Pre-Tour - March 10th - Arrive into Dublin International Airport and make your way to our Dublin Airport
Hotel.
You will have the day to rest up and get adjusted to the time change before the tour start the following day.
Overnight near Dublin International.

Day 1 - March 11th, 2021
- This morning we will meet at our accommodation near Dublin International, but our
journey starts south of the city when we visit
Glendalough Monastic Settlement. For thousands of years people have
been drawn to 'the valley of the two lakes' for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife.
Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. Our drive will then take is
through the beautiful
Wicklow Mountains National Park to Roundwood, one of the highest elevated village in
Ireland. We will stop for lunch here before we continue on to
Browne's Hill Dolmen, an ancient burial tomb which has the
biggest capstone in Europe, weighing 100 tons. The capstone rests on two portal stones, a door stone and a prostrate slab.
The
Dolmen or Cromlech is a type of pagan sepulchral monument.  We then make the short drive to Kilkenny where we
will get settled into our accommodation before dinner.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight Kilkenny. (B,L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we will journey south of Kilkenny to Waterford and Waterford Crystal where we will have a tour
of the factory. The guided tour will take us through the home of
Waterford Crystal’s Manufacturing Facility. During
the factory tour we will hear and see in detail exactly how their stunning crystal is made. Their
Master Craftsmen will
demonstrate the traditional methods that are still used to this day and you will learn all about crystal making from modern
day back to their beginnings in 1783. After some shopping in the showroom we will make our way into
Waterford Town
Centre for Afternoon Tea
. Waterford, a seaport, is the country’s oldest city. It was founded by the Vikings in 914 AD
and parts of its ancient walled core remain. After tea you will want to wander about and even visit
Reginald’s Tower, a an
over 1000 year old fortification that houses the
Waterford Museum of Treasures displaying local archaeological finds.
We then return to Kilkenny where you can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight near Kilkenny. (B,L)

Day 3 -
This morning we take some time to investigate Ireland's Loveliest Inland Village of Kilkenny. While here
we will visit
Kilkenny Castle. Built in the 1190's, Kilkenny Castle was occupied right up to 1935. High spots of the tour
include the library, the wood-paneled dining room and the Chinese bedroom. This afternoon we are off to
Jerpoint Abbey,
one of the finest
Cistercian Ruins in Ireland. Built in 1160, the fortified medieval complex flourished until the dissolution
of the Monasteries in 1539.  In the transept chapels the visitor can see 13th to 16th century tomb sculpture. The tower and
cloister date from the 15th century. The chief delight of the Abbey is the sculptured cloister arcade with unique carvings. We
also visit
Kells Priory, an Augustinian Priory which is probably the largest and most magnificent of all Ireland's
monastic sites. Dating back to 1193 it is steeped in an history involving, among others,
Normans, Welsh, an invasion,
Henry VIII, and a Baron. Dinner and Overnight near Kilkenny. (B,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we journey westward to Killarney. On the way we stop in County Tipperary for a visit to Cahir
and Cahir Castle
. Superbly set on a rocky island in the River Suir, this impressive fifteenth-century castle - the largest of
its period in Ireland - was considered impregnable until the advent of the heavy cannon. We then take a spectacular drive
through the
Glen of Aherlow a country valley, which lies between the Slievenamuck Ridge and the main Galtee
Mountain Range
. We will experience some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. After stopping for Afternoon
Tea
, we visit Cashel and the Rock of Cashel. Cashel with its well preserved ecclesiastical remains, is one of Ireland's
spectacular landmarks, rising above the surrounding plain and dominating the land route southwards. There is a 13th
century cathedral, 12th century round tower and my favourite place on the rock, the
Chapel of King Cormac. We then
arrive into Killarney to get settled into our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
We will be spend the day on the Inveragh Peninsula better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. Popular stops include
Derrynane House, ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman, and one of the great figures
in modern Irish history. Many relics of O’Connell’s life and career are preserved in Derrynane House, but the house is more
than just a museum. Derrynane was one of the great influences on Daniel O’Connell’s life being his own childhood home and,
throughout his career, his country residence. Next on the agenda is
Staigue Fort, one of the largest and finest ring forts you
are likely to see in Ireland. It stands on a low hill in an amphitheatre of rugged hills open to the sea on the south. We then
stop in the lovely village of
Sneem where you can find some lunch before visiting the Kissane Sheep Farm, a traditional,
working sheep farm with approximately 1.000 mountain sheep and hundreds of lambs. We will stop here for a
Sheepdog
Demonstration
. We are out to dinner in Killarney this evening. Overnight Killarney. (B,D)

