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Ireland Castle Vacation Packages

Ireland has a rich history and is home to over 1000 castles. At Luxury Ireland Tours we have an in-depth knowledge of Irish castles. Our team of expert tour designers can craft your perfect Irish castle tour. Let us take care of every detail of your trip.
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    Luxury Historic & Castle Tours of Ireland

    Private Ireland Castle Tours

    You may have a keen interest in Irish history and be looking to learn more about Ireland’s medieval past, or just want to experience staying in luxurious Irish castle, whatever your preference our team of expert tour designers will craft your perfect Irish tour.

    We always go the extra mile. Just let us know the following key information and we will draft a unique itinerary:

    • How many days would you like to stay?
    • What are your preferred travel dates?
    • Would you require 4 or 5 star accommodation?
    • How many people will be attending?
    • Are there any specific castles you would like to visit?
    • Do you have any ancestral venues in mind?

    No matter your request, from helicopter charter to exclusive whiskey tasting, we have access to the most exclusive experiences across Ireland.

    What’s Included In Your Castle Tour Of Ireland?

    Private Driver

    Embark on your castle tour with the luxury of a private driver, whose intimate knowledge of Ireland’s landscape ensures a journey as smooth as it is scenic. Your driver will navigate you through Ireland’s winding roads, from rugged coastlines to rolling green hills, allowing you to relax and absorb the beauty of the Emerald Isle in comfort.

    Bespoke Itinerary

    Our bespoke itinerary service crafts a personal journey through Ireland’s rich history, tailored to your interests. From legendary fortresses to hidden castle ruins, each stop is chosen to enrich your understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s past, ensuring your experience is as unique as the castles themselves.

    Luxury Hotels (with breakfast included)

    Your castle tour is complemented by stays in luxury hotels, each selected for its charm and historical significance. Wake up to sumptuous breakfasts in grand dining halls, where the elegance of yesteryears is preserved, providing a regal start to your day of exploration.

    Dedicated Tour Coordinator

    With a dedicated Tour Coordinator, every aspect of your journey is meticulously planned and managed. This personalized concierge service means assistance is always at hand, from the moment you arrive to your final departure, ensuring a seamless and stress-free Irish castle experience.

    Sightseeing & Other Excursions

    The tour extends beyond castle walls to include a variety of sightseeing and excursions. Delve into Ireland’s natural beauty, visit cultural landmarks, and partake in exclusive activities, each contributing to a rich tapestry of memories that will last a lifetime.

    Why Choose Luxury Ireland Tours?

    Choosing Luxury Ireland Tours for your castle vacation in Ireland is an investment in unparalleled quality and bespoke experiences.
    Here’s why our services stand out:

    Five-Star Service

    Our commitment to excellence is reflected in glowing 5-star reviews from travelers worldwide. Luxury Ireland Tours is synonymous with flawless service, where every detail is meticulously curated to meet the high standards of the most discerning guests.

    Local Expertise

    With roots deeply planted in Ireland and Scotland, our team’s local expertise ensures that your vacation is built on a foundation of authentic and passionate insights. We’ve personally explored each hotel and vetted every activity we recommend, ensuring that your experience is both genuine and luxurious.

    Dedicated Travel Coordinator

    Your journey is guided by a dedicated Travel Coordinator, a single point of contact who handles all aspects of your vacation with meticulous attention to detail. From hotel reservations to dining and excursions, they ensure your trip unfolds with precision and personalization.

    Bespoke Itinerary Planning

    Our forte lies in creating custom itineraries that perfectly align with your interests and desires. At Luxury Ireland Tours, we shape your travel dreams into a finely-tuned reality, drafting and redrafting until your ideal itinerary is realized.

    Unbreakable Supplier Relationships

    Our strong partnerships with esteemed local suppliers afford you exclusive access to the best accommodations and experiences Ireland has to offer. These relationships are the cornerstone of the luxurious and unique experiences that define a vacation with Luxury Ireland Tours.

    Our Luxury Irish Castle Tours Planning Process

    Initial Inquiry and Detail Gathering

    Upon your initial contact, our team dedicates time to understand every element of your dream trip. From dates to specific desires, we meticulously record each detail to begin crafting your bespoke journey.

    Bespoke Itinerary Creation

    With all key information at hand, our travel advisors construct a tailored itinerary. This first draft, complete with imagery, sets the stage for the exceptional experience that awaits you.

    Itinerary Refinement

    In partnership with you, we refine and perfect your itinerary. This collaborative process ensures your journey meets your exact specifications and desires.

