Ross Castle, County Kerry, part of our Tours of Ireland

Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2025

Ancient Luxury Tour Collection

An adults-only tour for max. 8 guests

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.

  • €3,290 - €3,490
  • 7 nights
  • 8 days
  • 8 guests maximum
  • Premium luxury tour
  • Arrival & Departure in Dublin

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Epic: The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum

Day One includes a visit to EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum. Located in Dublin City's docklands, the museum, via cutting-edge interactive displays, explores the history of the mass emigration experienced by Ireland over the past three centuries.

The world-famous Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Day One also includes a journey to Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of Dublin City, you to see how Ireland's most famous export is crafted into a 'black state of perfection'.

Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement

Clonmacnoise

Day Two includes a journey to Clonmacnoise, a medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon. Clonmacnosie was founded in the 6th century by St. Ciaran.

Galway City Bar

Galway City

Day Two also includes a trip to Galway City. Having continued Westward, you can enjoy some free time in what is known as Ireland's cultural hub, Galway City.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Your base for Day Two & Three is the stunning Ballynahinch Castle. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant and a drink in exquisite Fisherman's Pub. Visit their website...

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey

Day Three takes you to Kylemore Abbey. This is, arguably, Ireland's most beautiful building. Located at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the shores of Lough Pollacappul.

The Burren, in Clare, Ireland

The Burren

On Day Four you will see The Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land – a vast limestone plateau. In the 1640s, 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".

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Day Four also includes a trip to The Cliffs of Moher. Take the best possible viewpoint to gaze at the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching a staggering 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long.

Thatched cottages of Adare Village in Limerick, Ireland

Adare Village

Day Four also sees you visit Adare Village in County Limerick. Known as one of Ireland's Prettiest Villages.

Lakes of Killarney

Killarney Town

On Day Five you travel to Killarney Town. This beautiful town is located in the picturesque county of Kerry. Famous for its national parks and lakes, Killarney will act as the start and endpoint of your tour of the Ring of Kerry.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Blarney Castle

On Day Six you will visit Blarney Castle. Witness Ireland's most famous Castle and kiss its majestic Blarney Stone... which, if legend is to be believed, will grant you the gift of the gab!

Jameson Old Midleton Distillery, home of Irish Whiskey

Midleton Distillery Experience

Day Six also includes a trip to Midleton Distillery Experience. The distillery, where the visitor centre and whiskey museum now stand, in Midleton, County Cork, was in operation from 1825 until 1975. Today, the first thing visitors see is a 31,618 gallon pot still — on the garden outside the distillery. Inside the old distillery see the mills, maltings, water wheel, cooperage and still house, as well as the distiller's cottage and the warehouses.

The House of Waterford Crystal

The House of Waterford Crystal

On Day Seven you will journey to House of Waterford Crystal. This world-renowned crystal factory is located in in Waterford City. Extensive glass manufacturing was established here in 1783. Professional craftsmen will guide you through the art of glassblowing. On the grounds is also the store holding the largest selection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

Day Seven also includes a visit to Kilkenny Castle. Ever since Strongbow constructed the first building as a wooden tower, in the 12th century Kilkenny Castle has been an important site in Ireland's history. The first stone castle was built by William the Earl Marshall on the site in 1260.

Epic: The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum

Day One includes a visit to EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum. Located in Dublin City's docklands, the museum, via cutting-edge interactive displays, explores the history of the mass emigration experienced by Ireland over the past three centuries.

The world-famous Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

Day One also includes a journey to Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of Dublin City, you to see how Ireland's most famous export is crafted into a 'black state of perfection'.

Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement

Clonmacnoise

Day Two includes a journey to Clonmacnoise, a medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon. Clonmacnosie was founded in the 6th century by St. Ciaran.

Galway City Bar

Galway City

Day Two also includes a trip to Galway City. Having continued Westward, you can enjoy some free time in what is known as Ireland's cultural hub, Galway City.

