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Sample Itineraries For Private Tours of Ireland

Ireland Itineraries The choice is yours

With so much on offer and so many possibilities, it can be tricky to create a tour of Ireland. If it helps, we have put together a number of sample Ireland itineraries for you to browse. These are just suggestions and can be adjusted to your exact specification as needed. They can be made longer, shorter, or go to different locations — the choice is yours. Just contact us and we will make it happen.

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Best Of Ireland - 6 Days

  • 6 Days
    The best of Ireland in under a week
  • Best Of The South
    Travel widely throughout the Republic
  • Hub and Spoke Tour
    Hub & Spoke Tour: Less hotels, more sightseeing

See the best of Ireland in under one week. This tour is perfect for those who might have any time constraints. Taking in all the major sights Ireland has to offer, this is the perfect teaser tour for those looking to sample Ireland and its charms. Best of all, it's a Hub & Spoke Tour, meaning fewer hotel changes and more sightseeing.

Pricing Guide

  • €2,185 per person for a party of 2
  • €1,495 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,095 per person for a party of 8
  • More pricing info

Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival at Dublin airport you can reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and make the short transfer to Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in the heart of Dublin City.

    At 1400 you will depart on a Panoramic Tour of Dublin City, visiting 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.

    You will also visit the 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.

    The evening is free in Dublin. You might like to pay a visit to Davy Byrnes Pub. Tonight you will be staying in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast, you will depart for Glendalough. Nestled in the deep in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes", harbour one of Ireland's most atmospheric monastic settlements. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

    Return to Dublin City in the afternoon. You will have the afternoon free to explore and shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Grafton Street.

    Tonight you will overnight in Clayton Hotel Burlington Road.

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast you will depart for Limerick via Galway. Enjoy some free time in 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.

    Continue south along the shores of Galway Bay before travelling down the Wild Atlantic Way to County Clare. Here 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 coast you will stand on 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.

    Travel onto Limerick City. Tonight you will overnight at the Clayton Hotel Limerick overlooking the banks of the broad majestic Shannon.

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning, after an early breakfast, you will set off for the world-famous Ring Of Kerry. Travel through the beautiful thatched village of Adare to Killarney Town, before touring the 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 over in 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.

    Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town. There will be free time in Killarney Town before returning to the Clayton Hotel Limerick.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    After a hearty Irish breakfast, this morning you will depart for Cork City. Founded on the banks of the River Lee. The rebel city is home of Murphy's Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!

    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.

    In Midleton Town you will visit 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.

    Finally, we return to Limerick City, where you will once again overnight in the Clayton Hotel Limerick.

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6: Departure

    Today marks the end of your best of Ireland 6 Day Tour. After an Irish breakfast, your transfer will convey you to your Airport.

Best Of Ireland - 7 Days

  • 7 Days
    The best of Ireland in one week
  • Best Of The South
    Travel widely throughout the Republic
  • Hub and Spoke Tour
    Hub & Spoke Tour: Less hotels, more sightseeing

Travel through the best of Ireland in one week. Best of all, this is a Hub & Spoke Tour, meaning fewer hotel changes and more sightseeing.

Pricing Guide

  • €2,210 per person for a party of 2
  • €1,635 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,305 per person for a party of 8
  • More pricing info

Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival at Dublin airport you can reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and and depart for Galway via Athlone, the centre of Ireland & Ballinasloe.

    Visit Clonmacnoise

    Evening free in 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.

    Tonight you will be staying in the Park House Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    Tour of Connemara via the spectacular Inagh valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your left and the Maumturks on your right as you travel to Leenane. 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.

    Travel on via Letterfrack to Connemara National Park. Here you will have the opportunity for a self-guided hike up Diamond Hill. The perfect vantage point with its for spectacular views of Connemara’s hills, bays & inlets

    Continue on from here you will 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.

    Return to Galway.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Park House Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    This morning we depart for Killarney via the Atlantic west coast of Clare. Travel down the Atlantic seaboard via Galway Bay & Ballyvaughan to Dunguaire Castle

    Continue south along the Wild Atlantic Way to County Clare. Here 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 coast you will stand on 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.

    You will also visit Adare. In the heart of county Limerick County Limerick we take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched cottages in Adare

    Travel onto Killarney. Tonight you will overnight at the Killarney Plaza.

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    First thing the morning we will visit Moriarty's.

    Next you will set off for the world famous 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.

    There will be a stop over in 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.

    Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town.

    Tonight you will return to the Killarney Plaza.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    After a hearty Irish breakfast, this morning you will depart for Dublin via Cork and Tipperary.

    Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery and Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins).

    In Midleton Town you will visit 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.

    Continuing on we will head to Tipperary where you will visit the The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Finally, we make our way to Dublin, where you will overnight in the Alex Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    **** NO TRANSPORT SERVICES TODAY ****

    Today you will have a free day to explore Dublin. There will be no transport services today which will reduce the cost of your tour.

    We would suggest that you could take the LUAS public transport system to visit some of the following centrally located attractions in the city:

    You will overnight in the Alex Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 7

    Day 7: Departure

    Today marks the end of your best of Ireland 7 Day Tour. After an Irish breakfast, your transfer will convey you to your Airport. You can arrange your taxi transfer at the hotel reception. We would suggest that you could do this at check-in, on arrival.

Best Of Ireland - 8 Days

  • 8 Days
    Just enough time to see the best of Ireland
  • Best of The South
    Travel widely throughout the Republic
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

See the best that Ireland has to offer. This tour takes in a little more than the six-day tour but is still nice and short. Taking in all the major sights Ireland has to offer. This is a great choice for those looking to take in a slightly larger selection of the Emerald Isle charms.

Pricing Guide

  • €2,770 per person for a party of 2
  • €2,050 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,635 per person for a party of 8
  • More pricing info

Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    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). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport.

    You will depart for the medieval town of Kilkenny to visit 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.

    After this there will be free time in Kilkenny Town.

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

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

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

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    Depart for Killarney via County Cork

    In Midleton Town visit 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.

    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.

    Continue on to Killarney via the valley of the river Lee to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins). Travel over the Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery & Ballyvourney to Killarney.

    Overnight in Killarney Plaza

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 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 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.

    Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town.

    Overnight in Killarney Plaza

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Galway City.

    Your journey will take you along the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Clare.

    Take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare.

    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.

    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".

    Continue up the Atlantic seaboard via Lisdoonvarna & Ballyvaughan to Galway City. It is known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble through Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or down Shop Street to Galway's Latin Quarter where stands Lynch's Castle, Galway's grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

    Tonight you will overnight at Hardiman Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Ballynahinch Castle.

    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.

    Journey up the spectacular Inagh valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your left and the Maumturks on your right as you travel to Leenane.

    Here 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.

    Continue via Letterfrack where 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.

    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.

    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 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Depart for Dublin City via Athlone, the centre of Ireland & Ballinasloe

    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.

    Continue onto Dublin

    Afternoon 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.

    You will have the evening free to relax and unwind at your leisure as you say farewell to your driver-guide.

    Overnight in Brooks Hotel

    Included today:
  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    ***NO COACHING SERVICES TODAY***

    Enjoy a leisurely day in Dublin.

    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.

    Overnight in Brooks Hotel

    Included today:
  • Day 8

    Day 8: Departure Day

    ***NO COACHING SERVICES TODAY***

    Today marks the end of your 8 Day Best Of Ireland Tour.

    This morning there will be a transfer to Dublin Airport by taxi for your return flight home. It is a good idea to ask the hotel reception, the day before, to organise a taxi for you this morning.

Best Of Ireland - 10 Days

  • 10 Days
    The best of Ireland at a leisurely pace
  • Best of The South
    Travel widely throughout the Republic
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

Taking in the absolute best of the south of Ireland. This tour covers all the major attractions of the area via a delightful and diverse itinerary. If you want to see everything the south has to offer, this tour is for you.

Pricing Guide

  • €4,095 per person for a party of 2
  • €2,835 per person for a party of 4
  • €2,145 per person for a party of 8
  • More pricing info

Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury transport and transfer to the Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Galway City. Travelling west, your route today will take you through Ballinasloe & Athlone — in 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.

    Journey on towards Galway City. It is known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble through Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or down Shop Street to Galway's Latin Quarter where stands Lynch's Castle, Galway's grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Oughterard and Maam Cross, before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore.

    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.

    Continue on via Letterfrack to spend some 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.

    Return east to Galway City.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning, bright and early, we will head down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney Town. Your route today will be 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 coast you will stand on 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 in Dromhall Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    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 it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    Today, you will have a pub lunch in 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.

    Continue on to the Ring Of Kerry via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and along Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town.

    Tonight you will overnight in Dromhall Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    After a hearty Irish breakfast this morning, you will depart for Cork City. Founded on the banks of the River Lee. The rebel city is home of Murphy's Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!

    Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery and Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins).

    Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee. Here you will 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.

    Continue onto Midleton Town and 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. Continue onto Cork City.

    Overnight at the Imperial Hotel.

    Included today:
  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you'll have free time to wander through some of the small streets of Cork City.

    Later this morning, you will travel to Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670's by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.

    Take time this afternoon to explore the beautiful town of Kinsale. The Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque towns on the south west coast of Ireland. Boland's Craft Shop is just one of the many unique stores that are well worth a visit.

    Overnight at the Imperial Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Dublin — Ireland’s capital city. En route, visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    You will enjoy a unique home cooked Traditional Farm Lunch. This will be on a family farm outside Kilkenny. You can chat with your hosts and hear about their life and times farming in this rural part of Ireland.

    After a hearty lunch, you will visit the Irish National Stud. This is a state–run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo–Irish man by the name of Colonel William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm, take a walk through the Japanese Gardens—laid out in 1906 to represent the "Life of Man".

    This afternoon you will once again be back in Dublin City.

    Overnight at the Alex Hotel.

    Included today:
  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    After breakfast, your exploration through Dublin City will begin with 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.

    From here you will travel to 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!

    Visit 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.

    Your farewell dinner and evening entertainment will take the form of a Traditional Music Night at The Merry Ploughboy Pub—one of Dublin's iconic trad music venues.

    Overnight at the Alex Hotel.

    Included today:
  • Day 10

    Day 10: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of your 10 day Best Of Ireland Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be transfers to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Turas sàbhailte dhuibh (safe journey).

Best Of Ireland - 14 Days

  • 14 Days
    The whole island of Ireland in two weeks
  • North and South
    Explore both Northern Ireland and the Republic
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

The best of the South and North of Ireland in two weeks. This is the ultimate "Best Of" tour of the Island of Ireland. Covering all the major attractions and travelling the length and breadth of the country. This tour is for those wanting to see everything The Emerald Isle has to offer.

Pricing Guide

  • €5,950 per person for a party of 2
  • €4,145 per person for a party of 4
  • €3,150 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and transfer to the Brooks Hotel. This afternoon you might like to take a stroll around Dublin.

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast depart for Northern Ireland, also referred to as the six counties of Ulster. The province of Northern Ireland was created with the partition of the island of Ireland in 1921. Your destination today will be Belfast City, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic Belfast on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity, while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

    Travelling North your route today will take you through County Meath, the Royal County—owing to its history as the seat of the High King of Ireland. Visit Trim Castle. The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30-year period and finished it in 1206. Trim Castle was also a film location for the movie "Braveheart".

    Continue onto Belfast City via County Louth. On arrival in Belfast City, you will discover the history of the Titanic Belfast in the world's largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction, located on the very slipways where she was built in the heart of Belfast.

    Tonight, you will overnight at Europa Hotel Belfast.

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    In the morning, continuing on your tour of Belfast City, you will be joined by a specialised step on local Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city — including the Belfast Murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road.

    In the afternoon travel north of the city to Carrickfergus. Nestled on the shores of Belfast Lough, there are a few buildings in Ireland with such well chronicled and fascinating long history as the town’s most compelling landmark, Carrickfergus Castle. It appears first in the official English records in 1210 when the notorious King John laid siege to it and took control of what was then Ulster’s premier strategic garrison.

    Return to Belfast City. Overnight in Europa Hotel Belfast.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning depart for Derry/Londonderry City. This historic fortified walled city is located on the river Foyle 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.

    Your route today will take you via the spectacular Antrim Coastal Route through the nine Glens of Antrim and picturesque villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle. Continue onto Bushmills. Here you will visit the Bushmills Distillery. Known the around the planet as the oldest licensed distillery. We will stop here for a whiskey tasting. Its grant to distil whiskey was given in 1608 but it is believed that the spirit was probably made here 200 years before that!

    Further north on the coast you will visit The Giant's Causeway. This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.

    This afternoon you will continue west to Derry/Londonderry City for an overnight stay at the Maldron Hotel Derry.

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will discover the famous Derry City Walls. You will be joined by a specialised local guide at the Derry Guildhall for a walking tour of the historic Derry City Walls.

    Later this morning, depart for Enniskillen. This beautiful town is found in the heart of County Fermanagh. It occupies an island between Upper and Lower Lough Erne.

