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8 Night St Patricks Tour of Ireland

8 Night St Patricks Tour of Ireland

Tour Details
Valid From01-01-2011
Valid To31-12-2020
Days Touring8
Reference:ICTS001586
Tour Inclusions
  • Private Guided Transport
  • Transfers & Orientations
  • Driver Guide Expenses
  • Bed & Breakfast at Hotels
  • Activities & Events Listed
  • 24 Hour Concierge Service
Not Included
  • International Flights
  • Meals excluding breakfast
  • Entrance to Attractions
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Gratuity / Tipping
  • Card Processing Fees
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Tour Description

Tour Summery
Our unique and personalized St Patricks Tour of Ireland takes in the most wonderful and stunning landscapes in Ireland all themed around our patron saint. The tour is a circular tour taking in the sights most associated with St Patrick from the Hill of Tara where he lit the Pascal fire, Downpatrick where he is buried, Antrim where he tended sheep, Croagh Patrick our Holy Mountain as well as The Rock of Cashel where he ordained the King of Cashel (and accidentally impaled his foot with his staff). The tour also encompasses many areas of extreme natural beauty and incorporates some of Irelands bet loved and most beautiful towns from Westport to Cashel and Dublin City.
Tour Highlights
Dublin City, Downpatrick, Antrim, Armagh, Croagh Patrick, Rock of Cashel
Tour Overnights
1 x Night in Dublin City Centre
2 x Nights in Northern Ireland
2 x Nights in Westport
1 x Night in Bunratty
2 x Nights in Cashel of the Kings

Transport Details

Day 1 to 8

Driver Guide/s - Your Expert Ireland Touring Driver Guide

All of our driver guides are experts on the areas you will be visiting on your tour of Ireland. We bring experienced driving skills, expert touring routes as well as knowledge and insight into the places you will be visiting and staying on your tour. Our driver guides will also recommend places to shop, have a drink, and dine in the various towns and villages and cities of Ireland. Your driver guide can arrange all kinds of activities, events and generally show you the country in such depth and quality is only possible using a local expert. It is simply the most enjoyable and carefree way of travelling with style.

Day 1 to 8

Mercedes Luxury Minibus - Touring in Luxury Mercedes Sprinter

Mercedes Sprinter is the Minicoach of choice for luxury small group travel in Ireland. The coach comes with individual leather captain chairs, extra leg room, reading lights, table, and fridge. Our vehicles are all supplemented with excellent driver guide and PA system so you can enjoy commentary during your tour. We also have fitted DVD player and multimedia music systems. The coach is fully air-conditioned throughout the cab. There is extra luggage space for suitcases and activity luggage such as golf clubs.

Day 1

Orientation Tour of Dublin City Centre

Our Dublin Based Driver Guide will give you a Panoramic Tour of Dublin City's highlights based on your expressed interests. He will point out the major attractions and places of historical and cultural importance from the monuments of the Phoenix Park, Custom House, Millennium Spire and Trinity College in the City Centre. Once you are familiar with the city our driver will take you to your hotel to relax after your flight. You may also be dropped at any of the attractions in the city centre such as the Guinness Storehouse or Trinity and your luggage taken to your Hotel.

Dublin City Centre at Your Leisure

Dublin City Centre is a compact and perfect for exploring on foot or with a private walking guide. In the city centre is the famous Trinity College with The Book of Kells and magnificent Long Room. We recommend visiting the National Museum of Ireland, History Museum & the National Gallery of Ireland located in and around Merrion Square. If you like to shop please try Grafton Street for high end stores, Dame Street for arts and antiquities as well as Nassau Street for all things Irish. If you would like pub, theatre or dining recommendations or bookings please ask our concierge team. We can also arrange a walking guide or a specialist guide for shopping, genealogy or literary walking tours.

Day 2

Trim Castle, Kells & Hill of Tara Tour

County Meath is an archaeological voyage of unparallel importance which has many attractions dating from very ancient to medieval times. The Hill of Tara stands in the centre of this fascinating county with commanding views in all directions this was the seat of the ancient Kings of Ireland. Little remains today of the ancient capital with the exception of raised mounds, a giant "Stone of Destiny" and a Chamber for Hostages. Trim Castle to the west however is almost perfectly intact and one of Irelands most interesting castles. Used for many film sets including Braveheart the castle sits proudly on the banks of the Boyne and has many ruins in the area that make an interesting walk.

Meaths Ancient Monastic Ruins & Churchs

North County Meath has a rich monastic heritage dating back to the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. Two of the most beloved sites in Ireland are Monasterboice Abbey and Melifont Abbey located on the grassy plains of Northern Meath. Monasterboice is noted for its elaborately carved high crosses most notably Muiredachs Cross. Melifont Abbey is among the most beautiful abbeys in Ireland and features the most unusual octagonal Lavabo from 1200. Drogheda Town features the relic of the Martyred Saint Oliver Plunkett in the Church in the town centre.

