An Irish Welcome - A Suggested Itinerary for your First Tour around Ireland

 

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Day 1: Dublin City

On arrival to Dublin, check into the historic 5 Star Merrion Hotel in the heart of Georgian Dublin. After a quick cup of tea, wander over to the National Art Gallery, just a three minute walk from your hotel.  Stretch your legs with a walk around Merrion Square & Gardens and make sure to look out for the statue of Oscar Wilde reclining on the rock.

 

Keen shoppers and people-watchers can stroll to Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping street.  At the end of Grafton Street you'll find the 400 year old Trinity College, home to the world famous Book of Kells.

 

For dinner on your first evening you can't go wrong with any of the following Dublin City Restaurants:

Or perhaps you would perfer to travel a bit further and visit the King Sitric Restaurant in the picturesque fishing village of Howth, just a 25 minute train ride on the DART from Dublin city centre.

 

Overnight in Dublin: The Merrion Hotel

Alternatives close to Dublin City Centre: Barberstown Castle or King Sitric Restaurant Fish Restaurant & Accomodation

guinness storehouse


Day 2: Dublin City

After a wonderful night sleep and a hearty Irish breakfast, ramble out once more onto the streets of Dublin. Consider taking the Dublin Bus Tour to take you around the city. Stopping at the Guinness Store House, the Jameson Distillery or both.

 

If your interest in Irish history runs deep consider a visit to the National Museum, just a short walk from your hotel.

 

We highly recommend a visit to the theatre during your stay in Dublin. Both The Gate Theatre and The Abbey Theatre are within easy reach. Enjoy a pre- theatre dinner in Chapter One to really make an evening of it.

 

Overnight in Dublin: The Merrion Hotel

Alternatives close to Dublin City Centre: Barberstown Castle or King Sitric Restaurant Fish Restaurant & Accomodation

blarney castle

Day 3:  County Cork

Travel south into the heart of the Irish countryside, making sure to stop at the majestic Rock of Cashel; the world-famous Blarney Castle - where you can kiss the Blarney Stone; or make time to wander around the city of Cork, making sure to visit the old English Market, a wonderful historical covered-market, which dates back to 1788, and where you can browse and buy a huge range of goods, including food and drink, baked goods, crafts, art and much more.

 

Overnight in Cork: Longueville HouseHayfield ManorBallymaloe House, Liss Ard Estate, Blairs Cove or Aherne's Townhouse & Restaurant

killarney lakes
Day 4: The Lakes of Killarney

For centuries the Killarney Valley has been recognised far and wide as one of Ireland's most beautiful destination. Spend the day indulging in the natural beauty of the area in the Killarney National Park. The three lakes of Killarney are studded with small islands, and surrounded by the spectacular McGillyCuddy Reeks mountains. Hike, stroll or simply stand still and take in the beauty of the region before continuing your journey south towards The Kingdom of Kerry.

 

Overnight: Carrig Country House, Killarney Royal or Park Hotel Kenmare.

ring of kerry


Day 5: Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is part of a mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Its spectacular beauty is beyond question, visitors to Ireland should not miss a trip to the beautiful Ring of Kerry. There are many different ways for guests to enjoy this beautiful region - walk, hike, cycle horse-ride or boat around the region - gain fascinating insights into Irish heritage and experience the wamth of Irish hospitality.

 

Overnight: Carrig Country House, Killarney Royal or the Park Hotel Kenmare.

cliffs of moher


Day 6: The Cliffs of Moher:

Depart early and journey north, taking the ferry across the Shannon Estuary and drive along the Clare coastline to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top visitor attractions. The cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and continue for 8 kilometres along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Overnight: Moy House or Gregans Castle

bunratty castle

Day 7: Bunratty Castle

Arise to your final day in Ireland and a trip to Bunratty Castle - the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Originally built in 1425, it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.

 

Leaving Bunratty, drive to Shannon Airport and depart from Ireland.