Day 1: Arrive Dublin Airport
En route you can stop at the Dunbrody Emigrant Ship in New Ross County Wexford. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the Footsteps of Irish Famine Emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean.
Travel south to Waterford City, an area rich with over 1,000 years of history. Enjoy the elegance of the 18th century at the magnificent Bishop’s Palace, climb the jagged steps in Reginald’s Tower, stroll the charming streets of the historic filled city center or visit the newly opened Waterford Crystal Factory.
The Waterford Museum of Treasures tells the 1000-year-story of Waterford from the treasures of Viking Waterford at Reginald’s Tower, (the oldest civic urban building in Ireland), to the story of Georgian Waterford at the Bishop’s Palace from 1700 to 1970.
Enjoy your first night in Ireland at Waterford Castle -As you enter the massive studded oak doors you will be embraced by the Castle’s 500 year history, the carved stone and wood panelled Hall, with its Jacobean style antiques and intricate original tapestries.
Day 2: Waterford to Clare via Tipperary
Travel west to Limerick and visit King John’s Castle. The stunning new exhibition at the Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Time permitting you may wish to visit Bunratty Castle & Folkpark, Bunratty Castle built in 1425 is the most complete and medieval fortress in Ireland, the Folkpark within the grounds of the Castle is where 19 century life is vividly recreated.
Overnight tonight at Dromoland Castle – set on 440 private acres, Dromoland is renowned for the very best that Ireland has to offer: award winning cuisine, a timeless atmosphere, & a wealth of estate activities – golf, fishing, falconry, clay fishing and archery.
Day 3: Clare to Mayo
Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned, specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts.
Your final destination today is Cong, Co. Mayo where you will enjoy 2 nights at the famed Ashford Castle. One of Ireland’s most majestic castles, Ashford Castle offers the ultimate in luxurious accommodation with dramatic views over Lough Corrib.
Day 4: Mayo/Galway
Alternatively you can take the Killary Cruise and enjoy the unspoilt splendor of the Killary, Ireland’s only Fjord. This 9 mile inlet has some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland.
Return to Ashford Castle for overnight.
Day 5: Mayo to Donegal
In Sligo town you may wish to visit Sligo Abbey Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the mid – 13th century by Maurice Fitzgerald. The site contains a great wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculpture, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in any Irish monastic church.
Arrive at Lough Eske Castle, Winner of the World’s Best Luxury Country Hotel. A beautifully restored Gaelic castle hugging the shores of Lough Eske, near the fabled Bluestack mountains in Donegal, Lough Eske is a luxurious oasis of relaxed elegance, attentive service & exceptional food.
Day 6: Donegal
The Irish language spoken in this part of Ireland is distinctively different to that in the rest of the country with a heavy leaning towards Scots Gaelic in some parts, particularly in north western coastal regions and the islands.
Return to Lough Eske Castle for overnight.
Day 7: Donegal – Cavan
Traveling south you can stop and visit Enniskillen Castle Museum. The Castle was built over 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires guarding one of the few passes into Ulster. Alternatively visit the Marble Arch Caves in Florenscourt County Fermanagh. Deep under Cuilcagh Mountains in Counties Fermanagh and Cavan, Rivers have carved out spectacular subterranean world that is Marble Arch Caves.
Enjoy your last night in Ireland at Cabra Castle – Set on 100 acres of parkland and garden, with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park, there is much to explore both indoors and out. Along the way you will uncover some of the past secrets of gracious living and a bygone age.
Day 8: Depart Dublin
Suggested Flight Plan -Arrival and Departure from Dublin Airport. Tour can be altered to accommodate alternate flight plan.
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