Day 3 Helicopter Tour to Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
10am from Ashford Castle. Experience all the thrills, exhilaration, but most of all comfort of helicopter flight.
This is the ultimate luxurious scenic tour entailing Irelands most spectacular sights. From take-off the Helicopter will route along the coastline over to the Burren "Boireann" one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe to Irelands most visited tourist attraction the world famous Cliffs of Moher "Aillte an Mhothair" before crossing over to the largest of the Aran Islands - Árainn (Mhór) / Inis Mór) Inis Mor. Here we can stop over for up to a 5 hour stay where you can explore the fascinating, rich and unique tradition of the Island at your leisure with complementary lunch at a local restaurant before returning to base.
Visitors to the Island can explore the Island by Horse-drawn carriage.
Alternative option to Knock: visit the Knock Shrine and Knock Folk Museum. Knock was once a small, inconspicuous Irish town in the west until August 21st 1879, when two local women said they saw an apparition of Mary, Joseph and St John the Evangelist at the south gable of the parish church. Thirteen other local people came to the site following their report and confirmed the apparition. Since then, the town has grown up as a Marian shrine, with the spot where the visions were seen enclosed in glass to form a small chapel. Knock is now a destination for many pilgrims, including the ill, who come seeking miracle cures. Many have claimed miracles after visiting Knock, and various church investigations have confirmed Knock’s status as a holy site.
Dinner booked at 7pm, Ashford Castle. Overnight at Ashford Castle
Day 4 Secret Ireland Escape
10:30am Helicopter pick-up form Ashford to Killaloe.
Discover a whole new layer of Irish hospitality with private access to the parts of Ireland many rarely get to see.
- Arrive to Whitegate Harbour
- Through a hidden door, taste 3 Irish craft Gins/Whiskeys at The Private Shibeen/pub lit only by candlelight
- Meet Stephanie, our Sean Nos dancer at The Cottage Room - fun, energetic and old style
- Savoury Warm tapas served with a drink of choice at Nuala's traditional Irish pub/restaurant
- Via 15min scenic river cruise, access a private Castle nestled on its own Island - Meade & Potin tastings
- Arrive to the Lakehouse Villa - with art & architecture tour, with a watercolours art class of the landscape opposite
- From the deck board your private motor yacht for a scenic cruise of the local villages and enter Ireland's lakelands
- VIP Evening Dinner in a dining room with 300 degree views with fresh cream liqueur cocktails
- Evening entertainment at The Villa - harpist on arrival & during dinner, current All Ireland Irish dancer & accordist after Dinner (13 & 14 yrs old).
7pm Helicopter transfer from Killaloe to Sheen Falls Lodge.
Overnight at Sheen Falls Lodge
Day 5 Dingle Peninsula
10am. Set off along the shore of Dingle Bay to explore this lovely peninsula.You pass Inch Strand where ancient red cliffs lead down to a sandy spit going far out into the sea. This was one of the entrances to Tir na Oge, the land of eternal youth of the legend of Niamh and Ossian., It was also used in the film Ryan’s Daughter, which you should see on DVD before travelling. Here also is Annascul, where John Crean lived, an Antarctic explorer with Shackleton. Coming on towards Dingle the road winds along the coast, past the ruins of Minard Castle.
The Dingle Peninsula has been inhabited for almost 6,000 years. The first settlers on the peninsula were nomadic hunters and gatherers who foraged on the coast for their food. Later Stone Age man and Bronze Age man were to build their tombs, erect their standing stones, and toil the land for the first time. The Celtic population arrived in the couple of hundred years before the birth of Christ and brought their ancestral goddess "Duibhne", after which the Dingle Peninsula has been named in Gaelic: Corca Dhuibhne, the tribe of Duibhne. In the centuries that followed, the peninsula was to be visited by Vikings, Normans and English.
Overnight at Sheen Falls Lodge
Day 6 The Ring of Kerry and Skellig Michael – helicopter trip
10am. Helicopter tour over The Ring of Kerry and Aerial Flying for the Camera of Skellig Michael for the Epic Scenes of Skellig Michael in Star Wars the force awakens. (To Note - it is not possible to land on the Skelligs for touring purposes).
The Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s Scenic highlight is 120 miles of stunning seaside with the mountains always beside you. Kerry is a land of contrasts - velvet green golf courses, empty golden beaches, rugged cliffs, exotic gardens, wild scenery, unchanged since the ice age, hidden communes of artists & writers, stone age monuments, & fish filled rivers & lakes. When going around the Ring of Kerry be sure to visit St Finian's Bay where the wild fuchsia carpets the countryside & the Skellig Chocolate Company for the best chocolate in the world. A very spiritual place is the shrine in the slate quarry on Valentia Island.
