Final Information Scott Dunn - Finkelson

Allen Finkelson & Betty Stolwijk

Friday 31st May – Saturday 15th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights

Overview

Embark on an extraordinary luxury guided trip to Ireland and unlock the enchanting wonders of this captivating land. From the moment you arrive, immerse yourself in a world of myth and legends, as every detail of your journey is meticulously curated to create an unforgettable experience. Traverse the verdant landscapes of the Emerald Isle, guided by knowledgeable experts who will unveil the rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural beauty that Ireland beholds.

Indulge in lavish accommodations in luxurious castles, manor houses, or five-star hotels, where every comfort and indulgence awaits. Delight in exclusive access to hidden gems, from ancient ruins to private traditional experiences and savour exquisite culinary delights featuring the finest local ingredients and traditional Irish flavours. This bespoke luxury trip to Ireland promises to create cherished memories that will linger in your heart long after you bid farewell to this remarkable country.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 31st May - Arrival in Ireland - Free afternoon

Arriving into Ireland today, a private local transfer will meet you at the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5* hotel in the city centre.  Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat.

This afternoon you can choose to enjoy the comfort of your hotel facilities including spa or take a wander through Dublin’s bustling shopping districts and streets.

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Booking Reference: Finkelson
Pick Up Location: Arrival Hall, Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 3:00 pm | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will be waiting to greet you in arrivals for your short journey to The Merrion Hotel.

Airport Transfer is with a local chauffeur company and a tip would be appreciated.
Suggest €10

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: May 31, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA4464
Departure Airport: London City | Departure Time: 1:40 pm
Arrival Airport: Dublin Airport | Arrival Time: 3:00 pm

Day 2 - Saturday 1st June - Historical Walking Tour

Enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Historical Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Historical Walking Tour
Guide Name: Tommy Graham
Start Location: Lobby The Merrion Hotel | Start Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: Finkelson
Phone: +353 (0)87 688 9412

Tommy or one of his talented team will meet you in the lobby of The Merrion Hotel from where you will depart for your walking tour of Dublin.

Please wear comfortable footwear and bring a rain jacket if necessary.

Walking tour is with a local Dublin Walking Tour Company. A tip would be appreciated €10

Day 3 - Sunday 2nd June - Free day in Dublin

Your walking tour yesterday will have given you lots of ideas and inspiration for places you would like to visit today and of course we have lots of our own suggestions and recommendations from the traditional Trinity College to Kilmainham Gaol to the Guinness Storehouse.

If a quieter, more relaxed day is your preference, enjoy a morning stroll down Grafton Street, a lively pedestrianised shopping street. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, street performers, and browse through the various shops, including high-end boutiques and traditional Irish craft stores. Take a break and grab a coffee or tea at one of the cosy cafes in the area.

Overnight: Dublin | The Merrion Hotel
Room Type: Junior Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Suggested Activities Read More +

Kilmainham Gaol
Inchicore Road,
Kilmainham, Dublin 8
DO8 RK28,
Phone: (01) 453 5984
WEB: https://www.kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie/

EPIC
The CHQ Building,
Customs House Quay,
North Dock,
Dublin 1
Phone: (01) 906 0861
WEB: https://epicchq.com/

Book of Kells
The University of Dublin Trinity College,
College Green,
Dublin
Phone: (01) 896 2320
WEB: https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/

14 Henrietta Street
14 Henrietta street,
Dublin,
D01 HH34,
Phone: +353 1 524 0383
WEB: https://14henriettastreet.ie/

* It is always recommended you check local opening tines and days and book in advance

Day 4 - Monday 3rd June - Kilkenny Castle

Fionnuala, your private Wilderness Ireland guide/ driver will meet you this morning and after some short introductions you will leave the hustle and bustle of Dublin and begin your journey south, to Ireland’s original capital, Cork.

On route you will stop in the mediaeval city of Kilkenny and the iconic Kilkenny Castle, a fortress dating back to the 12th century. Immerse yourself in its rich history as you wander through the beautifully preserved rooms and explore the magnificent gardens. Afterward, take some time to wander around Kilkenny’s picturesque streets, lined with colourful buildings, quaint shops, and inviting cafes before continuing your journey to Cork, where more adventures await you.

 

 

Overnight: Cork | Hayfield Manor
Room Type: Ford Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Guide Details - Fionnuala Kennedy Read More +

Name: Fionnuala Kennedy
Contact Number: +35387 774 1061
Meeting Place: The Merrion Hotel | Meeting Time: 10:00 am

Fionnuala is looking forward to meeting you in the lobby of The Merrion Hotel this morning.

Day 4 - Tour Kilkenny Castle Read More +

Activity: Tour Kilkenny Castle
Guide: Fionnuala Kennedy

* No tip necessary

Day 5 - Tuesday 4th June - Titanic Cobh

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, explore a little more of Cork and in particular Cobh, a charming harbour town with a rich maritime history. It was the final port of call for the ill-fated Titanic, and visitors can explore the fascinating Titanic Experience museum or a private titanic tour. Cobh also offers breathtaking waterfront views, colourful houses, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a delightful destination to visit in County Cork.

