Ballynahinch Castle grounds, and all of the mountains.

September 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

Two of my friends and I went on the Deluxe Castle Tour in August of 2018. It was a once in a lifetime trip and we had a fantastic time. Our driver was George and he was incredibly knowledgeable about all things Ireland! I would definitely recommend My Ireland Tours!!

July 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

This tour company is absolutely amazing and I would give it more than 5 stars if I could! We booked the Deluxe Castle Tour for our honeymoon and we could not have asked for a better experience!!! Martina did a fantastic job helping us decide which tour would meet our sightseeing criteria, and she helped us figure out what to pack and responded quickly to our questions via email.

June 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

This Deluxe Castle Tour was phenomenal. The staff and tour guide were beyond excellent and my wife and I enjoyed the trip very much. If you get the chance to tour Ireland, I would highly recommend this company and this particular tour. It was first class! Thank you Tony and Martina for making our 30th anniversary trip one to remember.

February 2018  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

We absolutely can't say enough about our My Ireland Deluxe Castle Tour. We are telling all our friends...do this...you will NOT regret it. Enda, our driver/tour guide was absolutely amazing...to the point that we miss hearing his voice every day. He was full of wonderful information and insight about what we were seeing and the people. All the other guides we met along the way were also extremely knowledgeable. The hotels were gorgeously stunning to stay in and we were treated as royalty by much of the staff at each hotel. Despite some days with poor weather, we were able to keep smiling and keep seeing the many highlights that were on our bucket list. We even got engaged on the Cliffs of Moher...and all our tour-mates and Enda made that joyous occasion even more so. We would absolutely recommend and take another tour with My Ireland Tour...and would absolutely request Enda as our guide.

October 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

Job well done! to my husband who set up the trip and to My Ireland Tour for being a great host to the Emerald Island. We had a fantastic time and met some wonderful people. Plus, our tour guide/bus driver Edna Sheehan was just amazing. We did the Deluxe Irish Castle Tour and went around a good portion of the island and saw a lot of history. Our accommodations at each location had very nice rooms, excellent food and wonderful staff members. We took our time in the mornings to take leisure walks to explore the grounds and the many wonderful sites to see. During the day we did our exploring with Edna to all Ireland's amazing sites and history. At night we enjoyed a wonderful dinner with new friends. Just a time to remember for a lifetime. Can't say enough wonderful things about Ireland, My Ireland Tour and Enda Sheehan!

September 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

Absolutely AMAZING!!!! My son and I went on the Deluxe Castle Tour and everything far exceeded our hopes and expectations , our driver / guide, Brian O'Rourke was fantastic , he provided very interesting information along the way and worked very hard to make our trip incredible . All of the lodging was first class and the meals were outstanding , we visited some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen , the Hill of Tara , Cliffs of Moher and the rest of the Ring of Kerry , simply breathtaking pictures do not even begin to do it justice. The historic sites : the walled city of Derry , Kylemore Abbey , the Rock of Cashel , Trinity College , Christchurch Cathedral and the Blarney Castle were outstanding , so much history . Our schedule had enough flexible time for individuals in our group to do their own sight seeing , I enjoyed our time in the Guinness Storehouse . I would highly recommend My Ireland Tour to anyone interested in visiting Ireland , I am anxiously waiting to return with the rest of my family so that they can have the same experience . I am looking forward to traveling with My Ireland Tours again , in the near future . Thank you Kristel and My Ireland Tours for giving my son and I memories that will last a lifetime :-,

September 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

My mother and I had a fantastic time on the Deluxe Castle Tour with My Ireland Tours. The company is based locally in Ireland; the tour group was just 20 people; the bus was spacious and comfortable; and most importantly, our guide ,Brian, was fantastic! Staying at the castles was fun and one of our favorites moments of the trip was pulling up to Lough Eske Castle where the staff members greeted us out front lined up like the scenes Downton Abbey! The tour stops were all interesting and worthwhile, but two of the best stops were unplanned places Brian added once he got to know the group ,Triona Tweed shop in Donegal and Celtic Crystal near Galway., Our tour group had a range of people: married couples and single travelers; a teenager and some senior citizens; Americans and Brits, etc. We were a mother/adult daughter duo and it was a great fit for us. Go to Ireland! You'll love it!