    Booking and Coordination

    After finalising your itinerary and receiving your deposit, a personal travel coordinator takes over. They handle all bookings, ensuring each component of your tour is secured.

    Arrival and Commencement

    On your arrival in Ireland, you are greeted by our expert driver guides and presented with a beautiful hard copy of your itinerary, marking the beginning of your Irish adventure.

    Our Favourite Castle Hotels

    Our team at Luxury Ireland Tours has meticulously hand-picked these castle hotels as our favourites, stemming from our own first-hand experiences and thorough exploration. We’ve wandered their historic halls, dined in their esteemed restaurants, and retired to their luxurious chambers, ensuring that each castle hotel we recommend upholds the highest standards of excellence and authenticity for an unforgettable stay.

    Dromoland Castle

    Dromoland Castle, a prestigious landmark nestled in the lush landscapes of County Clare, offers an experience steeped in Irish nobility. This 16th-century castle-turned-hotel exudes historic grandeur, with lavish interiors and regal gardens. Guests are treated to a royal experience with world-class golfing, spa amenities, and gourmet dining, all while enveloped in the castle’s majestic atmosphere. Dromoland Castle is not just a stay but a step into history, with each guestroom finely appointed to reflect the castle’s heritage, making it a perfect retreat for those seeking the pinnacle of luxury and a taste of Ireland’s aristocratic past.

    Lough Eske Castle

    Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, set against the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains in Donegal, is a sanctuary of tranquillity and luxury. This restored 17th-century castle delivers an intimate experience with its boutique spa, fine dining, and elegant decor. The castle’s history harmoniously blends with modern luxury, offering guests a chance to unwind in sumptuous rooms and suites, bask in the natural beauty of its woodlands, or explore the rugged glory of Donegal. Lough Eske Castle is a family-friendly hotel where timeless elegance and attentive service create a truly memorable stay.

    Ashford Castle

    Ashford Castle’s walls hold stories of a millennium as it stands proudly by the shores of Lough Corrib. Having hosted royalty and dignitaries, it’s now an exclusive hotel offering a blend of historic splendor and modern indulgence. With activities like falconry, fishing, and lake cruises, the castle engages guests of all ages. Its opulent rooms, exquisite dining, and a state-of-the-art spa make it a bastion of luxury, ideal for those who seek a distinguished and immersive Irish castle experience.

    Ballynahinch Castle

    Ballynahinch Castle, a gem in the heart of Connemara, County Galway, is recognized for its picturesque setting and premier hospitality. This historic castle, overlooking its famous salmon fishery, melds rustic charm with elegance. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities for hiking, fly fishing, and clay shooting. The rooms offer a blend of comfort and traditional style, providing a serene retreat after a day of adventure. Ballynahinch Castle is a haven for nature lovers and those who appreciate the finer things in life.

    Cabra Castle

    Cabra Castle Hotel, set in County Cavan’s historical landscape, offers guests a chance to live out a fairytale. From its 19th-century Gothic architecture to the meticulously maintained gardens and parklands, the hotel provides a noble escape. Each room is uniquely adorned with period furnishings, ensuring an authentic castle experience. With a renowned restaurant serving local cuisine and a golf course on the premises, Cabra Castle Hotel epitomizes the grandeur of Irish hospitality and is ideal for those seeking romance, relaxation, or a touch of adventure.

    Luxury Castle Hotel Experiences

    Ashford Castle - The Dungeon

    The Dungeon at Ashford Castle offers a culinary journey steeped in atmosphere and history. Once the castle’s actual dungeon, it has been transformed into a distinctive dining space where guests can savor robust flavors amidst stone-clad walls, creating an immersive medieval ambiance paired with modern Irish cuisine

    Ashford Castle - The Chief’s Island Picnic

    Indulge in an idyllic Chief’s Island Picnic at Ashford Castle, set on the private and serene Isle of Inisfree. Accessible only by boat, this exclusive experience includes a gourmet picnic prepared by the castle’s chefs. Surrounded by the tranquil waters of Lough Corrib, it’s an intimate escape that combines the romance of seclusion with the indulgence of fine dining in nature’s embrace.

    Ashford Castle - Falconry Session

    Engage with majestic birds of prey during a Falconry Session at Ashford Castle. This hands-on experience allows you to learn from expert falconers and fly a hawk in the castle’s verdant grounds. It’s a rare opportunity to interact closely with these magnificent creatures, creating a profound and unforgettable connection with nature.

