2 Week  Tour of Ireland featuring a
St. Patrick's week house tour in Killarney
with castles, tearooms and pubs, galore!
March 12th - 27th, 2022
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 very near to Ross Castle
and the 22,000 acre
Killarney National Park and within a very short
drive 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.
The rest of our journey will take us to an overnight in Bunratty visiting Adare,
Bunratty Castle, the Burren, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb and the Cliffs
of Moher.
We will spend one night at Clifden in the Connemara Region
visiting
Kylemore Abbey and, the Ceide Fields. We will spend 3 nights near
Sligo taking over an entire Luxury Manor House and visiting Carrowmore
Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowkeel Megalithic Hilltop Tomb, Sligo and
Knocknarea with Queen Maeve's Cairn.
We will then spend 2 nights in
Northern Ireland visiting Donegal Castle, the Walls of Derry, Dunluce
Castle, Dunseverick Castle
and the Giants Causeway. Our final night will
be spent near
Belfast taking in the Titanic Exhibit and a Belfast City
Walking Tour.
$7495 per person.  $1195 Single Supplement. $500 deposit to reserve.
Pre Tour - March 11th, 2022 - This morning you will arrive into Dublin International Airport and spend the day
at our airport accommodation get rested up before the tours starts the following morning.
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Day 1 - March 12th, 2022 -
this morning you will be met at our Dublin Internatioal Airport Accommodation
before we journey to
County Kerry and lovely Killarney Town where we will spend our first week together. 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.
While in Cashel we will have a 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 Buffet Dinner! We will
take over the entire house here in Killarney and you can make yourself completely at home.
Welcome Dinner and
Overnight Killarney. (B,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 Afternoon Tea at Benners 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'. 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. Killarney is plum full of lovely places
to eat, drink and take in local entertainment and you will be on your own to explore these options!
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 the Laurels before the parade. After the
parade we will find a pub to settle into for an
Afternoon Session of Traditional Music. This evening we are Out to
Dinner at Bricin
, my favourite place in Killarney to eat and then to Danny Mann's Pub, a well known music pub.
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 make our way north to Bunratty with a few stops along the way including the Lovely
Village of Adare
with its main street lined with enchanting thatched roof cottages and shops! Billed as Ireland’s
Prettiest Village, Adare
was founded in the 13th century, abounds with a rich history and a strong heritage, which
remain ever present in its monuments, its thatched cottages, its streets and its people. We then make our way to
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 stop in
Limerick for
Afternoon Tea
before getting checked into our accommodation where you can explore the wee village of Bunratty and
do some shopping.
Traditional Irish Music Night and Dinner at Bunratty Castle this evening. Overnight
Bunratty. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we head further north and into the 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 also 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 in
Clifden in the Connemara Region
where we find dinner waiting. Overnight Clifden. (B,D)

Day 10 -
As we head even further north today we will explore the Connemara and Kylemore Abbey and Victorian
Walled Garden.
Enjoy the Abbeys beautifully restored period rooms and learn about its history of tragedy, romance,
education, and spirituality. Explore
Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings, formal
flower, vegetable and herb gardens. Discover
Woodland and Lakeshore Walks that will take you on a beautiful
journey through the 1,000-acre estate. The beautiful
Neo-Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled
nearby is the
Mausoleum where the original owners Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Our
next stop this afternoon 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. A half a mile of avenue
meandering through mature parkland brings us to the
Georgian Manor House we are staying in for 3 nights. Dinner
and Overnight near Sligo. (B,D)

Day 11 -
As we have taken over this entire Luxury Country House here in County Sligo, the first part of the day will
be spent here in the house and its
Private Estate of over 1,000 Acres. The house overlooks a 13th Century
Lakeside Castle of the Knights Templar.
The Perceval Family home since 1665, the present manor was
redesigned in 1864 and enjoys the authentic and unpretentious luxury country house atmosphere. With 1,200 acres of
gardens, farm, lake and parkland at your disposal, as well as the house itself, there is a wealth of space in which to relax
and play. In the afternoon
The Scottish Dream Tours team will Prepare Afternoon Tea before a trip into Sligo.
Nestled between majestic
Benbulben Mountain to the north, ancient Knocknarea Mountain and the Atlantic
Ocean
to the west, beautiful Lough Gill to the east, and the rugged Ox Mountains to the south, Sligo is one of the
most picturesque places in all of
Ireland. The town straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s
known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval
Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-
century altar.
Sligo County Museum displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings and Stone Age
Artefacts.
You will be able to find some dinner in Sligo before we return home. Overnight near Sligo. (B,L)

Day 12 -
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 have

Afternoon Tea in Sligo
before visiting 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. It is quite a hike to the top, but everyone who
has navigated it has been so glad they did as the views are spectacular! We then return to our accommodation for a

Light Buffet Supper. Dinner Overnight near Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we head further north to Derry with a stop in Donegal to visit Donegal Castle. Built by an
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.
Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell Chieftains to the Brooke Family.
Lunch in Donegal
before we visit Derry City where 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. We will see
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.
Dinner and Overnight
Northern Ireland. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
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 15 -
This morning we make our way to Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city and one of my favorite European
cities! 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 returning to our
accommodation where you will have time to rest up before meeting for dinner.
Farewell Dinner and Overnight near
Belfast. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - March 27th -
This morning we take you to Belfast International Airport or George Best Belfast City
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 and then make our way
north with several overnight spots along the way. Many of our meals will be eaten in each evening and prepared by the
Scottish Dream Tours team. This is a beautiful tour covering two spectacular regions of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Relax
in luxury accommodations and take in all the breathtaking beauty of the Irish countryside and small villages. Price includes
15 nights luxury country house accommodation, 11 dinners, 11 lunches and breakfast each morning, all activities, sightseeing
and entrance fees as listed in itinerary, all taxes, fees and service charges. Guided minibus travel with airport pick up and
drop off and luggage handling. Please contact us in regards to special diets or dietary restrictions before you book!
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