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7-Night Authentic Luxury Northern Ireland Tour

Price: From $3,500 Per Person.
7 Nights

Authentic Luxury Northern Ireland Tour

Our Authentic Luxury Northern Ireland Tour will delight your senses at every turn! Enjoy stays at some of Ireland's top hotels, spas and resorts, while indulging in a wide range of unique and awe-inspiring activities and events. Upgraded, decadent rooms are reserved at all properties - from the character and history of Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel, to the sprawling splendor of Lough Eske Castle. Relish culinary experiences such as Afternoon Tea at The Lord Mayor's Lounge, and a private balcony dinner at the fantastic Galgorm Resort & Spa. Your tour also includes a Connoisseurs' Experience at the Guinness Storehouse, as well as visits to Titanic Belfast, The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Glenveagh National Park, Ulster-American Folk Park and much, much more. This tour will include your choice of personal chauffeur or, for those who love to drive, a luxury rental vehicle. If you seek the ultimate from your Ireland vacation, then this is quite likely the tour for you!

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7-nights of Upgraded Rooms at Ireland's most Luxurious Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet Private Transfer from Dublin Airport to Downtown Hotel
  • Choice of Luxury Rental Car or Private Chauffeur

DINING

  • 7 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Afternoon Tea at The Lord Mayor's Lounge
  • Private Balcony Dinner at Galgorm Resort
  • Dinner at Snaffles Restaurant in Castle Leslie

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Connoisseurs' Experience at The Guinness Storehouse
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off 2-Day Sightseeing Bus Pass in Dublin
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery Tour
  • Scenic Tour of Northern Ireland's Stunning Coastline
  • Tour of the Belleek Pottery Factory

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Titanic Belfast
  • The Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Ulster-American Folk Park

Dublin, County Dublin

Arrive at

Arrive at Dublin Airport, County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight if you are coming 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.
There are 2 terminals at Dublin Airport, the second of which opened to air traffic in November 2010.
Most flights from the U.S. (on Aer Lingus, Delta, United, US Airways & American Airlines) arrive into Terminal 2.


Accommodation

The Westbury Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Deluxe 2 x Queen

Check in policies:

Check-in is from 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12:00 noon. Car parking at the hotel is available on site for €25.00 euros per day.


Included Experiences

Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin

Your tour includes a luxurious private transfer from Dublin Airport to your Downtown Hotel. Once you have collected your luggage, proceed through to the Arrivals Hall, and look for your driver. He/She will be holding an iPad with your name thereon, and will quickly escort you outside, where your ride awaits. Before you know it, you will have arrived at your Dublin City Center Hotel, and your Irish adventure can truly begin! That's right, no endless searching for the right airport shuttle, bus or taxi. No trying to figure out where you're going or which bus stop is yours. Just the perfect start to a well-deserved, relaxing vacation... All part of our Authentic Vacations 5-star Customer Service!


Overnight Location

Dublin, County Dublin

On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.

Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park (twice the size of New York City's Central Park), Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, Dublin Castle, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Gaol and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery.  A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.


Must-See Sites

Grafton Street, County Dublin

On The Map: Grafton Street runs from Saint Stephen's Green in the south to College Green in the north

Grafton Street is without doubt Ireland's premier shopping street - in terms of retail rent, it's the fifth most expensive in the world! With beautiful historic buildings housing iconic Irish businesses such as Brown Thomas, Weir & Sons and Bewley’s Grafton Street Café, Grafton Street offers an experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the country. Since the 1980s, the street has been mostly pedestrianized, with the exception of a short stretch that runs between Nassau Street and College Green and contains the 18th century Trinity College Provost's House, home to the head of the college. If shopping's not your thing, Grafton Street is still worth checking out. It's a bustling, atmospheric spot, and high quality street performers including musicians, poets and mime-artists commonly perform to the shopping crowds.


Trinity College, County Dublin

On The Map: Trinity College is located in the heart of Dublin City. Just south of the River Liffey, the campus grounds are bordered by Grafton, College, Pearse, Nassau & Leinster Streets.

