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6-Night Irish Castle Fantasy

Price: From $695.00 per person 6 Nights

Spend one week in Ireland and stay in a castle every night! (Included is a rental car to discover the countryside from one castle to the next.) Lough Rynn is a secluded, lakeside castle nestled on 300 acres with Ireland’s largest walled gardens tumbling to the lake. Your next stop is the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, located on Connemara’s gorgeous Sky Road with magnificent views of the Twelve Bens and Clifden Bay.  Here we have included a castle for two. Fantastic! Finally, you’ll arrive at Cabra Castle dating from 1760. Listen to the tales whistle past you in magnificent hallways and stairwells. The castle’s spa is welcome after a day of activities, and there’s plenty of nightlife and entertainment. Let yourself be pampered. This is an ideal vacation to discover the mystery and magic of the hidden northwest of Ireland. Explore Ancient Newgrange in the Boyne Valley. Older than the pyramids, it was built to track the movement of the sun, and it is one of Europe’s most extraordinary sites. Irish castle lodgings with their welcoming mystery and ambience coupled with every modern amenity. This is an amazing Irish experience.

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Tour Highlights:

  • 6 nights in 3 Different Castle Hotels
  • Dinner for Two at Abbeyglen's Award-Winning Restaurant
  • Visit Carlingford & Dun na Ri Forest Park
  • Marvel at Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey
  • Explore Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Famous Cong Village
  • Travel to Picturesque Westport Town & Stunning Achill Island
  • Discover the Mysteries of Carrowmore and more!

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Mohill, County Leitrim

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Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S. or Canada.

Dublin is Ireland's main airport - located just north of Dublin City.
If you are heading downtown, it takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic.
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Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - More Info - Mohill, County Leitrim

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.

Enroute Sightseeing

Belvedere House & Gardens, County Westmeath

On The Map: Belvedere House is located just south of the town of Mullingar in County Meath. The Estate is easily accesseed from the M6 motorewsay connecting Dublin & Galway. Exit the M6 at Junction 4 and proceed north on the N52 road for approx. 11 kilometres.

Belvedere House & Gardens is a magnificent 160 acre Lakeside Estate, replete with a fully restored 18th century Georgian Villa. The Estate includes a Victorian Walled Garden, The Enchanted Glen - a secret Faery Garden, and a number of 'Romantic Follies', including the largest in Ireland - 'The Jealous Wall'. Belvedere House was designed by the famous architect Richard Castles, and was built for Lord Belvedere in 1740, as an 'escape' from the ordeals of family life at his nearby main residence - Gaulstown House. Robert's wife, Mary Molesworth, spent 31 years under house arrest at Gaulstown, owing to a suspected affair, and led to Robert being known as The Wicked Earl! A different but related argument with his brother George, led to Robert erecting the Jealous Wall in 1760 to block his view of his brothers much larger house, Rochfort (now Tudenham) house!

Overnight Location

Mohill, County Leitrim

On the Map: Mohill is located in County Leitrim in the northwest of Ireland. From the main N4/M4 road connecting Sligo town (to the northwest) & Dublin City (to the southeast), Mohill is accessed via the R202, which intersects with the N4 just south of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Leitrim's name derives from the Irish Liath Druim, meaning "grey ridge."  In ancient times Leitrim formed the western half of the Kingdom of Breifne. The Kingdom of Bréifne (also Breffny, Brefnie, Brenny) was the traditional territory for an early Irish tribal group known as the Uí Briúin Bréifne. The Bréifne territory included the modern Irish counties of Leitrim and Cavan, along with parts of County Sligo.  Breifne means hilly in Irish, a description which describes the topography of this part of Ireland. It is also believed to mean a place of great beauty. Leitrim has a dramatic hilly and mountainous landscape in its northwest and is relatively flat in the southeast, each separated from the other by Lough Allen in the middle of the county. It is an unspoiled, peaceful land of great natural beauty, consisting of lofty mountains, deep valleys, pastures, lakes, rolling hills and rivers. Leitrim is not a landlocked county as it has a short length of Atlantic coastline (5km) between Sligo and Donegal in the northwest.

