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8-Night Southwest Sweep Golf Tour

Price: From $2,598 Per Person
8 Nights

With a lush green landscape spanning forty glorious shades, it’s almost as if Ireland was tailor-made for golf getaways. That’s especially true of Ireland’s spectacular south-west, an area of picturesque traditional Irish villages, endless sandy beaches and, of course, some of the best golf courses in the land. In fact, in its Waterville and Ballybunion golf courses, County Kerry is home two of the best golf courses in the world, as voted by Golf Digest magazine. It comes as no surprise then that our Southwest Sweep Golf Tour, which encompasses all the very best in golfing and unique travel and accommodation experiences that beautiful County Kerry and windswept County Clare have to offer, is our most popular Ireland golf package of all. From boating on the tranquil Lakes of Killarney to the spectacular sea views at Lahinch Golf Course this is one Ireland vacation you will truly never forget.

Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 6 Nights in a Lake View Room at The Lake Hotel
  • 2 Nights at the Boutique Vaughan Lodge

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car - Includes Insurance, Unlimited Mileage & All Taxes

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Full Irish Breakfasts

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Amazing Golf - Guaranteed Tee-Times at Ireland's Best Courses:
    • Tralee Golf Club
    • Killarney Golf Club - Killeen Course
    • Ballybunion Golf Course - Old Course (April 16 to October 8 only)
    • Waterville Golf Links
    • Lahinch Golf Club
  • Craft Brewery Tour and Tasting
  • Traditional Open Boat tour through the three Lakes of Killarney
  • Pony and Trap through the Gap of Dunloe
  • Superior Accommodations that consistently get Great Reviews from our Customers.
  • Rental Car or Chauffeur – Drive Yourself or Request a Chauffeur.
  • Completely Flexible – We’ll arrange your Golf Tour around Your Schedule. 
  • Customizable – Make any changes you like to this Golf Tour.
  • Visit The World's only Dedicated Flying Boat Museum.
  • Drive the Spectacular Dingle Peninsula.
  • Explore Killarney National Park, The Cliffs of Moher and much more!

 

Additional Information:

It is no exaggeration to say that Kerry really is the county that has it all. Abundantly beautiful and steeped in heritage and history, not only is Kerry home to the world famous Skellig Islands and the spectacular Ring of Kerry, ‘The Kingdom,’ as it is known, is also the location of some of the best golf courses in all of Ireland, including the Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Club.

Known as ‘Arnold Palmer’s Jewel,’ Tralee’s clifftop golf course was the first European golf course designed by the golfing great and so wowed was he by its spectacular location that Palmer famously stated: ‘I may have designed the first nine but surely God designed the back nine.’ Find out for yourself with a round at Tralee Golf Club, or brush up on your game at the practice academy, where you’ll utilise the same technology used by tour professionals.

For post-golf refreshments, make Dingle your first port of call. This pretty fishing village may be known for its famously friendly dolphin, but it’s also home to a whiskey distillery that’s well worth checking out. Dingle Whiskey Distillery organises tours daily, with samples of whiskey, vodka and gin offered as you tour. Other Dingle highlights include the spectacular Slea Head Drive, which is located just a short distance from Dingle.

A uniquely special location, known for its historic castles, beautiful lakes and majestic mountains, Killarney is also something of a golfing hot spot, thanks to the Killarney Golf Club. Shadowed by the jagged peaks of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, you’ll tee off at the renowned Killeen Course, before going on to complete the Kerry leg of your golfing getaway at two of the most celebrated clubs in Ireland, Waterville Golf Links and Ballybunion Golf Club.

Located close to The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher, the seaside village if Lahinch is your main port of call for golfing in County Clare. Home to Lahinch Golf Club, this village may be small with a year-round population of approximately seven hundred, but it is busy thanks to its popularity as a surfing hotspot, which sees its population increase tenfold in the summer months. That seasonal population is set to increase further in 2019 thanks to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which will take place at Lahinch Golf Course in early July. With stars such as Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry and 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett set to play, there really is no better time to book a Southwest Sweep Golf Tour getaway.

Killarney, County Kerry

Arrive at

Arrive at Shannon Airport, County Clare

Arrive at Shannon Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.

