Top 5 Hidden Gems on an Irish Music Tour
Weather it’s a tour of the North, the Wild Atlantic Way or Ireland’s Ancient East, we here at Irish Music Tours have included a few surprises for our guests that make their Ireland Vacation a very unique experience and ensures that their visit to Ireland is that more special. Here we list our top 5 hidden gems that are included in our tours.
Nestled on the shores of Galway Bay, Oranmore Castle is a privately owned castle dating back centuries witha very rich history. Owned by the Finn family (the late Alec Finn was a founding member of world renoun Traditional Irish Music group ‘De Danan’) the castle is open to the public for cultural events, weddings and concerts and is one of our most popular stops on our Wild Atlantic Way tours. The sound of music in the great hall is an experience not to be missed.
Located in South West Donegal on the Atlantic coast the folk village is a beautiful example of restored houses and commercial and educational buildings that covers almost 400 years of life in Ireland. Brimming with original artefacts, old tools and clothing you get an insight of ho hard life was in Ireland in the past and how modern Ireland has evolved over the centuries.
Located in the Connemara area of Co. Galway, Roundstone Musical Instruments is owned and run by master Bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, who made the drums for the original Riverdance production. View the workshop and enjoy a coffee whilst browsing the gift shop and listen to some of the wonderful stories Malachy has to tell as he gives his time freely to all visitors. What sets this apart is not just the warm welcome, amazing stories and fasinating history but the stunning journey through Connemara to get to Roundstone.
Located just 300 meters from the famous Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary this hidden gem is a privately owned and run museum that takes you on a journey through Ireland’s troubled past from the genocide of the 1840’s through to the Easter Rising, the War of Independance and the Irish Cival War. Full of authentic artefacts, original uniforms and reconstructed buildings this is an eductional hidden gem not to be missed.
Located on the outskirts of Dingle Town in Co. Kerry this is always a popular stopwith our guests. Learn about the history of the distillery, the process of making whiskey and more importantly get to sample the whiskey and gin produced here.