Must-See Sites

Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim

On The Map: Carrick-on-Shannon is located in County Leitrim in the northwest midlands of Ireland. The town is situated just off the main N4 road, that connects Dublin to the southeast, and Sligo to the northwest.

A bustling town, Carrick-on-Shannon is now one of the most popular inland resorts in Ireland. It is situated on the shores of the majestic River Shannon and is both the county town of Leitrim and the cruising capital of the Shannon. From Carrick-on-Shannon (or Carrick as its known locally), the beauty and wonders of the River Shannon & Shannon Erne Waterway awaits. With 750km of cruising available, the town is ideally situated at the gateway to both the River Shannon to the south and the Shannon-Erne Waterway to the north. Carrick is also widely acknowledged as an Anglers paradise and within a 10km radius of the town there are no fewer than 41 lakes. Carrick is steeped in history and signposted walking tours of the town allow you to discover its interesting historical buildings, in particular the Workhouse and Famine Graveyard, Hatley Manor, St George's Church of Ireland, and the Costello Chapel (reputedly the smallest chapel in Europe).

Mohill, County Leitrim


Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - More Info - Mohill, County Leitrim

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.

Must-See Sites

Sligo, County Sligo

On the Map: Sligo Town is located in County Sligo in the northwest of Ireland. Sligo is well-served by a good network of major roads - the M4/N4 from Dublin (to the southeast), the N17/N4 from Galway (to the south) & the N15 from Donegal town (to the north).

The mediaeval town of Sligo was initially established in 1245, when the Castle of Sligo was built. The town was attacked and burned many times in subsequent centuries, and the only mediaeval building currently standing in the town is Sligo Abbey. The current Abbey dates from 1414, and Bram Stoker (whose mother was from Sligo), claims that ghost stories about the eerie structure in large part inspired him to write his famous novel, 'Dracula'. Sligo is probably most famous for its close association with the poet W.B. Yeats, and his artist brother, Jack. There's a fine museum and gallery, much of which is devoted to the great man, and his grave at Drumcliff Cemetery is a well-visited attraction. At Carrowmore, in very close proximity to Sligo you will find the 5,000 year-old megalithic tombs of an ancient Celtic people. This is only one of many world-famous megalithic sites in Sligo. Ben Bulben, the distinctive flat-topped mountain (pictured) is right next to the city, and is steeped in Irish folklore, legend and mythology.

Boyle Abbey, County Roscommon

On the Map: Boyle is located in County Roscommon in the northwest of Ireland. The N61 road passes through town, just south of where it intersects with the major N4/M4 road that connects the cities of Dublin (to the east) and Sligo (to the north).

The famous Abbey at Boyle was the first successful foundation in Connacht of the Cistercian order of monks, which had opened its first Irish house at Mellifont, County Louth, in 1142. Though mutilated during the 16th & 17th centuries, when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey is nevertheless a very well preserved monastery. Dominated by a squat square tower dating from the 13th century, the Abbey has certainly retained its ability to impress visitors. The Abbey design was influenced by styles from Burgundy, from where Cistercians came to Ireland. The decorated corbels and capitals were likely carved by local masons, some of them members of the so called ‘School of the West’. This same School is responsible for creating some of the most inventive architectural sculpture of the 13th century in Ireland's west. A restored gatehouse dating from the 16th & 17th centuries houses an exhibition.

Glencar Waterfall, County Leitrim

On The Map: Glencar Waterfall lies about 8 miles north of Sligo town, and 5 miles west of Manorhamilton, just off the N16 road that connects the two towns.

With a drop of approx. 50 feet, Glencar Waterfall is not the largest in the world. It does however occupy a wonderfully scenic and romantic location, and is particularly impressive after rain. The setting and charm of the waterfall inspired Ireland's famous poetic son, W.B Yeats, and is mentioned in his poem, 'The Stolen Child'. The falls are accessed via a lovely wooded walk and on-site picnic facilities are provided. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, but none are quite as romantic as this one! The waterfall is adjacent to serene Glencar Lake on the Sligo / Leitrim border - a most enchanting area.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, County Sligo

On The Map: Carrowmore is located just 4 kilometres southwest of Sligo Town, and is reached via the R292 (Strandhill) road which intersects with the main N4 to Dublin.

