Imagine waking to the sound of Ireland’s countryside in Spring
Spring in Ireland is beautiful. Hedgerows and woodlands brim with wildflowers. Lambs frolic in the fields. The days are getting longer and warmer. What’s not to love?
On the Gaelic calendar, spring starts on St Brigid’s Day, February 1st, with a celebration marking the end of winter. And what better way to celebrate than with a relaxing guided private tour of Ireland in Spring 2024.
Ireland has some of Europe’s freshest air, flowing right off the Atlantic, and the greenest lands. This suggested tour highlights three incredible properties where you will wake up to fresh country or coastal air every morning. We guarantee you will feel far from any troubles from the moment our Driver Guide meets you at Dublin airport.
Traveling in your private, spacious, luxury vehicle, your Driver Guide will introduce you to Ireland’s tales and stories of as you travel through the Ancient East and onto the Mount Juliet Estate in Co Kilkenny. The estate has a compelling history, splendid Georgian architecture, and luxurious accommodation. In the paddocks of the 400-acre estate, foals are sure to be kicking up their heels in the sunshine.
With this as your luxury base for two nights, your Driver Guide will introduce you to local craftspeople and artisan food producers, with whom we can arrange private workshops and tastings.
Take the scenic 20-minute drive into the small medieval city of Kilkenny to experience its color and culture with a personalized walking tour or visit the wonderful St. Mary’s Medieval Mile Museum. Back on the estate, golf and horse riding can be arranged before relaxing afternoon tea or a sumptuous dinner in the Lady Helen restaurant.
From here, you will travel to The Burren region in the southwest, where you will experience an unusual lunar-like rugged landscape, one of only 120 UNESCO Geoparks in the world. Staying in Gregan’s Castle for two nights you will enjoy gastronomic delights and cozy corners, right on the edge of this protected area. We will arrange private visits to the renowned Burren Smokehouse and special ways to view more well-known attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher, as well as relaxing walks or more challenging cycles.
The next leg of your tour brings you to the splendor of Ashford Castle in Co Mayo for three nights. Here, surrounded by the magical estate, you can live like a lord or lady in luxurious accommodation overlooking Lough Corrib. You will be perfectly placed to explore Connemara’s stunning Sky Road and National Park, the ancient Kylemore Abbey or Galway city’s winding streets. Or perhaps you might enjoy visiting a local oyster farmer and enjoy a private picnic on the beach? This is an area full of riches and as the Telegraph newspaper states, it is “the western edge of Europe that few tourists reach”.
Contact our Travel Advisors who will be delighted to customize this tour for your 2024 vacation. We can also offer our portfolio private rentals or hand-picked, family-run guesthouses for all nights.