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Arrival & Departure Location: Dublin International Airport

Hotels

  • The Merrion, Dublin (2 Nights)
  • Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast (1 Night)
  • Lough Eske, Co. Donegal (2 Nights)
  • Ice House Hotel, Ballina (1 Night)
  • Ashford Castle, Cong (1 Night)
  • Glenlo Abbey, Galway (2 Nights)
  • Merrion Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)

Points of Interest

  • Arrive in Dublin
  • Half day walking tour of Dublin, Visit the Guinness Storehouse
  • Hill Of Tara, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange and Knowth, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Killybegs, Donegal Bay, Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach
  • The Wishing Chair, Fairy Bridges, Sightseeing Boat Tour from Rosses Point, Ice House Hotel Spa
  • Day at Ashford Estate: Falconry, Chief’s Island Picnic, Explore The Gardens
  • Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara National Park, Clifden, Private Food Tour Of Galway
  • Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, The Burren Perfumery
  • Sean's Bar (Irelands Oldest Pub), Kilbeggan Distillery Tour, Trim Castle, Dublin

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 / Dedicated Travel Co-ordinator
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dublin

Accommodation – The Merrion Hotel, Dublin (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Arrival and Elegance at The Merrion Hotel

Welcome to Dublin
Your journey begins as you land at Dublin Airport, where the spirit of Ireland greets you. Your private driver, a beacon of Irish warmth, will be awaiting your arrival to begin your adventure.

The Merrion Hotel
You’ll be whisked away to your first destination, the sumptuous Merrion Hotel. Nestled in the heart of Dublin, this hotel is a restored collection of Georgian townhouses that exudes historical charm and luxury. The Merrion is famed for its art collection, opulent accommodations, serene gardens, and impeccable service.

Evening Dining: The Garden Room
Your culinary adventure starts at the hotel’s own Garden Room, a dining experience that harmonizes with the elegance of your surroundings. The Garden Room, with its terrace overlooking the hotel’s classical gardens, offers a menu that celebrates the best of Irish ingredients in a relaxed, yet refined atmosphere.

Day 2Half day walking tour of Dublin, Visit the Guinness Storehouse

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


Dublin’s Historic Heart

Dublin Walking Tour
A hearty breakfast prepares you for a walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, uncovering the treasures of Dublin. You’ll explore the vibrant history of Trinity College, the medieval magnificence of Dublin Castle, and the lively streets of the Temple Bar region, each site a chapter in Dublin’s rich tapestry.

Guinness Storehouse
In the afternoon, you will delve into the world of Ireland’s most famous export at the Guinness Storehouse. This multi-story experience culminates in the Gravity Bar, where you can sip the iconic stout while enjoying panoramic views of the city.

Sophie’s Restaurant & Bar
As evening falls, dine at Sophie’s Restaurant & Bar, a chic and romantic venue with sweeping city views. The ambiance is matched by a menu of contemporary cuisine, offering a modern twist on classic dishes.

Day 3Hill Of Tara, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange and Knowth, Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Belfast

Accommodation – Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


From Dublin to Belfast – A Journey Through Time

Hill Of Tara
Leaving the Merrion Hotel, your journey north brings you to the Hill Of Tara, an ancient seat of power and spirituality. This historic site is a complex of Neolithic monuments, Iron Age earthworks, and medieval architecture, a testament to Ireland’s long and mystical history.

Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, Newgrange, and Knowth
Further north, you’ll visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre, the gateway to the prehistoric monuments of Newgrange and Knowth. These passage tombs, older than the pyramids, are marvels of Neolithic engineering and artistry.

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens
Your driver then takes you to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, the official residence of the King in Northern Ireland. Here, you can stroll through ornate gardens and explore the grandeur of the late-Georgian mansion.

Culloden Estate and Spa
In Belfast, the luxurious Culloden Estate and Spa awaits. This 5-star retreat, set in the rolling hills overlooking Belfast Lough, offers exquisite rooms, a world-class spa, and acres of landscaped gardens.

Dining at Cultra Inn
The day’s end finds you at the Cultra Inn, a cozy spot within the Culloden Estate. Here, the atmosphere is one of rustic charm, and the menu features hearty, traditional dishes that provide comfort and satisfaction after a day of discovery.

This itinerary blends luxury, history, and culture, transporting you to the heart of Ireland’s storied past and vibrant present. As you travel from the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin to the historic hills of the North, each day unfolds as a new chapter in your unforgettable Irish adventure.

Day 4Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Old Bushmills Distillery, Lough Eske (Co. Donegal)

Accommodation – Lough Eske, Co. Donegal (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Giants, Castles, and Whiskey – A Northern Journey

The Giant’s Causeway
Leaving the comfort of the Culloden Estate and Spa, your day begins with a journey to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Legend has it that the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The dramatic coastal scenery, with the columns reaching out into the sea, creates a breath-taking sight.

