Sunday, September 3 – Saturday, September 9, 2023 SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 10, 2023 – Saturday, September 16, 2023 SOLD OUT
Sunday, September 23, 2023 – Saturday, September 30, 2023 SOLD OUT
Sunday, October 1, 2023 – Saturday, October 7, 2023 SOLD OUT
On landing at the Dublin airport you will be met by our driver and escorted to the large van, you will spend the next 7 days and 6 nights living it up like Kings and Queens and exploring the many wonders that Ancient Ireland has to offer.
Once you have arrived at the Castle you will be met for an introduction to the historic castle, be served hors d’oeurves and a refreshing beverage in the Castle drawing room before settling into your luxurious surroundings and recuperating after your flight.
You will then enjoy a gourmet multicourse meal prepared by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Alum-Chef Walter and the AGA staff in style in the formal dining room.
Into the West, today were heading for Bunratty Castle and folk park and the spectacular west coast of Ireland to visit the world famous cliffs of Moher.
We’ll break up the journey with our first stop at Bunratty Castle and Folkpark, Bunratty castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art, which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. The famous Durty Nelly’s Pub and The Blarney Woolen Mills shop is next door, we can enjoy lunch* and a have look around the shop before heading on to the Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top Visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometers over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O’Brien’s Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. There are long walks along the cliffs ideal for stretching the legs and panoramic views out over the Atlantic ocean.
Upon arriving back to our Castle, you will enjoy hors d’oeurves and a refreshing beverage in the Castle drawing room and then a gourmet meal prepared by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Alum-Chef Walter and the AGA staff in style in the formal dining room.
Today we will go to Ireland’s capital city Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, meaning “town of the hurdled ford”) and our first port of call will be the famous Guinness Brewery or, as we like to call it ‘The home of the black stuff’. The Guinness Storehouse is the number one visitor attraction in Dublin and a “must see” visit on any tour of Dublin. It is located in the heart of the Guinness brewery at St. James’s Gate. Housed in an old fermentation plant, this seven- story visitor experience tells the history of the making of this world famous beer. It is a dramatic story that begins over 250 years ago and ends in Gravity Bar where visitors receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while relaxing and enjoying spectacular views over Dublin.
From Guinness we’ll go right into the heart of the city and visit the world famous Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I and is famous for its graduates such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett. Visitor facilities include the Treasury, which houses the world famous Book of Kells and the Long Room, the largest single-chamber library in the world containing 200,000 of the library’s oldest books. Trinity is located right in the heart of city at the bottom of Dublin’s Grafton Street, Ireland’s most famous pedestrian shopping street. We will eat lunch in a local restaurant* and then return to our Castle for a relaxing evening. You will enjoy hors d’oeurves and a refreshing beverage in the Castle drawing room and then a gourmet dinner by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Alum Chef Walter and the AGA staff in the formal dining room.
Medieval Kilkenny City of Kilkenny or ‘The Marble City’ (as it’s affectionately known!) Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning “cell or church of Cainnech”) is a beautiful city with a tremendous sense of character, history and culture. Our first stop will be the focal point of the city, Kilkenny Castle. We will take the tour of this 12th century castle and explore the magnificent grounds. You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the quaint and bustling city center where you are sure to find lots to interest you including shops, pubs and great places to eat*.
Directly across the street from Castle is the famous Kilkenny Design Craft Centre. The Kilkenny Design Centre is situated in what were once the stables of Kilkenny Castle and is fittingly located adjacent to the National Craft Gallery one of Ireland’s most exciting artistic venues. The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience. A world-renowned selection of jewelry, knitwear, Celtic gifts, china & crystal, pottery & glass, home & fashion accessories and one off contemporary design pieces are available. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax-free shopping.
Enjoy a visit and tasting at the Ballykeefe Distillery. Makers of fine Irish whiskey, Vodka, Gin and Poitín. Ballykeefe is an entirely independent, artisan, family-owned Single Estate Whiskey Distillery, which was built in 2016 to diversify a working family farm for successor generations. All of the Whiskey is triple distilled from barley sown, grown and harvested on the family farm. This makes it a uniquely 100% ‘field to glass “Single Estate” Whiskey distillery’ and marks a revival of a century’s lost tradition of family farm distilling. Ballykeefe on the label means 100% Ballykeefe distilled spirit made from 100% Ballykeefe Irish barley, in the bottle.
After our day of sightseeing we will return to the castle to relax and enjoy hors d’oeurves in the Castle drawing room and a refreshing beverage before our gourmet dinner. We will then be heading out to the Monks Pub (O’Gorman’s) for a traditional Irish music session. Every Wednesday, a group of local musicians gather in O’Gorman’s pub, enjoying the craic and playing traditional music into the early hours of the morning. Some nights can see up to 14 musicians gather, guaranteeing ‘craic agus ceoil’ (fun and music) to be had by all, not to mention the plentiful creamy pints of Guinness you may enjoy while chatting with the locals.
Today we are heading south east to Waterford County. We will stop at the famous Waterford Crystal factory to learn how crystal is fired, shaped and finished into a perfect product. We will then head on to the Dunmore East Fishing Village for free time wander the village, having lunch* and enjoying the seaside. We will then return to our Castle for a relaxing evening of hors d’oeurves and a refreshing beverage in the Castle drawing room before our gourmet dinner by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Alum Chef Walter and the AGA staff in the formal dining room.