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Day 1: Arrive Dublin

Arrive into Dublin. Check in to your hotel and take the rest of the day at leisure to relax and recover from your jet lag.

 

Day 2: Dublin to Waterford

Breakfast followed by departure south to the medieval city of Kilkenny where you can explore Kilkenny Castle. Later continue to Waterford  (Ireland’s oldest city)and visit the medieval museum and enjoy a charter led tour of the Bishops Palace. Your castle tonight is located on its own island in the estuary.

 

Day 3: Waterford

Enjoy a tour through some of the scenic coastal towns like Dunmore East, the resort town of Tramore , Annestown Village (perhaps the only village in Ireland without a pub) before returning to Waterford Castle for overnight.

 

Day 4: Waterford to Killarney

Leaving Waterford Castle this morning travel through Dungarvan and Youghal as you head toward Midelton (option to visit Jameson Distillery) and Cork and on to the town of Killarney for overnight. This evening enjoy some entertainment at the local pubs. An alternative route would be through the lovely town of Lismore originally founded in the 6th century as a monastic settlement and dominated by Lismore Castle on the banks of the river Blackwater.

 

Day 5: Dingle Peninsula

After breakfast travel out along the Dingle Peninsula to the harbour town of Dingle and enjoy the colourful town with its many pubs and restaurants. Take a stroll on Inch Beach and visit Galarus Oratory. Return to Killarney.

 

Day 6: Killarney to Doolin

From Killarney travel to Tarbert and take the ferry across the Shannon to Killimer in Co. Clare. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher where you will have time to explore before continuing on to spend time in the limestone landscapes know as the Burren. Overnight in the little village of Doolin in a local bed and breakfast home and enjoy a traditional music session in a local pub.

 

Day 7: Doolin to Galway  & Ballynahinch

Travel along the shores for Galway Bay to Galway city and spend some time exploring the narrow streets with its numerous pubs and restaurants. Journey out through the rugged bog landscape of Connemara to Ballynahinch for overnight.

 

Day 8: Connemara Day tour

Day tour through the Inagh Valley to Leenane (visit the Filed Bar for an Irish Coffee) and on to Kylemore Abbey. Later visit the town of Clifden before returning back back through Roundstone to Ballynahinch for overnight. If you like to fish you can spend the day at Ballynahinch fly-fishing.

 

Day 9: Ballynahinch to Ballycastle

From Ballynahinch travel through the Inagh Valley to Kylemore and Leenane once more where youthen cross into Mayo and through the Delphi Valley to Clew Bay and past Croagh Patrick  and into Westport for some free time. Travel on to Castlebar and Ballina before arriving in Ballycastle for overnight.

 

Day 10: Ceide Fields & Blacksod

Today visit the Ceide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age site in the world and tour along the peninsula to Belmullet and along the stunning coastline to Black Sod Lighthouse. Return to Ballycastle for overnight.

 

Day 11: Ballycastle to Dublin

After breakfast head east through Boyle, Longford and Mullingar as you head to Dublin for overnight. Option to visit the famine museum in Strokestown enroute.

 

Day 12: Dublin

Breakfast followed by the day to leisurely explore Dublin. Possible option to visit the National Art Gallery Art Collection. The National Museum to see the bog bodies (over 3,000 years old), Kilmainham Jail or perhaps you might like to take in the new Jig museum and history of Irish Dance at the Powerscourt Townhouse. Maybe time later to catch up on some last minute shopping.

 

Day 13: Dublin to USA - Return Home .

 

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