Day 3

Downpatrick, Mourne & Coastal Drive

County Down is perhaps the North's most scenic mountainous region that has been immortalized in the songs of Percy French and in ancient folklore. Downpatrick is an ancient town with The Fort of Patrick, a Hill on which Down Cathedral is placed and reputed to be the final resting place of St Patrick, Ireland's Patron Saint. A large granite boulder marks his tomb and this is a place of pilgrimage on Ireland's national holiday, 17th March each year. Newcastle is famous for sweeping long beaches and a golf course. Nearby the famed Tollymore Forest Park is an enchanting emerald oasis. The picturesque village of Rostrevor has a history of ancient kings and buried giants and is a beautiful point in which to explore more of Carlingford Lough.

Giants Causeway & Antrim Coastal Tour

Among Ireland's most unforgettable beauty spots is the Causeway Coast that stretches from Belfast to Derry along the North Eastern region the Island. Soon we enter the Nine Glens of Antrim as they drop majestically from the Antrim Plateau to the ocean below. Touring the northernmost coast will encompass the beautiful highlights of this unique coast that includes The Distillery at Bushmills, Dunluce Castle and Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge as it hangs precariously over the North Atlantic Ocean. A stop for food or a drink at the historic 16th century Bushmills Inn in Bushmills is also a highlight. The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site rated as one of the Natural Wonders of the World. It is made up of 40000 interlocking basalt columns up to 12 metres long that stretch along the coast and into the ocean.

Day 4

Armagh City and Orchard County Tour

Armagh City, known as the Cathedral City is both Ireland's oldest city and the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. The ancient capital of Ulster is noted for its fabulous St Patricks Cathedral where Brian Boru is buried. Two miles outside the city is Navan Fort, stronghold of the Kings of Ulster for 700 years. Armagh is the centre for Apple Orchards and in spring the Apple Blossoms can be seen in Bloom. Areas of interest in the county are Adress House, Clare Glen and the Blackwater River Park.

Sligo Lakes, Mountains & Coastal Tour

Sligo is an area of extreme beauty and varied landscapes with ancient sights dotted along its coastline and mountains. Of major importance is Carrowkeel, a five thousand year old megalithic cemetery which is hidden amongst the clambering hills. Ben Bulben is a beautiful Table Mountain where Ireland's greatest poet WB Yeats is laid to rest. His gravestone with its enigmatic epitaph can be visited along with many other interesting relics of times past. Also in the North West coastal region are beautiful lakes, mystical Islands and pure waterfalls that inspired Yeats with romantic visions. This region has unspoilt coastline which is considered among the most beautiful in Ireland.

Day 5

Westport, Clew Bay & Croagh Patrick Tour

Westport is one of Irelands most beautiful, vibrant and beloved coastal towns. The design of the town is symmetrical, designed by the eminent British architect James Wyatt. The flow off the town is wonderful for strolling through the streets enjoying the ambiance, the music and the culture of this popular destination. On the edge of town dominating the skyline is Croagh Patrick, Irelands Holy Mountain which is a popular hiking and pilgrimage trail. Westport House is a fine Palladian mansion with gardens, tours and excellent picnic areas to enjoy the panoramas over the bay.

Day 6

Galway City Centre Exploring & Shopping

Galway is Ireland's cultural, language, traditional music and artistic Capital. The city centre is famous for its lively ambience, street entertainment, shopping, cafes and pubs. As the centre of the city is all walking streets this is best explored on foot starting at Eyre Square and ending at The Claddagh Quay or vice versa. Shoppers in Galway will find an eclectic range or local goods from the Aran Sweaters to the Claddagh Rings. The Latin Quarter is veritably buzzing from the eclectic legacy of a European influenced maritime past which starts at the Spanish Arch. Dining and pubs numerous and the Quays Bar, Naughton's Pub and Mc Donaghs seafood restaurant are all favorites. We also recommend a quick stop at Lynchs Castle in the centre of Shop Street, a magnificent Gothic style castle with a macabre history.

West Clare, Cliffs of Moher & Burren

West Clare is among Irelands most rugged and dramatic landscapes with shifting and sculpting stone creating unforgettable scenery such as the Cliffs of Moher, Burren Plateau and Islands. We recommend a visit to visit to the spectacular Aillwee Caves in Ballyvaughan at the heart of The Burren. The ancient Dolmen at Poulnabrune is a relic to the intelligence of the first settlers in this remote lunar like landscape. The villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvarra are quaint and two of the most pleasant and photogenic in Ireland.


