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19 Day Tour – 544241

DAY 1 Kildare

  • The National Stud
  • Newbridge Visitor Centre

Just a stone’s throw from Dublin, Kildare is a world away from the chaotic capital city. Follow in the footsteps of golfing greats at the prestigious K Club resort or treat yourself to some new silver at the Newbridge Visitor Centre, which specialises in fine silver jewellery. Follow it up by showing off your new purchases on a trip to the races – place your bets at the Curragh or Punchestown, two of Ireland’s best racecourses.

DAY 2 & DAY 3 Kilkenny

  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Smithwick’s Experience
  • Kilkenny City

Ireland’s smallest – but most spirited – city is Kilkenny, in the heart of the midlands. The majestic Kilkenny Castle sits in the centre of the town, overlooking savvy shoppers and rowdy revellers, while just up the main street is Ireland’s newest attraction, the Smithwicks Experience (Kilkenny’ answer to the Guinness Storehouse). Not far away is one of Ireland’s most splendid manor homes, Mount Juliet, where you can (and should) live like royalty for a day.

Stay at Hotel Kilkenny or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 4 Waterford

  • Dunmore East
  • Tramore

Home to one of Ireland’s finest exports, Waterford Crystal, this county is a sunny seaside retreat popular with families. The calm coastline is bordered with powdery golden beaches, with plenty of quaint villages along the coast to stop off in such as Dunmore East and Tramore. A visit to Waterford city with its medieval streets, castle, and of course, the Waterford Crystal factory, is a must.

Stay at The Tower Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 5 & DAY 6 Cork

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cobh
  • West Cork

Known as the ‘rebel county’, Cork is the largest county in Ireland and has some of the biggest attractions outside of Dublin; Blarney Castle, where you can earn the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone, the seaside town of Cobh where the Titanic left for her maiden voyage, the untamed and unspoiled scenery of West Cork, and of course, the English Market, which the Queen of England herself saw fit to visit in 2011.

Stay at Maryborough Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 7 to DAY 9 Kerry

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Killarney National Park

Known as ‘the Kingdom’, Kerry is the heart of ancient Ireland and still the most stunning spot on the island. From quaint seaside villages like Dingle (where a dolphin voluntarily puts on a show for the boats every afternoon) to the busy tourist spot of Killarney, not to mention one of the most breathtaking road trips in Europe, the Ring of Kerry, and the simply astounding Killarney National Park a visit to Kerry is unforgettable.

Stay at Ballyroe Heights Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 10 Clare

  • The Burren
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Ailwee Caves

From the out of this world limestone plains of the Burren and the misty, magical Cliffs of Moher to the golden beaches and buzzing towns and villages, Clare is a county not to be missed on your Ireland holiday. Whether you want to relax and enjoy the fresh sea breeze in bustling Kilkee or Ballyvaughan or explore the spooky underworld of the Aillwee Caves and other hair-rising activities, Clare really does have it all.

Stay at The Inn at Dromoland or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 11 & DAY 12 Galway

  • Connemara
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Galway City

Galway is the wild west of Ireland at its best. Rugged coastlines, dramatic hills and valleys, isolated islands, emerald fields and towns filled with traditional music, dancing, and language. Galway city is a tangle of cobbled streets, cosy pubs and mouth watering restaurants, the magnificent Connemara landscape is just a short drive away and the traditional Gaelic community of the Aran Islands are reachable with a quick boat trip too, although they both seem a world away.

Stay at The Salthill Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 13 Mayo

  • Croagh Patrick
  • Cong
  • Clew Bay

Mayo is often first on the list of anyone travelling to the west of Ireland, and for good reason. This large coastal county is where you’ll find the brooding Croagh Patrick, which pilgrims climb to honour Ireland’s patron saint every year; the village of Cong, where The Quiet Man was filmed and where an exquisite medieval abbey stands; and of course the vibrant town of Westport, situated along the picturesque Clew Bay.

Stay at The Westport Woods Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 14 & DAY 15 Donegal

  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Donegal Castle
  • Blue Stack Mountain Drive

Donegal is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt, isolated parts of the whole island. If you want to get away from it all and experience this country at its best, Donegal is where to go. Surfing fans will adore the beach town of Bundoran, while outdoor adventurers will find everything they need at the breathtaking Glenveagh National Park and indoorsy types will find plenty of cosy pubs in Letterkenny and Donegal Town.

Stay at The Sandhouse Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 16 & DAY 17 Derry

  • Medieval Walls
  • Guildhall

County Derry is one of the most up and coming places in all of Ireland, not least because of it’s crowning glory, the city of Derry itself. Walk along the medieval walls of the city (one of the best examples of its kind in all of Europe), get a feel for the troubled past with a wander through the Bogside area, and investigate the impressive architecture of the Guildhall and the city’s two cathedrals.

DAY 18 Antrim

  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Belfast City
  • Titanic Museum

What doesn’t Antrim have to offer? This northern county is home to the vibrant Belfast city, the unforgettable hexagonal landscape of the Giant’s Causeway, the delectable Bushmills whiskey distillery, and so much more. Road trip along the Northern coastline to take in the quaint seaside towns, rocky inlets, sweeping beaches, and crumbling castles, then come back to the ‘big smoke’ of Ulster (that’s Belfast by the way) for culture, culinary delights, and plenty of craic.

Stay at The Wellington Park Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 19 Meath

  • Newgrange
  • Trim Castle
  • Hill of Tara

County Meath was considered to be the centre of ancient and Celtic Ireland, and was even its own kingdom at one stage. Within its borders are the ancient passage tomb of Newgrange, still completely intact after 5000 years, the Hill of Tara the political, economic, and spiritual centre of Ireland for the Celts, and more recently, the opulent Slane Castle and Gardens, still inhabited by descendants of the original owners, namely Henry Mount Charles and family.

Stay at The Trim Castle Hotel or Similar or hand selected Bed and Breakfast

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DAY 20 Departure



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