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Arrival & Departure Location: Dublin International Airport

Hotels

  • Merrion Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
  • Europe Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
  • Dromoland Castle, Nwemarket on Fergus (1 Night)
  • Glenlo Abbey, Galway (1 Night)
  • Ashford Castle, Cong (1 Night)
  • Ice House Hotel, Ballina (1 Night)
  • Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal (2 Nights)
  • Merrion Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)

Points of Interest

  • Arrive in Dublin
  • Rock Of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Cork, English Market
  • Explore Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Killarney Jaunting Cars, Killarney
  • Ring Of Kerry: Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
  • Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach, Dingle, Cé Dhún Chaoin (Dunquin Pier), The Great Blasket Centre, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory
  • Thatched Houses of Adare, Bunratty Castle, Falconry at Dromoland Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher, Cliffs of Moher Ferry, Explore Burren National Park, Galway
  • Private Walking Tour Of Galway, Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara National Park, Cong
  • West Port House, Achill Island, Achill Sound, Keem Beach, Heinrich Böll’s cottage in Dugort, Golden Strand
  • Enniscrone Beach, Sightseeing Boat Tour departing from Rosses Point, Benbulbin, Fairy Bridges, Donegal
  • Killybegs, Donegal Bay, Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach
  • Enniskillen, Marble Arch Caves, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange and Knowth, Dublin

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


Dublin Arrival and Merrion Hotel Stay
Your journey through the Emerald Isle begins with a morning arrival at Dublin Airport. A seamless transition from the bustling terminal to the comforts of Ireland awaits as your private driver greets you with a warm welcome. As you step outside, the cool, fresh air of Dublin invigorates your senses, promising the start of an unforgettable adventure.

Merrion Hotel Experience
The Merrion Hotel stands as a beacon of luxury in the heart of Dublin. As you approach the restored Georgian building, the hotel’s opulent façade whispers tales of the city’s rich history. Upon entering, you’re enveloped in an ambiance of sophistication and tranquillity that pervades the hotel’s halls and rooms. The Merrion Hotel, with its 142 rooms and suites, exudes elegance, from the crisp linens to the art-adorned walls, reflecting the aesthetic of the National Gallery of Ireland. The hotel’s garden, a serene oasis, invites you for a stroll or a moment of reflection by the ornate fountains. The spa and pool offer a welcome respite after your travels, ensuring you’re rejuvenated for the evening’s activities.

Dining at Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant
As night falls, the Patrick Guilbaud Restaurant awaits to indulge your culinary senses. Ireland’s first two-Michelin-starred venue, it presents an exquisite dining experience. The restaurant, with its contemporary décor that complements the historic building, creates an intimate atmosphere. Each dish is a masterpiece, combining the finest Irish ingredients with French culinary techniques. The tasting menu, paired with a selection of fine wines, promises a symphony of flavours, artfully presented and served with impeccable attention to detail.


Day 2Rock Of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Cork, English Market

Accommodation – Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, and Cork

Rock of Cashel
Your second day commences with a southward journey to the Rock Of Cashel, an iconic symbol of Ireland’s ecclesiastical heritage. Perched upon a limestone hill, the Rock Of Cashel, also known as St. Patrick’s Rock, is a historic site with a complex of medieval buildings. Its origins trace back to the 12th century, featuring a round tower, cathedral, and the remarkable Cormac’s Chapel with its Romanesque architecture. Legends whisper within the walls, telling of St. Patrick and the conversion of the King of Munster. The panoramic views from the Rock, overlooking the lush green plains of Tipperary, are nothing short of breath-taking.

Blarney Castle
The allure of Blarney Castle, your next stop, is timeless. This 15th-century stronghold is famed for the Blarney Stone, which, according to legend, bestows the gift of eloquence upon those who kiss it. The castle’s robust towers and battlements rise above stunning gardens, including the mystical Rock Close. Ascending the castle’s narrow steps to kiss the stone is a rite of passage, leaving you with a sense of enchantment and a touch of the gift of the gab.

