Ancient Ireland

Sunday, August 24 – Saturday, August 30, 2025

Sunday, August 31 – Saturday, September 6, 2025


Welcome! You will be met by our private driver at a convenient meeting place in Dublin and transported to your private Castle. Here you will spend the next 7 days and 6 nights with us 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 we will meet you for an introduction and tour to the historic castle, we will present special 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 the formal dining room.


Into the West: Today you are heading for Bunratty Castle and folk park and the spectacular west coast of Ireland to visit the world famous cliffs of Moher, accompanied by Kim.

You’ll break up the journey with your 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, you 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, on a clear day,  you 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 your 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 the formal dining room.


After a delicious breakfast, your first stop will be the focal point of the city, Kilkenny Castle to take the tour of this 12th century castle and explore the magnificent grounds. 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.  You have the rest of the afternoon to explore the quaint and bustling city center or hop on the tourist mini-train, 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.

You will meet carry on a short drive to 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. Delicious!


Today you will head south west, accompanied by Kim, to the amazing seaside town of Kinsale. Kinsale ‘head of the brine’ is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland. Located approximately 16 miles south of Cork City on the southeast coast near the Old Head of Kinsale, it sits at the mouth of the River Bandon,

As an historically strategic port town, Kinsale’s notable buildings include Desmond Castle, also known as the French Prison, of c. 1500, the 17th-century pentagonal bastion fort Castlepark peninsula, and Charles Fort, a partly restored star fort of 1677 in nearby Summercove. Other historic buildings include the Church of St Multose (Church of Ireland) of 1190, St John the Baptist (Catholic) of 1839, and the Market House of c. 1600.

The colorful buildings, boutique shops and amazing restaurants will charm you. Wander around, buy authentic Aran Irish sweaters, Irish products, take a leisurely lunch* (suggestions given) and watch the world go by!

After our day out you 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.

You 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. It’s fantastic!


After breakfast, today you are heading south east to Waterford County accompanied by Kim. You will stop at the famous Waterford Crystal factory for a wonderful tour of the factory to learn how crystal is fired, shaped and finished into a perfect product.

You will then head on to the Dunmore East Fishing Village to have lunch* and enjoy 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.


Today will be a relaxed day. Today you will travel first to the home of Cashel Bluecheese.  Holycross Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian Abbey accompanied by Kim. Holycross is a very special and sacred place where you can walk in the footsteps of ancient Monks. Experience first-hand, through our local guide, the story of Holycross, spanning 10 centuries of a changing social, political and religious landscape, in the very heart of Ireland. The Abbey has derived it’s name from having a piece of the ‘true cross’ of Jesus.

From Holycross we’ll take a short drive south to the historic town of Cashel, which is home to the iconic Rock of Cashel. Here you will have time to lunch* and explore this beautiful historic town and all it has to offer including shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants before we take an the official tour of the rock. “The Rock” was long ago the main seat of the High Kings of Ireland and is now one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland. It’s huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it’s right here in Cashel at the heart of Tipperary. The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick’s Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.

Upon arriving back to our Castle, you will enjoy hors d’oeurves and a refreshing beverage in the Castle drawing room and our last amazing gourmet dinner prepared by Le Cordon Bleu Paris Alum-Chef Walter and the AGA staff in the formal dining room of the Castle.


At 8 am, we say  “Slán” to Ancient Ireland and transport you to the Dublin Airport or central Dublin for your journey home or on to your next destination!

* Indicates meals and alcohol not included in your Adventure cost. We do not set a fixed lunch as we feel you will enjoy choosing your own meal.

Itinerary subject to minor changes.

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The earliest recorded mention of the castle is to be found in the Tithe Applotment Book of 1827. The police barracks across the road from the castle entrance was built sometime after 1836, and is first mentioned in the rate book of 1842. Like many grand Irish residences in the 18th century, the Castle began life as an upper-class Georgian house. Today, if you want to flaunt your wealth, you build a bigger house. But in the 1800s, the fashion was to “castellate” your home by actually building a castle around the existing structure. The ultimate addition. The castle was a more modest version of many castellated residences. The castle is a battlemented Tudor-style structure, with side turrets, and a central machicolated (a projecting parapet or the vault of a gate, through which stones or burning objects could be dropped on attackers) turret enclosing the main doorway.

Formal Dining Room

The landlords of this time, would have focused their daily lives on the serious business of entertaining and the dining and drawing rooms were designed for this purpose. The importance of these rooms as the showcase of wealth, comfort and prosperity cannot be understated. On arrival at the Castle you will instantly be greeted by a sense of luxury that was intended by the original owners of the property.

The Drawing Room

The Castle drawing room is a showcase for the superb restoration of the Castle from an atmospheric ruin into an elegant manor house.

The Library

The traditional stone hearth of the library hints at this room’s past as it was originally the castle kitchen. The hearth is now fitted with a safe and energy efficient peat turf burning stove that still gives the feel of a traditional turf fire and makes this room a rustic informal family retreat. Comfortable leather arm chairs beckon you in after a busy day touring Ireland, to enjoy an evening’s relaxation. Why not unwind with a traditional Irish whiskey and chose a volume of Irish literature from the hand crafted library shelves. The library also has wi-fi so all your laptops and smart phones can connect to the internet but there is also a PC and printer available for guest use.

The Traditional Kitchen and Breakfast Room

Located in what was once the old coach house, the Castle’s kitchen dining area maintains many features from its original use such as the still visible archways through which the horse drawn coaches would have entered the castle.

This room which has been redesigned as a traditional Irish kitchen, similar to those to be seen in vernacular Irish farmhouses throughout the country. In a typical Irish country kitchen you will find a large Aga stove, used for both cooking and heating purposes, a dresser for displaying kitchen crockery and the quintessential deep “Belfast sink”. All are incorporated effortlessly into what was once a coach house to create a truly authentic country kitchen and breakfast room.

The Bed Chambers

The castle has seven bedrooms in total, five double en-suite rooms suitable for five couples, one single bedroom suitable for single occupancy and a twin room which has two single beds in it. All bedrooms have a private bathroom either in the bedroom or across the hall. Each bedroom has a hairdryer and spa robes for your use while you are staying in the Castle.

The Grounds

Looking at the landscape around the Castle it is easy to see why Ireland is known in the USA as the Land of Forty Shades of Green! On entering the wrought iron gates of the Castle, you will enjoy a meandering driveway over which stands the strong charismatic castle building. To the front of the castle you will enjoy views of green fields and mature trees.

Beautifully set up for adults and children alike with a new tennis court, basketball court, a playground, magnificent gardens perfect for walking, relaxing outside or playing Bocce.

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If you arrive early on Sunday, please check out this link for a discounted Day Room at a local hotel.

Please plan for a 08:00 am departure from the Castle on Saturday, the last day of your Adventure, back to the Dublin Airport. You will all be traveling together to the Airport. If you have a departure before these hours, we are happy to help to arrange a taxi for you (approximately $440 one way) to  the airport directly from the Castle.

Adventure cost is includes:

Daily ground transportation to excursion by van, all excursion costs, all gourmet breakfasts, lunches, dinners and wine, when dining at accommodations. Luxury Castle accommodations with private bathrooms are included.

*Meals and alcohol outside the accommodations are not included.

Airfare not included.

Travel Insurance is highly suggested and can be bought on line from

This small purchase can save you thousands as our deposit and balance are non refundable. We must have a group of 10 for this Adventure.

$7800 pp single occupancy

$6250 pp double occupancy 

A nonrefundable deposit of $1000 per person is due upon booking.

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