The Rohr's Ireland Adventure Final Information

Bethany & Trevor

Thursday 20th June – Saturday 29th June 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Overview

Picturesque coastal towns and villages, green pastoral fields, soaring cliffs, wild barren landscapes, the crash of the ocean, the laugh of a local. Ireland is romantic, and authentic, a home away from home where both old and modern seem to cohabit seamlessly on a small island in the middle of the sea. Packed with history and tradition your days are spent exploring Ireland’s famous and off-the-beaten-track sites of natural, cultural, and ancient interest. A world-renowned food scene means your evenings are spent dining in style and with the promise of a pub just around the corner, music and laughter are never far away. Your trip to Ireland will surprise and delight you but the people of Ireland will stay with you, long after your journey has taken you home.

Highlights

  • You’ll climb the Slieve League Cliffs, three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher
  • Bike in the wild and rugged Connemara with a local biking guide
  • Visit off-the-beaten-path locations not frequented by tourists

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 20th June - Arrive in Ireland, Drive to Donegal via Fermanagh

Arriving in Ireland today, pick up your rental car and it’s time to head to the northwest and the hills of Donegal. First up, you’ll stop in Fermanagh, located in the picturesque Lakelands of Northern Ireland. We recommend a stop at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, a UNESCO Global Geopark featuring spectacular underground caves and limestone landscapes. In addition to its natural attractions, Fermanagh boasts a wealth of historic sites, including the imposing Enniskillen Castle, built in the 16th century. Continue on and check in to your historic castle hotel and home for the next two nights.

Booking ref: 167526

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: x1 Superior Deluxe
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1464300760
Pick Up Location: Dublin Airport Unit 5 Car Hire Returns Area Car Hire Returns Area Dublin, Ireland K67V5X0 Airport | Pick Up Time: 10:30
Phone: (01) 844 5848

Seat Arona or similar, booked under Bethany Rohr

  • AM/FM Stereo Radio
  • Air Bags
  • Manual
  • Gasoline Vehicle
  • Air Conditioning

Protection Products

  • Collision damage waiver 1
  • Excess protection
  • Roadside assistance protection

Extras

  • Navigational System
  • Toll Payment Tag Pass

Day 1 - Directions Read More +

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6A8psxzvMfeX3UY37

Note: This includes suggested stops, remove as necessary.

Day 1 - Suggested Stops - Fermanagh Read More +

Cuilcagh Boardwalk The Cuilcagh walking trail is 11km long (From the car park to the Cuilcagh Boardwalk viewing platform), including a final ascent via a steep section of wooden steps locally nicknamed, “The Stairway To Heaven”. As one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland, the boardwalk offers views of Cuilcagh Mountain and beyond.

Marble Arch Caves: The landscape encompassing the Marble Arch Caves was formed over 340 million years ago. Today this natural environment of caves, rivers, mountains, ancient woodlands, waterfalls, and gorges offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the incredible range of activities and experiences the Marble Arch Caves have to offer.

Enniskillen Built on an Island, Enniskillen is Ireland’s only Island Town, and is over 400 years old!

Please check opening times on the days you will be visiting *

Day 1 - Lunch Details Read More +

In Enniskillen, we recommend The Bees Knees or The Taphouse.

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We recommend dining at your hotel tonight.

Day 2 - Friday 21st June - Hiking the Slieve League Cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, three times the Cliffs of Moher! Explore the little-visited cliffs on one of the several hiking trails – one of our favorites follows a little-known ancient pilgrimage path where the remains of a mass rock (an illicit church) stand, arriving at the top of the cliffs. In the evening, we recommend heading off to bustling Donegal town where fabulous local pubs await.

Overnight: Donegal | Lough Eske Castle
Room Type: x1 Superior Deluxe
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guide Details - Samzie Hale Read More +

Name: Samzie Hale
Contact Number: +44(0)7545 429 448
Meeting Place: Slieve Leage Visitor Centre | Meeting Time: 10:00

Please wear comfortable hiking boots and waterproof clothing if needed. We recommend taking a packed lunch to eat on the trail, this can be ordered at your hotel the night before. Please call Samzie directly if you are delayed.

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In Donegal town, we recommend the Olde Castle BarQuay WestLa Bella Donna or The Weavers Loft Bistro.