    Your route will take you via Strabane and Omagh in County Tyrone to the Ulster American Folk Park. An open-air museum located on the restored boyhood home of Judge Thomas Mellon, founder of the Pittsburgh banking dynasty. The Park's permanent exhibition, called 'Emigrants', examines why two million people left Ulster for America during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

    Overnight will be in the Westville Hotel, located in the heart of Enniskillen's historic waterside quarter.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    After breakfast, you will venture on a Lough Erne Cruise. Boasting a rich combination of natural and historic sights, a haven for many species of water birds. You will visit Devenish Island. Here you will see the monastery founded by St. Molaise in the 6th Century. The most spectacular sight on this tiny windswept island is a perfectly preserved 12th Century round tower which stands 82ft high.

    Depart for 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.

    Travelling south your route today will take you via Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo. Visit Drumcliffe County Sligo, where you can read the epitaph on the grave of W.B. Yeats. Continue onto Galway.

    Tonight, you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara, via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross and Recess before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore. 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. Continue on via Letterfrack to Clifden.

    Enjoy 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. Return east to Galway City.

    Tonight, you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    This morning bright and early your route will take you down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney Town. Travel 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 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 in Killarney Avenue Hotel.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 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 it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    Enjoy a break 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.

    Continue via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to the town of Killarney Town.

    Tonight, you will overnight in the family owned Killarney Avenue Hotel.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10 Itinerary

    After a hearty Irish breakfast, this morning you will depart for Kinsale. The Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque towns on the south west coast of Ireland. Boland's Craft Shop is just one of the many unique stores that are well worth a visit.

    Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery and Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins).

    Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the River Lee. 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. Continue onto Midleton to 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.

    Continue onto Kinsale.

    Overnight tonight in the Actons Hotel overlooking Kinsale harbour.

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  • Day 11

    Day 11 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, take time to wander through some of the quaint streets of the historic Kinsale.

    Here you will also visit Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670's by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.

    Overnight in the Actons Hotel.

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  • Day 12

    Day 12 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast you will depart for Dublin, Ireland's capital city.

    Visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    You will visit the Irish National Stud. This is a state–run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo–Irish man by the name of Colonel William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm, take a walk through the Japanese Gardens—laid out in 1906 to represent the "Life of Man".

    This afternoon you will once again be back in Dublin City.

    Overnight tonight in the Brooks Hotel.

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  • Day 13

    Day 13 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you will explore Dublin City.

    Take a journey to 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.

    You will also visit 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!

    Visit 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.

    Your farewell dinner and evening entertainment includes a Traditional Music Night at The Merry Ploughboy Pub—one of Dublin's iconic trad music venues.

    Overnight: Brooks Hotel.

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  • Day 14

    Day 14: Departure

    Today marks the end of your 14 Day best Of Ireland Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning we will transfer you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Ireland & Scotland - 11 Days

  • 11 Days
    Eleven days of adventure
  • Three Countries
    Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • Point-to-Point Tour
    A point to point tour; a new destination at every step

What some might call the alternative Ireland and Scotland tour. Taking in major attractions and lesser-seen gems throughout Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This is the ideal tour for anyone who may have taken a previous tour of the three countries and is looking for something a little different.

Pricing Guide

  • €5,695 per person for a party of 2
  • €3,855 per person for a party of 4
  • €2,885 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival in Shannon Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your Irish Driver-Guide (1 Person) in Arrivals Hall at Shannon Airport. Board your luxury air-conditioned transport with WI-FI onboard and travel to the Atlantic west coast of Clare.

    Visit 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.. You will also 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".

    Continue up the Atlantic seaboard via Lisdoonvarna & Ballyvaughan to Dunguaire Castle at Kinvarra.

    Evening free in 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.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    Tour of Connemara via the spectacular Inagh valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your left and the Maumturks on your right as you travel to Leenane. 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.

    Travel on via Letterfrack to Connemara National Park. One of Irelands most famous National Parks. Its rugged beauty and windswept views are unrivalled. Here you will have the opportunity for a self-guided hike up Diamond Hill. The perfect vantage point with its for spectacular views of Connemara’s hills, bays & inlets

    Continue on from here you will 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.

    Return to Galway where you will have the evening free.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Depart for Donegal. You will be travelling via the beautiful counties of Mayo and Sligo.

    You will stop at Drumcliffe. Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

    Travel onto the historic Lough Eske Castle for your overnight stay.

    You will have the afternoon and evening free to explore the extensive grounds of the hotel.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    Today we tour the spectacular & rugged Highlands of Donegal.

    Visit the wild & beautiful Glenveagh National Park. Located in the Derryveagh Mountains. Covering nearly 25,000 acres, the park has some dramatic mountain scenery and protects the largest herd of red deer in Ireland. You will also visit Glenveagh Castle. Nestled on the shores of Lough Veagh. Built in 1870 by John Adair, a landlord who became notorious for his eviction of many families from the area after the Famine of 1847.

    Depart for the historic fortified walled city of Derry/Londonderry City. This historic fortified walled city is located on the river Foyle 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.. This afternoon you will have a guided tour of the Derry City Walls. The city walls are up to 8 metres in height and in places are 9 metres wide. They were completed in 1618 and were never breached.

    Overnight at Maldron Hotel Derry

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Depart for Belfast via the spectacular North Antrim Coast.

    Visit the The Giant's Causeway. This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.

    After that you will visit the Bushmills Distillery. Known the around the planet as the oldest licensed distillery. We will stop here for a whiskey tasting. Its grant to distil whiskey was given in 1608 but it is believed that the spirit was probably made here 200 years before that!

    This afternoon you will have a guided tour of Belfast City, you will be joined by a specialised step on local Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city — including the Belfast Murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road. Your tour will take you to the most interesting parts of Belfast City, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic Belfast on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity, while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

    You might want to stroll down to the Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, the perfect spot for a pint of Guinness or Bass. This pub dates back to the 1880’s and is the only pub owned by the National Trust !!

    Overnight at Clayton Hotel Belfast.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    First thing this morning we will transfer to Belfast port to check in (1 hour ahead is advised) for your ferry across the Irish Sea to Scotland. Your will Depart with Irish Driver-Guide & Irish Luxury Air – Conditioned Coach on the morning Stena Line to Cairnryan, Scotland.

    Once you land in Scotland you will travel north to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

    Stop on the shores of Loch Lomond. Continue on to Fort William

    Overnight in Nevis Bank Inn.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    This morning, you will depart for Inverness

    First there will be a brief stop at the Glenfinnan Monument. A tribute to those who died fighting the Jacobite cause. After this you will stop at Glen Affric. Often described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland.

