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Irish Pub and Folk Tour (7 Night)
Irish pubs are known throughout the world for the friendliness and warmth of their hospitality and also for being the meeting place for like minded souls who find themselves in search of quality conversation, humour, music and food. Of course, let’s not forget that your typical Irish publican has also been known to occasionally provide the odd drink or two.
While the Irish pub is indeed a focal point for so much of the Irish social scene, there are a number of locations that simply seem to have more than their fair share of excellent watering holes. To this end, the Irish Pub & Folk Tour takes you to towns that offer numerous great pubs renowned for their atmosphere, food and superb traditional music .
As you travel between these towns in the east, south and west of Ireland, you will also have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful & picturesque landscapes that Ireland has to offer. Combine that with the history of the regions that you are passing through and you have the makings of an unforgettable vacation.
This tour will provide you with a real insight into both the country of Ireland and its people and their way of life.
Overnights for this tour:
- Kilkenny for 2 nights
- Killarney, County Kerry for 2 nights
- County Clare for 1 night
- Dublin/Galway for 2 nights
Your Accommodation Options:
- Superior & First Class Hotels
- Luxury Accommodation & Service in our 4-Star Country Manor Houses
- Deluxe Accommodation in our 4 & 5 Star Irish Castles
- Our Recommended & Handpicked B&B's, all rooms with private bath facilities
- Any Combination of the above
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the Stone and tour the castle and its gardens....read more
The Burren is a unique karst-landscape region in northwest County Clare, in Ireland and one of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe. The region measures approximately 250 square kilometres and is enclosed roughly within the circle comprised by the villages Ballyvaughan, Kinvara, Tubber, Corofin, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna, It is bounded by the Atlantic and Galway Bay on the west and north respectively. Strictly speaking the territory of the Burren or barony of Burren only contains the villages of Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan, Fanore, Craggagh, New Quay/Burrin, Bealaclugga (Bellharbour) and Carron. The definite article (making it "the Burren") has only been added to the name in the last few decades, possibly by academics, as it had always been called Boireann in Irish and Burren i...read more
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is the elder of the city's two mediæval cathedrals, the other being St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is officially claimed as the seat (cathedra) of both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic archbishops of Dublin. In practice it has been the cathedral of only the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, since the Irish Reformation. Though nominally claimed as his cathedral, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin uses a church elsewhere, St Mary's in Malborough Street in Dublin, as his pro-cathedral (acting cathedral). Christ Church Cathedral is located in the former heart of mediaeval Dublin, next to Wood Quay, at the end of Dame Street . However a major dual carriage-way building scheme around it separated it from the original mediaeval str...read more
The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the ruin, also known as the Cliffs of Coher from the Irish: Mhothair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of The Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Ireland's High King Brian Boru, in 18...read more
The Cobh Heritage Centre provides information on life in Ireland through the 18th and 19th centuries, the mass emigration, the Great Famine, and on how criminals were transported to Australia for petty crimes. It also has an exhibition on the history of the RMS Titanic, whose last port of call before it sank was Cóbh (then Queenstown). From 1848 - 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration. This exodus from Ireland was largely as a result of poverty, crop failures, the land system and a lack of opportunity. Irish emigration reached unprecedented proportions during the famine as people fled from hunger and disease. Many famine emigrants went initially to British ...read more
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin Region. Founded as a Viking settlement, the city has been Ireland's primary city for most of the island's history since medieval times. Today, it is an economic, administrative and cultural centre for the island of Ireland and has one of the fastest growing populations of any European capital city. The city has a world-famous literary history, having produced many prominent literary figures, including Nobel laureates William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Other influential writers and playwrights from Dublin include Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and the creator of Dracula, Bram Stoker. It is ar...read more
Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a major Irish governmental complex, formerly the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland until 1922. Most of the complex dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922). Upon establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins. Dublin Castle fulfilled a number of r...read more
