Ancient Ireland Tours (7 nights/8 days)

Historical relics, mythical legends, chieftain’s forts, Georgian palaces, legendary pubs, medieval towns, Anglo-Norman castles, spectacular mountain passes, mouth-watering menus, breath-taking coastlines, feet-stomping Irish traditional music, colourful characters, mind capturing seanachaís, heart rending balladeers, meandering rivers, magical valleys, lush gardens, enchanting forests and much more are waiting to be explored on this wonderful week around Ancient Ireland.

Day 1 – Kerry

Highlights

  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Staigue Fort
  • Killarney National Park
  • Muckross House & Gardens
  • Killarney’s Traditional Music Pubs

Kerry is picture perfect, mythical Ireland – craggy cliffs overlooking perfect harbours, sleepy villages crammed with a cast of characters, multi-coloured cottages, sheep-filled traffic jams, tiny taverns filled with amiable locals pounding out wild traditional music. Kerry will stir the blood and lift the soul.

Day 2 – Cork 

Highlights

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Cork City
  • The Old Midleton Whiskey Distillery
  • Dermot Ryan’s Kinsale Heritage Town Walk

Corkonains are among the most friendly and hospitable people in the world and most visitors end up building a lifelong infatuation with Cork’s gentle charms. Oh, and make sure you pack a hefty appetite; the food in Cork is second to none. West Cork’s Atlantic battered coastline boasts a beautifully rugged natural beauty and is peppered with idyllic seaside villages.

Day 3 – Waterford & Kilkenny

Highlights

  • Waterford Crystal
  • Waterford City
  • Lismore Castle & Gardens

Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford is a juxtaposition of medieval walls and elegant Georgian houses, of cobbled alleyways and modern thoroughfares. It contains the wondrous Waterford Crystal where you can marvel at the miraculous transformation of glowing-hot balls of glass into diamond-cut crystal.

Kilkenny Highlights

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Medieval Kilkenny City
  • Kilkenny’s Traditional Irish Music Pubs

Kilkenny welcomes visitors like long lost family, a few days here and you feel like a local, perhaps it’s because they have being entertaining guests since Norman times. Kilkenny is Ireland’s cosiest city, its winding medieval lanes secretively slumbering astride the meandering River Nore amongst rolling green hills, while Kilkenny Castle maintains it’s watchful vigil over the bustling town.

Day 4 – Wicklow & Dublin

Highlights

  • Wicklow driving tour
  • Glendalough
  • Powerscourt House
  • Avondale House
  • Avoca Handweavers

Spectacular glacial valleys, towering mountain passes and forested glens; welcome to wild and wonderful Wicklow! It is a land that time forgot with magnificent early Christian sites sharing the landscape with the elegant country homes of eighteenth century nobility. Lose yourself amongst the lush, rolling hills of the ‘garden of Ireland’, amongst which are nestled intimate villages, cascading waterfalls and dark, rippling lakes.

Dublin Highlights

  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Book of Kells
  • Chester Beatty Library
  • Temple Bar
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • National Museum of Ireland
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kilmainham Jail

One of Europe’s most thrilling capitals, Dublin impresses on every level. Vibrant, youthful and energetic; the city pulsates with a compelling mix of cosmopolitan and traditional, a gripping fusion of hip and history. Lose yourself in one of its thousand bars all bursting with engaging characters in search of the ‘craic’. Crammed with a glut of boutique hotels, great shopping and chic restaurants; chock-full with museums and historical buildings, the capital doesn’t miss a trick.

Day 5 – Midland Driving Tour

Highlights

  • Mullingar Market Town
  • Newgrange
  • Tullamore Dew
  • Belvedere House & Gardens

Ireland’s hidden gem, Westmeath is a closely guarded secret. It is filled with beautiful lakes, lazy villages, intriguing period houses and gorgeous forest parks. The county possesses a wealth of attractions from the whimsical mansion house of Belvedere with it’s sinister past to the emerald green Fore valley and it’s seven wonders.

Day 6 – Galway

Highlights

  • Galway City
  • Galway Crystal
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Galway Music & Theatre Venues

Weathered mountains, sheep studded hills, bogs and remote villages; all jaggedly sewn together by stonewalls and pounded by the mighty Atlantic forms the spellbinding beauty of Galway. Carved out of this tremendous landscape is legendary Galway City itself. Bohemian, funky and laid-back – revellers drink, sing and dance themselves around the curved, cobblestone lanes of this city steeped in history.

Day 7 – Clare

Highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Poulnabrone Dolmen
  • The Burren
  • Jane O’Brien’s Ennis Walking Tours
  • The Burren Smokehouse
  • Doolin

Clare is perfect desolation, the indescribable Burren flings it’s jagged limestone rocks from the plunging Cliffs of Moher as far as the eye can see. Hidden amongst this craggy desert are a bundle of prehistoric monuments, blankets of wildflowers and delightful villages like Corofin, Ballyvaughan and the secret Mecca of Irish traditional music – Doolin.

Day 8 – Departure 


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