Places in Ireland that offer profound experiences
Even though Ireland is relatively small , Theres so much to see and do when completing tours in Ireland .Here is a list of stunning spots that offer profound experiences.
Kerry isn’t called ‘The Kingdom’ for no reason.
Rich in beautiful scenery and history, it’s home to the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrantuohill, and climbing it is said to be an exhilarating experience. Not only that, but the county is also home to Fungie, the country’s most famous dolphin who’s about 25 years on the go. It certainly changed his life.
An amazing example of what mankind is capable of – and it was built 5,000 years ago!
The ancient temple is older than the pyramids and the 550 largest stones used in its construction had to be brought to the site from all around Ireland. It attracts more than 200,000 tourists a year and if you’re one of the lucky few who win tickets to be there for the Winter Solstice, it can definitely be life-changing experience
Literally ‘the glen of two lakes’ Glendalough is an amazing glacial valley in Co Wicklow.
The early medieval monastic settlement was founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin. Although it was almost destroyed by English troops in the 1300s, Glendalough survived and thrived as a place of religious importance.
However, you don’t have to be religious to enjoy visiting. Its biggest attraction is its natural beauty and peacefulness, which is no doubt what attracted priests and monks here in the first place.
Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison located in Kilmainham, Dublin. Built in 1796, it’s now-empty cells echo over one hundred years worth of tales from Ireland’s struggle for Independence.
Many leading Irish rebels spent time in the jail, including Eamon de Valera and Charles Stewart Parnell. Some would never leave. The leaders of 1916 were among those to be executed on the prison grounds.
Visitors today are brought on a tour of the jail and the museum which was reopened to the public in the 1970s. We are given the chance to read some of the letters written by those held there, and the weight of history can definitely be a life changing experience.
A rare glimpse into old Ireland, the Aran Islands’ beauty is the attraction for thousands of tourists every year.
The three islands of Inis Mór, Inis Oírr and Inis Meáin provide an insight into Ireland’s journey through time. One can find Iron Age huts, 14th Century castles, and cottages from the 1800s while staying in modern guesthouses.
The Aran Islands have served as inspiration for many great writers including James Joyce and John Millington Synge.
The Lisdoonvarna Festival in Co Clare is one of Europe’s largest matchmaking events. It lasts for the whole month of September and there have been matchmaking shenanigans in the town for over 150 years.
The current, fourth-generation matchmaker is Willie Daly, and if he sets you up with a lad or lassie than it definitely could change your life!
Tours in Ireland – Where to Visit
Chauffeur waiting to bring you to your central 5 star Dublin Hotel of choice, Boutique hotel or if you prefer a 5 star Castle for rest and refreshments. At noon we will escort you on a tour of Dublin, Trinity College, to see the most visited item in Ireland, The Book of Kells.
We will also visit the National Museum, the burial place of Saint Valentine of (Valentines Day fame), culminating in the Guinness Brewery for a pint of the “black Stuff”.
Temple Bar DublinAs with all the tours we offer you can pick and choose what you would like to see and we will be only to happy to facilitate any requests.
In the evening a visit to Temple Bar with its choice of pubs and traditional Irish music is a real treat.
Brings us North via the Boyne Valley, where Earthen Pyramids which predates the Egyptian Pyramids by 2,000 years are to be seen.
Onwards we travel past Drogheda (mentioned in the Australian classic movie, “The Thorn birds”) to the hill of Tara, Tara being the name of Scarlet O’Hara’s Estate in “Gone with the Wind”.
Our journey takes us onward into Co Down where St Patrick tended sheep and to the coast of Co Antrim to View one of natures masterpieces “The Giants Causeway”
Nothing relaxes one more than an overnight in Bushmills, home of the Worlds oldest whiskey Distillery, which was founded in 1608, a mandatory glass of the hard stuff ensures a good nights sleep!
After a fine Full Irish breakfast we visit the Ulster Museum which connects with no less than 9 Irish American U.S Presidents.
Late afternoon has us arriving in Co Donegal, birth place of Davy Crockets parents, Sean Connery’s (007) and Meryl Streep’s.
We overnight in Rosses Point.
West to Bellmullet and the “Capri” of Ireland, Achill Island, touring Mayo’s beautiful wild coast where Europe’s highest surf crashes against Europe’s highest cliffs, seeing Clew Bay overlooking Croagh Patrick, where St Patrick did penance for the sins of the Irish!, poor man was wasting his time!
Mullranny Park is our overnight Hotel where the seafood from the western Atlantic is perfectly matched with the local organic vegetables. At night one will realise why the Irish are so relaxed. In the Irish language there is no word for stress!