    Dromoland Castle – Afternoon Tea

    Experience the quintessential elegance of Afternoon Tea at Dromoland Castle, served in the refined setting of the Drawing Room. With views of the sweeping lawns and lake, savor delicate pastries and sandwiches, accompanied by the finest selection of teas, all served on the castle’s bespoke china.

    Dromoland Castle - The Living History Tour

    The Living History Tour at Dromoland Castle is an immersive experience that transports you back in time. Guided by characters in period costume, explore the castle’s storied past, from the grandeur of its staterooms to the secrets of its hidden passages, culminating in a vivid sense of the lives once lived within its walls.

    Lough Eske Castle - Tasting at the Whisky Cellar

    Discover the rich heritage of Irish whisky with a Tasting at Lough Eske Castle’s Whisky Cellar. Nestled within the castle’s historic walls, connoisseurs and novices alike can explore a curated selection of fine whiskies, guided by the castle’s knowledgeable sommelier, making for a sophisticated and sensory tasting experience.

    Our Favourite Historic Irish Castles

    Bunratty Castle

    Bunratty Castle stands as a splendid portal into Ireland’s medieval past. Its walls resonate with the echoes of banquets and battles, offering a glimpse into the lives of the lords and ladies who once graced its great hall. Restored to its former glory, the castle boasts period-appropriate furnishings and tapestries that capture the essence of 15th-century grandeur. Adjacent lies the Bunratty Folk Park, an open-air museum that replicates a 19th-century Irish village, providing an immersive journey through time. Visitors can wander from the castle’s imposing towers to the village streets, experiencing a slice of Irish history preserved in stone and story.

    Blarney Castle

    Blarney Castle, set within the verdant Irish countryside, is an emblematic site famed for the legendary Blarney Stone. Visitors flock from around the world to ascend the castle’s battlements and kiss the stone, said to bestow the gift of the gab. Beyond the stone, the castle grounds beckon with enchanting gardens, mystical rock formations, and hidden chambers. The Wishing Steps and Witch’s Cave are shrouded in myths, offering a magical experience. With its rich tapestry of folklore and striking beauty, Blarney Castle isn’t just a destination; it’s the gateway to Ireland’s soul, inviting you to a world where tales and landscapes intertwine.

    Dunluce Castle

    Dunluce Castle, a spectral ruin clinging to the cliffs of County Antrim, tells a story of medieval might and aristocratic ambition. Its precarious position over the crashing waves of the North Atlantic is as dramatic as its history, full of intrigue, battles, and legends of a lost town beneath the sea. The castle’s fragmented walls and deserted gatehouse stand as a monument to the MacDonnell clan’s once-formidable presence. Dunluce is a place where the past feels close enough to touch, its stories woven into the tapestry of Northern Ireland’s history, offering visitors a hauntingly beautiful glimpse into the country’s noble and turbulent past.

    The Rock of Cashel

    The Rock of Cashel, known as St. Patrick’s Rock, is not just a spectacular archaeological site but a symbol of Irish ecclesiastical power. Rising from the plain, this limestone outcrop crowned by medieval buildings was once the seat of the Kings of Munster. Its historical significance is matched by its spiritual legacy, where it’s said St. Patrick converted the king to Christianity. The site’s Romanesque architecture, Celtic art, and the round tower blend into a historical mosaic that captures the essence of Ireland’s complex and multi-layered past. The Rock of Cashel is a testament to Ireland’s enduring faith and regal lineage, making it a pivotal chapter in the nation’s story.

    Malahide Castle

    Malahide Castle, with its towers and turrets ensconced in lush woodlands, is a jewel in the crown of Ireland’s historical treasures. For nearly 800 years, it was the seat of the Talbot family, encapsulating the evolution of aristocratic life in Ireland. Today, it welcomes visitors to explore its lavishly furnished rooms and interactive exhibitions that bring its long history to life. The castle is surrounded by 260 acres of parkland, including the renowned Talbot Botanical Gardens, which boast a collection of plant species from around the world. Malahide Castle blends history, elegance, and botanical beauty, offering a sanctuary of culture and tranquility just outside the bustle of Dublin city.

    Trim Castle

    Trim Castle stands as a monument to Norman strength in Ireland, with its massive stone walls and imposing keep casting shadows over the River Boyne. The largest of its kind in Ireland, it’s a structural marvel, featuring an extensive system of defense that bears witness to the sophistication of medieval military architecture. Its storied past includes sieges and power struggles, which resonate throughout the ruins. Visitors can wander through the castle’s remains and climb the keep for breathtaking views, making it a journey through the pages of history itself, where imagination meets the grandeur of the past.