3:40pm Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Non golfers - Afternoon at Leisure.Overnight at Sheen Falls Lodge
Day 7 Private transfer from Sheen Falls Lodge
12pm - Helicopter transfer from Sheen Falls to K Club.
AFTERNOON: Following your insightful Art History tour, there are options for other activities: Horse riding, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting & Clay Pigeon Shooting to be requested.
2pm – Ball booked at the Smurfit golf course, K Club.
7pm. Whiskey Tasting in the Vintage Crop Bar at the K Club.
Private Irish Whiskey Tasting Session.
Discover the Differences and Variations Between
· Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky Bourbons & Rye’s
· Blends V’s Malts
· Vintages V’s Non Vintage
· Casks and the usage of woods
· Island Still, Pot still and Main land whiskeys both Irish & Scotch
· An explanation of the tasting process and what to look for Tasting of 17.5 ml of each of the above
Overnight K Club
Day 8 – Kildare & Wicklow
10am Private Tour at The National Stud Farm: Situated alongside the Japanese Gardens, the world famous National Stud is a must for all bloodstock followers. The Stud consists of 958 acres of land and there are 288 horses in the form of mares, foals and stallions. The Wicklow Way - The countryside of Ireland is a patchwork of many different landscape types, including several mountainous and upland areas. One of the most spectacular of these is in county Wicklow, just south of Dublin, which despite its proximity to the capital contains many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails of which The Wicklow Way is the best known. Click here for more information.
Glendalough - The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthrall visitors from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. Click here for more information.
Dinner booked at K Club restaurant at 7pm.Overnight K Club
Day 9 – Belfast
9am Helicopter transfer from K Club to Belfast. 9:45am Black Cab Tour.
Explore the city of Belfast with a Black Taxi Tour learning about the history and struggle of Northern Ireland. The tour can cover the Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse, the Belfast Peace Wall, the Shankill Road and Falls Road and political wall murals. 1 to 2 hours tour.
Time permitting visit the Titanic Belfast Exhibition - it is a 2-hour visit. Otherwise you can visit it the next day before heading out for your tour. The exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
To The Parliament at Stormont is one of the most striking buildings in Belfast. You can see it from most of the city and the Portland Stone reflects any sunlight that might sneak its way through the usual blanket of clouds above our city.
3pm Titanic Belfast tour.
Transfer to The Merchant Hotel.Overnight at the Merchant Hotel
Day 10 – Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Distillery
10:30am Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge -Take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. This 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Average length of visit 1 hour 30 minutes. Last entry to rope bridge 45 minutes before closing. Guided Tours: If you have a head for heights, a sense of adventure and a love of nature you will enjoy this tour of awe inspiring Carrick-a-rede. Learn about traditional salmon fishing, the wildlife, geology and history of this incredible place.
12pm Visit & private tasting at Old Bushmills Distillery.
1pm Lunch at Bushmill’s Inn
3:30pm Giants Causeway – The Giant’s Causeway, located along the stunning North Antrim Coast, is an area of approximately 40,000 columns, the result of ancient volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Legend tells the story of how the giant Finn McCool created the Causeway as a challenge to his Scottish rival Benandonner. As well as being Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is also a National Nature Reserve and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Dinner booked at The Great Room Restaurant at 7pm.
Overngiht at the Merchant HotelDay 11 Private transfer to Culloden Estate
Private Transfer from the Merchant Hotel to Culloden Estate
Overnight at Culloden Estate
Day 12 Private Transfer to Belfast Airport
Private Transfer from Culloden Estate to Belfast Airport.
v 1 VIP meet and greet and transfer from Dublin Airport to Dublin
v 9 full days with a luxury high touring vehicle (carrying luggage)
v 6 days helicopter transfers/tours
v 9 full days with our top step-on guide
v 1 transfer from Sheen Falls Lodge to Shannon Airport
v 1 transfer from The Merchant to Belfast Airport
v 1 transfer from The Merchant to Culloden Estate
v 1 transfer from Culloden Estate to Belfast Airport
Accommodation Includes breakfast, service & tax
v 1 night Dublin The Merrion
v 2 nights Mayo Ashford Castle
v 3 nights Kenmare Sheen Falls Lodge
v 2 nights Kildare K Club
v 2 nights Belfast The Merchant Hotel
v 1 night Belfast The Culloden Estate