7 Day Private Irish Castle Tour Itinerary
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Your driver-guide will meet you at Dublin Airport, where your incredible seven-day castle tour of Ireland will begin. They will help you with your bags and escort you to your luxury tour vehicle before taking you on a short city tour on the way to your accommodation in Dublin where you can drop your bags and refresh after your flight.
When you’re ready, your driver-guide will take you to your first castle of the tour in the heart of the Island’s capital: Dublin Castle.
Once you’ve had a chance to explore the castle’s grounds and learn tales of its fascinating history, we’ll head to the famous Trinity College - where you will be able to see the Book of Kells.
In the evening, you’ll have the chance to take advantage of Dublin’s vibrant nightlife culture and visit some of the city’s excellent range of restaurants and bars before returning to your accommodation for a well-earned rest ahead of day two!
Day two of your custom castle tour of Ireland starts with a visit to one of the country’s premier historic sites: Rock of Cashel.
One of the country’s most visited attractions, Rock of Cashel offers visitors a chance to experience a simply astounding collection of Celtic art and ancient architecture.
In the afternoon, you and your driver-guide will travel to King John’s Castle in Limerick. Originally constructed back in 1200, King John’s Castle is perhaps the best-preserved Norman castle in the whole of Europe.
Once you’ve had a chance to explore the castle, you and your driver-guide will take a quick tour of Limerick - a fascinatingly historic town full of medieval heritage - before settling at your accommodation for the night.
On the morning of day three, we’ll travel to County Kerry and Killarney National Park to find Ross Castle sitting proudly amongst the McGillycuddy’s Reeks.
The drive to Ross Castle is almost as beautiful as the castle itself, allowing you to experience rural Ireland at its very best.
Once you’ve finished exploring the castle and grounds, we’ll drive to Bunratty Castle - one of Ireland’s most famous castles. Step back in time and see what life was like back in the 15th-16th centuries and explore this vast tower house.
Nearby, you’ll find the Bunratty Castle Hotel - your accommodation for night three of your castle tour.
On the morning of day four, we’ll leave Bunratty Castle Hotel and drive to Dunguaire Castle on the shores of Galway Bay.
This incredible 16th Century construction is famed for hosting meetings of literary revivalists such as Edward Martin, George Bernard Shaw, J.M. Synge, and W.B. Yeats.
In the afternoon, your driver-guide will take you on a tour of the incredible Cliffs of Moher before driving to Galway and arriving at your accommodation for the night.
Galway has a wide range of excellent dining options, pubs, and bars for you and your group to choose from in the evening.
Day five starts as you and your driver-guide leave Galway en route to Castle Saunderson.
Dating to the 14th century, Castle Saunderson was the former seat of the Saunderson family. Although the building now is inhabitable, it still offers visitors an incredible chance to look back into Irish history and the families who lived and thrived in this area.
In the afternoon, we’ll travel north to Derry/Londonderry - the walled city - where you’ll spend the night after exploring the city and learning of its fascinating past.
Today we’ll leave Derry/Londonderry and travel to Glenveagh Castle - a large castellated Mansion House in County Donegal - before driving to County Antrim and the northern coast to visit Dunluce Castle.
Dunluce Castle is a now-ruined castle sitting on the edge of a basalt outcropping, recently made famous for features in HBO’s hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ as the setting for Castle Greyjoy.
If we have time left in the day, you may want to visit the nearby town of Bushmills to visit the town’s famous Irish Whiskey Distillery, before driving to Belfast to settle into your accommodation for the night.
On the morning of your final day on tour with us, we’ll start the day by visiting St George’s Market in Belfast for some local food before traveling to and exploring Belfast Castle.
Depending on the time of your outward flight, we may have time to visit various other tourist attractions in the North, such as the Titanic Museum, Carrick-a-Rede, and Giants Causeway before returning you to Dublin Airport.
Alas, all good things must eventually come to an end: your driver-guide will escort you and your group to the check-in desk and wish you a safe onward journey; brining your immersive castle tour will come to an end… until next time that is.
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