The Emerald Isle has so much to offer for all ages and interests. Discover the literary tradition dating back thousands of years, try your hand at sports such as Gaelic Football or Hurling, and if you are a keen golfer look no further - the courses here are quite spectacular, such as the dramatic setting of the Old Head Course Kinsale. All of our trips are tailor-made, and here is just a sample of what we can offer.

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Our guide to holidays in Dublin to Shannon

Day 1: This varied introduction to Dublin offers literary, religious and art history as well as fabulous shopping and fine cuisine. See the Book of Kells at Trinity College dating back to the year 800; St Patrick's Cathedral, which dates back to 1220; the James Joyce Centre and The Dublin City Gallery, amongst many others.

Day 2: Depart Dublin and head to Kilkenny to explore what is undoubtedly Ireland's loveliest inland city. Worth a peek is Kilkenny Castle, which overlooks the River Nore, as well as the local craftsmen who produce hand crafted jewellery in the town - our favourite is the Mosse Pottery in nearby Bennetsbridge.

Day 3: After a morning enjoying the delights of the in-house spa, head to the beach and take to the open sea in a kayak to explore sea cliffs, caves, sea stacks and if you're lucky spot some dolphins along the way. An evening out with the locals in Ardmore is the perfect end to the day in this vibrant village where traditional music flows from the pubs.

Day 4: A visit to Waterford Crystal followed by lunch in the pretty town of Kinsale and then onto Cork for a walking tour of this lovely city - don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.

Day 5: There is so much to explore in this part of Ireland. Escape to the wildly romantic Beara Peninsula and Lake Inchiqhin, and enjoy the magnificent unspoilt landscape. Spend the afternoon power boating on the Loch or chilling out in the hotel spa.

Day 6: En route back to your castle, visit the Dingle Peninsula and Ireland's western most point. Stop for lunch in the thriving fishing port of Dingle and visit the heritage site of Gallarus overlooking Smethwick Harbour. Then visit the village of Adare near to the river Shannon, which has a rich wealth of heritage as well as architectural and scenic beauty.

Day 7: Ireland's stunning castle hotels offer a plethora of on-site activities, such as falconry, riding, golfing and fly fishing.

Day eight: A mere 20mins drive to the airport in Shannon and woosh, you're off!

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