Elsewhere - Goglin Family's Irish Adventure

Sarah And Family

Thursday 8th August – Saturday 17th August 2024

Number of Travellers: 6
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Overview

Travel along Ireland’s southern and western coasts, getting under the skin of Ireland while taking in some of the famous historic sites and highlights along the way. 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 and 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

  • Explore Dingle’s breathtaking scenery, ancient neolithic sites, award-winning cuisine & traditional Irish music
  • Leave the crowds behind to explore the little-visited islands & villages on Ireland’s west coast.
  • From the vibrant city of Dublin to the rugged beauty of Connemara National Park, immerse yourself in an ancient landscape full of hidden treasures.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Thursday 8th August - Drive to Dublin, Afternoon Musical Walking Tour

This morning you will arrive in Ireland’s capital, Dublin. A private transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to your centrally located hotel. 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: #3538529686

Overnight: Dublin | Conrad Dublin
Room Type: x1 family, x2 king

Day 1 - Transfer Details Read More +

Supplier: Dublin Chauffeurs
Pick Up Location: Dublin Airport | Pick Up Time: 11:45 | Approx Duration: 0.5 hrs
Phone: +353 (0)87 233 8396

Justin or one of his drivers will meet you at arrivals. They will have a sign with your name on it. Please don’t be alarmed if you are delayed as they have your flight number.

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We recommend grabbing lunch at your hotel.

Day 1 - Musical Walking Tour in Dublin Read More +

Activity: Musical Walking Tour in Dublin

Start Location: The Conrad Hotel | Start Time: 15:30
Phone: +353 86 333 4177 | Website: https://www.alternativedublincity.com/

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 1 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend BANG Restaurant & Wine BarOne Pico or Etto.

Day 2 - Friday 9th August - Viking Splash & Free Afternoon

This morning you’ll roar your way through Dublin City in a unique land and water experience! Hop onboard a WW2 amphibious DUKW to take in all the city sights, from the Georgian to the more modern buildings, before splashing into the Grand Canal for a fun and informative cruise. Afterward, you are free to explore Dublin at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through Phoenix Park or a trip to one of the many museums in the city.

Overnight: Dublin | Conrad Dublin
Room Type: x1 family, x2 king

Day 2 - Viking Splash Tours Read More +

Activity: Viking Splash Tours

Start Location: St. Stephens Green North | Start Time: 10:00
Phone: 00353 1 224 3852 | Website: https://vikingsplashdublin.ie/

Walking Route: https://maps.app.goo.gl/S1oceYk1SEfeANCi8

Your tickets are attached below.

Day 2 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend Bambino or Nancy Hands.

Day 2 - Suggested Stops - Dublin City 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.

Please check the opening hours for the dates you’ll be visiting.

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.

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.

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 history within its walls.

The GPO The GPO Museum is an immersive, interactive and engaging experience telling the story of the 1916 Easter Rising and Modern Irish History.

The Jeanie Johnston One million Irish people fled Ireland during the famine. 2,500 took a gruelling voyage on the Jeanie Johnston. Take a journey back in time, get an insight into life on board a Famine ship and hear the stories of the people who made the arduous voyage.

Marsh’s Library Marsh’s Library is a beautifully preserved library of the early Enlightenment. It was built with money provided by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, an academic and book lover with a strong belief in the public utility of education and learning.

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Day 3 - Saturday 10th August - Drive to Dingle

This morning you’ll begin your journey south to the mountainous region of Kerry. We’ll recommend plenty of stops to break up the journey, including a lunch stop in a quaint village known for its thatched cottages. Not only is Dingle beautiful, but its rural community is also one of Ireland’s last bastions of Irish tradition such as cuisine, music, dance, and even the Irish language. You have a free afternoon to explore the many beaches, galleries, and pubs before enjoying a deliciously fresh dinner – Dingle is known for its seafood!

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Skellig Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe king sea view & 1 dleuxe SV exec suite, x1 deluxe room

Day 3 - Directions Read More +

Conrad Dublin to Dingle Skellig via Adare Village Driving Route

Day 3 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend Aunty Lena’s in Adare Village.

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Adare Village Voted “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”, this is a great point to stop, stretch the legs, and grab a bite to eat. Enjoy the quirky storefronts and thatched-roof cottages. We recommend Oak & Apple for lunch.