Day 3 - Saturday 22nd June - Hiking Knocknarea

This morning, you’ll head south to Co. Sligo, or “Yeats Country,” so nicknamed since Ireland’s national poet W.B. Yeats drew great inspiration from Sligo’s landscapes and natural beauty. You’ll meet a local hiking guide and together you’ll conquer the imposing Knocknarea mountain which stands tall dominating the peninsula’s landscape. Legend has it that the Warrior Queen Maeve is buried atop the mountain, signified by a large 10-metre tall cairn visible from sea level, as the mountain served as an important outpost during her reign over the western counties. Following your hike, your guide will join you for lunch in the nearby Strandhill, a small seaside village neighboring Sligo town and renowned for its world-class surfing. Continue on to Kilronan Castle, situated in County Roscommon in a secluded corner of the idyllic West of Ireland.

Booking ref: R548F3

Overnight: Boyle | Kilronan Castle
Room Type: x1 Classic King
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Guide Details - Fergus McCaffery Read More +

Name: Fergus McCaffery
Contact Number: +353 863178600
Meeting Place: Knocknarea Car Park | Meeting Time: 09:00

Please wear comfortable hiking boots and waterproof clothing if needed. You’ll stop for lunch after your hike, which is included in the trip price. You may want to bring snacks for the hike.

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We recommend dining at your hotel.

Day 4 - Sunday 23rd June - Gin Distillery Tour

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll pay a visit to an artisanal gin distillery, nestled in the heart of County Leitrim. Enjoy a fully guided experience followed by an expert tasting of Drumshanbo Single Pot Irish Whiskey and finishing with a refreshing Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin and Tonic at the Honey Badger bar in their majestic botanical glasshouse. Later on, enjoy the spa at your accommodation. We are happy to make your reservations in advance.

Overnight: Boyle | Kilronan Castle
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - The Shed Distillery Tour Read More +

Activity: The Shed Distillery Tour
Start Location: The Shed Distillery | Start Time: 14:00 | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Booking Reference: Trevor Rohr
Phone: +353 71 931 7000 | Website: https://www.thesheddistillery.com/

We recommend leaving the car behind for this tour! We recommend organising a taxi – Mary Fryer +353 86 375 4802.

Day 4 - Lunch Details Read More +

You may want to eat lunch at your hotel before your tour. Alternatively, there is a cafe at the distillery.

Day 4 - The Spa at Kilronan Castle Read More +

Activity: The Spa at Kilronan Castle
| Start Time: 16:30 | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Two de-stress massages have been booked for you. The thermal suite can be used from 4.30pm and the massages begin at 5.50pm. Unfortunately, they were unable to offer a couples massage, so you will be in two separate rooms. This will need to be paid for locally.

Day 4 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your hotel.

Day 4 - Spa Reservations Read More +

Please let us know if you would like us to book spa reservations on your behalf.

Day 5 - Monday 24th June - Driving the Mayo Coastal Route

Leave Roscommon behind, heading towards the wilds of North Mayo. We’ll recommend amazing experiences such as an authentic seaweed bath – complete with original cast iron tubs – which will feel all the more indulgent after a hike in the ancient hills of the Ox Mountains. Along the way, learn about how millennia of human interaction have shaped Ireland’s landscapes, visit dramatic blow holes, and stand atop wild cliffs in this forlorn but breathtaking region.

Booking ref: 57314

Overnight: Belmullet | The Talbot Hotel
Room Type: x1 Noir Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Directions Read More +

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/WdteAE3b6Rc5x9ET9

Note: This route contains all recommended stops, remove them as necessary.

Day 5 - Suggested Stops Read More +

Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths In 1912, the year of the “Titanic” the doors of Kilcullen’s Bath House opened for business.

Downpatrick Head Experience stunning views of the Dún Briste sea stack, marvel at the coloured rock formations, and spot the sea birds who call this place home including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants.

Carrowteige Loop Walk You won’t find more spectacular, yet undiscovered loop walks in all of Ireland than the Carrowteige Loop Walks.

Day 5 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend the Ice House in Ballina or Mary’s Bakery in Ballycastle.

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We recommend the Seafood Bar at your hotel.

