Day 1 - March 15th - You will arrive into Shannon International Airport, but we then make our way south to
Killarney with our first stop in the charming village of Adare. Billed as Ireland's Loveliest Village, it will charm you
with all its thatched roof cottages lining the main street. We will
Lunch at the Country Market in Castleisland before
continuing on to Killarney. Once we reach Killarney our first stop will be
Muckross House, an imposing Victorian
Mansion
that was built in 1843 and set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close
to the shores of
Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed world wide for their splendour and beauty. The
house was built for
Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert and was designed
by
William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect. We then get checked into our accommodation before a Welcoming
Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (L,D)

Day 2 -
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 to Killarney where you can find some dinner on your own at one of the many places to eat that can be found in
the center of town.
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 3 - 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 Hannigan's Bar  before finding a spot to take in the
local parade. The parade is always great fun and I think just about everyone in the community is involved. After the parade
we will find a pub to settle into for an
Afternoon Session of Traditional Music. We'll then journey to Danny Mann's
Pub
, a well known music pub in Killarney for a Paddy's Day Pub Dinner. We'll take in a bit of live music at Danny Mann's
and the many pubs offering
Traditional Music Sessions throughout the city. Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we make our way to Blarney in County Cork with a first stop in Kenmare, the Lace and
Gourmet Capitol
of Ireland where you will have some time to visit the many shops to be found here. While here we will
visit
The Kenmare Stone Circle. Locally known as 'The Shruberries', this stone circle is probably the largest in SW
Ireland and it is composed of 15 heavy boulders and has a very unique setting with it being right on the edge of town! After
a stop for lunch, we then make our way to
Blarney Castle in County Cork. If the gift of gab has not been bestowed on
you, you may want to kiss the
Blarney Stone. The castle itself sits in spectacular grounds and is well worth a visit along
with the Blarney Woollen Mills Outlet with 3 floors of wonderful shopping. After you have shopped until you dropped we
will get settled into our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Blarney. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we take in a lovely coastal drive from Cork through Youghal, Tramore and then on to
Waterford and eventually to Kilkenny. The first thing we do in Waterford is visit the Waterford Crystal Factory
and Showroom
. The original glass factory was founded in 1783 and June 2010 saw the opening of the new factory where
visitors can follow all stages of production. We will have a tour of the factory and then
Afternoon Tea at the Fitzwilliam
before continuing our journey. On the way to Kilkenny we will stop at
Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown. Jerpoint is one
of the finest Cistercian ruins in Ireland and with its lovely Romanesque details dates back to 1160. In the transept chapels
we 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. This fortified medieval complex flourished until the dissolution
of the Monasteries in the 1500's. We then get checked into our accommodation in Kilkenny where you are spoilt for places
for dinner and over 90 listed pubs!
Overnight Kilkenny. (B,L)

Day 6
- We will visit Kilkenny Castle this morning before making our way to Dublin. 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. We will take a free flow tour of the castle before
Afternoon Tea at the Vintage Tearooms. On our way to
Ireland's Capitol City of Dublin we will stop at Browne's Hill Dolmen which has the biggest capstone in Europe,
weighing 100 tons. It is remarkable to think they were able to maneuver the huge stone into place! The on to Dublin or
Baile Átha Claith in Irish, meaning ‘Town of the Hurdle Ford’, in reference to the original Celtic settlement dating
back to 700 BC on the Liffey’s northern bank. Unfortunately there is absolutely no visible evidence that the
Iron Age Celts
ever arrived here as the city has changed so many times over the centuries. We will check into our accommodation before we
are out to
Dinner and Traditional Music Night. Dinner and Overnight Dublin. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
Following breakfast you will tour the city aboard an Open Top Tour Bus. A ride around th city centre doesn't
reveal much of Dublin’s history from before the middle of the 18th century even with the three 12th-century behemoths
of the Norman occupation –
Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral – which ushered in
800 years of British rule. The city however, is lovely and quite easy to navigate remembering that it is bisected by both the
River Liffey and O'Connell Street. After the tour you will want to spend time shopping on Grafton Street or taking in
Trinity College and the Book of Kells. You may also want to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral or Christ Church
Cathedral.
You can spend the evening taking in more of Dublin, finding a bite to eat at the many wonderful restaurants
and maybe taking in some live music in
Temple Bar. Overnight Dublin. (B)

