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8-Night Haunted Ireland Castle Tour

Price: From $1,568 Per Person, 8 Nights.

Prepare to be spooked on this 8-night Haunted Ireland Castle Tour! What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a trip that features Ireland’s most haunted locations? This uniquely-themed tour gives you the opportunity to explore Ireland’s colorful past while staying in some of its most magnificent castles. Try to hold back your screams as you enjoy a Haunted History Walking Tour of Dublin and a guided tour of The Haunted Bog Road outside of Clifden - all included in your tour. We have also included a list of Ireland’s famously-haunted locations for you to visit including the Glaslough House, Bann Bridge, Slane Castle, and Oldcastle Loughcrew among many others. Along with visiting these frightening sights, stop off at Tullamore Dew and the Jameson Whiskey Distillery to calm your nerves. Not only will you be visiting Ireland’s most famous ghosts, you will be sleeping with them too. Your ghostly tour features three haunted accommodations - Kinnitty Castle, the Renvyle House Hotel, and Castle Leslie - each with their own chilling apparition! This tour is sure to leave even the bravest of souls feeling frightened and unnerved. 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights from Historic Country to Upscale City Hotel
  • 2 Nights in the Stately 19th-Century Kinnity Castle (Haunted Castle)
  • 2 Nights in the Magnificent and Secluded Castle Leslie Estate (Haunted Castle)

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Reduced Excess Insurance

DINING OPTIONS

  • 8 Delectable Full Irish Breakfasts

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Tullamore D.E.W Distillery - From Still House to Warehouse
  • Guided Tour of The Haunted Bog Road in Connemara
  • Visit the Beautiful Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens
  • Haunted History Walking Tour of Dublin - Walk the Eerie, Cobblestoned streets & Hear Tales from the Underbelly of the City
  • Old Jameson Distillery Dublin, Explore Whiskey History & Heritage

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Co. Monaghan Haunted Locations
    • Castle Leslie
    • Glaslough House
    • Emyvale Street
  • Co. Armagh Haunted Locations
    • Bann Bridge
    • The Boat, River Bann
    • Greenaways Ghost, Bridge Street
  • Co. Meath Haunted Locations
    • Slane Castle
    • Skryne Castle
    • Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
    • Killeen Castle
  • Charleville Castle
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery
  • Leap Castle
  • Birr Castle & Gardens
  • Renvyle House
  • Aughrim Battlefield / Visitor Centre
  • Galway City
  • The Long Walk, Galway City
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Connemara National Park
  • Doolough Valley
  • Old Jameson Distillery

Birr, County Offaly

Accommodation

Kinnitty Castle - Birr, County Offaly

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon. 


Included Experiences

Tullamore Dew Curious Taster's Journey

Tullamore, County Offaly

Situated right in the heart of Ireland, there is an incredible experience that has been waiting for you in Tullamore, County Offaly since 1829. Join us at the newly renovated home of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and immerse yourself in the history and magic that lies inside the walls of this 19th century bonded warehouse, where our whiskey making tradition began. Enjoy a guided tour which blends audiovisual and traditional storytelling, and finish with your very own triple tasting.


Overnight Location

Birr, County Offaly

On The Map: Birr is located right in the middle of Ireland - 42 kilometres south of Athlone, and 20 kilometres north of Roscrea.

The Heritage town of Birr in County Offaly in the centre of Ireland is home to Birr Castle Demesne which was developed by the Parsons family over the last four hundred years. During this period, the Parsons family made unique contributions to astronomy, photography, engineering and botany. Birr Castle is the oldest inhabited home in the county. A main feature on the grounds of the castle is the great Leviathan of Parsonstown, an astronomical telescope with a 72-inch metal mirror erected by the third Earl of Rosse, which was, until 1917, the largest telescope in the world. Another recently opened feature in the grounds of Birr Castle is a firm favorite with children already - Ireland's largest tree house! Birr is a designated Irish Heritage Town with a carefully preserved Georgian heritage. Birr itself has graceful wide streets and elegant buildings. Many of the houses in John's Place and Oxmantown Mall have exquisite fanlight windows of the Georgian period. Attractions in (or near) Birr include: Angling, Birdwatching, Light Entertainment, Gardens, Golf, Horse Riding, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Pursuits and Touring.