Dunluce Castle
Nearby, the historic Dunluce Castle offers a glimpse into medieval Ireland. Perched on the rugged cliffs of County Antrim, the castle ruins provide a hauntingly beautiful reminder of Northern Ireland’s turbulent history. The castle, accessible via a bridge over the Atlantic Ocean, is enveloped by the sounds of the sea and the winds, making for an evocative visit.

Old Bushmills Distillery
Next, you will visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, having been granted its license in 1608. The distillery tour offers an intimate look at the whiskey-making process, from malting to distillation to aging. You’ll learn key facts about whiskey production and enjoy a tasting that includes some of Bushmills’ finest drams.

Lough Eske Castle
Your day concludes with a journey south to the romantic Lough Eske Castle, a luxury hotel that has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The castle, nestled within a secluded lakeside estate, combines historical architecture with modern luxury, making it an ideal retreat for those seeking tranquillity and romance.

Cedars Restaurant
Dinner will be served in the castle’s Cedars Restaurant, an establishment known for its luxury dining experience. With a menu that features the best of local produce, each dish is crafted to reflect the culinary heritage of the region, all enjoyed within the castle’s opulent dining room.

Day 5Killybegs, Donegal Bay, Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach

Accommodation – Lough Eske, Co. Donegal
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Coastal Beauty and Village Charm

Killybegs
After breakfast, you’ll embark on a coastal journey to Killybegs, a charming fishing village known for its picturesque harbour and seafood. The town’s maritime heritage is on full display, with colourful boats and a bustling port atmosphere.

Donegal Bay
Continuing along the coast, you’ll reach Donegal Bay. The bay’s sweeping views, sandy beaches, and rich history make it a photographer’s delight. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times and offers panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean.

Slieve League Cliffs
A visit to Slieve League reveals cliffs that are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe, even taller than the Cliffs of Moher. The natural beauty and size of these cliffs are awe-inspiring, with sheer drops into the swirling Atlantic below.


Glencolmcille and Ardara
The journey takes you through the villages of Glencolmcille and Ardara, each with its own unique charm. Glencolmcille is a cultural hub set in a beautiful valley, while Ardara is known for its traditional Irish music and tweed production.

Glengesh Pass
Weaving through the Glengesh Pass, you’ll be treated to one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. The pass, with its winding roads and rolling hills, offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Assaranca Waterfall and Maghera Beach
A stop at Assaranca Waterfall provides a moment of tranquility as you watch the water cascade amidst lush greenery. Continue to Maghera Beach, where the real charm lies in its unspoiled natural beauty. The beach is enveloped by high dunes and bordered by the Atlantic, making it a serene spot to unwind and enjoy the majesty of the Irish coast.

Return to Lough Eske Castle
You’ll return to Lough Eske Castle for another night of indulgence, dining at Father Browne, the castle’s restaurant named after the famed photographer. Here, the culinary experience is designed to be a feast for the senses, with dishes that are as visually stunning as they are delicious.

Day 6The Wishing Chair, Fairy Bridges, Sightseeing Boat Tour from Rosses Point, Ice House Hotel Spa

Accommodation – Ice House Hotel, Ballina (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Wishing Chairs, Fairy Bridges, and Rosses Point

The Wishing Chair
The day begins with a visit to The Wishing Chair, a natural rock formation surrounded by folklore. This enchanting spot offers breath-taking views and a chance to make a wish in the heart of Ireland’s stunning landscape.

Fairy Bridges
Next, the Fairy Bridges, a series of natural arches and sea stacks, provide a unique geological attraction. These bridges have been shaped by the Atlantic’s force, creating an otherworldly coastal scene.

Rosses Point
Your coastal exploration continues with a trip to Rosses Point, a location known for its dramatic coastal scenery and maritime heritage. Here, you’ll enjoy a refreshing boat tour, offering a different perspective of Ireland’s rugged coastline.


Ice House Hotel and Spa
The day concludes at the Ice House Hotel and Spa, where you’ll be staying for the night. This boutique hotel, overlooking the River Moy, is a haven of modern luxury and relaxation. The spa facilities invite you to indulge in treatments that soothe and rejuvenate, all within a serene setting.

Ice House Hotel Restaurant
Dine at the hotel’s restaurant, where the culinary team has crafted a menu that highlights local seafood and artisan ingredients. The dining experience, with its riverside views and ambient lighting, provides a perfect ending to a day of Irish adventures.