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

Ballynahinch Castle

Your base for Day Two & Three is the stunning Ballynahinch Castle. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant and a drink in exquisite Fisherman's Pub. Visit their website...

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

Kylemore Abbey

Day Three takes you to Kylemore Abbey. This is, arguably, Ireland's most beautiful building. Located at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the shores of Lough Pollacappul.

The Burren, in Clare, Ireland

The Burren

On Day Four you will see The Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land – a vast limestone plateau. In the 1640s, 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".

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

Day Four also includes a trip to The Cliffs of Moher. Take the best possible viewpoint to gaze at the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching a staggering 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long.

Thatched cottages of Adare Village in Limerick, Ireland

Adare Village

Day Four also sees you visit Adare Village in County Limerick. Known as one of Ireland's Prettiest Villages.

Lakes of Killarney

Killarney Town

On Day Five you travel to Killarney Town. This beautiful town is located in the picturesque county of Kerry. Famous for its national parks and lakes, Killarney will act as the start and endpoint of your tour of the Ring of Kerry.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland

Blarney Castle

On Day Six you will visit Blarney Castle. Witness Ireland's most famous Castle and kiss its majestic Blarney Stone... which, if legend is to be believed, will grant you the gift of the gab!

Jameson Old Midleton Distillery, home of Irish Whiskey

Midleton Distillery Experience

Day Six also includes a trip to Midleton Distillery Experience. The distillery, where the visitor centre and whiskey museum now stand, in Midleton, County Cork, was in operation from 1825 until 1975. Today, the first thing visitors see is a 31,618 gallon pot still — on the garden outside the distillery. Inside the old distillery see the mills, maltings, water wheel, cooperage and still house, as well as the distiller's cottage and the warehouses.

The House of Waterford Crystal

The House of Waterford Crystal

On Day Seven you will journey to House of Waterford Crystal. This world-renowned crystal factory is located in in Waterford City. Extensive glass manufacturing was established here in 1783. Professional craftsmen will guide you through the art of glassblowing. On the grounds is also the store holding the largest selection of Waterford Crystal in the world.

Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

Day Seven also includes a visit to Kilkenny Castle. Ever since Strongbow constructed the first building as a wooden tower, in the 12th century Kilkenny Castle has been an important site in Ireland's history. The first stone castle was built by William the Earl Marshall on the site in 1260.

Tour Itinerary

Relax and allow Ireland to wash over you during eight days of elegance and luxury on the Ancient Ireland Mini Group Tour. Click on the days below to find out what adventures you can look forward to on each day of your tour.

  • Day 1: Arrival & Tour of Dublin

    Day 1 Itinerary

    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 7:00 am and 1200 noon. To ensure a smooth start to your tour, it is advisable to aim for an arrival time in Dublin Airport before 11:00 am, as clearing immigration and reclaiming baggage typically takes around 1 hour.

    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.

    3:00 PM Check-in time. Hotel reception will store your luggage prior to Check-in.

    At 2:00 PM this afternoon, after all introductions have been made, you will depart on a tour of Dublin City, Ireland's capital city. Visit EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum. Voted, recently, as "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction", this museum tour tells the story behind the millions of people who fled, or were forced from, Ireland over the past three centuries. Located in Dublin's Docklands.

    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.

    Included Today
    Time Arrival Transfer details
    Between 07:00 and 12 (noon) Dublin Airport
    There are 3 group airport transfers this morning, between 7am and 12 noon, from Dublin Airport to Brooks Hotel.
  • Day 2: Clonmacnoise

    Day 2 Itinerary

    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. 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". Today, it is a vibrant bustling harbour town with medieval origins and with a long tradition of Irish language, music, song, and dance.

    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.

    Included Today
  • Day 3: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

    Day 3 Itinerary

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

    This afternoon, if the lure of the castle grounds is 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.
    Included Today
  • Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Wild Atlantic Way

    Day 4 Itinerary

    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 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 1640s, 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.

