2 Week Tour of Ireland featuring
St. Patrick's week in Killarney with Castles,
Tearooms and Pubs Galore!
March 12th - 26th, 2021
The next 9 nights 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.
Day 1 - March 12th, 2021 - This morning you will be met at our accommodation at Dublin International Airport,
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
just near Kilkenny where we will get settled into our accommodation before dinner.
Welcoming Dinner and
Overnight near Kilkenny. (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 our home in 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 make our way to 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 - 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 7 -
After a wonderful days outing  for St. Patrick's Day, we will have a leisurely morning in and around the house and
estate beginning with a
Late Brunch. 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. We will gather in the afternoon for Scottish Dream
Tours take on a
Traditional Irish Afternoon Tea. You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to do
as you please which may just be nothing at all!
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 8 -
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 9 -
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.
Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we head to the Beara Peninsula, Ireland's lesser know peninsula. The Beara Peninsula will
take you back to a way of life of many years ago, totally tranquil and unspoiled. Narrow, winding and twisting roads with
very little traffic will afford some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland! We will stop in the village of
Ardgroom
and then visit the
Ardgroom Stone Circle standing in a field a couple of miles from the village. The circle consists of 11
stones, 9 of which are still upright with one alignment stone outside the circle. We then make our way to
Castletown
Berehaven
, one of the largest fishing ports in Ireland that is well known for its many fine seafood restaurants and pubs.
After some time to look around we will meet up for lunch. After lunch we continue our journey through
Ardrigole,
Rodeen and Trafrask
with spectacular coastline and beautiful cliffs eventually ending up in the lovely wee village of
Glengarriff. After some investigating of the truly Irish village, we make our way back home for dinner.  Dinner and
Overnight Killarney. (B,L,D)

Day 11 -
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 before stopping for lunch. 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. We highly recommend a
Pub Dinner in Kenmare before returning back home to Killarney.
Overnight Killarney. (B,L)

Day 12
- As this is our last day in Killarney we will stay fairly close to home. Our day will start with a visit to Falconry
Kerry
where they keep several varieties of birds of prey including Hawks, Falcons and Qwls, with many species of
each. The ancient art of falconry and hunting with birds of prey will be explained and demonstrated providing fantastic
photo opportunities. We will also get the opportunity to handle and feed some of their magnificent owls with several owl
selfies! Traditionally,
Falconry was practiced solely for hunting to catch food. While their birds do hunt, a hawk walk or
falconry experience is more about experiencing the indescribable, while interacting with these majestic birds. We will
return to Killarney where you can find some lunch before a visit to the
Irish Whisky Experience. We will learn all
about
Irish Whiskey and then take in the wonderful experience of Irish Whiskey and chocolate Pairings! An
explosion of flavours awaits as you try a selection of Irish Whiskeys paired with
Artisan Chocolate by Irish
Producer Skelligs.
Dinner our this evening with Overnight in Killarney. (B,D)

Day 13 -
As we leave Killarney behind our first stop will be the lovely village of Adare. Often said to be Ireland’s
Prettiest Village
, Adare was founded in the 13th century and abounds with a rich history and a strong heritage, which
remain ever present in its
monuments, thatched cottages, streets, craft shops, art galleries and people. We
will stop for lunch on our way to
Roscrea where we will have a tour of Roscrea Castle and Damer House. The castle
was constructed in 1332 and comprises of a gate tower and two D-shaped corner towers, which were originally joined by
a curtain wall. Access to the courtyard was by a drawbridge through the rectangular gate tower. Its chimneys and gables
are early 17th Century features, but the lower levels of the Castle are the original stonework. Damer House is an elegant
Three Storey Georgian House with nine bay windows was built by Joseph Damer in the early 18th century in the
courtyard of the castle. We then make our way to Dublin to check into our accommodation before dinner.
Dinner and
Overnight near Dublin. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
We spend today in Dublin which 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 much 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 dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near Dublin. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - March 26th -
This morning we return to Dublin International for the journey home.
This tour includes 3 nights near Kilkenny,  9 nights in a large holiday house in Killarney and 2 nights near Dublin. Many
of our meals will be eaten in each evening and prepared by the Scottish Dream Tours team. This is a beautiful tour covering
some of the loveliest regions of Ireland. Relax in luxury accommodations and take in all the breathtaking beauty of the
Irish countryside and small villages. Price includes 14 nights country house accommodation, 10 dinners, 11 lunches and
breakfast each morning, all activities, sightseeing and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges.
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or dietary restrictions before you book!
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Our first 3 nights will be spent in and around the lovely town of Kilkenny. On the
way to Kilkenny we will take in
Glendalough Monastic Settlement, the
Wicklow Mountains National Park and Browne's Hill Dolmen. While in we
will take in
Priory and make an outing to Waterford to visit the Waterford
Crystal Factory
to take a factory tour and explore this Viking settlement. The
surrounding countryside is spectacular and the towns and villages of County
Kilkenny are full of charm and warm character. We will take in as much of the area
as we can do in the 3 days we are here and will leave a bit of ourselves behind in the
beautiful Kilkenny countryside.
The final 2 nights will be spent in and around Dublin with a few stops along the way
including
Adare, Irelands Prettiest Village and also Roscrea to visit Roscrea
Castle ans Damer House.
We will take a tour of the National Museum of
Ireland
- Archaeology in Dublin, visit St. Michan's Church and have lunch in
the
Brazen head, Dublin's Oldest Pub! On our final evening together we will take
in a
Traditional Irish Evening of Song and Dance. Come join us for this amazing
excursion through
Kilkenny, Killarney for St. Patrick's Week and Dublin,
Ireland's Capitol City!
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