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Looking for a luxurious Irish Tour that immerses you in the Celtic culture? Then look no further.
Think vibrant cities, charming little towns and villages, Irish heritage aplenty, magnificent accommodations, historic sites, iconic scenery, awe-inspiring driving routes, fine dining…this is our Celtic Culture Tour.

Departure & Return Location

Dublin Airport / Shannon or Dublin Airport

Points of Interest

  • Dublin: The Garden of Remembrance, The Custom House, The General Post Office, Dublin Castle.
  • Trinity College Library & Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse
  • Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience
  • Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Crawford Gallery, Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Manning’s Emporium
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Slea Head Drive
  • Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway, Adare

Hotels

  • The Merrion Hotel Dublin (2 Nights)
  • Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny (1 Night)
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
  • Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare (2 Nights)
  • Adare Manor, Adare (2 Nights)

Included:

  • Personalised itinerary
  • Executive vehicle (Mercedes V-Class or similar) & knowledgable chauffeur driver for route according to itinerary
  • Services of private local guides in activities according to itinerary
  • Admissions to all sites according to itinerary
  • Accommodation according to itinerary
  • Breakfast at all Hotels Included
  • Co-ordination and support / 24 h. assistance during the trip
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Itinerary

Day 1Driving tour through Dublin

Accommodation – The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Driving tour through Dublin

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by your friendly private driver. Your luggage will be taken care of and a gift bag will be waiting inside your vehicle. Your Irish adventure will be officially underway with a short driving tour of Dublin.

As you weave through the city, you will see the Garden of Remembrance, a commemoration for those who died fighting for Irish freedom. You will then pass the General Post Office on O’Connell Street, the site of one of the most important battles in Irish history. Your driver will then take you past The Custom House. This architectural masterpiece defines neoclassical buildings and now houses various government departments.

After getting a tantalising taste for this magnificent city, you will be taken to The Merrion Hotel. Perfectly positioned in the heart of Dublin, this luxurious 5-star hotel is within walking distance of The National Gallery and National Museum of Ireland, as well as the Golden Mile of bars, shops, and cafes. Timeless luxury and elegant décor are wrapped in Irish charm. The hotel has a fine array of services on offer, such as fitness suites, swimming pool, spa, not one but two period gardens, and numerous restaurants and bars, including the renowned, 2-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud where you will be served food of the utmost quality. We promise you will not be disappointed.

Day 2Walking Tour of Dublin, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse

Accommodation – The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Walking Tour of Dublin, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse

After a luxurious breakfast, you will embark on a morning walking tour of Dublin. Your walking guide will meet you at reception before heading to the first stop of the day which will be Dublin Castle. The castle was originally built in the 13th century and was a headquarters for the English in Ireland. Following Irish independence, Dublin Castle passed over to the Irish Government. This grand building is steeped in history and your guide will explain all the juicy details of the buildings captivating past.

Your next stop will be Trinity College Library. The college was opened in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth and is the oldest university in Ireland. The old library was constructed in the 18th century and to this day is home to many ancient manuscripts. You will get the chance to visit the Book of Kells exhibition. The world-famous Book of Kells was written over 1000 years ago and is a hand-decorated copy of the 4 gospels.

You will then stop off for a well-earned lunch at Trocadero. This prestigious Irish restaurant is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Famous as a treasured spot of stars of the stage and screen, the relaxed atmosphere of the “Troc” is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Their menu boasts confit duck, 28-day dry aged Irish Angus beef, and Wicklow Lamb.

After lunch, you will head back to The Merrion to freshen up before being escorted by your driver to the Guinness Storehouse. Your driver will provide your “skip the queue” tickets and you will explore the 7 floors of Guinness history. On the ground and first floor you will learn about the Guinness brewing process, the key ingredients, and barrelling process. The following floors tell the Guinness story through virtual and interactive displays. Finally, you will reach the gravity bar, where the glass walls allow for panoramic views of the city, and you will be treated to a refreshing free pint of Guinness.

