Grand Tour of Ireland
11 days from £4,673 per person
Do you want to experience the ‘real’ Ireland whilst staying at her most exceptional luxury properties? Ampersand has selected the finest castles and friendliest country homes throughout the land on this 11-night privately guided tour taking in Ireland’s most vibrant towns and ravishing landscapes, which have inspired numerous poets, painters and writers over the years.
UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin has all the attractions of a modern capital city combined with the beauty and heritage of the past. From Dublin head south to fertile County Cork and the mountains and lakes of the Ring of Kerry in the west, before travelling up to the craggy coastal landscape of Ballyvaughan and the white beaches at the Cliffs of Moher, and end in the green undulating hills of County Laois in the central heart of Ireland.
This grand tour includes Ireland’s best attractions and activities including heritage sites, castles, gourmet restaurants, swimming in lakes, fishing and golf, but with plenty of time at leisure to rest and enjoy the beautiful properties you’re staying at. Sink back and enjoy some of the most spectacular drives of your life as you are chauffer driven through incredible landscapes, including the mournful and dramatic scenery of the Burren, a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and by the Shannon River and Estuary to the east.
End with the ultimate indulgence: 2 nights at Ballyfin, the most exclusive estate in Ireland, set in a place of tremendous natural beauty, romance and tranquillity.
11 days from £4,673 per person
- Day 1 - The Merrion Hotel - Dublin
Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Dublin with private guide.
- Day 2 - Ballymaloe - Midleton
Travel to Midleton via Kilkenny for a tour of Jameson Distillery. Afternoon Irish cookery class at Ballymaloe Cookery School.
- Day 3 - Ard na Sidhe Country House - Killarney
Travel to Killarney via Muckross House.
- Day 4 - Ard na Sidhe Country House - Killarney
Full day for exploring Ring of Kerry with private driver/guide.
- Day 5 - Ard na Sidhe Country House - Killarney
Full day for exploring Dingle or Beara Peninsulas with private driver/guide.
- Day 6 - Ard na Sidhe Country House - Killarney
Full day at leisure. Optional spa afternoon at The Europe.
- Day 7 - Gregan's Castle Hotel - Ballyvaughan
Travel to Ballyvaughan via Bunratty Castle with a stop in Adare village. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to Dunguire Castle.
- Day 8 - Gregan's Castle Hotel - Ballyvaughan
Full day sightseeing of Burren and Cliffs of Moher with private driver/guide. Alternatively, full day boat trip to the Aran Islands.
- Day 9 - Dromoland Castle - Newmarket-on-Fergus
Transfer to Dromoland Castle. Afternoon at leisure for golf or castle activities.
- Day 10 - Ballyfin - County Laois
Travel to Ballyfin. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 11 - Ballyfin - County Laois
Full day at leisure for estate activities.
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