Live like royalty on a luxury tour of Ireland that gets you closer to Ireland's best-loved attractions including the famous Ring of Kerry located on the Wild Atlantic Way. With only eight guests per tour, there is more time and freedom to explore your own interests. You will be staying in some of Ireland's very best hotels, including two nights in Ballynahinch Castle - an idyllic retreat nestled in 700 acres of pristine walkways, rivers and woodland.Flexible Cancellations
Relax and allow Ireland to wash over you during eight days of elegance and luxury on the Ancient Ireland Mini Group Tour, Ring of Kerry Version. Click on the days below to find out what adventures await you on each day of your tour.
On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your Irish tour guide (who is also your driver). There will be three group transfers this morning between 0700 am & 1200 noon. Board your luxury air-conditioned mini-coach and make the short transfer to the famous Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublin City, where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
15:00 Check in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to check in.
This afternoon, after all introductions have been made, you will depart on a tour of Dublin City, Ireland's capital city. Visit Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. See the Book Of Kells. The book, which is housed in Trinity College, is the most richly decorated of Ireland's medieval illuminated manuscripts. It 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 Guinness Storehouse. With an address at the world-famous St. James's Gate. Here you will tour the world-renowned brewery and enjoy a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar — located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City.
Evening free to relax and unwind at your leisure. Overnight in the Brooks Hotel.
This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Ballynahinch Castle.
Ballynahinch Castle is 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", it is located right on the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Here you can take a ramble to Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or down Quay Street with its many great pubs including "The Quays" and "Ti Neachtain" — a town house which belonged to "Humanity Dick", an eighteenth-century MP who promoted laws against cruelty to animals.
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.
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.
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, famous for its bogs, mountains and rugged coastline. You will have free time in Clifden. Known as the capital of Connemara. It was founded in 1812 by the High Sheriff of Galway to create a "pocket of respectability" within the lawlessness of the area.
You will visit Kylemore Abbey. An historic building 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.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.
This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Cahernane House Hotel, situated less than 2 miles from Killarney National Park. The hotel is set in a a beautiful mansion dating back to the 1870s and on impeccably manicured grounds.
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 you will travel to the Cliffs of Moher. Braced against the ocean, on the coast of County Clare. Here you will stand on the dramatic 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long cliffs, 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 Town.
Tonight you will overnight at Cahernane House Hotel.
This morning after breakfast, you will set off on the world-famous Ring Of Kerry. It is officially known as the Iveragh Peninsula. You will travel via Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.
Stop off at the Blind Piper Pub. Here you will have a traditional Irish Pub Lunch. Located in the in the village of Caherdaniel, locals and visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. Who is the Blind Piper you might ask? The Blind Piper is Mici Cumba O'Sullivan, who was born nearby in 1835 and became one of Ireland's most famous pipers.
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).
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. Built on this site in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. You will have the chance to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. You will also have an opportunity to shop at Blarney Woollen Mills, boasting a huge selection of Irish arts, crafts & produce.
This afternoon we will visit the Jameson Distillery Midleton. You will experience a fully guided Jameson Experience Tour. Here you wil find the world's largest pot still, with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons.
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.
After a hearty home-cooked full Irish breakfast this morning, we will set off for the Waterford Crystal. This world renowned crystal factory is located 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 to Kilkenny Castle. This imposing structure dominates the skyline of Kilkenny City. 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.
Today marks the end of the Ancient Ireland Tour, Ring of Kerry Version.
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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We have now added extra flexibility to our cancellation timeline. Meaning you can now wait until just 30 days before your arrival to cancel your tour, at no extra cost. This will allow you to make a decision a more informed decision close to the start of your tour. Given the current uncertainty surrounding international travel, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is only right to allow you as long as possible to make your choice. Other tour companies are expecting people to make this decision as far as a year in advance, others are offering no refund or transfers on any bookings.
Our cancellation timeline is as follows;
You can opt to have the full amount transfered to a future tour
Or, you can choose a refund on all monies that you have paid up until that point, minus the 4% card charge fees
75% of total price
100% of total price
For more details, see our terms and conditions.
The Deposit for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2021, Ring of Kerry Version is €450 per person.
For guests who are travelling alone and are therefore not sharing a room, the single occupancy supplement for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2021, Ring of Kerry Version is €545.
The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.
All payments are in Euros.
We do not charge any fees for paying by credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
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.