Shannon is Ireland's second airport - located in the west of the country in County Clare.
Shannon is a small airport, with only one main road in and out of the facility.
This ensures that travelling through Shannon is a pleasurable, stress-free experience!


Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Enroute Sightseeing

Adare Heritage Village, County Limerick

On the Map: Adare is located just 20km southwest of Limerick City / 43km south of Shannon Airport. The main N21 road (connecting the cities of Limerick & Tralee/Killarney) passes right through the centre of the village.

Adare is a quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, Adare is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Situated in the centre of County Limerick, with just 15 minutes from Limerick City and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport, Adare Village is an ideal base from which to explore County Limerick's many visitor attractions such as Lough Gur and King John's Castle.


Overnight Location

Killarney, County Kerry

On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).

Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm - this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.


Must-See Sites

Lough Gur, County Limerick

On the Map: Lough Gur is located in the southwestern midlands of Ireland in County Limerick - 21km southeast of Limerick City. To reach Lough Gur from Adare, head north on the N21 until it intersects with the N20. Follow the N20 south (signposted Cork) before exiting at the R516 road (signposted Croom). Follow the R516 east, until turning north onto the R512 in Bruff Village. Lough Gur is signposted thereafter.

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s archaeological and historical hidden gems. From the level surrounding countryside, the beautiful and enchanted lake unfolds the beauty of its placid waters and rugged hills – a fairyland of stone circles, ancient habitation sites, megalith tombs, crannogs and castles. Lough Gur tells the story of the pre-Celtic settlers who first came to the area over 5,500 years and continues to the present day in the people who still dwell and farm in the locality. It is an archaeological site of outstanding significance. A visitor centre was built in 1980 and uses the design of two of the excavated stone age houses as its plan. The Centre houses a number of displays covering stone age and bronze age implements, pottery and weaving.  A slide show offers a very good overview of the area's history.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Tralee Golf Club

Tralee, County Kerry

Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world. Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: 'I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine.' It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer choose it to be his first and, arguably, his finest golf course in Europe. The course boasts a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole - a trip to southwest Ireland would not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels.


Must-See Sites

Dingle, County Kerry

On the Map: Dingle is located in County Kerry on the beautiful southwest coast of Ireland. The town is most easily accessible via the N86 road from Tralee, a major town 50 minutes/ 50km to the east.

The residents of Dingle, or An Daingean as it is now officially known, are the envy of everyone in Ireland. They live in what many agree is the most beautiful part in the country, in a strikingly attractive fishing village with fantastic pubs, rousing music, great restaurants and more characters per head of population than anywhere in the world. The key to Dingle is to visit as many pubs as you can while there. Seek out the old pubs frequented by the locals, sit up to the bar, order a drink and prepare to be entertained! The Dingle Peninsula on which the town is located is littered with ancient archeological sites including stone forts and many beehive huts. Scenically, the Peninsula is an absolute delight with every turn of the road revealing more of the achingly beautiful landscape. One highlight is the Slea Head loop drive from Dingle which is easily driven in an hour or cycled in an afternoon. For the energetic, a day spent climbing Mount Brandon, the peninsula's highest, will be richly rewarded. The views from the top on a clear day are absolutely stunning.


Slea Head, County Kerry

On The Map: Slea Head is located on the Dingle Peninsula in the south west of Ireland. From Dingle town, head west on the R559 that encircles Slea Head and eventually returns to Dingle.

The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in a large number of ancient & megalithic attractions as well as offering stunning views on the western end of the peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. To properly enjoy the Drive, a half-day should be set aside for the journey. The route is suitable for motorists, but is also ideal for cyclists: it is possible to hire a bike at a number of locations in Dingle.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Killarney Golf Club - Killeen Course

Killarney, County Kerry

Situated in area known as "Heaven's Reflex", due to its outstanding beauty, Killarney Golf Club comprises three top class parkland layouts the Killeen Course, Mahony's Point and most recently, Lackabane. It is the Killeen Course however (closely followed by Mahony's Point) that is perceived to be the jewel in the Killarney golfing crown. Nestled amidst the splendour of the Lakes of Killarney in the shadow of the majestic Macgillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, the Killeen Course is consistently rated amongst the world's top courses and has hosted many major championships including the 1991 & 1992 Irish Open Golf Championship, won on both occasions by Nick Faldo; and also the 1996 Curtis Cup. While golf has been played in Killarney since 1891 (originally on a nine hole layout known as the Deer Park), the first 18 hole golf course at Killarney, which was designed by Sir Guy Campbell and Henry Longhurst, did not open for play until October 1939. Essentially this design comprises most of today's Mahony's Point course, while the Killeen Course, designed by Billy O'Sullivan and renowned Irish course architect Eddie Hackett, opened in 1971.