Day 6 - Tuesday 25th June - Atlantic Sea Safari

Amongst Irelands most hidden gems, the remote Inishkea Islands off the west coast of the Mullet Peninsula make for a truly amazing day out. These abandoned outcrops are home to sandy dunes, fertile grassy machair, long silver strands, and incredibly clear turquoise waters. You’ll take a 35-minute trip across the water and have a picnic on the beach, walk the abandoned ruins of the village, or hike to the signal tower at the highest point and take in the incredible views of the mainland. Watch the wildlife, which includes a thriving seal colony and a wide range of waders and seabirds. With no distractions on the islands to hurry you and nowhere to be, the Inishkea Islands Experience is the ultimate in stepping back in time and the perfect day out!

Overnight: Belmullet | The Talbot Hotel
Room Type: x1 Noir Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Private Sea Safari Read More +

Activity: Private Sea Safari
Start Location: Blacksod Pier | Start Time: 11:00 | Approx Duration: 4 hrs

Booking Reference: Bethany & Trevor Rohr
Phone: +353 83 0263100 | Website: https://blacksodseasafari.ie/

Please wear comfortable clothing and a spare pair of clothes. We recommend taking a packed lunch with you from your accommodation or local store. Please pack plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Day 6 - Suggested Stops Read More +

Annagh Head View Point With views of Eagle Island to the north, and the legendary Inis Gluaire Island to the south, Ceann an Eanaigh is the perfect place to watch the wild Atlantic Ocean waves breaking against rocks.

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/fVPv2p43B7ATSkSy7

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Mc’s Bistro & Grill.

Day 7 - Wednesday 26th June - Whiskey & Storytelling in Galway

This morning, you’ll drive further south to what is known as the capital of Ireland’s west, Galway! Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful storefronts is vibrant, fun, and cosmopolitan. This evening join a local whiskey guide who will lead you around the streets of Galway into some of the oldest pubs to discover the finest Irish whiskey. Tasting the Uisce Beatha (water of life) will certainly leave you in the mood to go to your final stop to meet Galway’s famous storyteller in a cosy pub corner for an hour of tales and regaling. Allow yourself to be immersed in a world of creativity, laughter, and amazement as the stories told will let your mind wonder.

Booking ref: 63425548

Overnight: Galway | The Galmont
Room Type: x1 King Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Directions Read More +

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We recommend McDonaghs or Kai Restaurant. For something different, try Murphy’s ice cream, we recommend the Irish soda bread flavour!

Our favourite pubs in the city are O’Connells, Tigh Neachtain, and The Dew Drop Inn.

Day 7 - Suggested Stops - Galway Read More +

Eyre Square Eyre Square is the focal point of Galway and it was renamed Kennedy Memorial Park in 1965, after J.F.K himself had visited. Today Galway’s main square is a large, open plaza, home to mini festivals, local and international buskers, musicians and street performers.

Galway City Museum & The Spanish Arch Learn all about the history of Galway city through the archaeology, art, geology, natural history, social, political and industrial materials preserved here. Take a peek at the historical Spanish Arch, located where Galway’s River Corrib meets the sea. This is a tranquil spot that tourists and locals alike enjoy. Visit the remnants of a 16th century bastion which was used to protect merchant ships from looting.

Galway Cathedral One of the city’s biggest buildings, Galway Cathedral is home to a huge octagonal dome visible for miles. Building of the cathedral began in 1958 on the site of an old county jail. The modern cathedral houses some interesting statues, a rose window and a huge crucifixion mosaic. It is built of Galway limestone and locally-quarried Connemara marble.

Shop Street Packed with buskers, restaurants, pubs and people – Shop Street is the beating heart of the city. It’s worth a browse in the local shops and at the street art.

Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop A must visit for book lovers! Explore their labyrinthine maze of over 100,000 books: new, second-hand, bargain and antiquarian.

Day 7 - Whiskey Tasting & Storytelling Read More +

Activity: Whiskey Tasting & Storytelling
Guide: Sheena
Start Location: O’Connell’s Bar, 8 Eyre Square, Galway H91 FT22 | Start Time: 17:00 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)86 733 2885

Walking route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9j7VgZfB7cGvgf2A9

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Ard Bia or Sangria, both in the city centre. For a late night music session head to The Quays.

