DAY 1 - Meet in Dublin
Meet in Dublin. Depart for Ardara, Co. Donegal. On route we stop off in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. We’ll visit Enniskillen Castle, once the home of the Enniskillen Dragoons. The castle dates back to the 16th century. Once we check into our hotel we will enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music.
DAY 2 - We visit Glenveagh National Park
Today we visit Glenveagh National Park. The visitor centre has a roof made of living heather to mimic the landscape and the displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural habitat and the buildings history. We will have a guided tour of the castle and learn of its sad history, afterwards you can explore the gardens at your leisure. On Route we will have a guided tour of the New Mills Flax and corn Mill. The waterwheel is one of the largest in Ireland and you will get to see it in action as it drives the machinery for the corn mill. On our way home We will stop at Leo’s Tavern birth place of Clannad and Enya. This pub has hosted many famous musicians since it opened in 1968 and attracts tourists all year round to view the music memorabilia adorning the walls.
DAY 3 - We will venture to Sliabh liag
Today we will venture to Sliabh liag, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, standing at 601m and on a clear day the view is second to none. We then take a step back in time as we have a tour of the Glen Folk Village. Situated in one of the most rural areas of Donegal, here you get an insight as to how the Irish people lived years ago in such a rural and tough time. The Cottages show how living conditions, quality of live, traditions, culture and tools developed over the years. When we Arrive back in Ardara we will visit the world famous Eddie Doherty Tweed, Eddie himself will give you a demonstration of the dying tradition of hand-weaving on a Loom.
DAY 4 - We will be stopping at the renowned Lissadel House.
Today we set off for Galway, on route we will be stopping at Lissadell House. A mansion built in the 1830’s it was the last of this style to be built in Ireland. It played host to many influential and historic figures in Irish history such as Constance Markievicz and W.B Yeats. Our last stop today is at our hotel on the outskirts of Galway. We will meet for dinner and enjoy some Traditional Irish Music with our own musicians.
DAY 5 - A walking tour of Galway City
We begin today with a walking tour of Galway City. This busy and buzzing city is known all over for its Claddagh Jewellery, varied street performances, cultural diversity and architectural beauty. We will take a short drive to Oranmore Castle, home of the late Alec Finn, he was a founding member of the band De Dannan. Built in the 15th century, this castle boasts amazing views over Galway Bay with authentic artefacts, enjoy a few tunes with our musicians in the great hall. Next on the tour is a very exclusive and exciting opportunity to visit and see an instrument maker Paul Doyle. You will get to see how a range of different instruments are made. The Rest of the day is your own to explore the cobbled streets and sample some of the finest seafood on offer.
DAY 6 - Next stop at the Cliffs of Moher
Today we set off for Dingle. On route we will we stop off in the burren Co.Clare. We then stop at the cliffs of Moher. The sea cliffs run for 14km and at their highest point are 702ft above sea level. After a short ferry crossing over the Shannon Estuary, we proceed to the coastal village of Dingle, Co. Kerry. famous for its Traditional Irish Music, star wars film set and Fungi the Dolphin. After dinner we can relax and enjoy some Irish Music in Tommy O’Sullivan’s Pub.
DAY 7 - We will do the Slea Head drive
This Morning we leave for Killarney, on the way we will do the Slea Head drive around the Dingle peninsula part of the Wild Atlantic Way. This circular route offers some breath taking views and along the route are ancient monuments. We then have a tour of the gin distillery and a little nip at the end!. This afternoon we’ll have some free time to explore this beautiful town before enjoying some traditional irish music in the evening.
DAY 8 - The Cashel Folk Museum and Folk Village
Today we make our way to Kilkenny. on route we’ll stop off in Cashel and pay a visit to the Cashel Folk Museum and learn about Ireland’s often tragic past and the background of the Easter Rising and War of Independence.
DAY 9 - The Journey Home
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and we will make our way back to Dublin Airport and our onward journeys