General

Day 1:  Arrive in Dublin

Céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland. Take delivery of your Hertz car rental at the Arrivals Hall in Dublin Airport and begin your “Journey Through Ireland”.

Your journey will begin with a visit to Bru Na Boinne Visitor Center at Newgrange. It presents one of Europe’s great archaeological mysteries, along the Boyne Valley and Newgrange or Knowth Neolithic burial tomb, which predates the pyramids. Afterwards you may like to visit the medieval town of Drogheda with its wealth of historical interests. The ruins of many monasteries still stand in various parts of the town along with the barbican tower of the ancient walls. Nearby are some fine town towns which were built in the 18th century and the former St. Marys Church has been eloquently restored to recreate the fascinating world of ancient Drogheda.

Continue to Kingscourt in County Cavan to enjoy your first overnight castle stay. Perhaps you could uncover some of the past secrets of gracious living and a bygone age this evening as there is much to explore within the 100 acres of parkland and garden. Alternatively, wander through the magnificent reception rooms or retire to your hotel room to rest.

Accommodation: 4* Castle Hotel – 1 night

Day 2: Roscommon

Make your way to County Roscommon today where you will visit Strokestown Park House, Gardens and Famine Museum. The 18th century Palladian mansion still contains all of its original furnishings. The Famine Museum which is located in the stable yards of Strokestown Park contains the single best private archive on the Great Irish Famine in the world. The six-acre Walled Gardens have been faithfully restored to their original splendour and give an insight into horticultural practices and garden architecture from the 1740s to the present day. Guided tours of the House are available on request and you can walk through the Museum and Gardens at your own pace.

Afterwards, if time permits you may like to visit the charming village of Arigna which is situated in a picturesque valley with breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled landscape. The village is well known for its famous Arigna Mining Experience where you can learn about the coal mining which took place for 400 years until 1990, when the last mines closed. With guided tours given by ex-miners, there is an excellent opportunity gain insight about the exhausting and often hazardous work of a miner where working conditions were often very harsh and cramped.

A short drive from here will take you to your luxury castle accommodation. Savour the breathtaking Irish scenery, lush green pastures and ancient forests which surround the castle and perhaps enjoy a fine dining experience this evening.

Accommodation: 4* Castle Hotel – 1 night

Day 3: Lough Key & Connemara

Before you leave for Connemara this morning, you will visit the glorious Lough Key Forest Park. Discover the two 19th Century Servant Tunnels, the Moylurg Viewing Tower and Irelands Only ‘Tree Canopy Walk’ which is the first of its kind in Ireland. The 300m long creation of timber and steel gently rises 9m above the woodland floor and offers an engaging ‘birds eye’ view of nature as it meanders through the treetops offering panoramic views of the shimmering island studded lake. Watch out for the island known as Castle Island which holds the ruins of a 19th century mediaeval castle. Trinity Island and Church Island each contain the ruins of medieval priories.

Afterwards, make your way to the Connemara Region which is known for its stunning landscape of lakes and mountains. You will stop to marvel at the stunning Kylemore Abbey. Founded by the Benedictines, it is now a private school for girls. Spend some time meandering through the spectacular Victorian Gardens before you leave.

Continue to your idyllic castle accommodation in the heart of Connemara for an evening of leisure and luxury.

Accommodation: 4* Castle Hotel – 1 night

Day 4: Galway

Enjoy a breathtaking scenic drive through Recess, Maam Cross and Oughterard on route to Galway today. You will arrive in Galway via Moycullen where you may enjoy a visit to the Celtic Crystal factory. There will be an opportunity to see how they create the exquisite cut glass. They feature Celtic designs of the Tara Brooch and the Harp, among others. Once arriving in Galway city, you will enjoy exploring Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral, built on an island in the River Corrib on the site of an old prison. Wander through the pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city. This city is much loved by the Irish and there is always a warm and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy. Tonight you can enjoy an abundance of traditional Irish pubs or enjoy a fine dining experience at your 5* luxury hotel.