Craft Brewery Tour & Tasting

Killarney, County Kerry

This tour offers visitors an insiders view to one of Ireland’s premier craft breweries. Friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides take you on an informative and exciting journey through the beer brewing operation. During the 50min tour, you will navigate the entire beer making process, smell the different varieties of malts, rub your hands in some of the aromatic hops, overlook the packaging facility and get a bird’s eye view of how all these ingredients are carefully combined in a state of the art brewing facility.

Each tour wraps up at the tasting counter where you are treated to a complimentary taste of fantastic beers and given the story behind each of the brand names.


Must-See Sites

Muckross House and Gardens, County Kerry

On The Map: Muckross House is located just 6 kilometres south of Killarney, County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. From Killarney, take the N71 south for Kenmare. The only vehicle entrance is located approximately 1km beyond the Muckross Park Hotel - on the right.

Muckross House, set close to the shores of Muckross Lake & amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park, was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was the designer. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century land-owning class. While in the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores. During the 1850s, the Herberts undertook extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other features include a Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established in 1972. Muckross Traditional Farms are situated adjacent to Muckross House. These working farms recreate and portray the traditional farming methods, and way of life, of a typical local, rural community of the 1930s. The Walled Garden Centre incorporates the Garden Restaurant, Mucros Craft Shop and three Mucros Craft Workshops.


Killarney National Park, County Kerry

On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).

On the southwestern edge of Killarney Town lies an untamed, rugged & mountainous country. The area includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here, where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, you'll discover the 26,000 acre Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies, lends the area a special scenic beauty. The Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods, together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs. A profusion of bryophytes and lichens thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland, with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. At the heart of the National Park is Muckross House and Gardens. The house, a late 19th century mansion features period furnishings and artefacts and is a major visitor attraction in itself. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Ballybunion Golf Club (Old Course)

Ballybunion, County Kerry

The Ballybunion Golf Club was founded in 1893 and is home to arguably one of the best links courses in the world. There are 2 courses, the Old Course and the Cashen Course. Both are running along beside the beach. By the mid-1970s, there was a growing trickle of well-read, international visitors that overnight turned into a flood in 1982 when the famous American golfer, Tom Watson gave his resounding endorsement and claimed that no one can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion. Ever since, this links course has been one of the most sought-after courses to play by top world golfers.


Must-See Sites

Listowel, County Kerry

Listowel is a market town in County Kerry, Ireland, and is situated on the River Feale, just 28 km from the County Town - Tralee. The town is sometimes described as the "Literary Capital of Ireland" and a number of internationally known playwrights and authors have lived there, including Bryan MacMahon and John B. Keane. Listowel’s long history dates back to 1303 where it first appears in the Plea Roll. Fortress to the Fitzmaurice family, the town developed around Listowel Castle and its significant Square. The last bastion against Queen Elizabeth I in the Desmond campaign, Listowel Castle was built in the 15th century and was the last fortress of the Geraldines to be subdued. It fell after 28 days siege to Sir Charles Wilmot on 5 November 1600, who had the castle's garrison executed in the following days.


Foynes Flying Boat Museum, County Limerick

On The Map: The Flying Boat Museum is located in the village of Foynes, in the northern coast of County Limerick.

The Foynes Flying Boat Museum is the only aviation museum in Ireland, and the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world. It is a very unique visitor attraction as it preserves for all time the aviation history of the Shannon region and the part played by Ireland in the development of passenger travel. The Museum recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the Aviation world between 1937 &1945. This amazing story is told through a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations featured throughout the original Terminal Building. Highlights include the authentic 1940's cinema; the Radio and Weather Rooms—complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment; the Brendan O'Regan restaurant and of course, the only full sized replica B314 flying boat.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Gap of Dunloe and Lakes of Killarney Day Tour

Killarney, County Kerry
The ultimate day trip experience. Enjoy a 14 mile journey through the three Lakes of Killarney in an traditional open top boat, followed by a 7 mile jaunt on a Pony & Trap through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Throughout the day you will be immersed in the history of Ireland and its people and take in what we believe to be the most breathtaking scenery to be found. your tours begins at 10:20am and finishes at approximately 3:30pm.
 

