Meet and greet your local expert guide and driver in airport. Transfer to hotel.
Enjoy a relaxing Irish Breakfast in your hotel. Depart hotel for a day of discovery in the enigmatic landscape of County Clare. Begin the day with a drive of the Burren, Ireland’s fifth and smallest National Parks, a magical place that grips the heart and soul. The Burren is a karst landscape, species rich with orchids, tresses, helleborine , guelder rose, burnet rose saxifrage and the blue Gentian, emblem of the Burren. The impact of humans in this area dates back at least 5,000 years. Massive dolmens, wedge tombs and stone forts survive in various stages of preservation. Churches and castles indicate later periods of settlement and colourful villages offer respite from the wilderness and the haunting scenery. After a friendly cozy lunch we board our coach for the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are 8kms long 214m high. The tower at the cliffs was built by Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the last High King of Ireland. From here we can view the cliffs, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara. The cliffs were designated as a Refuge for Fauna in 1998 for both Guillemot and Razorbill seabirds and significant numbers of Puffin, Kittiwake and Fulmar. Many of these birds can be heard and seen along the breath-taking cliff walks. Return to hotel for evening meal and overnight.
Aran Islands Board a ferry boat trip to visit Inis Oirr, the smallest and closest of the 3 Aran Islands to Doolin. Step back in time in this mystical place , detached from the modern world. A tapestry of ancient stone walls enclose these islands from the prevailing winds. This island has plenty to offer visitors – beautiful beach and scenery, ancient archaeology, traditional crafts and delicious seafood pubs and cafes. Cliffs of Moher Cruise In the afternoon, on the way back from Inis Oirr, your journey will take you on a spectacular cruise below the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. From this viewpoint, you will marvel at the various rock formations and will see the thousands of birds that make these cliffs their home. After the cruise stop in a friendly pub in Doolin for an Irish Coffee and chat . Return to hotel for overnight. Free evening to discover Ennis, renowned for Traditional music and “craic” Dinner of your choice in the charming town of Ennis
Travel to Crusheen to spend a magical day discovering the secret world of myth and legend. Meet renowned story teller and author Eddie Linnehan. Discover Ireland's secret world of haunted places, fairy paths and folklore. Eddie's research brings him in contact with 'whatever involves walking the landscape, talking to old people and glimpsing the Otherworld' He has local knowledge of sites waiting to be explored, all of which have tales of pagan Celtic warriors, fairies and magic associated with them. 'Eddie's stories are not for the faint-hearted, but then good stories never are.' RTE Guide After lunch in the area drive on to Galway city of the Tribes. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Galway.
Free day for shopping/ Golfing, fishing and exploring the colourful celtic city of Galway. Dinner of your choice, Enjoy a night of local entertainment in one of the many friendly pubs of Galway
Travel from Galway to Connemara. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through the lakes of Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Walk around the walled gardens to appreciate the tranquility of this magnificent park. Lunch in one of the charming towns that dot the rugged coastline. Travel to Westport, Co. Mayo for dinner and overnight in hotel
Today we head south to County Clare for overnight and dinner in the magnificent, five-star Dromoland Castle! Savour your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland. Enjoy a leisurely last day strolling the magnificent gardens, taking in a game of golf on the magnificent golf course. Feed the ducks or take a boat out on the beautiful lake. Why not try an archery class or enjoy our falconry experience in the estate. Relax in the opulent dinning room for your final Slan Abhaile (farewell Ireland) dinner. Experience the ancient art of falconry in the magnificent castle grounds. This is to be an 8 day tour.
Bid farewell to Drumoland Castle and Ireland. Coach transfer with driver and guide to airport.