You will then return to The Merrion for an evening of relaxed dining, sampling more of the delights on offer at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.

Day 3Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience, Kilkenny

Accommodation – Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny.
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Walking Tour of Dublin, Book of Kells, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse

After breakfast, you will bid farewell to Dublin and travel south to Kilkenny. Along the way, you will stop at Malzards Pub, in the town of Stoneyford, where you will enjoy a traditional Irish pub experience. From learning how to pull the perfect pint of Guinness, to playing traditional Irish instruments with the guidance of local musicians, you will be immersed in Irish culture. You will also get the change to try the traditional Irish sport of hurling in a relaxed and safe environment; think Lacrosse but slightly more ferocious! Finally, you will be treated to a storytelling session by an Irish seanchaí who will eloquently tell tales of Irish legend and mythology.

From there it’s a short journey into Kilkenny and as you will have likely worked up an appetite with all your activities, it’s time for a bit of lunch. You will dine in Paris Texas, a gastro pub like no other, with its wood smoking oven and fusion of American Southwest and New Orleans French Quarter cultures and cuisines. We suspect there may be a chance of over-eating, with such delights on offer as buffalo wings, smoked ribs, tequila prawns, jerk chicken, and Louisiana paella. It’s comfort food with class.

From there you will pay a visit to Kilkenny castle, which dates all the way back to the Norman conquest of Ireland. Kilkenny castle has a colourful history; it has constantly been adapted over the years, with many different uses and occupants. It nestles within some glorious scenery, including parkland, woodlands, rose gardens, and a lake.

After a great day experiencing Irish pub culture, you will be chauffeured to Lyrath Estate. This luxurious 5-star hotel is set in a 170-acre countryside estate. The 17th century manor house is steeped in grandeur and provides the perfect setting to unwind after a day of touring. You will dine in the Yew Restaurant, which gets its name from the protected ancient yew trees within Lady Charlotte’s Garden. This two AA rosette setting offers a relaxed yet sophisticated environment and a menu which is sure to leave you wanting to sample absolutely everything available. 

Day 4Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cork

Accommodation – Hayfield Manor, Cork
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, Cobh Heritage Centre, Cork

After a luxurious breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting and you will route through the ancient east of Ireland. Your first stop of the day will be Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery. You will take part in the “Jameson Experience Tour & Premium Whiskey Tasting”, which will expand your knowledge about the history of the distillery and how the distillery has transformed over the years. You will see the craftsmen at work and tour the building, learning about the whisky making process from start to finish. At the end of the tour, you will be treated to a tasting session where you can try four of the distillery’s finest whiskies.

You will then make the short trip to Cobh Heritage Centre, where you will learn about Irish Emigration. There are many fascinating interactive exhibitions which include learning about the tragedy of the Titanic and finding out what it would be like on convict and “coffin” ships.

Next on offer is a visit to the second largest city in Ireland, Cork. Why not explore the internationally renowned English Market, so named to distinguish it from the Irish market which was nearby in the 19th century. An iron fountain, huge archways, and stained glass windows are sure to leave you in awe as you sample fresh local produce from a huge range of market traders. This charming sea-side city also offers great walks and a range of intriguing museums. And should you need a little pick-me-up, there are plenty of delightful cafes to pop into for a quick coffee.

After a full day of exploring, you will be chauffeured to the award-winning Hayfield Manor in Cork. This luxurious 5-star hotel sits just on the edge of the city centre, 15 minutes from the city’s many attractions. Hayfield Manor is a family owned and run hotel, so you will receive the warmest Irish welcome and be treated to service which is second to none. The Beautique Spa offers a chance to unwind, with a range of treatments available, as well as an indoor heated pool, outdoor jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. To round off the evening you will dine in one of Cork’s premium restaurants, Orchids. Delicate lighting, excellent service, and the finest Irish cuisine guarantee a meal you will not forget. From the pan seared Irish scallops to the Duo of Midelton lamb, there’s sure to be something to enjoy.

