Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Ireland
On arrival into Dublin, you will be transferred to the West of Ireland to your castle accommodation located in the heart of Connemara. Located on the Sky Road overlooking the sea and the Alpine-like village of Clifden, with a backdrop of the Twelve Bens, you can relax for the evening in scenic surroundings. Enjoy dinner in the castle dining room this evening.
Accommodation: Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, 2 nights
Day 2: Connemara
Travel through the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colors.. Enjoy the breathtaking views as we drive through the Maam Valley in the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains. Continue on to the picturesque town on Leenane at the top of the Killary fjord and onto the famous and beautiful Kylemore Abbey, a former Benedictine Abbey and private school for girls. Return to your castle accommodation.
Day 3: Tralee
Depart from Galway and travel through the Burren to visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher which soar over 700 feet above the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue along the Clare Coast to Tralee, famous for the Rose of Tralee Festival which takes place annually in the town. Enjoy the remainder of the day enjoying the surrounds of your castle accommodation located in the Kerry countryside.
Accommodation: Ballyseede Castle Hotel, 1 night.
Day 4: S Killarney
Explore the Dingle Peninsula today before touring on to Killarney. Tour through Moll’s Gap to enjoy the ‘Short Ring of Kerry,’ and stop at Ladies View for a panoramic view over the Lakes of Killarney and Killarney town. Enjoy dinner in your hotel this evening.
Accommodation: Cahernane House, Killarney, 2 nights
Day 5: Killarney
Head to Killarney National Park and take in the stunning scenery set on over 24,000 acres. Visit to Muckross House and Gardens. This 19th century mansion depicts what life was like in the Ireland during this period. The balance of the day is at leisure and this evening enjoy the pubs of Killarney.
Day 6: Kilkenny
Travel to Blarney where Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle, is legend. You will enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you’ll obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone. En-route to Kilkenny enjoy a tour to the town of Cashel. The impressive Rock of Cashel looms up in front of you as you approach the town. This cathedral-fortress dates to the time of St. Patrick when he used the shamrock as the symbol of the Holy Trinity as he converted the King of Munster to Christianity. Arrive in the Medieval City of Kilkenny and enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Day 7: Dublin
This morning enjoy a tour of the Medieval City of Kilkenny. Highlights include Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower. As Kilkenny is a renowned city for quality Irish design products you will enjoy some time at your leisure to explore the shops. Travel on towards Dublin this afternoon and enjoy the evening exploring the city.
Accommodation: Davenport Hotel, Dublin, 1 night
Day 8: Depart Ireland
This morning you are transferred to Dublin airport for your return flight home.