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  • Day 5: The Ring of Kerry

    Day 5 Itinerary

    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 its magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel. Travel on via the hamlet of Castlecove, the colourful village of Sneem and on via Moll’s Gap, Ladies View, Killarney National Park and along the Lakes of Killarney to Killarney town.

    Stop off at the Blind Piper Pub. Here you will have a traditional Irish Pub Lunch. Located in the village of Caherdaniel, locals and visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. Who is the Blind Piper, you may ask? 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 Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town. Tonight you will overnight in the Cahernane House Hotel.

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

    Included Today
  • Day 6: Blarney Castle & Midleton Distillery Experience

    Day 6 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, journey west through the "county bounds" via the wild Derrynasaggart Mountains, sometimes referred to as the Cork/Kerry Mountains and made famous in the ballad - "Whiskey in the Jar".

    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 and produce.

    This afternoon we will visit the Visit Midleton Distillery Experience. You will experience a fully guided tour. Here you will find the world's largest pot still, with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons.

    Our destination for tonight is the idyllic location of Faithlegg, County Waterford.

    Tonight you will overnight and dine at Faithlegg Hotel. Located in picturesque woodland, offering stunning views over the Suir estuary in County Waterford.

    Included today:
  • Day 7: Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal

    Day 7 Itinerary

    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 glassblowing 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.

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

    Included today:
  • Day 8: Departure (Dublin)

    Day 8: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of the Ancient Ireland Tour.

    This morning there will be 3 group airport transfers between 0500 and 1100 to bring you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. The confirmed transfer times will be advised 10 days prior to the tour start date.

    Time Departure Transfer details
    Between 05:00 and 11:00 Brooks Hotel
    There are 3 group airport transfers this morning, between 5am and 11am, from Brooks Hotel to Dublin Airport.

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July 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

My Ireland Tour staff were very responsive throughout planning and visit. We chose the Ancient Ireland 8 day mini-group tour. I would suggest spending a few days in Dublin before your tour begins. It's a great city for walking, with many sites to explore. The Ancient Ireland tour involves a fair amount of time on the road, but the views are spectacular. Sean O'Sullivan was a wonderful driver and personable guide. He did a fabulous job catering to the varied interests of our group, offering suggestions for different activities, and educating us about the areas we toured. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to explore Ireland.

June 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

Thoroughly enjoyed our 8-day Ancient Ireland Mini-Group tour. It was our first organized tour but won't be our last. Driver/Guide David B. was exceptional, extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor! The coach, the accommodations, the food and the company were super!

June 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

'My Ireland Tour' exceeded our expectations! We just finished the 8-day Ancient Ireland Tour. Accommodations were outstanding, meal & sightseeing stops were well planned & food was excellent. Tour van was clean & comfortable, guide was chatty, but friendly, very informative, helpful, & skilled driver.

June 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

Great Tour of Ireland through My Ireland Tours - highly recommend this tour company, as the itinerary was well planned out. Our Tour Guide/Driver - Damien McKenna made all of the difference - he was wonderful and very accomodating to our group !

June 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

Absolutely amazing in every way! We took the Ancient Ireland Tour with Cathal Clarke, who was our guide; he truly made the trip perfect!

May 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We recently returned from the Ancient Ireland mini-group tour with driver/guide David Breen, and it was wonderful!! David was a wealth of knowledge on any topic we asked him about, had a great sense of humor and kept everything incredibly organized. The accommodations were fantastic, especially Ballynahinch, and we saw so many amazing sites that it's hard to pick a favorite. The tour was max eight people, seven in our case, which was a perfect size, plus we had a great group of people on our tour.

