Cultural Ireland Tour

This 7 night Cultural tour includes the heritage , history and culture of Ireland.

The Cultural Tour starts in Dublin where you will be able to take a Literary tour based on the Irish most famous wordsmiths such as Yeats, Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh. From there travel through southern Ireland and experience the rich heritage , culture and heritage this ancient land has to offer. Visit the famous institutions, galleries, and towns that celebrate Ireland’s proud literary history.

Overnight Locations :

Arrive Dublin airport
Night 1 & 2 : Dublin
Night 3 : Kilkenny
Night 4 & 5: Killarney , Kerry
Night 6 : Dingle
Night 7 : Doolin, Clare
Depart Shannon airport

 

 

Day 1 – Arrival Dublin, Ireland’s Capital City

Dublin is one of Europe’s oldest cities, retaining its historical and cultural charm. It also offers trendy bars, elegant restaurants, cosmopolitan shops and hotels.
Dublin city centre is a compact area, with all points of interest being easily accessible on foot. As a result you will find a large number of walking tours available, the most popular of which include the “Historical Walking Tour” and the “Literary Pub Crawl”. Discover Dublin’s Literary quarter, an area loved and frequented by literary greats such as James Joyce, W.B. Yeats, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh .

Overnight in Dublin.

Day 2 – Dublin City Highlights

Today continue your sightseeing in Dublin as there is an abundance of wonderful visitor attractions to discover – from the most majestic museums to more modern centres of entertainment.
The Dublin Hop on Hop Off Bus is an excellent way of visiting many of Dublin’s most historic locations .The all day ticket means you can hop on and off as often as you wish throughout the day allowing you explore the history and culture of Dublin at your leisure. Make sure you visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells , St. Patricks Cathedral, Christ Church/Dublinia & Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate.
This evening, why not spend some time in the Temple Bar area. This small area boasts a dazzling choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops to suit all tastes and pockets, all within easy walking distance of Temple Bar’s many cultural centres and galleries. Its narrow cobbled streets are pedestrianised and are ideally suited to a leisurely stroll through the quarter.
There is also the opportunity to experience an evening’s entertainment at any one of a number of excellent traditional Irish shows.

Overnight in Dublin

Day 3 – Garden County of Ireland

Today we head south through the Garden County of Ireland and you will arrive at the ancient monastic settlement at Glendalough. Glendalough “the glen of the two lakes” is a truly spellbinding place – an ancient monastic settlement and two clear water lakes beneath the sheer cliffs of a deep valley, which was carved out by glaciers during the Ice Age. The monastic settlement has been a centre for pilgrims and visitors since its foundation by St. Kevin in the 6th century. From here, follow the signs for Avondale House. Built in 1779 Avondale House is set in the spectacular surroundings of Avondale Forest Park, now a museum to the memory of one of the greatest political leaders of modern Irish history, Charles Stewart Parnell, who was born in Avondale on 27th June, 1846. Continue on to Avoca where you will find the Avoca Handweavers factory, famed worldwide for the quality of its woven fabrics. As well as visiting its shop, you will be able to take a tour of the factory in this most picturesque of villages. The village was also the setting for the top television series “Ballykissangel”. – this little village has been used extensively over the last 100 years as a film location for films such as Braveheart, Michael Collins, Excalibur, Far and Away and Angela’s Ashes. It is of course home to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill – Avoca. We then head to the medieval city of Kilkenny to overnight.

Overnight in Kilkenny

Day 4 – Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle

Kilkenny is long renowned as Ireland’s Medieval Capital, the city’s origins date back more than 1,500 years. Characterized by beautifully restored old buildings, Kilkenny City is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating, historical buildings. Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands. Also in Kilkenny is Saint Canice’s Cathedral, the second longest of Ireland’s medieval cathedrals. Built on the site of an earlier church, the major portion of the work that produced the beautiful Gothic structure was carried out in the middle of the 13th Century. Your first stop today enroute to Killarney is the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and capital of this southern province. The Rock, which rears above the plain, dominated the land routes southwards. Kings of Ireland as well as Munster came to this spot and St. Patrick is known to have preached on the rock and converted the local King, Aenghus, here in the 5th Century.
Onwards to Killarney. With its three famous lakes and majestic mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters over many centuries.

Overnight in Killarney

Day 5 – Killarney National Park, Lakes & Islands

Today take time out to enjoy the outdoors and discover the natural beauty of Killarney National Park . Today set off on a wonderful trail linking places of culture and heritage and visit the 14th century Ross Castle standing on the shores of Lough Leane which featured prominently in the Cromwellian Wars. Take a short stroll around Ross Island and its 4000 year old copper mines before boarding a traditional boat to the famous Innisfallen Island. There discover the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey founded circa AD600. You can continue across the Lakes of Killarney to Dinis Cottage (the perfect lunch stop) and the meeting of the Waters. Finish the day with a visit to the Victorian Muckross House & Abbey. Maybe rest the legs and travel back to the hotel in a traditional Irish Jaunting Car.
Enjoy an evening of Irish music and song in one of the many traditional bars in Killarney.

Overnight in Killarney.

Day 6 – Dingle

We travel to the fishing town of Dingle today as well as the dramatic Dingle Peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula has more interesting antiquities, historic sites and varied mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland. Dingle is the most westerly town in Europe and attracts large numbers of visitors each year, many of whom come to learn the Irish language in the surrounding ‘A Flor-Gaeltacht’ – Irish speaking district. On route stop in the village of Annascaul, the birth place of Jerome Connor, the famous sculptor, and Tom Crean, a local hero who accompanied Scott and Shackleton on three Antarctic expeditions, including Scott’s doomed attempt to reach the South Pole. On his return to Annascaul Crean opened the “South Pole Inn”, which is still in business today. Minard Castle is also well worth a visit. The castle is said to have been built by the Knight of Kerry and is the largest fortress on the peninsula. Continue on past Dingle and visit Dunbeag Promontory Fort. What makes it one of the most dramatic archaeological sites on the peninsula is that results show that it was begun in the late Bronze Age, 800 BC. Continue on to Slea Head and here you will see Dun An Oir (Fort of Gold. Here in 1580, after three days siege, over 600 Irish and Spanish soldiers surrendered to Lord Grey only to be massacred by his troops. Nearby is the Gallarus Oratory, one of the best preserved early Christian church buildings in Ireland. Back to Dingle for the evening. Here you will find among other great pubs and restaurants, Dick Macks, possibly Dingle’s most famous pub, which is half a leather shop and half a pub so you can buy a pint and a purse at the same time! Foxy John’s is a hardware store and pub combined – an unusual arrangement to say the least.

Overnight in Dingle

Day 7 – Doolin, Clare via Cliffs of Moher

After an early breakfast depart Dingle in the direction of Brandon to drive over the renowned Conor Pass, Ireland’s highest mountain pass. At the summit Brandon and Tralee Bays can be seen to the north, with the sandy Castlegregory peninsula separating them and to the south lies Dingle Bay. Continue to Tralee and Tarbert where you will take a ferry crossing on the Shannon Estuary to County Clare. Continue north to the Cliffs of Moher. The majestic Cliffs of Moher are without doubt one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights and overlook the Atlantic Ocean on the coast of West Clare. You then arrive at the village of Doolin. Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions in any one of its excellent pubs.
A visit to this County would not be complete without visiting the Burren which is a remarkable area of more than 100 square miles of limestone landscape where a rich variety of plants thrive in the cracks and crevices.

Overnight in Doolin

Day 8 – Depart from Shannon