    Next you visit Urquhart Castle. Located on the shores of Loch Ness, it's walls are steeped in over 1000 years of Scottish history.

    Our journey will continue along Loch Ness to Inverness.

    Overnight in Glen Mhor Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    This morning you will visit Clava Cairns. An ancient bronze Age circular chamber tomb.

    Continue on to Castle Leod. This castle has been lived in by the same family for over 500 years.

    Visit Beauly Village. This picturesque village is located on the banks of the river Beauly which is renowned for its fishing.

    Finally today you will visit the Culloden Battlefield. 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.

    Overnight again tonight in Glen Mhor Hotel.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    This morning you will depart for the city of Edinburgh.

    You will visit Highland Folk Museum. This open air visitor attraction details life and recent history in the Scottish Highlands.

    Next you will visit Blair Athol Distillery. The home of single malted Bell's whisky and one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Here you will enjoy a tour of whisky making.

    Continue on to Edinburgh.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Novotel Edinburgh Centre.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10 Itinerary

    Enjoy a full day tour of Edinburgh with specialised local guide.

    This will include entrance to Edinburgh Castle, dating from the 12th century that has been a fortress, royal palace and a prison through its turbulent past. It houses the oldest crown jewels of Britain - The Honours of Scotland.

    You will also visit Holyrood Palace.

    Tonight you will attend Prestonfield House for dinner and a night of traditional Scottish music.

    You will overnight in Novotel Edinburgh Centre.

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  • Day 11

    Day 11 Itinerary

    Today marks the end of your Ireland & Scotland 11 Day Tour.

    Depart for Edinburgh Airport for your return flight home.

Ireland & Scotland - 14 Days

  • 14 Days
    Two weeks of exploration
  • Three Countries
    Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • Point-to-Point Tour
    A point to point tour; a new destination at every step

The best of Ireland and Scotland in one tour. Covering all the major attractions in Ireland and Scotland in two weeks. This is the perfect tour for those looking to experience the Gaelic lands of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Pricing Guide

  • €7,305 per person for a party of 2
  • €5,200 per person for a party of 4
  • €3,720 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival in Edinburgh Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your professional Tour Director. Board your luxury air-conditioned transport with WI-FI onboard and transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City.

    This afternoon you might like to take a stroll on the streets of Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After a hearty Scottish breakfast, depart on a panoramic Edinburgh Tour, with a local Edinburgh Step on Guide. Visit the Holyrood Palace. Known as the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Adjacent to the palace is Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat — a volcano that has been extinct for millions of years.

    See the Scottish Parliament. This modern building was opened in 2004 after decades of Scottish calls for self determination. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Edinburgh Castle, dating from the 12th century that has been a fortress, royal palace and a prison through its turbulent past. It houses the oldest crown jewels of Britain - The Honours of Scotland.

    Enjoy afternoon free as you explore the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of medieval Edinburgh. Overnight in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Depart for the picturesque town of Pitlochry nestled amongst the stunning forested hills of Highland Perthshire. Travel via St. Andrews. Scotland's oldest university town. Also referred to as the Home of Golf, the Old Course at St Andrews Links is the oldest golf course in the world. Enjoy some free time walking its historic cobbled alleyways.

    Continue onto the beautiful burgh of Pitlochry lying on the River Tummel via Perth. Afternoon visit to Blair Athol Distillery. The home of single malted Bell's whisky and one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Here you will enjoy a tour of whisky making.

    Travel onto the historic Atholl Palace Hotel for your overnight stay.

    Evening free on the extensive grounds of the hotel.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    Depart for the Scottish Highlands via Cairngorms National Park and Aviemore.

    Visit The Capital of The Highlands- Inverness. Travel along the western shores of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus via the scenic Great Glen.

    Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Loch Ness. Here you see the sights, wildlife and history of the famous loch.

    Return to Pitlochry via the rugged terrains of Spean Bridge and Dalwhinnie and the backdrop of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.

    Overnight at Atholl Palace Hotel

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Depart for the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond via the dramatic Glencoe Valley.

    Travel via the market town of Crieff to Glencoe. Take in the views of the majestic Three Sisters Mountains and continue on via Connell and Tyndrum to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

    The area is renowned for its natural beauty, history and tranquillity. Stop in the village of Luss before continuing onto MacDonalds Forest Hills Hotel in Aberfoyle.

    Overnight at MacDonalds Forest Hills Hotel.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Depart on a Glasgow Tour. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow's famous Cathedral Quarter with a local Glasgow Step on Guide. With its pre-industrial roots, Glasgow is now a modern and vibrant city. The great inventors James Watt and Charles Macintosh were born here, to name a few.

    Visit Glasgow Cathedral. A truly rare example of an almost complete 13th-century church.

    Continue to Cairnryan Ferry Port located in Dumfries and Galloway.

    15:30 Wave goodbye to Scotland as you board the ferry at Cairnryan for Belfast City, Northern Ireland.

    17:45 Arrive in Belfast Port. Continue on to Belfast City.

    Overnight in Europa Hotel Belfast.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    This morning, for your tour of Belfast City, you will be joined by a specialised step on local Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city — including the Belfast Murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road.

    Depart for Donegal via the North Antrim Coast. Visit The Giant's Causeway. This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.

    Continue onto Donegal. Dinner and overnight in Lough Eske Castle.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    Depart for Galway via Fermanagh and Sligo.

    Visit Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world and has been in operation since 1857.

    Continue on via Drumcliffe. Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

    Continue onto Galway City. It is known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble through Salthill Promenade, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point, or down Shop Street to Galway's Latin Quarter where stands Lynch's Castle, Galway's grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.

    Tonight, you will overnight in the Park House Hotel.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross and Recess before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore.

    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.

    Continue on via Letterfrack to Clifden. Enjoy some 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.

    Return east to Galway City.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Park House Hotel.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10 Itinerary

    This morning bright and early your route will take you down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney Town.

    Travel 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 coast you will visit 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.

    Continue on via County Limerick to Killarney Town.

    Tonight, you will overnight in Randles Hotel.

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  • Day 11

    Day 11 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 it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    Visit a mountain sheep-farm for a sheepdog demonstration.

    Take a break 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.

    Continue 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 family owned Randles Hotel.

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  • Day 12

    Day 12 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Dublin, Ireland's capital city via the village of Blarney. 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.

    Today, visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Continue on to the Fair City of Dublin.

    Overnight and dine in the Brooks Hotel

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  • Day 13

    Day 13 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you will explore Dublin 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.

    You will also visit 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!

