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‘There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet’ W.B. Yeats
We will meet at 9am at Dublin Airport, from here we will take a short drive into Dublin’s fair city, to the home of the black stuff! Where you will get a tour of how the world famous Guinness is made and a “wee” complementary pint at the end of the tour.
We then begin our journey to the hills of Donegal, on route we stop at the Marble Arch Caves. They are a series of natural limestone caves, spanning over 11kilometers and a depth of 94 meters. Known to be the longest cave system in Northern Ireland.
Our Final stop for today is at Lough Eske Castle, after you get settled in, we will meet for dinner in the cedars restaurant. Musicians will be joining us for some lively Traditional Irish Music.
Today we will visit Sliabh liag, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, standing at 601m and on a clear day the view is second to none. We then take a step back in time as we have a tour of the Glen Folk Village. Situated in one of the most rural areas of Donegal, here you get an insight as to how the Irish people lived years ago in such a rural and tough time. The Cottages show how living conditions, quality of live, traditions, culture and tools developed over the years.
After a quick cuppa and a browse around the folk village shop, we head to the heritage town of Ardara. We will visit the world famous Eddie Doherty Tweed, Eddie himself will give you a demonstration of the dying tradition of hand-weaving on a Loom.
Last on today’s trip is Leos Tavern, birth place of Clannad and Enya. This pub has hosted many famous musicians since it opened in 1968 and attracts tourists all year round to view the music memorabilia adorning the walls. Here we will have a meal and afterwards enjoy some Irish Traditional Music from our musicians before we make the journey back to Lough Eske Castle.
Today we set off for Galway, on route we will be stopping at the renowned Belleek Pottery, established in 1857, its one of Northern Ireland’s oldest attractions. You will get a guided tour of the factory and get to see how each piece is individually made and handcrafted, there might also be the chance to help them destroy any sub-standard pieces and release any stress.
From here we go to Lissadell House, a mansion built in the 1830’s it was the last of this style to be built in Ireland, it played host to many influential and historic figures in Irish history such as Constance Markievicz and W.B Yeats.
Our last stop today is at our hotel on the outskirts of Galway. We will meet for dinner and enjoy some Traditional Irish Music with our own musicians.
We begin today with a walking tour of Galway City. This busy and buzzing city is known all over for its Claddagh Jewellery, varied street performances, cultural diversity and architectural beauty.
Our next stop on the tour is a very exclusive and exciting opportunity to visit and see an instrument maker. You will get to see how a range of different instruments are made.
The Rest of the day is yours!! Enjoy the street music, explore the city or sample some of the finest seafood around.
Today we venture to Inish Oirr Island and the cliffs of Moher. Weather pending we will take a cruise around the sea cliffs which run for 14km and at their highest point are 702ft above sea level. Inish Oirr is the smallest of the Aran Islands, easily explored by foot we will see plassy ship wreck, the lighthouse and its unique ecosystem with plantlife from the Mediterranean, Arctic, Alpine and Temperate varieties.
After we check into the hotel we are off to Bunratty Castle to dine like Lords and Ladies at a medieval banquet. We can look forward to music, song and dancing while enjoying the fine wine and mead.
We depart for Tralee, after a short ferry crossing at Killimer we stop in the historic town of Listowel. Home of the writer J.B Keane, we will take a tour of the writers museum, afterwards you can explore the town at your own pace before we continue on to Tralee.
When we arrive at our hotel, you have some time until this evening. We will be going to Siamsa Tire Theatre tonight, where the artists express our nationality and culture through songs and music interwoven with dance.
Today we do The Ring of Kerry and Gap of Dunloe drive. The scenic circular route takes in the rugged and luxuriant costal landscapes and seaside villages. We stop off at the Red fox Inn for an Irish Coffee and a tour around the Kerry Bog Village Museum.
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. We visit Kate Kearney’s cottage, the oldest tavern in Ireland.
Tonight we are off to try our lucks at the dogs! We will be having dinner in a private suite at the racecourse and watch the racing in comfort.
Today we set off for Dingle the home of Fungi the Dolphin, we do the Slea Head drive around the Dingle peninsula part of the Wild Atlantic Way. We then will have a tour of the gin distillery and a little nip at the end!
Before we go back to Tralee we will visit Tommy O’Sullivan’s pub for a few tunes.
Tonight is your own to stroll around the town at your leisure and enjoy what the local restaurants, bars and shops have to offer.
Time to pucker up as we set off to kiss the Blarney Stone. It is believed to have been an oracular throne for Irish kings and those who kiss it receive a gift of eloquence.
We next visit the Rock of Cashel and the Cashel folk village museum. Also known as St Patricks Rock, the castle is allegedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD.
We arrive in the Medieval town of Kilkenny in the afternoon, where you can explore the cobble streets and shops before we have dinner and be entertained with some traditional Irish music from our musicians.
We will start our day with a tour of Kilkenny Castle. Originated soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years. You can walk through its fifty acres of parkland with mature trees and variety of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden and a man-made lake.
Unfortunately The Tour must end and we make the journey to Dublin Airport, Arriving there at approximately 1pm.