Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Golf Tour Ireland (9 days)

Adams & Butler Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Shannon, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel None

Arrive in Dublin and have a private transfer to your hotel.

Dublin has long been a centre of art and culture. Stroll through the elegant Georgian streets of Merrion and Fitzwilliam Squares, shop in the elegant emporiums of Grafton Street and Powerscourt Townhouse, explore the collections of the National Museum and National Gallery, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and many fine small private collections. The range of art and artefacts is enormous, and you will have no problem spending many hours enthralled. The city is over a thousand years old, and many of the towns and settlements that surround it are equally ancient. Successive centuries have left their distinctive overlays of character and architecture which means that Dublin has a wealth of historically significant and fascinating sights to explore such as Dublin Castle, where the Normans ruled from the 12th Century, St Patrick's Cathedral, of which Jonathan Swift was Dean, and Trinity College, famous for The Book of Kells and for its alumni who include Oscar Wilde and Oliver Goldsmith.

Enjoy a 3-hour walking tour of Dublin, and discover the historic city’s main sites, such as the bohemian Temple Bar district, and Dublin Castle. Immerse yourself in Irish history, and hear music and stories that make Ireland's capital city so unique.

Highlights:

• Stroll along the cobbles of Temple Bar and Trinity College, catching the cadences of Irish accents cascading through the streets

• Stand by the River Liffey and tilt your nose to inhale the hops wafting from the Guinness Brewery

• Marvel at the soft lilt of the Gaelic language

• Learn about some of Ireland's famous writers and freedom fighters

• Walk across the enchanting Ha'penny Bridge

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel Breakfast

You will be met in the lobby this morning by your driver guide, who will transfer you to Portmarnock to play the Old Course.

After lunch explore more of the city.

There are plenty of things to see & do in the Capital city. As a medieval city, most of the greatest attractions of Dublin city are to be found within easy distance of each other. However in the 18th century it became the second city of the British Empire and grew at an amazing rate. There are many attractions that are not within the central area. The first half day will take you in the more central sites with the walking tour. On the second day, heads out and explore further out.

• Guinness Storehouse

• Dublinia: Experience Viking and Medieval Dublin

• Kilmainham Gaol

• National Botanic Gardens

• Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Day 3
Kinsale, Ireland
Hayfield Manor Hotel Breakfast

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel by your driver guide.

You could divert off the highway to see Kildare, with its Japanese Gardens and The National Stud, home of the racing industry. You could also divert to see Emo Court, one of the finest neo-classical mansions in Ireland.

You will pass through the village of Abbeyleix, famed for Morrisey’s bar, whose interior has not changed for over 100 years. Abbeyleix is also the village in which the carpets for the Titanic were manufactured. The gardens of the nearby Heywood House were designed by Luteyns, who also designed New Delhi.

Visit the Rock of Cashel & lunch in Cashel town.

Through the Golden Vale region of Ireland, famous for its butter, cheeses & dairy products. Visit to 16th Century Cahir Castle & onto the picturesque seaside town of Kinsale - Gourmet Capital of Ireland.

Kinsale town's fame was established years ago as a quaint seaside town with delicious restaurants and carefully preserved 18th-century buildings. In the 1960's Heidi McNeice, the wife of the poet, opened the first restaurant here and it rapidly became a magnet for the world's glitterati. In the last decade it has become unquestionably the gourmet capital of Ireland; with music and cinema stars bidding up local real estate values.

St Multose Church is the oldest building in town, parts of it dating from the 13th century. Inside are the old town stocks. Desmond Castle, a tower house from the 1500s, was once use as a custom house, and later as a prison for captured American sailors in the War of Independence; it now houses an 'International Museum of Wine'. There is also an interesting museum in the old courthouse and market building, with material associated with the life of the town and port through the centuries. Visit Charlesfort.

Day 4
Kinsale, Ireland
Hayfield Manor Hotel Breakfast

An early start this morning to make your way to The Old Head Golf links.

Perhaps take a visit to the Ballymaloe Cookery School with a tour of the water garden, orchard, meadow garden, & herb garden.

The ethos here is simple – to spread the word on simple techniques, great ingredients that are home produced where possible and the style of cookery introduced by Myrtle Allen at Ballymaloe House all those years ago, long before Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse – slow food at its best.

Later take a tour of the Jameson Whiskey distillery at Middleton and explore the highlights of Cork City from the English Market, a Victorian covered market, to the Cork Goal.

