Day 1 - April 1st - You will be met at Dublin International Airport but our first adventure will be north of the city
visiting the
Megalithic Passage Tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. The tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200
BC. The kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly
decorated with megalithic art. The
Great Mound at Knowth was built over 5000 years ago, probably after the
construction of Newgrange and before the construction of Dowth. The Great Mound at Knowth is similar in size to
Newgrange and is surrounded by 18 smaller satellite mounds. We will have
Lunch in Donore before visiting 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.
Dinner and Overnight near Kells. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we visit Kells Monastic Site. Kells or Ceanannus Mór was an important monastic settlement
founded by
St. Columba. The famous "Book of Kells" was kept here. A Round Tower, High Crosses and St.
Columba's House
are important remains on the site. We then make our way to Loughcrew Cairns. Possibly the oldest
cemetery in the world, it tells of Ireland’s neolithic cultures, shrouded in myth and mystery.  The tombs are located on three
different hills with the largest of the three having a
Vernal and Autumunal Equinox. In a landscape of inspiring beauty
and intriguing history, the cairns form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The Cairns are megalithic structures
originally built about 4000BC as burial chambers
. We will then stop in Monagahan for you to find some lunch. After a
wee wander around town we make our way further north to the
Beaghmore Stone Circles. Discovered during peat
cutting in the 1940s the site at Beaghmore consists of 7 stone circles. All of the rings are associated with cairns and a stone
row that runs towards these cairns. I think what I like most about the site is the complete mystery that surrounds it! We
then make our way to our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Northern Ireland. (B,D)

Day 3 -
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 4 -
This morning we head west to Derry as we make our way toward Sligo. While here in the city 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. The Walls were built during the period of 1613-1618 by the honourable Irish Society as defences for
early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland. After some free time to wander the city and find some lunch,
we head toward
County Donegal and Slieve League through lovely wee villages and spectacular countryside. These
mountain tops on the
Atlantic Coast of County Donegal stand almost 2000 feet above the sea which makes them
Ireland's
Highest Sea Cliffs. Although less famous than the Cliffs of Moher, Slieve League's cliffs reach almost three times
higher. Our journey will then take us south to Sligo and once in Sligo we will get settled into our accommodation before
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -
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 visit
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.
We then return to our accommodation for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
Our first stop this morning 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. We will find some lunch before
our next adventure at
Killary Harbour to take a boat journey on Ireland's only Fjord! On this 90 minute journey we
simply sit on deck and watch the wild and beautiful
Connemara scenery pass by. If we are lucky, a school of dolphins may
come to join us for a time! We then head further south to our overnight accommodation near
Clifden. Dinner and
Overnight near Clifden, Connemara. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning on our way south we visit 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 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 near Shannon.
Traditional Irish Music Night and Dinner at Bunratty Castle this
evening.
Overnight Shannon. (B,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we head south toward Killarney with a stop in Adare, an architectural wealth of scenic beauty,
Adare's main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries, ruins and a picturesque village park.
It is often billed as
Ireland's Loveliest Village with all its thatched roof cottages lining the main street. We will stop for
Afternoon Tea along the way and then we are off to the lovely town of Killarney for dinner on your own. Killarney is a
wonderful stopping off point for both the
Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. It is also a lovely wee town all on its
own with lots to see, do and discovee as is at the heart of the very beautiful and spectacular
Southwest of Ireland. Also
known as
‘The Town in the Park’, Killarney town is surrounded by 26,000 acres of National Parkland, including three
stunning lakes. It is full of lively pubs and great places to take in some traditional music. You will have plenty of time this
afternoon and evening to take in all its delights.
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 9 -
Today we take in the wilds of 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. We will stop at the
Gallarus Oratory Drystone Church. Gallarus Oratory was built between the seventh and eight century and is the best
preserved early
Christian Church in Ireland. It represents the apogee of drystone corbelling, using techniques first
developed by Neolithic tomb makers. We will also stop in
Kilmalkedar and its 12th Century Romanesque Church.
Many of the features which typify
Irish Romanesque Architecture are present. Inside the church is the alphabet stone
with both 6th Century Latin writing and an inscribed cross. A number of interesting objects are located outside of the church,
including a tall
Ogham Burial Stone. We will enjoy some free time in the attractive fishing port village of Dingle before we
return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
We will be spend today 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 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 before ending up in
Kenmare, the Lace and Gourmet Capitol of Ireland. It is also home to the Shrubberies Stone Circle which
we will visit before a Pub Dinner.  We then return home to Killarney for dinner.
Overnight Killarney. (B,D)

Day 11 -
This morning we journey eastward toward Tipperary and 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.  Next 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 the
Chapel of
King Cormac
. We then make our way to Kilkenny for an evening out on your own. Kilkenny is home to more than 80
pubs.
Overnight Kilkenny. (B,L)

Day 12 -
This morning we take some time to investigate Ireland's loveliest inland village of Kilkenny. While here you may
want to 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 Kilkenny. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
On our way north toward Dublin today we visit 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. 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 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. We then make the short drive to
Ireland's
Capitol City
where you can find some dinner on your own. Overnight Dublin. (B,L)

Day 14 -
Our morning in Dublin will start with a tour of the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology where we
will find artefacts dating from 7000BC to the 20th Century exhibited in seven galleries. This will help put into perspective all
that we have seen over the past two week. After our tour we will
Lunch at the Brazen Head which is the oldest pub in
Dublin dating back to 1198. After lunch we will visit
St. Michan's Church. The site dates back to 1095 but the present
building dates to 1685. The main attraction lies in the vaults underneath the church. On either side of a tunnel lined with
limestone and mortar, extend long narrow galleries for the placing of coffins. The most visited, a soldier having returned
from the Crusades
. It is thought that rubbing his hand will bring good luck. You will have a bit of free time before gathering
for a
Farewell Dinner and Irish Show. Overnight Dublin. (B.L,D)

Day 15 - April 15th -  
This morning we return to Dublin International for the return trip home. (B)
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April 1st - 15th, 2021
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"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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