 

Overnight: Cork | Hayfield Manor
Room Type: Ford Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Tour of Cobh Read More +

Activity: Tour of Cobh
Guide : Michael Martin

Fionnuala your guide will be driving you to and from Cobh where you will meet a local guide, Michael Martin for your walking tour.
No tip necessary, Fionnuala will look after this.

Day 6 - Wednesday 5th June - Cork to Kerry , Hike Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra is an area of immense wild scenery and natural beauty that you’ll find tucked away on 137 acres at the edge of the Sheehy Mountains. Visit the ruins of St. Finbarr’s Monastery on the island before embarking on one of the five different trails leading you up the beautiful Sheehy Mountains.

Later today, check into the 5 star Park Hotel in Killarney, an oasis in the heart of the town.

*Wilderness Ireland Guide: Fionnuala

Overnight: Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel
Room Type: Innisfallen Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Hike Gougane Barra Read More +

Activity: Hike Gougane Barra
Guide : Fionnuala Kennedy

Day 7 - Thursday 6th June - Morning Boat Tour

In the southwest of County Kerry is an expanse of rugged, mountainous country that sweeps down to the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Here, stretching across 10,000 hectares, lies Killarney National Park, with its unforgettable combination of mountains, lakes, woodland and waterfalls.

Board a traditional wooden boat this morning and tour the calm waters of their unique location, visiting a small deserted island on route. Back on land and be sure to visit the mediaeval tower house at Ross Castle.

Boat Experience is 1 hour approx

 

Overnight: Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel
Room Type: Innisfallen Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Kilarney Boat Tour Read More +

Activity: Kilarney Boat Tour
Guide : Dux
| Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Fionnuala your guide will be driving you to and from the Killarney Boat Experience. No tip necessary, Fionnuala will look after this.

Day 8 - Friday 7th June - Explore Killarney's sights

Yesterday you explored the park from the tranquillity of your boat, today Fionnuala will take you to some of the other must see destinations within the park such as Muckross Castle and Torc Waterfall.

 

Overnight: Killarney | Killarney Park Hotel
Room Type: Innisfallen Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Exploring Killarney Read More +

Activity: Exploring Killarney
Guide : Fionnuala Kennedy

Day 9 - Saturday 8th June - Cliffs of Moher

A journey tracking north leaving the Kingdom of Kerry and entering in Co. Clare no trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to The Cliffs of Moher. Rising out of the Atlantic waters to a height of over 700 ft at its tallest point, the magical Cliffs of Moher and one of Ireland’s most enduring visitor experiences. Visually spectacular, the cliffs sit astride the striking landscape of the Burren on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Marvel at the dramatic soaring sheer drop into the Atlantic below, you have options to hike, partake in a more leisurely walk or simply visit the experience centre and stunning viewing points before checking into the stunningly located Gregans Castle in the heart of The Burren.

 

Overnight: Ballyvaughan | Gregans Castle
Room Type: Premier Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Cliffs of Moher Read More +

Activity: Cliffs of Moher
Guide : Fionnuala Kennedy

Day 10 - Sunday 9th June - Hike the Burren

Stroll along laneways and green paths edged with wildflowers, hedgerows and dry-stone walls. Walking under the shadow of the wild Burren hills, marvel at the rocky ridges of the Burren. The unusually exposed limestone geology of the region was formed millions of years ago when Clare was on the sea floor, leaving behind an impressive lunar landscape.
The Burren is riddled with caves and caverns, and you will learn about the rich geological history as you walk.  There’s lots of walking trails that you can follow with Fionnuala who will pick a route that best suits you today.

*Wilderness Ireland Guide: Fionnuala

Overnight: Ballyvaughan | Gregans Castle
Room Type: Premier Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Hike in the Burren Read More +

Activity: Hike in the Burren
Guide : Fionnuala Kennedy

Day 11 - Monday 10th June - Galway

Galway is the capital of Ireland’s west. Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. Spend some time wandering the bustling streets, shopping for gifts and keepsakes, dropping into a pub for a spot of lunch and absorbing the lively, musical atmosphere with buskers and street performers before leaving the city and entering the wilds of Connemara and one of our favourite properties, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

 

Overnight: Connemmara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Premier Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Explore Galway Read More +

Activity: Explore Galway
Guide: Fionnuala Kennedy

Day 12 - Tuesday 11th June - Onsite at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Take a day to relax onsite at Ballynahinch Castle and its surroundings. Fionnuala will be on hand should you wish to have a morning activity and we suggest a hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park if you are feeling energetic.

