Day 1: Dublin – Derry
Immerse yourself in Ireland’s historic past at the impressive Trim Castle – a twelfth century Anglo Norman fortress which some would say was where the Troubles all began …. back then. Next up are the awe-inspiring prehistoric tombs at Lough Crew – which are older than the pyramids of Giza! Then why not relax over a pint or take a stroll in picturesque Enniskillen – a pretty island town on Lough Erne, just over the northern border, infamous for troubles during the 80s. Then it’s onto Derry City for a night of traditional music and song.
Day 2: Derry – Belfast
A beautiful coastal drive takes us straight to Dunluce Castle, thought to be one of the most romantic and picturesque of Irish castles. Find your own space at the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. With its thousands of hexagonal columns it is a source of many a legend, and on a clear day you can see right across to Scotland! Not for the faint hearted, the next stop is the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge* swaying 80ft above the ocean. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Antrim glens as you journey to Northern Ireland’s capital city – Belfast – Party the night away in vibrant Belfast. *Rope bridge – summer only.
Day 3: Belfast – Dublin
A real eye opener – see the murals of the Falls and Shankill Road on the famous Black Cab tour of the City. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea, en-route to Carlingford. Stop off at Monasterboice for intricately carved Celtic High crosses before visiting the site of the Battle of the Boyne, crucial to Northern Ireland’s History. It’s back to Dublin through the royal county Meath. Arrival in the fair City between 4.30pm & 5.30pm.
Day 4: Dublin
Enjoy a drink of the thick black stuff at The Guiness Storehouse before heading out to town to soak up the St Pat’s celebrations.
Day 5: Dublin
After the celebrations of the night before spend a realxing day exploring Dublin on a walking tour of the city.
Day 6: Dublin – Killarney
Leaving Dublin City passing the river Liffey. Travel through the Curragh Ireland’s famous racecourse. Pass through Co. Kildare, home of the Irish national stud (farm!). Wonder at the dramatic spectacle of the Rock of Cashel, a church fortress overlooking the fertile plains of Munster. Be inspired by the tower of Babel formation in the Mitchelstown Caves. Pass through the peoples Republic of Cork Blarney Castle – explore this magical castle and get the gift of the scab (sorry! …gab). Eloquent speech and fairy lore. Our overnight stop is the bustling town of Killarney, surrounded by Killarney National Park and the famous lakes
Day 7: Killarney – Doolin
This morning we head to the charming and colourful fishing town Dingle – Spot the dolphin ‘Fungi’ from the shore Take in the spectacular views along the Dingle peninsular, a magical place of unique beauty, beaches, stonewalls and Irish speakers! Spot the Sleeping Giant and the Three Sisters as you walk on the edge of the world! Heading north on our ferry crossing of the mighty River Shannon keep your eyes peeled for dolphins. On to Lahinch the surfing capital of Ireland. Enjoy the dramatic views at the Cliffs of Moher- the most famous cliffs in Europe. We stay in a hostel on the Atlantic coast in Doolin – the home of traditional Irish music.
Day 8: Doolin – Dublin
Today we explore the ‘Burren’ Plateau, a barren limestone landscape. Hear tall tales of warriors and wrenches at Pól no Brone Dolmen before cleansing your soul your at Clonmacnoise, an ancient monastic city on the shores of the Shannon. We end our adventure at one of the oldest licensed whiskey distilleries in the world!! Then back to Dublin (The Fair City)