Cork and the English Market
As the afternoon unfolds, you will arrive in Cork, a city rich with history and culture. Known as the “Rebel City,” Cork’s streets are lined with unique charm, from the vibrant facades of its shops to the friendly chatter of its locals. The English Market, a cornucopia of local produce, is a highlight of the city’s heart. Since 1788, this covered market has been the epicentre of Cork’s culinary scene, offering fresh seafood, artisanal cheeses, and other delicacies. Exploring its bustling aisles, you’ll witness a tapestry of colours, aromas, and flavours that are quintessentially Irish.


Hayfield Manor Experience
The day’s journey culminates at Hayfield Manor, a 5-star sanctuary of comfort. This family-owned hotel provides an intimate and personalized experience, nestled within walled gardens. The manor’s grandeur is evident in its antique furnishings and plush interiors, reminiscent of a bygone era of grace and charm. The rooms offer a haven of luxury, with each detail meticulously crafted for your comfort.

Perrotts Garden Bistro Dining
Evening at Hayfield Manor is complemented by a meal at Perrotts Garden Bistro, where the ambiance is casual yet elegant. The bistro overlooks the manor’s beautiful gardens, and the menu showcases a range of international and modern Irish dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The experience is relaxed, yet the food is of the highest quality, providing a perfect end to your day.

Day 3Explore Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Killarney Jaunting Cars, Killarney

Accommodation – Europe Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Killarney National Park, Muckross House to the Europe Hotel

Killarney National Park
The morning drive to Killarney National Park offers landscapes that capture the essence of Ireland’s natural beauty. The park, with its mountains, lakes, and woodlands, is a sanctuary for wildlife and a paradise for nature lovers. The scenic drive includes stops for photographs, ensuring that the memories of the park’s stunning vistas will last a lifetime.

Muckross House
Within the park lies the historic Muckross House, a 19th-century Victorian mansion. The architecture of Muckross House is a splendid example of Elizabethan design, and its rooms are adorned with period furniture and decorative arts. The history of the house is intertwined with the stories of its past inhabitants and their roles in Irish history. The surrounding gardens are meticulously maintained, offering a peaceful retreat with every step.

Killarney Jaunting Cars
For a truly unique experience, take a ride on the Killarney Jaunting Cars. These traditional horse-drawn carriages allow you to experience the park from a different perspective, with the local jarveys (drivers) providing insights into the folklore and history of the area. The gentle pace is a soothing contrast to modern-day haste, creating a charming journey through the heart of Killarney’s landscapes.


The Europe Hotel
As the day wanes, you will be welcomed at the Europe Hotel, a luxurious resort known for its stunning views over the lakes of Killarney. The hotel blends contemporary design with comfort, offering amenities such as a world-class spa and indoor pool. The rooms and suites are designed to maximize the panoramic views, with private balconies providing an intimate connection with the serene beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Dining at Panorama Restaurant
Your culinary journey concludes with a dining experience at the Panorama Restaurant within the Europe Hotel. True to its name, the restaurant offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the Killarney waterscape. The menu is a celebration of modern Irish and international cuisine, where each dish is crafted from the freshest local produce, ensuring a delectable end to your day. As you dine, the setting sun casts a golden hue over the lakes, and the distant mountains stand as silent guardians to your feast.

Day 4Ring Of Kerry: Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

Accommodation – Europe Hotel, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

The Ring of Kerry Journey

Rossbeigh Beach Stroll
Your fourth day in Ireland begins with the famous Ring of Kerry, a circular route known for its enchanting landscapes. The first stop is Rossbeigh Beach, where miles of sandy shores meet the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is known for its stunning dunes and panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and the Iveragh Mountains. The invigorating sea breeze and the rhythmic sound of waves provide a tranquil setting for a morning stroll. Make sure to capture the moment with photos; the natural beauty is unparalleled.

Cahersiveen’s Charm
The journey continues to the quaint town of Cahersiveen, rich in history and culture. Birthplace of Daniel O’Connell, Ireland’s “Liberator,” the town is dotted with ancient stone forts and castles. The Old Barracks, now a heritage centre, stands as a testament to the town’s strategic importance throughout history.

