Our Escorted Castle Tours give you a new way to see Ireland. An escorted tour with a difference, not only do we have you staying in an authentic Irish Castle every night of your tour we also allow time for you to enjoy the experience and make the most of your stay. As well as plenty of leisurely mornings you will have a full day free to enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the 5* Ashford Castle.
Arrive at Dublin Airport early in the morning after your transatlantic flight to Ireland. You will be met by your Shamrock Vacations representative and transferred to Clontarf Castle by luxury coach. The rest of the day is free to rest up after your flight or explore Dublin independently. In the evening we will attend the Irish House Party where you will experience your first taste of Ireland with a traditional Irish meal followed by a showcase of traditional Irish music and dancing.
After breakfast we will depart Dublin and travel to Co. Cork stopping en route to visit the Rock of Cashel. Once in Cork we will make our way to the village of Blarney where you will have some free time to visit the Blarney Woolen Mills. After lunch we will tour Blarney Castle before continuing on to Tralee and our next Castle stay at Ballyseede Castle. This evening we will dine in the Stone Room Restaurant at Ballyseede Castle.
After a leisurely start we will strike out for a tour of the Dingle Peninsula. There will be plenty of time allowed for lunch and shopping in Dingle town before returning to Tralee. This evening we will dine in Finnegan’s Restaurant in Tralee before attending a performance at Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theater.
Enjoy another leisurely start to the day before departing Ballyseede Castle. We will stop to stroll around the pretty village of Adare before continuing on to Bunratty to visit the Castle and Folk Park. We will arrive at Dromoland Castle early enough for you to spend some time taking advantage of all the amenities this luxury 5* resort has on offer before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the Earl of Thomond Restaurant.
This morning we will head for the coast and view the dramatic vista of the Cliffs of Moher. We will continue on through the Burren before stopping for lunch and shopping in Galway city. Tonight we check into Ashford Castle, one of Irelands most spectacular Castles where you will enjoy a 2 night stay. Take some time to settle in before reconvening in the George V dining room for dinner.
Today you have a day of relaxation to enjoy all the amenities that Ashford Castle has to offer. Take a cruise on the lake or go horseback riding. A Hawk Walk with your own Falcon is a personal favorite of mine. You can also avail of archery or clay pigeon shooting or just stroll in the grounds of the castle – the meandering pathways will eventually lead you to the picturesque village of Cong where you can enjoy lunch and indeed dinner if you wish in one of the local tearooms or pubs located there. Alternatively choose to return to the George V or opt for the more informal surroundings of the bar or Cullens Cottage.
Today we will tour the beautiful region of Connemara. This morning we will visit Kylemore Abbey before continuing on to the town of Westport where you will have some free time for lunch and shopping. This evening we will stay at Kilronan Castle and dine in the Douglas Hyde Restaurant.
After one last leisurely start we will travel back to Dublin where your tour ends at noon.
Customize This Tour
Like all our tours we will be happy to customize this tour to suit your specific needs. Some of the options we suggest are as follows;
Extend your Tour with a stay in Dublin. We can offer a range of accommodation in Dublin City Center as well as hotels more convenient to the airport. Dublin is an easy city to explore independently with lots of tours available and most attractions within walking distance of the central hotels.
Belfast is another city which you can easily explore on an independent basis. With good rail connections between Dublin and Belfast it’s easy to get to and we are pleased to offer accommodations in Belfast conveniently situated close to the train station.
You may have noticed our tour is quite unusual in that it doesn’t include Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Again this is for the simple reason that you can easily do this tour independently. There is a direct rail service from Dublin to Killarney with daily tours of the Ring of Kerry from Killarney town. Once again we are pleased to offer accommodations in the heart of Killarney town just steps away from the train station. Killarney is great for an extended stay with lots to see in the area and the Killarney National Park on your doorstep.
Why not extend your tour with a chauffeur driven or self-drive tour completely customized to your specific needs? We will be happy to assist you with any itinerary you require.
Our escorted castle tours include 7 nights in Castle accommodations, breakfast each morning, 6 dinners, 2 shows (Irish House Party and Simse Tire National Folk Theatre), sightseeing by luxury coach, visits and admissions to Rock of Cashel, Blarney Woolen Mills, Blarney Castle, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey. Add ons are customized to suit your individual needs and additional items can be added to suit your chosen itinerary.
More Escorted Tours
We also offer a wide range of tours through our partners, CIE Tours. If you would like the local knowledge and personal service we offer in conjunction with a larger tour operated by one of the longest running tour operators in Ireland please contact us for further information. We will match any prices offered on the CIE tours website and will be happy to customize your chosen tour with any of the above add ons.