The twelve Ben’s of Connemara are a moonscape overlooking on the one side Irelands only Fjord, Killarney harbour and on the other Galway Bay. The Sky road at Clifden leads us eastwards through Ballinahinch towards Galway, the City of the Tribes, where the 13th Century Mayor John Lynch in his capacity as magistrate hanged his own Son for Murder, which resulted in every cowboy movie in film history having someone “Lynched “ in it!
Over night in Galway at a 5 star Castle or Boutique Hotel of your choice and after a sumptuous meal we watch “The sun go down on Galway Bay” .
Day 6We leave Ashford and travel east to Dublin Via Clonmacnoise, the shannon side 8th Century Monastry, from where Monks in the 7th Century journeyed as far east as Cracow in Poland to spread the Gospel.
Overnight in Cashel, “Cashel of the Kings”, at the Cashel Palace Hotel. The “Rock of Cashel”, tradition has it that it was bitten from the “Devils Bit” mountain in north Tipperary and spat into its present position by old “Nick” himself…
A real treat in store as we travel to the Kilkenny to view the Castle and Medieval City, a wealth of history encompasses one in this area with its cobbled streets, design centre, great cafes, and traditional pubs.
After an afternoon of strolling through the beautiful rose garden in Kilkenny Castle we find ourselves travelling back to Dublin for our last night in the “Old Sod! Once again you can choose whether you want to stay in a Boutique hotel in central Dublin or in a castle , the K club in Kildare perhaps?
Your wish is our command!
We end our tour and travel to Dublin Airport and a return to the 21st Century!
Chauffeur Golf Trips Ireland
If you are a golfer, then Ireland is a must as it boasts some of the best golf courses in the world. The k club in Co Kildare where the Ryder Cup was held, to Dromoland Castle, Adare Manor, Foto Island in Cork, The old Head in Kinsale, Ballybunion , Killarney , the choice is endless.
Golf Tours in Ireland
Adventure Tours Ireland, Horseriding, Kayaking, Sightseeing
Ireland is the perfect holiday destination if it adventure or activity that you want as part of your tour. We can arrange a full or half day kayaking, surfing, Rock climbing, Canadian canoeing, Hill walking and archery among others.As with all our tours you need only speak to us about what your requirements are and we will do our very best to facilitate.
The Five Star Ashford is one of the most distinguished 5 Star luxury castle hotels in Ireland, offering five star luxury and extravagance, an experience not to be missed.
Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny
At Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny, you will feel you are somewhere special from the very moment you arrive. Set amid 170 acres of mature parkland and just 1.2 kilometres from beautiful Kilkenny City, Lyrath Estate Hotel fuses stunning contemporary hotel design with the elegance of its original 17th century house.
With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, Dromoland Castle Hotel Ireland is the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway; the magical Shannon region and Ireland’s rugged West Coast.
Hayfield Manor 5 Star Hotel Cork set within 2 acres of mature gardens, encompassing an oasis of calm within the vibrant city of Cork South West Ireland. As you make your way up the winding, tree lined path to our welcoming door, let calmness envelope you as Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork becomes your home away from home with luxury leisure facilities.
Located on the famous Ring of Kerry, Parknasilla Resort encompasses a historic hotel, indulgent spa, spacious apartments and 12 hole golf course, surrounded by the Kerry mountains and with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean.
Park Hotel Kenmare
Acclaimed 5 star Hotel in Kerry overlooking the famous Ring of Kerry, Ireland. This five star Hotel in Kenmare, with terraced gardens, welcomes guests with renowned warmth and borders the Heritage Town of Kenmare Co. Kerry.
Sheen Falls Kenmare
One of the most picturesque 5 star hotels Ireland, The Sheen Falls Lodge luxury hotel in Kenmare Co. Kerry boasts a plethora of outdoor activities; salmon fishing on a private stretch of the Sheen River, daily horse riding available locally from River Valley Riding Stables and hill walking trails.
Set in a private 450 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara Co. Galway. This luxury, yet unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful 12 Bens Mountain range. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is also the perfect base for walking in Connemara.
Cliff house Hotel, Ardmore
The Cliff House Hotel is a perfect place. An intimate, cascading hotel sewn into the coast overlooking the historic village of Ardmore, in West Waterford. It is distinguished as much for its design and sea views as for the region’s most exquisite food – The House Restaurant is a One Michelin Star Restaurant – spa and sleep experiences.
Situated on its own private Island, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers luxurious Castle accommodation in Ireland. One of the leading luxury hotels in Ireland which boasts superb 4 star hotel facilities, you can enjoy the 18 hole Championship Golf Course in Waterford, or choose to stay in one of the Castle Gardens holiday homes.