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» Tour of Southern Ireland 2015 - 6 Day Trip from Dublin

'Ennis, Killarney, Kinsale & Kilkenny - Ireland is renowned for its warm welcome and Irish craic. This tour is an ideal introduction to a diverse land dominated by wild, breathtaking vistas and vivacious people. Gaze up in awe at the sheer scale of the Cliffs of Moher from below, travel through County Clare, home to exceptional scenic delights and charming villages, try Irish cuisine, learn about the local whiskies and meet local characters in ancient pubs.'

Day 1: Dublin – Kildare – Ennis

After meeting our tour leader and fellow travellers we leave Dublin and travel to County Kerry. Our first stop is the Irish National Stud in County Kildare, home to Ireland’s finest thoroughbred horses and renowned Japanese Gardens. We then continue to Birr Castle, which is the home of the seventh Earl of Rosse. Known for the beauty of its gardens, which includes the world’s tallest box hedges, wisteria and old roses, this is a fascinating site to explore. Our final destination today is Ennis, where we enjoy a welcome dinner together. (D) Overnight: The Old Ground Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Ennis – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney

Departing from Doolin we enjoy a one hour Cliffs of Moher cruise. Gaze in awe at the sheer scale and uniqueness of this natural phenomenon, which towers over 700ft above the sea, before driving to Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Dating back to the 13th century, the village is noted for its ornate thatched cottages, lovely stone buildings and medieval ruins. Later we make our way to the town of Killarney, known as the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. Killarney is situated in the midst of breathtaking landscapes, surrounded by lakes and mountains. (B) Overnight: Killarney Royal Hotel (or similar)


Day 3: Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney

We spend today exploring the lovely Ring of Kerry with its spectacular scenery and ancient heritage. We make a short visit to the ‘Skellig Experience’, which tells of the Skellig monks and their lives in early Christian times. Our next port of call is Portmagee, a small picturesque fishing village full of brightly painted houses. Later we see Staigue Fort, an intriguing ring fort built between 300 and 400 AD. At the head of the River Sneem estuary we find the romantic village of Sneem, which is referred to as ‘the Knot in the Ring’. Brimming with traditional buildings, restaurants and craft shops, we will have time to explore Sneem before we return to Killarney. (B, D) Overnight: Killarney Royal Hotel (or similar)

Kinsale, Ireland Tour
Kilkenny Castle
Ireland Touring.  Dring Guiness!

Day 4: Killarney – Kenmare - Kinsale

Our first visit of the day is to Muckross House where many of the rooms in this magnificent mansion have been restored to their original Victorian splendour. We then travel to the attractive town of Kenmare, nestled at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, before calling in at the 200-year-old cottage of Molly Gallivan, a widow who brewed illicit whiskey and sold it in her illegal pub! On Garnish Island we visit a garden of great beauty designed by Harold Peto and then arrive in the medieval town of Kinsale, one of the most picturesque and popular seaside resorts in the south-west, full of traditional bars, lovely buildings, narrow streets, and fascinating shops. (B, D) Overnight: Trident Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Kinsale – Cobh – Kilkenny

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Kinsale accompanied by a local guide. Learn about its history and maritime traditions and admire the 800-year-old Church of Saint Multose and the unique star-shaped Charles Fort. We then make our way to Cork, for a panoramic tour of the city before we head to the coastal town of Cobh, where we find the Jameson Midleton Distillery. Here we learn about the production of whiskey and taste what is considered by many to be the finest whiskey in Ireland! We then travel to Kilkenny, rich in medieval heritage and perhaps most famous for its imposing castle. This evening we enjoy a final dinner together. (B, D) Overnight: River Court Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Kilkenny – Dublin

Our route back to the capital takes us through the beautiful and dramatic Wicklow Mountains, travelling through heather-clad hills, lush vegetation, rocky foothills and delightful glens. On our way we stop at the village of Avoca, perhaps most famous for the ever-popular TV series Ballykissangel. Here we call in at Fitzgerald’s Pub, which featured largely in the programme. You will have time for a spot of shopping at the Avoca Woollen Mills before we travel back to Dublin where the tour ends. (B)

Southern Ireland Tour

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • Kinsale Heritage Walk
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Included Entrances: Irish National Stud, Birr Castle, Doolin to Aran Cliffs of Moher Cruise, The Skellig Experience, Muckross House, Garnish Island & ferry and Midleton Distillery.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

The tour commences from The Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland at 8:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Drop-off 5:30pm at The Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!

Additional Information We have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Relaxing Tour of Beautiful Southern Ireland Visiting Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Garnish Island, and a Traditional Whiskey Distillery. Don't Miss Out! Book Now!

Adult Price from: £1135 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1365 (single)

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6 DAY IRISH TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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Visit the Irish National Stud on a private guided tour

Revel in the ambiance of towns and villages away from the tourist crowds

Drink in the pub featured in Ballykissangel

Stroll around historic Kinsale with a local guide

Enjoy award-winning cuisine whilst gazing towards the 12th century Kilkenny Castle

SECURE TOUR BOOKINGS


This full day tour departs every Sunday from 4th May inclusive

Adult Price from: £1135 (double share)
Adult Price from: £1365 (single)
 

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides



2015 Departures:

Departs Every Monday from 11th May 2015 - 15th September 2015

 

 


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I had simply an amazing time. Thank you Martin and Paul for providing us with such an enjoyable trip. I haven't had such a relaxing yet fun-filled trip like this for a long time. I will definitely recommend the trip to my friends. Thanks again for a great weekend
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