This is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country's oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage houses an exhibition relating to the site. Access to the tombs may be difficult for people with disabilities. Visitors are advised to wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain.

Connemara, County Galway


Abbeyglen Castle - More Info - Connemara, County Galway

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:30pm, check-out is before 12:00 noon. Hotel will try and accommodate alternative times, just call on 095 21201.

Included Experiences

Abbeyglen Castle Dinner

Connemara, County Galway

The Castle Restaurant is renowned for its gourmet food, offering the very best local seafood, live lobster, and of course, delicious Connemara lamb. Relax, sit back and enjoy live music, friendly staff and beautiful views. An A La Carte and extensive Table d'Hôte menus are available, and change daily. The Chefs at Abbeyglen are more than happy to accommodate any special dietary requirements you may have. Tuesday night is Irish night at Abbeyglen. An Irish menu, written in Gaelic is provided, serving a number of traditional dishes. All accompanied by a wonderful evening of traditional Irish music and song. The Abbeyglen Castle Restaurant has the distinction of 2 Rosette Awards from the AA (Irish Automobile Association) for great food and attentive service. Enjoy!

Enroute Sightseeing

Cong, County Mayo

On the Map: Cong is located in County Mayo in the midwest of Ireland. The village is 45 minutes/ 43km north of Galway City, and is most easily accessed via the R334/R346 road that intersects with the main N84 road connecting Galway & Castlebar cities.

Cong is without doubt most famous for being the location of John Ford's 1951 classic, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The Quiet Man Cottage Museum allows visitors to relive the movie as if actually on-set.  Painstaking effort has ensured that all the furnishings, artifacts, costumes - etc. are authentic reproductions. The majestic remains of Cong Abbey are the relics of an Augustinian abbey founded in the 12th century by Turlough O'Connor, King of Connaught and High King of Ireland.  The Cross of Cong, an ornate processional cross intended for the abbey, is now in Dublin's National Museum. Ashford Castle, perhaps Ireland's most exquisite castle hotel is located just outside the village.

Enroute Sightseeing

Quiet Man Bridge, County Galway

On The Map: The Quiet Man Bridge is located five miles from the village of Oughterard, in County Galway in the west of Ireland.

The Quiet Man Bridge is internationally famous as a location for the 1951 movie, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. The film is regarded as one of the top 100 ever made, and tourists by the busload stop to photograph it. Leam Bridge, as it is known locally, is in a condition almost identical to 1951. This is the bridge where Wayne's character, Sean Thornton dreams of his youth in the opening scenes of the movie and hears his dead mother's voice describing White O'Morn cottage. More than 50 years have passed since Irish-American director John Ford shot his classic movie, but interest in the film has never been stronger. Shot on location in the west of Ireland John Ford’s beloved romantic comedy The Quiet Man has been celebrated for its larger-than-life portrayal of the Emerald Isle. Most of the Quiet Man outdoor scenes were shot in various locations in counties Galway and Mayo - mainly around the scenic Maam Valley on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle and the nearby village of Cong.

Overnight Location

Connemara, County Galway

On the Map: Connemara encompasses a large area northwest of Galway City in the west of Ireland. It is most easily accessed via the N59 road that loops around the region and connects the cities of Galway (to the southeast) & Westport (to the northeast).

Northwest of Galway lies the rocky, barren, but breathtakingly stunning region of Connemara. This area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Stop off in the fishing village of Roundstone, where currachs, old style featherweight rowing boats are still in everyday use. The village also boasts an impressive crafts complex, selling everything from teapots and sweaters to traditional Irish music instruments. Clifden, Connemara's capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed.  From here travel north to see the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever changing scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. This is Ireland's big sky country.

