Ireland Southern Coast Tour

 

Day 1 – Dublin Airport to Waterford

Arrive in Dublin Airport and you are met by your eirebus driver.  You are transferred to your hotel in Waterford.

Rest of the day at leisure and overnight in Waterford hotel.

   

Day 2 – Waterford – Kilkenny - Waterford

Full Irish Breakfast at your accommodation. 

This morning visit the House of Waterford Crystal; the Waterford Crystal experience is unique in that you are visiting a real working, living, breathing factory.  

Following your factory tour travel to the mediaeval city of Kilkenny to see the wonderful Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral. Those who are able can climb to the top of the tower attached to the Cathedral to get the best view of this marvelous city. 

Enjoy some free time in Kilkenny before returning to Waterford.

   

Day 3 – Waterford – Cobh – Blarney - Killarney

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel. 

This morning you leave Waterford and travel along the Waterford Cork coast to the small fishing village of Cobh.  In the 1800s up to 300 ships could be seen at anchor in the waters off Cobh!  By the time of Queen Victoria’s visit in 1849, when Cobh was renamed Queenstown, the village had grown to a busy town.  It became a hive of naval and commercial activity as Cork Harbour’s important strategic position in the North Atlantic was recognized.  Tall ships called to transport convicts to Australia and to carry Irish emigrants to North America. 

From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – about 2.5 million left Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration.

Now Cobh’s unique origins, its history and the legacy are dramatically recalled at the Queenstown Story – a multimedia exhibition at Cobh’s Victorian Station.

Continue to Cork where you make a stop at one of Ireland’s most popular sightseeing spots: Blarney Castle; This historic Castle is situated near Cork in the village of Blarney and is world famous for the Blarney Stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.  The word ‘blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I who used it to describe pleasant and entertaining conversation that was possibly not all true.  To kiss the Blarney Stone, set beneath the battlements wall, one has to lean backwards from the parapet walk. 

Travel onwards to Killarney.


   

Day 4 –Killarney – Ring of Kerry Excursion

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel. 

You may want to take a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry or else spend time in Killarney.  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.

   

Day 5 – Killarney – Dingle Peninsula Excursion/Free day

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel. 

Today you have the option of a tour of the Dingle Peninsula where drama, history and great beauty are combined in a spectacular arrangement of mountain, coast and ancient settlements. During your tour you will see marvelous vistas all the way to the Blasket Islands. The excellent seafood, the pubs and the traditional music will draw you to this famous and beautiful peninsula where the Gaelic Language is still the everyday tongue of the people.

Or you may wish to spend the day at leisure in Killarney.

  

Day 6 – Killarney – Cliffs of Moher - Burren - Galway

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel. 

Today you will leave Killarney and travel northwards to the small town of Tarbert.  Take the ferry crossing to Killimer and travel along the Clare coastline through the towns of Kilkee and Lahinch to the Cliffs of Moher, sheer cliffs dropping 600 feet to the water below, one of the most impressive stretches of shoreline on the west coast of Ireland.  You travel back to Ennis, a town famous for its Irish Music in the Pubs

And then travel through the wonderful Burren: “The Burren is a limestone plateau occupying an area of over one hundred square miles in North Clare.  It is an area of scenic attractions where the clear light, reflected from the stone-grey hills, seems to radiate an air of timelessness, which is made more realistic by the presence of the many prehistoric remains that dot the fields and the valleys beneath.  Here the unfolding layers of limestone form terraces on the slopes of the hills – a limestone desert but with a quick-changing landscape.  Within a few miles may be seen verdant valleys, bright, green hills thick with hazel and bramble, while the grey heights are relieved by streaks of coloured vegetation contained in the fissures and rock joints.”   

Continue to Galway - 'The City of the Tribes'. 

   

Day 7- Galway – Connemara - Galway

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

Today you leave Galway and enjoy the rugged scenery of Connemara, the barren landscape and lakes dispersed through the country side.  Stop at Kylemore Abbey:  the convent of the Benedictine Nuns of Ypres, beautifully set on Lake Kylemore.  Visit the picturesque Abbey (reception rooms, video and exhibition), and enjoy a stroll to the beautifully restored Gothic Church; browse in the craft shop and sample our home cooked food.

It's then onwards to Roundstone where you will visit Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhran amongst folk musicians. He works at his craft of making Ireland 's oldest product the Bodhran. In the hands of a skilled player the Bodhran can be a subtle and exciting instrument – striking the skin in a variety of ways, one hand tucked in behind the skin, pressing and moving to vary the colour and the intensity of the sound.

Return to Galway.

 

Day 8 – Galway - Dublin

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel and travel eastwards through the midland counties of Ireland to Dublin.

You will stop enroute in Lockes Distillery. Established in 1757, Locke’s Distillery is the oldest licensed pot still distillery in the world. Locke’s produced triple distilled whiskey for nearly 200 years. Now open as a museum , guided tours follow the process from the grinding of the grain to the casking of the final product. At the end of the tour you are treated to a complimentary sample of Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey.

Following your tour continue to Dublin.

Rest of the day at leisure.

   

Day 9 - Dublin

Full Irish Breakfast at your hotel.

You are provided with tickets for the hop-on hop off tour of Dublin.  This fun and friendly 90 minute tour is complete with live commentary.  Stops along the tour route include: Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Kilmainham Gaol and the Old Jameson Distillery.

After lunch, you will enjoy some free time.

Day 10 – Dublin Airport

Early continental breakfast at your hotel or boxed breakfast depending on flight times.

Private transfer to Dublin Airport and bid farewell to the Emerald Isle.

Safe journey home!