Time spent in Dublin would not be complete without a visit to Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1st, it is one of the oldest universities in the British Isles, and the very oldest in Ireland. Standing on a self contained site in the very heart of Dublin, the College itself covers some 35 acres of cobbled squares and green spaces surrounded by buildings which represent the accumulated architectural riches of nearly three centuries. Although Trinity offers much of interest to the visitor, the crown jewel is without doubt the Book of Kells. The Book is an 'illuminated manuscript', globally celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (prepared calfskin), in a bold and expert version of the script known as 'insular majuscule'. Written in the 9th century, it has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid-19th century, and attracts over 500,000 visitors a year.


Dublin Museums, County Dublin

Dublin has long been recognized as a center of art & culture. The city is literally awash with interesting museums and galleries of all types and sizes.
It's impossible to make note of them all, but three of the best are:
The Chester Beatty Library: Alfred Chester Beatty, a New Yorker donated a fantastic collection of books to the city of Dublin. Highlights include papyrus scripts, valuable copies of the Koran, Buddhist & Far Eastern literature, as well as early mediaeval manuscripts.
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: Enter this museum and be transported back in time to almost 7000BC! Gold and other treasures recount a varied Irish history through Christian and pre-Christian times. A range of exhibitions also present artifacts from many other cultures and regions.
National Gallery: Here you can admire European works of art from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. As well as Irish artists, the Gallery also boasts works by Angelico, Goya, Gainsborough & Reynolds, to name but a few.


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

The Westbury Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Deluxe 2 x Queen

Check in policies:

Check-in is from 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12:00 noon. Car parking at the hotel is available on site for €25.00 euros per day.


Included Experiences

Afternoon Tea at The Lord Mayor's Lounge

Dublin, County Dublin

The Lord Mayor's Lounge at The Shelbourne Hotel has, for generations immortalized each of Dublin's Lord Mayors. On the day of their inauguration, the new Mayor takes a short stroll from his/her residence at the Mansion House to the legendary Lord Mayor's Lounge, to enjoy delectable, celebratory treats.
The Lounge is an expression of elegance and style, with every detail crafted to reflect the hotel’s long history. It has has been the storied backdrop to many important social and family occasions for the last 200 years. Today, you'll luxuriate in this wonderful room, immersed in its historic ambience. Choose from a splendid array of dainty open and finger sandwiches, along with delicious warm buttermilk scones with clotted cream and Shelbourne strawberry jam. A mouth-watering variety of sweet treats, using distinctly Irish flavours and ingredients is of course also on your Afternoon Tea menu!


Guinness Connoisseur Experience

Dublin, County Dublin

The Connoisseur Experience is the ultimate tasting experience for the ultimate Guinness fan. Gather in the luxurious private bar, discreetly tucked away in a secluded area of the Guinness Storehouse where you will embark on a journey through tastes, traditions, and stories of the most popular variants of Guinness beer - Guinness Draught, Guinness Original, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and one of the beers from The Brewers Project range. You will also have the opportunity to learn the craft of how to pour the perfect pint of your very own Guinness. This experience is an exclusive added feature to the general admission tickets which include a self-guided tour of the visitor experience and a complimentary pint of Guinness or soft drink.


Must-See Sites

Dublin Castle, County Dublin

Since its foundation in 1204, Dublin Castle has been at the heart of the history and evolution of Dublin.  Today, spanning an area of over 44,000 square meters (11 acres), the site contains 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, 2 gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments (the most important state rooms in the country). The grounds of the Castle are free to explore, as is the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.  Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased from the Apartments in the Upper Castle Yard.


Saint Patrick's Cathedral, County Dublin

On The Map: Saint Patrick's Cathedral is located in the heart of Dublin City, just south of the River Liffey, and west of such landmarks as Trinity College and Grafton Street. The Cathedral is located at the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

Built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral has contributed much to Irish life since its founding in 1191. The Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well, at which St Patrick himself reportedly baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift was Dean of Saint Patrick's from 1713 to 1747, and is buried within the church. In a romantic twist, Esther Johnson (Stella) is buried next to Swift. Although never married, Swift had a life-long, intense and mysterious relationship with Stella, and she was an inspiration for much of his work. Handel's Messiah received its first performance there in 1742, sung by the combined choir of Saint Patrick's and Christ Church. Music has played an integral part in the life of Saint Patrick's since its foundation and it is the only cathedral in these islands to sing two services every day. Living Stones, the cathedral's permanent exhibition, celebrates Saint Patrick's place in the life of the city, its history and its role at the dawn of the third millennium. It emphasises that the cathedral is not a museum, but a building embracing the past to herald the future.