Connemara, County Galway


Abbeyglen Castle - More Info - Connemara, County Galway

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:30pm, check-out is before 12:00 noon. Hotel will try and accommodate alternative times, just call on 095 21201.

Must-See Sites

Connemara National Park, County Galway

On The Map: Connemara National park is located in County Galway in the west of Ireland. The main park entrance is close to the village of Letterfrack on the main N59 road that connects Clifden to the south, and Westport to the northeast.

Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard 'Humanity Dick' Martin, who helped form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park has a Visitor's Centre (open March to October), that offers an audio-visual presentation about the region. 4 rewarding hiking trails begin at the centre, and a tea-room, playground and picnic area are also available. As well as its great natural beauty, many remains of human presence can be found in the Park. The oldest are megalithic court tombs some 4,000 years old. There is also an early 19th century graveyard about which little is known. Ruined houses, a disused lime kiln, old sheep pens, an ice house, drainage systems and old walls in various parts of the Park, are all evidence of a greater population and more extensive use of these lands in the past.

Inishbofin island, County Galway

On the Map: Inishbofin Island lies seven miles off County Galway’s coast in the west of Ireland. Ferries depart the village of Cleggan for the island. Cleggan is located just off the N59 road, approximately 12 km northwest of Clifden town.

Inis Bo Finne (Island of the White Cow)  The island is five miles by three. The main activities on the island today are tourism, farming and fishing. Several safe sandy beaches strewn with shells and with crystal clear water make swimming, snorkelling and diving a joy. For the more adventurous, crystal clear water makes for spectacular diving. Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds. The rarest or most threatened species breeding on the island at present are the Corncrake. The Corncrake have been nesting and breeding on Inishbofin for many years. For the adventurous there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling. Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song with its own Ceilí band. Inishbofin plays host to many visiting musicians and artists.It is estimated that Bofin was inhabited as far back as 8000 – 4000 B.C. The first documented history of the island dates from early Christian times. As you sail around the tower and signal light into the harbour you will notice Cromwell’s 16th Century Barracks. It was used as a prison for catholic priests from all over the country after the English Statute of 1585 declared them guilty of high treason.

Kylemore Abbey, County Galway

On the Map: Kylemore Abbey is located in County Galway, in the midwest of Ireland. The Abbey is accessed via the N59 road that connects the towns of Clifden (to the southwest) and Westport (to the northeast). 

Set in the Connemara mountains is Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful neo-Gothic Castle. Given it's picture-perfect location, Kylemore is often touted as Ireland's most romantic castle. Built by the English industrialist Mitchell Henry in 1868, visitors to the three reception rooms in the Abbey are touched by its history steeped in romance and tragedy. Kylemore Castle was sold to Benedictine nuns fleeing war-torn Belgium in 1920 and the Castle became an Abbey. The Community of Nuns re-opened their International Boarding School here and also established a day school for local girls. Mitchell Henry built the recently re-opened Neo-Gothic Church (under restoration) between 1877 and 1881 as a memorial to his wife following her untimely death. The Church, a ‘cathedral in miniature’, is a centre of reflection and prayer for many visitors. Visitors can also see the Mausoleum where the original owners are buried.

Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway

On The Map: The Sky Road drive begins in Clifden Town. Clifden is located on Ireland's west coast in the Connemara Region of County Galway. Clifden is reached via the N59 road from Galway to the southeast, and Westport to the northeast.

The Sky Road is an exhilarating 11km/7ml circular drive west of Clifden Town. The Sky Road is well signposted from Clifden. You will first pass Abbeyglen Castle Hotel (on your left), and after approx 400 metres beyond the hotel, take a look back towards Clifden. The 12 Bens mountains provide a wonderful backdrop to the town, and its two church spires, complete Clifden's distinctive skyline. The scenery along the Sky Road is quite simply, stunning. As you travel, the Sky Road separates into the lower and upper roads. The lower road takes you along the shoreline, and although pleasant, the upper road is more popular, owing to the commanding views it offers over the entire area. As the upper road rises, you are treated to breathtaking island & coastline views. There is a good-sized car park at the highest point of the upper road for wonderful photo opportunities. If you continue along the Sky Road thereafter, you will eventually join the main N59 Road, a few kilometres north of Clifden.

