Ireland is world-renowned for her rich culture surrounding the arts. The birthplace of many talented poets, playwrights and actors, Ireland’s majestic, picturesque scenery is also the backdrop of many famous tv shows and films. Discover the beauty of the Irish arts scene.
Begin your tour in the beautiful and scenic Sligo. Visit locations such as Lissadell House and the Isle of Innisfree, spots favored by William Butler Yeats. Enjoy a picnic while relaxing on the shore of Lough Gill just as Yeats once did. From here you will be driven to Achill Island in County Mayo, the famous film location of The Banshees of Inisherin. Achill island is known for its tall sea cliffs and everchanging cloudscapes and peat bogs. The journey to Achill is not short of impressive spots, with a stop in Tubbercurry, County Sligo, one of the main film locations from the popular tv show Normal People which quickly shot to fame in 2021. Spend the night in the beautiful 4-star Castlecourt Hotel in Westport.
From here you will travel to Galway, spending the day exploring the picturesque views of the rugged Wild Atlantic Way. Your tour can be tailored to fit your own preferences and interests, but we suggest exploring Connemara & Kylemore Abbey. Finish your evening with an exciting night at Ireland’s No. 1 Irish Music, Song and Dance experience at the Trad on the Prom Show in Salthill, Galway. After the show, retire to The Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, a 5-star hotel situated just outside of Galway city. This elegant 18th century hotel has a magical feel as it rises from the still waters of Lough Corrib.
Spend the next day exploring Galway and Clare. Visit Doolin, a small and colorful village known for its high-quality seafood, and stand 702 feet above sea level and gaze at the Wild Atlantic Ocean from atop the Cliffs of Moher. Your driver guide will then take you to Dromoland Castle where you can roam the grounds, taking advantage of the wonderful activities the hotel has to offer. A trip to the Aran Islands can also be arranged. You’re spoiled for choice with three islands to choose from, and all three are littered with astonishing examples of the arts of Ireland.
The following day you will journey to the Dingle Peninsula where you can explore the beautiful port town of Dingle, known for its rugged coastline, sandy beaches and friendly hospitality. Enjoy a day trip to the Great Blasket Island, home to one of Ireland’s most famous female authors and seanchaí (traditional Irish storyteller), Peig Sayers. Visit the ruins of Peig’s home that can still be seen on the island today. Hike the natural hills of Blasket Mór and enjoy the remarkable sandy beach usually covered in local seals.
Onwards to Killarney where you will spend 2 nights at the luxurious 5-star Europe Hotel and Resort. This modern and heavenly hotel has the best views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range, that is sure to impress. Visit Skellig Michael, which featured in the most recent Star Wars, and explore the Gap of Dunloe.
The next leg of the tour will be spent leisurely making your way to Dublin, stopping in the town of Cashel, Tipperary and visiting The Rock of Cashel. Stay at the Cashel Palace, a magnificent regal manor dating back to 1732. Each room has been delicately designed and decorated for maximum rest and relaxation. Spoil yourself in the tranquillizing spa with luxury treatments, well deserved after your trip to Ireland.
Spend your final full day travelling to Dublin where you will stay at The Merrion Hotel. Visit Trinity College and The Guinness Storehouse where you can experience the full history and backstory of the world-famous Irish stout. End your holiday with a leisurely walk through Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian squares surrounded by elegant Georgian houses. It is situated less than 5 minutes walk from the Merrion Hotel and features three life-sized statues of Oscar Wilde, the famous Irish poet and playwright. For those wishing to stay in Dublin for an extra night, perhaps take the opportunity to visit The Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland, to see a show of your choice. The theatre was co-founded by William Butler Yeats in 1904 and a visit would be the perfect way to end your vacation to Ireland.
Ignite your passions and immerse yourself in the arts of Ireland, listening to fascinating stories about the poets, playwrights and other many talented figures. Let us tailor your Private Guided Tour of Ireland.