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Must-See Sites

Gap of Dunloe, County Kerry

On The Map: Located just west of Killarney town, The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains (to the west) and Purple Mountain (to the east)

Hewn two million years ago by giant, slow moving ice the Gap is one of the finest examples of a glaciated valley in western Europe. Here the visitor travels along 10 kilometres of scenic winding pathways alongside five separate lakes. Between the first two lakes lies an old arch bridge called the 'Wishing Bridge'. The Gap is narrow and not suitable for motorized traffic. As a result, the Gap is most often traversed by traditional pony & trap (jaunting car). Tours from Killarney are available and begin with a coach journey to Kate Kearneys Cottage. Thereafter you can take a jaunting car through the six mile pass. Alternatively, keen walkers may care to Walk the Gap as this offers an ideal opportunity for hiking. Once through the gap, boats are waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting Upper, Middle & Lower Lakes to historic Ross Castle where coaches await for the journey back to Killarney. For more info/ to book this tour as part of your Ireland package, please contact your agent.


Ross Castle, County Kerry

On The Map: Ross Castle is located on the southern outskirts of Killarney, County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. From Killarney town centre, head south on the N71/Muckross Road for Kenmare. Ross Road is right turn off the N71, and is well signposted.

Ross castle overlooks the Lower Lake in Killarney, and commands magnificent views of Purple Mountain, Innisfallen Island & Ross Island. The Castle is a typical example of an Irish Chieftain stronghold during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is uncertain, but construction was most likely completed in the late 15th century, by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains. The castle is surrounded by a fortified bawn, and its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Ross was the last Munster stronghold to hold out against Oliver Cromwell's infamous British forces, before eventually being taken by General Ludlow in 1652. The castle contains an impressive collection of 16th & 17th century oak furniture. Legend has it that Brian Boru, Ireland's most famous High King was educated on the site of the castle by the Monks in the 9th Century. Please note that this is a very popular attraction, and visitors may experience a delay entering the castle during the busy summer months.


Killarney, County Kerry

Accommodation

The Lake Hotel - Killarney, County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin (Lake View)

Check in policies:

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


Included Experiences

Waterville Golf Links

Waterville, County Kerry

Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience. The beauty of classic links land, surrounded by the sea, yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Over 100 years old, Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Links golf combines sand dunes gorse and native grasses, firm fairways, sod faced bunkers and subtle putting surfaces all intertwined by the ever changing weather. Forget the lob wedge. Think bump and run and creative shot making. Are you ready to walk in the footsteps of Irelands earliest golfers?


Must-See Sites

Killarney to Kenmare, County Kerry

We appreciate that your time in Ireland is precious, and you simply won't be able to do absolutely everything. Completing the 110 mile Ring of Kerry, for example, might be a stretch on this tour. We do however highly recommend that you at least drive the section from Killarney to Kenmare (or vice-versa), which forms a portion of the Ring. It's only 30 kilometres/ 30 minutes each way on a narrow, winding road, but you are scenically rewarded at almost every turn. Highlights include 'Ladies View', so named for the excitement the vista illicited from Queen Victoria's Ladies-in-Waiting, during her famous 1861 visit. There's a little cafe and plenty of spots to pull in and admire the view that so stimulated the Royal Entourage 150 years ago! A little further along the road, you'll arrive at Moll's Gap. Set high on a rocky ridge, The Gap overlooks mountains, rivers, lush countryside and the famous Lakes of Killarney, with truly breathtaking views - Carrauntoohill, Ireland's highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. There's also an Avoca Store & Cafe at The Gap, selling the finest of Irish goods and souvenirs.


Kenmare, County Kerry

On the Map: Kenmare is located in scenic County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is accessed via the scenic N71 road that connects the cities of Killarney (to the north) & Glengarriff (to the south).