Sneem Village’s Quaintness
Passing through Sneem Village, you’ll find a picturesque settlement painted in vibrant colours. Known as ‘The Knot in the Ring,’ Sneem is a delightful maze of quirky shops, art galleries, and traditional pubs. The village is a feast for the senses, with its charming architecture and the peaceful sound of the Sneem River flowing through.

Moll’s Gap’s Scenery
Weaving through Moll’s Gap, prepare to be captivated by the panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. This mountain pass, with its sharp bends and lush vegetation, provides some of the most dramatic scenery on the Ring of Kerry. The Gap’s viewing points offer an opportunity to witness nature’s grandeur.

Gap of Dunloe Adventure
Next, venture north to the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass formed by glacial flows. This natural beauty spot is characterized by rugged landscapes, serene lakes, and cascading waterfalls. A journey through the Gap is a journey through time, with each rock and crevice telling a story of Ireland’s ancient past.

Dinner at Porterhouse Restaurant
After the day’s adventures, your driver will take you to the heart of Killarney for dinner at Porterhouse Restaurant. This establishment serves hearty Irish fare with a modern twist, emphasizing local ingredients and traditional flavours. It’s an authentic Irish dining experience, with each dish celebrating the country’s rich culinary heritage.

You will then return to the Europe hotel for the evening.

Day 5Slea Head Drive, Inch Beach, Dingle, Cé Dhún Chaoin (Dunquin Pier), The Great Blasket Centre, Ballyferriter Village, Gallarus Oratory

Accommodation – Europe Hotel, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

The Slea Head Drive Experience

Slea Head Drive Overview
The morning will see you embark on the famous Slea Head drive tour, a route that traces the westernmost part of the Dingle Peninsula. This scenic drive offers some of the most spectacular seascapes in the country.

Inch Beach’s Beauty
Your first stop is Inch Beach, a stunning stretch of sand that extends into the ocean. Popular with surfers and bathers alike, its beauty lies in its expansive views and the powerful Atlantic swells that crash upon its shores.

Dingle Town and Bay
Moving on, you’ll arrive in Dingle, a vibrant fishing town with a reputation for a lively music scene and an active harbour. Dingle Bay, with its clear waters, is a sanctuary for marine life, including the famous local dolphin, Fungie. The town’s history is reflected in its buildings, from the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church to the modern marina, and the spirit of the Irish language is alive in the air and on the signs.

Dunquin Pier’s Photogenic Landscape
Dunquin Pier will be the next highlight, where the road appears to plunge straight into the sea. The pier provides one of the most iconic photo opportunities in Ireland, with views of the Blasket Islands and the wild Atlantic waves. The steep pathway leading down to the pier is a marvel, seeming to hang on the cliff’s edge.

The Great Blasket Centre’s Insight
Continuing on, The Great Blasket Centre offers a deep dive into the life of the Blasket Islanders and their unique literary contributions. The centre is a tribute to the community that once thrived on the now uninhabited Blasket Islands, and their story is a poignant reminder of the resilience of Irish culture.

Ballyferriter Village’s Tradition
Ballyferriter Village is next, nestled in a green valley surrounded by rolling hills. This traditional Gaelic-speaking village is the heart of the West Kerry Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region). Here, the pace of life slows down, and the Irish heritage is evident in every pub’s music session and every local’s greeting.

Gallarus Oratory’s Ancient Past
Your final visit of the day is to Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church that has stood the test of time. The oratory, shaped like an upturned boat, has been a place of worship for over a millennium, and its dry-stone construction is a testament to the craftsmanship of Ireland’s ancestors.

Dining at Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House
Back in Killarney, your culinary journey continues at Bricín Restaurant and Boxty House. Known for its boxty – a traditional Irish potato pancake – the restaurant offers a blend of contemporary and traditional Irish dishes in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere.

You will then return to the Europe hotel for the evening.

Day 6Thatched Houses of Adare, Bunratty Castle, Falconry at Dromoland Castle

Accommodation – Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Adare Village and Bunratty Castle

Adare’s Thatched Charm
After breakfast, your driver will take you north to the quaint town of Adare. Known as “Ireland’s prettiest village,” Adare is famous for its thatched-roof cottages, manicured public gardens, and medieval churches. The town’s historical structures, including the Desmond Castle, line the streets, creating a postcard-worthy setting.

