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Enchanting Upper Ireland

Ireland

OVERVIEW

Day 1

Arrive Dublin

Tour of the Highlights of Dublin City

 

5* Add-on Afternoon Tea with Desmond Guinness at Leixlip Castle

 

O/N Choice of Tankardstown, Bellinter or Carton House

 

Day 2

Neolithic exploration: Newgrange, Trim Castle, Knowth and Dowth, Tara

 

O/N Choice of Merchant Hotel, Culloden Hotel, Fitzwilliam, Ballywalter Park

 

Day 3

Visit National Trust Mount Stewart

Spend up to half day with Tracey Jeffery on a foodie trail, making traditional bread, having a private visit at Killyleagh Castle with Gawn the owner, a pub lunch at the oldest coaching inn in Northern Ireland - Dufferin Coaching Inn, or harvest your own oysters for lunch by tractor at Patrice’s Oyster Shac

Optional visit to Castle Ward for a Games of Throne Experience

 

5* Add-on Lunch at Ballywalter Park with Lord & Lady Dunleath

         

O/N Choice of Merchant Hotel, Culloden Hotel, Fitzwilliam, Ballywalter Park

 

Day 4

Visit Belfast City Hall, Stormont Parliament Buildings, Titanic Belfast and drive by Mural Walls

 

O/N Ballygally Hotel

 

Day 5

Visit Steensons the Game of Thrones’ Jewellers, Glenarm Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede

Lunch in Bushmills – optional visit distillery

Guided Tour of Derry City & Outskirts

 

O/N Lough Eske or Harvey’s Point

 

Day 6

Visit Glenveagh National Park

Visit Slieve League Cliffs & the fishing village of Killybegs

 

O/N Lough Eske or Harvey’s Point

 

Day 7

Spend the day exploring Sligo with Maritime Archaeologist, Geographer and Historian Auriel Robinson. A guided walk in scenic coastal areas and in rugged mountainous territory, looking at wild flora and fauna, and exploring connections to W.B and Jack Yeats, ancient tombs of historic Irish Queens, the Spanish Armada Trail, and those who left Sligo during the Irish famine. Explore the ancient and mysterious tombs of Carrowkeel and Carrowmore.  Visit to Inishmurray Island, an alfresco dining ‘Shellfish Experience’ at Strandhill and an optional horseback trek.

 

Dinner with a Yeats’ Experience

Enjoy dinner whilst discovering the poet WB Yeats in the heart of Yeats Country, as his story and poems are told throughout the meal in a private Irish home stylishly contemporary with a wonderful collection of 20th century Irish art and incredible views of Yeats Country from the 40-foot glass wall overlooking Lough Gill.

 

O/N Coopershill, Temple House or Mount Falcon

 

Day 8

Travel to Kildare stopping off at Carrick on Shannon or Strokestown National Famine Museum.

Lunch at National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Optional Shopping

 

O/N Roundwood House, The K Club or Martinstown House.

 

Day 9

Depart.

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