Overview

Dublin - 2 nights
Belfast - 2 nights
Donegal - 1 night
Galway - 2 nights
Kerry - 2 nights
Dublin - 1 night

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Majestic Castles of the Emerald Isle

Explore the Emerald Isle. Step back in time and experience the heritage of Irish castles & manor houses, straight from a fairy tale

An 11-day itinerary of exceptional grandeur and incredible Irish hospitality

Nowhere is Ireland’s history more eloquently expressed than in its castles, whether ruined, Regal or otherwise, they are historic features set in beautifully stunning natural landscapes. Some have survived and are relatively intact while others are ruins of time, but even in their dilapidated state they still evoke the grandeur they were built to convey. Visit the stunning heritage sites of the Emerald Isle and stay in authentic Irish castles and manor houses on this small group luxury tour, encompassing the very best of Ireland.

Key Features

Chauffeur driven transfers*
British Airways Club Europe
Dedicated check-in desk
Access to airport lounge
Expert national guide 
Group Size: 10–20
Price Guarantee

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Dublin. Take a walking tour of this cosmopolitan capital. Afternoon visit to Chester Beatty Library located in the grounds of Dublin Castle. The only museum in Ireland to win ‘European Museum of the Year’, the Chester Beatty’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Transfer to the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel for a two night stay. Enjoy a cocktail making class before taking dinner at the castle. (D)

Day 2 Sightseeing today include Trinity College; founded in 1592 it is the oldest university in Ireland and is ranked the highest in the country. See the Book of Kells, the centrepiece for visitors to Trinity College; it is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Continue to the Guinness Brewery, Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. We end our day with a visit to Christchurch Cathedral situated in the heart of Dublin. (B)

Day 3 Depart for Belfast, en route visit Slane Castle, set in 1,500 acres in the heart of the historic Boyne Valley. Lunch is taken at the castle followed by a visit to the distillery housed in the renovated stables, to see the production of the signature triple casked blend Slane Irish Whiskey. Continue to Culloden Estate for a two night stay. (B, L)

Day 4 Enjoy a city tour including the Harland and Wolff Shipyard where the Titanic was built, and the Shankill Falls road area. Continue to Belfast Castle, a beautiful Scottish baronial style castle set on the side of Belfast’s Cave Hill. (B)

Day 5 According to legend, Finn McCool created the Giant’s Causeway by building stepping stones to challenge the Scottish giant Benandonner. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns formed 60 million years ago. Lunch is at Ballyscullion Park. Continue to Donegal and to Lough Eske Castle for an overnight stay. Dinner at the castle. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Depart for Galway, en route visit Lissadell Estate situated on the shores of Sligo Bay and the home of husband and wife; Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and their seven children. After 70 years of neglect, an intensive restoration programme took place and Lissadell is once again a place of beauty. Continue to Drumcliffe Cemetry set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben mountains, and best known as the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Two nights stay at Gleno Abbey; dinner at the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set in two original Orient Express carriages and now a fine dining restaurant within the hotel grounds. (B, D)

Day 7 Travel to Connemara; visit Brigit’s Garden and enjoy a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. Enjoy afternoon tea in the Garden Café. Free time in Galway before returning to the hotel. (B)

Day 8 En route to Kerry take a cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher, which rise more than 700 feet above the crashing North Atlantic. Visit Doolin Music House; Christy and Sheila are passionate about maintaining the culture of Irish music and invite visitors in their home to share the old tradition of stories and music. Enjoy a glass of beer/wine and locally sourced canapes such as smoked salmon and cheeses. Continue to Cahernane House for two nights. (B)

Day 9 Travel the Ring of Kerry, the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. Enjoy views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Pass the birthplace of the national hero, Daniel O’Connell. On to Waterville and Sneem, famous for their brightly coloured houses; Molls Gap and Ladies View, so named by Queen Victoria, with views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. (B)

Day 10 Return to Dublin via Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel. Attracting visitors from all over the world, Blarney Castle is an ancient stronghold of the McCarthy’s, Lords of Muskerry. It is one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, and is famous for its Blarney stone, believed to bestow the ‘gift of the gab’ on all those who kiss it. The Rock of Cashel is possibly the most photographed site in Ireland; it towers over the town from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone. The impressive stone walls enclose a tower, cathedral, and a 12th-century Romanesque chapel. Our last night is spent where we started at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Dinner and Irish entertainment at the Merry Ploughboys, the only pub in Ireland owned and managed by musicians. (B, D)

Day 11 Return flight to London. (B)

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
October 9 £4595

2021

Fridays
per person in a twin room
British Airways from London Heathrow

Date Price
May 14 £4745
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Single supplement £1090
(2021 £1130)

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, VIP return transfers*, 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 4 dinners, entrance fees, itinerary as described, services of expert local driver/guides and representative. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
*We are providing a VIP Chauffeur driven transfer for passengers that live within a 70 miles radius of the point of departure.  For those passengers that live outside of this 70 Mile radius we will provide the most competitive quotation for the additional mileage.

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