Humbert Family's Irish Adventure - Final Information

Peter, Marlene, Trevor & Delaney

Monday 1st July – Saturday 13th July 2024

Number of Travellers: 4
Duration: 13 Days / 12 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.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Monday 1st July - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you to your boutique hotel in the city centre. Check in, grab a bite and Dublin is yours to explore for the afternoon. We’ll give you plenty of recommendations to keep you busy throughout the day. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Dublin’s many award-winning restaurants before ending the night in a cosy pub.

Overnight: Dublin | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe double, x1 classic twin, x1 cosy double
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 07:35
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Day 1 - Lunch Details Read More +

Your hotel offers lunch onsite. Alternatively, we recommend Bloom Brasserie.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Winding StairSole Seafood & Grill or The Boxty House (a modern take on traditional Irish food).

For pubs we recommend Doheny & Nesbitt’sThe Hairy Lemon or No Name.

Day 2 - Tuesday 2nd July - Guinness Storehouse Experience

Today you’ll indulge your senses in the world of Guinness as we have arranged a connoisseur’s private experience at the Guinness Storehouse, where you will discover the history and origins of the world-famous stout. There is an endless list of things to do in Dublin, some of our recommendations include a Georgian townhouse tenement museum and a landmark building that was once the scene of some of Ireland’s most important political events.

Overnight: Dublin | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe double, x1 classic twin, x1 cosy double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Guinness Storehouse Read More +

Activity: Guinness Storehouse

Start Location: Guinness Storehouse | Start Time: 16:00
Booking Reference: 902119474
Phone: +353 (0)1 408 4800 | Website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/home

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend PI Pizzas or Tang Cafe.

Day 2 - Suggested Stops Read More +

National Gallery of Ireland At the corner of Merrion Square West and Clare Street, the recently renovated National Gallery is a treasure trove of permanent and temporary art exhibitions. Highlights include Ireland’s National Portrait Collection, the Yeats Archive and stained glass by Harry Clarke.

Jameson Distillery Founded by John Jameson in 1780, today the former factory stands as a monument to Irish Whiskey.

Please check the opening hours for your specific dates. 

Day 3 - Wednesday 3rd July - Solo Exploration of Dublin

Dublin is yours to explore today. Take a stroll around lush St. Stephen’s Green, visit the GPO located on O’Connell Street and the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Explore the National Museum of Ireland, where Archaeology awaits and you can discover Ireland’s archaeological treasures. Dublin is known for its rich history, literary heritage and friendly atmosphere and we have plenty of suggestions for some must see places.

Overnight: Dublin | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe double, x1 classic twin, x1 cosy double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Suggested Stops Read More +

St. Patrick’s Cathedral As the largest cathedral and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s has been at the heart of Dublin and Ireland’s history and culture for over 800 years.

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.

Dublinia See Dublin from a new perspective as you travel back to the heart of the old city at Christchurch. Walk where Vikings walked, find out about Dublin’s rich past and even climb an original Medieval tower.

14 Henrietta Street When you enter 14 Henrietta Street you’ll experience over 300 years of city life in the walls of one address. By connecting to the personal stories of those who called 14 Henrietta Street home, the building’s hidden histories are revealed. See the house, hear its stories, and discover the layers of Dublin’s history within its walls.

Please check the opening hours for your specific dates. 

Day 3 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Boeuf & FritesThe Church or Agave.

Day 4 - Thursday 4th July - Solo Exploration of Dublin

Dublin has been described as the “city with a village feel” and as you explore its cobbled streets and historical monuments it will be easy to see why. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Temple Bar area, known for its lively pubs, restaurants, and live music. Visit Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison that played a significant role in Irish history. Take a guided tour to learn about the prison’s history and its association with the struggle for Irish independence. We recommend heading to the west of the city today and exploring the area around The Phoenix Park.

