Arrive at Dublin Airport and drive to Wicklow area – depending on time of arrival, there may be some time for local touring or perhaps a visit to the 6th century monastic settlement at Glendalough or the stunning Powerscourt House and Gardens.
Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191.
City parks include landscaped St Stephen’s Green and huge Phoenix Park, containing Dublin Zoo. The National Museum of Ireland explores Irish heritage and culture.Overnight: Wicklow area
Travel to Dublin city where you can trace the history of this colourful city from early Viking origins, through the mediaeval magnificence of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Dublin, a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laidback city is an adventure in itself.
You could also visit Dublinia, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Irish Whisky Distillery or maybe Trinity College where you will find The Book of Kells.Overnight: Wicklow area.
Travel to Kilkenny today. En-route you can Visit the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare before you continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny.
Perhaps you could enjoy a walking tour of the city, which commences at Shee Alms House, now the tourist office, but formerly offering shelter for the poor of Kilkenny during the Middle Ages and continue through the narrow streets and slip ways where you can see many of the historic sites Kilkenny is famous for.
You can also visit Kilkenny Castle which stands on a majestic site beside the River Nore. This magnificent castle, dating from 1172, lies in a beautiful 50-acre park. The Gobelin tapestries and Great Hall have been restored to reveal their former splendour. Overnight: Kilkenny area
This morning depart Kilkenny and travel south towards Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. En-route, why not visit the Old Midleton Distillery and learn how Irish whisky is made or kiss the world famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and acquire the “gift of eloquence”?
Continue on into the spectacular west Cork region where many fishing towns and villages dot the southwest coastline.
The area is known for its rugged peninsulas, beaches such as Inchydoney, Owenahincha and Barleycove, and towns and villages such as Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Rosscarbery. Overnight: West Cork / Kerry area
Today tour one of Ireland’s loveliest districts, The Ring of Kerry. Poets, painters, writers and musicians have all tried to convey the beauty of this area. Mountains, valleys and lakes blend into a palette of scenic splendour.
A delightful day includes a drive along the broad, dramatic coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and through the charming villages and towns of Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville and Irish speaking Sneem.
Why not Visit Muckross House, a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. The gardens at Muckross House are renowned world-wide for their beauty; in particular they are noted for their fine collections of azaleas and rhododendrons.Overnight: West Cork / Kerry area
Today travel towards the Limerick/Tipperary area; perhaps visiting Tralee and the Dingle Peninsula en-route. In Tralee why not Visit the Kerry Museum, which traces the history of Kerry from 5,000BC to the present day.
Continue on to Limerick and the Shannon Region.
In Limerick why not Visit King John’s Castle or The Hunt Museum or continue to the nearby village of Bunratty and Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park where you can see Irish village life circa the 1900’s recreated in the Folk Park.
Bunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. It is located in the centre of Bunratty village, by the N18 road between Limerick and Ennis, near Shannon Town and its airport.Overnight: Limerick / Tipperary area
Returning to the Dublin region today, why not Visit Birr Castle Demesne where you can visit the gardens or see one of the world’s largest telescopes?
Time permitting, why not visit Dublin again for some last minute shopping or sightseeing. Overnight: Kildare / Meath area.
Travel to Dublin Airport for return flight home.
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