May 2024  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

Just returned from the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group tour with driver/guide David Breem. When asked by friends what the highlight of the trip was, my wife and I replied having David as our guide made the trip outstanding. He provides detailed insights into the areas we visit but also the social and economic environment in Ireland. Being on the minivan, we could easily converse with David as he drove us around the country, and he would answer any question we asked. The tour itself was a very good overview of the country of Ireland. Staying two nights at Ballynahinch was fantastic.

October 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We recently took the 8 day Ancient Ireland Kerry tour. It was wonderful. This tour gives a great overview and takes you to many beautiful and interesting places. Our tour guide David was funny, accommodating, and informative without being overly chatty. The time provided at the attractions was appropriate. Tour vans were comfortable with everyone having their own window. The hotels are fabulous, particularly Ballynahinch and Faithlegg, and the meals were outstanding. My Ireland Tours communicated well with us over the months leading up to the tour. Be sure to arrive in Dublin a day early so you are ready to really enjoy your first day. I highly recommend this tour and tour company.

October 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

My husband and I just returned from the 8 day Ancient Ireland tour and it did not disappoint. Our driver/guide was Colm. He was witty, fun and SO knowledgeable about the history of Ireland all the sights along the way. I strongly recommend myIrelandtours for anyone considering Ireland as their next destination. Thank you Colm

October 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

My husband and I just returned from the My ireland tour, Ancient Dingle, and we had an absolutely grand time! Our guide, Mick Keane, was terrific, the accommodations and meals were wonderful, and the weather,...well, it was irish! We highly recommend this tour group! It was easy to book and they kept us well informed, answering all our questions.

August 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

The tour and accommodations were wonderful. We did the 8-day Dingle Peninsula tour in early July. at that time of year, the sun doesn't set until close to 10pm. Our tour guide, Peter Kelly, was very knowledgeable and a true pleasure. If you mention a particular part of the country you're interested in, let him know. He loves research. Emails were answered promptly by the staff. We were happy we arrived a couple of days early to give us a chance to adjust to the time zone.

July 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We just returned from the Ancient Ireland Tour (Dingle) with our guide, Harry Fischer. Harry is a gem. He is knowledgeable, personable, and hilarious. He educated us about the history and folklore of Ireland in a wonderfully entertaining way, answering our questions and allowing us the freedom to explore as much of the countryside as we needed. We never felt rushed or warehoused; it was a perfect balance of guided tour vs. independent exploration. Every tour, meal and accommodation was excellent. My Ireland Tour and Harry took care of us and, need I say spoiled us, for any other vacation. (In fact, my husband jokingly asked Harry if he would lead us on every vacation here on out, whether it is in Ireland or not). Thank you for a wonderfully magical experience. It was our first visit to Ireland, but we will return.

June 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

From the very beginning, Keith O'Driscoll, was extraordinarily responsive, helpful and effective and ensured all questions were answered in great detail and all preparations for the tour were ready. We were really amazed by the level of response and help he provided. Thank You Keith! Then there is Harry Fisher; tour guide, historian, professional driver and master of optimization of the whole tour experience. We could write so many accolades about all the little things he did. Suffice it to say – We Love You Harry 😊. We give MyIrelandTour 5 Stars, only because a constellation isn't an option. As to the destinations, 8 days is nowhere near the amount of time you will want to spend seeing this beautiful country and Its kind people. Accommodations - Brooks Hotel is within a short walking distance of so many things that we recommend arriving 2 days early to see Dublin…(Temple Bar, St. Patricks, Trinity College, Christ Church, Dublin Castle, Jennie Johnston and more). Brooks also had air conditioning that was nice for those of us who like a cold room to sleep. The accommodations were truly 4 star plus with 5 star dining experiences. These historical places with beautiful gardens, river, golf course or landscape views were magical. Whether gazing up the stream at Ballynahinch Castle, watching Red Tail deer grazing at The Cahernane House Hotel or sunrise over the golf course at Faithlegg, the views were peaceful and beautiful. Dining, well lets just say we tried a lot of new foods and beverages of which all were exquisite. Destinations were as wonderful and picturesque as google shows them. The only drawback is you will see that you need weeks to really take in all the little hidden jewels that you bypass hitting the more famous stops. If we ever get to go back, we would exclusively want to book with MyIrelandTour and would pray fervently to have Harry as guide again. Harry really set a high bar for others to follow.

