Fortify your knowledge of Ireland on this tour of gorgeous castles, sumptuous gardens and stately manor houses.
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’.
Medieval Ireland was plagued by vicious battles. The Vikings plundered, the Normans raided,but 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 gorgeous 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.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
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 pillage’. It has an unmatched collection of thatched cottages and ancient structures, including the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Monastery, and Desmond Castle. Your overnight stop is the lovely Dunraven Arms Hotel, with dinner included.
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 to the brooding fortress at Athlone, 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.
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.
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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You stay one night in Dunraven Arms Hotel in the village of Adare and two nights in Lough Rynn Castle, which is payable to Rabbie's in advance of your departure. The package price for the accommodation is 375.00 Euros per person sharing in a twin/double and 565.00 Euros for single occupancy. Please contact us on +44 (0) 131 226 3133 in order to arrange payment prior to your departure.
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