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