Kilmainham Gaol, County Dublin

On The Map: Kilmainham Gaol is located in the west of Dublin City on the Inchicore Road, and just south of Phoenix Park.

One of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, Kilmainham has played an integral role in some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation. The Gaol offers the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment between the opening of Kilmainham in 1796 and its closure in 1924. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were all detained here, and names such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell & Eamonn DeValera are synonymous with Kilmainham. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. Access to the Gaol is by guided tour only, which includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.

Hours: October – March  9:30am – 5:30pm (last admission at 4:15pm)
April & May  9:00am – 6:00pm (last admission at 4:45pm)
June, July & August  9:00am – 7:00pm (last admission at 5:45pm)
September  9:00am – 6:00pm (last admission at 4:45pm)


Ballymena, County Antrim

Accommodation

Galgorm Resort & Spa - Ballymena, County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Signature Suite

Check in policies:

Check-in times are between 2pm - 6pm, please call if you will be arriving outside these hours.


Included Experiences

Titanic Experience Belfast

Belfast, County Antrim

Visit the birthplace of the Titanic and experience the story. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way; from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre.


Balcony Dinner at Galgorm

Ballymena, County Antrim

Tonight, you will dine at the Galgorm Resort & Spa. You have several options available to you. If the weather isn't too chilly, we recommend choosing the idyllic setting of your own luxurious suite's balcony. Alternately, you can opt to dine in one of the Resort's three wonderful restaurants. The River Room is one of only 4 establishments in Northern Ireland to hold a coveted a 3 AA Rosette award for Culinary Excellence. Boasting an expansive menu to suit all tastes, Gillies Grill offers a warm and relaxed ambience, with pleasant views over the Resort's stables. Meanwhile, Fratelli Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge.


Enroute Sightseeing

Belfast, County Antrim

On The Map: Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is located in the northeastern corner of the country in County Antrim. Belfast is well served by a network of good roads, including the M1 motorway from Dublin City.

Approximately one third of the population of Northern Ireland - about half a million people - live in Belfast. It's setting is very attractive, nestling in a semicircle of hills, where the River Langan enters Belfast Lough. The city got it's name from Beile Feirst  "the mouth of the sandy ford" - and was founded in 1177 when the Anglo-Normans built a castle here. It began to really expand in the 17th century with the development of the local linen and shipbuilding industries (the Titanic was built here).  Sights to see in Belfast City, the Belfast City Hall, built of Portland stone in Classical Renaissance style, dominates the city center.  The Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788 is an absolute delight, a cultural centre with exhibitions, a Theater & Performing Arts Archive and a Genealogy and Heraldry collection. Away from the city center you have the Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens, near Queens University which has miles of galleries and exhibitions. This lively and friendly city, with historic buildings standing side-by-side with modern creations is a delight not to be missed.


Overnight Location

Ballymena, County Antrim

On The Map: Ballymena is located in County Antrim, in the northeast corner of the island of Ireland. Belfast is just 30 miles away to the south.

Ballymena, also known as the 'City of the Seven Towers', is an attractive town, with some notable features and history. The town was founded on land given to the Adair family by King Charles I in 1626. The King decreed that in return for the land, the town would hold two annual fairs and a free Saturday market in perpetuity. To this day, the town holds one of the largest two-day agricultural shows in Ireland each year, and the weekly Saturday market continues to run! Ballymena is located just 6 miles from distinctive Slemish Mountain (pictured), the legendary first home of St. Patrick in Ireland. After being brought to the country as a slave in the 5th century, St. Patrick reputedly worked for 6 years as a shepherd on the mountain. In more recent times, Ballymena has produced another famous Irish son in Liam Neeson - the well-known actor was born and raised in Ballymena, and was presented with the 'Freedom of the Borough' in 2013.


Ballymena, County Antrim

Accommodation

Galgorm Resort & Spa - Ballymena, County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Signature Suite

Check in policies:

Check-in times are between 2pm - 6pm, please call if you will be arriving outside these hours.