 

Overnight: Connemmara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Premier Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - No Activity Booked Read More +

Activity: No Activity Booked

Day 13 - Wednesday 12th June - Morning onsite, afternoon Ashford Castle

Set on a private 700 acre estate and once owned by an Indian Raj, Ballynahinch has a history full of colour and life. With its own fishery, on site bikes, acres of woodlands and gardens to explore, your morning can be as leisurely or active as you wish. Fionnuala is on hand to help you explore the grounds before departing for the journey to Ashford Castle for afternoon check in.

Once owned by the Guinness family, Ashford has a history dating back to the 12th century and has earned its place in Ireland’s history books. Today, Ashford is one of Ireland’s premier hotels offering an unforgettable experience.  The next couple of days are a break in driving and activities designed to allow you to relax on site at Ashford Castle, enjoying and absorbing this historic property and recharging after your tour around Ireland.

*Fionnuala will say goodbye to you at Ashford and leave you to enjoy your time here unaccompanied in the hands of the wonderful Ashford team.

Overnight: Cong | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Tipping your Wilderness Ireland Guide Read More +

Please note the tip for your wilderness Guide, Fionnuala is not included. Tipping is discretionary, however on average we recommend about €15-€30 per person per day. It is completely up to you however the tip you choose to give your guide should reflect the quality of the guiding service you felt you received.

Day 13 - No Activity Booked Read More +

Activity: No Activity Booked

Day 14 - Thursday 13th June - Onsite at Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle boasts many outdoor activity pursuits for those wishing to try their hand at being the gentry. Please let us know if you would like us to prebook any onsite activities for you.

*Activities are not included but we do offer concierge service to book and you can pay locally. No tip included for any activities payable locally. 

Overnight: Cong | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Activity: No Activity Booked

Day 15 - Friday 14th June - Onsite at Ashford Castle

Your final day in Ireland, spent in the luxury and opulent surrounds of Ashford offers you a wide choice in activities. There is estate horse riding, woodland walks, boats and bikes, afternoon tea, the library or simply relaxation in the glorious 800 year old castle.

Overnight: Cong | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Stateroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Activity: No Activity Booked

Day 16 - Saturday 15th June - Depart

A private transfer will meet you at Ashford today and take you to Dublin Airport in time for pre-flight clearance and your departure home. We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we would love to welcome you back to our shores once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonard's Chauffeur Executive Drive
Pick Up Location: Ashford Castle | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am | Approx Duration: 3 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Your driver, Ryan Leonard will pick ypu up from Ashford Castle and take you to Dublin Airport.

*Airport Transfer is with a local chauffeur company and a tip would be appreciated.
Suggest €20-€40

Day 16 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: June 15, 2024 | Airline: British Airways | Flight Number: BA837
Departure Airport: Dublin Airport | Departure Time: 3:50 pm
Arrival Airport: London | Arrival Time: 5:10 pm

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More

All accommodation from Day 1 to 16
Breakfast daily
Services of an experienced guide from Day 4 to 13
Ground transportation from Day 4 to 13
Private Transfers as follows
– Arrival at Dublin. Approximately a 30 minute transfer
– Ashford Castle to Shannon Airport on departure. Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.

All guided hikes, entrance fees and activities, specifically:
– Private Historical Walking Tour Dublin
– Kilkenny Castle Tour
– Private Cobh Titanic Tour
– Private Killarney Lakes Tour

Experiences with Wilderness Ireland Guide
– Hike Kerry Way (G Barra)
– Cliffs of Moher
– Hike The Burren
– Galway City
– Connemara
Personalised trip design and delivery
24/7 in country support

Get in Touch


Accommodation

The Merrion Hotel

Upper Merrion Street | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 KF79 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 603 0600
Web: merrionhotel.com

Hayfield Manor

Perrott Avenue, College Road | Cork | Co. Cork |
T12 HT97 | Ireland
Phone: +353 21 4845900
Web: hayfieldmanor.ie

Killarney Park Hotel

Town Centre | Killarney | Kerry |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)64 66 35555
Web: killarneyparkhotel.ie

Gregans Castle

Gregans Castle Hotel | Ballyvaughan | Co. Clare |
H91 CF60 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)65 707 7005
Web: gregans.ie

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

Ballinafad, Recess | Connemmara | Galway |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)95 31006
Web: ballynahinch-castle.com

Ashford Castle

Cong | Co. Mayo |
F31 CA4 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)94 954 6003
Web: ashfordcastle.com


Meet Your Guide

Fionnuala Kennedy

Contact Number: +353 (0)87 774 1061

For me, days spent in the hills and wilds of Ireland are about being immersed in that place. I love being up high and being able to read the landscape. If you know what to look for it can reveal so many stories; of human lives past, of glaciers and oceans long gone, and of wildlife very much alive. I love to try and interpret these stories.

Several years working in outdoor education and as an archaeological guide has led to a fascination with our history, heritage and folklore, something which only deepens with time. And then there’s history and botany and geology and astronomy… sometimes there’s just too much that’s interesting.

Along the way, I’ve had an assortment of other jobs, from growing trees to growing vegetables, and from teaching music in schools to playing tunes in McLynns pub in Sligo on Friday nights.