Kenmare, with its pastel coloured houses, is along with Killarney, a usual starting point for the Ring of Kerry round trip. The small charming town, founded by a handful of Englishmen in 1670, has every tourist convenience imaginable, including 2 of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, both of which have been awarded much coveted Michelin stars: The Park Hotel and Sheen Falls Lodge. Kenmare boasts a remarkable number of excellent restaurants and quality pubs for a town of its size, and has garnered a fantastic reputation as a gourmet destination in recent years. Owing to its enviable location adjacent to Kenmare Bay and the River Finnehy, all set against the backdrop of the Kerry Mountains, Kenmare's picturesque aspect is hard to match.


Ring of Kerry, County Kerry

On the Map: The Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) is in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. Killarney is the usual starting point for people completing the Ring, although Kenmare is another good option for this purpose. The N70 road encircles the entire peninsula.

The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic touring routes. At 110 miles long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll feel as if you have moved into nature’s mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Ireland’s natural beauty sings throughout the Ring of Kerry. You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. The Ring attracted Ireland’s first settlers, and has a wealth of ancient sites. A 6th century monastery, clinging to the windswept cliffs of the Skellig Islands, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Staigue Stone Fort is an Iron Age stronghold dating from 300BC. This is also an area of Ogham Stones, the first mysterious forms of writing and art, nestled along the Ring. Follow the drive to Killarney by way of the Ladies View and the legendary Lakes of Killarney and the National Park. The Ring of Kerry is the stuff of dreams and lifelong memories.


Lahinch, County Clare

Accommodation

Vaughan Lodge - Lahinch, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Hotel Tel: 065  708 1111. Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Ennis, County Clare

On the Map: Ennis is located in County Clare in the west of Ireland, only 20 minutes from Shannon Airport. Ennis lies just off the major N18/M18 motorway that connects the cities of Limerick (to the south) & Galway (to the north).

Ennis is the county town of Clare and is always pleasantly busy. It takes its name from the Irish word “inis” (island) as it is virtually surrounded by the River Fergus on which it sits. Its streets are narrow and attractive, many of them pedestrianized. The Friary at the bottom of Abbey Street, was founded by the O’Briens in the 13th century. Many of its original features survive and it’s well worth visiting. But the main attraction in Ennis is the locals' obvious love of traditional music. Every May the town hosts Fleadh Nua, an international celebration of Irish culture, while in November, the Ennis Trad Festival is held. But traditional Irish music of the very highest quality is on display in the pubs of Ennis throughout the year. It often seems that those in the town that can't sing or play an instrument are very much in the minority! The person who recently labeled Ennis the Nashville of traditional Irish music wasn't far wrong!


Enroute Sightseeing

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, County Clare

On The Map: Bunratty Castle is located in Bunratty Village - just off the main M18 motorway in the southwest of County Clare.

The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park, where 19th century Irish life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub!


Overnight Location

Lahinch, County Clare

On the Map: Lahinch is a seaside town in County Clare, on Ireland's rugged western coast. The town is accessed via the N85 road from Ennis (to the southeast), or the more coastal N67 road from Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Miltown Malbay (to the south).

The village of Lahinch is world renowned for two things: golf and surf. Lahinch Golf Club was founded in 1893 and has been confounding golfers from all over the world ever since. Matched only by Ballybunion in the famous links stakes, Lahinch is a must for anyone who loves the game of golf. The long sandy beach at Lahinch has long been a centre for surfing in the west of Ireland, but the recent discovery of a giant wave in the shadow of the Cliffs of Moher a few miles up the coast has brought dare-devil surfers flocking to Lahinch from as far away as South Africa and Hawaii. The result is that the village’s population of 800 swells to ten times that number each summer. The mix of golfers, surfers and bemused locals makes Lahinch a very unique place indeed.


Lahinch, County Clare

Accommodation

Vaughan Lodge - Lahinch, County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Hotel Tel: 065  708 1111. Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Included Experiences

Lahinch Golf Club

Lahinch, County Clare

Golf at Lahinch goes back to 1892, when officers of a Scottish regiment happened upon the vast expanse of sand dunes that is Lahinch. The original course was designed by the legendary Tom Morris of St. Andrews who, on completing the layout, enthused: I consider the links as fine a natural course as it has ever been my good fortune to play over.  Dr. Alastair MacKenzie, who was so impressed with the fine natural terrain that he declared: Lahinch will make the finest and most popular course that I, or I believe anyone else, ever constructed. Praise indeed from a man who was responsible for such formidable layouts as Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Augusta National. Much of the pleasure of Lahinch is derived from the atmosphere that envelopes not just the golf links but entire village, which rests just above the course. For in Lahinch everyone is a golf enthusiast...