Included Experiences

Giant's Causeway

Bushmills, County Antrim

Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it. Why not experience the Giant's Causeway for yourself? Visit the world-famous basalt columns with one of our knowledgeable tour guides (for a small additional fee paid on-site), or pick up an audio guide and go at your own pace. Climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the cliff-top trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. Unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of our award-winning visitor centre, which also boasts a café serving a seasonal menu, and retail zone where you can pick up locally sourced souvenirs and handicrafts.


Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Ballycastle, County Antrim

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is located near the small town of Ballintoy, in County Antrim Northern Ireland. The rope bridge connects the mainland to the tiny island of Carrick in the northeast corner of Northern Ireland. Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep, the famous bridge once consisted of a single rope hand rail and widely spaced slats which the fishermen would traverse with salmon caught on the island. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two hand railed bridge, and the current, 'caged' bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter of 2000 as a further safety measure. Although no-one has ever been injured falling off the old or new bridge, there have been many instances of visitors being unable to face the return walk back across the bridge, resulting in them being taken off the island by boat - so probably not an ideal activity for the faint of heart!


Old Bushmills Distillery

Bushmills, County Antrim
In the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river you'll find the oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce beautifully smooth-tasting Irish whiskey. On this tour and in the company of an experienced tour guide, you will be taken right through the heart of the distillery to view the whiskey making process as it happens. Start in the Mixing Room where it all begins, before moving onto the Fermentation Room where the alcohol is produced. Next it's onto the unique copper stills of the Distillery itself, followed by the Cask Room, Blending Lounge & Bottling Plant. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Distillery's resident ghost, The Grey Lady, as you enjoy your tour.

Dunluce Castle

Bushmills, County Antrim

Dunluce Castle is sited dramatically close to the edge of a headland, along the North Antrim coast. One could spend hours marvelling at such a wondrous feat of construction 500 years ago! Surrounded by jaw dropping coastal scenery, this medieval castle stands where an early Irish fort was once built, and its history can be traced back to early Christians and Vikings. The Castle has a rich and varied history, connected with such famous names as Richard de Burgh, Sorley Boy MacDonnell, and Sir John Perrott. Dunluce Village which once surrounded the castle was destroyed by fire during the siege of 1641, but some archaelogical remnants of walls remain. Also nearby are the ancient church ruins of St. Cuthbert's, and the site was witness to the sinking of the colony ship the Exmouth, bound for Quebec, which broke up on rocks off Islay with 240 deaths in 1847. The site features a visitor centre, shop and guided tours of the ruins, gardens and remnants of the town. 


Donegal, County Donegal

Accommodation

Lough Eske Castle - Donegal, County Donegal

Castle
Room Type: Garden Suite

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

Mussenden Temple, County Derry

On The Map: Mussenden Temple is located in County Derry, on the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The Temple is accessed via the A2 road that connects the towns of Limaviddy (to the southwest) & Coleraine (to the southeast)

Mussenden Temple perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top above the Atlantic Ocean, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal, and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head. The temple was built in as a summer library in1785 by Frederick Augustus Hervey, Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol (or the 'Earl Bishop'), and its architecture was inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, near Rome. Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland. Over the years the Temple was in danger of being lost to the sea due as the cliff-edge drew ever closer. Thankfully, in 1997 the National Trust carried out cliff stabilisation work to prevent the loss of this lovely building.


Enroute Sightseeing

Derry, County Derry

On the Map: Derry City is located close to the northern coast in Northern Ireland. Derry is accessed via the N15/N13 from Donegal (to the southwest) and the A6 from Belfast (to the southeast).

The story of Derry is a long and tumultuous one. Set on a hill on the banks of the Foyle estuary, strategically close to the open sea, it came under siege and attack for over a thousand years. You can walk along the great 17th-century walls, about a mile round and 18 feet thick, which withstood several sieges and even today are unbroken and complete, with old cannon still pointing their black noses over the ramparts. The great siege lasted for 105 days. Today, there’s an atmosphere of optimism in Derry and the city buzzes with life. It’s an artistic city, with theatres, galleries and other cultural centres and a number of annual festivals. Its people, with their gentle accent, are very welcoming.