Day 6 -
Our day will start today with a visit to Muchross House, an imposing Victorian Mansion that was built in 1843
and overlooks the spectacular
Lakes of Killarney. Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife,
the water-colourist
Mary Balfour Herbert. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert
family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years.
William Burn, the well-known Scottish
architect, was responsible for its design. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. Following our visit we will
take a
Jaunting Cart trip through the area stopping at the Torc Waterfall before a Traditional Afternoon Tea
followed by a visit to the ruins of
Muckross Abbey. The Abbey was founded for the Observatine Franciscans about
1448 by
Daniel McCarthy Mor and was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries, the three
Gaelic poets,
Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain. Overnight
Killarney. (B,L)

Day 7 - Happy Paddy's Day!
Killarney is a wonderful location to take in the festivities of St. Patrick's Day. Following
breakfast we visit
Ross Castle before starting the festivities with the annual Parade on High Street. Ross Castle is
considered a typical example of the stronghold of an
Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. The date of its foundation is
uncertain but it was probably built in the late 15th century by one of the
O'Donoghue Ross Chieftains. We then make
our way to the
High Street of Killarney for Lunch at the Laurels before the parade. After the parade we will find a
pub to settle into for an
Afternoon Session of Traditional Music. We'll have our Paddy's Day Dinner at my
favourite Killarney restaurant and then journey to
Danny Mann's Pub, a well known music pub in Killarney. We'll take
in a bit of live music at Danny Mann's and then many of the pubs offering
Traditional Music Sessions. Stay out as late
as you like!
Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 8 -
We will have a leisurely morning and then head out to the Dingle Peninsula. A drive around Dingle reveals
fascinating antiquities ranging from
Iron Age Stone Forts to Inscribed Stones, early Christian Oratories and
Beehive Huts
. Stops include Dunbeg Fort, Slea Head, Ballyferriter, Kilmalkedar and Gallarus Oratory
Drystone Church
. The Gallarus Oratory was built and used by local farmers of the area at an early date, estimates of
which generally range from the 6th century to the 9th century. Built in the
Iron Age, Dunbeg Fort is an impressive and
elaborate example of a promontory fort. Its location makes it one of the most dramatic archaeological sites on the Dingle
Peninsula. It is built on a sheer cliff which projects South into Dingle Bay, at the base of
Mount Eagle on the Slea Head
Road
. We will stop in Dingle for Afternoon Tea before some free time in this attractive fishing village. We then return to
home to Killarney where you can find dinner.
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way north to Bunratty with a few stops along the way including the Lovely Village
ofPAdare
with its main street lined with enchanting thatched roof cottages and shops! Billed as Ireland’s Prettiest
Village
Adare, founded in the 13th century, abounds with a rich history and a strong heritage, which remain ever present in
its monuments, its thatched cottages, its streets and its people. We then make our way to
Bunratty and Bunratty Castle
and Folk Park
. The Folk Park is a meticulous recreation of rural life at the end of the 19th century. After exploring the
park and this
15th Century Formidable Castle we stop in Limerick for Afternoon Tea before getting checked into
our accommodation where you can explore the wee village of Bunratty and do some shopping.
Traditional Irish Music
Night and Dinner at Bunratty Castle this evening. Overnight Bunratty. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we head further north and into the The Burren, a unique botanical environment in which
Mediterranean and Alpine Plants
rare to Ireland, grow side by side. There are more than 700 species of flowering
plants here, roughly three-quarters of Ireland’s native flora. While in the Burren we visit the
Burren Perfumery. The
flowers of the Burren inspired the original
Perfumery Fragrances of Man of Aran, Ilaun, Frond and Fraoch. While
in the Burren we will also visit the
Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb. The dolmen consists of a twelve foot, thin, slab-
like, tabular capstone supported by two slender portal stones, which support the capstone. It is truly magnificent! In the
southern part of  the Burren, limestone gives away to black shale and sandstone to form the dramatic
Cliffs of Moher. Even
when shrouded in mist, the Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking, rising to a height of 650 feet out of the sea and extending for 5
miles. We then continue to our accommodation in
Clifden in the Connemara Region where we find dinner waiting.  
Overnight Clifden. (B,D)