Day 7Day at Ashford Estate: Falconry, Chief’s Island Picnic, Explore The Gardens

Accommodation – Ashford Castle, Cong (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


The Majesty of Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle – Falconry Experience
Morning Elegance: After breakfast you will leave the Ice House and travel south to Ashford Castle, a historic estate that promises a day of aristocratic pleasures. After a gourmet breakfast, your private driver will escort you to the esteemed Falconry School. Here, in the shadow of the castle’s imposing architecture, you will meet with expert falconers and their majestic birds of prey. This private session not only teaches you the noble art of falconry but also connects you with centuries-old traditions, allowing you to witness the awe-inspiring grace of hawks and falcons in flight, all within the expansive beauty of the castle’s lush grounds.

Ashford Castle – Chief’s Island Picnic
Island Delicacies: As the morning matures, embark on a serene boat ride to Chief’s Island, nestled within the glassy waters of Lough Corrib. Awaiting you is the Chief’s Island Picnic, an exclusive experience that elegantly combines the tranquility of a private island with the refined pleasure of a gourmet meal. The picnic is composed of the finest local ingredients, artfully presented in a setting that seems to exist outside of time, offering both privacy and panoramic views of the surrounding lake.

Ashford Castle – The Estate Gardens
Afternoon Amidst Blooms: Post-luncheon, the Estate Gardens beckon. Stroll through these horticultural masterpieces, where each pathway reveals meticulously curated flora, historic greenhouses, and reflective water features. The gardens, alive with the hum of bees and the gentle rustle of leaves, offer a restorative retreat for both the eyes and spirit, painting a living canvas of vibrant colours and varied textures that change with the seasons.


Ashford Castle – George V Dining Room

Regal Dining Experience: As dusk folds over the castle, prepare for an evening of culinary excellence in the George V Dining Room. Here, the legacy of royal banquets past meets the innovation of modern gastronomy. The grandeur of the room, with its rich tapestries and sparkling chandeliers, complements a menu that champions local produce, each dish a testament to Ireland’s bountiful larder. This is not just a meal; it is a regal dining experience that will linger in your memory like the echo of a noble history.

Day 8Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara National Park, Clifden, Private Food Tour Of Galway

Accommodation – Glenlo Abbey, Galway (2 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Abbey Tales and Epicurean Trails

Kylemore Abbey
A Historical Sanctuary: With the morning sun casting a soft glow over the castle, your private driver will guide you to the enchanting Kylemore Abbey. This Benedictine monastery boasts a rich history, reflected in its gothic architecture and the Victorian Walled Garden, a living remnant of 19th-century horticulture. As you explore the grounds, the abbey’s past will unfold, telling tales of love, innovation, and devotion that resonate through the silent cloisters and tranquil lakeside walks.

Clifden
Quaint Town Charms: The journey continues through the heart of Connemara to the charming town of Clifden. Known as the ‘Capital of Connemara,’ Clifden is the epitome of Irish quaintness, with its vibrant array of small local boutiques, antique shops, and cosy cafés. The melody of traditional Irish music often escapes from the pubs, enticing visitors to step inside and experience the warm hospitality for which this town is renowned. Clifden is not just a stop on the map; it is a living, breathing postcard of Irish culture.

Galway – Private Food Tour
Galway’s Gourmet Secrets: The day proceeds to Galway, a city where the past and present meld seamlessly. A private food tour leads you through its bustling streets, where you’ll be introduced to Galway’s gastronomic landscape. Each tasting is more than just a bite; it’s a narrative of Galway’s heritage and a showcase of the local produce. From the freshest oysters to award-winning cheeses, your taste buds will embark on a journey through the very soul of Irish culinary tradition.


Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Refined Repose: Your day’s adventure culminates at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel, a five-star haven that promises a night of indulgent rest. This 18th-century manor house, with its stone façade and lush estate, has been transformed into a hotel that marries historical grandeur with contemporary luxury. The rooms and suites are a testament to refined elegance, offering views that sweep across the dramatic West Ireland landscape.

Pullman’s Restaurant
Dining in a Timeless Train: As evening falls, the Pullman’s Restaurant awaits. Housed within two original carriages of the Orient Express, this dining experience is steeped in the romance of rail travel. Surrounded by vintage opulence, you will savour dishes that are both a nod to the past and a celebration of modern Irish cuisine. This is a dinner that transcends time, creating an atmosphere where history is savoured alongside every bite.

Day 9Hazel Mountain Chocolate, Cliffs of Moher, Burren National Park, The Burren Perfumery

Accommodation – Glenlo Abbey, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Natural Splendours and Artisanal Encounters

Burren National Park
The Burren’s Lunar Allure: After a sumptuous breakfast, your day starts with a scenic drive through the Burren National Park. This karst landscape is a geological marvel, characterized by its vast limestone pavements that stretch towards the horizon, interspersed with rare flora and ancient dolmens. Walking through the Burren is like traversing the moon, its stark beauty a profound reminder of the earth’s ancient past.

