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. Spend the night in the luxury country house, Temple House. 

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 MoherYour 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 CashelStay 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.

Highlights

  • 1 Night in Dublin 5-star hotel
  • 1 Night in a 5 star castle
  • Nights in Sligo, Westport, Galway, Kerry, Tipperary & Dublin
  • An opportunity to stay along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Touring the many locations that inspired the artists of Ireland
  • Hotel Suggestions: The Merrion, Dromoland Castle, Cashel Palace
  • Suggested Airport: Dublin or Shannon Airport
  • Regions Visited: Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Clare, Kerry
  • Extended tour: Add 2 nights to explore Cork & Kerry in depth
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Accommodation

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Dromoland Castle, Clare

Dromoland Castle, Clare

Dromoland Castle, Clare

Cashel Palace

Cashel Palace

Cashel Palace

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway

Glenlo Abbey Hotel

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Glenlo Abbey sits in a tranquil 200 acres of grounds on the edge of Lough Corrib, but it is just three miles from Galway city, with its pubs, restaurants and vibrant, world-class cultural life. The property boasts five-star luxury, wonderful architecture, a compelling history and atmospheric dining championing local produce.

Dromoland Castle at night

Dromoland Castle, Clare

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Dromoland Castle is Ireland’s premier Castle hotels located on one of the finest country estates in the western world. Built in the 14th century by the Earl of Thomond its illustrious history includes great Kings and Statesmen who still enjoy its refined treasures today. The estate has a range of luxury accommodations and boasts multiple activities from golf, to falconry, archery and horse riding. The restaurants on the estate are famous for using the finest of Irish ingredients with the flair of French classical cooking.

Cashel Palace

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At the foot of a hill — in the shadow of Ireland’s most iconic medieval site, the Rock of Cashel — stands another architectural masterpiece, Cashel Palace. Built in 1728 by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, the architect who designed the Parliament House in Dublin, this red brick manor was once the residence of Ireland’s archbishops. It is a brilliant blend of classicism and sophistication, with a façade that hides behind its symmetrical layout a world of surprises: a majestic colonnaded hall, walls covered in detailed wood panelling, staircases with handrails carved in the shape of candy canes, and rooms that seem to have been taken from a fairy tale. With its English-style gardens, comfortable sofas warmed by the cosy fire of the bar, and a spa bathed in light, Cashel Palace takes its guests on a magical journey. It is an idyllic refuge where you can recharge your batteries before plunging into the area’s Celtic history or wandering through the enchanting moorland.

Drawing room at the Merrion Hotel Dublin

Merrion Hotel, Dublin

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Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites overlook period landscaped gardens. Guests can dine in the 2-star Michelin Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud or The Cellar Restaurant and Bar. The intimate No 23 cocktail bar waits as does the Tethra Spa which boasts an 18m pool, steam room, fully equipped gymnasium and two private treatment rooms. The Merrion offers six private dining and meeting rooms.

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Transport

When you tour Ireland with Ireland Chauffeur Travel, you travel in style and luxury. We provide the very best touring transport so your private chauffeur driver will guide you around Ireland in the latest luxury Mercedes and Land Rover Range Rover vehicle models.

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Experiences

Why not enhance your tour with some of these recommended Experiences along the way! These can be arranged with your Travel Advisor when customizing your itinerary (please note Experiences are not included unless requested)

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Guinness Storehouse

Wander through the seven floors that make up the Home of the Black Stuff, and learn about its rich heritage and see how our famous drink is actually brewed. Once you reach the top you’ll get to sit back and enjoy a pint of perfection as well as an unequaled panoramic view of the city.

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National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is in the heart of Georgian Dublin. It houses over 2,500 paintings and approximately 10,000 other works in different media. The Yeats museum is a special favourite, with works by Jack B Yeats, his father John Butler and other members of this artistic family. We can arrange private guided tours as well as a very special after-hours tour of the gallery.

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Food Delights

Ireland is a food island and each corner represents a different part of our food heritage. Whether in Belfast, Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Cork or the Causeway Coast, we can arrange a customized walking Food Tour of the area to introduce you to the local produce and producers…with tasty samples of course too!