Castles & Manors of Ireland
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- Air from Dulles on United
- 7 - Nights 4 & 5 Star Castle & Manors
- Welcome & Thanksgiving drink
- 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
- Tea & Scones x 3
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Porterage, Taxes
- Touring/Admissions as per Itinerary
- 2 - Nights Kilronan Castle, Roscommon
- 2 - Nights Abbeyglen, Galway
- 1 - Night Adare Manor, Limerick
- 2 - Nights Kilkea Castle, Kildare
Sightseeing to include:
- Classibawn Castle
- Museum of Country Life
- Village of Drumcliff
- Galway City
- Yeats Society
- Connemara History & Heritage Center
- Rathbaun Farm
- Village of Adare
- Desmond’s Castle
- Smithwick’s Distillery
- Thanksgiving dinner
Nov 19 – Depart from Dulles Airport at 10.15pm on United Airlines. Dinner will be served shortly after departure.
Nov 20 – Arrive Dublin Airport at 10am approx. After collecting our luggage and clearing customs, our driver/guide, Dave Spillane will escort us to the motor coach. Drive south stopping at Johnstowns House for tea & scones and an opportunity to freshen up. Check-in to Kilronan Castle with time to rest or take a stroll through the grounds. Gather in the bar this evening before a dinner and enjoy a welcome drink. Overnight: Kilronan Castle, Roscommon (D)
Nov 21 – This morning stop in the village of Drumcliff to visit the grave of the famous Irish poet W.B Yeats. See the stunning Benbulben Mountain in the distance. Continue to Mullaghmore Harbor, take a scenic drive around Mullaghmore Head giving you breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the home of some of the biggest waves surfed in Europe in the past few years. See Classiebawn Castle, former home of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten who died in Mullaghmore Harbour in August 1979. Next visit the Yeats Society to learn about Ireland’s favorite poet. Through the medium of his poetry, history and music we will make the connection between Yeats and his beloved Sligo. “Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild. With a faery, hand in hand. For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” Excerpt from the Stolen Child. Return to Kilronan Castle. Overnight: Kilronan Castle, Roscommon (B, D)
Nov 22 – This morning visit the Museum of Country Life near Castlebar where we will learn of traditional ways of life in Ireland through trades, crafts, farming, hunting, fishing, domestic life and festivals. Onto Westport for lunch and time to take a stroll around this lovely planned town.
Continue our journey into the wild and wonderful Connemara area with gorgeous views of boglands and misty mountains. On arrival at Abbeyglen we will enjoy tea/coffee and scones by a welcoming fire. After check-in and some time to relax/refresh we will gather at 6.30 for a glass of champagne and a talk about the Castle and the area followed by dinner. Overnight: Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden, Galway (B, D)
Nov 23 - Today we will visit the Connemara History & Heritage Center which offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this beautiful part of the West of Ireland. See how turf (peat) is cut and enjoy a scone making/Irish coffee demonstration. The best part - sample some of the hot scones straight out of the oven! Overnight Abbeyglen Castle, Clifden, Galway (B, D)
Nov 24 – This morning travel east to Galway City. Enjoy some free time in ‘the city of the tribes’. Our next stop will be Rathbaun Farm, an opportunity for everyone to experience farm life. Fintan will talk about the animals and give an insight into the daily chores of a rural farmer. Enjoy tea/coffee and scones before our onward journey to the lovely village of Adare. On the bank of the River Maigue, with its thatched roof cottage and the remains of Desmond's Castle, it is known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Check-in to the majestic five-star Adare Manor. We will have time to appreciate the natural beauty as we stroll through the peaceful Adare Estate. Dinner this evening in the Carriage House Restaurant. Overnight: Adare Manor, Limerick (B, D)
Nov 25 – After a leisurely breakfast depart Adare Manor (11.30am) and travel east into county Kildare. Stop on-route in Limerick City for lunch before our onward journey to Kilkea Castle. Some free this afternoon to take a stroll or cozy up by the turf fire with a warm beverage.
Overnight: Kilkea Castle, Kildare (B)
Nov 26 – Today a short drive to Kilkenny to visit the Smithwick’s Distillery. This new multi-sensory experience will take us on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s, and right up to the present day. We will learn about the history and amazing heritage of the Smithwick’s family and its place in Kilkenny, a city steeped in history and brewing. Some free time in Kilkenny for lunch and to take a walk around town before returning to Kilkea Castle. Gather in the bar this evening before dinner and enjoy a drink to toast to family & friends back home. Happy Thanksgiving! Dinner tonight will be in the Restaurant 1180 located in the castle. Overnight: Kilkea Castle, Kildare (B, D)
Nov 27 – After breakfast depart our hotel for the Airport. Depart on United Airlines at 12.10pm. We will pre-clear customs and emigration in Dublin which makes for a very smooth arrival into the US. Arrive into Dulles International Airport at 3.15pm. Slán abhaile! – Safe home! (B)
“When Irish stew is bubbling and the soda bread is hot and the Irish tea is steeping in a little Irish pot.
When the room is warm with laughter and the songs are bright and bold and there’s poetry and magic in the stories that are told.
Isn’t it a blessing? Isn’t it just grand?
To know the heart and soul of you belongs to Ireland.”