For 2021 we have made our cancellation policy more flexible. You can now cancel up to 30 days before your tour start date as per the below. 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 cancellation fees include the initial deposit.
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Option 2: Refund of all monies paid less the 4% card charge fees
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November 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
My husband and I took the 8 person 8-day Dingle tour. Our driver and guide was the lovely David O'Neil. He was wonderful, patient and answered all of our questions. A great driver and a great guide; teaching us all about Irish history, culture and landscapes. The accommodations were wonderful. The food was great. The tours were informative and fun. If you are interested in taking this tour we recommend that you arrive a day or 2 earlier if you need to adjust to the time change. Would book again in a heartbeat. Thanks! Lisa & Joshua, Toronto ON CA
June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
My husband and I absolutely adored the country of Ireland and are anxious to return. Our tour guide, Colm, was both informative and funny throughout the duration of the trip. We never felt rushed at any particular location and enjoyed the freedom to explore local towns and pubs on our own while still receiving advise from Colm. If you want to get a glimpse of the different landscapes of Ireland, I highly recommend the Dingle tour. We look forward to returning to Ireland soon!
June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
We did the Ancient Ireland Dingle Tour and could not have been happier with the quality of this tour. The sites and accommodations were amazing! Our driver-guide, Colm, was very knowledgeable and personable. I would definitely recommend this tour and hope to return to take another tour with My Ireland Tour. I wouldn't visit Ireland any other way!
June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
We did the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour ,Ring of Kerry Version, with lots of add-ons!! Eric O'Gorman designed an amazing 10 night private tour for 8 of us, and it was outstanding! Our guide Oisin was just the nicest and most accommodating person who made everything run perfectly. There were plenty of stops, and the private tour made it easy to design an itinerary that appealed to everyone. All hotels and staff were lovely, Ballynahinch Castle was just unbelievable, and Glasha Farmhouse was beautiful and as comfortable as home. Olive was an amazing hostess and we were sad to leave after just one night. In Dublin, it was also great to have Dervilla show us around, she was so entertaining and knowledgeable! Also, we were glad we added the Aran Island tour. Its such a quiet, pristine, beautiful place. The sun was shining all day and the seals were loving it too! Thank you so much for creating such a magical trip for us to Ireland.
May 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
We went on the mini group tour Ring of Kerry version. The tour guide/driver David was wonderful. He knows many things about Ireland that you can't read in any books. David was witty, helpful and the best tour guide we have ever had. David suggested many off the beaten path things to see and we all got to see things not on the itinerary. It was wonderful. The food and accommodations were both very good. The mini group of eight worked out well and we made new friends we hope to keep for a lifetime. I would highly recommend My Ireland Tour. Request David if you go!
July 2018 • Ancient Ireland Tour
Our trip was AMAZING from start to finish! Our tour guide, David Breen, was second to none. He was an excellent driver & a walking/talking encyclopedia of facts about Ireland. There isn't one thing I would change about this trip - the Ancient Ireland Mini Group Tour was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! Thank you!
May 2017 • Ancient Ireland Tour
My husband and I took the small group tour of Ancient Ireland. There were 6 people total in our group. It was the best decision we made regarding our trip. Our guide, David Breen, was FABULOUS! He shared a wealth of knowledge about each of the areas we visited. He answered all of our questions and was very patient with my husband and me. My husband broke his foot 2 weeks before our trip, so we moved much slower than the other 4 passengers because he had to use crutches and sometimes a cane when walking. The sites that we visited were wonderful. The Brooks Hotel was extremely friendly. Connor, the Concierge, at the Hotel provided a lot of recommendations for dinner, shopping, and other attractions in Dublin. The Ballynahinch Castle was gorgeous. We definitely felt special while staying there. The grounds were beautiful and our room was very comfortable. The food was simply amazing. The Lake Hotel was also beautiful. David arranged for us to go see Celtic Steps while in Killarney. It was fabulous. One of my favorite things to do on the whole trip. There were LOTS of opportunities to shop and find that special 'trinket' to take back home. The coach we traveled in was also very comfortable. It even had WiFi so we could check emails, send texts, or anything else online. There were also charging stations for our devices at each seat. The small group tour was definitely the way to see Ireland instead of the big tour buses. We brought home many ,430, photographs of the beautiful and unique areas we visited. We also brought home a wealth of information that David shared with us through out our trip. If we visit Ireland again, the small group tour with My Ireland Tours is definitely how we will go.