Day 5
Kenmare, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge Breakfast

Tour to Waterville by way of West Cork, and enjoy lunch in Bantry.

Clonakilty is a busy market town with fine 19th century mill buildings that now house the town library & County Council offices. Nearby, a small disused Presbyterian Church has been put to service as the post office. See also the fine status of a pikeman. For a town of its size, the Roman Catholic Church is impressive, with fine glass & mosaics. The town centre is the home of the noted street theatre group Craic na Caoillte. The impressive Model Railway Village is absolutely unique. Etain Hickey's shop is well worth a diversion - find it at 40 Ashe Street as is Michelle Mitton's Gallery at 28 Pearse Street.

Bantry House is a delightful stop. The house, with its "staircase to heaven" gardens is a wonderful example of a landlord's home & has a stunning collection put together by the 2nd Earl of Bantry who did well at Napoleon III's bargain basement sale at Versailles.

Glengarriff or "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - is derived from the rugged beauty of the mountains & wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha Mountains & the bulk of Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys. Garden lovers may want to take a ferry out to Garnish island in the bay – the most attractive of the ferries is at The Blue pool – well signposted.

Waterville and Caherdaniel where, by golden beaches, stands Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Today some 120 hectares of the lands of Derrynane, together with Derrynane House, make up Derrynane National Historic Park. Plantations and garden walks were laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries, principally north and west of the house. Some features of the demesne are strongly associated with Daniel O'Connell, including the old Summer House. The main area of the gardens, set inland and to the north of the house, can be reached through a tunnel under the road.

Play Waterville.

Day 6
Killarney, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge Breakfast

The Ring of Kerry is a circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula. It is best to do it in an anti-clockwise direction - Killorglin, Glenbeigh, etc. Killorglin situated on a hill overlooking the wide and graceful River Laune, a river offering salmon and trout angling. Dominating the landscape to the south are the MacGillycuddys Reeks. It is the location of the famous "Puck Fair" festival.

The Bog Village is situated half way between Killorglin and Glenbeigh on the main Ring of Kerry route. It is a must for you to stop off and enjoy a step back in time to the early 18th century to recapture the way life would have been at that time. Peat, or turf as it is usually called in Ireland, is harvested from bogs and is still used as domestic fuel. The village is here to preserve the past for your enjoyment.

Glenbeigh is a popular holiday base nestled at the foot of a well-wooded mountain and close to the head of Dingle Bay. It is dominated by the strange ruin of Wynn's Folly, or Hedley Towers, once home of the Winns, Barons Headley. The view from 'Wynn's Folly is superb, and provides a breathtaking view of the village and surrounds of Glenbeigh. After Glenbeigh pass through Kells Bay where a local shepherd gives demonstrations of working sheep dogs. From Cahirciveen you can divert to Valentia Island. Be sure to visit The Slate Quarry, Glanleam Gardens and The Tetrapod Trackway.

Head on to Ballinskelligs via St Finans Bay. Look out for the Skelligs Chocolate Company – some of the best chocolates in Europe. In Ballinskelligs is the Cill Rialaig Centre - once a deserted and almost forgotten pre-famine village of thatched stone cottages situated on the Bolus road near Ballinskelligs, it is now an international artists' retreat.

Day 7
Burren, Ireland
Adare, Ireland
Adare Manor Breakfast

Then explore The Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher,- a sheer precipice 8 km long and rising to a height of 203m, one of the most impressive stretches of the coast in the West of Ireland, remarkable especially at nesting seasons for the quantity and variety of seabirds there. Lisdoonvarna is a spa town with an excellent salmon smoke house. September was, and still is, the peak month of the matchmaking season here and with the harvest safely in bachelor farmers flock to Lisdoonvarna in search of wives. The Spa Well also continues to attract the crowds. The Doolin Craft Gallery as well as selling treasures from all around Ireland is also worth visiting for its scrumptious food and stunning gardens - a plantsman's paradise. You will pass Lahinch Golf Course, famous for its impenetrable rough and its goats.

