Lamb Irish Adventure

Everett & Linda

Saturday 13th April – Wednesday 24th April 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Overview

Lichen pickled traditional stone walls, undulating soft green fields, an ancient history and warm people, oh and the odd spot of rain. There are many images Ireland conjures in the mind of a wanderer and this wonderful adventure in Ireland offers you all the time in the world to explore and enjoy. Travel along Ireland’s western coasts taking in some of our famous historic sites and highlights while at the same time exploring more off-the-beaten-path locations and stunning landscapes.  Along the way, you will get under the skin of Ireland, visiting sites associated with the country’s long and complex history from prehistoric times to the recent past.  Meeting local people and learning about life on Europe’s western edge, you’ll uncover the natural history of the varied landscape from verdant green pastures to wild mountain scenery.

Highlights

  • Stay in two of Ireland’s finest castle hotels, Ashford and Dromoland.
  • Meet locals and enjoy authentically Irish experiences.
  • Visit “The Quiet Man” bar in Cong.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 13th April - Arrival to Ireland

Welcome to Ireland! Pick up your rental car at Shannon Airport and it’s time to drive 30 minutes to Limerick city. Built upon the River Shannon and lined with Georgian townhouses, this will be your base for the next two nights. After checking into your boutique hotel, the rest of the day is yours to explore – and we have plenty of suggestions!

Overnight: Limerick | No.1 Pery Sq
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Enterprise Car Rental
Booking Reference: 2063637107
Pick Up Location: Shannon in Terminal Ground Floor Terminal Building Shannon Airport Shannon, Ireland V14 EE06

Automatic compact SUV – Seat Aroma or similar – booked under Everett Lamb

Driving route from Shannon to 1 Pery Square: https://maps.app.goo.gl/7zeYYV7jENBTu2xBA

Day 1 - King John's Castle Read More +

Activity: King John's Castle
Booking Reference: N/A
Phone: +353 (0) 61 – 370500 | Website: https://kingjohnscastle.ie/

Located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter, step inside the walls of Limerick’s most iconic landmark! Discover the stories of ruthless King John, the noble knights, and rebellious natives. King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

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Activity: Tour of Medieval Englishtown
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://www.limerick.ie/discover/eat-see-do/tours/walking-tours/limerick-city-walking-tours-civic-trust

Discover the oldest parts of Limerick City with a qualified guide leading you on a walk through the medieval quarter to visit landmarks including The Bard of Thomond Monuments, King John’s Castle, The Toll House, The Bishop’s Palace and The Treaty Stone.

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We recommend

The Buttery

Hook & Ladder

 

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Hotel: 1 Pery Square
Website: https://oneperysquare.com/food-and-wine/the-long-room/evening-menu/

Please make your dinner reservation upon check in

Day 2 - Sunday 14th April - Exploring Limerick

Start your day by visiting Limerick Museum, featuring exhibits of local artefacts from the city and county. Afterward, head to the Milk Market, one of the oldest markets in Ireland. Alternatively visit the Hunt Museum, located in the elegant 18th century Custom House. This museum houses an impressive collection of art and antiquities, including works by Picasso, Gauguin, and Renoir. This evening, immerse yourself in Limerick’s vibrant music scene by attending a live traditional music session at one of the city’s many pubs.

Overnight: Limerick | No.1 Pery Square
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Limerick Museum Read More +

Activity: Limerick Museum
Booking Reference: N/A
Phone: +35361557740 | Website: https://www.limerick.ie/limerick-museum

The small, multi-themed museum features exhibits of local artefacts from Limerick city and country, and provides a bit of perspective and history about this little-visited city. Entry is free.

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Activity: The Milk Market
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://www.milkmarketlimerick.ie/

One of the oldest markets in Ireland, the Milk Market offers a wide variety of local fresh fish, meat, dairy (including local cheese), baked goods, fruits and vegetables as well as locally made crafts, fashion and flowers. Grab a coffee on the way in and wander about the stalls, you never know what bargains you may pick up.

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Activity: The Hunt Museum
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://www.huntmuseum.com/

For those that like to while away an afternoon admiring art, the Hunt Museum features the lifetime work of collecting artworks by John & Gertrude Hunt including works by Piscasso, Renoit and Irish artist Jack B Yeats.

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We recommend

The French Table (dinner options are available here too)

The East Room (dinner options are available here too)

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Day 3 - Monday 15th April - Limerick to Killarney

This morning, it’s time to make your way south, to the Kingdom of Kerry! En-route we recommend stopping in the picturesque village of Adare, often referred to as “Ireland’s prettiest village.” With its traditional thatched roofed cottages, quaint tea rooms and inviting craft shops, it is easy to see why!  Your final destination this evening is the town of Killarney, serving as the gateway to the wildly scenic Ring of Kerry.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House Hotel
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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We recommend grabbing some lunch in Adare

Oak & Apple

Alternatively, Killarney has plenty of lunch options

Kitty O’ Se’s

Cronin’s Restaurant

 

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We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight

Day 3 - Trad music & Celtic Steps Read More +

Activity: Trad music & Celtic Steps
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://celticsteps.ie/celtic-steps-the-show/#:~:text=Celtic%20Steps%20The%20Show%20will,first%20come%2C%20first%20served%20basis.