Overnight: Dublin | Brooks Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe double, x1 classic twin, x1 cosy double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Friday 5th July - Blarney Castle & Killarney

Checking out of your hotel this morning, say goodbye to Dublin as you make your way further south to Killarney. Pick up your rental car – you have a 4 hour journey in front of you but we’ll recommend plenty of stops to get out and stretch your legs. You’ll visit Blarney where you will visit the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. Continue on and check in to your accommodation, nestled on the shore of the Lough Lein and with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands, and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins. Enjoy some free time to explore the colourful Killarney town this afternoon, known for its bustling atmosphere and traditional Irish pubs. Finish the day listening to some tunes by an open fire.

Overnight: Killarney | Lake Hotel
Room Type: x1 Deluxe Twin, x2 Deluxe Lake Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise (Car Rental) Ireland
Booking Reference: 1564392195
Pick Up Location: Stephen Street Branch Enterprise | Pick Up Time: 09:00
Phone: (01) 844 5848

Day 5 - Directions Read More +

Dublin – Blarney Castle – Killarney Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/91cFT18kJJSZRqDi6

 

‘Recommended stops: Cashel’

Day 5 - Blarney Castle Read More +

Activity: Blarney Castle

Start Location: Blarney Castle | Start Time: 14:30
Booking Reference: 15515
Phone: +353 (0)21 438 5252 | Website: https://blarneycastle.ie/

These tickets are valid all day so please choose to arrive at a time that best suits you. See tickets attached below.

Day 6 - Saturday 6th July - Exploring Killarney

Today we recommend exploring Killarney National Park. This was the first National Park to be established in Ireland and was created when the Muckross Estate was donated to the state in 1932. Today the park encompasses 26,000 acres of mountains, woodlands, lakes, waterfalls and history. Discover some of Killarney’s most breath-taking mountains, lakes and waterfalls as you explore the park. Visit the mediaeval tower house at Ross Castle, tour Muckross House, visit Torc Waterfall, board a lake boat, sail the tranquil waters and take in the stunning scenes from Ladies View. A day spent in Killarney will always be memorable.

Overnight: Killarney | Lake Hotel
Room Type: x1 Deluxe Twin, x2 Deluxe Lake Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Bricin or you can dine at your hotel.

Day 7 - Sunday 7th July - The Dingle Peninsula

Today you’ll leave Killarney behing as you make your way to The Dingle Peninsula, which hosts some of the richest collection of archaeological sites in Europe, ranging from standing stones and prehistoric monuments, as well as the peninsula’s renowned ancient clochains or beehive huts – which may be as much as 2,000 years old. Explore the peninsula today with a local hiking guide who will take you on a coastal route along Slea Head Drive, overlooking the eery Blasket Island. This region has some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland, take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean while seabirds glide gracefully overhead. Afterward, check in to your hotel and head out to explore Dingle town.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners
Room Type: x1 Superior Twin, x1 Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Directions Read More +

Killarney – Dingle – The Blasket Centre Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/FeUeDut82WJxiobr6

 

The Blasket Centre – Dingle Benners: https://maps.app.goo.gl/yBpXLJvkWNriyxef8

Day 7 - Celtic Nature Walking Tour Read More +

Activity: Celtic Nature Walking Tour

Start Location: Blasket Island Interpretative Centre, Dunquin | Start Time: 11:00 | Approx Duration: 3 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)87 6247230 | Website: https://celticnature.ie/

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

Day 7 - Suggested Stops Read More +

The Conor Pass Ireland’s highest mountain pass (elevation of 456m). It is an area of immense natural beauty. Lakes, waterfalls, rivers and valleys that have been etched out by enormous glaciers during the ice age typify the area. Driving Route here.

The Blasket Island Heritage Centre A fascinating heritage and cultural centre/ museum, honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.

Dingle Falconry Located in a beautiful setting overlooking Dingle Bay, you will get to enjoy an intimate and educational encounter with their majestic birds of prey.

West Kerry Brewery Guided tours will take you through all aspects of production and better still…you will get the opportunity to sample some fantastic produce in the location where they are made!

Irish Adventures Dingle Harbour provides an idyllic sheltered setting for an unforgettable sea kayaking experience.