    Visit 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.

    Enjoy a farewell dinner and a Traditional Music Night at The Merry Ploughboy Pub—one of Dublin's iconic trad music venues.

    Overnight in Brooks Hotel.

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  • Day 14

    Day 14: Departure

    Today marks the end of your 14 Day Ireland & Scotland Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning you will be transferred Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Wild Atlantic Way

  • 10 Days
    A week and a half of adventure
  • West Coast
    Travel this world-famous Atlantic coast
  • Point-to-Point Tour
    A Circuit Tour ; beginning and ending in Dublin

The definitive Wild Atlantic Way tour. See all the major sights and a few of the hidden gems along Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way. From Mizen Head to Malin Head and more in between, this itinerary has it all. Perfect for those looking to explore the famous west coast.

Pricing Guide

  • €3,485 per person for a party of 2
  • €2,450 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,885 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    On arrival in Dublin Airport, reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport.

    Depart for Cork via Tipperary

    Visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Travel on to Cork City.

    Overnight in Maldron Hotel South Mall. This hotel is located in the city centre, giving you a great opportunity to explore the magic of its neighboring pubs. A few of the pubs that always rank highly, amongst both Cork locals and visitors alike, include Mutton Lane, Sin é and The Oval.

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you'll have free time to wander through some of the small streets of Cork City I would suggest a visit to the English Market. Found in the heart of Cork city, it is a covered market for fish, fruit, meat and vegetable. The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610, but the present building dates from 1786. *** Please Note the market is closed on Sundays ***

    Later this morning, you will travel to the historic town of Kinsale

    Visit Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670's by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.

    Visit Kinsale. The Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque towns on the south west coast of Ireland. Boland's Craft Shop is just one of the many unique stores that are well worth a visit.

    Tonight, you will overnight at Maldron Hotel South Mall.

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Depart for the beautiful town of Kenmare. Travel via the towns & villages of Clonakility & Skibbereen to Bantry.

    Journey by boat to Garnish Island in Bantry Bay.

    Travel on via Glengarrif before passing over the wild & majestic Caha Mountains to Kenmare.

    Overnight at the Sallyport House.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    Tour the Ring of Kerry via Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park to Killarney.

    Next we go for some free time in Killarney Town.

    Continuing on 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.

    Travel on to 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.

    Travel on via Castlecove, Sneem, Blackwater and Templenoe to Kenmare.

    Tonight you will overnight at Sallyport House.

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Tour the Dingle Peninsula. Explore the Gaelic speaking fishing port of Dingle, Slea Head and walk the Atlantic beaches of the Peninsula. I would suggest a stroll on Coomenoole beach. This small but beautiful beach was used as one of the film locations for the filming of ''Ryan's Daughter''. It is the closest beach to Slea Head and has dramatic views. Please note: The currents here are extremely dangerous, and visitors should not enter the sea. You will visit the archaeological wonder of Gallarus Oratory—an early Christian site. Free Time in Dingle. It is famous for its artisan galleries and lively pubs including Dick Mack's, O Flaherty's & O'Sullivan's Court House Pub.

    Tonight you will overnight at Heaton's Guesthouse.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    After breakfast, travelling north along the rugged west coast of Ireland, you will visit the County Clare town of Doolin.

    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 coast you will stand on 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.

    Depart for 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.

    Tonight, you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Oughterard and Maam Cross, before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore.

    Morning cruise on Killary Fjord. The fjord is a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point. At Nancy's Point, just outside Leenane Village, you will board the "Connemara Lady" for a spectacular 90 minute cruise on Ireland's only fjord. A cruise is the ideal way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape, as you pass between the Twelve Bens and the Maam Turk mountains to the South, in County Galway; and the Mweelrea mountains to the North in County Mayo, as well as the views out to the Atlantic at the mouth of the fjord. Killary's sheltered waters are perfect for mussel farming and you will see the ropes at several points on the cruise. You will also see some circular salmon farms, closer to the shore. Sheep dot the hills and now ramble freely over the remnants of potato ridges which stand testimony to The Great Famine of the 1840's.

    This afternoon 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.

    Continue on via Letterfrack to spend some 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.

    Return east to Galway City.

    Tonight you will overnight in the Hardiman Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    Depart for Donegal travelling via the counties of Mayo & Sligo

    Visit Drumcliffe. Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

    Leisurely afternoon on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle

    Tonight, you will overnight and dine in Lough Eske Castle.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast we will visit Slieve League Cliffs. Slieve League Mountain stands at 1955 feet and features some of the highest sea facing cliffs in Europe. On a clear day, the view can stretch along Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains.

    Depart for Portmarnock overlooking the Irish sea outside Dublin. You will have the evening free. I would suggest a stroll on the Velvet Stand Beach in Portmarnock.

    Overnight in Portmarnock Hotel. This hotel is located 10 minutes from Dublin Airport.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10: Departure

    Today marks the end of the Wild Atlantic Way Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning, depart, via taxi, for Dublin Airport for your return flight home. It is advisable to arrange your taxi for this morning with the hotel reception the evening before.

Ireland's Ancient East

  • 8 Days
    Ample time to discover Ireland's East
  • Eastern Region
    Explore Ireland's ancient royal heritage
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

See the other side of Ireland. Take in the timeless sites of Ireland's Ancient East on this circuit tour of the central and eastern counties. Ideal for those who wish to see the history and culture of east Ireland.

Pricing Guide

  • €2,985 per person for a party of 2
  • €2,100 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,625 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    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).

    Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and depart for a Panoramic Tour of Dublin.

    Your exploration through Dublin City will begin with 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.

    Visit 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.

    Overnight at Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel.

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you will make the short journey to Newgrange. One of Ireland's most popular archaeological attractions, Newgrange's chamber and passage perfectly align with the Winter Solstice.

    In the Royal County of County Meath visit Trim Castle. The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30-year period and finished it in 1206. Trim Castle was also a film location for the movie "Braveheart".

    Journey on to Malahide Castle. It was home for the Talbot family for generations and a centre of Irish political and social life. Here you can explore the private rooms and collections of the castle, a garden walk with a fairy trail and a Butterfly House.

    Overnight at Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel.

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Depart for a family owned Irish Farmhouse for a unique overnight stay.

    Travel via Glendalough. Nestled in the deep in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes", harbour one of Ireland's most atmospheric monastic settlements. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

    Continue onto Wexford and in New Ross you will visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship. This replica famine ship and museum is docked on the banks of the River Barrow.

    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.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    After a hearty home-cooked full Irish breakfast this morning, we will set off for Cork City. Founded on the banks of the River Lee. The rebel city is home of Murphy's Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!

