Irish Pubs & Folklore

B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Teeling Distillery

Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet the guide at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. See elegant Georgian squares with the famous brightly-painted doors and the peaceful St. Stephen’s Green. Cross the River Liffey to drive along the wide O’Connell Street and view the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started. Visit Teeling Distillery, Dublin’s newest distillery in the heart of the city, and sample the aged whiskey. Your tour director will host a welcome drink and advise where to dine independently.

Day 2: Glasnevin Museum & Medieval Kilkenny Walk

Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Drive from Dublin to Kilkenny and check in to your centrally-located hotel. Take a walking tour through Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile to view merchants’ houses and historic pubs. Visit Smithwick’s Brewery and enjoy a sample. Enjoy free time to browse around the ancient city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Blarney Castle

Drive south to the ancient port of Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. See how skilled craftspeople transform molten glass into elegant tableware and magnificent trophies of all types. Travel along the south coast to visit Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” Do some shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a break in the pub hidden between the shops! Pass through County Cork and on to Killarney to your hotel in the center of town. In the evening explore some of the lively pubs where traditional Irish music is played. (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Kate Kearney’s Cottage Dinner

Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean and see early Christian monastic beehive huts. Meet a farmer whose skilled dogs herd sheep. Back in Dingle watch brewing processes at the Dingle Brewing Company and sample some of the local brew. Take a look around the town before heading back to Killarney. In the evening drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner and traditional Irish entertainment with songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Scenery & Mayo

Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry to view the Cliffs of Moher that rise to heights of almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Sit down to a pub lunch in the village of Doolin, renowned for traditional Irish music sessions. Pass the shores of Galway Bay and stop in Galway city for a walking tour of the compact city center. Continue through Connemara with its hills, lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Westport House & Achill Island Excursion

Visit Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings, paintings, books, silver and Waterford Crystal. Drive around Clew Bay and cross by bridge to Achill Island. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains and the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. See the Deserted Village, the remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Westport where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 7: Guinness Storehouse & 12th Century Brazen Head Pub

Drive from the west coast through the gentle scenery in center of Ireland to Dublin on the east coast. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s “black beer” and enjoy a creamy pint in the rooftop bar. Head to the Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dating back to 1198 for an evening of “Food, Folk and Fairies” where story-telling will reveal Ireland’s myths and beliefs in times past. (B, D)

Day 8: Tour Ends or Bus Tour & Old Jameson Distillery

For clients on our 8-day tour, your program ends after breakfast. If you have booked our 9-day tour, spend an additional day in Dublin with an independent open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours), plus a visit to either the Book of Kells or General Post Office. (B)

Day 9: Depart Dublin for Home

Your tour ends after breakfast. Arrive at Dublin Airport in good time to check in for your flight, process any VAT refund and do some duty free shopping. (B)