Dublinia Museum in Ireland is a heritage centre located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Irelands capital city. There are three exciting exhibitions in Dublinia and a must see for any Vacation in Ireland. Viking Dublin takes the visitor back to life in the city in Viking times. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, visit a Viking house and take a trip down a Viking street. Investigate burial customs explore the Viking legacy and much more. Our Medieval Dublin exhibition includes a busy medieval market, a rich merchant’s house, and a noisy medieval street. Find out about death and disease and see what Medieval Dublin looked like with a fascinating scale model of the town. History Hunters brings our exhibitions full circle and shows the visitor how we know about ...read more
The Dunbrody is a full-scale reconstruction of a 19th Century Famine ship, and authentic replica of the Three Masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. Board the Dunbrody and walk in the footsteps of a group of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean. Go below deck and enter the confined spaces, which would be home for passengers and crew for the 45-day voyage. Descend into the cargo hold where the exhibition describes the endurance, struggle and triumph over adversity of those 19th Century emigrants as epitomised by the story of the most famous emigrant sons of New Ross, President John F. Kennedy. These passengers were people desperate to escape the famine conditions in Ireland at the time and conditions for steer...read more
Glendalough (Irish: Gleann Dá Loch, meaning Glen of Two Lakes) is a glacial valley located in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and destroyed in 1398 by English troops. History of Glendalough Kevin, a descendant of one of the ruling families in Leinster, studied as a boy under the care of three holy men, Eoghan, Lochan, and Eanna. During this time, he went to Glendalough. He was to return later, with a small group of monks to found a monastery where the 'two rivers form a confluence'. His fame as a holy man spread and he attracted numerous followers. He died in about 618. For six centuries afterwards, Glendalough flourished and the Irish Annals contain references to the deat...read more
Thank you for all the arrangements and your efforts to make our visit to Ireland memorable. I just want to share some photos with you
After arriving in Ireland we went to the Hertz office to pick up the rental car. The staff was very helpful and at last we were on our way to the Hotel in Kilkenny. We arrived at about 16h00 and had a warm welcome. The ladies at reception made us feel very welcome. Our room was pretty and neat and clean and we had a good night’s sleep after the long flight and drive from the airport. Breakfast was great. Our waiter, Michael, (very friendly and helpful) even taught us how to say “hello “and “goodbye” in Irish. We left at about 11h00 and visited the Kilkenny Castle and gardens and explored the area.
After that we left for the Country House Hotel near Killarney. I do not have words to describe this charming, stunning and beautiful hotel. Everything was just perfect (it scores 10/10 with me). We got lost on the way and arrived late but we received a warm welcome and with such hospitality, it made us feel like royalty. Gerard made us feel at home and attended to our every need. Our host arranged for us to go on the Ring of Kerry trip and the scenery was absolutely stunning. We also got the opportunity to see the sheep dog demonstration and this is a must see for everyone taking the trip. We also stopped at the beach (unfortunately I cannot remember the name) and even ‘met” Charlie Chaplin.
After this stop over, we left for one of the highlights of our visit, The Cliffs of Mohr, whaohhhh, what an awesome experience this was, what an emotional moment when I first laid eyes on the cliffs, the beauty of it all, mother nature at one of her best (Thank you God for the eyes I have to see the beautiful things You have made)
We climed 166 steps to the top to O’ Brien’s Tower – what natural beauty………….amazing! We also did part of the Burran Way….. sjoe, what narrow pathways, my mom had more courage than me I think, but we did it anyway.
On the second day of our stay in Galway, we took the driving route through the Connemara Region. We saw Lough Corrib, the Twelve Pins Mountain. On our way to Clifden, we stopped at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey with its tranquil surroundings. Then we left for Roundstone Village where we enjoyed lunch and then headed back to the hotel.
Eventually we reached Dublin and returned the hired car. We covered a distance of almost 1400 km in the seven days we had the car.
In Dublin, we booked a trip to see the Giants Causeway, another highlight for me. We stopped at the Carrick-a-Rhede rope bridge and what an adrenalin experience it was to climb that bridge, but all worth it when you got to the other side.
Then came the best best, THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY. This was so exciting for me and I will treasure every moment I spent there
Even if we didn’t get to see everything that we would have liked to see, what we saw was enough to make us fall in love with Ireland for ever. Thank you for helping me and my brothers make our mom’s dream come true. Now we understand why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, it was like the green, green grass of home…………
Till next time Debbie……………… (there definitely will be a next time God willing). I will surely recommend Irish Tourism to anyone who intends to visit the beautiful Emerald Isle with its magnificent scenery.
Take care & God bless
Erika Fortuin, Paarl, South Africa