Must-See Sites

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.


Charleville Castle, County Offaly

Located in County Offaly, in the Midlands of Ireland, and bordering the town of Tullamore near the Shannon River, Charleville Castle is situated in Ireland's most ancient primordial oak woods, once the haunting grounds of Ireland's druids.
 
Charleville Castle grew from paper doodles in early 1798 to grandiose plans by the end of that very eventful year in Ireland. It was built by Charles William Bury, Earl of Charleville and was designed by Francis Johnston, one of the leading architects of the day. Charleville Castle is said to be the finest example of gothic-revival architecture in the country. This is a veritable gothic castle of grand proportions. It owes its "Tin Soldier Fortress" look to the celebration of victory over the third French revolutionary expedition to Ireland - the first decisive victory by Britain over the revolutionary republican movement, which was sweeping across the monarchies and their colonies at that time. It took fourteen years to complete this gothic dream, a monument not only to a now forgotten power, but also to the people who made it possible, the Irish craftsmen and impoverished people. 
 
Charleville Castle is reputed to be haunted by a little girl named Harriet, the youngest daughter of the third Earl of Charleville, who tragically died in the main staircase of the building at the age of 8 in April 1861. Her presence in the castle has been reported by a number of different people... Singing in the middle of the night, laughing, screams, & creaks that will raise the hair on the back of your neck. Some people think they have caught her on their cameras as they can see shadows or mists on the pictures they took within the castle... Others have said to have seen an image of a little girl with a blue and white dress, with blue ribbons in her curly gold hair. 
 
The castle has been investigated by many paranormal investigators and psychics from around the world, appearing on Living TV's Most Haunted and ABC Family's Scariest Places On Earth, as well as on Ghost Hunters International.

Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery, County Meath

Situated right in the heart of Ireland, there is an incredible experience that has been waiting for you in Tullamore, County Offaly since 1829. Join us at the newly renovated home of Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and immerse yourself in the history and magic that lies inside the walls of this 19th century bonded warehouse, where our whiskey making tradition began. With Tullamore D.E.W, it's hard to escape the power of three. Three natural ingredients, three varieties of grain, three distillations and a blend of all three types of Irish whiskey - pot still, malt and grain. Perhaps choose to enjoy a guided tour which blends audiovisual and traditional storytelling, which culminates in the raising a glass of complimentary Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey!


Birr, County Offaly

Accommodation

Kinnitty Castle - Birr, County Offaly

Castle
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon. 


Must-See Sites

Birr Castle, Gardens and Science Center, County Offaly

Birr Castle is located in the town of Birr in County Offaly. It is the home of the seventh Earl of Rosse. As such, the residential areas of the castle are not open to the public, though the grounds and gardens of the demesne are publicly accessible. The castle grounds are also home to Ireland's Historic Science Centre, a museum of Ireland's historic scientists and their contributions to astronomy and botany. Birr Castle Demesne has been developed by the Parsons family over the last four hundred years. During this period, the Parsons family made unique contributions to astronomy, photography, engineering and botany. Birr Castle is the oldest inhabited home in the county. A main feature on the grounds of the castle is the great Leviathan of Parsonstown, an astronomical telescope with a 72-inch metal mirror erected by the third Earl of Rosse, which was, until 1917, the largest telescope in the world. Another recently opened feature in the grounds of Birr Castle is a firm favorite with children already - Ireland's largest tree house!


Leap Castle, County Offaly

Leap Castle (pronounced “Lep”) is a castle in County Offaly, Ireland, about four miles north of the town of Roscrea on the R421. It was originally named Leim Ui Bhanain, which means “Leap of the O’Bannons”

The dates related to the construction of Leap Castle are unknown, some claim the 12th century, while others claim it came to exist in the 15th century. Leap Castle was built over an existing site previously occupied by druids who used the property for initiation ceremonies.

Today, the tower house is three stories high with a crenelated wall-walk (the rampart with regular gaps for firing arrows). The west face has a 16th-century doorway inserted - the original doorway was in the south wall and the original machicolation above the doorway is still present. There is a rectangular bartizan on the northwest angle of the tower that can be entered from the chapel on the top floor. 

Leap Castle has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s most notoriously haunted destinations.  Located in Coolderry, County Offaly, Ireland, this historical structure has garnished worldwide attention and has been featured on a number of television shows catering to an audience with a fascination for the supernatural including Ghost Hunters and TV’s Most Haunted.

