Start: Dublin Finish: Dublin
Physical rating: Low
Special diets catered: Vegetarians
Tour code: BEHCRDD-2
Group size: 10 - 18
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Views of spellbinding scenery. Stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history, and country inns full of character. The further we go into Southern Ireland's enchanting landscapes, the deeper you'll fall under its spell!
Accommodation: The Iveagh Garden Hotel (or similar)
Historic and full of character, Dublin is where we’ll meet the group and begin our adventure. This evening is an opportunity to get to know one another over a delicious welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Faithlegg Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast, we’ll hit the road to our first stop: County Kildare, where we’ve an appointment with the Irish National Stud. After being treated to a private tour and the chance to explore the fascinating museum, we’ll move on to Waterford. Dating back to Viking times, Waterford is Ireland’s oldest city – with over 1,000 years’ worth of history to explore. This evening we’ll enjoy some free time to spend at our leisure.
Accommodation: Trident Hotel (or similar)
This morning we’ll pay a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal, where we will gain a fascinating insight into how the city’s famed crystal is made. Then we’ll move on to the charming harbourside town of Cobh. Interestingly, Cobh was the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic – you’ll notice poignant markers of this as you make your way around. Finally we’ll travel onwards to the medieval town of Kinsale, where coastal views, cosy pubs and brightly coloured houses await us.
The cobbled streets that curve around Kinsale’s pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we’ll spend this morning on a walking tour with a local guide. Bearings established, you’ll be free to seek out the town’s hidden treasures at your own pace. Hailed as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland – we recommend selecting a local restaurant for dinner to savour some delicious cuisine from the surrounding region.
Accommodation: The Cahernane House Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today we’ll make our way to Molly Gallivan’s Cottage – which, at first glance, appears to be an unassuming rustic farmhouse. But there’s more to it than first meets the eye! More than 200 years ago, Mrs Gallivan supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey – and her home was, in fact, a clandestine pub. We’ll learn stories of the enterprising Mrs Gallivan’s antics before we head to Killarney via the picturesque town of Kenmare. Tonight there’s a group dinner to savour.
This morning will see us begin our journey around the awe-inspiring Ring of Kerry. Our first stop of the day: the Skellig Experience, where we’ll gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the early Christian monks that once broke bread at the Skellig Michael monastery. A real treat is in store upon our return to Killarney – where we’ll enjoy a performance of traditional Irish music and dance at a Celtic Steps concert.
Accommodation: The Old Ground Hotel (or similar)
We’ll start today by travelling via ferry across the Shannon Estuary to the rugged Cliffs of Moher. Prepare to be amazed by the cliffs’ natural beauty; the keen-eyed among us – or perhaps just those who packed binoculars – may even spot a resident puffin or two. After an invigorating afternoon, we’ll check into our hotel in Ennis where we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner.
After breakfast, we'll head to the award-winning gardens of Birr Castle Demesne. Take some time to wander around the grounds and admire the awe-inspiring science and engineering that has been invested in creating such a unique residence. Later we’ll make tracks for cosmopolitan Dublin, where it’s time to say our goodbyes.
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Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.
You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages.
You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.
The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English.
Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.
All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.
Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years
Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.
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