2 Week House Tour of Ireland featuring
St. Patrick's week in Killarney with castles,
tearooms and pubs, galore!
March 13th - 28th, 2020
The first week will be spent in Killarney Ireland at Coolclogher
House
, a historic and listed building dating back to 1742 it is surrounded
by 68 acres
Parkland and Gardens in a Walled Private Estate.
This charming Country Manor and Estate is within walking distance of
Ross Castle and the 22,000 acre Killarney National Park  and within
a 10 minute stroll of the property you will find
Killarney Town with 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 Drumhalla House, a 5 Star Country
Manor House
steeped in history and originally built in 1789. The house
and grounds have now been beautifully restored and offer luxury
accommodation as well as a unique, private location. Panoramic views
over
Lough Swilly and the renowned Kinnegar Beach provide the
perfect backdrop for a lovely holiday! The beautifully maintained grounds
and lawns at Drumhalla House may be absorbed and thoroughly enjoyed
at your leisure. While here we will take in the
Causeway Coast with
Dunseverick Castle, Dunluce Castle and the Giants Causeway.
We will also visit 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 visit
Donegal and Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery, Letterkenny,
Slieve League
and the Beltany Stone Circle. We will visit
Glenveagh National Park and its Scottish Baronial Style Castle
and Gardens.
We will also take in Creeslough on Sheephaven Bay
to visit
Doe Castle. We then make our way to Belfast to visit the
Titanic Exhibit and Quarter,
take a Guided Walking Tour of the
City
and then spend our last night together in Belfast. There is so much
to do and see in this area that we can't see it all, but we will do our very
best to take it all in!
Day 1 - March 13th, 2020 - you will be met at the Shannon International Airport before we journey to County
Kerry
and lovely Killarney Town! We will make a few stops along the way including 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 continue to the lovely village of
Adare with its main street
lined with enchanting thatched roof cottages and shops! We will have lunch here before 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
Dingle for Lunch at the PIE Café and Tea Rooms before some free time in this attractive fishing village. We then
return to 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'. 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 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. Patricks Day than here in Killarney. 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!

Traditional Irish Afternoon Tea and 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 Hannigan's Bar before the 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 then many of the pubs 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 followed by some free time to investigate the area and
Killarney Town. 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 County Donegal in the very
North of Ireland with several stops and an overnight along the way. 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 through the Burren to Corofin and then to Poulnabrone
Dolmen
. Situated on the high Burren Limestone Plateau, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland’s most iconic
archaeological monuments and is the second most visited location in the Burren. It is the oldest dated megalithic
monument in Ireland. We then make our way further north to our accommodation near
Sligo just a bit of time to get
settled in before dinner after a very long day!
Dinner and Overnight near Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
On our way to County Donegal today we stop in Belleek to visit Belleek Pottery, a porcelain company that
began trading in 1884 as the
Belleek Pottery Works Company. We will have a Factory Tour and then spend some
time in the showroom before making our way to
Donegal Town, one of my favorite Irish towns. The town is set in a
valley girdled by
Barnesmore Mountains and Donegal Bay and overlooking the town can be seen the remains of
several earthen forts. You will have some time to wander about this lovely town and find some lunch before we have a

Tour of Donegal Castle
, which is one of my favourites! Built by the 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. Our tour will chronicle the history of the Castle
owners from the O'Donnell chieftains to the Brooke family. We then make our way to our second home in Ireland.
Dinner and Overnight Drumhalla House. (B,D)

Day 10 -
Today will be a much need rest day after our long journey north. We will have a leisurely morning and then
make our way into
Letterkenny just a short distance away. Letterkenny is known for the Gothic-Style St. Eunan’s
Cathedral
, with its towering spire. Letterkenny began as a market town at the start of the 17th century and the town's
Main Street is said to be the longest in Ireland. Upon arrival we will have Afternoon Tea at the Honeypot before a
wee wander around town and some time to take in St. Eunan's. We will then take some time to take in the south shores of
Louch Swilly with stops in Manorcunningham, Moneyhaughely and Balleighan. At Manorcunningham we find
Discovery Point which offers elevated and clear open views over Lough Swilly. We then return home with some time to
settle in and relax before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Drumhalla House. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
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 you will have some time to
explore the city before
Afternoon Tea at Bishop's Gate Hotel.  After tea we 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. You will be able to find some dinner in Derry before returning home.
Overnight
Drumhalla House. (B,L)

Day 12
-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. We will stop for lunch before 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
then  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! We will stop along the coast on
the way home for dinner.
Overnight Drumhalla House. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we make our way to Slieve League or Sliabh Liag, Ireland’s highest Sea Cliffs. It is the
highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe at 2,000 feet above the
Atlantic Ocean. Standing at the viewing
point on Sliabh Liag you see across
Donegal bay to Sligo and Benbulben, Leitrim, Mayo, Rathlin O Beirne and
out into the
Atlantic Ocean as far as the eye can see! After enough time to thoroughly explore the cliffs we will stop at
Lough Eske Castle for Afternoon Tea. On the way home we stop at the Beltany Stone Circle. Beltany is a
Bronze Age stone circle that somewhat resembs that at Stonehenge in size and structure. It has 64 stones left of the
original 80 that sit atop the prominent
350 foot Tops Hill and in the center of the circle are the remains of a cairn.
There is evidence that it may also have been the sacred site of
Neolithic Monuments and possibly an early passage
tomb. We then return home for a light supper.
Dinner and Overnight Drumhalla House. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -  
This morning we visit Glenveagh National Park with over 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes, glens and
woods, with a herd of red deer. The
Scottish Baronial Style Castle is surrounded by one of the finest gardens in
Ireland, which contrast with the rugged surroundings. Surrounded by the famous
Glenveagh Gardens, its construction
in a remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a
Romantic Highland Retreat. John Townsend
Trench, a cousin of its builder and first owner, John George Adair, designed it as a four storey rectangular keep. After a
Tour of the Castle, we will have Afternoon Tea in the Castle Tearoom. We then make our way back home via a
lovely
Coastal Drive taking us through Falcarragh and Dunfanaghy on Sheephaven Bay, Kill Glen and
Portnablagh
for some of the most spectacular scenery Ireland has to offer! At Creeslough on Sheephaven Bay we
find
Doe Castle which was built in the early 16th century a stronghold for the Clan Sweeney for 200 years. The castle
will not be open, but we can explore the grounds.
Overnight Drumhalla House. (B,L)
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Day 15 -
This morning we leave Drumhalla behind as we make our way to Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city and
one of my favorite European cities! This morning we will visit the
Titanic Quarter 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 you find some lunch we will head into the city and take a
Walking Tour of Belfast with a
Local Guide
who will paint a picture of Belfast's past, present and future, on a voyage of how it was and how it will be
now the dust has finally settled, in a space full of people just happy to be there! We then spend some time in the
Heart of
the City
before getting settled into our accommodation where you will have time to rest up before meeting for dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Belfast. (B,D)

Day 16 -
This morning we make our way to Belfast International Airport for the journey home.
This one of our house tours where we will stay in one large holiday house in one location and then another large holiday
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