Read All About the Haunted History of Leap Castle


Connemara, County Galway

Accommodation

Renvyle House Hotel - Connemara, County Galway

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


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.


Must-See Sites

Galway, County Galway

On the Map: Galway is a coastal city, located in County Galway in the west of Ireland. Galway is well-served by a good network of roads - the M6/N6 from Dublin (to the east) and M18/N18 from Limerick & Cork (to the south).

In a recent nationwide survey the people of Galway were found to be Ireland's happiest! And visiting Galway City, the capital of their county it is not hard to see why. It is a lively university city of narrow streets, quaint shopfronts, bustling pubs and stunning surrounding scenery. It has always attracted a bohemian mix of musicians, artists and intellectuals and that attitude is palpable as you walk the streets. Galway has been commercially important since the 11th century when it was a centre for trade with Spain and Portugal. In 1477 Christopher Columbus paid a visit. Galway earned the title “City of the Tribes” around that time, when it was ruled by 14 wealthy merchant families. Today it is lively, with loads of things to do, and is so popular that it can get very crowded in summer, especially during the annual Galway Races. The annual Arts Festival also attracts thousands, especially for its street parade, organized by the multi-award winning production company, Macnas. Its famous Druid Theatre produces and stages plays and has toured internationally, winning awards, including Tonys on Broadway.


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.


Connemara, County Galway

Accommodation

Renvyle House Hotel - Connemara, County Galway

3 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden

Connemara, County Galway

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. Mitchell Henry built the recently re-opened Neo-Gothic Church 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 explore the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magnificent restored buildings. Discover woodland walks, lakeshore walks & nature trails throughout the 1,000 acre estate. Visitors can also see the Mausoleum where the original owners are buried. In the A.V. Room, attached to the Visitor Centre, get a sense of the history of Kylemore Abbey & Garden while viewing the twelve-minute video. No need to pre-book - use your included admission voucher to visit anytime today!


Guided Tour of The Haunted Bog Road

Clifden, County Galway

Ireland has, perhaps, more than its share of ghost stories, and few are more persistent than the grim tale of Connemara's haunted Bog Road, originally the main road to Galway before the founding of Clifden. A guesthouse on the road was the scene of many gruesome murders which have given rise to many tales, mostly tall. As one version of the story goes, there was once a hostelry here called the Halfway House. It's a mere pile of stones today, but in the 1790s, it was run by a brother and sister who made a business of welcoming lone travelers and then murdering them (at the stroke of midnight, naturally), and disposing of their bodies in the surrounding bog lakes and pocketing their belongings. It is believed to be ghosts of these hapless victims — whose bodies the ghoulish siblings fed to the windswept bogland — that give this lonely stretch of road its spectral reputation. The tale of the Red-Haired Girl at the Inn is a folklore classic.

Enjoy a guided tour of this road by a local guide who knows these myths and legends well and has a deep understanding and knowledge of the history, culture, heritage and Gaelic place names of the area and its peoples!

Transport supplied at an extra cost (if required, and based on the number of people on the tour)

Duration: Approx 2 hrs
 


Must-See Sites

Doolough Valley, County Mayo

A stone memorial adjacent to an informal layby along Doo Lough Pass, a high-quality driving route between Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills, north of Doo Lough. This famine memorial is a reminder of the Great Famine which occurred in Ireland during the mid 19th century, marking one of the most tragic periods in Irish history. The memorial itself is a plain stone cross engraved with the words ‘Doolough Tragedy 1849’.

On 30 March 1849, during the height of the Potato Famine, hundreds of starving men, women, and children set off from Louisburgh for Delphi Lodge, where they had heard they would be reassessed for famine relief. The reassessment did indeed take place the next day, but there was no food for the starving families upon their arrival, and they were forced to begin the long walk back to Louisburgh. The freezing, bitter weather took its toll on the malnourished and weak, and during the 16-mile return journey, many died. Their bodies were left by the side of the road, and some – it was said – with their mouths stuffed with grass in a desperate last bid for sustenance.

Every year, a Famine Walk to Louisburgh from Delphi commemorates the tragedy.


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.


