- Enjoy some of Ireland’s most iconic places with an expert guide, such as UNESCO site the Skellig Isles and the mighty cliffs of Moher
- Relax and unwind in the best hand-picked historic accommodation, luxury manor houses and castles that will take your breath away.
- Paddle through the heart of Ireland’s capital, seeing this vibrant city from a new perspective.
On this tailor-made vacation you will retire each evening to some of the best hand-picked historic accommodation, luxury manor houses and castles that Ireland has to offer. We will make sure that you dine at the very best local restaurants.
You will be met off your flight by your chauffeur at Dublin Airport on Day 1 of the trip. Full details on how to get to Dublin, please see our section on Travel to Ireland.
This tailor-made trip allows you to see some of Ireland’s most famous destinations from a different angle, as you hike, bike and boat your way from coast to coast.
Visit Dublin, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Connemara and Galway City under the expert guidance of one of our fully qualified guides. Two nights in each location means that you can relax and unwind as well as experience the high-points of what each area has to offer. Let us help you to enjoy some of Ireland’s top attractions from a different point of view, getting away from the crowds and the coach tours. Along the way your local guide will give you a personal insight in to the history and culture of Ireland, letting you in on some hidden secret gems as you go. You will also meet some colourful characters along the way who will show you the best of their little corner of Ireland. Each evening you will retire to some of the best hand-picked historic accommodation, luxury manor houses and castles that will take your breath away, and we will make sure that you dine at the very best local restaurants.
Day 1– Dublin
You will be met from your flight by your chauffeur who will transfer you in style to your first hotel, a 5 star luxury property situated in two adjoined manor houses in the heart of Georgian Dublin. At your hotel we will arrange an early check-in so you can recover from your flight in comfort. That afternoon a local historian will meet you in the lobby for a historical walking tour of the city which will introduce you to local landmarks and give you an understanding of the city’s colourful past. Tonight, we will select for you one of Dublin’s best restaurants for a real first night treat.
Day 2– Dublin
This morning you will meet your personal guide after breakfast. Your expert guide will look after you for the rest of your trip, giving you unique local insight into the history, culture, flora and fauna of Ireland. They will join you this morning for a river kayak tour of the city, where you will see the historical landmarks from a different angle and watch the city come alive in a different way. This afternoon your guide will take you deeper into the city as they tailor the afternoon to your interest; there is the opportunity to delve deeper into sites including the book of Kells, Trinity College, Kilamainham Gaol and a whole host of others. This evening finish up with pint of the black stuff, as you watch the sun set over the city from the Guinness Storehouse tower.
Day 3– Kilkenny
As you start to journey west, make a stop at the medieval city of Kilkenny where you will meet a local who will show you the sights and tell you the stories of this ancient town. A highlight will be a visit to Kilkenny Castle, a Norman fortress dating from the 1100s. After lunch at a local Michelin starred restaurant there is a chance to browse the shops and studios belonging to the many artists and craftspeople that call this town home. This afternoon, accompanied by some accomplished locals, try your hand at the Gaelic game of hurling, the fastest field sport in the world and finish up with an insight into how the hurley (stick) is made following ancient tradition. You will arrive in your next accommodation, a 5 star Victorian manor in the lovely town of Kenmare in time for dinner.
Day 4– The Skellig Islands
The Skellig Islands, are two towering sea crags rising from the Atlantic Ocean. In the 6th century Skellig Michael was chosen by a group of ascetic monks who withdrew from civilisation to this remote and inaccessible place. A UNESCO world heritage site, the monastic remains have retained a strong spiritual afterlife. The physical achievements of these early monks, combined with the sense of solitude and the noise of birds and ocean, will leave you awestruck. After your boat brings you back to shore, via the Little Skellig, an important seabird nesting ground, you can stop at the local chocolatiers to stock up on treats. From here you can follow the Ring of Kerry back to your hotel where you will dine in a award-winning local restaurant.
Day 5- Killarney National Park
It’s a short drive through Moll’s Gap to Killarney National Park. A UNESCO biosphere reserve and area of outstanding natural beauty. Along the way, stop at a local sheep farm to watch their dogs in action, help shear the sheep and hear about how sheep form a central part of Irish agricultural life. Once in Killarney, the best way to see the scenery is to leave the crowds behind and walk a section of the Kerry Way, Ireland’s best known long-distance walking route. Where you go will depend on your interests and experience and your guide will tailor today’s activity to suit.
Day 6- The Shannon and the Cliff’s of Moher
Today you head northwards, taking to the Wild Atlantic Way, as we cross the famous river Shannon, Ireland’s longest river, named after the Celtic goddess Sionann to County Clare and the Burren region. Keep an eye out for dolphins – Ireland’s largest pod roams the Shannon Estuary and are often seen from the ferry. As you will make your way along the coast, stop at the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. Leaving the crowds behind, your guide will walk you along the cliffs towards spectacular Hag’s Head. Your hotel for the next two nights is a multi-award winning manor house with an enviable reputation.
Day 7- The Burren
The Burren is renowned the world over for its rocky grey limestone landscape, that in spring and summer transforms into a myriad of colour hosting one of the highest diversities of wild flowers in Europe. Flowers from the arctic and the southern Mediterranean grow here. Here you will engage in some amazing walking excursions, that take you to the heart of this geological phenomenon. You will meet a farmer who will take you on a walk through his land and explain the unique way that humans live and work in this fascinating place. After visiting a perfumery to see how local herbs are used to make soaps and perfumes you will stop at a local brewery to sample some of their craft beer. Dinner is at an award winning local restaurant.
Day 8- Galway City
Today make your way slowly northwards towards the dramatic mountains of Connemara. On the way you will stop at a seafood restaurant, where the oysters are freshly hauled in from the sea outside. There is time to stop in Galway City, the celebrated town of the tribes, to soak up some of the festive atmosphere and browse the quirky shops on cobbled lanes. A private walking tour with the official town crier helps to bring the town to life. Alternatively you can keep going into the wilds of Connemara for a walk in the hills before checking in at your luxury castle accommodation for the evening.
Day 9- Connemara
This morning you will take the short trip south to Roundstone where you will board a Galway Hooker, a traditional wooden sailing boat unique to this part of Ireland. You will sail around a myriad of tiny, uninhabited islands and keep an eye out for local wildlife as you admire the spectacular mountains of Connemara from the sea. If you want to get more active, you can try your hand at rowing a currach, a traditional wooden framed fishing vessel instead. After lunch in a nearby seafood pub, there is a chance to stretch your legs with a hike in the very mountains that you admired from your boat earlier in the day. Finally you can retire to your castle for the last dinner with a bottle of champagne by the fire to finish the evening.
Day 10- Departure
After breakfast this morning, it’s time to say goodbye as we drop you back to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home.100% satisfaction guarantee - We beleive our tours are world class. To back that up, we are the only Irish travel company to offer a no strings attached, 100% satisfaction guarantee