Day 8 - Thursday 27th June - E-Bike Tour of Connemara

This morning, get out of the city and into the wilds of Connemara on a thrilling electric bike ride with some of the most amazing scenery the west of Ireland has to offer. Your expert local guide will pick you up at your accommodation and together you will make your way into the spectacularly rugged landscape. Take to the open road and feel the wind on your face with the great sense of freedom that only cycling can bring. Surrounded by mountains, land, sea, and plenty of history, Connemara is the perfect place for a day of adventure. This evening, you’ll be dropped back into Galway – why not catch a trad session in one of the pubs after dinner?

Overnight: Galway | The Galmont
Room Type: x1 King Room
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Guided E-Bike Tour of Connemara Read More +

Activity: Guided E-Bike Tour of Connemara
Guide: Martin Brannelly
Start Location: The lobby of your hotel | Start Time: 09:30 | Approx Duration: 5.5 hrs

Booking Reference: Bethany & Trevor Rohr
Phone: +353 87 2259190

You will stop for lunch with your guide, this should be paid for locally.

Day 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Alma or Ruibin.

Day 9 - Friday 28th June - Drive to Dublin, Afternoon Musical Walking Tour

This morning you will make your way to Ireland’s capital, Dublin. Check-in is at 3pm however feel free to leave your bags, freshen up, or have a bite to eat. Head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a private guide through the rich musical heritage of Dublin. Led by a knowledgeable local, you’ll stroll through the streets of Dublin and discover the stories and songs of the city’s most impactful musicians. From traditional Irish music to the sounds of rock, pop, and beyond, Dublin has been a melting pot of musical creativity for centuries. Along the way, you’ll visit iconic landmarks and venues associated with legendary artists such as U2, Thin Lizzy, The Dubliners, and more, hearing tales of their rise to fame and the lasting impact of their music on the city. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Dublin’s many award-winning restaurants before ending the night in a cosy pub.

Booking ref: 2074964

Overnight: Dublin | The Ashling
Room Type: x1 Superior King
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Directions Read More +

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We recommend Fish Shop or Nancy Hands, both a short walk from your hotel.

Day 9 - Musical Walking Tour of Dublin Read More +

Activity: Musical Walking Tour of Dublin
Start Location: The Icon Factory on 3 Aston Place, Temple Bar | Start Time: 15:00 | Approx Duration: 1.5 hrs

Booking Reference: Bethany & Trevor Rohr

We’d recommend walking or taking the Luas rather than driving.

Walking Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/LDWjh1uNc7TcFykx9

The Luas is an overground rail system connecting the city, you can find timetables on the Google Maps link or ask reception. There is a line outside your hotel.

 

 

Day 9 - Suggested Stops - Dublin Read More +

EPIC Museum You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you will discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world.

Kilmainham Gaol For over 100 years Kilmainham Gaol held thousands of men, women and children for crimes that ranged from minor offences to being involved in some of the most momentous events in Irish history.

Dublin Castle Constructed in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland.

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Winding Stair | Location: 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 Ireland
Reservation Time: 19:00 | Booking Reference: 105952
Phone: +353 (0)1 872 7320

Update: The winding Stair is booked as above. payable Locally

We recommend The Winding Stair or Matt The Thresher. We are happy to making bookings for you in advance.

Day 10 - Saturday 29th June - Depart

This morning, drop your rental car back at Dublin airport and make your way home. We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we look forward to welcoming you to our little island once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Directions Read More +

Day 10 - Car Rental Drop Off Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1464300760
Drop Off Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/p2ieCUVpMouronhBA | Drop Off Time: 10:30
Phone: (01) 844 5848

Trip Details

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Get in Touch


Accommodation

Lough Eske Castle

Donegal Town | Donegal | Donegal |
94 HX59 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)74 972 5100
Web: lougheskecastlehotel.com

Kilronan Castle

Ballyfarnon | Roscommon | Roscommon |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0) 71 96 18000
Web: kilronancastle.ie

The Talbot Hotel

Lower Barack Street | Belmullet | Mayo |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0) 97 20484
Web: thetalbothotel.ie

The Galmont

Lough Atalia Road, | Galway | Galway |
Ireland
Phone: +353 91 538 300
Web: thegalmont.com/en

The Ashling

10-13 Parkgate Street | Dublin | Dublin 8 |
D08 P38N | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 6772324
Web: ashlinghotel.ie