House Tour of Ireland featuring
St. Patrick's week in Killarney with castles,
tearooms and pubs, galore!
March 13th - 28th, 2019
The first week will be spent in Killarney Ireland at Killarney Manor House
a large luxurious family owned guest house. In addition to being only a
short stroll to Killarney's world famous National Park, home of the majestic
McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland and the
breathtaking Lakes of Killarney, Valentine house is close to all amenities.
Within minutes stroll of the property you will find a choice of churches,
cathedrals, post office, train station, bus station and all you could wish for in
the evenings with a wealth of Traditional Irish Pubs where you can enjoy
Irish Music and Dance at its finest as well as a host of highly recommended
restaurants to choose from.
While at the house we will spend one day with a drive around the Dingle
Peninsula taking in the Gallarus Oratory Drystone Church and we will also
stop in Kilmalkedar to see its 12th Century Romanesque Church.  We will
spend some time in the attractive fishing port village of Dingle before we
return home for dinner. Another day will be spent on the Ring of Kerry
visiting the Gap of Dunloe and the Bog Village. St. Patrick's Day will be
spent in Killarney taking in the Parade, having some lunch before an
Afternoon Music Session and then a visit to Ross Castle before dinner and
celebrating Paddy's Day! Another day will be spent visiting the Ladies
View, Torc Waterfall and Muchross House and Gardens in  Killarney
National Park.
And then we spend second week at the Old Flax Mill near Coleraine
Northern Ireland.
This stunning flax mill conversion dates from 1786
and sits in a shallow tranquil valley in the townland of
Collins,
Aghadowey Parish
, just five minutes drive from Coleraine. This is an
area of outstanding natural beauty with easy access to the many historic
towns of the Northwest including
Portstewart, Portrush, Bushmills,
Derry
, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Cushendun, Cushendall,
Carnlough
and close enough for a day journey to Belfast. It is just a
short journey to the
Causeway Coast taking in Dunseverick Castle,
Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway.
While at the house we will also take in the beautiful Walled City of
Derry
with a Tour of the Walls and City with the Guildhall and St.
Columb's Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral at Armagh.
We
will also take in
Bushmills and the Bushmill's Distillery, the
Beaghmore Stone Circles at Cookstown, One of the World’s
Great Road Journeys and Afternoon Tea
at the Londonderry
Arms.
We will then make our way back to Dubin stopping at the Irish
Linen Centre and Museum
for a tour and also at the Proleek Portal
Tomb,
one of the best-known and most iconic megalithic tombs in
Ireland. We will take in as much as we can take in during our week in
lovely Northern Ireland.
Day 1 - March 13th, 2019 - you will be met at the Dublin International Airport before we journey to County
Kerry
and lovely Killarney Town! We will make a few stops along the way including Cashel to see 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. Pub Lunch at the Brian Boru before our tour of the Rock and then we
continue on to our lovely home in Killarney where you can get settled in before a
Welcoming Dinner! We will take
over the entire house here in Killarney and you can come and go at your leisure with the town center just a few minutes
walk away. The house is a very traditional Irish guest house with 10 bedrooms and lots of common area rooms including
a large lounge, sitting room, formal dining room and games rooms.
Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (L,D)

Day 2 -
This morning we head 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
Afternoon Tea at Benners in Dingle before some free time in this attractive fishing village. We then return home to
Killarney for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
We will be spend the day on the Inveragh Peninsula better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. This popular
drive is loaded with
Spectacular Scenery and Picturesque Villages. Cahersiveen is one of these villages and is
located on the
River Fertha and is the principal town of the Iveragh Peninsula. We will stop in Waterville for you to
find some lunch and then visit the village of
Caherdaniel, named after Irish Hero Daniel O’Connell. Caherdaniel
is situated half way around the Ring of Kerry and is a great place to stretch your legs and to explore the magnificent
beaches here. 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
then return home to Killarney for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Killarney. (B,D)

