Escorted Castle Tour of Ireland
Our Escorted Castle Tours give you a new way to see Ireland. Not only is every night spent in an authentic Irish Castle you will have plenty of time to enjoy the experience. As well as leisurely mornings on most evenings you will also enjoy dinner in the Castle’s dining room. If you would prefer a fully customized and independent Ireland Castle Vacation, these are available as either a Self Drive Tour or Chauffeur Driven Vacation with your own private driver/guide.
Arrive at Dublin Airport and transfer to Fitzpatrick Castle by Luxury Coach. At 2pm meet your driver/guide for a tour of Dublin. You will then have a few hours free to explore Ireland’s Capital City independently before making your way to the nearby venue for your evening dinner and entertainment. If you prefer to spend the afternoon relaxing at your hotel there will be a transfer available direct to the venue at 6pm.
This morning enjoy a visit to the nearby Powerscourt House and Gardens. Afterwards travel West to Galway where you will enjoy some free time in the “City of the Tribes” before continuing on to Ashford Castle. This evening you will enjoy dinner in the George V restaurant.
Today is a day of relaxation to enjoy all that Ashford has to offer. Available activities include golf, fishing, horse riding, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry or a cruise on the lake. For lunch and dinner there are various dining options at Ashford and in the nearby village of Cong.
After a leisurely breakfast, travel through the beautiful Connemara countryside to the village of Foxford where you will enjoy a visit to the Foxford Woolen Mills. Afterwards continue on to Drumcliffe in Co. Sligo to see where William Butler Yeats is buried. This evening will find you at Lough Eske Castle – after dinner choose to relax for the evening or take a taxi into nearby Donegal town to enjoy the music in the local pubs.
After another leisurely start travel as far as Omagh to visit the Ulster American Folk Park. This interactive museum will take you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Afterwards enjoy some free time in Omagh town before returning to Lough Eske where you will have some time to relax before dinner.
This morning head for the Causeway Coast where your first stop will be the Old Bushmills Distillery, after which you will visit Dunluce Castle. Your next stop will be the stunning Giants Causeway before continuing on to the coastal retreat that is Ballygally Castle. Tonight you will dine in their pretty Garden Restaurant.
This morning travel into Belfast to visit the Titanic Exhibition where you will learn everything there is to know about the infamous ship, right in the very spot where she was built. In the afternoon your driver/guide will take you on a tour of Belfast and you will also have some free time to explore the city at your own pace and dine at leisure before returning to Ballygally Castle.
A relatively early start today, as you depart Northern Ireland and travel South to Causey Farm. Here you are in for a real treat as you get to be “Irish for a day” learning to bake soda bread, play the Bodhran and even dance at a ceili. For the extra adventurous you may even get to milk a cow. After tasting your freshly baked soda bread continue on to Trim where you will visit the magnificent Trim Castle. Tonight you will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at Barberstown Castle
Bid a fond farewell to your guide as you are brought to Dublin Airport for your flight home.
Customize This Tour
Like all our tours we will be happy to customize this tour to suit your specific needs. Some of the options we suggest are as follows;
Extend your Tour with some extra time in Dublin. We can offer a range of luxury accommodations in Dublin City Center. Dublin is an great city to explore independently with lots of tours available and most attractions within easy walking distance of the central hotels.
Killarney is the perfect place to extend your stay in Ireland. With scheduled tours of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula departing daily and the Killarney National Park on your doorstep a 2 -3 night stay is highly recommended.
Why not extend your stay in Ireland with a chauffeur driven or self-drive Add On completely customized to your specific needs? We will be happy to assist you with any itinerary you require.
Our Escorted Castle tours include 8 nights in Luxury Castle Hotels, breakfast each morning, 6 dinners (including 5 gourmet Castle dinners and an evening of traditional food and entertainment in a local pub), sightseeing by luxury coach, visits and admissions to Powerscourt House & Gardens, Foxford Woolen Mills, Drumcliffe, Ulster American Folk Park, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Causey Farms and Trim Castle. Add Ons are customized to suit your individual needs and additional items can be added to suit your chosen itinerary. Upgrades also available. Departures June, August & October.
More Escorted Tours
We also offer a wide range of tours through our partners, CIE Tours. If you would like the local knowledge and personal service we offer in conjunction with a larger tour operated by one of the longest running tour operators in Ireland please contact us for further information. We will match any prices offered on the CIE tours website and will be happy to customize your chosen tour with any of the above add ons.