Day 5Crawford Gallery, Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Manning’s Emporium

Accommodation – Sheen Fall Lodge, Kenmare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Crawford Gallery, Blarney Castle, Bantry Bay, Manning’s Emporium

After breakfast, you will first of all visit Crawford Gallery, which is home to many influential pieces of artwork. If you are an art lover, we highly recommend touring the gallery where you will find everything from Irish and European painting to modern video exhibitions. The gallery also boasts a fantastic collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts; not to be missed if you’re a fan of ancient history.

As you leave Cork behind, you will head slightly north until you reach Blarney Castle. Situated by the idyllic River Martin, the castle dates back to the 12th century but was re-constructed in the 15th century by the influential McCarthy family. The castle is best known for the Blarney Stone and legend has it that if you kiss the stone you will inherit the “gift of the gab”. You will also enjoy a tour of the archaic castle and the pristine gardens.

Your driver will then take you west, meandering around the breath-taking Bantry Bay. The bay stretches for 35km and looks out towards the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re a keen photographer, we promise you will not be disappointed as there is picture perfect view after picture perfect view on this incredible stretch of shoreline.

Your next stop will be Manning’s Emporium, where you will get the chance to explore the food and culture of West Cork. The tour includes meeting local farmers and cheese makers, along with a chance to sample some of the region’s finest culinary delights. With so much delicious food on offer you may work up an appetite, but fear not, for there are truly authentic, wood-fired pizzas available.

After an exciting day touring, you will be dropped off at Sheen Falls Lodge. Set on the outskirts of Kenmare, this picturesque 5-star hotel looks over Sheen Falls. The interior of the hotel is outstanding, with roaring fires, marble flooring, and sparkling chandeliers. We promise you an unforgettable stay at Sheen Falls Lodge.

To round off the day you will be dining in the Falls Restaurant, which enjoys views over the falls which tumble by outside. As the two AA Rosettes prove, the team at the Falls know exactly what they’re doing and will be sure to leave you thoroughly satisfied.

Day 6Ring of Kerry

Accommodation – Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Ring of Kerry

After breakfast, you will begin your journey around the famous Ring of Kerry. You will weave through Killorglin and Glenbeigh, stopping off to view the breath-taking Rossbeigh Beach. Enjoy the sandy beach, fresh sea breeze, and views of the Atlantic Ocean. You will then continue down the coastline until you reach Cahersiveen. This authentic Irish town is a great stop for lunch and the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most revered political figures.

You will then snake your way down the coast until you can see Valentina Island. If you are a Star Wars fan, make sure to have your camera at the ready. You will pass the famous Skellig Island, which featured in “The Force Awakens”. You will continue to journey around the awe-inspiring coast until reaching Sneem Village. This charming, quaint town is nicknamed “The Way the Fairies Went”, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. While you might not see any fairies, the views are certainly exceptional on this stretch of the Ring of Kerry known as the “knot” as it ties together where the mountains and water meet.

You will continue north until reaching Moll’s Gap. This famous mountain pass cuts through the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and is one of the most popular photo stops in Ireland.

Having seen so many wonderful sights, you will be hungry for a spot of lunch at Camo’s, a charming little restaurant and wine bar offering a wide range of food, including the crispy battered fresh fish of the day.

Your driver will then take you back to Sheen Falls Lodge for some down time before sampling the delights on offer at The Stables Brasserie. Taking the old stable buildings and completely revitalising them with a first-class renovation, this relaxed spot is the ideal setting for enjoying some traditional Irish cuisine alongside a range of pizzas, salads, and steaks. Complete with terrace and bar, a thoroughly enjoyable evening awaits you at the Stables.

