Castles of Ireland

6 Days / 5 Nights

Castles of Ireland
Castles of Ireland

Come and Capture or Be Captured by the Elegant Castles of Ireland.

Daily Departures by Private Car and Guide

Featuring: Dublin, Castle Leslie, Antrim, Belfast City, Ashford Castle, Clifden, The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.

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Accommodations:

  •  2 nights at Castle Leslie
  •  2 nights at Ashford Castle
  •  1 night at Adare Manor

Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation with full Irish Breakfast
  •  A self-drive automatic compact car or Driver Guide (up to 8 hours per day)
  • All Service charges and taxes
  • Co-ordination & Support
  • 24 hours Assistance during your trip 

Not Included:

  • Entrance fees
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Quotations are subject to availability and no rooms can be guaranteed till a deposit has been received
  • Personal & Travel Insurance 

Supplements:

  • Additional nights are available on request
  • Accommodation and car upgrade available on request
     

Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Dublin - County Monaghan - Castle Leslie

    Arrival in Dublin and then transfer to Castle Leslie

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    Arrive Dublin Airport and pick up your self-drive car and head north up the main highway. Or be collected by one of our best driver guides who will be guiding you for the rest of the trip. Drive to Castle Leslie, this Castle Hotel in County Monaghan is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate Monaghan is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s, the distinguished and somewhat individual Leslie family has lived on the Castle Estate. Now you too can experience some of the most unique and enchanting castle accommodation in Ireland. The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world.

    Overnight at Castle Leslie.

  • Day 2

    Glens of Antrim/Belfast City

    Stroll along the Glens of Antrim or enjoy a tour of Belfast City. (b)

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    After a full Irish Breakfast, either spend the day relaxing and walking the Glens of Antrim or tour to Belfast city - visit St. Anne's Cathedral with its maze like floor and the city's Botanic Gardens, the Crown Liquor Saloon the Titanic Quarter, where the ill fated ship was built. Return to Castle Leslie.

    Overnight at Castle Leslie. (b)

  • Day 3

    Castle Leslie - Ashford Castle

    Depart for Ashford Castle (b)

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    Tour on the way to Ashford Castle. Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history going back to the early 13th century, Ashford is set in 350 acres of beautiful parkland. Grandeur, formality and tranquility are the essential characteristics, first seen in immaculately maintained grounds and, once inside, in a succession of impressive public rooms that illustrate a long and proud history - paneled walls, oil paintings, suits of armour and magnificent fireplaces. The castle has over 80 bedrooms and three restaurants: The Connaught Room, which is mainly for residents, is the jewel in Ashford Castle’s culinary crown and one of Ireland’s most impressive restaurants; at present it is only occasionally open; the larger George V Dining Room also offers fine dining; Cullen’s Cottage, in the grounds, offers accessible all-day informal dining. In addition The Library and Drawing Room menus offer informal meals including Afternoon Tea.

    Overnight Ashford Castle. (b)

  • Day 4

    Roundstone - Killary Harbour - Kylemore Abbey - Clifden

    Tour of Connemara region. (b)

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    Touring from Ashford, learn about the Irish Bodhran, the Irish drum in Roundstone and visit the Duc de Stacpoole at the Roundstone Art Gallery. Killary Harbour, a glacial fjord, can be explored on a local cruise. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine school, is awesomely beautiful and has a recently restored Victorian garden. Clifden, the capital of Connemara is known for its tweeds. Be sure to follow the Sky Road into Clifden, and if you have time visit some of the coral beaches out towards Roundstone. Letterfrack is home to Connemara National Park. Letterfrack Woodwork and Furniture College is located in the village where students design innovative and quality handcrafted furniture. Clifden or Roundstone would be the best places for lunch. A private cruise on a very stable 36ft motor catarmaran to some of the deserted islands could be arranged.

    Connemara is the area of Western Galway South Mayo bounded by the Atlantic Lough Corrib. It is an area beloved by artists and poets who find magical inspiration in its wide open bogs its towering cloud capped mountains. Cottages nestle into hillsides where wild looking sheep with thick fleeces great curling horns freely graze. The rugged coastline is punctuated with little fishing villages.

    Overnight Ashford Castle. (b)

  • Day 5

    Ashford Castle - Cliffs of Mohr - The Burren - Adare Manor

    Depart for a tour of the Cliffs of Mohr and The Burren before arriving in Adare. (b)

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    Tour Cliffs of Moher and the Burren on the way to Adare.

    The Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice 4 miles long and rising to a height of 666 ft., one of the most impressive stretches of the coast in the West of Ireland, remarkable especially at nesting seasons for the quantity and variety of seabirds there. Lisdoonvarna is a spa town with an excellent salmon smoke house. September was, and still is, the peak month of the matchmaking season here and with the harvest safely in bachelor farmers flock to Lisdoonvarna in search of wives. The Spa Well also continues to attract the crowds. The Doolin Craft Gallery as well as selling treasures from all around Ireland is also worth visiting for its scrumptious food and stunning gardens - a plantsman's paradise. You will pass Lahinch Golf Course, famous for its impenetrable rough and its goats.

    The Burren - Words simply cannot do justice to this eerie, peculiar 193-square mile area of ancient seabed that suffered glacial activity during its long history. The Burren, is a bare lunar like landscape of a limestone plateau dotted with Stone Age forts and megalithic tombs. In the narrow crevices that criss-cross this pavement flourish orchids, gentians and other rare flora, an amazing mix of arctic, alpine, temperate, and tropical vegetation growing side by side. Twenty-two varieties of orchids thrive here, nourished by underground rivers and rich soil. Today we see treeless meadows of limestone karst that forms natural pavement interspersed with lush flora. Scholars of history can scour the Burren for tombs, chambers, and dolmens (two stones that support a horizontal slab), traces of Stone Age inhabitants. To the north the Burren is bounded by Galway Bay with the fishing port of Ballyvaughan, a noted centre for oysters, while to the west the Aran Islands stand out against the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Overnight Adare Manor. (b)

  • Day 6

    Adare Manor - Shannon Airport

    Depart Ireland from Shannon Airport. (b)

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    Depart from Shannon Airport. Private transfer or return the self-drive. (b)

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