Glaslough, County Monaghan

Accommodation

Castle Leslie - Glaslough, County Monaghan

Castle
Room Type: Castle 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.


Must-See Sites

County Monaghan Haunted Locations, County Monaghan

Muster up the bravery to check out some of County Monaghan's most haunted locations!

Castle Leslie - Enjoy the company of Lady Marjorie’s son, Norman (killed in World War I), as you lay your head down to rest. You may also be greeted by Lady Constance, who died in 1925. 

Glaslough House - Encounter Author Shane Leslie’s dead uncle Moreton when you visit this spooky house. The uncle is said to have visited Leslie in 1927 to warn him about an article that he had recently penned. 

Emyvale Street - If you arrive around midnight, you may be able to spot an ethereal old man walking down the street calling the name ‘Mary’. Legend has it that his wife Mary was robbed and murdered on this street sometime during the 18th century. 


Glaslough, County Monaghan

Accommodation

Castle Leslie - Glaslough, County Monaghan

Castle
Room Type: Castle 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.


Must-See Sites

County Armagh Haunted Locations, County Armagh

In County Armagh, you'll find a number of haunted locations and ghostly apparitions!

Bann Bridge - Feel the loss and hear the screams of 300 Protestants that were forced onto this burning bridge in 1641 by O’Neill clansmen. The Protestants were either burned alive or forced to jump into the icy water below. If you look carefully, you may even see the shape of a mother and baby standing at the water’s edge. 

The Boat House - Hear the urgent banging on the doors and windows of The Boat House by a young woman who drowned in the River Bann over 100 years ago. On clear nights, you can even see her walking across the water. 

Greenaways Ghost - On quiet nights, listen for the screams of a trapped spirit buried beneath an old shoe shop on Bridge Street. The Parish Priest Canon McDonald reportedly sealed the ghost in a bottle and buried it underneath the building. 


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Ashling Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Haunted History Walking Tour

Dublin, County Dublin

 

Join an evening walking tour through the eerie, cobblestoned streets of Dublin, hearing tales from the underbelly of the city. Discover stories such as the burning of 18th-century madam Darkey "The Witch" Kelly, the tragic tale of The Green Lady of St. Audoen’s, and how Dublin's "Hell" got its name. As you walk, you'll learn of the period in which The Dolocher stalked the streets and the dark origins of the mysterious 18th-century Hellfire Club before you finally reach the Gates of the catacombs, which at one point in history, were referred to as ‘Hell’ due to the presence of Brothels and Drug Dens.

This unique tour covers the more macabre and gruesome aspects of Dublin’s history as well as tales of the supernatural which have frightened yet delighted Dubliners for centuries.


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

County Meath Haunted Locations, County Meath

County Meath is home to some of Ireland's most haunted castles, protected by ghoulish monsters and discreet ghosts.

Slane Castle - Try to spot this castle’s protector - usually taking the form of a large hound or small steed. The entity wears a chain around its neck regardless of form so it can always be recognized. 

Skryne Castle - Try to differentiate between the footsteps of the ghostly nun and those of another woman who also haunts this castle. 

Oldcastle Loughcrew - Immerse yourself in the legend of Oldcastle’s witch. The story claims that in a ritual to grant her more power, a witch leapt around the hills here, dropping stones which formed the cairns. However, on her fourth jump, she stumbled and died, her body forming Patrickstown Hill. 

Killeen Castle - Visit the ghost of the former Earl of Fingall at this stunning castle. He is said to be seen walking the halls of the castle, dressed in a blue coat and powdered wig. Stop by the library and you might spot some furniture moving around. 


Dublin, County Dublin

Accommodation

Ashling Hotel - Dublin, County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Old Jameson Distillery Tour

Dublin, County Dublin

Set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, The Old Jameson Distillery captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Tours operate 7 days a week all year, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audio visual presentation. Expert guides then lead you through the fascinating story of Jameson, one of the world’s most famous whiskies. Follow the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing. The journey is completed with a visit to the Jameson Discovery Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience - a complimentary glass of Jameson and mixer plus a chance for selected volunteers to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster". After your tour, browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant or bar and soak up the unique atmosphere.