Killarney is home to several traditional Irish pubs where live Irish Trad music can be heard most nights as well and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Ask in your hotel or guesthouse for recommendations. Celtic Steps is a more formal show full of Irish language music, song and dance featuring some of ireland’s leading world champion dancers.

Day 4 - Tuesday 16th April - Exploring Killarney National Park

After a leisurely breakfast, head into Killarney National Park – the jewel in the county’s crown. Today the park encompasses 26,000 acres of mountains, woodlands, lakes, waterfalls and history. Enjoy Kerry’s most breathtaking scenery on your doorstep. Visit the mediaeval tower house at Ross Castle, tour Muckross House, visit Torc Waterfall, board a lake boat and sail the tranquil waters and take in the stunning scenes from Ladies View. A day spent in Killarney National Park will always be memorable.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

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Day 4 - Ross Castle Read More +

Activity: Ross Castle
Booking Reference: N/A

A majestic 15th-century castle perched along the shores of Lough Leane in Killarney National Park. With a colourful history, Ross Castle is a wonderful example of an Irish chieftain’s medieval stronghold. The castle can get busy in the summer and offers guided tours.

Day 4 - Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farm Read More +

Activity: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farm
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://www.muckross-house.ie/

Regarded by many as the focal point of the national park, Muckross House is a 19th century Victorian mansion set on the shores of Muckross Lake. The house is furnished in period style with a restored basement that offers a wonderful view.

Day 4 - Lake of Killarney Boat Tour Read More +

Activity: Lake of Killarney Boat Tour
Website: https://gapofdunloetraditionalboattours.com/

Book a boat tour departing from in front of Ross Castle.

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We recommend

Lord Brandon’s Cottage, the halfway stop if you take a boat tour

Curious Cat Cafe

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We recommend

Quinlan’s Seafood Bar

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

 

Day 5 - Wednesday 17th April - Driving the Ring of Kerry

Driving around the Ring of Kerry is a breathtaking experience that takes you on a scenic journey through some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes. Today you will experience panoramic views of coastal cliffs, rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and charming villages – oh, and some guaranteed photo opportunities! At each turn, there is a new view to marvel upon. Afterwards, spend some time in the charming village of Kenmare – often referred to as “the jewel in the Kerry”. The village retains a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and its friendly locals add to its unique character. Explore the narrow lanes, browse through boutique stores, and discover local crafts and artisan products before returning to your accommodation.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

The Ring of Kerry drive leaves Killarney and follows the N71 to Kenmare before taking the N70 out and around the coast to Killorglin. If you were driving the Ring of Kerry from start to finish without stopping, it’d take you around 2.5 hours. In order to give you sufficient time to get out of your car and explore, allow at least 7 hours. You should do the Ring of Kerry drive in a clockwise direction as tour buses go anti-clockwise by rule. You can of course drive either way, but driving clockwise ensures that you don’t get stuck behind 2+ tour buses. Some of this drive will also be done tomorrow as you drive to Caherdaniel for your seaweed foraging experience.

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Stops include Ladies View, Kenmare, Dunkerron Castle, Sneem, Charlie Chaplin Statue, Cahersiveen, Kells Bay House & Gardens, Ballymalis Castle & Killarney Town.

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Batch & Bean in Kenmare is a good place for a coffee stop

Lazy Cat Cafe, Cahersiveen

Alternatively, pick up a pack lunch from your accommodation to bring with you and eat at one of the many viewing points.

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We recommend

Bricin

Treyvauds

 

Day 6 - Thursday 18th April - Seaweed Foraging Experience

On the southern shores of the Iveragh peninsula you will meet one of our favourite characters. A fisherman, foraging expert, storyteller and a true Irish gent, John will take you on a wander along the shoreline learning about life on Ireland’s west coast all the while regaling you with tales of characters from the region. Together, learn how seaweed earned its reputation as a super-food. Enjoy a few nibbles yourself, including the flavoursome variety, Duilleasc, which sustained the monks on Skellig Island, or Nori, the famous Sushi roll wrapping.

Overnight: Killarney | Cahernane House
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Seaweed Foraging Read More +

Activity: Seaweed Foraging
Guide: John
Start Location: Derrynane Beach Carpark | Start Time: 10:00
Phone: +353 (0)861062110

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If time allows we recommend stopping by Derrynane House, the home of Irish political leader and revolutionist Daniel O’Connell.