September 2016 • Ancient Ireland Tour
Love, love, love! I am so happy that my husband Justin and I found this tour company. We just got back from the Ancient Ireland tour and all I can say is that it was the very best decision we could have made... We were a bit nervous doing a tour but this 8-person tour was perfect and we are already thinking about returning with family and taking up all 8 seats next time :). We also lucked out with an AMAZING driver, Tom Lavin, and he really made this trip special. He loves Ireland and is so knowledgeable... kind, informative and just a great person.
Karen M Salato-Powers
09 November 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
Oct. 3 2019 was the tour date of Ancient Ireland-Dingle version. I cannot say enough about this tour. To start....our driver Ben O'sullivan was the best. His knowledge of Ireland impeccable as was his singing. Always enjoyed a song or two. He is personable and very accommodating. (Thank you Ben). The tour itself was beautiful. The accommodations breathtaking. We had a small group of 7 which allowed us to become friends fast, and visited places not big-bus friendly. Olive at the farmhouse was so friendly and inviting. All our meals were top notch and even enjoyed a nitecap at a local pub. Over all I would, and have recommended this tour.
Pam Magrath Mazzotta
24 June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
When I was researching a tour company for Ireland I couldn't find a single negative comment about My Ireland Tour. Now I understand why! I have recently returned from the Ancient Ireland Dingle version tour for 8. From the iconic sites and accommodations to the expert tour guide, we couldn't have asked for more. The pace and variety of site visits was perfect for a first time visitor. Our tour guide Colm blended Irish history and humor with professionalism and charm. The accommodations offered a wonderful blend of experiences and service was outstanding. This was truly a value added experience!
24 June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
The trip was fantastic! We did the Ancient Ireland Dingle tour and the quality of this trip is top-notch, from sites to accommodations. Our driver-guide was Colm, and he is an absolute asset as a guide. He was great fun. I hope to return to Ireland someday and will absolutely use your tour services again--I wouldn't see Ireland any other way now! Thank you for putting together such quality tours!
Rebekah E Dagenhart
23 June 2019 • Ancient Ireland Tour
8 Day Tour of Ireland with Ring of Kerry Small Group of 8, It was great. Barry was a great guide/ driver. I would recommend to friends. I would like to see small group of 8 to Northern Ireland or Scotland for 8 days. It was perfect amount of time.
01 August 2018 • Ancient Ireland Tour
My husband and I just came back from The Ancient Ireland 7 day mini group tour and loved it! It was great having only 3 other couples plus our fabulous driver/guide David. The Mercedes Sprinter was comfy and had wifi. We both fell in love with Ireland and the people. Such a beautiful country with so much history. We would highly recommend using My Ireland Tours for anyone wanting a personal touch but very much a professional company.
20 June 2017 • Ancient Ireland Tour
What a fabulous 7 day Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour, made even better by our tour guide, Harry Fisher. He was so knowledgeable, fun, interesting - he engaged with our group of 7 so well - a true Irish gentleman we had the pleasure to spend this week with. Everything on this tour was top notch - the accommodations ,a castle, 2 hotels and a .farmhouse., were fabulous, the coach with our own individual seats was extremely comfortable and provided great viewing windows, the itinerary was busy enough yet relaxing, and the tours fun and interesting. Would definitely use My Ireland Tours again and hopefully have Harry Fisher again as our 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 444 five-star reviews out of a possible 451.
The Ancient Ireland Ring Of Kerry 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.
Sometimes, the journey is just as important as the destination. On our mini-group tours, we invite you to take a front-row seat on a journey through Ireland, enjoying safety, luxury and the best possible view as you travel.
For The 8-Day Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour, Ring of Kerry 2021, we use custom 9-seater Mercedes-Benz mini-coaches. These are executive-class tour vehicles designed specifically for this purpose, combining comfort and safety with a luxurious interior finish. Panoramic tinted windows provide the very best view of the journey and the sights which mark the way.
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way
Situated five miles north-west of Cork city, Blarney Castle is a solid fixture on almost any tour of Ireland. It is best known for the famous "Blarney Stone" of which visitors are encouraged to kiss, in accordance with a tradition that spans centuries.
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
A family pub that has become something of a 'must-visit' for anyone travelling through the Ring of Kerry in recent years. Set in the idyllic village of Ballycarnahan, and serving some of the best quality pub food in the country.