Accommodation: 5* Abbey Hotel  – 1 night

Day 5: Clare & Offaly

As you head for County Offaly today, you may consider taking a detour via the Burren to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher along the west coast. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.

Continue onto Limerick City where you can explore at your leisure. With a charter older than that of London, there is plenty of history to absorb in this fine riverside city, from the medieval glories of King’s Island, home to the magnificent King John’s castle and St. Mary’s cathedral to the Georgian House and Garden, the Limerick Museum and the nearby Hunt Museum. Spend some time exploring this historic city before making your way through Nenagh and Roscrea to arrive at the picturesque village of Kinnitty. Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, you will find tonight’s luxury castle accommodation.

Accommodation: 4* Castle Hotel– 1 night

Day 6: Dublin

Return to Dublin across the midlands today. Consider a visit to the Irish National Stud Farm, dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a Cultural Insight on the breeding of these horses. After wandering through the farm, you could take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. Also on route, you might like to consider a stop at Newbridge Silverware & Museum of Style. The museum features signature pieces from Ireland’s most notable designers and showcases artifacts associated with some of the most legendary stars of the silver screen including Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Continue to Dublin’s picturesque coastal suburbs for the final night of your Castle Tour of Ireland. You have the option to venture to the city centre to experience some of the traditional Irish pubs and restaurants. Alternatively, retire to your luxurious castle room to relax and unwind and prepare for your return flight the following day.

Accommodation: 4* Castle Hotel – 1 night

Day 7: Depart

Make your way to Dublin Airport this morning in plenty of time to return your car rental and check in for your departure flight.

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Details

Have you dreamed of living like a King or Queen and staying in a Castle? Well, why not stay in castle accommodation for an entire week and all at an affordable price. We at Journey Through Ireland have devised a stunning ‘Off The Beaten Track’ tour that shows you the beautiful hidden gems of Ireland while staying in magnificent Castle and Abbey Hotels along the way. Throughout this route, you will visit the majestic Midlands, the vibrant City of Galway, the stunning scenery of Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and much more.

Tour Information

YOUR CUSTOMIZED PREBOOKED TOUR INCLUDES: WE’VE ADDED FUN, FEATURES & SECURITY TO YOUR TOUR! You’ll See more, Experience more & Get More out of each touring day!

  • Hertz Car Rental (6 days) – Category B – Ford Fiesta or similar with Manual Transmission, with Unlimited Mileage, 3rd party liability insurance, 13.5% Value Added Tax and Location Service Charge PLUS CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) & Theft Protection with €2000 Deductible per vehicle depending on the category chosen. Note: SUPER CDW OPTION: Subject to availability, you may waive the already limited liability (deductible) shown above, in case of damage to the Hertz vehicle, provided the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the rental agreement, by electing to pay an additional daily fee amount for your car category at the Hertz counter. SUPER CDW can only be purchased at the time of pick-up and does not cover damaged tires, lost keys or use of incorrect fuel.
  • 5 night’s 4* Castle Hotel Accommodation
  • 1 night 5* Abbey Hotel Accommodation
  • Irish Breakfast Daily
  • AA Road Map of Ireland
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary that allows you to get more out of your touring day!
  • Assistance of Journey Through Ireland office based in Ireland for itinerary planning and assistance while touring in Ireland
  • Local taxes
  • Includes the following Attraction/Admission: Bru na Boinne Visitor Center Strokestown Park & The Irish National Famine Museum Lough Key Forest Park Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Newbridge Silverware & Museum of Style
  • Optional Add-Ons: Arigna Mining Experience Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Hotel Accomodation

You will be staying in the following towns:

  • Cavan: 1 night
  • Roscommon: 1 night
  • Connemara: 1 night
  • Galway: 1 night
  • Offaly: 1 night
  • Dublin: 1 night

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We at Journey Through Ireland have devised a stunning ‘Off The Beaten Track’ tour that shows you the beautiful hidden gems of Ireland while staying in magnificent Castle and Abbey Hotels along the way.