June 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

My wife and I took the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour (Ring of Kerry version) in mid June 2023 (a maximum group of 8 people). Mick, our guide, was outstanding. He knew people at every stop; he was hilarious; obviously loves his country; had great stories; knew back road shortcuts to avoid traffic a couple of times; and even made sure we had air conditioning in one hotel due to the heat that day (only some of the hotel rooms had A/C at that hotel). Mick kept us on pace so that we had time at each planned stop. We left our hotel about 30 minutes sooner than planned one day because Mick found out a couple of large tours planned to be at the Jameson Whiskey distillery at our original planned time so we beat them to the distillery!!! And I highly recommend the Jameson, Ginger Ale, and lime drink on the tour. We could not have asked for more from the tour or Mick. The 8 person van was roomy with panoramic windows so every seat had a good view. The hotels at which we stayed were top notch. Our room at the Faithlegg Hotel near Waterford was the nicest room we have ever had on our travels (overlooking the golf course and gardens). We highly recommend My Ireland Tours.

June 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We completed the Ancient Ireland 6 day tour (Dingle version) and loved it! David, our guide and bus driver, was knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and was very efficient in getting us to where we needed to be. Our accommodations were wonderful and conveniently located for free time exploration of the area. Being a small group, we never felt like an entourage descending on a site. While we know that there is so much more to see in Ireland, we feel as if we had a great introduction to this beautiful country. We would definitely recommend My Ireland Tour!

May 2023  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We took the Ancient Island Tour (Ring of Kerry) tour with a small group of 6 people with Dave Darby as our tour guide and had a great experience. The group was small enough so that we could all have a conversation together making the longer travel times much more enjoyable. The accommodations were far nicer than what I had envisioned and the meals were fantastic. The pace of the tour was perfect as it allowed plenty of time at each stop to explore without feely rushed. Dave was very good about pointing out little things that would probably been missed and was fun and conversational without dominating the time by speaking all of the time. I would highly recommend this tour to friends.

September 2022  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

We just got back from a 7 day tour of Irish Castles, and we had such a wonderful time. Our guide Phillip was truly the highlight of the trip, just a truly fun wonderful person to be around, dedicated to making sure everybody had a good time. We all loved sitting with him at breakfast peppering him with questions about life in Ireland. This tour took us through picturesque landscapes to see cool castles, ride on a boat, tour beautiful walled gardens, taste a bunch of beverages, watch an awesome show, and poke around in all the shops. And I love how Phillip really knew each of these attractions backwards and forwards, and was able to give us the best tips about how to have the best experience. ('OK, so we need to be back at the bus at 2:30. You want to tour the abbey and the chapel, but you might not need to do the hike to the masoleum, you can eat lunch either at the tea house or the main restaurant but the main restaurant has better options...') The food was amazing. Not a meal where I wasn't confused about what fork to use. And my favorite part was waking up early to walk the trails around the hotel, and just soak in the countryside. Absolutely would recommend all my friends and relatives take this tour.

August 2022  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

Absolutely perfect trip! Our driver, David Breen, was so great and knowledgeable! Loved his quick wit! The hotels exceeded our expectations! My favorite was the Cahernane House hotel in Killarney! We did the 8 Day ancient Ireland/ Ring of Kerry small group tour and it was the perfect mix of fun and we received an awesome Ireland education! Trip highlights: Kylemore Abbey (stunning), Waterford Crystal ( so interesting) and Ballynahinch Castle ( beautiful room and dining experience). Would highly recommend My Ireland Tours to everyone!🍀

August 2022  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

I highly recommend touring with My Ireland Tours. We did the 8 person van, 8 days and 7 nights Ancient Ireland Ring of Kerry tour. Accommodations were above expectations (5 star ) Tour covered 2/3rds of meals and were exceptional (5 Star) Tour guide/drive (David Breen) was very knowledgeable and friendly. Great sense of humor and excellent resource. (I cannot say enough about David) Unlike some tours, this one did not feel like a marathon. We saw a lot, but we also had plenty of down time to explore the little towns/pubs on our own. Everything was well planned and smooth.

