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Location: Ireland

Travel through 19 counties as we make our way through the 4 provinces, enjoying the stunning scenery, historical monuments, vibrant cities, rural islands and of course, amazing music.


The Ring of Ireland Traditional Music Tour. 

 Join on us on this ultimate trip as we travel a circle of Ireland, The tour passes through a staggering 19 counties, we stop in the bigger counties taking you through the essential landmarks on the Wild Atlantic Way, a night on a Island, learn Ireland’s troubled history with guided tours of Dublin and Belfast, explore the Mythical Giants Causeway  as well as some of Irelands best kept secrets and the best Irish Traditional Music, which you wont find on any other tour. Irish Music Tours promises you great experiences and wonderful memories of Ireland.

Why should you travel with us?

  • There will always be a musician  travelling on the tour with the guests.
  • We’ll have a session each night of the tour in some of Ireland’s hidden musical gems.
  • Each day we will take in the stunning sights and landmarks Ireland has to offer.
  • There is no other tour operator can provide our service as we are firstly musicians.
  • Demonstrations from well known Instrument makers.
  • Authentic Irish Experience.
  • We can guarantee you a holiday experience never to be forgotten.

Departure Dates:

10th – 23rd July 2020

Ring of Ireland

Day 1 – Our first day starts with a short drive from the airport to Guinness Store House. Here you will get a tour of how the world famous Guinness is made and a “wee” complementary pint at the end of the tour, which will be enjoyed in the Gravity Bar with its panoramic 360 degree views of Dublin City. From here we have a guided walking tour of the city, you get to see the main historical landmarks which helped forge Ireland to the nation it is today, also taking in Trinity College to see the book of Kells, the Christian Gospels dating back to 800AD. After Dinner we will be going to O’Donoghue’s bar, birthplace of the famous Irish band ‘The Dubliners’ for our Traditional Irish Music Session.

 

Day 2 – After breakfast we set off for Belfast. Home of the tragic RMS Titanic, we will visit the world’s largest Titanic visitor centre,Titanic Slipways, the Harland and Wolff Drawing offices and Hamilton Graving Dock, which is the place Titanic herself was designed, built, and launched in 1911. We then take a famous black taxi tour and get a unique perspective on Belfast’s troubled past as we see the painted Murals dotted all around the city.

The Afternoon is yours to explore the city centre and enjoy what Belfast has to offer, we will regroup in the evening for another night of Traditional Irish Music.

 

Day 3 – Today we set off for Derry, we will be taking the causeway coastal route. Stopping off at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which is connected to the cliffs 100ft above the Atlantic Ocean. This bridge is believed to have been erected 350 years ago by salmon fishermen. We then have a brief stop at the Dark Hedges where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed. Next stop is at the famous Giants Causeway, steeped in Myth and part of Irish folklore, these interlocking columns are a geological wonder and have a sense of magic to them. From here we have another brief stop at Ballintoy Harbour, another film site for Games of Thrones. After all this exploring it’s time to wet our whistles with a tour of the Bushmills Distillery and a sample of the world know whiskey.

After Dinner we shall have some Traditional Irish Music in the comfort of our hotel.

 

Day 4 – Today we will visit and stay on Arranmore Island. This gives you a real insight to Island life. It has an untamed landscape and is rich in Irish culture and heritage. The views are breath taking, gaze out into the Atlantic Ocean from the magnificent sea cliffs, Tory Island and the mainland mountains. Steeped in history standing on top of a cliff perch is Fort an Uileann, which dates back to 800B.C. On route to Arranmore we first visit Grianan of Aileach, a ring fort, located on top of a hill and built in the 7th or 8th century. Before we visit the fort we will have a short interactive tour to learn the history of why it was built and what it was used for.

Glenveagh National Park is our next stop, the visitor centre has a roof made of living heather to mimic the landscape and the displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural and built history. We will have a guided tour of the castle and learn of its sad history, afterwards you can explore the gardens at your leisure.

We will stop for lunch at Leo’s 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 before we take the ferry to Aran More Island.

Day 5 – Today we will venture to 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. When we Arrive back in 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.

Day 6 – 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.

Day 7 – 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. We will take a short drive to Oranmore Castle, home of the late Alec Finn, he was a founding member of the band De Dannan. Built in the 15th century, this castle boasts amazing views over Galway Bay with authentic artefacts, enjoy a few tunes with our musicians in the great hall.  Next on the tour is a very exclusive and exciting opportunity to visit and see an instrument maker Paul Doyle. You will get to see how a range of different instruments are made. The Rest of the day is your own to explore the cobbled streets and sample some of the finest seafood on offer.

Day 8 – Today we set off for Dingle. On route we will we stop at the aillwee caves, a cave system in the Burren Co.Clare, you will get a guided tour of the spectacular underworld with weird formations and a thunderous waterfall. We then stop at the cliffs of Moher, the sea cliffs run for 14km and at their highest point are 702ft above sea level. After a short ferry crossing over the Shannon Estuary, we proceed to the coastal village of Dingle, Co. Kerry. famous for its Traditional Irish Music, star wars film set and Fungi the Dolphin. After dinner we can relax and enjoy some Irish Music in Tommy O’Sullivan’s Pub.

Day 9 – This Morning we leave for Killarney,  on the way we will do the Slea Head drive around the Dingle peninsula part of the Wild Atlantic Way. This circular route offers some breath taking views and along the route are ancient monuments. We then have a tour of the gin distillery and a little nip at the end!. Next we travel via the The Gap of Dunloe, which 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.  Last for today is Muckross House. Built in the 19th century, we will get a tour of this this Victorian mansion, set in Killarney national park. Tonight is your own! have a ramble about the town at your own pace or relax in the hotel.

Day 10 – Today we do The Ring of Kerry. 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. Along the way we get to see where Star wars was filmed and Charlie Chaplin had a holiday home. Tonight after dinner we can look forward to some great Irish Music.

Day 11 – 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.

Day 12 – 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. We will have a interactive guided tour of the famous Smithwick’s Brewery, with a refreshing pint at the end of the tour, it sets a good vibe for our last night.  After farewell Dinner we will have a few parting tunes.

Day 13 -Unfortunately The Tour must end and we make the journey to Dublin Airport, Arriving there at approximately 1pm. Slán agus beannacht! (Goodbye and blessings to you!)

 

What’s included:

  • Welcome drink
  •  Coach Travel
  • 3* or 4* hotels with breakfast
  • Entrance to all attractions
  • Farewell Dinner on last night.
  • Musicians onboard to provide nightly entertainment
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