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A comprehensive luxury private journey round the whole of Ireland
Discover the extraordinary beauty of Giant's Causeway, Connemara and Kerry
Offers the chance to enjoy Ireland authentically and off the beaten track in Donegal and Sligo
Visit many of Ireland's key historic sites
Great option for foodies - includes a stay and cookery lessons at the renowned Ballymaloe House
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.
Exploring Ireland’s length and breadth, this comprehensive private journey takes you around Ireland in style from Belfast to Dublin, discovering its cities and ancient sites, culture and history, and natural wonders from Giant’s Causeway to the Burren. Traveling to the furthest flung corners of the Emerald Isle, you’ll visit many of Ireland’s most iconic sites, while also being able to get off the beaten track and enjoy some of the country’s more authentic and exclusive experiences.
We suggest beginning in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, whose history and thriving re-emergent cultural scene make it a fascinating city to explore, especially at venues like Titanic Belfast, where you can learn about the making of the ship that was ‘unsinkable’ and of life in Belfast’s historic shipbuilding dockyards.
Continuing north along the stunning Antrim Coast, you’ll reach Bushmills, home of the world-famous whiskey distillery, and just a couple of miles from Giant’s Causeway, where thousands upon thousands of basalt pillars have created an extraordinary landscape that inspired the earliest Irish myths and that will certainly inspire awe in you.
Crossing the border into Donegal, you’ll explore Ireland’s wildest corner from the remote grandeur of Glenveagh National Park to Slieve League, where the highest sea cliffs in Europe tumble down into the fierce Atlantic Ocean. Evenings will give you the chance to meet the locals in one of Donegal’s many sublime country pubs, where a pint of Guinness, a peat fire and the strains of a traditional Irish fiddle will delight you.
Continuing south through Sligo, you’ll pass the dramatic peak of Benbulben and have time to reflect at the extraordinary seven-thousand-year-old Neolithic tomb complex of Carrowmore, before arriving in Cong to stay at incredible Ashford Castle. Here you can learn the sport of kings as you try your hand at falconry, and explore the lakes and mountains of Connemara, visiting the evocative Benedictine abbey at Kylemore.
On through Galway into County Clare, where you’ll have a chance to get to know the eerily atmospheric limestone landscapes of the Burren, home in spring to an amazing diversity of wild flowers and dotted with prehistoric dolmens and sacred wells. Passing the Cliffs of Moher with their remarkable seabird colonies, you’ll cross the River Shannon at Limerick to enter Kerry in Ireland’s southwest, where we’ve suggested staying at one of Ireland’s most gorgeous country retreats Ard Na Sidhe, idyllically set above a lake on the Ring of Kerry.
With your guide, you can explore the lovely Dingle Peninsula and follow the classic Ring of Kerry with its endlessly changing vistas of lakes, mountains and sea. For those that are interested, there are wonderful sub-tropical gardens to explore and you can even take a boat out to visit remote Great Blasket Island famed for its unique literature and traditional Gaelic-speaking community.
Next comes a real highlight, as you delve into Ireland’s culinary scene with a stay at Ballymaloe House, famous for its slow food ethos. Here we’ll arrange a cookery class if you wish, and you can also go on an epicurean pilgrimage to Kinsale and sample the amazing waterfront seafood in the country’s gastronomic epicenter. Finally you’ll be able to call in Blarney Castle to polish up your conversational skills before heading into Dublin for your last two nights.
Your guide will show you the very best of Dublin from its Georgian squares and riverside pubs to inspirational places like Trinity College with its sixth-century illuminated manuscript The Book of Kells. And what could be better on your final night than letting us arrange a private dinner for you, while a seannachie (or Irish storyteller) entertains you with tales and legends of Irish days gone by?
Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.
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.
Experience this Irish tradition, followed by kings and lords for centuries. Test your skill against a bolting rabbit, springing teal or wily woodcock. Or aim for the bull's eye on an archery target.
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.
Cong is a village on the borders of Counties Mayo and Galway. Situated on an island formed by a number of streams, Cong is famous for its medieval abbey and as the location for the Oscar-winning movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne.
From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, enjoy an exciting fishing experience at Lough Corrib aboard 19ft hand-crafted wooden boats.
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.
Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh National Park encompasses a remote tract of wilderness in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, ideal for walking and exploring.
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.
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.
Head out for a day on the farm to experience first hand the intriguing art of sheepdog farming and watch in awe as the farmer and pup work together seamlessly as the perfect team to corral the wandering sheep.
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.
The megaliths of Carrowmore near Sligo town are one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland. In this region you can visit the one of the great heartlands of megalithic culture in Western Europe.
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.
Teelings Distillery is Dublin's first new whiskey distillery in over a century and currently the only one in the city. Visit Teelings and taste three award-winning whiskeys for yourself.
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 Cliffs of Moher are more famous, but Slieve League is considerably higher. These spectacular sea cliffs, particularly scenic at sunset when waves crash dramatically far below, are among the highest in Europe, and plunge some 2,000 feet to the sea.
With its mix of traditional Cork fare and exciting new foods from overseas, along with some great banter at its mainly family-run stalls, the English Market in Cork will charm anyone with an interest in food.
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.
Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, a wonderful coastline and some of the most beautiful and most varied scenery in Northern Ireland.
The Ring of Connemara is a circuit taking you through the wild beauty of Galway and Mayo. Famed for its lakes, mountains and rivers, the breathtaking scenery and isolated crofts and abbeys provide a stunning glimpse of rural Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
In Donegal, hand-weaving is a skill that has been passed down for centuries through the generations. This authentic experience allows you to meet and watch a traditional hand-weaver crafting world-famous Donegal tweed known for its warmth and durability.
Visit the famous brewery of the iconic drink that has shaped much of Dublin's history, as well as discovering what goes in to making the perfect pint of Guinness.
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