Day 4 -
Today is free for you to spend any way you like. You can enjoy the house and surrounds or walk up into town,
just make sure that you are back in plenty of time for
Traditional Afternoon Tea in the Lounge! In addition to
being only a short stroll to
Killarney National Park, home of the majestic McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest
mountain range in Ireland and the breathtaking
Lakes of Killarney, the house is close to all amenities. Within minutes
stroll of the property you will find a choice of grocery stores, churches, cathedral, post office, train station, bus station,
spas and a wealth of traditional Irish Pubs. Killarney is one of my very favourite places in Ireland and there is nowhere
else on earth where I would rather celebrate
St. Patrick's Week than here in Killarney. Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 5 - 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 Pub ran by the O'Leary family
for 100 years. After lunch we will find a good spot alongside High Street to watch the annual
St. Patrick's
Day Parade.
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 in Killarney offering
Traditional Music Sessions.
Stay out as late as you like! Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 6 -
We will have a leisurely morning today with a Late Brunch followed by 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. We will take a
Jaunting Cart trip through the area stopping at the
Torc Waterfall before a Traditional Afternoon Tea Outing followed by some free time to investigate the area and
Killarney Town. A pub close to the house has Irish Country Dance every Monday night and it is very entertaining,
so you may want to take that in after dinner!
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to Blarney and Blarney Castle, built nearly six hundred years ago by
one of Ireland's greatest chieftains,
Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention ever since. Over the last
few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney making it one of Ireland's greatest treasures
. If the Gift of Gab or
'Eloquence'
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. While here we will learn
the true story of the Blarney Stone so you will understand why it has been kissed for over 700 years! We will take a wee
stroll around Blarney  where you can find some lunch on your own. We then stop in the lovely village of
Kenmare on the
way home. Kenmare is well known for
Irish Lace and a bountiful display of wonderful places to eat! We will visit the
Kenmare Stone Circle also known locally as
'the Shrubberies', and is probably the largest in SW Ireland,being
composed of 15 heavy boulders.
Pub Dinner in Kenmare before returning home. Overnight Killarney. (B,D)

Day 8 -
This morning we leave Killarney behind and make our very long journey to Northern Ireland with several
stops and an overnight along the way. Our stops will include the lovely village of
Adare with its main street lined with
enchanting thatched roof cottages and shops! We will
Stop for Afternoon Tea at Father Ted's as we head further
north.
Glanquin House was used in the filming of the TV Series Father Ted and a perfect stop for lunch before
making our way to
Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement, an early Christian site founded by Saint Ciaran
in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a Cathedral, Eight Churches
(10th-13th century), Two Round Towers, Three High Crosses
and a large collection of early Christian Grave
Slabs
. We then make our way to our hotel near Cavan just a bit of time to get settled into our accommodation before
dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Cavan. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
On our way to Coleraine today we stop in Armagh to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral. The cathedral is set on
a hill and is regarded as having been the ancient royal centre of
Iron Age Ulster. For many centuries Armagh was a
celebrated seat of learning, attracting students from all over Europe. By the twelfth century, only those who had studied
at Armagh were permitted to teach theology. The Church suffered many Viking Raids and also a lightning strike in 995
and remained a ruin until 1125 when it was repaired and re-roofed. It has seen many restoration periods which will
become apparent during our tour. We will have
Afternoon Tea in Armagh at the Charlemont Arms Hotel before
heading north of
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. We then make our way to our home
for the next week and get settled in before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Coleraine. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
We will have a more restful day today after our long journey north. Our first visit of the day will be Dunluce
Castle,
an iconic ruin that bear witness to a long and tumultuous history. First built by the MacQuillan family around
1500 and then seized by the ambitious
MacDonnell Clan in the 1550's under the leadership of the famous warrior
chieftain
Sorely Boy MacDonnell, the castle endured through an era of violence, intrigue and rebellion. In the 17th
century Dunluce was the seat of the
Earls of County Antrim and the dramatic history of Dunluce is matched by tales
of a banshee and how the castle kitchens fell into the sea one stormy night in 1639. After finding letting you find some
lunch in Bushmills, we will visit another castle ruins,
Dunseverick. King Dunsobairce of Ireland built a fortress
here in 1525BC to rule the ancient
Kingdom of Dariada, the location is named after him. There is very little left of this
coastal ruins, but we will find out why this spot plays such an important part in both Irish and Scottish History! Then
back home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Coleraine. (B,D)

