Ireland Castle Tours
(9 nights/10 days)
Our Ireland Castle Tours will take you through time. Discover ancient Kings and mystical druid monks, Irish chieftains, Celtic culture and Heritage sites. Stay in luxury castle hotels in Ireland's most scenic parts of the country. Experience old world elegance in comfort and style. Choose your travel style, destinations and we will design your tailor made Private Ireland Castle Tour exactly to suit you.
Day 1 – Arrive in Dublin, An airport transfer will meet you at arrivals and bring you to your settle luxury city centre hotel.
Day 2 - Dublin city sightseeing - We will prepare a customised itinerary of walking sightseeing with a private guide. Explore the city centre of Ireland's Capital.
Day 3 – Dublin to Waterford, via Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel. Visit the medieval city and the imposing Kilkenny Castle. Stop at the stunning rock of Cashel, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland
Day 4 – Waterford to Kerry, visit Blarney Castle. Famous for the Blarney stone and the gift of the gab, also a stunning example of Ireland's ancient castles.
Day 5 – Drive the Ring of Kerry - Breathtaking coastal scenery.
Day 6 - Killarney National Park. - Nature, mountain views, lake activities. Enjoy the cycle paths or a traditional horse drawn jaunting car.
Day 7 – Kerry to Galway - visit Buntratty Castle and Folk Park. Experience castle living for yourself.
Day 8 – Galway - Activity day on your Castle Hotel Estate, try falconry, clay pigeon shooting or fishing.
Day 9 – Galway to Dublin -Head back to the heart of Ireland’s ancient east and visit Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara and the Ancient New Grange.
Day 10 – Home
Day 1 - Arrive in Dublin
Your airport transfer will meet you in arrivals and take you to your city centre hotel and relax after your flight. Stretch your legs and get to know your surroundings by exploring Dublin city centre.
A private walking guided tour of Dublin will take you through the historical centre
Day 2 - Dublin city sight seeing
Your second day in Dublin you should enjoy some sightseeing in Ireland’s vibrant capital city. Don’t miss the Guinness Store House for the history of the famous pint of stout, Trinity College for the Book of Kells, Temple bar for the pubs and people watching or Dublinia museum for the history of the Vikings in Dublin. Visit Dublin Castle, the centre of the city’s history and evolution since 1204. Eat in a Michelin star restaurant and discover gourmet Ireland.
Day 3 - Dublin to Waterford
Meet your driver this morning or collect your car hire and head south out of the city. Drive through Co. Wicklow and make a stop at the beautiful Glendalough Lake and medieval monastic church. Continue en route to the historical town of Kilkenny. Visit the historical Kilkenny castle built in 1195 and stroll around the traditional Irish town. Finish in Waterford were you can visit the Waterford crystal visitor’s centre. If you have the time don’t miss the Rock of Cashel, the stunning ruin was the historical seat of the high Kings of Ireland. Finally arrive at your Waterford Castle hotel and enjoy some fine dining while you unwind.
Day 4 – Waterford to Kerry
This morning drive along the Copper Coast road into Co. Cork. Stop in Middleton’s Jameson Experience and discover the making of Irish whiskey. Head on to the famous Blarney Castle and woolen mills for your lunch and make your way to the top to kiss the stone! On to Co. Kerry to your luxury Hotel.
Day 5 - Ring of Kerry
Today drive the world famous Ring of Kerry. Experience the raw beauty of 179kms (111 miles) of the country’s most scenic peninsula routes round the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The combination of rugged sea, spectacular mountains and small traditional villages will not fail to impress. Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, is a major destination point. The spectacular views are world famous.
Day 6 – Killarney National Park
Today take a stroll through Killarney town. This bustling tourist centre or visit the world famous Killarney national park on a horse and buggy. A visit to Ross Castle and a short boat trip on the lakes are all a must do. Take the guided tour of the historical Muckross house.
Day 7 – Kerry to Galway
This morning head out of Kerry towards Co. Limerick. Visit the restored Bunratty Castle to experience life in mediaeval Ireland. Drive out to the coast and drive through the Burren, his rocky nature reserve has unique flora and fauna and many archaeological sites. Head for the coast and the awesome Cliffs of Moher. The magnificent Cliffs are the top of the list of sights to see in Ireland. Soaring 702 ft above the sea the view is fantastic. Settle into your luxury Castle hotel and rest.
Day 8 – Galway Castle Estate Activity Day
Spend your day relaxing and enjoying the activities at your luxury Castle Hotel. Try some clay pigeon shooting, falconry or fishing. Relax in the hotel spa or go for a round of golf in the parklands course. Step back in time in old world elegance.
Day 9 – Galway to Dublin
Head back to the east towards Dublin but make a few highlight stops along the way. First visit Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.), it is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000. The fantastic visitors centre will fascinate you. Visit Monasterboice, an early Christian site with a round tower and 10th Century High Cross, the Hill of Tara (seat of the high kings of Ireland) or Trim Castle, the largest Anglo- Norman castle in Ireland and part of Braveheart’s film set. Settle into your hotel outside Dublin for a good night sleep before your flight home.
Day 10 – Home
Let your airport transfer bring you the 30 min drive to Dublin airport for your flight home.