Irish Castles, Gardens & Manor Houses
4 day tour

  • Trim Castle
  • Birr Castle
  • Clonmacnoise Abbey
  • Adare

Fortify your knowledge of Ireland on this tour of gorgeous castles, sumptuous gardens, and stately manor houses.

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Places you'll explore

Birr Castle Gardens and the Great Telescope - Explore the lush gardens and discover one of the 19th century's greatest scientific instruments, The Great Telescope.

The Village of Adare - ‘Ireland’s Prettiest Village’ - A stunning ‘chocolate box’ collection of thatched houses and historic buildings.

Clonmacnoise Monastery - This 1,500 year old abbey was once a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship.

Strokestown Park House and Gardens - Uncover the secrets of the 19th century famine in the incredible grounds and house museum.

Lough Rynn Castle Hotel - A marvelous stately hotel, set on 300 acres of pristine land. Your home for two nights.

Fermanagh Lakelands and Florence Court - Pass along these wonderful waterways and sweep through the grounds of this beautiful 18th century house.

Afternoon tea at Lough Rynn - Sample traditional delicacies in this famously welcoming baronial hall.

St. Columba’s Church in Kells - Admire the beauty and brutality of the past at this church built on the site of a ruined monastery.

Trim Castle - Stare in wonder at the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, the famous location for the film ‘Braveheart’.

Your journey

Medieval Ireland was a battleground. The Vikings plundered, the Normans raided, and the Gaels were steadfast in their resistance.

So it’s no surprise the gorgeous green hills of Ireland are packed with impressively fortified castles and magnificent manor houses.

On this tour, you explore the remains of these castles, travel through millennia of Irish culture, relive the history defining battles, and enjoy relaxing walks through splendid gardens and grand houses. What’s more, you stay in Lough Rynn Castle, a wonderful location with over 1,000 years of history.

Join this tour and experience the monumental buildings and achievements of Ireland's ancient past.

Tour Details

09.00 - Opposite the Kilkenny Shop, Nassau St, Dublin
19.00 approx

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
  • A dinner at Dunraven Arms Hotel and Lough Rynn Castle
  • Afternoon tea at Lough Rynn Castle
  • Tour accommodation
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions


Day 1

  • Explore the grounds of the neo-classical Emo Court House
  • Peer back into the past at Birr Castle and the Great Telescope
  • Snap a photo or two amongst the thatched roofs and ancient stone buildings of Adare

You depart Dublin and travel west through the Midlands to Emo Court House, an 18th century neoclassical mansion set in stunning parkland and gardens. There’s time for a stroll in the grounds and refreshments in the excellent tea rooms.

Continuing west through the Slieve Bloom Mountains, you arrive at the unique Birr Castle. You can learn about the bygone age of scientific discovery at the Great Telescope, the largest in the world for over 70 years. The castle is a private residence but the substantial and beautiful grounds are open to the public, as are the excellent exhibitions.

Heading south, the tour continues to Adare, known as ‘Ireland’s prettiest village’. Your overnight stop is the lovely Dunraven Arms Hotel, with dinner included.

Day 2

  • Connect with your spirituality at Clonmacnoise, home to an early Christian site filled with stone crosses and legends
  • Delve into the tragic history of the Great Famine at the Georgian mansion house of Strokestown Park
  • Relax in the luxurious lakeside setting of Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

Begin the day travelling through the counties of Tipperary, Offaly and Roscommon, and experience the best of rural Ireland. You pass along the shores of Lough Derg on the way to Killaloe.

A scenic drive from here brings you to Clonmacnoise - an early Christian site in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Shannon.

You head through Athlone and then northwards alongside Lough Ree to the grandeur of Strokestown Park.This great mansion house sits in stunning grounds and hosts a fascinating museum about the great famine.

From here, you drive a short distance to the beautiful lakeside retreat of Lough Rynn Castle, your home for the next two nights. There’s an included welcome dinner of traditional Irish fare.

Day 3

  • Cross into Northern Ireland and visit the immaculate gardens and grand house of Florence Court
  • Rove the markets and stalls in the lakeside town of Enniskillen
  • Gaze in wonder across the picturesque Lakelands District

A relaxed day exploring the Lakelands in County Leitrim awaits and County Fermanangh in Northern Ireland.

You visit Florence Court, one the grandest 18th century country houses in Ireland and a former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The lush parkland and majestic grounds are the perfect opportunity for photos.

You stop at the nearby historic market town of Enniskillen, where you can view the impressive 600 year old castle atop the banks of the River Erne.

Then we head back to Lough Rynn Castle in time for the fabulous afternoon tea (included). The rest of the day is yours to explore the formal walled gardens running to the lakeside, or simply relax in the charming ambience of this 200 year old house.

Day 4

  • Roam the monastic site where the Book of Kells was discovered
  • Relive the famous battles of “Braveheart” at Castle Trim, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland

In the morning you have a chance to take a lovely stroll through the hotel grounds. We then head to the heritage town of Kells and the famous monastic site where the Book of Kells was created. This phenomenal ancient treasure exhibits the height of medieval design and craftsmanship. You have time to take a leisurely lunch amongst the historic sites of St Columba’s Church and the traditional High Crosses.

After lunch, you travel through the flourishing countryside to Trim Castle, the setting for the movie “Braveheart”. Relive the scenes from the film as you explore the massive three storied keep, a structure so large that it took over 30 years to build.

Weather permitting, you head for the ancient Hill of Tara, the traditional seat of more than 140 Kings of Ireland. From this regal site, you head back to Dublin.

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Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Dunraven Arms Hotel in the village of Adare and two nights in Lough Rynn Castle. Your tour and accommodation must be paid seperately. The price for the tour is €329, and the concession price for the tour is €309. The accommodation price based on shared occupancy is €375.00, and the cost for single occupancy €565.00. Please contact us on +44 (0) 131 226 3133 in order to arrange payment prior to your departure.

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Departure dates: 23/04/17, 07/05/17, 21/05/17, 25/06/17, 16/07/17, 06/08/17, 27/08/17, 10/09/17, 24/09/17, 08/10/17

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