Day 11 -
More coastal adventures today as we take in The Giants Causeway where 40,000 interlocking 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, intrigue and inspire as stepping on the stones is like a voyage back in time! We will
take plenty of time to thoroughly enjoy the site before we venture up the road to the
Smugglers Inn for Lunch. After
lunch we find ourselves back at
Bushmills to visit Bushmills Distillery, settled on the banks of the river stands the
oldest working distillery in Ireland. A place where family and friends have worked for generations, in a small Northern
Irish village that for over 400 years has kept to the philosophy that hand crafting small batches is the way to produce
beautifully smooth tasting
Irish Whiskey! We then stop in Bushmills for Dinner before we return home.
Overnight near Coleraine. (B,L,D))

Day 12 -
Today you will have very much to yourself to enjoy the house and grounds. The hubs of the house are the large
lounges either side of the central entrance lobby. The focus downstairs is on space to relax and meet fellow guests in the
Three Ground Floor Lounges while upstairs, the emphasis is on the comforts of luxury accommodation & privacy.
There a further
Mezzanine Gallery Library and Map Room on the first floor with views over to the river. Bounded
on one flank by the
River Rhee and situated in a quiet gentle valley by landscaped stepped slopes down to the river, the
Flax Mill offers serene views of the surrounding farmland. The Rhee flows from uplands to the west to the
River Bann a
few miles further downstream. We will meet in the afternoon for a
Traditional Irish Farmhouse Tea and then the
rest of the afternoon and evening is yours.
Overnight near Coleraine. B,L)

Day 13 -
This morning we head west to the amazing Walled City of Derry. We will first take a Tour of the Walls
that take in the
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.
Its contents are in display on the first floor. We will stop for lunch before having some free time in Derry to have a wee
wander. We then make our way back home we will take the coastal route stopping in
Portstewart and Portrush and
then in Coleraine for you to find some dinner.
Overnight near Coleraine. (B,L)

Day 14 -  
This morning we take of my most favourite drives in Ireland. This breathtaking coastal route takes in the
rugged coastline as it merges into the romantic landscape of its deep silent glens and lush forest parks. It is no wonder
that it has been made famous as
‘One of the World’s Great Road Journeys’ and one of the most outstanding scenic
touring drives in the world. We will stop at the
Scenic Outlook above Ballintoy where you can look across to
Scotland. We will explore the lovely coastal villages of Cushendun and Cushendall along the way. We then make
our way to the lovely fishing village of
Carnlough where we have Afternoon Tea at the Londonderry Arms. Lady
Londonderry herself started the traditional of afternoon tea at the hotel 160 years ago! We will make our way inland
from here going through
Broughshane, stopping at Ballymena and through Ballymoney and Ballybogey on our
way home for our last dinner together in Northern Ireland.
Dinner and Overnight Coleraine. (B,L,D)

Day 15 -
This morning we leave our home at Coleraine behind as we make our way back to Dublin. Along the way
we stop in
Lisburn to visit the Irish Linen Centre and Museum for a tour. The Museum’s award-winning exhibition
‘Flax to Fabric: the Story of Irish Linen’ traces the history of linen production in Ulster, from the earliest times to
the present with live spinning and weaving demonstrations. The galleries feature a range of temporary and visiting
exhibitions, featuring local artists, from
Blackshaw to Mcloy, textile and linen display, local poets, writers and
personalities. We will have some time to wander Lisburn and then stop for lunch before we have our tour. We then
continue on to Dublin with a stop at the
Proleek Portal Tomb, one of the best-known and most iconic megalithic tombs
in Ireland. The tomb comprises three upright stones supporting an impressively large capstone delicately poised more
than 6 feet above the ground and reputed to weigh as much as 40 tons. We then get checked into our accommodation
near Dublin before dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight Dublin. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - March 28th -
This morning we return you to Dublin International Airport for the journey home. (B)
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