Bunratty Castle’s Medieval Grandeur
Your next stop is Bunratty Castle, an imposing structure that has stood since the 15th century. This castle is among the most complete and authentic medieval fortresses in Ireland. Exploring its rooms and halls, you’ll be transported back to the days of the Earls of Thomond, with the castle’s rich tapestry of history woven into every stone. The Folk Park adjacent to the castle offers a glimpse into Irish life over a century ago, with a reconstructed village and period-costumed guides.

Dromoland Castle’s Fairytale Stay
The journey then leads to your accommodation for the night, the enchanting Dromoland Castle. This fairy-tale castle hotel, set amid acres of lush grounds and gardens, offers a stay fit for royalty. The castle’s history stretches back to the 16th century, and its luxurious rooms blend historical elegance with modern amenities. Upon arrival, you’ll be shown to your room where you can refresh and unwind amidst opulent surroundings.

Falconry at Dromoland Castle
An exclusive falconry session on the grounds of Dromoland Castle provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage with birds of prey in a majestic setting. This ancient sport of kings is a unique and thrilling way to connect with Ireland’s history and wildlife.

Earl Of Thomond’s Elegant Dining
Your day concludes with a meal at the Earl Of Thomond Restaurant, located within Dromoland Castle. This glamorous dining venue offers a sophisticated atmosphere and a menu that showcases the best of local produce. The dining experience here is unrivalled, with each dish presented as a work of art, complemented by an extensive list of fine wines and impeccable service.

Day 7Cliffs of Moher, Cliffs of Moher Ferry, Explore Burren National Park, Galway

Accommodation – Glenlo Abbey, Galway (1 Night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

Cliffs of Moher and Galway Exploration

Cliffs of Moher’s Majestic Beauty
Begin your seventh day with a scenic drive to one of Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. Rising dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs stretch for 8 kilometers and stand 214 meters at their highest point. The awe-inspiring views offer a perfect moment for photography enthusiasts, with the cliffs providing a stark contrast against the ocean’s might.

Cliffs of Moher Ferry Experience
Enhance your experience of the cliffs by taking a ferry from Doolin. The Cliffs of Moher ferry provides a unique vantage point from the water, allowing you to fully appreciate their grandeur. Feel the sea breeze and listen to the sound of the waves crashing against the base of these towering structures, as seabirds soar above. This journey offers a serene perspective that contrasts with the view from the top.

The Burren National Park
Continue north to the lunar-like landscape of the Burren National Park. This unique region is characterized by its vast limestone pavements, which are crisscrossed by cracks known as “grikes,” leading to isolated rocks called “clints.” The Burren is not only a geological wonder but also home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, some of which are unique to the area. Here, take a leisurely stroll to appreciate the raw, unspoiled beauty of the landscape and capture stunning photographs.

Galway’s Vibrant Heart
The journey then leads to the vibrant town of Galway, a hub of Irish culture and heritage. Galway, known for its lively streets and colourful storefronts, offers an array of coffee shops where you can enjoy a warm beverage. Take time to explore the town, from the bustling Eyre Square to the charming cobblestoned streets that echo with the melodies of street musicians.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel Retreat
As the day winds down, you’ll arrive at the 5-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel. This luxurious hotel, set on a 138-acre estate with views of Lough Corrib, is the epitome of tranquillity and grandeur. The restored 18th-century abbey has been beautifully converted, offering rooms with a blend of classic elegance and modern comfort. The estate offers a range of activities, including golf on their private course.

Pullman Restaurant Experience
Your dining experience at the Pullman Restaurant, set within two original Orient Express train carriages, promises to be unforgettable. The carriages, beautifully restored, provide a nostalgic ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era of luxurious train travel. The menu is a fusion of classic and contemporary cuisine, prepared with the finest local ingredients, and is complemented by an extensive selection of wines.