Enroute Sightseeing

Derry Walls Heritage Trail, County Derry

The famous Derry City Walls were built in the early part of the 17th Century. Following this other key periods in the city’s history include: The Siege of Derry, Emigration, Famine in Ireland, Shirt Industry, World War I and II, Easter Rising, Civil Rights Marches, Bloody Sunday, Ceasefires and the Good Friday Agreement. Each of these has in part contributed to the moulding of the city as it is today, with a blend of both the modern and historic; occupied by optimistic and friendly people. The Walled City heritage Trail takes in 200 sites of particular historical importance. Cathedrals, churches, parks, villages, murals and monuments all within the Derry City Council, tell of various tales in the city’s history. The historic sites are easy to find as the city and surrounding countryside have been divided up into distinct areas.


Overnight Location

Donegal, County Donegal

On the Map: Donegal town is located in County Donegal in the northwest of Ireland. The N15 road connecting the cities of Sligo (to the southwest) and Derry (to the northwest) passes-by just east of the town.

Donegal Town is famous for being the former home to the O'Donnell Clan, who played a pivotal role in Irish history. From the 15th to the 17th century, they provided the main opposition to the colonisation of Ireland by England. The town itself contains Donegal castle, on the banks of the River Eske and the remains of a Franciscan abbey which dates back to the 15th century on the Southern shore of the Bay. The Annals of the Four Masters are traditionally thought to have been started in the abbey in the early 17th century. The story of Red Hugh O'Donnell, Lord of Tyrconnell, was the inspiration behind many books and films, not least, Disney's The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966).


Donegal, County Donegal

Accommodation

Lough Eske Castle - Donegal, County Donegal

Castle
Room Type: Garden Suite

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is home to many interesting plants and animals. The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh - its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof. The extensive displays contained within provide an introduction to the park's natural and built history. Glenveagh Castle is a 19th century castellated mansion, that was constructed between 1867 and 1873. Its construction in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat, and the style of earlier Irish Towerhouses was imitated, adding an air of antiquity to the castle. The forbidding architecture of the castle is quickly forgotten amidst the varied comforts within. Through time, each room acquired a different character, some roughly in keeping with the period of the house, others freely inventive. Your visit to Glenveagh includes a shuttle bus to/from the Visitor Centre to the Castle, as well as a tour of the grand old mansion.


Must-See Sites

Killybegs, County Donegal

On the Map: Killybegs is a County Donegal coastal town in the northwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the N56 and R263 from Donegal town (30 minutes away to the east).

Killybegs is Ireland's premier fishing port. Located on the northwest coast of Ireland, this natural harbour provides a perfect gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an excellent place to base yourself when touring the south west of Donegal. A lively fishing town with Ireland's largest fleet of trawlers. Killybegs is a bustling town where local and foreign ships tower over the quayside. With large numbers of both trendy and modern restaurants and the more traditional pubs, Killybegs offers the visitor a variety of good food, drink and entertainment.


Slieve League, County Donegal

On the Map: Slieve League is located in County Donegal on the northwest coast of Ireland. The area is accessed via the R263 road that heads west from the fishing village of Killybegs.

The Slieve League cliffs are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe. To fully enjoy the spectacle of Slieve League, it is best to leave your car at the car park and walk the few miles to the cliffs so as not to miss the exciting scenery of the area. (You can lift the gate and drive to the top if you are unable to walk. Note there is only a small parking area at the top) There are terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay as you walk towards the exceptionally high top of Slieve League, where the cliff face of Bunglas rises over 600 metres above the raging seas below. Experienced walkers only should venture beyond the viewing point onto One Man's Pass which loops around onto the Pilgrim's Path.


Glaslough, County Monaghan

Accommodation

Castle Leslie - Glaslough, County Monaghan

Castle
Room Type: Castle Master Double

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Belleek Pottery Tour

Belleek, County Fermanagh

When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. Established in 1857 Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of County Fermanagh. Nestling on the banks of the River Erne this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian china and also to one of Ireland's top visitor attractions. The building which, up until 1988, was used to produce Belleek has since been refurbished internally and features a museum, tearoom, video theatre and showroom. On your tour, you'll experience the life and times of Ireland's oldest pottery.  Watch closely and see how the techniques developed over 158 years are still being used today, producing some of the most sought after gift and tableware in the world.


