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Matt & Sylvia Doud & Family

Friday 14th June – Sunday 23rd June 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
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, 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 the island of Ireland’s famous and of the beaten track sites of natural, cultural and political 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.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Friday 14th June - Welcome to Dublin - Free afternoon

On arrival in Dublin, you’ll be met at the airport by a private driver who will whisk you directly to your city centre hotel.
Check in may not be available till later today however you are free to leave your bags behind the reception, freshen up, grab a bite to eat or head out to stretch the legs and start to explore Dublin City.

St Stephen’s green is lated just beside your hotel and is perfect for a take away coffee and stroll. Just adjacent is the popular pedestrian shopping street of Grafton Street where there are always buskers and live musicians playing. The Little Museum of Dublin is a short walk away or wander farther afar into Temple Bar and down O’Connell Street.

Overnight: Dublin | The Green Hotel
Room Type: Classic King & Twin
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: June 14, 2024 | Airline: United Airplines | Flight Number: UA 228
Departure Airport: Washington | Departure Time: 22:05
Arrival Airport: Dublin | Arrival Time: 10:20

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeur
Booking Reference: Doud
Pick Up Location: Arrivals Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 10:20 | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will greet you in the arrivals hall.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

Please see attached Dublin Recommended Restaurants list

Day 2 - Saturday 15th June - Morning Walking Tour

This morning you will be joined by a local historian for an engaging walking tour of our lively capital city. Explore some of Dublin’s best-known attractions, while also enjoying the benefit of local knowledge by visiting spots hidden off the tourist trail. rom Dublin Castle, to Molly Malone, your guide has all the history and knowledge and stories bringing the streets and buildings to life.

Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time, before grabbing an early dinner and a few drinks and heading to your Killers Concert in the 3Arena for a gig to remember.

Overnight: Dublin | The Green Hotel
Room Type: Classic King & Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Dublin Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Dublin Walking Tour
Guide Name: Tommy
Start Location: Lobby The Green Hotel | Start Time: 11:00
Booking Reference: Doud
Phone: +353 (0)87 688 9412

Tommy or one of his talented team will be waiting for you in the lobby of The Green Hotel for your walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a rain jacket if necessary.

Day 3 - Sunday 16th June - Dublin to The Ring of Kerry

Kate will meet meet you this morning and after some short introductions, together you will travel west, to the Wild Atlantic Way and to the little town of Kenmare, on The Ring of Kerry.

Crossing green fields, dotted with sheep, stone walls and rural farmhouses, we take the opportunity to stop for lunch in the little village of Cashel.

Set on a dramatic outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale, The Rock of Cashel, iconic in its historic significance, possesses the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. Among the monuments to be found there is a round tower, a high cross, a Romanesque chapel, a Gothic cathedral, an abbey, the Hall of the Vicars Choral and a fifteenth-century Tower House.

Originally the seat of the kings of Munster, according to legend St. Patrick himself came here to convert King Aenghus to Christianity. Brian Boru was crowned High King at Cashel in 978 and made it his capital.

Kate will join you for a delicious welcome to the west dinner this evening in Kenmare.

Overnight: Kenmare | Brook Lane Hotel
Room Type: Superior Double & Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Guide Details - Kate Sullivan Read More +

Name: Kate Sullivan
Contact Number: +353 87 635 9744
Meeting Place: Lobby The Green Hotel | Meeting Time: 09:30

Day 4 - Monday 17th June - Killarney National Park

From Kenmare, head inland to the oldest National Park in Ireland, Killarney. Synonymous with forbidding jagged peaks, punishing hill climbs, steep mountain roads and lush green valleys, Killarney is a hikers and bikers paradise.

Explore the park with Kate today on a hike that is matched to your ability and preference. With plenty of routes to choose from, your day in the park will be challenging and rewarding.

Overnight: Kenmare | Brook Lane
Room Type: Superior Double & Deluxe Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Tuesday 18th June - Mythological Dingle

One of four peninsulas to be found in Kerry and perhaps the most famous, The Dingle Peninsula is wild and rugged, a distilled expression of the best of Ireland. This is Gaeltacht country where the Irish language is still widely spoken as a first language and culture and traditions remain strong.
Meeting a local mythology guide and expert your day will be filled with tales of legends, folklore and drama and maybe a wee song or two. Think Ireland is all about Leprechauns and Faeries, think again. Ireland’s mythological stories are dark and foreboding.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Room Type: Superior King & Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Wednesday 19th June - Exploring Galway City - Whiskey Experience

Today you leave the southern shores and track north, arriving in Galway City. A labyrinth of cobbled streets, colourful shops and street performers, this city has a bohemian atmosphere. With your knowledgeable guide, spend the afternoon exploring the warren of streets before you venture off the beaten path to a small pub which, behind its nondescript doors, holds a treasure trove of whiskey. Surely one of the most impressive collections in the country, chat with the owner as you indulge in an informal tasting.

Tonight, check into your hotel, on the outskirts of the charming little village of Clifden in the heart of Connemara National Park, where traditional music, poetry and song can be found.

Overnight: Clifden | Ardagh Hotel
Room Type: Seaview & Standard Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 - Thursday 20th June - Connemara National Park

The hills and mountains of Connemara are defined by the ocean surrounding them, and this is particularly evident at the beautiful Killary Fjord. This morning your guide will lead you along the shores of the fjord, delving into Irish history at a famine-era abandoned village and bringing to life the rich and ancient histories of the landscape. Head back to your hotel via the stunningly beautiful Kylemore Abbey and Gardens to tour the grounds and hear the romantic story behind this iconic site.

