Blarney Castle, Kilkenny & Irish Whiskey
Departures on Mondays & Thursdays from Dublin
April to October
Discover the best of Ireland’s unspoilt South East corner. From beautiful beaches and rocky shores to ancient monasteries and castles, this tour takes you deep into the heart of the real Ireland. Listen to traditional music over a beer in a local pub, sample the best seafood straight from the ocean, gaze out over the Atlantic or explore ancient ruins – this part of the country will create many special memories
Stay 1 night in the seaside resort of Kinsale and 1 night in Kilkenny – Ireland’s friendliest city!
DEPARTURE FROM DUBLIN: Nassau St, Dublin, Opposite the Kilkenny Shop
The tour departs at 8:00am and returns at approx. 6:30pm on Day 3.
Cahir, Blarney & Jameson's Whiskey
Departing Dublin you travel south towards Cork through the lush farming counties of Kildare, Laois and Tipperary. You make a short stop in the heritage town of Cahir with its ruined abbey and impressive castle on an island in the River Suir before continuing on to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork. Here you have time to visit the castle, explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close as well as visiting the village of Blarney itself – a good place for lunch and a bit of shopping.
There may even be the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone although in peak season there can be a very long queue! Later, we take a short drive to the charming village of Midleton, home to Jameson Whiskey Distillery, where you can join one of the distillery tours , learn about the rich heritage of the distillery and hear the tales of the people who have made Jameson’s one of Ireland’s favourite Whiskeys.
In the afternoon you will explore the beautiful coastline of West Cork with its historic villages, beautiful beaches, inlets and tiny coves. You will end the day in the fishing village of Kinsale – your overnight stop. The town is famous for its food and you have a free evening to explore the narrow streets filled with lively traditional pubs and restaurants.
Overnight - Kinsale
Cobh, Waterford & Kilkenny
Today is spent exploring the highlights of the South East starting with the historic port of Cobh - the major departure point for Irish emigration through the 19th and 20th centuries as well the last port of call of the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage. From here you continue east towards Waterford along what is known as the “Copper Coast” – a UNESCO Geopark with beautiful scenery and a fascinating history. You will make a stop in one of the coastal towns for lunch before arriving in Waterford – Ireland’s oldest city, founded by the Vikings in the 9th Century.
Here you have the chance to visit the famous Waterford Crystal factory or perhaps one of the excellent museums or just explore the Viking Triangle yourself on foot. In the late afternoon you depart Waterford and travel north to Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle, riverside walks, the National Craft Centre and plenty pubs and restaurants. Voted Ireland’s friendliest city, this will be your overnight stop.
Overnight - Kilkenny
Wicklow & Glendalough
You have a couple of hours free to explore the city centre before you depart Kilkenny for the Wicklow Mountains. This area contains some of Ireland’s highest peaks and most impressive valleys. The mountains are mainly made of granite and the deep valleys have been carved out by glaciers. One of the most impressive areas is around Glendalough (“valley of the lakes”) where you have the choice of taking one of the beautiful walking trails or exploring the ruins 6th century monastery with its famous round tower. After a couple of hours here you continue on the last section of the tour - travelling through the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and crossing the famous Sally Gap before descending the short distance back to Dublin, arriving around 18.30.
- Blarney Castle
- Cobh and the Titanic
- Kilkenny Castle
- Wicklow Mountains
- Jameson Whiskey Distillery (starting April 2018)
- West Cork coves and beaches
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour, Air conditioning as standard.
- Services of an experienced local driver/guide
- 2 nights ensuite accommodations
- Full Irish breakfast daily
- All road tolls and the Killimer - Tarbet ferry