Ireland: A Family Adventure

Dublin, Ardmore, Kerry, Clare

From $4700 Per person in low season

Per person for 9 nights based on two adults and two children traveling together, and including all accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, luxury transportation in a Mercedes Viano, the services of your driver guide and most entrance charges.

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At a Glance

  • Designed entirely around family-friendly experiences and hotels

  • Packed with fun adventures from horse riding on the beach to looking for ghosts in a haunted library

  • Enjoy the services of a top private driver-guide throughout

  • Learn the art of falconry while staying in a medieval castle

  • Experiences can be adapted to suit the ages of your children

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Itinerary

Ireland is a magical destination to travel through with children of all ages, and this fabulous family adventure that includes castles, ghosts and plenty of active outdoor adventures will have you all crowing very happily when you get back home.

With its prehistoric monuments and crumbling monasteries, green hills and wild shoreline, winding roads and even more winding tales of the faerie folk, Ireland has all the ingredients necessary to capture a child’s imagination. When you add the chance to go horse riding or surfing on a deserted beach, learn archery and falconry, or look for ghosts in a haunted library, what kid wouldn’t want to go? This fabulous family adventure to Ireland will let your children boast about sleeping in a medieval castle and kayaking in search of dolphins as, with the help of your own friendly private driver guide, you explore Ireland together from East to West.

Beginning with three nights in Dublin at the stylish Merrion Hotel, there’s a ton of things for families to enjoy in Ireland’s capital and cultural heart. Wander along the cobbled paths of Trinity College to discover its world-famous sixth-century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells; stroll past the street performers on Grafton Street to St. Stephen’s Green, where you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride; learn a few steps of Irish dancing at The Irish House Party; and visit the Marsh Library, unchanged from the eighteenth century, where you can try out your ‘olde worlde’ handwriting skills with a quill and ink, and even follow a spooky children’s trail in search of the ghost of a long-dead archbishop!

Come evening, we can arrange a private dinner for you and your family, attended by a seannachie, or traditional Irish bard, to regale you with tales of one-eyed club-wielding giants, magical cauldrons and swan goddesses from Ireland’s extraordinarily rich mythology.

Heading south through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, we’ve suggested next a stay in Ardmore on the Waterford coast. Here the luxurious Cliff House Hotel makes a superb base for exploration.

If you want to be active, you can explore the coast in a sea kayak looking for dolphins as you go, try your hand at surfing and sailing, and gallop a horse along the beach, while Mum and Dad can enjoy the fine dining and sumptuous spa treatments.

Calling in on Blarney Castle where, if your children need the gift of the gab, they can kiss the famous stone, your next destination is Kerry, where the family-friendly Park Hotel in Kenmare is the perfect place to rest in between your adventures. Kerry’s wild and beautiful landscapes of lake, mountain and rugged coastline are a feast for the eyes and a hotspot for adventure activities from marine safaris and canoeing to walking and horse riding. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Kerry in early-middle August, then don’t forego the chance to go to the Puck Fair whose three days of merrymaking have origins that are lost in the mists of antiquity.

For your last stay, we’ve suggested a real highlight– the amazing medieval Dromoland Castle, seat of the O’Brien clan who can trace their lineage back to Brian Boru, the last great High King of Ireland. As a base for exploring the West of Ireland, Dromoland could not be bettered, being close to the geological wonders of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher, as well as the cities of Galway and Limerick.

There are so many activities available on the estate, however, that you may well be tempted not to leave. Family-friendly pursuits range from fishing, horse riding and archery to clay pigeon shooting, tennis and cycling. Before we take you to nearby Shannon Airport, however, there’s one thing you absolute must do, and that is to learn the ancient art of falconry. As you handle these majestic and beautiful birds, you will gain a uniquely fitting and memorable insight into the lives of the noble High Kings of Ireland.

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  1. Days 1-3: The Merrion

    Dublin City Centre

    This luxurious hotel is located in the heart of Dublin's city center. Created from the restoration of some of the finest 18th-century Georgian townhouses in the capital, this is an elegant and beautiful hotel with fantastic service.