Inch Beach Located just outside Dingle with dramatic expanses of windswept beach, ocean, and mountains at their most beautiful by sunset and dawn.

 

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We recommend the Michelin Restaurant Land to Sea, The Fish Box (fish tacos!), or Doyles.

Day 4 - Sunday 11th August - Private Tour of Dingle

For more than 6,000 years people have called the Dingle Peninsula home. Tucked within its rugged coastline are more than 2,000 monuments ranging from Neolithic to modern art. Spend the day exploring Slea Head and the Peninsula with a local guide who will bring you on a day’s personalised, guided tour of the area. Learn about Blasket Islands, an abandoned archipelago famous for its rich literary heritage, and gain a unique cultural insight into life in Ireland’s westernmost fringes.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Skellig Hotel
Room Type: x1 deluxe king sea view & 1 dleuxe SV exec suite, x1 deluxe room

Day 4 - Half Day Tour of Dingle Read More +

Activity: Half Day Tour of Dingle

Start Location: Dingle Skellig Hotel | Start Time: 10:00
Phone: +353 087 390 4704 | Website: https://mossiescanlon.com/

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

Day 4 - Lunch Details Read More +

We recommend The Dingle Food Company.

Day 4 - Suggested Stops Read More +

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.

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.

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Day 5 - Monday 12th August - Drive to Clare

Leaving County Kerry behind, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine wildlife as you cross the mouth of the mighty River Shannon. As you make your way north through North Kerry, we’ll recommend a great beach walk along one of Kerry’s best-kept secret coastlines, as well as a few other great stops to make a leisurely day of it. Check into your hotel and end your day off at Ireland’s most famous cliffs, the Cliffs of Moher, enjoying a walk along the dramatic cliff edge on a background of coastal panoramas.

Overnight: Leagard South | Armada Hotel
Room Type: x1 large family room, x1 ocean view

Day 5 - Directions Read More +

Dingle Skellig to Armada Hotel: Driving Route

Note: This route uses the Shannon River Ferry. Tickets can be booked here.

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Ballybunion Beach Known for its beach, seaside cliff walks, and wildlife – enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Bunratty Castle Visit the acclaimed 15th-century castle, originally a Viking trading camp.

Lahinch  Lahinch Beach offers wonderful views of Liscannor Bay and is very popular with surfers and kitesurfers

 

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We recommend dinning at Aileen’s Restaurant at your hotel.

Day 6 - Tuesday 13th August - Exploring The Aran Islands with a Local Guide

It’s hard to resist the allure of one of the many islands that dot the Irish coastline and today you and a local guide will take to the water and ferry to The Aran Islands. The history of these islands goes back millennia and today Gaelic is still the daily spoken language of the inhabitants. Experience breathtaking scenery, mediaeval castles, cliffs, and prehistoric forts on Inis Mór, the largest of the three islands. Your walk today can be tailored to you and there is plenty of exploration to be done if that suits you better!

Overnight: Leagard South | Armada Hotel
Room Type: x1 large family room, x1 ocean view
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Guide Details - Katie Gordon Read More +

Name: Katie Gordon
Contact Number: +353 87 474 8735
Meeting Place: Doolin Ferry | Meeting Time: 10:30

Driving route to meeting place https://maps.app.goo.gl/vrgRQnJpHLWsGuze6

Your ferry departs at 11am and returns at

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and waterproof clothing if needed.

Day 6 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dinning at Ocean Bar at your hotel.

Day 7 - Wednesday 14th August - Sheepdog Demonstration & Stone Fort Tour in The Burren

The Burren’s rocky alien landscape is said to be the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s world-famous Lord of the Rings trilogy – and today as you explore this other-worldly region, it’s easy to see why! You will visit a local farmer and enjoy a masterclass in sheepdog working with an exhilarating demonstration of his absolutely adorable and keenly intelligent dogs. This tour will also include a walk to a prehistoric stone fort, with a worldly history that will be brought to life by the farm’s local guide and multi-sensory presentations. Excavations from the site, ranging from Venetian glass and Baltic amber, serve to juxtapose the ancient settlement against its contemporary trading inhabitants.