Beehive Huts Its the simple things in life that create the best memories. Hold a baby lamb is no exception. If you are lucky, you will arrive at feeding time and can even help out bottle-feeding one of the cute lambs. A fun stop off as make your way around the Slea Head Drive.

 

Day 8 - Monday 8th July - Dingle Sea Safari

The best way to discover the best of the Dingle Peninsula? By boat, of course! Spend the day with a charismatic wildlife expert boating around Slea Head and the Blasket Islands, an abandoned archipelago famous for rich literary heritage and unique cultural insight about life in Ireland’s westernmost fringes. Spot seabirds and marine wildlife such as whales, seals and porpoises and dolphins.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners
Room Type: x1 Superior Twin, x1 Superior Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Dingle Sea Safari Read More +

Activity: Dingle Sea Safari

Start Location: Dingle Sea Safari, Unit 1, The Pier, Dingle, V92 W52C | Start Time: 10:00 | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)86 193 7304 | Website: https://dingleseasafari.com/

Day 8 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend Pig & Leaf or Lord Bakers.

Day 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend The Fish Box.

Day 9 - Tuesday 9th July - Adare & Afternoon Tea

Leaving the Kingdom of Kerry behind this morning, make your way into the neighbouring counties of Limerick and Clare. Your first stop this morning is into the buzzing village of Adare, where you can stretch your legs with a wander between its traditional thatched-roof cottages, local art galleries, and warming cafes. Afterward, we have arranged an afternoon tea at Dromoland Castle. You’ll enjoy the prettiest selection of treats: scrumptious finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jams, delicate pastries, their signature tea brack, and the sweetest confections. Continue on to the small village of Ballyvaughan where you will stay for the next two nights, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a great restaurant at your accommodation that we would recommend for dinner.

Overnight: Clare | Monks
Room Type: x1 Seaview King, x1 Courtyard Twin, x1 Cosy Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Directions Read More +

Dingle – Adare – Dromoland Castle – Ballyvaughan: https://maps.app.goo.gl/pQ9xpEmPGJzKAm3v6

Day 9 - Mrs. White’s Afternoon Tea Read More +

Activity: Mrs. White’s Afternoon Tea

Start Location: Dromoland Castle | Start Time: 13:30
Booking Reference: BNMLHW3V
Phone: +353 (0)61 368144 | Website: https://www.dromoland.ie/

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at your accommodation tonight, they offer super fresh dishes.

Day 10 - Wednesday 10th July - Hiking the Cliffs of Moher

This morning you will drive 30 minutes to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most impressive natural sites. You’ll meet a local hiking guide and together you will follow a coastal route along the cliffs, passing through a dramatic hinterland with inspiring views offshore to the Aran Islands. The area is teeming with wildlife and 20 different species of birds, including puffins, make this area their home. You’ll finish in the village of Doolin, famous for its traditional music scene. You will stop for a fish n’ chips lunch in a historic stone cottage before returning to Ballyvaughan. We recommend taking the scenic route via Black Head, a mesmerizing stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way. There will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photos en route.

Overnight: Clare | Monks
Room Type: x1 Seaview King, x1 Courtyard Twin, x1 Cosy Queen
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Directions Read More +

Monks – Cliffs of Moher: https://maps.app.goo.gl/LRAU64BpBdFLkL5c9

Day 10 - Guide Details - Kevin Cronin Read More +

Name: Kevin Cronin
Contact Number: +353 86 817 3458
Meeting Place: Cliffs of Moher | Meeting Time: 10:00

Day 10 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend heading for dinner at the Doolin Inn or Homestead Cottage.

Day 11 - Thursday 11th July - Galway & Connemara

After breakfast, you’ll drive one hour to Galway, a charming Medieval-era city with a thriving arts scene. You will have some free time to explore, do some shopping, or people watching at the city’s iconic Tigh Neachtain pub. From Galway, it is 1h30 further into Connemara, a Gaeltacht (Gaelic-speaking region) known for its windswept landscapes of mountains, beach, and bog. For the next two nights, you are staying in Delphi Lodge, built in the 1830s on the foot of Connaght’s highest mountains.