Connemara, County Galway


Abbeyglen Castle - More Info - Connemara, County Galway

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:30pm, check-out is before 12:00 noon. Hotel will try and accommodate alternative times, just call on 095 21201.

Must-See Sites

Clare Island, County Mayo

On the Map: Clare Island lies off the west coast of Ireland at the entrance to Clew Bay. The largest of the County Mayo offshore islands, it lies roughly four miles off the nearest mainland point and the ferry crossing from Roonagh Pier takes approximately 20 minutes.

Clare Island has a varied terrain: spectacular cliffs with large numbers of nesting sea birds and a rich 'inland' topography of hills and bogs and small pockets of woodland, making it ideal for hill-walking. The island's complex history can be read through its landscape: from archaeological remains of the Neolithic and Bronze age, to rare medieval wall-paintings in the 14th century abbey, to the 'pirate queen' Grace O'Malley's (Grainneuaile) castle and burial place. The island population is now around 130, yet everywhere there are traces of past generations, most significantly the 19th century population explosion and subsequent famine when the island's population of 1600 was reduced by half. Old potato ridges, or 'lazy beds' are everywhere: the evening sun reveals them jutting out from the land like the rib cages of some dying beast. The island has been much studied, with the R.L. Praeger's The Clare Island Survey the most well known.  

Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

On The Map: Croagh Patrick is a 764 metres mountain, located just 8 kilometres southwest of Westport town in County Mayo.

Croagh Patrick is Ireland's sacred mountain, and has been since ancient times. In pre-Christian Ireland it was the focus of the harvest festival of Lughnasa, traditionally held around August 1. The mountain was especially important for women, who would sleep on the summit during Lughnasa to encourage fertility. According to Christian tradition, St. Patrick went up the sacred mountain at festival time in 441 AD. After fasting at the summit for 40 days, he banished all the snakes and demons from Ireland. The site quickly became an important place of Christian pilgrimage & a stone oratory dating from between 430 and 890 AD was recently discovered on the summit. Nowadays, as many as one million pilgrims and visitors make the trek to the top to pray at the stations of the cross, participate in Mass, do penance (in which case the rocky journey is undertaken barefoot!) or simply to enjoy the spectacular view.

Achill Island, County Mayo

On the Map: Achill Island is located off County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. The island is accessed via land bridge from the N59 road connecting the cities of Westport & Bangor. 

Achill Island is the largest island in Ireland at 60 square miles and is accessible from the mainland by a land bridge. Here you can visit the quaint villages of Dooagh and Dooega, the high cliffs at Slievemore and Minaun and the magnificent beaches at Keel and Keem, under Achill Head. No visit to the Island would be complete without taking a journey of scenic splendour on the famous Wild Atlantic Way Drive which circuits the island. Achill's beautiful unspoiled, remote scenery and clear waters make it ideally suited to outdoor pursuits. You can explore the island's peaceful countryside with a beach walk, hill walk, or even a road walk! You can rent bicycles on the island if you would like to cover more distance. You can climb the highest mountain on the island, Mt. Slievemore (about 1800 feet), with ease and have a remarkable view of the area, or opt take a walk up the third highest point, Mt. Minaun and walk along the Minaun cliffs.

Westport, County Mayo

On the Map: Westport enjoys a coastal location in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. The town is accessed via the N59 road from Clifden (to the south), or N5 road from Castlebar (to the east).

Westport is a postcard-pretty town with as lovely a main street as you'll be likely to find anywhere in Ireland. The town lies in the shadow of Croagh Patrick with Clew Bay and its 365 islands just to the west. While in Westport be sure to visit Westport House and climb at least a little of Croagh Patrick. Westport House dates from 1730 and offers everything from a dungeon to a zoo! Croagh Patrick is a 765-meter hill where St. Patrick is said to have banished the snakes from Ireland. This hill is climbed (often barefoot) by thousands of Catholic pilgrims each July. South of Westport are some stunning scenic drives leading into the Connemara region. A trip northwards will bring you to remote Achill island which is accessible by a small bridge. Even further off the beaten path is Belmullet in the northwest corner of County Mayo. Westport also boasts a great selection of traditional pubs, among them Matt Molloy's of the Chieftains. 