    We will travel via Waterford City to visit 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.

    Enjoy some free time in the Viking City of Waterford City. Continue onto Cork via south coast towns of Dungarvan and Youghal

    In Midleton town 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.

    Overnight at Imperial Hotel.

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast, you'll have free time to wander through some of the small streets of Cork City. You will have time to see English Market. Found in the heart of Cork city, it is a covered market for fish, fruit, meat and vegetable. The origins of the market can be traced back to James 1st in 1610, but the present building dates from 1786. *** Please Note the market is closed on Sundays ***

    Depart for the seaport town of Cobh. Visit Cobh Heritage Centre. Where the history is recalled in the mass emigration to the United States and Canada and the transportation of convicts to Australia. The "Queenstown Story" is the story of Irish Emigration.

    Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee. Here you will 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.

    Tonight you will overnight in Imperial Hotel.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Depart for Kinnitty Castle in Birr via Tipperary

    Visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Continue onto the medieval city of Kilkenny to visit 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.

    Overnight and dine at the Kinnitty Castle.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, we will depart for The Fair City of Dublin

    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.

    Visit Irish National Stud. This is a state–run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo–Irish man by the name of Colonel William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm, take a walk through the Japanese Gardens—laid out in 1906 to represent the "Life of Man".

    Return to Dublin city. Tonight, enjoy a Traditional Music Night at the Merry ploughboy—one of Dublin's most iconic trad music venues.

    Overnight in the Gresham Riu Plaza Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of the Ireland's Ancient East Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning, travel via taxi to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. It is a good idea , at the hotel reception the night before, to arrange your taxi for this morning.

Best Of Northern Ireland

  • 8 Days
    Just over a week of adventure
  • The North
    Explore the real Northern Ireland
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

The best of Northern Ireland. Discover the very best that Northern Ireland has to offer. Ranging from Donegal to Belfast and everything in between. This is the perfect itinerary for those looking to see the Ulster-Scots way of life.

Pricing Guide

  • €3,135 per person for a party of 2
  • €2,160 per person for a party of 4
  • €1,635 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    Welcome - 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). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport.

    Depart for Northern Ireland. Also referred to as the six counties of Ulster. The province of Northern Ireland was created with the partition of the island of Ireland in 1921. Your destination today will be Belfast City, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic Belfast on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity, while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

    In County Down visit Castle Ward House. Situated in a magnificent setting by Strangford Lough, it was a film set for the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

    Continue onto Belfast. Afternoon visit to Titanic Belfast. The world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction located on the very slipways where she was built in the heart of Belfast.

    Overnight at the Europa Hotel Belfast.

    You might want to stroll down to the Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, the perfect spot for a pint of Guinness or Bass. This pub dates back to the 1880’s and is the only pub owned by the National Trust !!

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  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast, it's time to explore.

    In the morning enjoy a tour of Belfast City, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic Belfast on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity, while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

    Depart for Carrickfergus. Nestled on the shores of Belfast Lough, there are a few buildings in Ireland with such well chronicled and fascinating long history as the town’s most compelling landmark, Carrickfergus Castle. It appears first in the official English records in 1210 when the notorious King John laid siege to it and took control of what was then Ulster’s premier strategic garrison.

    Overnight at the Europa Hotel Belfast.

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  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Derry/Londonderry City.

    Our route today will take you via the spectacular Antrim Coastal Route through the nine Glens of Antrim and picturesque villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle. Continue onto Bushmills.

    Here, you will visit the Bushmills Distillery. Known the around the planet as the oldest licensed distillery. We will stop here for a whiskey tasting. Its grant to distil whiskey was given in 1608 but it is believed that the spirit was probably made here 200 years before that!

    Further north, on the coast you will visit The Giant's Causeway. This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.

    This afternoon you will continue west to Derry/Londonderry City for an overnight stay at the Maldron Hotel Derry.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will be joined by a specialised local guide for a walking tour of Derry/Londonderry City. This historic fortified walled city is located on the river Foyle 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.

    Visit Guildhall Derry. Sitting alongside the famous 400-year-old Walls of Derry City, The Guildhall is one of the city's most recognisable and visually stunning landmarks. Since it's creation, in 1887, it has become the centre point of the ever popular Guildhall Square. Today, it is used as offices for city officials as well as a venue for weddings receptions and civil ceremonies.

    In County Tyrone visit the Ulster American Folk Park. An open-air museum located on the restored boyhood home of Judge Thomas Mellon, founder of the Pittsburgh banking dynasty. The Park's permanent exhibition, called 'Emigrants', examines why two million people left Ulster for America during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.

    Overnight at the Maldron Hotel Derry.

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Tour the spectacular & rugged Highlands of Donegal.

    Visit the wild & beautiful Glenveagh National Park. Located in the Derryveagh Mountains. Covering nearly 25,000 acres, the park has some dramatic mountain scenery and protects the largest herd of red deer in Ireland. You will also visit Glenveagh Castle. Nestled on the shores of Lough Veagh. Built in 1870 by John Adair, a landlord who became notorious for his eviction of many families from the area after the Famine of 1847.

    Leisurely evening on the grounds of Lough Eske Castle

    Overnight and dine in Lough Eske Castle

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Depart for the beautiful Enniskillen Town, in County Fermanagh, located between Upper and Lower Lough Erne.

    After breakfast this morning, we will travel to Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world and has been in operation since 1857.

    Enjoy a Lough Erne Cruise. Boasting a rich combination of natural and historic sights, a haven for many species of water birds. You will visit Devenish Island. Here you will see the monastery founded by St. Molaise in the 6th Century. The most spectacular sight on this tiny windswept island is a perfectly preserved 12th Century round tower which stands 82ft high.

    Overnight will be in the Westville Hotel, located in the heart of Enniskillen's waterside historic quarter.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    Depart for Dublin via County Meath, the Royal County for its history as the seat of the High King of Ireland

    Visit Trim Castle. The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30-year period and finished it in 1206. Trim Castle was also a film location for the movie "Braveheart".

    Continue onto Portmarnock, in the outskirts of Dublin City

    Overnight will be in the Portmarnock Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of your Best of Northern Ireland Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Luxury Castles Tour

  • 10 Days
    A week and a half of exploration
  • Stay In Castles
    Live like royalty
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

Stay in luxury, stay in castles! This is the quintessential Irish castle stay tour. Taking in some of the most luxurious and historic castles in Ireland. If you wish to wake up in history and stay in luxury, this is the tour for you.