Overnight: Connemara | Delphi Lodge
Room Type: x1 Lake View Double, x1 Lake View Triple, x1 classic double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Directions Read More +

Ballyvaughan – Galway – Leenaun: https://maps.app.goo.gl/YNqQSD5CpEVM2b9B9

Day 11 - Suggested Stops - Galway City 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 11 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Ard Bia or Kai Restaurant.

In Connemara, we recommend dining at your hotel.

Day 12 - Friday 12th July - Fishing at Ballynahinch Castle

Renowned as one of the finest fisheries in Ireland, the Ballynahinch Catchment drains an area of 68 square miles and is a diverse system of interconnected loughs and rivers, drained by the Ballynahinch River and offering the very best of fly fishing in Ireland. This majestic river, with fishing rights owned exclusively by the Ballynahinch Estate, winds its way underneath the Castle for three kilometres until it reaches the wild Atlantic Ocean. After you try your luck to catch a bite, enjoy lunch onsite (on us). We recommend the Mussels! This evening, we recommend heading into the small town of Clifden to catch some live music and a bite to eat.

Overnight: Connemara | Delphi Lodge
Room Type: x1 Lake View Double, x1 Lake View Triple, x1 classic double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Fishing in Ballynahinch Castle Read More +

Activity: Fishing in Ballynahinch Castle

Start Location: Ballynahinch Castle | Start Time: 10:00 | Approx Duration: 3 hrs

Phone: + 353 95 31006 | Website: https://www.ballynahinch-castle.com/en/activities/fishing

Driving route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/nzdrTdPZCtY5Q5Jp6

Please arrive 10 minutes beforehand and check in at reception.

Day 12 - Lunch Details Read More +

Restaurant: The Fishermans Pub | Location: Ballynahinch Castle
Reservation Time: 13:30

We have booked lunch for you in the Fisherman’s Pub. Please note drinks are not included.

Day 12 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend Mitchell’s Seafood in Clifden.

Day 13 - Saturday 13th July - Depart

Say goodbye to the west of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic way as you make your way to the airport this morning. We hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we look forward to welcoming you to our shores once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Directions Read More +

Day 13 - Car Rental Drop Off Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Booking Reference: 1564392195
Drop Off Location: Dublin Airport Unit 5 Car Hire Returns Area Eastlands Dublin, Ireland K67V5X0 Airport
Phone: (01) 844 5848

Dublin Airport
Unit 5 Car Hire Returns Area
Eastlands
Dublin, Ireland K67V5X0
Airport

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 13
  • Breakfast each morning, 1 lunch
  • Car Rental from Day 5 to Day 13 – Automaic SUV
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically;
  • Guinness Storehouse Connoisseur Experience
  • Entry to Blarney Castle
  • Private Hiking Guide on the Dingle Peninsula
  • Private Dingle Sea Safari
  • Afternoon Tea at Dromoland Castle
  • Private Hiking Guide at the Cliffs of Moher
  • Fishing at Delphi Lodge
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 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 experience providers and guides
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% 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
Important Additional Information Read More
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Get in Touch


Accommodation

Brooks Hotel

Drury St | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
Ireland
Phone: +353 1 6704000
Web: brookshotel.ie

The Lake Hotel Killarney

Muckross Road | Killarney | Co. Kerry |
V93 RR59 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)64 663 1035
Web: lakehotelkillarney.ie

Dingle Benners Hotel

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

Monks Stay Ballyvaughan

The Pier, Lisnard | Ballyvaughan | Co. Clare |
H91 W9TN | Ireland
Phone: +353 65 707 7059
Web: monks.ie/stay-new

Delphi Lodge

Tawnyinlough | Leenaun | Co. Galway |
H91 R5Y6 | Ireland
Phone: +353-95-42222
Web: delphilodge.ie