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

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

Galway City and Connemara’s Wilderness

Galway’s Historic Core
After breakfast, your driver will drop you off in Galway and you will meet your private walking guide who will lead you on a tour of Galway city. The half-day exploration includes the historic Latin Quarter, bustling Quay Street, the picturesque harbour, and the impressive Galway Cathedral. Each site is steeped in history and offers a glimpse into the city’s vibrant cultural tapestry.

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
In the afternoon, visit the enchanting Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden. Nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain, the abbey’s history is a rich narrative of romance, innovation, and devotion. The Victorian Walled Garden, restored to its former glory, is a living testament to the horticultural skills of the past.

Connemara National Park’s Beauty
Weave through the rugged beauty of Connemara National Park. Its landscape of mountains, bogs, heaths, and grasslands is a wild canvas painted with a diverse palette of greens and browns, punctuated by the bright purples and yellows of wildflowers in bloom. The park’s beauty lies in its vastness and the feeling of solitude it offers, making it a haven for those seeking peace and connection with nature.

Ashford Castle Hotel Elegance
The day’s journey culminates at the luxurious Ashford Castle Hotel. Once home to the Guinness family, this 800-year-old castle has been transformed into one of Ireland’s most exclusive hotels. Its rooms and halls are furnished with attention to detail, blending its historic past with modern luxuries. Surrounded by woodlands, lakes, and rivers, Ashford Castle is a sanctuary of refinement and serenity.

George V Dining Room Grandeur
Dinner at the George V Dining Room is an experience in fine dining. Named after the king who visited the castle in 1905, this dining room is renowned for its exquisite cuisine, impeccable service, and sumptuous decor. The menu features the finest local produce, prepared with innovative techniques, and presented with artistic flair.

Day 9West Port House, Achill Island, Achill Sound, Keem Beach, Heinrich Böll’s cottage in Dugort, Golden Strand

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

Discovering the Western Charm

Westport House: A Legacy of Beauty and History
Morning Elegance at Westport House Begin your journey through time at the stately Westport House, an architectural gem nestled in County Mayo. With its roots tracing back to the 16th century and the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, the house stands as a testament to Ireland’s complex history. Admire the classical Georgian design and explore its lavishly decorated rooms, each telling a story of the generations that walked its halls. The estate’s gardens are equally impressive, offering a serene retreat with carefully sculpted landscapes and whispering fountains.

Achill Island: The Wild Atlantic’s Jewel
Achill Island’s Untamed Beauty As you cross onto Achill Island, the largest of the Irish isles, the dramatic landscapes unfold with each mile. The island, with its peat bogs, towering sea cliffs, and pristine beaches, encapsulates the untamed spirit of the Wild Atlantic Way. This is a place where the Gaelic language and traditions still thrive, offering a cultural richness that complements its natural splendour. It’s not just a feast for the eyes but also for the soul as you encounter the local charm and heartfelt music that resonate in the cosy pubs and artisan shops.

Achill Sound: A Quaint Seaside Hamlet
Achill Sound’s Warm Embrace In the heart of the island lies Achill Sound, a village that serves as the gateway to the island’s majestic offerings. Take a leisurely stroll along its marina, watch the local fishermen at work, and savour a hot cup of Irish coffee in one of the snug cafés. The village, though small, is vibrant with the community’s spirit and the warm welcomes of its inhabitants.

Keem Beach: A Secluded Paradise
Keem Beach: Where Land Meets Ocean Venture to Keem Beach, a secluded crescent of soft sand embraced by steep cliffs. The beach, accessible via a dramatic drive with ocean vistas, is a sanctuary of peace. The Atlantic waters here are crystal clear, inviting brave souls to dip their toes or even take a plunge. The beach’s remote location makes it a perfect spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a moment of solitude.

Dugort – Heinrich Böll’s Cottage: A Literary Haven
Dugort: Reflections of a Nobel Laureate Passing through the scenic village of Dugort, you’ll encounter the quaint cottage once belonging to Heinrich Böll, the Nobel Prize-winning author who found solace and inspiration in its walls. The cottage stands as a beacon for creatives who are drawn to the island’s rugged beauty and the muses that seem to wander its landscapes.