Hazel Mountain Chocolate Shop
Confectionery Delight: En route, the Hazel Mountain Chocolate shop is a sweet oasis in the rugged Burren terrain. This bean-to-bar chocolate factory is renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation. A visit here is not just about sampling chocolates; it’s about understanding the meticulous craft that goes into creating each bar, a process that combines traditional methods with a flair for contemporary flavors.

Cliffs of Moher
Next, you will experience the grandeur of the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most iconic natural wonders. Standing over 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs offer a dramatic and powerful spectacle. As you gaze out over the endless water, the sheer scale and beauty of the cliffs are awe-inspiring, with each viewpoint offering a different perspective on this magnificent slice of the Irish coastline. Whether shrouded in mist or gleaming in the sunlight, the Cliffs of Moher will leave an indelible imprint on your heart.

The Burren Perfumery
Scented Artistry: The journey continues to The Burren Perfumery, an artisanal haven tucked within the floral landscape of the Burren. Ireland’s oldest working perfumery captures the essence of the surrounding landscape in its fragrances and skincare products, all handcrafted using traditional methods. As you explore the perfumery’s garden and shop, the scents of wildflowers and herbs will envelop you, offering a unique and delicate memento of the Burren’s natural heritage.


Glenlo Abbey – Palmers Bar
Evening Elegance: Your adventure through the Irish countryside concludes as you return to the Glenlo Abbey Hotel. As the evening draws in, you’ll dine at Palmers Bar, where the ambiance is both cosy and chic. Here, in a more relaxed setting, you’ll enjoy contemporary Irish cuisine that highlights the best of local produce, all while reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of the past three days.

Day 10Sean's Bar (Irelands Oldest Pub), Kilbeggan Distillery Tour, Trim Castle, Dublin

Accommodation – Merrion Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur


Eastward to History and Heritage

Sean’s Bar – A Pint in History
Morning Departure and Timeless Tradition: The day starts with an appetizing breakfast at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Once you’ve had your fill, your private driver will be ready to take you eastward. Your first stop is the legendary Sean’s Bar in Athlone, a pub that holds the title of Ireland’s oldest, its origins dating back to 900 AD. As you step into this pub, you’ll be stepping back in time. The walls, imbued with centuries of stories, and the rustic decor, invite you to enjoy a cold pint in a place that has served as a social hub since the time of the Vikings. The warmth of the pub is palpable, not just from the hearth but from the friendly locals and the lively banter that accompanies each round.

Kilbeggan Distillery – Whiskey Wonder
Spirited Heritage: Next, you will journey to the Kilbeggan Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in the world. Here, you will be treated to a tour that offers insight into the time-honored craft of Irish whiskey making. At Kilbeggan, tradition and craftsmanship go hand in hand, as the distillery has been producing whiskey since 1757. Witness the original waterwheel and the old pot stills, still in operation, which contribute to the distinct flavor of Kilbeggan whiskey. The tour culminates with a tasting, where you’ll savor the smooth, complex profiles of their finest whiskeys, each with a story to tell.

Trim Castle – Medieval Grandeur
Echoes of the Past: The final excursion of the day is Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland. As you explore the stone towers and ramparts, you’ll encounter the echoes of history within its walls. The castle’s grandeur and strategic importance have made it a centerpiece in medieval Ireland’s political and military history. It has also served as a film location, most notably for “Braveheart,” which adds a layer of cinematic nostalgia to your visit. Here, history is tangible, and the castle’s tales of sieges and banquets, knights and intrigue, will captivate your imagination.


The Merrion Hotel – Elegance and Comfort
Evening Tranquility: After a day steeped in history, your driver will escort you to the prestigious Merrion Hotel in Dublin. This 5-star hotel, known for its elegant Georgian architecture and contemporary luxury, provides a sanctuary of comfort. The rooms offer a blend of classic and modern design, ensuring a restful preparation for your evening.

WILDE Restaurant – Gourmet Finale
Culinary Celebration: For dinner, you will experience the chic WILDE Restaurant. This establishment celebrates the best of seasonal Irish ingredients with a menu that’s both innovative and rooted in tradition. The ambiance, with its 1930s glamour and views of Dublin’s streets, is the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience that will provide a delectable conclusion to your journey through Ireland. 

Day 11Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Departure with Memories

Farewell to the Emerald Isle
Homeward Bound: As the romantic Irish adventure comes to an end, your driver will be awaiting your departure after one final Irish breakfast. With memories of castle walls whispering tales of yore, the velvety taste of aged whiskey, and the lush landscapes of the Irish countryside, you’ll be chauffeured to Dublin Airport. Here, you’ll bid farewell to the land of poetic landscapes and heartfelt hospitality, taking with you not just souvenirs, but a tapestry of experiences that have become a part of your story.