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Day 1:Shannon Head to Ennis, just north of Limerick City. See Craggaunowen, the reconstructed village of lake dwellings and ring forts. From here, you may explore the twin heritage towns of Killaloe and Ballina on the shores of Lough Derg. Linked by the beautiful arched bridge over the shannon, these towns offer an ideal introduction to the history of Ireland. Visit the cathedral and church, as well as the heritage centre. Next your heritage destination is Kilrush, near the mouth of the Shannon estuary. This is a market town with a strong maritime tradition. Continue along the coast and enjoy views of the Loop Head Lighthouse and the cliffs near Kilkee before heading back to Ennis for your first night.
Standard Tour:Old Ground Hotel Premium Tour:Woodstock Hotel
Day 2 & 3:The Burren, Galway There are many interesting coastal towns on your routs towards Galway City. Make sure to see the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast. Gort is another heritage town on your itinerary. This former garrison town has a rich history – nearby sights include Coole Park and Kilmacduagh Monastery. From Gort, head into the Burren, the extraordinary limestone landscape this is home to some of Ireland`s most exotic flora. This is the ideal place for a walk and you will find many way-marked paths. Continue towards Kinvara and Dungaire Castle. Before you get to Galway, make a small detour to visit Athenry, a heritage town with Norman connections. See the Castle, friary and remaining parts of the medieval town walls. Stay in Galway tonight & experience the hustle and bustle of `the city of Tribes`.
Standard Tour:Forster Court Hotel Premium Tour:Connemara Coast Hotel
Day 4:Connemara/Westport From Galway, the drama of Connemara beckons. En route to Clifden (where the first transatlantic flight landed), you will pass through Oughterard, Leenan & Maams Cross. Take a break for a walk and marvel at the breathtaking scenery. Meander on to Kylemore Abbey and Killary Harbour. Detour via Delphi and Doo Lough and see the mystical Mweelrea Mountains. The road from Louisburgh to Westport gives views over Clew Bay with its hundred islands and Croagh Patrick, the pilgrimage mountain.
Standard Tour:Clew Bay Hotel Premium Tour:Knockranny House Hotel
Day 5:Strokestown Spend the morning exploring Westport. Nearby is Westport house, home to the desendants of Grace O`malley, 16th centure Queen of Connacht. Your next heritage destination is Strokestown, Co Roscommon, taking in Castlebar, Foxford Woollen Mills and clonalis House in Castlerea enroute. With the wildest main street in Ireland and an octagonal church, Strokestown is an impressive village. Strokestown Park House, a beautifully restored Palladian mansion, has an impressive Famine Museum. From here head south to Roscommon, the county town and home to the historic Abbey, Old Jail, castle and museum. Spend the night in the Abbey Hotel.
Standard Tour:Abbey Hotel Premium Tour:Abbey Hotel
Day 6 & 7:Dublin From Roscommon, set off for Longford and Ardagh, the 18th centure heritage town in the heart of Goldsmith`s country. Continue on to Belvedere house in Mullingar with its` jealous Wall and Castletown House near Maynooth, the largest and finest Palladian style house in Ireland. Stay in Dublin tonight and spend the next day exploring the capital city. Enjoy thes famous nightlife and maybe take in a show.
Standard Tour:Mont Clare Hotel Premium Tour:Hibernian Hotel, Dublin
The following is provided on your tour: Full Irish breakfast daily. Touring map of Ireland. All local taxes. Car rental : Toyota Corolla or similar Rates include Third Party Insurance, Unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver. Theft Protection, Tax (12.5%) Explorer Card - up to 50% discount on admission fees to major visitor attractions.
All prices are Land only, flights not included and are subject to availability.