Play Lahinch

The Burren - Words simply cannot do justice to this eerie, peculiar 193-square mile area of ancient seabed that suffered glacial activity during its long history. The Burren, is a bare lunar like landscape of a limestone plateau dotted with stone age forts and megalithic tombs. In the narrow crevices that criss-cross this pavement flourish orchids, gentians and other rare flora, an amazing mix of arctic, alpine, temperate, and tropical vegetation growing side by side. Twenty-two varieties of orchids thrive here, nourished by underground rivers and rich soil. Today we see treeless meadows of limestone karst that forms natural pavement interspersed with lush flora. Scholars of history can scour the Burren for tombs, chambers, and dolmens (two stones that support a horizontal slab), traces of Stone Age inhabitants. To the north the Burren is bounded by Galway Bay with the fishing port of Ballyvaughan, a noted centre for oysters, while to the west the Aran Islands stand out against the broad expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 8
Burren, Ireland
Adare, Ireland
Adare Manor Breakfast

Play Ballybunion or Adare

Ballybunion Golf Course: Hailed for its excellent links courses, Ballybunion is recognised for its fine development of the natural terrain. Ballybunion,lying directly on the spectacular North Kerry coast, between the Mouth of the Shannon and Kerry Head, offers the golfer an exciting round of golf and can hardly be surpassed with regard to its scenic beauty, the tranquillity of its surroundings, the excellent condition of the course and the variety of challenge presented by its 36 championship holes.

Adare Golf Course is certainly a dramatic golf course. It opened for play in 1995 and was designed Robert Trent Jones Snr. It’s a classic Trent Jones design, stretching out a massive 7,453 yards from back tees to a more modest 5,082 yards from the forward tees. The course bears all Trent Jones’s hallmarks - cloverleaf bunkers, American-styled mounding, and lots of water. The result is extremely exciting and challenging, additionally there are plenty of natural features and hazards, including the stately trees and the River Maigue, which meanders nonchalantly through the course.

Snuggled in a wooden and lush countryside setting, Adare Village is widely regarded as being Ireland’s prettiest and most picturesque village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. The bridge by which you enter the village, in the shadow of the ruined Desmond Castle, was built in 1329. Two groups of world famous ornate, thatched cottages line part off the village’s broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins.

Day 9
Shannon, Ireland
None Breakfast

Enjoy a private transfer for your departure from Shannon Airport

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Don't miss a private visit with Lord Ross, Brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, at his private residence at Birr Castle.

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By: Mendy & Kendall


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2016

We loved Ireland and a great part of that was how we were treated and serviced while visiting. Our hotels were wonderful, accommodations lovely and comfortable and the locations of each were ideal. By far, our driver for the week, "Paddy" was a real highlight. He was always on time and seemingly effortlessly accommodated our wishes and modifications to our itinerary, even when we know it meant much more driving for him. We met each morning early and exhausted each day with as much site-seeing as possible. Paddy offered great conversation in between venues and navigated the loads of buses so that we never wasted time in queue. We ended our week in Ireland regretting nothing but the lack of more time to spend in such a beautiful country. The People, landscape, architecture, the food and of course the drink were all delightful - it is a very special place. At the beginning of our trip Paddy was our driver and at the end we felt we had made a friend!! Thank you, K & M
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Crockett-Rice

Ireland trip

By: cate


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

Adams and Butler did a wonderful job for us. the driver they assigned to us Paul Hehir was great. He became part of the family by the second day with us. he went out of his way to make our trip memorable. The places we stayed were fabulous. The service and food were terrific. Everything that they recommended turned out to be memorable. we would definitely use them again in our travel planning.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Pulliam

Aug 2017 Tour of Scotland

By: Carmel Traveler


Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2017

Great. There were some miscommunications but only of an aggravation nature not any big issues. Tour went smoothly. Good accommodations, great food. Checked off most of the items we wanted to do that were not specified by the Adams and Butler tour. The two tour guides hired by Adams & Butler in Edinburg were outstanding. Good experience, would recommend working with Adams and Butler to others.
Travel Advisor:  Dennis Wallace

A most memorable Scotland adventure

By: Susan Roche


Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2017

We considered planning our trip to the Scottish Highlands ourselves but quickly realized what a monumental task it would be. We contacted Katie Boydston with CSB Travel and she said she had the perfect tour planners. She wasn't kidding. Adams and Butler blew it out of the park. From Edinburgh to Isle of Skye our hotels were incredible. My husband particularly loved that Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy Castle - hands down our favorite place to stay. Our tour guide/driver Davey was phenomenal. Simply perfect for us. My husband and son are history buffs and he didn't disappoint. Conversation in the car was lively and at every stop he added so much more to the sights than just taking the tour. He even found us some out of the way places to have lunch that were special treats. He was always professional and just delightful to be with. At the end of the trip, we felt like we were saying goodbye to close friend. We will definitely book again with Adams & Butler.
Travel Advisor:  Katie Rollins