  2. Days 4-6: The Cliff House Hotel

    Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

    Set dramatically on cliffs above Ireland's Waterford coast, the Cliff House Hotel is a relaxing family-friendly retreat with a great spa and Michelin-star dining. Offering Relais & Chateaux luxury and rugged adventures, Cliff House makes a superb escape.

  3. Days 6-8: Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland

  4. Days 8-10: Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate

    Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland

    Dromoland Castle in southern County Clare is a lavish castle hotel offering the chance to live like an Irish High King. Flawless service, sumptuous food and a wealth of family-friendly activities make Dromoland a wonderful splurge in the west of Ireland.

Experiences

  • A Visit to the Blasket Islands

    The Blasket Islands lie a short way off the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Boasting a disproportionate literary heritage, magnificent coastal scenery and peace, a visit to the Blasket Islands is Ireland at its magical best.

  • Blarney Castle

    Famed for its Blarney Stone, which by kissing will bestow the gift of eloquence, Blarney Castle was built over six hundred years ago by Cormac McCarthy, one of Ireland's greatest chieftains. But don't forget to explore the castle and gardens too.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometer stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • Glendalough

    Glendalough, in the heart of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains, is a wooded valley with two mysterious lakes, famed for its charismatic early seventh-century monastic complex and round tower. You can also enjoy beautiful walks in the woods and mountains.

  • Heywood Lutyens Gardens

    Set among 50 acres of formal gardens and exquisitely romantic landscaped lakes and woodland just outside Dublin, Heywood is one of Ireland’s great gardens. Any garden lover staying in Dublin should make a special point of visiting Heywood.

  • Horse-drawn carriage ride in Dublin

    The charming carriages line the edge of St Stephen's Green and the chatty drivers and their sturdy horses make for a relaxing way to sightsee.

  • Irish dancing lessons

    A fun experience for all the family, we can arrange private lessons for you to learn the basics of Irish dancing. So, if you've been inspired by Riverdance, give it a whirl and let your feet do the talking.

  • Magical Skellig Michael

    Skellig Michael, a towering sea crag rising from the wild Atlantic Ocean around eight miles off the coast of Kerry, is a mind-blowing destination whose stark spirituality and skirling seabird colonies will live in your mind long after you have returned.

  • Private Walking Tour of the Burren

    The Burren landscape, with its unusual limestone rock formations, fascinating prehistoric archaeology and renowned flora and fauna, provides a spectacular terrain for a guided walk. Explore its secrets on a half-day walking tour with your private guide.

  • Rock of Cashel

    Sometimes known as Cashel of the Kings, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a spectacular collection of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone rock.

  • The Aran Islands

    Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.

  • The Beara Peninsula

    Located mostly in County Cork, the Beara Peninsula is the third major 'ring' in Ireland's southwest after Kerry and Dingle. Here you can escape the hordes and find in its tiny coastal communities captivating views and Ireland at its peaceful best.

  • The Gardens at Birr Castle

    The award-winning gardens at Birr Castle in Offaly are one of the most extraordinary gardens in Ireland. With abundant rare plants, the world’s tallest box hedges, and plenty of kid-friendly activities, a visit to Birr Castle makes a superb day out.

  • The Irish House Party

    Located just ten minutes from central Dublin in a beautiful 18th Century townhouse, The Irish House Party is a truly unique Dublin experience. Dine on delicious Irish specialties before being entertained by the best musicians and dancers in the business.

  • The Marsh Library

    The Marsh Library, located next to St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, is an amazing haunted library that, apart from being one of Ireland's most important Enlightenment book collections, makes a great place to take the kids on a rainy day.

  • The Ring of Kerry

    Snaking more than 120 scenically captivating miles in a circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry, The Ring of Kerry takes in rugged and verdant coastal landscapes, lakes and mountains and charming seaside villages.

  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells

    Trinity College is Dublin's oldest university and its cobbled front square and collection of historic buildings is a must see. The magnificent Old Library building houses the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse

    No trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to visit the famous brewery of the black stuff. This historical building spread over seven floors brings to life the rich heritage of Guinness.

Location

Dublin, Ardmore, Kerry, Clare

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