Overnight: Leagard South | Armada Hotel
Room Type: x1 large family room, x1 ocean view

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Activity: Sheepdog Demonstration
Start Location: Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstrations | Start Time: 10:00 | Approx Duration: 2 hrs

Booking Reference: Sarah Goglin
Phone: +353 (0)65 708 9999

Armada Hotel Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstrations: Driving Route

Please park behind the visitor centre rather than the public car park, first left after the public car park if coming from Kilfenora/Corofin side. First right before car park if coming from Ballyvaughan.

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We recommend The Burren Perfumery.

Day 7 - Suggested Stops Read More +

There is a lovely coffee shop outside of Doolin called Moher Cottage, which offers great views.

The Burren Smokehouse Take a guided or self-guided tour of the visitor centre, a stimulating home to the story of Irish smoked salmon creation, a haven to explore other local food producers, and a rich source of fascinating Irish mythology.

Ailwee Burren Experience One of the oldest caves in Ireland, stroll through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations, and alongside a thunderous waterfall.

Day 7 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend dining at Aileen’s Restaurant at your hotel. Alternatively, we recommend the Homestead Cottage or The Roadside Tavern (driving required).

Day 8 - Thursday 15th August - Galway Food Tour & Connemara

Head north this morning to the capital of Ireland’s West coast, Galway! Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun, and cosmopolitan. What better way to spend an afternoon here than a delectable food tour? Stop off in the city and tantalise your taste buds with a delightful journey through Galway’s culinary scene. From artisanal cheeses, craft beers, to handcrafted chocolate, this will be a true feast for the senses. Continue on to the wild and rugged Connemara, once described as “a savage beauty” by author Oscar Wilde.

Overnight: Cashel | Cashel House Hotel
Room Type: 1 x junior suite, interconnecting with triple
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 - Directions Read More +

Armada Hotel to Cashel House Hotel via Galway City: Driving Route

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Activity: Galway Food Tours

Start Location: Outside McCambridges | Start Time: 12:00 | Approx Duration: 2.5 hrs

Phone: +353 (0)86 733 2885 | Website: https://galwayfoodtours.com/

Start Location on Google Maps: McCambridges

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Galway City Museum & The Spanish Arch Learn all about the history of Galway City through the archaeology, art, geology, natural history, and 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.

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 Cathedral One of the city’s biggest buildings, Galway Cathedral is home to a huge octagonal dome visible for miles. The 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 8 - Dinner Details Read More +

Dinner is included tonight in your hotel.

Day 9 - Friday 16th August - Exploring Connemara

This morning, you’ll meet a local hiking guide and set off to explore this wild, windswept region. Certainly one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hikes, you’ll enjoy a gentle walk along Killary Fjord, taking you past rocky outcroppings of sheep-shorn grass with distant ocean views spreading before you. Overlooking a necklace of white sand beaches along the shoreline, sharp eyes may spot pods of dolphins or diving seabirds on the surface of the island-dotted seascape. Delve into Irish history at a famine-era abandoned village as your guide brings to life the rich and ancient histories of this little-changing landscape. Afterward, you’ll visit Kylemore Abbey, a haven of history, beauty, and serenity and home to a Benedictine order of Nuns for the past 100 years.

Overnight: Cashel | Cashel House Hotel
Room Type: 1 x junior suite, interconnecting with triple
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Guide Details - Katie Gordon Read More +

Name: Katie Gordon
Contact Number: +353 87 474 8735
Meeting Place: The lobby of Cashel House Hotel | Meeting Time: 10:00

Day 9 - Dinner Details Read More +

We recommend O’Dowd’s in Roundstone.

Day 10 - Saturday 17th August - Depart

This morning, make your way to Dublin airport for your flight home. 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 10 - Directions Read More +

Cashel House Hotel to Dublin Airport: Driving Route

Trip Details

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Accommodation

Conrad Dublin

Earlsfort Terracе, Saint Kevin's | Dublin | Co. Dublin |
D02 V562 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 602 8900
Web: hilton.com/en/hotels/dubhcci-conrad-dublin

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Dingle Skellig Hotel | Dingle | Co. Kerry |
V92 D5X2 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)66 915 0200
Web: dingleskellig.com

Armada Hotel

Spanish Point | Leagard South | Co. Clare |
V95 R883 | Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)65 707 9000
Web: armadahotel.com

Cashel House Hotel

Cashel House Hotel | Cashel | Connemara, Co. Galway |
H91 XE10 | Ireland
Phone: +353-95-31001
Web: cashelhouse.ie/cms