Kingscourt, County Cavan


Cabra Castle - More Info - Kingscourt, County Cavan

Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.

Enroute Sightseeing

Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

On the Map: Clonmacnoise is located on the banks of the River Shannon in the very middle of Ireland. The major town of Athlone is only a few miles to the north, through which the main M6 road passes. The M6 connects Dublin City (to the east) and Galway City (to the west)

The ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise is situated at the crossroads of Ireland in County Offaly and dates back almost 1,500 years. St. Ciaran, the son of an Ulsterman who had settled in Connaught, chose the site in 545 AD because of its ideal location at the junction of river and road travel in Celtic Ireland. The location borders the three provinces of Connaught, Munster and Leinster. The monastery is on the east side of the River Shannon, in what was then the Kingdom of Meath, but occupying a position so central it was the burial-place of many of the kings of Connaught as well as those of Tara. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th  -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian grave-slabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of grave-slabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that are dedicated to the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.

Overnight Location

Kingscourt, County Cavan

On the Map: Kingscourt is located in the southeast corner of County Cavan, in the northeast midlands of Ireland. From the main N2 road connecting Monaghan town (to the north) & Dublin (to the south), Kingscourt is accessed via the R165, which intersects with the N2 just south of Ardee town.

Kingscourt is a busy market town. With Cabra Castle hotel and several B&Bs in the locality, visitors to the town are spoiled for choice. Kingscourt's Catholic Church, sitting on a ridge high above the town, displays excellent stained glass windows by the renowned Irish artist Evie Hone, who also provided designs for Eton College Chapel. Visitors can explore Dun a Rí Forest Park or play 9 holes of golf at Cabra Castle Golf Course. Situated one mile from Kingscourt, Dun a Rí Forest Park is a place of beauty. Situated in a tranquil glen, Dun a Rí is home to stoat, hare, mink, rabbit and otter, as well as red and grey squirrel along the banks of the River Cabra, which runs through the park. Take a romantic walk through deep, leafy glades & over old bridges. See marvellous views north to Slieve Gullion in County Armagh and the Mountains of Mourne. Some interesting features in the park include Cromwell's bridge, a wishing well and an ice house. There are four walks of approximately 1.5 -2km in length around the park.

Must-See Sites

Cavan, County Cavan

On the Map: The county is bordered by County Monaghan, County Leitrim, County Longford, County Meath, County Westmeath and County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.

Cavan is known as 'The Lakeland County' and is reputed to contain 365 lakes. The O'Reilly clan (still a very common surname in the area) established a castle in Cavan town in the late 13th century. A Franciscan monastery was also established at around the same time. In the 15th century the local ruler, Bearded Owen O'Reilly set up a market which attracted merchants from Dublin and Drogheda. King James I granted the town a charter in 1610. Later, during the seventeenth century, local administrative influence and power transcended to the Maxwell family, descendants of the Bishop of Kilmore from the 1640's, who later became titled Lords Farnham. Development in Cavan during the early 19th century saw the building of a new wide street that still bears the name Farnham Street.

Dun na Ri Forest Park, County Cavan

On The Map: Dun na Ri Forest Park is located just 1.5 kilometres north of Kingscourt in County Cavan, and lies adjacent to the Cabra Castle Estate. From Kingscourt, take the Carrickmacross Road (R179) which initially heads east out of town, before shortly turning north.