Pricing Guide

  • €4,680 per person for a party of 2
  • €3,475 per person for a party of 4
  • €2,810 per person for a party of 8
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What you will experience each day...

  • 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, you will meet your Irish tour guide (who is also your driver). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and make the short transfer to Dunboyne Castle Hotel where you can relax and unwind after your flight.

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  • 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.

    Our first stop today will be County Meath. Trim Castle. The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter built it over a 30-year period and finished it in 1206. Trim Castle was also a film location for the movie "Braveheart".

    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 and has been in operation since 1857.

    Cross the border back into Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and travel on to Lough Eske. Enjoy a 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.

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  • 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 City. This historic fortified walled city is located on the river Foyle 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.

    Take some free time in Derry/Londonderry City to visit the shops and cafes of the area and get a flavour of Northern Ireland, before returning to Lough Eske Castle Hotel. Again this evening dine in Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa.

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  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, 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.

    Your route south to Ballynahinch Castle will take you to Drumcliffe. Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

    Travel on to beautiful Westport Town. A beautiful Mayo town 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 Town 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 Fjord. This is Ireland's only fjord and is a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, on the Mayo - Galway border.

    Travel on to Kylemore where 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.

    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.

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  • Day 5

    Day 5 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.

    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.

    You will have the afternoon free in 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.

    Return to Ballynahinch Castle via the 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.

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  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for the 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 to Killarney Town 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 Atlantic coast you will visit 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 in Cahernane House Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 7

    Day 7 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 it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    Stop over 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.

    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 Cahernane House Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for the 5 star The K Club. Set amidst over 550 acres of historic and intriguing gardens, walkways and parkland with magnificent views of the Kildare countryside and the River Liffey. Steeped in history The K Club combines old-world elegance with indulgent luxury. Formerly the home of the Barton's, founders of the famous wine firm Barton and Guestier, The K Club today is home to two golf courses including the Arnold Palmer designed Ryder Cup Golf Course and the K Spa.

    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 later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins).

    Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee. 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.

    Today, visit The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Continue on to County Kildare.

    Tonight you will overnight in The K Club. You might like to retire to the "Media Puzzle Lounge" for a nightcap before bed.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, you will explore Dublin 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.

    Also included today is a visit to 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!

    Take a trip 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.

    Return to County Kildare.

    Tonight you will overnight in The K Club.

    Today, instead of touring Dublin, you may like to consider a leisurely day at The K Club and enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment.

    Included today:
  • Day 10

    Day 10: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of the Luxury Castles Tour of Ireland.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Whiskey Lovers Tour

  • 11 Days
    Eleven days of exploration
  • Includes Distilleries
    Learn how your favourite Irish whiskies are made
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

See the famous distilleries of Ireland. Taking in all the major whiskey producers of Ireland and a few other stops in between. This is the tour for those who love a good Irish Whiskey.

Pricing Guide

  • €4,415 per person for a party of 2
  • €3,195 per person for a party of 4
  • €2,525 per person for a party of 8
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Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    Day 1 Itinerary

    Welcome - 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). Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and depart for a Panoramic Tour of Dublin

    Your exploration through Dublin City will begin with 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.

    Your exploration will continue with an afternoon visit to Irish Whiskey Museum, where you will be treated to the story of Ireland's whiskey heritage and a few samples of it's most loved, and up and coming, whiskey brands.

    Overnight at Trinity City Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast you will depart for Belfast City, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic Belfast on the Harland & Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity, while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.

    Visit the Titanic Belfast. The world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction located on the very slipways where she was built in the heart of Belfast. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of Belfast City.

    Overnight at the Europa Hotel Belfast.

    You might want to stroll down to the Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, the perfect spot for a pint of Guinness or Bass. This pub dates back to the 1880’s and is the only pub owned by the National Trust !!

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Derry/Londonderry City.

    Our route today will take you via the spectacular Antrim Coastal Route through the nine Glens of Antrim and picturesque villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle. Continue onto Bushmills.

    Here, you will visit the Bushmills Distillery. Known the around the planet as the oldest licensed distillery. We will stop here for a whiskey tasting. Its grant to distil whiskey was given in 1608 but it is believed that the spirit was probably made here 200 years before that!

    Further north, on the coast you will visit The Giant's Causeway. This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.

    This afternoon you will continue west to Derry/Londonderry City for an overnight stay at the Maldron Hotel Derry.

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    Tour the spectacular & rugged Highlands of Donegal. Visit the wild & beautiful Glenveagh National Park. Located in the Derryveagh Mountains. Covering nearly 25,000 acres, the park has some dramatic mountain scenery and protects the largest herd of red deer in Ireland. You will also visit Glenveagh Castle. Nestled on the shores of Lough Veagh. Built in 1870 by John Adair, a landlord who became notorious for his eviction of many families from the area after the Famine of 1847.

    Finish the day at the Sliabh Liag Distillers. Situated on the wilds of Ireland's Atlantic Coast. This family owned craft distillery is bringing the distilling heritage back to Donegal through their main spirits of An Dúlamán Gin and The Silkie Irish Whiskey.

    Overnight and dine at Lough Eske Castle.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Depart for Galway, the "City of the Tribes” located right on the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

    Travel via Drumcliffe. Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.

    On arrival in 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.

    Tonight you will overnight in Hardiman Hotel

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Depart for the Gaelic speaking fishing port of Dingle

    Travel 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 coast you will visit 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.

    Take the short ferry journey from Killimer to Tarbert on the Shannon Estuary to the Dingle Peninsula. Take in the spectacular views from Slea Head and Connor Pass and walk the Atlantic beaches of the Peninsula.

    This afternoon you will enjoy a visit to Dingle Distillery. A new manufacturer on the Irish whiskey scene but one that has received widespread acclaim.

    Evening free to enjoy ceol agus craic ( fun and music) any of Dingle’s traditional pubs

    Tonight you will overnight in Heaton's Guesthouse.

    Included Today
  • Day 7

    Day 7 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 it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    You will visit the Skellig Six18 Distillery. This wonderful modern distillery is located in the village of Cahersiveen.

    Continue on via Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with its magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel.

    Today, you will have a pub lunch in the Blind Piper Pub. 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.

    Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town.

    Overnight at the Randles Hotel.

    Included today:
  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    After a hearty Irish breakfast this morning, you will depart for Cork City. Founded on the banks of the River Lee. The rebel city is home of Murphy's Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!

    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 founded the state of Pennsylvania

    In Blarney Village visit the famous 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.

    Travel on to Midleton Town. Here you will visit 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.

    Continue onto Cork City. While in the city, enjoy an evening at the Franciscan Well Pub.