Day 7

Bunratty Castle, Park & Town at Leisure

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of the finest medieval attractions in Ireland with a wonderful Banqueting Hall which relives the lifestyle of Ireland in Medieval Times. Attached to the Castle is a restored Folk Park with building dating back three hundred years, perfectly restored to their original decor. There is excellent shopping in the area at Blarney Woollen Mills and Meadows and Byrnes. Durty Nelly's on the banks of the River Fergus has been serving Ale since the middle ages and today the dark lighting and sawdust floors retain its air of authenticity. It serves both bar and restaurant food as well as the option to pull your own pint.

North Tipperary and Lough Derg Tour

North Tipperary is a lush region of ancient abbeys, pretty towns and the gateway to Ireland's cruising lake, Lough Derg. The twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina providing a welcome for those who wish to explore this lovely region have some great dining options. A boat cruise as well as a hike along the banks of the lake is a must. There are other very pretty towns worth visiting on the lake including Mountshannon, TerryGlass and Portumna. For a unique experience we recommend visiting the woollen shop at Farney Castle outside Holy Cross.

Day 8

South Tipperary & Rock of Cashel Tour

South Tipperary is renowned for its rustic castles and ancient abbeys and lush farming landscapes. The World Heritage town of Cashel lies at the foot of the world famous Rock of Cashel. This towering monument has a unique collection of medieval buildings including a Fortified Castle, atmospheric Cathedral, Romanesque Chapel and Round Tower. The town of Cahir is famous for its Norman fortification, Cahir Castle as well as the associated Hunting Lodge, known simply as the Swiss Cottage. Also in the immediate area there are the remains of once thriving monasteries at Cashel, Holy Cross and Attassel. Tipperary is also associated with evergreen valleys and mountainscapes of the Glen of Aherlow and the Vee Valley Drives.

Knockmealdown Drive, Lismore & Vee Gap

The Knockmealdown Mountain Range that separates pastoral Tipperary from Coastal Waterford is one of the beautiful back roads touring routes in Ireland. The tour is known as St Declan's Way historically is a pilgrimage from The Round Tower at the Rock of Cashel to the Round Tower in Ardmore, a seaside Village in Waterford. Along the way are the breath-taking Mountain Pass known as the Vee Drive with lakes and beautiful scenery. The highlight is the mountain town of Lismore with its wonderful perched Castle. Lismore also has a few really quaint pubs with genuine atmosphere and some quirky old shops.

Day 1

Mont Clare Hotel Dublin

The 3 Star Mont Clare Hotel is perfectly located in Dublin City centre on the corner of Merrion Square and St Stephens Green. The hotel is a famous landmark in the city centre and was known to be frequented by James Joyce in his career. Next door to the hotel is the National Art Gallery and the main shopping areas of Nassau Street and Grafton Street are five minutes walk from this excellent hotel.


Day 2 - 3

Londonderry Arms Carnlough

Londonderry Arms is a historic Hotel situated in the picturesque village of Cranlough on the world famous Antrim Coast Road. The Hotel is steeped in history with one of the suites famed as the room Sir Winston Churchill resided in during his stay. Family run and splendidly welcoming this hotel is a bastion of true Northern Ireland hospitality. The Londonderry Arms is an ideal touring base for the Antrim Coast and Causeway wonders.

Day 4 - 5

Wyatt Hotel Westport

The Wyatt Hotel is a gem of a hotel located in the heart of Westport beside the landmark statue of St. Patrick at the Octagon. The hotel is a very personable place to stay where the atmosphere is warm and intimate. The award winning Irish welcome makes guests feel immediately at home and ensure a memorable stay. The boutique d\'e9cor combines a traditional and contemporary style, with antiques and an impressive art collection, worth checking out. Outside the bustling market town of Westport with its great variety of colours, shops, fine dining as well as live music at night awaits you.

Day 6

Bunratty Castle Hotel

Bunratty Castle Hotel is a classical four star hotel which has been recently modernised to make it one of the finest hotels in the Shannon region. It has a gourmet dining restaurant, lively bar and the best hotel spa and leisure club in the area. The hotel is located a stone throw from the actual castle of Bunratty so it is ideal location for Evening Banquets, Traditional Irish Nights and music sessions in Durty Nellie's. Please request for banquet bookings with us in the office.

Day 7 - 8

Cashel Palace Hotel


Cashel Palace Hotel is the former residence of the Archbishops of Cashel, nested in a wooded walled demesne below the Rock of Cashel in the lush countryside of Tipperary. The rooms are of a distinctly royal nature in the Main House with four poster beds and Victorian Baths. The Mews Rooms are located in a converted Coach House on the grounds of the hotel. There is a beautiful private walkway to the Castle known as the Bishops Walk. A Legendary tale is that the first Pint of Guinness was brewed here by Arthur Guinness; the evidence is the hop tree which is still stands in the garden.

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