The 565 acre Dun na Ri Forest Park runs along the banks of the River Cabra, and features a dramatic gorge embracing part of the Cabra Castle Estate. The area is steeped in both legend & history. It is said that Cuchulain (Ireland's Ancient Superman!) camped in the Park at night, while by day conducting a single-handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve. In the 1600s, the glen echoed to the sounds of Cromwell's marauding British armies. There are four walks of approximately 1.5-2km in length, all with points of interest and plentiful, varied wildlife. Some more unusual highlights of a visit to Dun na Ri are the Ice House, Toba na Splinne Holy Well and Cromwell’s Bridge (pictured). The ruins of Fleming's Castle can still be seen as well as Sarah's Well. Sarah's Bridge, built in 1801, is the starting point of many of the walks in the park. The Park also has an extremely varied plant community and as a result it is rich in a wide range of wild animals. Red and grey squirrels are common, as are stoats and rabbits. Mink flourish along the river and otters have been spotted occasionally. The Irish hare is a resident of the Park as is the pigmy shrew. Norway spruce and oak are two important species in the Park.

Depart From

Depart from Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Return to Dublin Airport at least two hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Dublin Airport. With an extensive range of stores, bars and cafes, any spare time you have will fly!

Our Prices Include All Taxes & Fees and Our Risk Free Cancellation Policy!

This is a self-guided vacation package. You may choose any date to begin your travels. 

Prices are per person, based on 2 people travelling together for 6 nights, and include a compact rental car with manual transmission.
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Low Season
(October 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014):

  • US$695.00 per person

HIgh Season (May 1 - September 30, 2013)

  • From US$895.00 per person

Traveling Alone? The following single supplement charges apply:
October 2013 - April 2014: $375.00
May - September 2013: $475.00

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Can choose any date to start travel, except Blackout Dates: Dec 14, 2012 – Jan 3, 2014

May 14, 2018 by Donna Hilse. Your Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Our Ireland trip this time was absolutely awesome.
Jordan planned our 6 day Itinerary because we were on a short springbreak. We did the arrive and drive yourself all over Northern Ireland. We started in Dublin, then to Belfast, Portrush, Donelgal and
Celbridge. Jordan suggested so many stops and I think we covered them all. The northern coastline is breathtaking. The highlight was the Cerrick rope bride and the Giant Causeway. We stayed in fabulous hotels and the Europa in Belfast and the
Loch Este Castle in Donegal are the best. I recommend this tour, it has so many things to see and visit. Thank you Jordan for creating this package, your the best.

May 14, 2018 by Stacy. Your Hometown: Dundalk, MD

Best trip EVER!! Flight sucked, but what an enjoying vacation, we stayed in a different hotel/Castle/Manor/B&B every night, all planned out, and all check in's were easy and expecting us! We picked up a car, also was easy peasy and had so much fun and saw breathtaking coastlines in Northern Ireland and more Castles then I needed to see!! lol Awesome trip, drama free and the Irish people are the friendliest, most accommodating friends in the world!! Definitely recommend Jordan Elzerman , THANK YOU SO MUCH!!


May 14, 2018 by Old Friends. Your Hometown: Paris France; Essex CT

What a wonderful 12 days and nights in a fabulous country....thanks to Heather we had exactly the type of timing, accomodations, variety and activities that maximized our visit in a way we wanted ....to feel the people, the differences of regions, the history...Love to go back again to discover the rest...it was so easy how all was organized for us in advance...and with our tastes in mind!!

May 14, 2018 by Aundrea. Your Hometown: Pittsburgh

We just got back from a week in Ireland doing the Game of Thrones tour. It was nothing short of amazing! The sites, lodging and recommendations were perfect. We extended our stay by one extra day and our travel agent, Emily, booked us a breath taking castle outside of Dublin. She even let the hotels and B&Bs know it was our honeymoon so we received extra welcoming. We will go back to Ireland and book through authentic vacations!

“Perfect Getaway!”

May 14, 2018 by Melissa R.. Your Hometown: Sioux Falls

Emily was the absolute best agent to work with!! She answered all of my questions, was always prompt on getting back to me and could not have been more help to 2 people who knew nothing of the country we were traveling to. We always knew we wanted to vacation in Ireland but was clueless as to the specific places to go. I gave Emily my ideas and she orchestrated the best plan for us...and it truly could not have been planned any better! We can't express enough how much we appreciate this company and will definitely be a returning customer. We are huge fans!!

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