Enroute Sightseeing

Poulnabrone Dolmen and Stone Fort, County Clare

On The Map: Poulnabrone Dolmen & Caherconnell Stone Fort are less than 1 kilometre apart, in the dramatic limestone Burren Region of County Clare, in the west of Ireland. Both sites are located just off the R480 road, which connects the towns of Corofin (to the south) and Ballyvaughan (to the north).

Poulnabrone Dolmen (pictured) is a Portal Tomb, and one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland, mainly due to its memorable shape and easy access from the road. The thin capstone sits on two 1.8m (6ft) high portal stones to create a chamber in a 9m (30ft) low cairn. The site was excavated in 1986 and the human remains of more than 20 adults and children, plus other artefacts were discovered. Examination of these items allowed archaelogists to date the tomb to approx 3000 B.C. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place is unknown. Just 1 kilometre south of the dolmen, lies the impressive Caherconnell Stone Fort. Caherconnell is almost a perfect circle, and 140-145 feet in external diameter. It's walls are 12 feet thick and from 6-14 feet high, and it is an exceptionally well preserved example of stone ring-fort. The fort is in its original state, and its location, overlooking virtually all-surrounding areas, suggests a defensive settlement. This may not have been defensive in a modern military sense, but more for personal security from wild animals and raiders. Ringforts such as Caherconnell are thought to have been inhabited from 400-1200A.D.


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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

On the Map: The Cliffs of Moher are located on the western coast of County Clare. The Cliffs are accessed via the R478 road that connects Doolin (to the north) and the seaside town of Lahinch (to the southeast).

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top Visitor attractions. The Cliffs stand 214 metres (700 feet) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower, constructed by Sir Cornellius O'Brien in 1835, stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. There are two paths to take north and south along the cliff edge, providing spectacular views all the way.  Construction of an award winning eco-friendly Visitor Centre was completed in 2007. The interpretive centre named 'Atlantic Edge' contains state of the art displays and visitor facilities. The grass-roofed building is cleverly set into the hillside - a unique cave-like structure which minimises the visual impact on this fabulously scenic location. 


Doolin, County Clare

On the Map: The small village of Doolin is located on County Clare’s west Atlantic coast. The village is accessed via the R479 - a small country road that intersects with the R478 connecting the towns of Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Lahinch (to the south).

People flock to Doolin from all over the world to sample wonderful, top quality traditional music in the local pubs. Until recently Doolin had only three pubs. There are now some new establishments on the scene but we recommend sticking to the old reliables: McGann’s, McDermots and O’Connor’s. Even at that you will be spoiled for choice. Each pub is full most nights with musicians and music lovers alike. Be sure to check out all three! The surrounding area has much of interest including the barren yet strikingly beautiful Burren region with, among other things, the 5,000 year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. Also worth a visit is Doonagore Castle and of course the spectacular 650-foot high Cliffs of Moher, which are only a few miles from Doolin.


The Burren, County Clare

On the Map: The Burren is located in the north of County Clare in Ireland's west. The closest town is Ballyvaughan to the north, but the Burren is also easily accessible from Doolin, Lisdoonvarna (to the west) and Ennis (to the south).

The Burren, or Boireann, meaning Great Rock, is in County Clare. It is, without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe.  The Burren occupiues approximately 250 square kilometers. Bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. Stroll the meadows, be astonished by the boulders, and read the trail marks and footprints that the ice age and volcanoes left behind. The Burren is littered with ancient and megalithic sites. The most dramatic of these is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive 5,000 year old portal tomb. Poulnabrone is one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place, is a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists.


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Depart from Shannon Airport, County Clare

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After check-in and passenger security, browse the array of shops on offer at 'The Loop' in Shannon Airport.
Shannon is proud of its 'Duty Free' shops, and it should be: The concept of Duty-Free shopping was invented at Shannon in 1947!


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