Day 11 -
As we head even further north today we will explore the Connemara and Kylemore Abbey and Victorian
Walled Garden.
Enjoy the Abbeys beautifully restored period rooms and learn about its history of tragedy, romance,
education, and spirituality. Explore Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal flower,
vegetable and herb gardens.
Discover Woodland and Lakeshore Walks that will take you on a beautiful journey
through the 1,000-acre estate. The beautiful
Neo-Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the
Mausoleum where the original owners
Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Our next stop this
afternoon is the
Ceide Fields, a neolithic site in County Mayo that contains the oldest known stone walled fields in the
world, dating back nearly 6,000 years. Thousands of years ago, our
Stone Age Ancestors constructed houses, walls and
fields that created an early farming community complete with megalithic tombs while the mighty
Atlantic Ocean gently
lapped and vigorously pounded up against the cliffs below. Then a half a mile of avenue meandering through mature parkland
brings us to the Georgian Manor House we are staying in for the next 3 nights.
Dinner and Overnight near Sligo. (B,D)

Day 12 -
As we have taken over this entire Luxury Country House here in county Sligo, the first part of the day will be
spent here in the house and its
Private Estate of over 1,000 Acres. The house overlooks a 13th Century Lakeside
Castle of the Knights Templar.
The Perceval Family home since 1665, the present manor was redesigned in 1864
and enjoys the authentic and unpretentious luxury country house atmosphere. With 1,200 acres of gardens, farm, lake and
parkland at your disposal, as well as the house itself, there is a wealth of space in which to relax and play. In the afternoon
The Scottish Dream Tours team will
Prepare Afternoon Tea before a trip into Sligo. Nestled between majestic
Benbulben Mountain to the north, ancient Knocknarea Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, beautiful
Lough Gill to the east, and the rugged Ox Mountains to the south, Sligo is one of the most picturesque places in all of
Ireland. The town straddles the
Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and
rugged countryside. Ruined medieval
Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar. Sligo County Museum
displays memorabilia of local poet
W.B. Yeats, paintings and Stone Age Artefacts. You will be able to find some dinner
in Sligo before we return home.
Overnight near Sligo. (B,L)

Day 13 -
Today will be spent visiting ancient sites around Sligo. The Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is the second
largest
Cemetery of Megalithic Tombs in Europe and is among Ireland's oldest. Archaeologists have found over 65
tombs, stone circles, passage graves and standing stones. The site is thought to be over 700 years older than the spectacular
Newgrange, which was built in 3200BC. Our next stop is  
Carrowkeel Megalithic Hilltop Tomb, a beautifully situated
megalithic hill top passage tomb cemetery consisting of 14 passage cairns. This afternoon we have
Afternoon Tea in Sligo
before visiting
Knocknarea and Queen Maeve's Cairn. This 1100 foot high mountain totally dominates the Cuil Irra
Peninsula
. Sitting proudly on top is Queen Maeve's Cairn, a neolithic passage tomb. The cairn is 180 feet wide by 32 feet
high and has never been excavated. It is quite a hike to the top, but everyone who has navigated it has been so glad they did
as the views are spectacular! We then return to our accommodation for a
Light Buffet Supper. Dinner Overnight near
Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we head further north to Derry with a stop in Donegal to visit Donegal Castle. Built by an
O'Donnell Chieftain in the 15th Century, beside the River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by
Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout and includes Persian Rugs and French Tapestries. Information
panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the
O'Donnell Chieftains to the Brooke Family. Lunch in
Donegal
before we visit Derry City where we will take a tour of the Walls of Derry. Derry is the only remaining
completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of
Walled Cities in Europe. We will see Bogside, the
Peoples Gallery (Murals) the Bloody Sunday Story, the History of the Apprentice Boys and the Marching
Season Traditions
. After taking in the walls we will visit St. Columb's Cathedral, the city's oldest building having been
completed in 1633. We will have a tour of the building and then make our way to the
Guild Hall where a tour of the building
reveals
23 Stained Glass Windows that tell the story of the city, the Guildhall Clock which was designed as a replica of
‘Big Ben’ in London and was the largest of its kind in Ireland and a time capsule buried under the building when the
foundation stone was laid in 1887 was recently uncovered.
Dinner and Overnight Northern Ireland. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
This morning we take in the Giants Causeway and the Causeway Coast. First stop is Dunluce Castle, a 14th
century castle which is located dramatically close to a headland that plunges straight into the sea, along the
North Antrim
Coast
, and was the headquarters of the MacDonnell Clan. Next we visit the Giants Causeway where 37,000 Basalt
Columns
extend from the cliffs and out into the sea. Long ago, Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity the larger
fissures, through which the lava flowed, can be clearly seen as bands of dark rock which cut down the cliff faces and jut out to
sea. There were three periods of volcanic activity which resulted in the flows, known as the
Lower, Middle and Upper
Basalts
. It is the Middle Basalts Rocks which forms the columns of the Giants Causeway. The rapidly cooling lava
contracted and variations in the cooling rate resulted in the world famous columnar structure. No matter how many times I
have seen this, the sheer wonder and magic of the columns never fails to impress! Next we take in the ruins of
Dunseverick
Castle. King Dunsobairce of Ireland
built a fortress here in 1525BC to rule the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada and the
location is named after him. After taking in more of this spectacular coastline, we return home.
Overnight Northern
Ireland. (B,L)

