Ireland Land Tour 2017
Day 1 October 7th 2017
After everyone’s arrival at Shannon Airport, in County Clare, Ireland we will travel 1 hr 4 mins/76Km south to Springfield castle in Dromcollogher, County Limerick.
We will show you to your room and after lunch Barry will introduce you to your week of adventure before allowing you to obtain some rest. Following dinner which will be served at 6pm for those who can stay up we will be showing a horror movie in the castle at 9pm with popcorn and drinks.
Day 2 October 8th
After a late Breakfast at 10am
Travel 1hr 28 mins/90 Km south to the small coastal town of Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown which has seen its fair share of sea disasters. This was the last place the passengers boarded the Titanic in 1912 and the resting place for many that drowned in the Lusitania disaster on 1915. In 1982, the head of the British Foreign Office’s North America department admitted that there was a large amount of ammunition in the wreck as claimed by the Germans.
At 2pm from Cobh we will board the small ferry to Spike Island, a huge island prison as seen on Ghost Hunters International. It’s a place known to be the haunting spot of the infamous Banshee. Following our tour we return to the mainland at 3.30pm.
With an hour to spare you will be able to explore the small town before joining the Ghost Tour at 5pm at the agreed meeting spot. The Ghost walk of Cobh explores the darker elements of the town and Cork Harbour’s past. Tapping into a rich Irish folklore narrative, tales of the paranormal and ghost hauntings are recounted as visitors are taken along the darkened streets of Cobh. Learn about the spectre of a young Irish emigrant, and the haunting of Pillars Bar and the ghostly cries of a child in a local hotel. The tour finishes with a bloody cocktail.
We travel back to the castle for 8pm dinner
Day 3 October 9th
After7.30am breakfast we travel 1 hr 55 mins/127 Km North-west
Aillwee Cave is the oldest Cave system in Ireland. Expert guides at 11.30am will accompany and inform us during our leisurely tour which consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Unique Cave Features Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos). We will find out about the angels of Aillwee, a phenomenon which has been known to show tall white creatures in this underworld interpreted to be angels, but the truth is far more perturbing.
Travel 1 hr 30 mins 38 Km along coastal route
Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher at 2pm. Standing 702 feet above sea level at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years. Late Lunch at the Puffins Nest coffee shop.
Return to castle for dinner at 7pm
Day 4 October 10th
After 8am breakfast
Travel 1hr 14 mins SW 72 Km to Killarney Town and from there we will travel around the Macgulleycuddy Reeks mountain range for 150 km which stretches a little over 19 km with Irelands highest peak at a little over 3300 feet. As we continue you will be brought up to speed on a story which originated from the middle of the mountain range in a place called Dun Dreach-Fhoula or Castle of tainted blood. This was apparently a fortress guarding a lonely pass. It was, and still is, reputedly inhabited by blood-drinking, shape shifting fairies.
After the ring of the outer mountains we will be heading into them through the picturesque Ballaghbema Gap to the most likely place we would find traits of the shee (Fairy) and stop for lunch at the Cookie Cutter Café in the midst of the mountain range.
After Lunch we will conclude our tour of the mountain range and allow some free time in Killarney town for souvenirs and pictures. 90 mins.
return to Castle for Dinner at 7pm.
Day 5 October 11th
After 9am breakfast
Travel 1hr 8 mins/70Km south to Carrigaphooca Castle. Arriving at 11.00am Carrigaphooca Castle is a ruined four story tower house which was built by Dermot Mor MacCarthy sometime between 1436 and 1451. It undertook major restoration during the 1970’s when a staircase was added to allow better access. It is said to be one of the most haunted castles in Ireland and has a stone circle two fields to the east of the castle.
At 12 noon we will travel east down to Cork City were folks can shop to their hearts are content till 5pm.
Leave for the castle for Dinner at 7pm
Day 6 Oct12th
After 9.30am Breakfast
Travel into Limerick city at 11am and visit the castle of King John for a very informative 2 hour historical and interactive tour of the castles history. Visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at the brand new visitor experience at King John’s Castle. Enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval Limerick and let touch screen technology connect you to tales of siege and warfare.
At 3pm travel to Bunratty Folk Park and Castle where everywhere is open for you to explore! You will be charmed as you visit the farm houses and cottages and watch the tasks of rural Irish families. Make sure you see the baking of the griddle bread next to the fire and tasting it hot with fresh creamery butter.
We will tour Bunratty Castle which stands was in origin a Viking trading camp built back in 970AD. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Robert De Muscegros, a Norman, built the first defensive fortress (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) in 1250. His lands were later granted to Thomas De Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. About this time Bunratty became a large town of 1,000 inhabitants.
At 5:30pm you will be transported back in time to dine “Medieval Style”. The dining entertainment will be provided by world renowned entertainers and is a fitting compliment to a mead reception, a four course feast, and of course good wine.
Return to Castle
Day 7 October 13
After a 9.30am breakfast we depart the castle for a leisurely drive to Adare. It is known as Ireland’s prettiest village. We will step back in time and take a journey through the historical exhibition (based in the Adare Heritage Centre), a reconstruction of Adare’s unique past from the arrival of the Norman’s to the ancient abbeys of the middle-ages.
We will then travel to Askeaton and its infamous Hellfire Club. The medieval village was once a stronghold of the Munster Geraldines, the Anglo-Norman Earls of Desmond. Hellfire Club dating back to the 17th Century and the ruins of the well preserved 14th Century Franciscan Friary are also special features of the village. Here you will be free to obtain lunch in establishments of your choice.
Day 8 October 14
Leave for airport.
Cost is $2599 (Approx. £2042) which includes all excursions and most meals. . Does not include flights.
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