Overnight travel from the US
Arrival at Dublin International Airport - You are met and driven to your accommodation.
Take a refreshing nap or begin to explore the city
Accommodation for two nights - Dublin, County Dublin
Great way to see Dublin, great sightseeing and commentary is on the hop on and hop off the bus at all Dublin’s top attractions.
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland. This is a vibrant city divided into quadrants by the east-west River Liffey and
the north-south Grafton. Westmoreland and O’Connell streets. North of the Liffey lies the General Post Office, site
of the Easter Rising of 1916, as well as the Irish Writers' Museum.
Some great evening music –
O’Donoghue’s Bar - a special atmosphere and reputation. The mixture of good Guinness and live music guarantees your
visit will always be remembered. or perhaps
Mulligan’s - 1782 was a long time ago! This public house has been serving pints since that year. According to the Irish,
Mulligan’s pulls the best pint of Guinness in all of Ireland, a distinction not lost on famous patrons such as John F
Kennedy and James Joyce.
A day using the hop on hop off Bus tour - a great way to see
many of Dublin’s treasures including The Book of Kells at
Trinity College. Breaking up the day with a little refreshment
at the Guinness Storehouse - for a sip of the “black stuff”.
Day 4 - Kildare and Kilkenny
Transfer to Car Rental at Dublin Airport. Collect your comfortable SUV/Van.
Now we begin the self drive part of our tour - through the highways and byways of the Emerald Isle! The Japanese Gardens at Kildare were laid out in the early 1900s by the Japanese landscape artist Eida. They trace a
symbolic journey through life and include water, bridges, and statutary.
Kilkenny, a monastic settlement in the sixth century founded by St Canice. St. Canice’s Cathedral lies at one end and at the other end of the town lies Kilkenny Castle seat of the Butler family, the Dukes of Ormond, which dates from 1820 (though a Butler family home has stood on this site for more than 500 years). The Butler Collection of tapestries and portraits hangs
in the Long Gallery, which is itself notable for an unusual twin fireplace in Carrara marble.
Overnight in Kilkenny County Kilkenny
Day 5 Dingle
Travel west towards the Dingle Peninsula stopping at Limerick - a staunchly Roman Catholic city since the Battle of
the Boyne. Patrick Sarsfield surrendered in Limerick in 1691. The subsequent Treaty of Limerick marks the true beginning of oppression for Catholics in Ireland. Visit the Hunt Museum, a magnificent collection of treasures - from the ninth-century “Antrim Cross” to a painting by Pablo Picasso. The collection was amassed by John Hunt a medievalist who left it to the nation when he died in 1976.
Two nights Bed and Breakfast in Dingle County Kerry
Dick Mack’s probably Dingle’s best-known pub.
This family pub carries on a cobbler’s tradition, with a
small display. The bar is small and includes an old-fashion
John Benny Moriarty - the locals simply call this
place “John Benny’s” + traditional Irish musicians.
Day 6 Ring of Kerry
Set out for a drive to the Ring of Kerry – the 118 mile Ring of Kerry meanders through some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery. Perhaps most notable is how rapidly and frequently the character of countryside changes – from rugged craggy coastline to sweeping views of mountains, lakes, and waterfalls.
Day 7 Galway
Depart north for the cultural heart of Ireland stopping at Adare. Adare, which has been called Ireland’s most beautiful town. The streets are lined with thatched cottages with colorful front gardens. They were built by the Earl of Dunraven, who lived in the Victorian-Gothic Adare Manor. Arrive at your accommodation for 2 nights County Galway
Day 9 The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher today are packed full of scenic eye-candy. Atop the cliff, the panoramic views of the Aran Islands, The Twelve Pins, The Maum Turk Mountains and Loop Head will take your breath away. The visitors’ center, which has been aptly named Atlantic Edge, can be found close to the cliffs within an underground building. Various studies of the cliffs are on display here focusing on four main themes: Ocean, Rock, Nature, and Man.
The human story and history of the Cliffs of Moher date back at least two thousand years as the name derives from a 1st Century BC fort that stood where Moher Tower now stands. The old Irish word “Mothar” means ruined fort and it is
this that gives the cliffs their name. Mankind has told stories about these mighty cliffs and seen them form a part of myth and legend.
We have also used them to our advantage as a place of lookout, quarrying, fishing, collecting eggs and feathers.
In the last few hundred years
Time in the Clifton and Connemara National Park, spend some time at Kylemore Abbey in the heart of the Connemara Mountains and built in 1868 as one of the great neb-gothic castles of the period. It is now a Benedictine abbey run by nuns, and the church and gardens have been completely restored. Definitely worth a visit.
Overnight Westport. Co. Mayo
Day 11 Kells and Navan
One night local to Kells/Nava County Meath
Day 12 Return to the US
After breakfast, start your journey home. Drive to Dublin International Airport and return the rental car.
(accommodation approx. 1 hr from the airport)