August 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

Fantastic experience! My husband and I went on the 10-Day Deluxe Castle tour in mid-July and it was perfect. Our main concern was what the group dynamic would be - a bunch of strangers together on a bus for 9 days?? It ended up being great! Our entire group was 12 people; many of them told us of previous tours they had gone on with other popular companies where they were part of 50+ people, so there were two buses full of tourists getting on and off the bus at every site; sounds like mayhem and pretty impersonal. All of us were from the US, of all walks of life, with all different interests and experiences, but we were all eager to explore and see everything we could while in Ireland. We all had two seats to ourselves on the bus, so we could spread out as we pleased. It also allowed us to eat most breakfasts and dinners together which was a great bonding time. Don't even get me started on our bus driver, the wonderful Brian. He was so kind and eager to let us do as much as we could.

July 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

The 'BEST' that we could hoped for! My wife and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary during the Deluxe Castle Tour. The tours, accommodations, the food, and our tour guide Tom were outstanding! Every day was a new treat with the different tours and accommodations. Only having 26 people on the tour was perfect size, plenty of room to spread out on the bus. We made friends for life and memories we will cherish forever.

June 2017  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed our Deluxe Castle Tour! Every detail was met. Kristel, in the office did a great job in planning and attending to the details of our trip and accommodations. Every place we stayed was beautiful. The places we visited on the tour were interesting and fun. Tony our tour guide is simply the best! He was very informative and has a very nice singing voice! What a treat it was to learn from and travel with him. If you have a chance to travel with Tony, take it! Since this was our 40th anniversary celebration, extra special touches were added. This was truly the trip of a lifetime. We highly recommend using My Ireland Tour when traveling to Ireland. It really is the best way to go. You will be pleased.

November 2016  •  Deluxe Castles Tour

We went on the luxury castle tour and got a very good, broad sense of Ireland. The tour went into Northern Ireland and then south in a general loop of the island back into Dublin. At some stops we had local guides who were fantastic. More of that could be good, but we feel like we got what we paid for. Some hotels were definitely superior to others. The dinners at the great hotels were great but the dinners at the attractive but mediocre hotels were clearly on a 'package' level and midrange quality which was our biggest disappointment. It would suit me if they moved dinners to 7PM instead of 7:00 and 8:00.

45% of our guest reviews mention their tour guide by name

About your Tour Guide

Perhaps the most vital ingredient of any tour is your tour guide. Acting not only as your guide but also as your driver, their knowledge and experience, their passion and personality form the foundation on which any successful tour is built.

That's why we only work with the very best guides in Ireland. As our past guests know, our tour guides are a big reason why we're Ireland's best-rated tour operator, with 443 five-star reviews out of a possible 451.

You can expect your tour guide to be...
  • 100% Irish
  • Passionate about Ireland
  • Fully Qualified as an Irish Guide
  • An experienced professional
  • An expert on Irish history & culture
  • Impeccably safe in all driving conditions
  • Fully committed to your care

Tour Accommodation and Vehicles

Tour Accommodation

The Deluxe Irish Castles Tour welcomes you to a different class of accommodation. On the journey of a lifetime, 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, and we choose them carefully based not only on their star rating, but also on their location, service, value and character. With years of experience in the industry, we have the knowledge, the experience and the local contacts to design the perfect accommodation package for your vacation.

Tour Bus

On a tour vacation, the journey can be just as important as the destination. That's why our tour buses are all of the highest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability.

We deliberately leave some seats empty. In fact, we use 34-seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. That's because we want all of our guests to be able to spread out, relax and enjoy the journey. This smaller group size is a core principle in our tours.

Please note: the bus shown in the gallery below is one of the 34-seater coaches used on our tours for max. 26 guests. For any reason, should one of these become unavailable for your tour we will endeavour to provide an equally luxurious and comfortable touring bus.

Past guests loved...

  • The space to spread out
  • The tinted Windows
  • The panoramic outlook
  • The air conditioning
  • The on-board fridges

What's included in my vacation?

Included

  • Hospitality

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 Evening Meals
  • 9 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • 1 Pub Lunch
  • More

  • Irish Tour Guide / Driver (one person)
  • Group Airport Transfers
  • All local taxes
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach

Not Included

  • Air fares to & from Ireland
  • Gratuity for your Tour Guide
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches except:
    • Blind Piper Pub Lunch on Day 7
  • Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Telephone Charges