August 2022  •  Ancient Ireland Tour

I have never traveled with a tour before, but I wanted to see a lot of Ireland, knew I'd be traveling alone, and didn't want to have to think too much. So, a tour made sense. In searching for a small group opportunity with excellent lodging, I discovered My Ireland Tour's website and loved the options. I chose the 8-day Ring of Kerry tour and found myself with 7 other women and a remarkable guide, David O'Neill. It was a magnificent, educational, beautiful, fun week. David is a font of knowledge and has a tremendous wit. He is totally organized but never stiff. We packed a ton into our days but also had down time. I almost never felt rushed. I always had fun, was always inspired, and was thrilled to learn so much.

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.

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Flexible Cancellations

We have added extra flexibility to our cancellation timeline. This means you can now make unlimited changes to your chosen tour up to 60 days before your arrival. Our cancellation timeline is as follows. For more details, see our terms and conditions.

Up to 60 days before the start of tour:

The Deposit is non-refundable. However, before 60 days you can make unlimited changes for free, including changing your tour dates (including transferring to a tour in 2026), changing your tour and changing tour participants.

59 to 40 days before start of tour:

25% of total price is forfeited on cancellation

39 to 14 days before start of tour:

50% of total price is forfeited on cancellation

Less than 14 days before start of tour:

100% of total price is forfeited on cancellation

Deposit

The Deposit for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2025 is €700 per person.

Single Occupancy Supplement

For guests who are travelling alone and are therefore not sharing a room, the single occupancy supplement for the Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2025 is €800.

Balance Payments:

The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.

Currency:

All payments are in Euros.

Credit Cards & Fees:

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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 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 above. All cancellation fees include the initial deposit.

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Up to 60 days before the start of tour: Deposit is non-refundable. However, before 60 days you can make unlimited changes for free, including changing your tour dates (including transferring to a tour in 2026), changing your tour and changing tour participants.
59 to 40 days before start of tour: 25% of Tour Cost
39 to 14 days before start of tour: 50% of Tour Cost
Less than 14 days before start of tour: 100% of Tour Cost

About your Tour Guide

45% of our reviews mention their tour guide by name

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, 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 1542 five-star reviews out of a possible 1583.

  • Irish born and bred

    All of our driver-guides were born in Ireland and have lived here all their lives. What's more, they are passionate about our country, its culture and its heritage.

  • Qualified and experienced

    Our driver-guides are qualified, experienced professionals who are committed to impeccable customer care and making your vacation memorable for all the right reasons.

  • Experts in Irish history & culture

    Our driver-guides are true experts in their field. Their knowledge of Irish history, culture (and where to get the best pint of Guinness) is second to none.

  • Committed to your safety and care

    Your safety and comfort are paramount to us and to all our driver-guides. All our guides are experienced coach drivers with impeccable safety records.

What's included in my vacation?

Included

  • Hospitality

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 Evening Meals
  • 7 Full Irish Breakfasts
  • 1 Traditional Irish Pub Lunch

Not Included

  • Airfares to & from Ireland
  • Gratuity for your Tour Guide
  • Travel Insurance (required)
  • Lunches except:
    • Blind Piper Pub Lunch on Day 5
  • Evening meals except:
    • Ballynahinch evening meal on days 2 & 3
    • Faithlegg Hotel evening meal on day 6
  • Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Telephone Charges
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