Spain – Ireland Explorations

Chris and Caroline Spain

Thursday 23rd May – Saturday 1st June 2024

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights


Overview

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Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 23rd May - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5 star 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.

Head out in the afternoon to 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, the 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
Room Type: Merrion Queen
Meals Included: None

Day 2 - Friday 24th May - Dublin Music Tour

Take a unique saunter through Ireland’s musical heritage as you delve into the history and stories of Dublin and Ireland through song and Irish Music. Stroll through the history of Irish music and Dublin City and enjoy stories of Dublin’s 18th Century dens of iniquity in an area known as ‘Hell’, hear songs from Dublin with roots as far back as the 9th Century, and get a fascinating insight into the role of music in creating an Irish identity, driving a cultural revolution, and the contemporary Irish music & folk scene.

Be sure to check out some of the local pubs this evening, we recommend O’Donoghues right around the corner from your hotel, for a trad session and bring along your guitar. You will soon know your jogs from your reels.

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

Day 3 - Saturday 25th May - Dublin to Clare

Your expert guide will meet you this morning and after some short introductions, whisk you away from the city, cross country to Clare, the home of the Cliffs of Moher.

This afternoon, after a briefing over lunch followed by bike fitting, you will cycle off into the dramatic limestone landscapes of the Burren National Park. The route starts inland near Poulnabrone Dolmen (a Neolithic tomb) and ends at the Flaggy Shore, a favourite spot of Irish poets before making your way to your accommodation this evening, Gregans Castle Hotel

Overnight: Clare | Gregans Castle Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 26th May - Cliff of Moher

After breakfast, we’ll cycle from the hotel to the Cliffs of Moher along the Wild Atlantic Way—a breathtaking 2,500 km (1,550 mi.) coastal route flanked by crashing waves, white sand beaches, rugged cliffs and charming seaside villages. Our morning cycle starts takes us through the Burren, via Poulnabrone, stopping at the Burren Centre in Kilfenora.

After a delicious Lunch in Liscannor – you’ll have the option to choose from several classic pubs and a characterful cafe, which serves up some of the region’s best fish n’ chips, its off for this afternoons short pedal to the famous Cliffs of Moher, which are well worth the hype! You’ll have plenty of time to admire the geographic wonder before you cycle or hitch a ride back to the hotel.

Overnight: Clare | Gregans Castle Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Monday 27th May - Connemara

After check out, it’s a 90-minute drive to the village of Cong, the backdrop of the Oscar-winning movie, The Quiet Man. Our day begins at the oldest falconry school in Ireland, where we will be joined by an expert to learn about this fascinating Medieval sport and then see the birds of prey in action.

After lunch, take a short drive to Maam, where we’ll pedal through the Maam Valley to the North Atlantic Coast and bogs of Connemara. The ride ends at our final hotel, Ballynahinch Castle, which is located on a wooded, 700-acre estate.
Relax for the rest of the afternoon on site at Ballynahinch

*There are options to drive straight to your accommodation today and partake in some Fly Fishing this afternoon on site at Ballynahinch for those interested, and/or a visit to meet some Connemara Ponies.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Tuesday 28th May - Exploring Connemara

Today, we set off on a looped ride through Connemara, a region rich in Gaelic history and culture. We’ll start through the interior through a lunar bog scenery set against the Twelve Bens Mountain Range. When we reach the coast, you have the option to ride an extra loop around Sky Road or continue directly to the fishing village of Roundstone for lunch. Music lovers may want to make a stop at the bodhran workshop, known for its traditional Irish drums.

This afternoon, join a local archaeologist and longtime friend of B&R for an easygoing walk on Inishnee Island in Roundstone Bay. It’s a short bike ride back from there to the hotel.

Tonight, you’ll have the chance to do a bit of exploring and dinner on your own in the town of Clifden, the unofficial capital of Connemara. Be sure to take your guitar with you as there is always a tune to be had in Clifden.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Wednesday 29th May - Killary Fjord

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we’ll bike from the hotel through the Inagh Valley to Killary, Ireland’s only fjord. Those looking for extra mileage can extend the ride with a long option which will pass by Kylemore Abbey and the Renvyle Peninsula. We all reconvene on the shores of Killary to tour a shellfish farm and enjoy a picnic overlooking the harbour.

We will reconvene later on for a memorable final night pub dinner and a “trad session'” featuring Irish music.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Superior
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Thursday 30th May - Galway to Waterford

Leaving Galway behind us today we make the journey south, through Ireland’s hidden heartlands to the very southern coast and Waterford.

On route, we will take the opportunity to stop at Lisgarode where the Spain family roots lay. We will also take a visit to The Rock of Cashel. Featuring an impressive mediaeval castle atop a limestone outcrop, the site is known for its rich history and architectural beauty. The site’s origins date back to the 4th or 5th century, and it has served as a fortress, a royal residence, and a religious centre throughout its long history. The Rock of Cashel is a symbol of Ireland’s heritage and a testament to the country’s ancient past.

This evening you will check into the. star Cliff House Hotel with its commanding views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight: Waterford | Cliff House Hotel
Room Type: Sea View with Balcony
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Friday 31st May - Explore Waterford/ Cork

There are options today to explore viking waterford and take the viking trail, cycle the Copper coast, tour the Waterford Crystal Factory or head west, to Cobh and Kinsale where the ill fated Titanic set sail on her maiden and final voyage.

* Full days itinerary to be confirmed.

 

Overnight: Waterford | Cliff House Hotel
Room Type: Sea View with Balcony
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Saturday 1st June - Fly from Dublin to Glasgow. Welcome To Scotland

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before you head to the airport to catch your flight to Scotland. On arrival in Glasgow airport you will be met by your private Scotland guide, who will also act as your driver while you explore together. 

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above, breakfast and lunch daily while guided, no evening meals.
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide in Ireland from Day 3 to Day 11 inclusive
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide in Scotland from Day 3 to Day 11 inclusive
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by your guides on guided days
  • Airport Transfer on Arrival Day 1
  • All guided bike rides mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Walking Tour of Dublin
    • Music Tour Dublin
    • Entry Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre
    • Private Hawk Walk Experience Ashford Castle
    • Island exploration with archeologist
    • Killary Shellfish Farm Tour
    • Rock of Cashel Tour
    • Waterford/ Cork Exploration Day TBC
  • €100 B&R Hosting Budget
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for your main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 15% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
Optional Upgrades Read More
  • Room Upgrades are available in some locations, subject to availability. Pricing on request
Pricing Read More

The price of this trip is €9,086 per person and is based on availability at the time of booking.

The NET price for this itinerary, based on 4 clients in two rooms in Ireland is;

  • €9,085.75 EURO per person

Total B&R cost NET €36,342.30

  • This includes a £12 per person conservation & community contribution which can be opted out of if wished, please see notes below.

 

Conservation & Community Contribution

This voluntary donation of £12 per person goes towards conservation & community projects in the locations we operate.  If you would like to opt out just let your trip designer know.

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