DAY 1 - 5th June (Monday)
Meet at Dublin Airport. Travel by luxury coach to the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast. We’ll enjoy a tour of the Falls Road and the Shankill Road, taking in the world famous wall murals and learn about the history of the troubles from both sides of the divide. We’ll enjoy some traditional irish music in Kelly’s Cellars, the oldest bar in Belfast.
DAY 2 -6th June (Tuesday)
Meet at 9.30am and visit the famous Titanic Experience and learn about the history of the Belfast ship building history. Birthplace of the famous White Star Liner flagship, the Titanic, learn more about this tragic story and see how the ship was built from detail plans through the actual building process to completion. From here we’ll take the short trip to visit the Lowden Guitar Company. This is an exclusive and rare opportunity to see these famous guitars made and learn the history behind the company. (You never know, you may even get the opportunity to play or even buy one). This afternoon you’ll have a few hours free to explore Belfast City Center before dinner. Music tonight is in Madden’s Bar.
DAY 3 - 7th June (Wednesday)
This morning we meet at 9am and pack our luggage onto the coach for the journey to the Giants Causeway on the north coast. These basalt columns were formed over 60 million years ago and are now a world heritage site. Folklore has it that they were created by the giant Finn Mc Cool. You decide which story is best!! From here we’ll pay a visit to the world famous Bushmills Distillery to sample some of the finest Irish whiskey and take tour. From Bushmills we make the short journey to Derry City where we’ll enjoy some music tonight in Peadar O’Donnell’s Bar.
DAY 4 - 8th June (Thursday)
This morning we meet with our local tour guide and historian from Derry City Walking Tours to take a guided tour of the famous 17th century Derry’s Walls and learn all about the history including the siege of Derry of 1688 up to the present troubles and Bloody Sunday. From the City Centre we’ll take a short 20 minute journey across the border into County Donegal to visit Emerald Guitars who make a range of standard and custom carbon fibre acoustic guitars and more. We’ll have a few hours off this afternoon to further explore the Maiden City before enjoying more music tonight.
DAY 5 - 9th June (Friday)
Today we pack up again and head south east to the historic Armagh City. On route we’ll pay a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh, Co. Tyrone. The Museum tells the story of the emigrants who made the journey across the atlantic to America hundreds of years ago. Visit the thatched cottages and log cabins and be greeted by costumed characters and enjoy the stories and the food. Music tonight in the Marketplace Theatre.
DAY 6 - 10th June (Saturday)
Today we visit the famous Navan Fort on the outskirts of Armagh City. Experience life over 2000 years ago, as you walk in the footsteps of warriors to the ancient Navan Fort, site of the great temple of 95BC. Your guide will explain how and why this impressive ceremonial structure was built, as well as highlighting the importance of the surrounding sites in the Navan complex. Immerse yourself in Iron Age life, as you meet the resident Celtic clan & view their period dwelling! During your visit, you may find the Celts regaling you with stories of their past triumphs, cooking, weaving or even preparing their weaponry for battle. A short journey north of Armagh will take us to McNally Guitars, one of the most up and coming guitar makers today and see at first hand their beautiful handmade guitars. After dinner we’ll enjoy some music and relax by the open fire.
DAY 7 - 11th June (Sunday)
Meet at 9am. Today we leave the Orchard County and made our way south to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Horse racing and horse breeding have been a important part of Irish society for generations and this is an opportunity to learn what goes on behind the scenes in the equine industry. You can also relax with a leisurely stroll through the amazing Japanese Gardens. From here we take the short journey to the town of Bray on the east coast where we’ll stay the night and enjoy a lively session in our hotel.
DAY 8 - 12th June (Monday)
Today we take a trip to the historic town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford. We’ll pay a visit to Vinegar Hill, scene of the 1798 rebellion and explore the visitor center to learn more about the failed uprising. We’ll make our way back to Bray via the Vale of Avoca and the Wicklow Mountains. Our final session tonight will be a special one with a few friends joining us for the finale.
DAY 9 - 13th June (Tuesday)
Today we make our way to the medieval town of Kilkenny. After a visit and tour of the Smithwicks Brewery you can explore the cobble streets and shops before we have dinner and be entertained with some traditional Irish music from our musicians.
DAY 10 - 14th June (Wednesday)
We will start our day with a tour of Kilkenny Castle. Originated soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years. You can walk through its fifty acres of parkland with mature trees and variety of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden and a man-made lake. You can then spend the afternoon at your leisure before our farewell dinner and final session.
DAY 11 - 15th June (Thursday)
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and, after meeting at 10am, we’ll make our way back to Dublin. Drop off is at Dublin airport around Noon.