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We recommend

O’Carrolls Cove

The Blind Piper

 

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We recommend

The Yew Tree Restaurant

Vendricks 

 

Day 7 - Friday 19th April - Killarney to Ashford

This morning, you are driving 3.5 hours to check into the 800 – year old historic Ashford Castle, your home for the next three nights. Nestled between the shores of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, Cong is renowned for its natural beauty, rich history and its connection to pop culture. The surrounding area boasts a fascinating history that stretches back centuries, and there’s no better base to explore than Ashford Castle.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

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Day 7 - Bunratty Castle Read More +

Activity: Bunratty Castle
Booking Reference: N/A
Website: https://www.bunrattycastle.ie/

En route to Ashford, visit the acclaimed 15th iconic Bunratty Castle – the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland. There are plenty of lunch spots and cafes located around the site and we recommend getting out and stretching the legs with a walk around.

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We recommend dining at Ashford Castle tonight. We are happy to make you reservations in advance.

Day 8 - Saturday 20th April - The Village of Cong & The Quiet Man Bar

This morning, time to venture out to the village of Cong, renowned for its association with the iconic Oscar winning film “The Quiet Man”. Many of the film’s iconic scenes were shot in and around Cong. For fans of the movie, a visit to the Quiet Man Cottage Museum is a must. Experience a true Irish “Céad míle fáilte” here and afterwards you can visit Cong Abbey, founded in the 12th century. Tonight, choose to indulge in a luxurious dining experience at your accommodation.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

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You can drive to Cong, or alternatively take a scenic walk through the estate for 2km

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Activity: The Quiet Man Museum
Phone: +353 94 954 6089 | Website: https://www.quietmanmuseum.com/

The Quiet Man Museum is a must for any Quiet Man enthusiasts. It is an exact replica of the White O’Morn cottage in the movie. The four poster bed, the tables and chairs which Mary Kate cherished, the thatched roof, emerald green half door and white washed front combine to charm all those who visit it.

Day 8 - Cong Abbey Read More +

Activity: Cong Abbey
Website: http://www.megalithicireland.com/Cong%20Abbey,%20Mayo.html

The 12th century Abbey at Cong was built on the site of an earlier 7th century monastery founded by either Domnall, the nephew of an Irish King or St Feichin. We do know that St Feichen had been an abbot here during the early period. The abbey was burned several times in the early 12th century and in 1134 it was refounded for the Canons regular of St Augustine by Turlough O’Connor, High King of Ireland.

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Of course, we recommend Pat Cohan’s Gastro Bar

 

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We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight

Day 9 - Sunday 21st April - On Site at Ashford Castle

The 800-year-old Ashford Castle on the border of Galway and Mayo was 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 to all its visitors. There are estate walks to enjoy, fishing and boating, golf, shooting and cycling. Relax on site today and enjoy all Ashford has to offer.

Overnight: Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Ashford Experiences Read More +

Activity: Ashford Experiences
Website: https://ashfordcastle.com/experiences

Please visit the Ashford Castle webiste for a full list of experiences. We are happy to book these in advance.

Day 10 - Monday 22nd April - Ashford to Dromoland

This morning, make the 1.5 hour drive down to Clare – it’s time to check in to one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels, the 5* Dromoland Castle! The opulent surroundings of Ireland’s premier castle hotel are yours to indulge in today. There are many activities to choose from on site should you wish to try your hand including archery, falconry, horse riding, pony and trap rides and a luxury spa and leisure centre. We are happy to include any onsite activities or spa treatments if you wish, or simply rest, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Overnight: Clare | Dromoland Castle
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

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Day 10 - Dromoland Experiences Read More +

Activity: Dromoland Experiences
Website: https://www.dromoland.ie/activities/

Please see the Dromoland Castle website for a full list of experiences. We are happy to book these in advance for you.

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We recommend having lunch and dinner onsite at Dromoland Castle

Day 11 - Tuesday 23rd April - Private Tour of The Burren Perfumery

The Burren region is world-wide unique, known for its vast array of wildflowers, including over 40 species of orchid, that blanket the rocky limestone landscape from spring through summer. In the heart of the National Park is The Burren Perfumery, a boutique perfumer influenced by the natural beauty of the landscape. Here you will enjoy a private hands-on experience, meet the producers and see how the products are made.

Overnight: Clare | Dromoland Castle
Room Type: classic
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Activity: Private Tour of the Burren Perfumery
Start Location: The Burren Perfumery | Start Time: 11:00
Phone: +353 (0)65 708 9102

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/H7Ck9vRWTpPoRUpo7

Once you arrive make our way to the reception area and you will be looked after.

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We recommend getting lunch at the perfumery (the cheese board is delicious)!

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Activity: The Cliffs of Moher

Take the scenic route home and stop off at the jaw dropping Cliffs of Moher. Falling some 700 feet and winding in and out, the Cliffs of Moher merit their celebrity status.

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We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight.

Day 12 - Wednesday 24th April - Depart

It’s time to make your way back to Shannon Airport this morning. Drop your rental car back before catching your flight home, we hope your time in Ireland has been memorable.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Supplier: Driving Route

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Drop your car back to Shannon in Terminal Ground Floor Terminal Building Shannon Airport