Brendan Behan was thrown out of 720 Dublin Pubs, but still found several welcoming hostelries. There is reputedly a pub for every 300 of the population, man, woman & child. From sophisticated emporia of wit & alcohol to spit & sawdust shebeens, they offer a mirror for your every mood.
This tour takes you around the country visiting a range of taverns that offer fine food, good drink, & live entertainment. Here you will find the essence of Ireland, her pure spirit, flowing from taps & bottles that have inspired writers as disparate as James Joyce & J.P. Donleavy, Samuel Beckett & Sean O’Casey
Shannonside and Kerry – Morning arrival at Shannon Airport. Leaving Shannon you’ll go through the city of Limerick & stop in Adare, a quaint village of thatched cottages, antique stores & ancient abbeys, for an Irish coffee. On to Killarney for the night. Killarney is one of the busiest tourist towns in Ireland, yet it lies within just a few minutes walk of some of the most stunningly beautiful and isolated scenery in Europe. Enjoy your first night amidst the lilting voices of Killarney, where melodious tenors and shrieking violins will be the background as you call, “Same again please!”
Kerry - This morning explore the most beautiful county in Ireland. There’ll be time to check out the smoked salmon in Killorglin before exploring the north side of the Ring of Kerry. Lunch in Waterville, Charlie Chaplin’s favourite retreat; Sneem, patronised by Charles de Gaulle; Stop at the famous Muckross House & gardens & enjoy the stunning vistas of the Lakes of Killarney, sheltering under Ireland’s highest mountains. Muckross is famous for so many things – the red deer, Queen Victoria’s visit, the incredible flowers. Spend time in Killarney, a busy city with galleries & shopping. Off to a traditional Irish pub for a celebration of Irish Music!
Kerry and Cork – Your journey today follows the wild west coast of Ireland. Explore or shop in the little towns & villages along the way – Kenmare, a millionaires’ hideaway; Glengarrif, where Maureen O’Hara lived; Skibereen, home to David Putnam & Jeremy Irons; ending up in Ireland’s gourmet capital, Kinsale. Kinsale is a memorable old harbour town with narrow streets & winding passageways. Stay in the heart of the old town in the charming 250 year old inn. Visit The Kinsale Brewing Company in a beautifully restored malthouse dating from 1703. At the end of the tour you can browse through the gift shop and sample some of the beers produced, or you can just walk in and soak in the atmosphere of the old brewery bar upstairs. This evening set your nerves jangling on a ghost tour of the harbour.
Cork to Galway – After a chance to get the “gift of the gab” by kissing the Blarney Stone (and for the shoppers a quick visit to the Blarney Woollen Mills where you’ll find the biggest range & the best prices), then on to Limerick – check out The Lock Pub just by the Potato Market for lunch or head on the the world famous hostelery Durty Nelly’s at Bunratty Castle. You’ll have an opportunity to explore a bit of the Burren as head up to the fishing vilage of Kinvara on Galway Bay for the a night beneath the largest thatched roof in Ireland at The Merriman Inn. Kinvarra is the home of the famous fiddler Frankie Gavin, so there is always good music here.
Galway to Dublin - The highway will have you in the city centre by lunchtime, with a quick stop at Locke’s Distillery in Kilbeggan. You’ll arrive in Dublin in time to do some last minute shopping in the designer stores of Grafton Street and visit The Brazen Head. Dating back to 1198, The Brazen Head is officially Ireland's oldest pub. Then join a literary pub crawl, having checked into your city centre accommodation. There is an alternative option to visit Johnny Fox’s- Ireland’s highest pub where traditional Irish music plays all night and food is served.
Dublin – After breakfast, you depart for Dublin Airport where you have ample time for some last minute duty free shopping before boarding your flight home. If your flight leaves in the afternoon there will be time to visit the Guinness Brewery on the way.
Prices & Inclusions
From €2,990 per person (based on two people travelling together)
• 5 nights’ accommodation in double room with full Irish breakfast, service charges and taxes included
• 2 airport transfers
• 6 days with driver-guide in the luxury vehicle
(Please note admissions are not included)
Prices are subject to availability
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