“This magical, mysterious, wonderful Emerald Isle”
Many visitors see Ireland as a lush green island, full of thatched cottages, pubs, music, wit and poetry. Like all stereotypes, this image of the country has a basis in truth.
The lure of Ireland's much vaunted Atlantic shores, from the wild coastline of Cork and Kerry to the remote peninsulas of the Northwest, is strong. However, to neglect the interior would be to miss out on Ireland`s equally characteristic landscapes of lush valleys, dark peatlands and unruffled loughs. Most regions are rich in historic sights from world famous Neolithic sites in the Midlands to imposing Norman castles in the North and Palladian mansions in the Southeast. The relaxed, good humour of the people makes Ireland a wonderful, welcoming country to visit.
We tour daily to…
• Kildare & Wicklow
• Cork & Kerry
• Waterford & Wexford
• Limerick & Tippperary
• Mayo & Galway
• Donnegal & Sligo
“And anywhere else you care to choose in Ireland”
Exclusive, Custom Tours to Ireland
If none of our suggested tour destinations appeal then allow us to create for you a custom tour schedule. Below are examples of typical itineries for day tours we have conducted for previous clients.
“A wealth of culture & history to explore”
Tour Highlights: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral, O'Connell St, Custom House, The National Museum, Trinity College, Grafton St, Temple Bar, Ha'Penny Bridge, Georgian Squares, Dublin Dockyards, Phoenix Park & The Guinness Brewery.
We make sure we have plenty of time for refreshment stops and if desired a little retail therapy. For lunch what about a traditional Dublin pub to enjoy the “craic” or an exclusive restaurant? You decide where you wish to dine and we will take you there. If we have time in the day we always recommend taking tea at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Blessed with the warmest climate in Ireland, the Southeast has always presented an attractive prospect for settlers. Landscapes of gently rolling hills have been tamed by centuries of cultivation with lush farmland, imposing medieval castles and great house enchanting the region's atmosphere of prosperity.
“Palaces, romantic gardens and the sport of Kings”
Tour Highlights: Castletown House, St. Brigid's Cathedral, The National Stud, The Japanese Gardens & beautiful Irish countryside.
We start our day at the breathtaking Castletown House, Ireland's most splendid Palladian house then we journey on to one of Ireland's most important places of worship, St. Brigid's Cathedral, dating from 1223. Lunch is taken at a typical Irish pub and we sample a pint of “the black stuff” before we spend an afternoon admiring the horses at the National Stud. Our final stop is at the world renowned Japanese gardens.
“The garden of Ireland”
Tour Highlights: James Joyce Tower, Powerscourt House, Glendalough Monastery, Waterford City & the stunning Wicklow Mountains.
We start our day with a dramatic drive through the wild moorlands to James Joyce Tower. After learning more of the great man we journey on to Powerscourt House and Gardens, you will not fail to be spellbound by their beauty. We dine at local hostelry in the historic city of Waterford, time for some shopping and then on to the Glen of two Lakes, truly a magical place. Homeward bound via the Sally Gap as we travel through the awe inspiring Wicklow Mountains to return home.
Cork & Kerry
Magnificent scenery has attracted visitors to this region since Victorian times. Rocky headlands jut out into the Atlantic and colourful fishing villages nestle in the shelter of the bays. County Kerry offers dramatic landscapes and a wealth of pre-historic and early Christian sites, whereas County Cork's gentle charm has enticed many a casual visitor into becoming a permanent resident.
“Kissing the famous stone & seeking new adventure”
Tour Highlights: Cork City, Cobh, Blarney, Bantry House & stunning coastline.
Breakfast is had in the centre of the old city of Cork, close to the English Market. We then begin our walking tour of this most atmospheric of settlements. We view the ancient quayside, the wonderful array of shops and local produce. We then journey on to the maritime town of Cobh the port of embarkation of millions of settlers to the new frontiers of America. On our way to beautiful Bantry House and gardens we stop briefly at Blarney to visit the world famous stone. Finally we catch our breath as we witness the vastness and power of the Atlantic at Mizen Head.
“Beauty & splendour at every turn”
Tour Highlights: A tour of the Dingle Peninsula.
The Dingle Peninsula offers some of Ireland`s most beautiful scenery. To the North rises the towering Brandon Mountain, while the west coast has some spectacular seascapes. A drive around the area, which takes at least half a day, reveals fascinating antiquities ranging from Iron Age stone forts to inscribed stones, early Christian oratories and beehive hits. Some parts of the peninsula – especially the more remote areas – are still Gaelic speaking!
Naturally we will make sure we have plenty of time to stop for refreshment and sustenance, perhaps even a picnic!