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Irish Itinerary Days 1-6 Print E-mail
Dublin – Book of Kells – National Museum of Ireland – Adare  Baile na nGall  Dingle  Slea Head Drive – Cliffs of Moher  Poulnabrone  Galway – Sligo  Carrowmore  Londonderry  

Day 1

We will begin the Irish tour early afternoon with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland which houses a fantastic collection of ancient Irish artifacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages including exquisitely crafted gold jewellery, weaponry and everyday household items.  Its early Christian collection includes the internationally famous Tara Broach and Ardagh Chalice.  You will also be able to view a wonderful example of a female fertility stone carving, a sheelanagig as well as the Museum's Viking exhibition. Following our visit to the Museum we will meet at our Dublin Hotel in the early evening and have a get-together followed by our welcome dinner and a visit to a pub with live traditional music.  As our hotel is located in the heart of Dublin, good shopping and a myriad of restaurants, cafes and pubs are within easy walking distance.  

Day 2

A visit to Dublin would certainly not be complete without seeing the Book of Kells, a beautifully illuminated 1,000 year old manuscript.  It is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and was written and illustrated by Irish monks more than 1,000 years ago.  It is housed in the Trinity College Dublin Library and we will start the day here. There will also be ample time to explore the centre of Dublin and maybe visit Dublin’s Viking interactive exhibition or hop on a Dublin bus to take the city tour. The evening will be free.

Day 3

After checking out from our Dublin hotel, we will drive to Adare, County Limerick.  Adare is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland boasting beautiful stone buildings, thatched cottages, a Norman castle and ruins of medieval monastries.  We will have lunch in Adare before departing on our drive to Dingle, County Kerry where we will be staying in a lovely coastal village, Baile na nGall, a short drive from the town of Dingle.  

Day 4

After a leisurely breakfast and a short walking tour of Baile na nGall, we will spend a goodly part of the day driving the Slea Head Loop.  The 46km drive is famous for its stunningly beautiful and often dramatic coastal views.  We will visit a selection of beehive houses, Iron Age Dunbeg Fort and the Gallarus Oratory.  Weather permiting we will have a picnic lunch at Slea Head.  Before our arrival in Dingle where we will spend a free afternoon, we will also visit the Celtic and Prehistoric Museum.  We will have dinner in Dingle and afterwards visit various pubs where we will be able to listen to traditional Irish music being performed.

Day 5

After checking out of our hotel, we will spend the day driving a beautiful route to Galway in County Connacht.  On our way we will visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.  Described by some as nature's masterpiece, the cliffs tower 214m above the sea at their highest point and stretch for 8kms along the coastline.  The Aran Islands can be seen in the distance from the cliffs.  We will also visit the Burren, an area of significant Neolithic archaelogical sites including the amazing Poulnabrone Dolmen.  We shall have a free evening in the city of Galway.

Day 6

After leaving Galway, we will drive to Carrowmore near Sligo, also located in County Connacht.  The megaliths of Carrowmore located just south-west of Sligo are regarded as one of the greatest megalithic complexes of ancient Ireland.  Carrowmore is located at the heart of the Coolrea Peninsular bounded by water on three sides.  Twenty-seven monuments in various states of preservation remain today and include stone circles, dolmens and cairns.  It is thought that there were once up to 100 monuments with many being destroyed in the 19th century.  Our guide will be Martin Byrne whose archaeological knowledge of the sites is extensive with his special interest being the art and astronomical alignments of passage tombs.  At the end of the day we will drive to Londonderry in northern Ireland where we will spend the next two nights.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book of Kells

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Sun Disc - National Museum of Ireland

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Cliffs of Moher

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Castle at Adare

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Carrowmore