    Overnight at the Imperial Hotel.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    Depart for the Fair City of Dublin.

    Today, visit The The Rock of Cashel. Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. 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, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.

    Travel north towards County Offaly, in the heart of Ireland. Visit Tullamore D.E.W Distillery. Here you will learn about the art of Irish whiskey-making and discover the secret that gives Tullamore D.E.W. its unique complexity on this whiskey tasting tour.

    Overnight at the Trinity City Hotel.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morning, visit Kilmainham Gaol. Steeped in Irish history and one of the key locations of the 1916 Republican uprising in Ireland.

    Afternoon set off towards Teeling Distillery, based in Dublin's inner-city — Teeling is another, relatively, new Irish whiskey brand and one that is competing well amongst the old guard.

    Also this afternoon you will visit Pearse Lyons Distillery. The Lyons family moved from Ireland to Kentucky in 1976, where they began their whiskey making story.

    Tonight you will overnight in Trinity City Hotel.

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  • Day 11

    Day 11: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of your Whiskey Lovers Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning, depart, via taxi, for Dublin Airport for your return flight home. It is advisable to arrange your taxi for this morning with the hotel reception the evening before.

Roads Less Travelled

  • 10 Days
    A week and half of discovery
  • Alternative Ireland
    Venture through lesser known Ireland
  • Circuit Tour
    This Circuit Tour lets you start and finish in Dublin

The alternative "Best of Ireland" tour. This tour takes in all the places the other tours rarely go to. See the sights less seen but still worth a visit. This tour is perfect for those on their second visit to Ireland.

Pricing Guide

  • €4,350 per person for a party of 2
  • €3,165 per person for a party of 4
  • €2,510 per person for a party of 8
  • More pricing info

Featured on this tour

What you will experience each day...

  • Day 1

    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).

    Board your luxury air-conditioned transport and depart for a Panoramic Tour of Dublin.

    Your exploration through Dublin City will begin with 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.

    You will have th afternoon free in Dublin.

    Overnight in Brooks Hotel

    Included Today
  • Day 2

    Day 2 Itinerary

    Travel south to tour the Wicklow Mountains

    Visit Powerscourt Estate. The gardens at Powerscourt are among the finest in Ireland, both for their design and for their dramatic setting at the foot of the Great Sugar Loaf.

    Also visit Glendalough. Nestled in the deep in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes", harbour one of Ireland's most atmospheric monastic settlements. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

    Return to Dublin and overnight at Brooks Hotel.

    Included Today
  • Day 3

    Day 3 Itinerary

    Depart for Ballymacarbry on the Tipperary/Waterford border via Kilkenny

    Visit the Irish National Stud. This is a state–run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo–Irish man by the name of Colonel William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm, take a walk through the Japanese Gardens—laid out in 1906 to represent the "Life of Man".

    Continue on to Kilkenny where you will visit 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.

    Free time in the medieval city of Kilkenny City. As you walk the medieval streets of Kilkenny you might want to visit the Kilkenny Design Centre or take time for a pint of Smithwicks, an Irish Red Ale brewed in Kilkenny. We then travel on to Ballymacarbery.

    Overnight and dine at Glasha Farmhouse.

    Glasha Farmhouse is less than a 3 minute stroll from a great local traditional pub.

    Included Today
  • Day 4

    Day 4 Itinerary

    Depart for the historic town of Kinsale.

    Travel over the Knockmealdown Mountains via the spectacular Vee.

    Visit Lismore Castle Gardens.

    Free time in the beautiful heritage town of Lismore Town. The beautiful heritage town in county waterford. I would suggest you take time to explore Lady Louisas Walk.

    Travel onto East Cork, where you will visit 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.

    Continue on to Kinsale.

    Tonight you will overnight in Actons Hotel Kinsale.

    Included Today
  • Day 5

    Day 5 Itinerary

    Today, after breakfast, enjoy a visit to Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670's by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.

    Travel to Cobh.

    Visit Cobh Heritage Centre. Where the history is recalled in the mass emigration to the United States and Canada and the transportation of convicts to Australia. The "Queenstown Story" is the story of Irish Emigration.

    Depart for the beautiful town of Killarney

    Travel via the valley of the river Lee to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle . Once home of Sir William Penn, whose son later founded the state of Pennsylvania. (This is a drive by only and only noted for historical reasons as the castle is in ruins). Continue over the Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery & Ballyvourney to Killarney.

    Tonight you will overnight in Great Southern Hotel

    Included Today
  • Day 6

    Day 6 Itinerary

    Tour the spectacular rugged Beara Peninsula via Adrigole & Castletownbere to Allihies. Continue on via Ardgroom & Lauragh to Killmackilloge where we will stop at Teddy O’ Sullivan’s Pub on Bunaw Pier for an afternoon glass of wine or pint of Guinness & fresh salmon sandwiches

    Visit Derreen Garden. A large woodland garden, created through the improvements carried out by the fifth marques of Lansdowne in the 1870s on the rock, scrub and what had been called “unprofitable land” around his house on the Beara Peninsula.

    Return to Killarney

    Tonight you will overnight in Great Southern Hotel.

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  • Day 7

    Day 7 Itinerary

    After breakfast this morningDepart for Galway City via the Atlantic west coast of Clare.

    Visit the beautiful thatched village of Adare. In the heart of county Limerick County Limerick we take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched cottages in Adare

    You will also visit 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.

    Continue up the Atlantic seaboard via Lisdoonvarna & Ballyvaughan.

    Evening free in 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.

    Tonight you will overnight in Park House Hotel.

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  • Day 8

    Day 8 Itinerary

    Depart for Rossaveal in South Connemara

    Option 1: Travel by ferry to Aran Islands - Inish More, the largest of the Aran Islands where you will collect bicycles & helmets on the pier and spend the day exploring. It has several large prehistoric forts including a visit to Dun Aonghasa.

    Option 2: Travel by ferry to Aran Islands - Inish More, the largest of the Aran Islands where you will have a guided Tour on a local mini-bus. It has several large prehistoric forts including a visit to Dun Aonghasa.

    *** Please note the driver-guide and vehicle will not travel to Aran Islands ***

    Return to Galway.

    Tonight you will overnight in Park House Hotel.

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  • Day 9

    Day 9 Itinerary

    Depart for Dublin via Athlone, the centre of Ireland & Ballinasloe

    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.

    Travel on to Dublin

    Visit 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 in Dublin.

    Tonight you will overnight in Brooks Hotel.

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  • Day 10

    Day 10: Departure Day

    Today marks the end of the Roads Less Travelled Tour.

    After a final great Irish breakfast this morning, travel to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

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