This illuminated manuscript Gospel book is more than 1000 years old. An ancient text, it is now housed in Trinity College — right in the heart of Dublin. Famous the world over for its rich illustrations, it is generally considered to be Ireland's most treasured relic.
A limestone plateau covering 250 square kilometres, The Burren takes its name quite aptly from the Gaelic for "rocky land" or "great rock". While in one sense very fitting, the name does not do justice to what experts have more justly termed "
one of the world's most stunningly unique natural heritage regions".
The Burren runs alongside the Wild Atlantic Way.
Clifden is a tranquil coastal town in the rugged and picturesque landscape of Connemara in County Galway. As the area's largest town it is often referred to as the "capital of Connemara". Clifden is home to the famous Sky Road and Clifden Castle.
Clifden also forms a part of the Wild Atlantic Way route. For more information click here.
One of the most popular and most eagerly anticipated attractions on any Ireland Tour, and the views will not disappoint. They rise to a height of 702ft (214m) and 9 miles (14km) long, these sheer vertical cliffs hold a steady, undulating line against the tireless advance of the Atlantic below. A better view of the sea and setting sun you will not find.
The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. For more information click here.
Perched on the banks of the River Shannon, Clonmacnoise is perhaps the foremost of Ireland's monastic cities. For those interested in early Christianity, it is a must-see destination. Enclosed within the ancient city walls are various ecclesiastical ruins including a cathedral, seven ancient churches, three high crosses, round towers and the largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe — all remarkably well preserved and fascinating to anyone, not just those with a special interest in Ireland's religious history.
Connemara, in western County Galway, is a rugged and scenic landscape. Once described as a place of "savage beauty" by Oscar Wilde, Connemara is an expanse of bogs, mountains and lakes.
Dublin is Ireland's capital city. It is known as being a friendly and vibrant place to visit — with an endless list of activities and destinations available to explore and world-famous nightlife.
After seeing a real Irish farm in operation, take time to sit and enjoy the fruits of their labour. You will even learn how they make their delicious home-made scones!
Galway City is seen as the cultural and artistic hub of Ireland. Take time to enjoy the artisanal food and relaxed, bohemian vibes of this unique city.
Galway City and Salthill Promenade form part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The county of Galway also includes the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points of Killary Harbour, Cleggan Harbour and Sky Road. For more information click here.
Guinness is more than just a brand, indeed, more than just a beer. And that's not just for the Irish, but for the many millions of Guinness-drinkers worldwide. The site of the brewery itself is massive, at a staggering 26 hectares, but it will be the old grain storehouse that you visit. Shaped like a giant pint of the black stuff, this most popular of Dublin attractions towers over the surrounding neighbourhoods, with the top-floor Gravity Bar offering a delightful panorama across the Dublin cityscape which can only be enhanced by a well-earned pint to cap-off your visit.
Ireland's Ancient East is a touring region featuring some of the Emerald Isle's best-loved attractions. Running from Co. Monaghan in the north to Co. Cork in the south, it was created by Fáilte Ireland to showcase the top tourist destinations from its broad sweep of 17 eastern counties.×
Farms and rural life have always been at the heart of Irish cultural life. And they have remained largely unspoiled by the ravages of time. Compared to the modern, large-scale farming of North America, this visit will feel like a step back in time! We invite you to enjoy a home-cooked lunch on a traditional Irish farm, meeting the local people whose families have worked this land for generations.
The Old Midleton Distillery is home to Ireland's other globally-recognizable tipple, Jameson's Whiskey. While Jameson's is enjoyed by millions worldwide, you don't need to be a whiskey-drinker to enjoy this fascinating visitor experience. There is much to discover here for everyone.
The location of the castle has been historically significant since Strongbow constructed the first building a wooden tower, in 1195, to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site, in 1260.
Muckross Estate, in the town of Killarney, County Kerry was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932. Its grounds became Ireland's first national park and, over time, it has expanded to encompass nearly 25,500 acres. The jewel in the crown of the park is its majestic lakes, Lough Leane (the lower lake), Muckross Lake (the middle lake), and the Upper Lake. These lakes make up a quarter of the park's area and continue to draw admirers in huge numbers ever since the park first opened.
Killarney National Parks & Lakes are located a short distance from the town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Though perhaps offering fewer historical and cultural attractions than its west-coast counterparts, Killarney more than makes up for this with the welcoming bustle of the town itself and the staggering natural beauty of its neighbouring namesake, the Killarney National Park just five minutes' drive away.
