If you want a taste of some authentic Irish traditional music, there’s nowhere better than Doolin, the nearest village to the cliffs. After the sun goes down, the small local bars come alive with the sounds of lively traditional music with the best musicians of the area joining together to have a "seisiún", an Irish traditional music session.
Your driver will know all the best spots.
These gatherings tend to be informal and casual with people being invited to offer their talents such as singing or playing instruments such as the fiddle, concertina, flute, tin whistle and bodhrán. A good seisiún is an unforgettable experience to see the true Irish culture in action.
Heading north, see the famed moon-like landscape of The Burren including Poulnabrone Dolmen - the oldest megalithic monument in Ireland. Your driver will take you on one of Ireland’s most famous drives around Black Head along the Wild Atlantic Way. From here the Aran Islands, Connemara and Galway Bay can all be seen clearly.
The ’Golden Vale’ boasts some of the finest ancient ruins. Join us on this enchanting day tour through the rolling countryside of counties Cork and Tipperary.
Rock of Cashel:
Our first stop will be the world famous Rock of Cashel in Co.Tipperary. One of Ireland’s most evocative sites, you can stroll in the footsteps of St. Patrick flanked by ruins, Celtic Crosses and round towers. Feel the soul of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until they donated the complex to the Catholic Church almost 1,000 years ago for use of a cathedral. One of the best examples of medieval architecture anywhere in Europe (Entrance fee €7.00).
Enjoy one hour and thirty minutes at leisure in Cork city, Ireland’s southern capital. Highlights include the gourmet English Markets (1788) with a large selection of food stalls representing the best of local produce. Queen Elizabeth II of England thoroughly enjoyed meeting local artisans here on her State Visit in 2011. Also known as the ’Rebel City’ for its fierce resistance during the War of Independence. Cork has a vibrant Irish atmosphere. Perhaps sample a pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout or pick up a bottle of Paddy Flaherty Irish Whiskey.
Famed in song and story, the Irish are famous for the #8217;Blarney#8217;. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you too will receive this #8217;gift of the gab#8217;. 7 years of eloquent speech. Situated on the battlements of Blarney Castle you will have to bend over backwards to kiss the stone. You have time to enjoy a stroll around the fabulous gardens of the Blarney Estate or maybe enjoy the beautiful Lake Walk. We also visit the Witch#8217;s Cave in the castle grounds before having plenty of time to indulge in the tax free shopping haven of Blarney Woollen Mills & craft shop. (Entrance fee $euro;13.00)
One of Ireland’s most visited areas has to be the county of Kerry. The wildness of the landscape and the unmistakable green countryside make it an unmissable destination on your journey around the emerald isle. Killarney is arguably one of Ireland’s most famous and most visited towns in the west and it’s easy to see why.
The winding streets are full of quaint cafes and restaurants as well as traditional pubs where you can while away a few hours enjoying local music and chats with the locals.
The surrounding countryside is what makes this destination so loved, however. The lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park are some of the most wonderful examples of Ireland’s lush green countryside.
Just minutes from the town and resting on the banks of the lakes is Ross Castle. This 15th-century castle is in excellent condition offering a look into Ireland in the Middle Ages. The drive around the lakes is an unmissable experience that should be on everyone’s itinerary during their tour of Ireland. Another great stop along the way is Moll’s Gap, offering breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, the highest mountain range in the country. Journey through the Black Valley and see the Gap of Dunloe, an 11km route which passes five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough.
Torc Waterfall is also worth the stop to see the beauty of the water cascading down the foothills of Torc mountain. Ladies View offers stunning views across the lakes, well worth the stop to get some photos.
In the heart of Killarney National Park stands Muckross House, the 19th-century Victorian mansion. Visited recently by Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, the house hosted Queen Victoria and her family in 1861. Today, the house is one of the most visited points in Killarney National Park. You can see master weavers at work in the craft workshop or visit the traditional farms to see what life was like in rural Ireland in the 1920s and 30s. The gardens and grounds of the house are well maintained and perfect for an afternoon stroll.
The road itself can be challenging at times so why not take the pressure off and allow our experienced team to take over the driving responsibility with professionalism and care so that you are free to really soak up the experience and enjoy the ride.
Journey south to the county of Limerick and enjoy the charm of the local towns and the people there. In the city, you can visit one of Ireland’s most intact castles. King John’s Castle, originally built in the 13th century, the site has enjoyed a 21st-century renovation to allow visitors to engage with the history there and learn about it’s rich and fascinating past. The location on the river Shannon overlooking the city is the best way to see Limerick’s city skyline.
Just a five minute walk away is St Mary’s Cathedral, built in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by the King of Munster, Donal Mor O’Brien. It is the oldest building standing in Limerick today. The church is still open for its original purpose today and is well worth a visit while you’re nearby. On the way back, why not stop at the Hunt Museum? Located in the 18th century Customs House, the private collection was donated by John & Gertrude Hunt, antique dealers and advisors to collectors. This is a museum like no other as you wander through the house, exhibits are located not just on the walls but within drawers of elaborate dressers to give you a feel of walking through someone’s home. Exhibitions of local, national and international artists take place throughout the year to accompany the permanent collection. Well worth the stop while in the city.
Just southwest of the city lies the idyllic Village of Adare. Home to some gorgeous boutiques and gift shops full of Irish handmade crafts, this little village is a haven of beauty and charm.
Deep in the county of Limerick is the hidden gem of Lough Gur, a stunning lake nestled in the low hills of the Limerick countryside. Stop off and take a stroll through the woodland surrounding the lake and take in the beautiful landscape of Ireland’s midwest.