Day 7Slea Head Drive

Accommodation – Adare Manor Hotel, Adare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Slea Head Drive

Make sure to have a hearty breakfast because you have an exhilarating day of touring ahead. Your private chauffeur will take you west, following the “Slea Head Drive” route. This is certainly one of the most scenic stretches of the Wild Atlantic Way. You will pass Dingle Bay, which boasts stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Routing along the coast, you will shortly reach Dunbeg Fort. Nestled on the cliffs, this iron age fort faces the Atlantic Ocean and is perfect for a postcard worthy photo. Your next stop is a set of Beehive Huts that date back to the Bronze Age. Visiting the huts, you will get a glimpse into ancient Irish lifestyle.

As you travel back inland, you will stop at Ballyferriter Village, a charming little town which has inspiring views over the Three Sisters. These three peaks are shrouded in Irish mythology and legend has it that Lindbergh’s first glimpse of Ireland was the Three Sisters. You will then make the short journey to Gallarus Oratory. This 15th century chapel is a staple visit on the Wild Atlantic Way as it is extremely well preserved and has a fascinating history.

You will then get a chance to fill your belly as you pay a visit to Tigh Ui Mhurchu, or Murphy’s. Don’t be fooled by an understated exterior because the food on offer at Murphy’s will have you wanting to go back again and again. If the sun is out, why not enjoy a cold Guinness in the beer garden.

After drinking up you will be chauffeured to Adare Manor. This luxury 5-star hotel is set in 840 acres of pristine Irish countryside and will truly take your breath away when you first set eyes on it. You will be dining in the Oak Room, Limerick’s first and only Michelin star restaurant. You will feel like you have been transported back in time, to an age of elegance and utter luxury, surrounded by wood panelled walls and staff who will make you feel right at home. Great emphasis is put on utilising the best of Irish produce, including vegetables from Ballyneety, quail from Birdhill, and oysters from Dooncastle. You can also relax at the world-class spa. Adare Manor has a great reputation for a reason: unrivalled service and beautiful surroundings. In fact, in 2019 the venue was voted the best resort in Europe by “Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards”.

Day 8Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway, Adare

Accommodation – Adare Manor Hotel, Adare
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, Galway

You have unfortunately reached your last day of touring, but you still have an exciting day ahead. You will first visit the imposing Cliffs of Moher, voted Irelands favourite tourist destination in 2019 and 2020. The cliffs tower above the Atlantic Ocean at over 700 feet high and span 5 miles. For bird watchers, the cliffs are a paradise, with over 20 species of seabirds. Take a deep breath, listen to the waves crashing below, and bask in the ambiance of Ireland’s most famous beauty spot. You may have built up an appetite by now, and where better to fill up than Cliffs View Café. This eco-friendly spot focusses on serving up the tastiest local produce County Clare has to offer.

From the Cliffs of Moher, you will travel inland until you reach Burren National Park. This stunning national park is home to an obscure limestone landscape that looks almost manmade. The swirling and circular limestone structures demonstrate the creativity of Mother Nature.

Your chauffeur will then take you north until you reach Galway. As you take a stroll through this traditional Irish town, we highly recommend visiting some of the pubs and cafes that serve traditional local cuisine. If time permits, you could visit the Galway City Museum, view the Spanish Arch, or check out the local market that sits in the shadow of the wonderful St Nicholas’ Medieval Church.

After a magical final day of touring, you will return to Adare Manor to relax before your morning flight. However, before that, you will dine in unique luxury in The Carriage House Restaurant, a Michelin Plate award-winning setting boasting a magnificent cocktail bar, terrace, lounge, chandeliers, and an impressive, vaulted ceiling. Where better to enjoy a menu which includes smoked whisky cured salmon, 13oz ribeye steak, and stone bass. There is also the option to have the local catch of the day; simply ask your server what is available.
After a magical final day of touring, you will return to Adare Manor to relax before your morning flight.

Day 9Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

After a breath-taking tour of the Emerald Isle, you will sadly have to bid farewell. Your private chauffeur will escort you to the Airport in plenty time to catch your flight home. Hopefully we will see you again soon.

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