Highlights of Ireland

 

Day 1: Dublin

Arrive in Dublin and you are transported by private coach and guide to your hotel.

You will then have a tour of Dublin City, a place where tradition and cultural heritage have emerged seamlessly over the centuries to create a unique atmosphere. Your first stop is St Patrick’s Cathedral, to wonder at the majestic presence of this Dublin landmark. You then stop at Trinity College and proceed through the grounds of this hallowed education site. You view the Book of Kells which has been described as “the most beautiful book in the world”.

Free time in the afternoon for further sight-seeing or shopping.


  

Day 2: Dublin – Wicklow - Dublin

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

You are southwards bound to the garden of Ireland. You journey down through the picturesque town of Enniskerry. Our first stop is Powerscourt Gardens. Beautiful formal gardens, steep terraces, flamboyant fountains, statuary and the dramatic backdrop of the Sugar Loaf Mountain make Powerscourt Estate one of the loveliest gardens in Ireland.

You travel further southwards to Glendalough, a beautiful and historic glen with two lakes.  There are lovely walks by the lake shore and in surroundings hills.

See the pretty villages of Laragh/Clara, Rathdrum, Roundwood and Avoca which houses one of the oldest mills in Ireland - Avoca Handweavers before our return to Dublin.


 

Day 3: Dublin – Kilkenny - Killarney

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Leaving Dublin this morning travel to the mediaeval city of Kilkenny to see the wonderful Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral.  Climb to the top of the tower attached to the Cathedral to get the best view of this marvelous city. 

Visit Kilkenny Castle: “A 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler Family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.  Due to major restoration works, the central block now includes a library, drawing room, and bedrooms decorated in 1830’s splendour, as well as the beautiful Long Gallery.  The old castle kitchen operates as a tea room during the summer.  A suite of former servants’ rooms is the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently

Its then onwards through the counties of Tipperary and Cork until you reach Killarney.  Killarney is a bustling town and full of atmosphere.

   

Day 4: Killarney – Ring of Kerry - Killarney   

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

A day of splendid scenery as you tour the Ring of Kerry which is said to contain some of the most magnificent scenery in Ireland.  Pass through the small towns and villages of Killorglin, Cahiriciveen, Waterville, Sneem and finally Molls Gap in the heart of the black mountains.

In the afternoon visit Muckross House, situated in Killarney National Park, close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake.  View the principal rooms of the House, which are furnished in period style, you will also see exhibitions and displays illustrating various aspects of the lifestyles and crafts of the people of Kerry.  The Park covers an area of 10,000 hectares and includes the world-famous lakes of Killarney and the mountains and woodland that surrounds them.


   

Day 5: Killarney – Cliffs of Moher - Limerick

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you depart from Killarney and head northwards.  Tralee is the first large town we come to before, Listowel and Tarbert where we wait to board the ferry that crosses the Shannon.  Once on the other side you travel along the Atlantic until you come to the holiday town of Lahinch and then onto the Cliffs of Moher, 700 foot cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean.

You will then overnight in Limerick, Ireland’s third largest city.

 

Day 6: Limerick – Bunratty - Limerick

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you can spend the day at the Bunratty Folk Park and catch up with some last-minute shopping in the extensive Bunratty Village.

“Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland.  Built in 1425, and plundered on many occasions, it was authentically restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour, with furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and style of the times.  Within its grounds is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century village and rural life is recreated.  Traditional crafts are carried out in their natural setting and during the summer period, visitors can also see characters/animators depicting 19th century life”.     

Day 7: Limerick – Dublin Airport  

Breakfast at your hotel.

Travel by deluxe coach to Dublin Airport and bid farewell to Ireland.  Fly home or discover another part of Europe like Scotland.