Leave Dublin this morning and travel across the rich midland pastures. Why not visit Belvedere House, Gardens and Park? The magnificent early 18th century stately home of Robert Rochfort, Earl of Belvedere, stands in 160 acres of parkland on the shores of Lough Ennell. Belvedere is one of the finest of Ireland’s historic houses, and together with gardens and park has been exquisitely restored.
Before you cross the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river you can visit Clonmacnoise a 6th century Christian site. Arrive into Galway, which has long traded with Spain and the Spanish influences are many in the city. Of note is Spanish Arch, a gateway in the old city walls and the Spanish Parade, where wealthy merchants and their families enjoyed a stroll along the promenade.
Continue on from Galway to nearby Cong and Ashford Castle for your overnight hotel.
Day 3 – Connemara Tour
Today embark on a tour of the wild & rugged Connemara region, famous for the savage beauty of its lake and mountain scenery.
Irish is still widely spoken here. Why not visit the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful mansion in a lakeside setting against a mountainous backdrop Irish Benedictine nuns, with a tradition of over 300 years, run this unique Abbey set in the heart of Connemara, overlooking PollacapulLake.
A haven of peace! Visit the magnificent GothicChurch. You can also visit ConnemaraNational Park at Letterfrack, where the indigenous wild Connemara ponies roam freely through the rugged landscape. Overnight: Ashford Castle
Day 4 – County Clare
You leave Ashford Castle & travel through Galway City and into County Clare. Why not visit Rathbaun Farm and see the animals being tended, or enjoy a traditional tea and scones break?
Travel through the strange lunar landscape of the Burren region or visit the Cliffs of Moher a spectacular 5-mile long cliff, which rises almost 700 feet above sea level.
You can also visit the 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where replicas of traditional thatched cottages are arranged in a village setting, complete with village shops including the printers, the confectioners, the post office, the pub and hotel, the doctor’s house and the bakers.
Stop at some of the many small towns and villages that Ireland is famous for.Overnight: Dromoland Castle
Day 5 – Kerry
Today travel south through the rich midland pastures and pass through the medieval city of Limerick. Stop in the pretty village of Adare, whose Heritage Centre allows you to experience the area’s unique history, spanning from 1233. Continue on to Kenmare,voted Ireland’s tidiest town.Overnight:Sheen Falls Hotel, Kenmare.
Day 6 – Kenmare or West Cork
Today, why not relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities or visit Kenmare with its many craft and antique shops. Alternatively tour the West Cork region travelling over the spectacular Healy Pass before arriving in Glengariff where you can take a short boat trip to Garnish Island to see the “sub-tropical” gardens. Because of a unique Gulf Stream influence, you can see many plants you would normally expect to see in much warmer climates. Overnight: Sheen Falls Hotel, Kenmare
Day 7 – The Midlands
Leave Kenmare and travel through the rich rolling pastures of Ireland’s Golden Vale region. Why not stop in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city or perhaps visit the world famous Blarney Castle and nearby Blarney Woollen Mills?
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