Literary Festival Group Tour of Ireland

Day 1

Given that Dublin was titled a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010, it is the best place to start your literary tour of Ireland beginning with an afternoon tour of Dublin that will include entrance to Trinity College Library where you can see an exhibition of the 6th century Book of Kells and visit the Long Room which houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books, before heading back to your hotel or enjoying some of the events of Dublin Writers’ Week, enjoy a tour of the Guinness Storehouse ending with a pint in the gravity bar.

Overnight Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin,  Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2

This morning there will be an optional tour to Glendalough and Avoca. Alternatively, you could tour one of the many literary sites in Dublin such as the National Library or Dublin Writers Museum. Of particular interest to you might be the William Butler Yeats Exhibition at the National Library where you will find a fascinating tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest literary figure. In the afternoon and evening enjoy the Writers’ Festival.

Overnight Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin,  Bed & Breakfast.

Day 3

There will be an optional tour this morning to the Boyne Valley which will include a tour of Newgrange or Knowth Passage Tomb and a visit to the heritage town of Trim or Kells. During the afternoon and evening enjoy the Writers’ Festival. There will also be an optional evening Literary Pub Crawl visiting several of Dublin’s famous pubs accompanied by two actors who will introduce some of Ireland’s most famous authors such as Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and Paula Meehan.

Overnight Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin,  Bed & Breakfast.

Day 4

After breakfast travel through the Garden of Ireland, Wicklow, to the early Christian ecclesiastical settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century at Glendalough and then onwards to Kilkenny and take a tour of the 13th century castle. Following the tour visit the Kilkenny Design Centre situated in what was once the stables of historic Kilkenny Castle. The remainder of the day and evening will be yours to explore the historic city of Kilkenny at your leisure.

Overnight Pembroke Hotel, Kilkenny, Bed & Breakfast.

 

Day 5

After breakfast check out of your hotel and travel to the iconic Rock of Cashel, a remarkable group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.  Continue on to Limerick which was made famous by Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize winning book ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Here you will take the Angela’s Ashes walking tour, visiting many places that inspired and were included in the world famous book. Finally for today travel to your hotel in Ballybunion, just outside Listowel, arriving late afternoon. Your coach will transfer you to Listowel after dinner and will return at about 11.00pm.

Overnight Cliff House Hotel, Ballybunion, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 6

After breakfast transfer into Listowel where Listowel Writer’s Festival will be kicking off, enjoy some free time or take the optional tour to the Cliffs of Moher.  If you take the tour you will be returned to Listowel late afternoon where you can participate in the festival. Your return coach to your hotel will depart late evening.

Overnight Cliff House Hotel, Ballybunion, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 7

After breakfast travel the short distance to Listowel, enjoy some free time or take the optional tour to the Dingle Peninsula. If you take the tour you will be returned to Listowel mid-afternoon where you can participate in the festival. You might also like to visit the Seanchaí Visitor Centre which shows the works of many of the great Kerry Literary characters. Located in a 19th century Georgian residence in Listowel’s beautiful square, the centre features five of County Kerry’s most esteemed writers – John B. Keane, Bryan MacMahon, George Fitzmaurice, Brendan Kennelly and Maurice Walsh. The writings of these national and internationally renowned literary figures are filled with an abundance of rich characters, humour, romance and tragedy drawn from the towns and villages of North Kerry. Transfer back to your accommodation by late evening.

Overnight Cliff House Hotel, Ballybunion, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 8

After breakfast transfer into Listowel, enjoy some free time or take the optional tour to Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe. If you take the tour you will be returned to Listowel mid-afternoon where you can participate in the festival. This year’s literary festival will showcase the very best of contemporary writing from both Ireland and across the globe from emerging and established writers. Return coach to your hotel will depart late evening.

Overnight Cliff House Hotel, Ballybunion, Bed & Breakfast.

Day 9

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and start your return journey to Dublin first stopping at Ireland’s prettiest village, Adare. Adare village has a varied heritage, as well as interesting architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of thatched cottages line part off the village’s picturesque main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins. Then travel across the country to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Kildare. The stud is the only one in Ireland open to the public and has reared several classic winners and the Japanese Gardens are considered as one of the best in Europe of its kind. Continue on to Dublin when after checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is free for individual sightseeing and shopping. This evening enjoy a farewell Irish night including dinner and show of traditional Irish music, song and dance.

Overnight Ashling Hotel, Dublin,  Bed & Breakfast.

Day 10

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight.