Explore the Emerald Isle on this luxury gay group trip. Ireland is an enchanting country full of dazzling landscapes, myths and turbulent history.
You’ll visit the cosmopolitan capital of Dublin and also quaint villages surrounded by medieval castles and mist filled forests – everything you associate with Ireland, in other words. We’ll walk the walls of Derry, drink a pint of Guinness in a proper pub and have lunch in Sligo: home to world’s first ‘takeaway’ established 4000 years ago.
In Dublin, you’ll walk the streets in the footsteps of writers like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
When you arrive at the airport we’ll have you transferred to our hotel. We’ll have a welcome lunch at the classic Irish pub, irresistibly named Nancy Hands.
We’ll then explore the famous streets of Dublin, and join a whisky tasting session at the Old Jameson Distillery. We’ll return to our for dinner in the evening.
We’ll have another day to explore the streets of Dublin and then head to Glendalough, a scenic valley in County Wicklow. Here you’ll see ancient Christian settlements dating back to the 6th-century.
Today we’ll head to Boyne Valley in County Meath. This river once sustained a large Neolithic community. We’ll see the ruins of a 900-year-old Cistercian abbey. The Cistercians came to Ireland in the 12th-century, and their community has lived there ever since.
We’ll visit the seat of the ancient Celtic Kings of Ireland. The only faint remains of their hill forts are circles where the buildings once stood. We’ll also visit a Norman castle in the location – it was used as a setting by Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
It’ll then be time to visit Belfast. We’ll see the peace wall that separates Protestant and Catholic communities. We’ll also learn about the troubles that ravaged this country apart for so long.
We’ll take a trip to the Carrick-a-Red Rope Bridge. It was constructed by fishermen 350 years ago, and if you’re brave you can cross it. You’ll see Scotland, and, if you look down, green water flowing through the caves.
Our tour guide will show us Giant’s Causeway. We’ll then head to Bushmills and have dinner at the Bushmills Inn.
Today we’ll visit the final resting place of W.B. Yeats in County Sligo. The graveyard is also the site of an ancient monastery.
We’ll visit Ashford Castle, Ireland’s most iconic hotel. Dating back to 1228, this hotel is very swanky. We’ll have dinner here tonight. Formal attire is a must.
After exploring the Great Western Greenway, we’ll take a 2-hour cruise on Lough Corrib. We’ll have a stopover at the Isle of Innisfree. Dinner at Ashford Castle.
The cliffs of Moher in County Clare attract a million visitors a year. This is Ireland’s most iconic place of natural beauty – we’ll be paying a visit and then we’ll have dinner in a boutique hotel.
A tour guide will take us to the Ring Of Kelly in the Iveragh Peninsula. You can go for a hike if you’re feeling active or relax in a pub. In the evening we’ll dine in a boutique hotel.
Today we’ll visit the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney and cross the Wishing Bridge. If you make a wish here it will, apparently, come true! We’ll then drive through a glaciated valley and have a BBQ at a private home – Lord Brandon’s cottage, no less.
Today we’ll head southwest to Garnish Island, a place of great natural beauty. We’ll then head to Cork and stop for a pub lunch on the way.
This morning we’ll head to the medieval city of Kilkenny. This city has a lot of fascinating history, including Ireland’s ancient monastic settlements, Norman forts and the traces of Cromwell’s brutal invasion in the 1640s.
In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner at the Beef and Lobster.
Today our adventures in the Emerald Isle draw to a close. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight.