2 Week  Tour of Ireland featuring
St. Patrick's week  in Killarney
with castles, tearooms and pubs, galore!
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 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.
Pre Tour - March 11th, 2023 - 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, 2023 -
This morning you will be met at our Dublin International 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 time to enjoy this lovely town before we settle in for Afternoon Tea 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 and get settled before meeting for dinner.
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 then out to a Pub Dinner in Killarney this evening. Dinner and
Overnight Killarney
. (B,D)

Day 4 -
Today is free for you to spend any way you like. Coolclogher House and Estate is a luxury home on the
outskirts of Killarney town and located on the world famous Ring of Kerry route. This historic and listed building dating
back to 1742 it is surrounded by
68 Acres Parkland and Gardens in a walled private estate. Nestling in beautiful
surrounds of stunning lakes and the mountains of Killarney, the house is within walking distance of the
Killarney
National Park
in case you want to work up and appetite for the Scottish Dream Tours Team Traditional
Afternoon Tea in the Lounge!
Afternoon Tea will be followed by Musical Entertainment in the Hall of the house.
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. Killarney is
delightful although some people do tend to find it a bit crowded and touristy, but many of those tourist are the Irish
themselves! The town if full of lovely shops and great pubs and is very easy to walk in. Your are also spoilt for chocie as to
where to eat.
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 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. From here we make our way to Limerick
where we stop for Afternoon Tea before a chance to wander around Limerick. This is an ancient city located where the
majestic
River Shannon meets with the Wild Atlantic. Limerick is quirky, vibrant and utterly individual and you will
love its charm! 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
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. Dinner and 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 the
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. Then a half a mile of avenue
meandering through mature parkland brings us to the
Georgian Manor House we are staying in for the next 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 -
Today will be spent in 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 exploring we will have
Afternoon Tea in the Titanic Hotel in Drawing Office Two where many of the world’s most famous ocean liners,
including
RMS Titanic, were painstakingly designed. Then 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 making our way 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 make our way to George Best International or Belfast International
Airport
for the journey home.
16 Days rambling through the breathtaking Irish countryside with the Rock of
Cashel, Cahir Castle, the Ring of Kerry and Derryname House, Kissane Sheep
Farm, Staigue Fort, Muckross House, Muckross Franciscan Abbey, Torc
Waterfall, Jaunting Cart through the Killarney National Park, Ross Castle,
Dingle Peninsula with Gallarus Oratory Church, Adare, Bunratty Castle, the
Burren, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, the Ceide
Fields, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Carrowkeel Megalithic Hilltop Tomb,
Sligo and Knocknarea with Queen Maeve's Cairn, Donegal Castle, Walls of Derry,
Dunluce Castle, Dunseverick Castle, the Giants Causeway, Belfast and the
Titanic Exhibit and more!
We love visiting the ancient graveyards and tombs of Ireland and I absolutely love
stones, so with stone circles, dolmens, passage tombs and standing stones all
throughout Ireland, I am in stone Heaven! We also have to throw in a castle or two,
a boat cruise, a few abbeys and the Dingle Peninsula. This combined with local
accommodation, pubs and restaurants makes this a very special trip that captures
all that I love about Ireland in a way that takes you among the Irish people to
capture the true feel of the Emerald Isle. Please join us for this incredible journey
through the Irish Countryside for a tour that you will never forget!"
Shannon McDonald Tate