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)
- 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.
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