Traveling in Ireland: A Celtic Experience

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The Celtic Experience Ireland tour will immerse you in history and heritage, from the Medieval city of Kilkenny to the towering cliffs of Slieve League.

You will experience a true taste of Ireland, beginning in a small batch whiskey distillery and ending with sumptuous dinner in a castle.

And in between all that you will experience the people, culture, and stories that have made so many fall in love with this small island in the Celtic Sea.

Horse on Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, Ireland. © 2016 Jody Halsted, Ireland Family Vacations; Halsted Enterprises, Inc.

Highlights of the Celtic Experience Tour of Ireland

  • Small, intimate group- only 10-12 people
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 Group Lunches
  • 2 Group Dinners
  • 1 OPW Heritage Card Per Person
  • Entrance to Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, Lough Gur Audio Tour, and the Walsh Whiskey Distillery
  • Luxury Touring Vehicle
  • Private Driver Guide
  • Complimentary Concierge Service
  • Private Facebook group for attendees
  • Personal recommendations and planning advice from your host Jody Halsted, publisher of Ireland Family Vacations and host of the Traveling in Ireland podcast.

Tour price does not include airfare

View the complete itinerary here

Lough Eske Castle, Dnegal, Ireland

Daily Highlights

Please note: this tour does not include Dublin as the city is easily toured without a guide. It is recommended that you visit prior to the beginning of the tour if you wish to include the city in your trip.

September 8

Visit the Rock of Dunamase

Tour & Taste at Walsh Whiskey Distillery

Stay in Kilkenny at Butler House – the former Dower House of Kilkenny Castle

Group dinner at Anocht Restaurant in the Kilkenny Design Centre

September 9

Tour Kilkenny Castle & the Medieval Mile this morning at your leisure

Guided tour to the Rock of Cashel and south Tipperary

2nd night at Butler House

September 10

Guided tour to Lough Gur & the Grange Stone Circle

Group Lunch at Durty Nelly's Pub in the shadows of Bunratty Castle

Guided touring in West Clare, the Cliffs of Moher, and Doolin

Stay at Doolin Inn, Doolin, County Clare

September 11

Enjoy the day your way!

Option 1: Guided touring through the Burren with optional Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk

Option 2: Self Guided day trip to the Aran Islands

2nd night at Doolin Inn

September 12

Guided touring in Connemara including Kylemore Abbey and the Sky Road

Group Lunch (TBD)

Stay at Westport Plaza Hotel

September 13

Guided touring through Mayo & Sligo

Group Lunch at Hooked in Sligo town

Arrive at Lough Eske Castle in Donegal

September 14

Guided touring of West Donegal including the Slieve League Cliffs and a Sheepdog Demonstration

Group dinner at Lough Eske Castle

2nd night at Lough Eske Castle

September 15

Private touring as we make our way back to Dublin including Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara

Final night in Ireland at Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport

September 16

Depart Ireland or choose to continue as a self guided tour

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