Irelands Culture and Food 10 Day Trip

PLEASE NOTE: The price quoted includes Bed & Breakfast in a B&B. To upgrade to a hotel please select the option in the drop down. If you do not see a tour to suit your requirements please see the Tailor Made Tour options where we can create your ideal tour.
€995.00

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Irelands Culture and Food 10 Day Trip
  • Car hire for 5 Days
  • Accommodation for 4 nights
  • Guided tours:
    • Introduction walk to Cork Food,
    • Guided  Cork Whiskey Walk
    • Food and culture of the Lee,  
    • Artisan Slow Food Tour of West Cork,
    • Clonakilty Market Tour
    • Option - sea weed foraging

Hotels - 4-5 Star

Superior Hotels in  Historical buildings or grand houses, in beautiful locations and with excellent service.Some have a gym and/or pool attached. Please advise us if this is essential to you or if you wish to have a spa session booked for you.  In many cases they have a well known restaurant attached. Please advise us if you would like  a meal booked.    

B&B - 3 Star Hotel to B&B

This type of property could be a hotel without the charm of the superior property or be a Bed and Breakfast in a family home. This is the basic rate for all packages and the superior accommodation is charged at a higher rate.      

Self Catering- Superior Self Catering 4 Star

In some places and for larger numbers of people we can arrange self-catering. For walkers we can offer camping pods on a farm adjacent to a walking route  or for those who would like more comfort the superior self catering property can be booked with breakfast included, often in scenic areas.     

Activities which include walking are graded into 5 categories based on fitness level needed for that activity. These are the grades determined by the Irish National Trails Office. Please confirm you have attained that level of fitness before booking an activity.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

1 Multi Access
Flat smooth trails suitable for all people, including those with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, older people, visually impaired and those on crutches.

2 Easy
Generally flat trails with a smooth surfaces and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. Generally suitable for family groups including children and the elderly. Footwear must be enclosed outdoor footwear.

3 Moderate
These may have some climbs and an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. They are appropriate for people with a  moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended.  

4 Strenuous
Physically demanding trails which have some steep climbs for long periods (over 1 hour) while the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles. Suitable for people used to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Outdoor walking footwear and clothing is required.

5 Very Difficult
These routes are mainly in remote upland areas. They typically include steep slopes and very variable and rough underfoot conditions on trails which may be indistinct. Suitable only for very fit and competent  mountain walkers with experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required.

Day 1  Mon

Arrive into Dublin Irelands Capitol.  In the afternoon  choose what to visit in the capitol city. Choose Dublin Castle, the famous Guiness Storehouse, a Distillery Tour, Trinity College with its Book of Kells or the EPIC Emigration Museum. Option to take a Dublin History Tour with Music at each stop.

Day 2 Tue

Collect your car and drive to Kilkenny, stopping at the Avoca craft shop on the way, Tour of Kilkenny and Castle. Lunch at the Famous Kilkenny Design to take the food and view artisan  crafts made locally . Drive to Cashel along country lanes to see the Rock of Cashel via Fethard ( 1 hrs drive). Option to call to the famous McCarthy's Bar and Equine Museum in Fethard. 

Day 3  Wed

Start the day at Cahir Castle to see a renovated 15th Century Castle. Visit a Thatch Cottage restaurant for lunch and Donerale Court, where the first steeplechase took place. Take a Slice of Cork Guided  Food Tour with includes the famous English Market in the afternoon. Drive to visit Blarney Castle and have a meal at an award-winning local restaurant serving local produce. Spend the night in Cork city

Day 4  Thurs

Take a Slice of Cork Guided  Food Tour with includes the famous English Market hear the story of food production of Cork past and presen with optional lunch serving the famous local dishes.Drive  to Kinsale Ireland’s Gourmet Capitol, wintering the ancient lanes and eating in one of the excellent restaurants.

Day 5 Fri

Travel along the lanes of the Wild Atlantic Way with its many artisan producers. See Old Head of Kinsale where the Lusitania memorial is , or take a boat trip to see the abundant nature off the area. The pretty market town of  Clonakilty  was home to  Micheal Collins museum, with  lots of beaches and is famous for its seafood. Visit the Country Market on (Friday morning’s only) with a local guide. Continue along the lanes to see the Drombeg Stone Circle and spend the night in West Cork. You may wish to visit one of the offshore islands of Sherkin or Cape Clear and spend an extra day in this area

Day 6

Drive to Ireland’s most southerly point at Mizen Head and stop for fresh food at a pub overlooking the water. Drive along the lanes to Sheep's Head and Beara. Visit a distillery which makes a local gin and enjoy the views of the unspoilt Beara headland. Why not take a ferry to see an island pub which has not changed in centuries or Garnish Island with its famous sub-tropical gardens.

Day 7

Travel to Kenmare  with an optional Food Tour of the town. Travel to Killlarney town  or the  Ring of Kerry with the Skelligs Ring with its dramatic scenery. Option to take a  boat trip around Skellig Rock, where the Start Wars films were filmed. Great to see the birdlife and sea-life of the area. Make sure to stop at Skellig Chocolate Shop and the pub here Luke Skywalker learned to pour a pint of Guinness! Drive on to Dingle where you can relax overlooking the sea and eat in great local restaurants. Option to take a guided  evening walk around Dingle Town. 

Day 8

Visit the local  award winning Dingle Dstillery and take a leisurely drive around Sea Head. Option to visit the uninhabited Blasket Island and  centre on the mainland in Dunquin.  Drive the narrow lanes of the Connor pass to Tralee, famous for its Rose Festival.

Day9

Drive the coast to the river Shannon, taking the ferry to  Co Claire by Ferry. Spend the day in the Burren visiting food producers, see the Cliffs of Moher with optional visits to a Goat Cheese Farm and a Smoked Salmon Factory.You may choose to eat in the only pub in Ireland with a Michelin Star in Listoonvarna or go hear music playing at Doolan. 

Day 10

Drive along the Coast to Galway and take a guided walk around the city which will be Gourmet Capitol of Europe in 2020. You may choose to drive into the wilds of Connemara for the day and return to Galway in the evening to enjoy this lively city. 

11

Drive to Shannon or Dublin for your flight home