Day 8 -
This morning's adventure takes us to the North of Ireland. Our first stop of the day is at Newgrange
Megalithic Passage Tomb.
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. I am in complete
awe of this venue and its amazing history. I have visited here many times and it never fails to impress! We then journey as
short way up the road to for
Lunch at Daleys of Donore, a wonderful restaurant and pub. Following lunch we make our
way north to
Northern Ireland to visit the Beaghmore Stone Circles just outside of Cookstown. 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.
Dinner
and Overnight Belfast. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
Today we spend in Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. Your morning will start with a tour of the city
seeing all the sights of the city before having some time in Belfast to find some lunch and do some shopping. You may want
to make a stop at the
Crown Liquor Saloon, a flamboyant Victorian drinking palace and visit some of the wonderful shops
downtown. Other places of interest are
City Hall, The Linen Library, St. Anne's Cathedral and the Titanic
Quarter
where you will have tickets to take in the Titanic Exhibit. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with
multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative
interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of
the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. After a day of investigating the city we will
meet up for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Belfast. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we leave Belfast behind and start our journey to take in the Causeway Coast with stops in the
lovely coastal villages of
Carnlough, Cushendall, Cushendun and Ballintoy on our way to the ruins of Dunseverick
Castle. King Dunsobairce of Ireland
built a fortress here in 1525BC to rule the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the
location is named after him. Although there is very little left to see I love relating the story of the Celts as they made their
way through Ireland, up to Northern Ireland and the Kingdom of Dalriada and eventually across the water to the new
Kingdom of Dalriada in Scotland. After
Lunch at the Smugglers Inn, we will take in more splendors of the Northern
Ireland Coastline
as we visit The Giants Causeway where 40,000 basalt columns extend from the cliffs and into the
sea. No matter how many times I have seen this, the sheer wonder and magic of the columns never fails to impress! We
then make our way further along the coastline to where we find our accommodation and dinner waiting.
Dinner and
Overnight Northern Ireland. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
Our first stop this morning is Walled City of Londonderry. Londonderry’s mighty City Walls may never have
been breached, but throughout the years many of the city’s ancient buildings were destroyed by the many sieges on the city.
While touring the walls we visit one building that amazingly survived the
Siege of Derry is the magnificent St Columb’s
Cathedral.
Built in 1633, the cathedral is the city’s most historic building and is filled with centuries of relics and artifacts.
We then make our way toward
Donegal for Lunch at Lough Eske Castle before we continue to the little border village
of
Belleek where the world famous Belleek Pottery was founded in 1857. We will stop at the Visitors' Centre and Museum
for a tour of the facility. Our journey then takes further on to
Sligo where we find dinner waiting for us after we get checked
into our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we visit the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of
megalithic tombs in Ireland. The tombs are spread out over 1.5 square miles in the shadow of the
Knocknarea and
Misgaun Maeve(the name suggests that it was built for Maeve, the Iron Age queen of Connacht)
with each
monument standing on its own little eminence. We then start our journey south to Galway. Along the way we stop at the
lovely little village of
Cong. First things first, so we stop at Ashford Castle for Afternoon Tea. Cong is most well known
as the filming location for
'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Cong is also known for its
underground streams that connect
Lough Corrib with Lough Mask to the north. At this confluence sits Cong Abbey
f
ounded in 623AD by St. Feichin as a monastery. This site was then chosen by Turlough Mor O Connor, High King
of Connacht and of Ireland
, as the Royal Augustinian Abbey of Cong. The Abbey was built in 1120AD for the
Canons Regular of the Order of St. Augustine. Overnight Galway. (B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we travel through the beautiful Connemara National Park in the heart of Connemara, a
combination of bogland, lakes and mountains. From the rugged
Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through
lake-rich
Roundstone Bog to the Golden Beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in
Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Along the way we visit
Kylemore
Abbey
sheltered by the slopes of the Twelve Bens, this lakeside castle is a romantic, battlemented Gothic Revival
fantasy.
We then make our way to Clifden, framed by the grandeur of the Twelve Bens mountain range. You
can find some lunch before exploring the town. We then return to Galway where you can take some time to investigate the
city before a  
Seafood Dinner at McSwiggans. Overnight Galway. (B,D)

Day 14 -
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. 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 next stop at Dromoland Castle for their famous
Afternoon Tea
which is always a treat! We then journey to 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 the highlight of the day will be a
Medieval Banquet for which the castle is famous! Farewell Banquet Dinner
and Overnight Bunratty. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - March 29th
- Following breakfast we are off to Shannon International Airport for the return home. (B)
I can't think of anywhere I would rather be for St. Patrick's week than in
Ireland and no place I would rather be than in Killarney for St. Patrick's
Day! Join us in a small intimate tour of Ireland limited to just 12 people
for a more personal experience and the chance to take advantage of
accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options not available to larger
groups. With a small tour size we can veer off  the main tourist areas and
get a real feel for these warm wonderful countries. We will not rush you
from venue to venue and each tour is designed to spend as little time on
the minibus as possible. You may find yourself staying in a delightful city
guest house, a warm country house hotel, a fine country farmhouse, a
200 year old coaching inn and even a castle all in the same visit.
15 days in the Republic of Ireland and North Ireland taking in the spectacular Irish
countryside as we celebrate St. Patrick's week featuring Bunratty Castle and Folk Park,
Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, Adare, the Dingle Peninsula, Killarney and Ross
Castle, Kenmare and Shruberries Stone Circle, Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal Factory,
Kilkenny Castle, Jerpoint Abbey, Browne's Hill Dolmen, St. Brigid's Cathedral, Dublin,
Dublin Music Night, Newgrange, Beaghmore Stone Circles, Belfast and the Belfast Titanic
Exhibit, the Causeway Coast and the Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Carrowmore
Megalithic Cemetery, Boyle Abbey, Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, The
Burren, Cliffs of Moher and more!
Full Irish breakfast each morning and all meals as listed in itinerary. All
accommodations. Guided minibus tour with luggage handling. All sightseeing including
any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges. No hidden costs, what you see is what
you get!

$5495US per person double occupancy.
$795US single occupancy supplement.
$500 per person deposit to reserve. Sold Out.  
Scottish Dream Tours Presents
St. Patrick's Castles, Tearooms,
and Pubs Discovery Tour of  Ireland
March 15th - 29th, 2018