Romantic Ireland Tours (9 nights/10 days)

Roam through the gems that Romantic Ireland has to offer – poetry dripping from the ceiling in the haunts of the great Irish writers in Dublin; beatific buskers on the cobbled streets of Galway; snug suppers along antiquated Carlingford Lough; charming strolls along the leafy banks of the Lee; serenaded by sean-nós singers in cosy Doolin…the list of avenues on this terrific tour are limitless.

Day 1 – 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

With a glut of boutique hotels, great shopping, mighty bars and some of the country’s most sophisticated restaurants, Dublin is fast becoming the premier city destination in Europe. Wander the maze of cobbled streets in Temple Bar, slurp a ‘pint of plain’ in the Guinness storehouse, marvel at the world famous Book of Kells, lose yourself in the Chester Beatty library – Dublin will not disappoint.

Day 2 – Westmeath

Highlights

  • Mullingar Market Town
  • Fore Monastic Sight
  • 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 3 – Louth

The ‘wee’ county is a precious nugget, wedged proudly between Leinster and Ulster. Cloaked with delightful gems such as Mellifont Abbey, the High Crosses of Monasterboice and the superb King John’s Castle at Carlingford; encased in sublime scenery and dotted with intimate, little manor villages; the ancient kingdom of Oriel punches far above its weight.

Highlights

  • Monasterboice monastic site
  • Carlingford
  • Cooley Peninsula

Day 4 – Antrim

Highlights

  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • North Antrim Coast
  • Bushmills Distillery

Rejuvenated, confident and hopping, the soul of Antrim, Belfast is gleaming once again. Sup a Guinness in one or three of its elegant Victorian pubs before setting out to catch all that the city has to offer. Antrim itself is spectacularly beautiful with a host of fantastic sights such as The Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, the entire North Antrim Coast…oh and you can sneak around Bushmills famous distillery!

Day 5 – Donegal

Highlights

  • Ballyshannon Town
  • Glenveagh National Park

Donegal’s untamed landscape is so fierce that at times it threatens to engulf all in its wake. Miraculously however, some spellbinding gems strive amidst this wild environment- quirky Ballyshannon town clasping the benevolent River Erne, Glenveagh National Park and it’s might oaks or Bloody Foreland and its crimson sunsets.

Day 6 – Mayo

Highlights

  • Clew Bay
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Westport Heritage Town
  • Knock Shrine

Mayo is pioneer country; it is like stepping back in time. Bare beaches, abandoned bogs and deserted dwellings scatter across this county of alluring beauty. Whether it’s joining the thousands of barefoot pilgrims trudging their way up Croagh Patrick, meeting the ghost of John Wayne in Cong, praying for miracles in Knock or falling in love with the beauty Queen of Leenane, Mayo is the place to escape the demands of the modern world.

Day 7 & 8 – Galway

Highlights

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

Galway is special, simple as that. Amidst a pulsating knot of winding, cobbled streets a carnival atmosphere is created every day. Enchanting street performers spout poetry, juggle fire and beat bodhráns while the sound of fiddles, bagpipes and harps spill from the open doors of its medieval taverns. And that’s just the city! It is encased in a county of overwhelming beauty.

Day 9 -Midland Driving Tour & Return to Dublin 

Highlights

  • Tullamore Dew
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Sight
  • Belvedere House & Gardens

Bashful in nature, Westmeath is Ireland’s best-kept secret. Legends abound in this beautiful county splattered with innumerable lakes, from the jealous walls of Belvedere House and the Children of Lir on the shores of Lough Derravaragh to the Seven Wonders of Fore and the gothic romance of Tullynally Castle.

Day 10 – Departure 


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