Day 1 – From Dublin to Donegal – Ulster American Folk Park
We would pick you up in Dublin and travel to Killinkere Co Cavan, family home of Union General Philip Sheridan. We would then travel to Omagh to the Ulster American Folk Park. Having spent the afternoon in the folk park, we would tour Derry city and travel on to Donegal to stay in luxurious Solis Lough Eske.
Day 2 – Donegal to Ashford Castle – Achill Island, “the Quiet Man”
In the morning we would travel in to Donegal town, home of Rev James McKay Rorty, whose statue is to be seen at Gettysburg. We would then travel on to Sligo, birthplace of General Michael Corcoran. There is also a monument to the 69th Regiment.
We would travel on to Mayo, taking in the picturesque sights of Achill Island and clew bay and visit the village of Cong where the film “the Quiet Man” starring Jonh Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was filmed, before arriving at the luxurious Ashford castle for your overnight stay.
Day 3 – Ashford Castle to Ballynahinch Castle
After a full Irish breakfast we would travel on to Tuam in Co Galway, birthplace of Patrick Dowling, honoured by Confederate Congress for his defence of Texas and Colonel Patrick Kelly, who commanded the Irish Brigade at Gettysberg. We would travel to Galway, taking in the sky road to Clifden, which is arguably the most scenic drive in Ireland before arriving at Ballynahinch Castle for your overnight stay.
Day 4/5 – Ballynahinch Castle to Killarney – Ring of Kerry & Dingle peninsula
On the 4th day of your tour we would travel to the Galway’s emigrant port and then we would travel on to Limerick to the ACW related sites, visit the Tait factory where the Confederate uniforms were made, we would then have lunch at the Hunt museum before travelling on to Killarney and staying at the Beautiful 5 star Europe hotel, overlooking the Lakes in Killarney. We would recommend that while in Kerry, that you combine your Civil war tour with a day of sightseeing and tour the incredible Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula, or the Gap of Dunloe and the Bearla peninsula. If you opted to spend a full day touring then we would recommend staying 2 nights at the Europe.
Day 6 – Kerry to Co Cork – Titanic Museum & More
We would travel to Ovens Co Cork, birth place of Confederate Major General Patrick Cleburne (killed in the Battle of Franklin 1864) and from there we would travel to Cobh emigrant port, visit the emigration museum, Titanic museum and overnight either in Cork at Hayfield Manor or travel to the seaside village of Ardmore to the Cliff house hotel, overlooking the sea.
Day 7 – On to Waterford via Lismore
We would travel on to Waterford via Lismore and its historical Castle, to visit the statue and the birthplace of General Thomas Francis Meagher and the monument of Captain Clooney in Ballybricken cemetery.
You would overnight in the actual birthplace of General Thomas Francis Meagher, in what is now the Granville hotel in Waterford City.
Day 8 – Back to Dublin – Guinness Brewery, Traditional Irish Pubs…
On to Dublin via Leighlinbridge, birthplace of Myles Keogh- French foreign Legion, Italian Civil war, U.S Civil war, Little Bighorn.
We would then visit Collins Barrack, ACW museum, Glasnevin and the gravediggers Pub.
You would overnight in Dublin City centre, with a choice of attractions, whether you would like us to book theatre tickets or visit the Guinness brewery or just take in the atmosphere in the famous Templebar area of Dublin, where there is a range of traditional Irish pubs and music to choose from and a great selection of restaurants.
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