    Muckross House

    Muckross House, a 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor, is an integral part of the Killarney National Park experience. With its sumptuously furnished rooms and antique-filled corridors, the house exudes the grandeur of bygone eras. The estate’s gardens bloom with the color and fragrance of diverse plant species, while traditional farms on-site showcase Ireland’s rural heritage. Muckross Abbey’s ruins add a touch of historical mystery, inviting exploration. The combination of the house’s elegance, the surrounding natural beauty, and the rich cultural history encapsulated in the estate makes Muckross House a quintessential experience of Irish country life.

    Dunguaire Castle

    Dunguaire Castle, perched on the rocky shores of Galway Bay, captures the essence of 16th-century Irish nobility. Its tower stands as a sentinel, echoing the prosperity and literary fervor of the Renaissance era in Ireland. Known for its evening banquets that recreate the convivial spirit of its past, the castle has become synonymous with hospitality and culture. Its battlements offer sweeping views of the bay, while its connection to the literary revival in Ireland adds an intellectual allure to the stone walls that have withstood the test of time.

    Kylemore Abbey

    Kylemore Abbey’s fairy-tale facade, reflected in the waters of a Connemara lake, is a sight of timeless beauty. The Abbey’s story is one of romance and resilience, founded by Mitchell Henry as a testament to his love for his wife. Today, the Abbey, with its neo-Gothic church and Victorian walled garden, is a symbol of peace and contemplation. It’s a place where history, education, and spirituality converge against the backdrop of the dramatic Connemara landscape, offering a retreat from the modern world and a glimpse into Ireland’s multifaceted history.

    Powerscourt House & Gardens

    Powerscourt House & Gardens is an estate of unparalleled splendor, nestled in the Wicklow Mountains. The house, reflecting 18th-century architectural finesse, stands regally amid some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, featuring Italian and Japanese influences. The estate includes a tranquil lake, ornate statues, and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. Powerscourt is not just a testament to the vision and taste of its creators but also a celebration of the natural beauty of the Irish countryside, offering a luxurious escape into the world of aristocratic leisure and horticultural magnificence.

    Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle’s robust walls and stately towers have been central to Irish history for over 800 years. Once the seat of UK government rule in Ireland, it now stands as a premier cultural treasure of the nation, hosting state visits and presidential inaugurations. Its varied architectural styles reflect its continuous evolution, from the medieval Record Tower to the neoclassical Chapel Royal. Beneath lies another layer of history: the Viking foundations, discoverable in the underground excavations. Visiting Dublin Castle offers a multifaceted journey through Ireland’s political and social metamorphoses, right in the heart of the capital.

    Birr Castle

    Birr Castle is a unique fusion of heritage and science. The ancestral home of the Earls of Rosse, the castle grounds house the historic Great Telescope, once the world’s largest, reflecting the family’s passion for astronomy. The castle is also renowned for its award-winning gardens, home to an impressive collection of rare plants and beautifully designed landscapes, including the world’s tallest box hedges. Exploring Birr Castle offers a journey through the grandeur of aristocratic life and the thrill of scientific discovery, making it a destination that truly stands at the crossroads of history and innovation.

    Kilkenny Castle

    Kilkenny Castle, with its commanding position over the River Nore, is an iconic symbol of Norman occupation in Ireland. Its grandiose structure and well-preserved interiors offer a time capsule into the country’s Norman past and later Anglo-Irish aristocracy. The castle’s art gallery, ornamental gardens, and a strong program of events breathe life into its ancient stones. A visit to Kilkenny Castle isn’t just a tour; it’s an immersive experience that encapsulates the evolution of Irish architecture, power, and culture throughout the centuries

    King John’s Castle

    King John’s Castle, strategically located on King’s Island in Limerick, dominates the surrounding landscape with its imposing fortifications. The interactive visitor center and excavated pre-Norman houses reveal the layers of the city’s history, from Viking trade to sieges and treaties. The castle’s exhibitions, using modern technology, allow families to engage with Ireland’s past in a dynamic and accessible way, ensuring that the tales of bravery and daily medieval life resonate long after the visit.

    Cahir Castle

    Cahir Castle, set on an island in the River Suir, is a stunning example of medieval architecture and defensive prowess. Its robust walls, towers, and keep have withstood many sieges and conflicts, earning it a place in cinematic history as well as Ireland’s military past. The castle’s well-preserved state allows visitors to explore its dungeons, climb its turrets, and enjoy the interactive displays, providing a vivid insight into the life of a stronghold that has played a pivotal role in Ireland’s history.