Golden Strand Beach: A Sunset Spectacle
Golden Strand Beach: Golden Hour Glory As the day wanes, make your way to Golden Strand Beach, aptly named for its shimmering sands that glow under the setting sun. Here, the panoramic views of the ocean and the distant mountains provide a perfect backdrop for reflection. The beach’s tranquillity is only broken by the gentle crash of waves and the calls of seabirds overhead.

Ice House Hotel: Contemporary Luxuries in a Historical Setting
Ice House Hotel: A Riverside Retreat Your night’s stay at the Ice House Hotel promises to blend contemporary luxury with historical charm. This boutique hotel, once a 19th-century ice store, now offers chic accommodation with panoramic views of the River Moy. Each room is a testament to modern design while paying homage to the building’s industrial heritage.

Ice House Hotel Restaurant: A Gastronomic Journey
Culinary Creations at Ice House Hotel Restaurant Conclude your day with a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, where the culinary experience is an adventure in itself. With a menu that showcases the best of local produce, each dish is a celebration of Irish flavours.

Day 10Enniscrone Beach, Sightseeing Boat Tour departing from Rosses Point, Benbulbin, Fairy Bridges, Donegal

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

From Enniscrone’s Sands to Rosses Point Maritime Wonders

Morning Serenity on Enniscrone Beach
Your day begins with the sun’s gentle caress on the golden sands of Enniscrone Beach. Feel the refreshing Atlantic breeze as you walk along the shoreline, where the rhythm of the waves sets a peaceful tempo for the day. This stretch of beach is known for its therapeutic seaweed baths and stunning sunsets that paint the sky with fiery hues.

Rosses Point: A Seafarer’s Delight
The journey continues up the coast to the picturesque village of Rosses Point, a place where the maritime legacy is as deep as the waters that hug its shores. Embark on a scenic boat tour with Sligo Boat Charters, where the Sligo Bay unfurls its beauty, revealing hidden coves and whispering tales of ancient mariners. The boat tour offers a serene respite from land, gifting you with views of the majestic Benbulbin and the chance to spot seabirds in their natural habitat.

Benbulbin’s Majestic Presence
As the boat returns to shore, cast your gaze upon the iconic Benbulbin. This table mountain stands as a stoic guardian of Sligo, its unique geological formations telling a silent story of Ireland’s ancient past. Capture this moment with a photograph that speaks volumes of this land’s enduring spirit.

Fairy Bridges: A Walk Through Myth and Beauty
Next, you’re off to the Fairy Bridges, an enchanting collection of natural sea arches. Legend has it that these were ancient crossing points for mystical creatures. The melody of the ocean plays through these stone structures, crafting a symphony that harmonizes with the rustling grass and the distant call of gulls.

Donegal Town
A Tapestry of Culture and Craftsmanship In the heart of Donegal Town, a bastion of heritage awaits. Wander through the streets, where each corner is draped in history and each craft shop offers a story woven in wool and linen. The town’s cafes serve up not just coffee, but a warm Irish welcome; take a moment to indulge in the local flavours and enjoy the convivial atmosphere.

Lough Eske Castle: An Enclave of Elegance
As the afternoon wanes, find sanctuary in the palatial embrace of Lough Eske Castle. This castle hotel, a reconstructed 17th-century château, stands amidst a forested estate, offering a luxurious retreat that marries the grandeur of its noble past with the comforts of modern hospitality. Here, history whispers through the halls, inviting you to become part of its ongoing legacy.

Cedars Restaurant: A Symphony of Flavours
Conclude your day at Cedars Restaurant, within the castle grounds, where the chefs orchestrate a dining experience that tantalizes the palate. The dishes, a celebration of local produce, are crafted with the precision of a maestro, ensuring that each course is as memorable as the last.

Day 11Killybegs, Donegal Bay, Slieve League, Glencolmcille, Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Assaranca Waterfall, Maghera Beach

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

Coastal Wonders and Cultural Gems

Killybegs – The Fishing Capital
Morning in Killybegs: A Harbour of History
Start your day at Killybegs, Ireland’s premier fishing port. This bustling town is rich with maritime heritage and offers a window into the life of an active fishing community. Wander along the harbour and witness the local fishermen skilfully navigating their boats, while the salty air and cries of seagulls accompany you. Take a moment to appreciate the modernity of the fishing vessels that contrast with the traditional charm of the town.