Kylemore Abbey is not only one of Ireland's most attractive buildings; since 1920, it has also been home to the Sisters of the Benedictine Order in Ireland. Even today, Kylemore continues to operate as a working Abbey: here, the sisters live, work and pray, as well as welcome visitors from across the globe. Kylemore Abbey's greatest attraction is its location. 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 locations.
Kylemore Abbey can be viewed along the Wild Atlantic Way.
Situated in the old market town of the same name, Macroom Castle was once the home of Sir William Penn, whose son was later to found the state of Pennsylvania.
While the Pub Lunch is a relatively new phenomenon in the Irish food service industry, the tradition of serving food in an Irish pub has been around for centuries. It usually consisted of the household, connected to the pub, cooking up a huge batch of stew and serving it to its patrons. As the market changed, so too did the menu. For decades, all you could expect for an Irish pub lunch was a toasted cheese sandwich and/or a bowl of soup. Today, most pubs in Ireland will serve an extensive selection of international dishes as well as traditional Irish favourites such as lamb stew and bacon & cabbage.
The Ring of Kerry is located on the Iveragh Peninsula of southwest County Kerry. It is a circular driving route that takes in a number of seaside villages and picturesque coastal landscapes.
The Ring of Kerry towns of Kilorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Caherdaniel, Sneem and Kenmare also feature on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can also visit the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point of Skellig Michael, an abandoned 7th-century Christian island monastery, from the town of Portmagee during the warmer months of the year.
Pubs (public houses) play a huge part in the culture of Ireland and have done throughout the ages. Sometimes busy, often noisy, but always friendly and welcoming places to meet the locals. In a pub, you will see a full cross-section of Irish society — its a place where people from all classes, ages, interests and backgrounds can mix.
Ireland's most prestigious university is arguably its most attractive, too. Covering no less than 16 hectares, the college buildings and grounds are a poetic tribute to the best of Victorian architecture. Receiving its charter from Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, Trinity remained exclusively protestant until 1793. Today, such prejudices and exclusions are long gone, and Trinity enjoys a global reputation as a leading institution for learning, teaching and research.
Waterford crystal is known the world over for its quality and, throughout a history which dates back to its establishment in the South-East of Ireland in 1783, it has been a landmark of its own in this part of Ireland. Today, Waterford Crystal is no less recognisable than its sister-brands, Wedgewood and Royal Doulton.
The Wild Atlantic Way is a long-distance touring route, the first of its kind in Ireland. It runs the length of Ireland's western coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean, from County Donegal in the northwest to County Cork in the southwest. The initial aim of the Wild Atlantic Way was to give greater visibility to Ireland's west coast in overseas markets. The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500 km (1,553 miles) long and passes through 3 provinces of Ireland (Ulster, Connacht and Munster). It has given a huge boost to the tourism industry of the region since its launch in February 2014.×
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Located on the shores of Belfast Lough in County Antrim, Carrickfergus Castle is a Norman castle dating back to 1177. First used as a headquarters for John de Courcy after he took control of eastern Ulster, where he ruled as a petty king until 1204. Over the years, the castle was Besieged by the native Irish, the Scottish, the English and the French. Today it stands as one of the best preserved structures from the medieval era in Northern Ireland.
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.
Overlooking a salmon fishery on a scenic 450-acre estate, this luxury castle hotel is nothing short of a national treasure. The hotel and grounds are aesthetically stunning, perfectly blending classic elegance with modern comfort.
Ballynahinch Castle is located in the Connemara region of County Galway and is proud to be a part of the Wild Atlantic Way.
A sophisticated hotel, located in the centre of Dublin City. It is a short walk from the main shopping thoroughfare of Grafton Street and is surrounded by endless attractions, pubs and restaurants. The restaurant, on the grounds of the hotel, is also regarded as one of the finest in the city.
Cahernane House Hotel is an upscale hotel located in a stunning mansion which dates back to the 1870s. Based just 2 km from both Killarney town centre and Killareny National Park.
Located in the peaceful countryside of County Tipperary, Glasha Farmhouse is an upscale guesthouse run from a manor-sytle farmhouse. Featuring quaint rural decor and an old world charm mixed with contemporary appliances and fixtures. Serving delicious cooked breakfasts, which you can enjoy in the formal dining room or in the lounge next to the fireplace.