    Carrickfergus Castle

    Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman stronghold, has stood sentinel over Belfast Lough for over 800 years. Its storied history is marked by sieges, battles, and political intrigue. As one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland, the castle offers a deep dive into military history, with its imposing walls and well-preserved living quarters providing a tangible link to the past.

    Ross Castle

    Ross Castle’s lakeside location in Killarney National Park makes it a picturesque stop in the heart of the Emerald Isle. Legend has it that O’Donoghue Ross, the original owner, leaps from the waters every seven years on the first morning of May. The castle’s history, filled with tales of chieftains and rebellion, offers a glimpse into life during the 15th century in one of Ireland’s most scenic settings.

    Lismore Castle

    Lismore Castle, a private residence with its gardens open to the public, offers a unique blend of history and horticulture. The castle itself exudes a Gothic charm, while its gardens, split between the Upper and Lower gardens, offer a horticultural feast with contemporary sculptures adding to the aesthetic. Its arts center and gallery space bring modern culture into a setting rich with history.

    Luxury Irish Castle Vacation FAQ'S

    Can Luxury Ireland Tours offer bespoke castle vacation packages?

    Absolutely, Luxury Ireland Tours specialises in bespoke castle vacations tailored to your interests, blending luxurious accommodations with explorations of medieval ruins and fairy-tale castles, alongside other captivating sightseeing activities across Ireland.

    Can you stay overnight in a castle in Ireland?

    Yes, Ireland boasts numerous castles that offer overnight stays, such as the renowned Ashford Castle, Dromoland Castle, and Lough Eske Castle, each providing a unique blend of historical elegance and modern luxury.

    How many castles are there in Ireland to visit?

    Ireland is home to an array of castles, with hundreds available for public visits, each rich in history and offering its own unique story and architectural wonder.

    Are private castle tour packages suitable for families with children?

    Yes, our luxury Irish castle packages are perfectly suited for families, offering educational and fun experiences that delight children and adults alike, with activities designed to engage all age groups.

    What is the average length of a luxury castle vacation in Ireland?

    Typically, a luxury castle vacation in Ireland spans 10 days, but Luxury Ireland Tours can customise the duration from 5 to 21 days to fit your personal travel schedule.

    Are there any exclusive experiences available as part of private castle tour?

    Yes, our castle vacation packages often include exclusive experiences like gourmet picnics and historical trails, enhancing your stay with unforgettable moments.

    How far in advance should you book an Irish castle vacation package?

    We insist booking your castle vacation package at least 4 weeks prior to arrival to ensure the highest level of service and a seamless travel experience.

    What is the best time of year to go on a castle vacation in Ireland?

    The ideal time for a castle vacation in Ireland is from late spring to early autumn, offering the most favorable weather for outdoor exploration and activities.

    Do Ireland castle vacation packages include transportation between castles?

    Yes, our packages include comprehensive chauffeur services, covering all transportation needs, including airport transfers and castle-to-castle journeys and other sight-seeing activities.

    Are meals included in the vacation packages?

    Our packages include daily breakfast, with personalised recommendations and reservations for lunch and dinner to explore Ireland’s culinary landscape.

    Can you arrange for special occasions to be celebrated in an Irish castle?

    Certainly, Luxury Ireland Tours excels in organising celebrations for special occasions in the majestic settings of Irish castles, ensuring a memorable experience.

    Are there guided tours available at all castles included in the vacation packages?

    Yes, guided tours are available at all castles featured in our vacation packages, and we can arrange these to be included in your package for a comprehensive cultural experience.

    What should you pack for an Ireland castle vacation package?

    When preparing for your castle vacation, we suggest packing a waterproof jacket and sturdy boots to comfortably explore Ireland’s landscapes, regardless of the weather.

    What are the best castles for visiting in Ireland?

    Some of Ireland’s best castles to visit include Blarney Castle, Bunratty Castle, Dunluce Castle, Kilkenny Castle, The Rock of Cashel, Ross Castle, and Slane Castle, each offering a unique glimpse into Ireland’s rich history.

    Apart From Castles What Other Places Should I Include In My Tour Of Ireland?

    There are so many amazing places but here are a few suggestions.
    • Wild Atlantic Way
    • Galway City
    • Cliffs of Moher
    • County Limerick
    • Connemara National Park
    • Galway Cathedral
    • Donegal Town
    • Cork City
    • Killarney National Park

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