From Dublin: 5-Day Tour of Ireland's South-East

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Discover Ireland's South East: Rich history, scenic coasts, and charming towns await in this region of cultural treasures and natural beauty.

Highlights

  • Kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and maybe gain the 'gift of gab'
  • Discover a hidden-away abbey in the beautiful valley of Glendalough
  • It’s a castle, a Neolithic site, a chapel, and an incredible view.

Description

Day One Your first stop is the Rock of Dunamase, a Celtic fort with tales of early Christian settlements and Viking invasions in 842. Enjoy free time to explore this historical marvel. Head south to Cashel, where the iconic Rock of Cashel perches dramatically on limestone, showcasing medieval grandeur. Explore colossal structures and the hauntingly beautiful Hore Abbey, remnants of Ireland's last medieval Cistercian monastery. Continue to Blarney Castle for woodland walks and a chance to kiss the iconic Blarney Stone. As the afternoon sun bathes the southern Cork coastline, Kinsale, a charming fishing village, welcomes you. Immerse yourself in its narrow lanes, colorful houses, and lively pubs during a leisurely evening. Day Two Start the day with a photo stop at the invigorating Old Head of Kinsale. Explore Ireland's ancient mysteries at the Drombeg Stone Circle, the Druid's Altar, and a Stone Age megalithic tomb. Each site bears witness to Ireland's ancient mysteries and sacred history. Head to Mizen Head, the Wild Atlantic Way's south-westerly point, capturing the raw beauty of the wild Atlantic Ocean and crossing the iconic bridge to explore the Signal Station. You conclude the day in Bantry Town's beautiful harbour setting. Wander quirky shops, meet locals, and visit Bantry House & Gardens, reminiscent of continental 'palazzos.' Return to picturesque Kinsale for another night. Day Three Discover the grandeur of Charles Fort, a star-shaped military installation steeped in Irish history. Next, immerse yourself in the heart and soul of Irish whiskey with a tour of Midleton Distillery Cork (formerly Jameson). And embark on a culinary journey in the beautiful town of Cobh, offering free time for exploration. The night unfolds in Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, with a scenic coastal route featuring flexible photo stops. Enjoy the mystery of unexpected sights, perhaps at Bunmahon Beach or Tankardstown Copper Mine. Day Four Marvel at Jerpoint Abbey's Cistercian wonders, its Romanesque and Gothic remnants echoing through time. Dive into Kilkenny, a city blending modernity with medieval charm. An interactive tour at Smithwick’s Experience offers insights into the 18th-century brewery. With ample free time, explore shops, restaurants, museums, and the grandeur of Kells Priory, revealing medieval military prowess. Return to Waterford for a night of exploration, dining, and merriment. Day Five Venture to New Ross, home to the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic 1840s emigrant vessel offering insights into the famine experience. Continue to the renowned Glendalough Monastic Site, where serene lakes and ancient ruins provide a historical pilgrimage. Conclude your journey with a visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens. Marvel at stunning views, landscaped gardens, and ornamental lakes, wrapping up your tour as you head back to Dublin.

Includes

4-nights en-suite B+B/guesthouse accommodation with breakfast Admission to Midleton (Formerly Jameson) Whiskey Distillery Transportation by a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach Driver Guide

Important Information

  • The minimum age for participation in this activity is 5 years old.
  • A maximum of 20kg(44lbs)of luggage is allowed per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

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