Day 16 -
This morning we start our journey south with a visit to Cookstown to visit the Beaghmore Stone Circles.
Beaghmore, "the moor of the birches", was first uncovered in 1945 when 1269 stones were uncovered.  Further work in 1965
revealed a total of seven circles, six of which are paired, along with many cairns, some of which have associated stone rows.
After
Lunch in Newry we head further south to visit the Hill of Tara. Tara was the political and spiritual center of Celtic
Ireland
and the Seat of High Kings until the 11th century. Sitting on top of the King's Seat was the most famous of
Tara's monuments,
Ireland's Ancient Coronation Stone. 142 Kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and
historic times. In
Ancient Irish Religion and Mythology, Temair was the sacred place of dwelling of gods, and the
entrance to the otherworld.
Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its
most powerful site. We then head further south to our accommodation near Dublin to get checked in before a
Farewell
Dinner. Dinner Overnight near Dublin. (B,D)

Day 17 - March 27th -
We return you to the Dublin International Airport for the journey home.
A Spring Time Adventure in Ireland with
St. Patrick's in Killarney
featuring Castles, Abbeys, Cathedrals, Pubs and Afternoon Tea!
March 11th - 27th, 2021
Included is a full Irish breakfast each morning and all meals as indicated in itinerary.  
All accommodations. We try to show you as many different kinds of accommodations
as possible so you may stay in manor house, a farmhouse, an old coaching inn and a
small hotel all on the same visit! Guided minibus tour with luggage handling. All
sightseeing including any entrance fees. Tour guide for all venues. All taxes and
service charges.

$6795US per person. $1195 Single Supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve. Please read our terms and conditions
prior to signing up.
"I love visiting the ancient graveyards and tombs of Ireland and I absolutely love
stones, so with stone circles, dolmens, passage tombs and standing stones all
throughout Ireland, I am in stone Heaven! We also have to throw in a castle or two, a
boat cruise, a few abbeys and the Dingle Peninsula. This combined with local
accommodation, pubs and restaurants makes this a very special trip that captures all
that I love about Ireland in a way that takes you among the Irish people to capture
the true feel of the Emerald Isle. Please join us for this incredible journey through the
Irish Countryside for a tour that you will never forget!"
Shannon McDonald Tate
We will visit Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb, Knowth and Dowth Passage
Tombs, the Hill of Tara, Kells Monastery, Beaghmore Stone Circles, the Giants
Causeway and Causeway Coast, the Walls of Derry, Slieve League, Carrowmore
Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowkeel Megalithic Hilltop Tomb, Sligo and Knocknarea and
Queen Maeve's Cairn, Ceide Fields, Killary Harbour Boat Cruise, The Burren,
Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb, the Dingle Peninsula, the ring of Kerry, the Rock of
Cashel, Cahir Castle, Jerpoint Abbey, Kells Priory, Browne's Hill Dolmen and
Glendalough Monastic Site, Dublin with St. Michan's Church and the 900 year old
Brazen Head Pub, Irish Dinner and Show and much more!  
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