Donegal Bay – A Panoramic Paradise
Donegal Bay: Capturing the Essence of Ireland
Travel to the shores of Donegal Bay, where the waters have shaped the land and culture for millennia. The bay offers sweeping views of the Atlantic, framed by rugged headlands and dotted with islands. The history here is as deep as the waters, with tales of ancient clans and seafaring legends. Capture the perfect photograph against the backdrop of this panoramic seascape, where every view is postcard-worthy.

Slieve League Cliffs – Ireland’s Towering Treasure
Slieve League Cliffs: Above the Atlantic
Venture next to Slieve League, where one of Europe’s highest sea cliffs plunges dramatically into the ocean. The sheer scale of these natural giants is humbling; they are three times higher than their more famous counterparts, the Cliffs of Moher. Walk the pathways that skirt the edge of the cliffs, offering exhilarating views that sweep across the wild Atlantic waves. The cliffs’ palette of colours – from the verdant greens of the grassy tops to the deep blues of the water below – is a visual symphony that celebrates the untamed beauty of Ireland.

Glencolmcille and Ardara – Quaint Villages and Craftsmanship
Glencolmcille: A Cultural Journey Back in Time Immerse yourself in the cultural heart of Ireland with a visit to Glencolmcille, a village that holds fast to its traditions. Here, Irish is still spoken fluently, and the rich legacy of the country’s past is evident in every corner. It’s a place where the music and stories of the Emerald Isle are alive and cherished.

Ardara: The Weaving Capital
Then, move on to Ardara, a centre for the Donegal tweed industry. In this town, skilled artisans create intricate weaves, a craft passed down through generations. The streets of Ardara are lined with shops showcasing this woven art, inviting you to bring a piece of Irish heritage home.

Glengesh Pass – A Journey Through Ireland’s Heart
Glengesh Pass: A Road Through Wild Beauty Drive through the Glengesh Pass, a meandering road that carves its way through the mountains. The pass is a photographer’s paradise, with vistas that reveal the raw, untamed soul of the land. Each turn presents a new view, each more breath-taking than the last, making the journey an integral part of the adventure.

Maghera Beach and Assaranca Waterfall – Nature’s Serenity
Maghera Beach: Secluded Shores After the enthralling scenes at Glengesh Pass, your journey leads you to Maghera Beach, a hidden gem set against the rugged landscape of Donegal. Here, the untouched sands whisper tales of time, with each grain telling a story of the wild Atlantic that embraces its shores. The beach is often deserted, offering a rare tranquillity that feels like stumbling upon an undiscovered world. The waters reflect the sky, and the caves nearby beckon the adventurous at heart, promising secrets of the land that are etched into the limestone.

Assaranca Waterfall: A Melodic Cascade
A short drive from Maghera Beach is Assaranca Waterfall, a charming cascade tucked away among the greenery. The waterfall sings a continuous lullaby, with the water dancing over rocks and moss, creating a symphony that celebrates the purity of nature. This spot, away from the bustle, is a natural retreat where one can unwind to the sounds of the flowing veil of water and the soft rustling of leaves in the gentle breeze.

Return to Lough Eske Castle – A Noble End to the Day
Evening Respite at Lough Eske Castle
The day’s adventures culminate as you return to the noble confines of Lough Eske Castle. This castle, standing with dignity amidst the serene lakes and forests, welcomes you back into its luxurious embrace. The castle walls, steeped in history, offer a peaceful haven to relax and muse over the day’s experiences. The grandeur of your surroundings is matched only by the attentive service and the warmth of the staff, making you feel like royalty.

Father Browne Bar: A Culinary Journey Conclude your day at Father Browne Bar, where the ambiance is steeped in elegance and the culinary offerings are crafted to perfection. Named after a renowned photographer, the bar’s atmosphere is as refined as its menu, with each dish telling a story of local produce and traditional recipes presented with a contemporary twist. As you dine in this historic setting, the flavours on your plate are complemented by the tales of the past, ensuring that your meal is not just nourishing but also an enlightening experience.