Kate will say goodbye to you this evening as tomorrow, a private transfer will take you to Ashford Castle for your final night on the west coast.

Overnight: Clifden | Ardagh Hotel
Room Type: Seaview & Standard Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Friday 21st June - Ashford Castle

After a leisurely morning in Clifden, shopping, people watching and browsing , a private transfer will take you to Mayo where the impressive 800 year old Ashford Castle awaits you. 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.

Ashford Castle boasts many outdoor activity pursuits for those wishing to try their hand at the life of the gentry. This afternoon we have arranged an exhilarating  private falconry experience, at Ashford’s School of Falconry. Meet the hawks, owls and Birds of Prey that call this castle home.

Overnight: Cong Mayo | Ashford Castle
Room Type: Deluxe Lake Double & Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonard's Executive Chauffeur
Booking Reference: Doud
Pick Up Location: Lobby The Ardagh Hotel | Pick Up Time: 11:30 | Approx Duration: 1 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Ryan Leonard or one of his drivers will take you to Ashford Castle from Clifden today.

Day 8 - Falconry Experience Read More +

Activity: Falconry Experience
Start Location: Falconry School | Start Time: 14:00
Booking Reference: Doud
Phone: +353 (0)94 954 6820 | Website: https://www.falconry.ie

If you would like to make your way the short distance to the onsite Falconry School at Ashford Yvonne and her team are expecting you.
Please try to arrive a few minutes early and dress for the outdoors.

Day 8 - Ashford Castle Reservations Read More +

Ashford Castle are expecting you, please find the details below of your reservstion should you need it.
Basis : Bed & Breakfast
Rooms: Deluxe Lake Double & Twin
Reservation numbers: 8336655 & 8336654
Additional activities included: Falconry

Day 9 - Saturday 22nd June - Return to Dublin

A relaxing castle breakfast, stroll around the grounds, game of tennis or morning bike ride, no matter what way you spend your morning at Ashford, be sure to make it memorable.

Following check out, a private transfer will take you back to where your Irish Adventure began, Dublin. For you final night in Ireland, check into the 5 star The Westbury Hotel in the heart of Dublin shopping district where some of the best bars and restaurants are within a stones throw of your hotel.

 

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury Hotel
Room Type: Classic King & twin
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Leonards Executive Chauffeurs
Booking Reference: Doud
Pick Up Location: Lobby Ashford Castle Hotel | Pick Up Time: 12:00 | Approx Duration: 3 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)96 72676

Ryan or one of his drivers will take you from Ashford to Dublin today for check in at The Westbury Hotel

Day 10 - Sunday 23rd June - Depart

A private transfer will take you bak to Dublin Airport this morning for your flights home.

We hope your time in ireland has been memorable and we would love to welcome you back once again to our Emerald shores.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Booking Reference: Doud
Pick Up Location: Lobby The Westbury Hotel | Pick Up Time: 08:30 | Approx Duration: 0.25 hrs
Phone: 353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will be ready for you in the lobby of The Westbury Hotel at 8:30am this morning to take you to the airport.

Day 10 - Flight Details Read More +

Travel Date: June 23, 2024 | Airline: United Airlines | Flight Number: UA 229
Departure Airport: Dublin | Departure Time: 12:15
Arrival Airport: Washington | Arrival Time: 15:15

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 10
  • Most meals as indicated above breakfast daily, lunch daily while guided and 1 evening meal
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 3 to Day 7
  • Ground transportation from Day 3 to Day 7
  • Private airport transfer on Departure and Arrival Dublin Airport
  • Private transfer Clifden to Ashford Castle
  • Private transfer Ashford Castle to The Westbury Dublin
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    – Historical Walking Tour Dublin
    – Rock of Cashel
    – Hike Killarney National Park
    – Mythological tour guide Dingle
    – Galway Whiskey Experience
    – Hike Connemara
    – Private Falconry Ashford Castle
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour 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 the main driver guide
Important Additional Information Read More
  • Dublin Suggested Restaurants - PDF: View Now
  • Ireland General Information Guide - PDF: View Now
  • Out of Hours/ On Call Contact Information - PDF: View Now

Get in Touch


Accommodation

The Green Hotel

1-5 Harcourt Street | Dublin 2 | Dublin |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 607 3600
Web: thegreenhotel.ie

Brook Lane Hotel

Kenamare | Kerry |
Ireland
Phone: https://www.thegreenhotel.ie/
Web: brooklanehotel.com

Dingle Benners Hotel

Dingle | Kerry |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)66 915 1638
Web: dinglebenners.com

The Ardragh Hotel & Restaurant

Ballyconneely Road | Clifden | Galway |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)95 21384
Web: ardaghhotel.com

Ashford Castle

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

The Westbury Hotel

Balfe Street | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 CH66 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 679 1122
Web: doylecollection.com/hotels


Meet Your Guide

Kate Sullivan

Contact Number: +353 87 635 9744

I’m a secondary school art teacher on sabbatical, embracing my love for Irish culture and the draw of outdoor exploration. My adventures often find me crisscrossing Ireland’s breathtaking landscapes on foot, where I love sharing its fascinating facts and folklore. Immersing in nature and indulging in local cuisine – that’s my idea of heaven, and I’m excited to share these experiences.