Experience the excitement of the Emerald Isle on this group trip to gay Ireland. On this trip you will observe enchanting landscapes, a vivid history and the charm of local people. From Dublin to Derry, you can enjoy a pint of Guinness while taking in the beautiful isle.
Upon arrival to the airport you’ll be transferred to the Dylan Hotel, after which you’ll have a festive lunch at a classic Irish pub. After a good lunch you’ll have a chance to explore the enchanting streets of Dublin, including a local whiskey tasting session. Once you’ve tasted Ireland’s finest whiskey you will return to the hotel for dinner.
In the morning you’ll visit Ballyknocken Farm and Cookery School, home to celebrity chef Catherine (Byrne) Fulvio. Here you’ll get involved in a hands on cookery class, where you will make your own fresh lunch using a famous Irish ingredient, Guinness. In the afternoon you will see the monastic ruins of Glendalough. The 6th century ruins surround two lakes and include one of Europe’s famous examples of Round Tower architecture. After visiting the scenic church ruins you will return to Dublin for dinner at Peploe’s restaurant.
This morning you will visit the beautiful Boyne Valley in County Meath, a river which once supported a neolithic society. You’ll also get to visit the seat of the ancient Celtic Kings of Ireland, as well as a Norman castle where Mel Gibson filmed Braveheart. After exploring more of Dublin’s landscapes, you’ll make your way to Belfast, where the peace wall separates Protestant and Catholic communities.
Today we’ll travel to Carrick-a-Red Rope Bridge, which was built by fisherman over 300 years ago. If you’re feeling daring you’ll have the opportunity to experience stunning views including Rathlin Island, Scotland, and emerald rivers below. Later your tour guide will show you Giant’s Causeway, where you’ll witness its great basalt columns. In the evening you can expect to dine at the Bushmills Inn, before heading to Derry to rest at the Shipquay Boutique Hotel.
Take in some culture in County Sligo, home to the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. The graveyard you’ll be visiting is also the site of a 6th-century Colombian monastery. After taking in some culture, you’ll have a chance to visit the historic Ashford Castle. Ireland’s most iconic hotel was built in 1228 and is where you will be dining tonight. Enjoy the stunning surroundings as you eat. Be prepared to dress the part, as gentlemen are required to wear jackets and ties after 7pm.
Look forward to exploring the stunning Great Western Greenway cycling trail, before enjoying a 2-hour cruise along Lough Corrib. The cruise will include a guided stop at the Isle of Innisfree, after which you’ll dine regally at Ashford Castle’s George V restaurant. Once again, formal wear will be required after 7pm.
Today you’ll be paying a visit to one of Ireland’s most popular locations. A place of natural beauty, the cliffs of Moher in County Clare attract a million visitors a year. After observing the beautiful views, you’ll explore the rocky karst landscape. Later, we’ll travel to the boutique Ross Hotel for dining and relaxation.
We’ll be escorted to the magical Ring of Kelly in the Iveragh Peninsula by a tour guide, where you’ll have the option of spending the day hiking or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Climb Tor Mountain or spend the day relaxing and drinking beer, the choice is yours. Afterwards we’ll have dinner at Cellar One in the Ross Hotel.
In Killarney, you’ll see the Gap of Dunloe, situated within the Purple Mountains. Look forward to taking in some beautiful lakes, connected by the River Loe. You’ll also cross the Wishing Bridge, which got its name for its rumoured wish fulfilling properties. After you’ve soaked in some scenery, we’ll take a bus to Kate Kearney’s cottage, before barbecuing at Lord Brandon’s house. For dinner we’ll be visiting Jarvey’s Rest for some delicious gastropub cuisine.
Exploring even more of Ireland, today you’ll venture to Garnish Island in the Southwest. Nature lovers should get excited, as the island is renowned for its stunning horticulture. En route to Cork we’ll have a classic pub lunch, before spending the evening at the River Lee Hotel.
The medieval city of Kilkenny is home to much of Ireland’s history and culture, so we’ll be spending the day here. Expect to visit Saint Canice, one of the oldest medieval settlements in Ireland. Other sites worth noting include the castle of Kilkenny, which was originally a Norman fort. In Kilkenny you’ll get to see firsthand the effects of Ireland’s turbulent history. After you’ve explored the city, there will be a goodbye dinner at the Beef and Lobster.
On your final day, you’ll be saying farewell to the beauties of Ireland before heading to the airport to travel home.