Ulster American Folk Park

Omagh, County Tyrone

The Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air museum in Castletown, just outside Omagh, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The Park explores the historical link between Ulster and America, focusing particularly on the lifestyle and experiences of those immigrants who sailed from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish immigration at the museum that brings it to life. Follow the immigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale immigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier.  Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.


Dinner at Castle Leslie

Glaslough, County Monaghan

This evening you'll enjoy a delectable dinner at Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie. Snaffles is a 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant (for Culinary Excellence in both 2015 & 2016), where you can enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxed setting. Set on a mezzanine floor in one of the top luxury castle hotels in Ireland, the open-plan restaurant is light and spacious with a dramatic hand-carved ceiling and robust oak beams, blending effortlessly with a striking wall of contemporary glass. Signature dishes are cooked with superb, locally sourced ingredients - prepared and presented with imagination and flair.

Please note that drinks are not included. 


Overnight Location

Glaslough, County Monaghan

On the Map: Glaslough is located in County Monaghan in the northeast of Ireland and very close to the border with Northern Ireland. From the main N12 road connecting Monaghan town (to the southwest) & Armagh City (to the northwest), Glaslough is accessed via the R185, intersecting just east of Monaghan town.

Monaghan Town is in the north-central area of the county. It was built near a crannóg (lake-dwelling) in early Christian times, but what you see today really began at the time of the Plantations around 1613, when it became a thriving centre for the linen industry and also for lace-making. Most of the planters were Calvinists from Scotland, and they built the town around three squares, called the Diamond, Church Square, and Market Square. Around the Diamond some fine Classical and Regency buildings survive, including the Market House, now housing the Tourist Office, and the Courthouse. What you notice first, however, is the Rossmore Memorial, an enormous and flamboyant Victorian drinking fountain. In Church Square, appropriately, there’s a Regency Gothic church.


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!


 

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ACCOMMODATION

  • 7-nights of Upgraded Rooms at Ireland's most Luxurious Hotels

TRANSPORTATION

  • Meet & Greet Private Transfer from Dublin Airport to Downtown Hotel
  • Choice of Luxury Rental Car or Private Chuaffeur

DINING

  • 7 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Afternoon Tea at The Lord Mayor's Lounge
  • Private Balcony Dinner at Galgorm Resort
  • Dinner at Snaffles Restaurant in Castle Leslie

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Connoisseurs' Experience at The Guinness Storehouse
  • Hop-On, Hop-Off 2-Day Sightseeing Bus Pass in Dublin
  • Bushmills Whiskey Distillery Tour
  • Scenic Tour of Northern Ireland's Stunning Coastline
  • Tour of the Belleek Pottery Factory

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Titanic Belfast
  • The Giant's Causeway
  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Dunluce Castle
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Ulster-American Folk Park

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  • Risk-Free Cancellation Policy
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  • Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling alone? No problem. Just ask us for a single supplement price.

Driving through history

Your Hometown: Edmonton

We had an excellent trip. Absolutely no problems with bookings that Donna arranged. Driving Ireland and seeing it at your own pace lets you stop to admire ruins not normally on a tour. Only thing we would do differently is upgrade the car. As someone who enjoys driving I regret not having something a little more sporty.

Christmas in Ireland

We talked to Lainie about what we were looking for. She listened to our wishes offering suggestion and developed our plan. We got exactly what we were looking for. Made sure we were happy and answering a million questions. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you Lainie !

An epic solo road trip!

Your Hometown: Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you to Anna Wilgenbursch for all her help and patience in supporting my free and easy solo road trip across Ireland, chasing writers poets and thin places. The bed and breakfast choices were fantastic. I don't usually go through an agent to help with booking accommodation etc. but I had little to do so myself so am glad that I had Anna to take that load off me. I appreciate too that Anna was on WhatsApp with me and very responsive. I felt very supported. Thank you.

Ireland birthday trip

byStephanie StutzAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Minnesota

Josi was an immense help. From the beginning with her planning based on our wishes and prompt replies we felt very confident everything was covered. And it was! beautiful locations great suggestions for sites to see we could not have been more pleased with the whole Adventure. It was so nice to have all the reservations set and the car rental covered it made the whole experience stress free. I will definitely reach out to Josie for my next vacation.

Destination Vacation

byPeter L PavlinaAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Boston

Great trip thanks to Michelle's great work!

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