Must-See Sites

Old Jameson Distillery, County Dublin

On The Map: The Old Jameson Distillery is located in the Smithfield area of Dublin City. Walking from Trinity College (approx 20 minutes), head west on Dame Street to Lord Edward Street to Christchurch Place. Carry on past Christchurch Cathedral and take the next right onto Bridge Street. Head straight over Merchants Quay and Fr. Mathew bridge across Arran Quay. Walk up Church Street past St. Michans Cathedral and then take the next left onto May Lane /Bow Street. Alternately, the Distillery is Stop 20 on the 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus tour.

Set in the heart of Ireland’s thriving capital city, Dublin, The Old Jameson Distillery captures the imagination and the spirit of Ireland. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Tours operate 7 days a week all year, except selected dates at Christmas. The journey begins with an audio visual presentation. Expert guides then lead you through the fascinating story of Jameson, one of the world’s most famous whiskies. Follow the path through malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing. The journey is completed with a visit to the Jameson Discovery Bar where you can enjoy the ultimate whiskey tasting experience - a complimentary glass of Jameson and mixer plus a chance for selected volunteers to become a "Qualified Irish Whiskey Taster". After your tour, browse in the gift shop or lunch in the restaurant or bar and soak up the unique atmosphere.


Temple Bar, County Dublin

On The Map: Temple Bar lies in the heart of Dublin City. Located on the south bank of the River Liffey, and just west of Trinity College and Grafton Street.

The lively and vibrant Temple Bar District - Dublin's Cultural Quarter, is well worth a visit. Best known for being Dublin’s major nightlife center, Temple Bar comes alive after dark, with many pubs, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from. For those visiting during the day, the area boasts a timeless charm, with narrow cobbled streets and a plethora of cultural organizations, such as the Irish Film Centre & Project Arts Centre. There are also a variety of small galleries and stores - perfect for a day of shopping. While Temple Bar after dark might not be for everyone, the area is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon. 


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.


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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SAVE $200 per person! Travel October & November 2019 & April 2020, special price $1548 per person based on two people sharing, book by October 31st, 2019

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 4 Nights from Historic Country to Upscale City Hotel
  • 2 Nights in the Stately 19th-Century Kinnity Castle (Haunted Castle)
  • 2 Nights in the Magnificent and Secluded Castle Leslie Estate (Haunted Castle)

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission & Reduced Excess Insurance

DINING OPTIONS

  • 8 Delectable Full Irish Breakfasts

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Entrance to Tullamore D.E.W Distillery - From Still House to Warehouse
  • Guided Tour of The Haunted Bog Road in Connemara
  • Visit the Beautiful Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Gardens
  • Haunted History Walking Tour of Dublin - Walk the Eerie, Cobblestoned streets & Hear Tales from the Underbelly of the City
  • Old Jameson Distillery Dublin, Explore Whiskey History & Heritage

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Co. Monaghan Haunted Locations
    • Castle Leslie
    • Glaslough House
    • Emyvale Street
  • Co. Armagh Haunted Locations
    • Bann Bridge
    • The Boat, River Bann
    • Greenaways Ghost, Bridge Street
  • Co. Meath Haunted Locations
    • Slane Castle
    • Skryne Castle
    • Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns
    • Killeen Castle
  • Charleville Castle
  • Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery
  • Leap Castle
  • Birr Castle & Gardens
  • Renvyle House
  • Aughrim Battlefield / Visitor Centre
  • Galway City
  • The Long Walk, Galway City
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Connemara National Park
  • Doolough Valley
  • Old Jameson Distillery

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  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem, reach out for a custom quote

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!

Ireland Vacation

byJessica BrewerAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: St. Cloud

We had a FABULOUS vacation! Jacoya was great to work with. Highly recommend!

Dream Vacation!

Your Hometown: Coronado

Our trip to Ireland was an absolute dream! Thank you, Tam, for taking the time to create a personalized, affordable trip for us. I highly suggest using Tam at Authentic Vacations to plan your trip to Ireland! You will have the time of your life! :)

Great Vacation. Fabulous Vacation Planner

Your Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

I cannot speak highly enough about the vacation planning services we received from Amanda. With only 8 days lead time before we were to get on a plane, Amanda arranged a 9 day vacation that will long be remembered. She was patient, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor that remained in place even as I constantly changed parameters on her. I would not hesitate to use Amanda or Authentic Ireland Vacations. I will certainly do so in the future.

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