Rest at Lough Eske Castle
As night falls, the soft glow of the castle’s lights against the darkening sky promises a restful sleep. In your luxurious room, the plush bedding and tranquil ambiance provide the perfect setting for dreams filled with the day’s enchanting sights and sounds.

Day 12Enniskillen, Marble Arch Caves, Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre Newgrange and Knowth, Dublin

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

From Enniskillen to Dublin’s Doorstep

Enniskillen: A Lakeside Jewel
Morning in Enniskillen
After a hearty breakfast, your journey begins with your driver guiding you eastward to the quaint town of Enniskillen, nestled amidst the natural splendour of County Fermanagh. This picturesque town is a waterside wonder, embraced by the River Erne that splits into two parts at Enniskillen, forming an island town that’s as rich in history as it is in charm. Stroll through its streets lined with historic buildings, including Enniskillen Castle, which stands guard over the town’s past. The bustling market town vibe is complemented by cosy cafes, local craft shops, and the tranquil waterside, where swans glide by as if to greet every visitor.

Marble Arch Caves: Subterranean Splendor
Marble Arch Caves Tour
A short drive from Enniskillen, delve into the subterranean world of the Marble Arch Caves. As one of the finest show caves in Europe, the guided tour here takes you through an enchanting underworld of rivers, winding passages, and lofty chambers. The cave system is a marvel of geology, with fascinating formations such as stalactites and stalagmites that have been sculpted by nature over millennia. The caves are part of a UNESCO Global Geopark, reflecting their international importance. The knowledgeable guides recount the cave’s discovery and formation, with tales that are sure to captivate the imagination.

Brú na Bóinne: Ancient Echoes
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre
Continuing east towards Dublin, the next visit takes you back in time to the Neolithic landscape of Brú na Bóinne, a World Heritage Site famed for its megalithic passage tombs – Newgrange and Knowth. Here, you’ll be steeped in the mystique of ancient Ireland, as Brú na Bóinne predates even the Egyptian pyramids. The Visitor Centre serves as a gateway to these prehistoric marvels, where interactive exhibits and insightful tours provide context to the engineering prowess and astronomical significance of these structures. At Newgrange, witness the intricate stone carvings and feel the aura of rituals past, especially if you’re there during the winter solstice when the chamber lights up with the rising sun. Knowth is renowned for having the greatest concentration of megalithic art in Western Europe. This is a journey not just through space, but through time, connecting you with the spirituality and wisdom of Ireland’s ancestors.

Return to Dublin: The Merrion Hotel
Evening at The Merrion Hotel
Your final evening takes you back to the cosmopolitan embrace of Dublin, where you’ll check into The Merrion Hotel. This 5-star establishment exudes elegance with its classic Georgian architecture and splendidly appointed rooms that offer a peaceful retreat amidst the city’s vibrant heartbeat. The hotel’s art collection and beautifully landscaped gardens provide a feast for the senses, and the hospitality ensures that your every need is met with grace and attentiveness.

The Garden Room: Culinary Finale
Dining Experience at The Garden Room
End your day with a dining experience at The Garden Room in The Merrion Hotel. With its airy and elegant ambiance, the restaurant offers a menu that reflects the richness of Ireland’s produce, served with contemporary flair. The experience is an amalgamation of flavors, where each dish tells the tale of its origin, from the lush pastures of the countryside to the wild Atlantic waters. The attentive service and exquisite surroundings make for a memorable meal that perfectly encapsulates the essence of your Irish journey.



Day 13Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur.

Departure from the Emerald Isle

Farewell to Ireland
On the final morning, after perhaps a stroll through the Georgian squares or a quick coffee in the hotel’s Drawing Rooms, your driver will be waiting to take you to Dublin Airport. As you bid farewell to Ireland, the memories of rolling green landscapes, the sound of the ocean, the taste of hearty Irish cuisine, and the warmth of its people stay with you, a treasure trove of moments that will call you back to the Emerald Isle.