Irish Legends 10 Days / 9 Nights
Tour begins 2:00 PM at Dunboyne Castle.
Ensure you book an appropriate transfer
to Dunboyne Castle as there is no public
transportation service there. Head out to visit
Malahide Castle, first built in 1185 and filled
with medieval artifacts. Enjoy a welcome
get-together drink with your group before
Visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish
National Stud, where you’ll see immaculately
bred stallions alongside protective mares,
frolicking foals and athletic yearlings. Take a
walk around the grounds to see St Fiachra’s
Garden and the miniature Japanese Gardens.
Enjoy a casual lunch at the Kilkenny Design
Centre, housed in the former stables of
Kilkenny Castle. Take a walking tour with
a local guide along the Medieval Mile, the
main thoroughfare to see historic streets and
buildings. The evening is free for dining on
Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces
during your visit to the House of Waterford
Crystal. Then join a local guide for a gentle
walking tour to hear stories about the
Waterford’s long history and some of its
colorful characters. Explore more of the town
with time for lunch, and head to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica
of the vessel used during the 1840s Famine
to transport emigrants to North America.
Travel south to Cobh, the last port of call of
the Titanic and where many places associated
with the liner still exist. Visit the Cobh
Heritage Centre, which traces the history
of emigration over a number of centuries
from Ireland to North America. Head to
Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or
stroll through the spacious parklands to view
Blarney House, stately old trees and colorful
borders. Treat yourself to quality Irish good
at Blarney Woollen Mills before heading to
Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney,
a little town with an ideal location beside
Ireland’s highest mountains. Discover the
glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along
the south shore to admire views of heathery
mountains, sandy stretches of beach, and
rocky headlands. Stop at the South Pole Inn
for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean,
an early explorer who braved the South Pole.
Browse around the town of Dingle and enjoy
a pub dinner before returning to Killarney.
Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the
wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of
Moher, soaring 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the
cliffs where on a clear day you can see great
views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Immerse yourself in farm life and watch a
farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs
herd mountain sheep. Head to Galway for a
panoramic city tour.
Set out across the Galway Bay for Inis Mor,
the largest of the three Aran Islands. These
rocky islands are renowned for the hardy
islanders who maintain traditional fishing and
farming methods. Head to Dun Aengus, a
huge prehistoric fortress perched on sheer
cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean
below. Explore Kilronan, the main town, enjoy
a casual lunch and meet a local storyteller
who will regale you with stories of island life,
before returning by ferry.
Visit Clonmacnoise, a monastic settlement
founded in 545 AD and set on the banks of
the River Shannon. Marvel at elaborate high
Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes,
walk around the many church ruins and two
round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and
stop at Sean’s Bar. This pub has a documented
history going right back to 900 AD. During
renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old
coins dating back centuries were discovered.
In the evening, head to Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
for an Irish dinner and lively show.
Enjoy an independent Dublin
open-top bus tour and a visit to one
of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness
Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum,
or the General Post Office Museum.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner