Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Private

Come Capture Castles (6 days)

Adams & Butler Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Adare, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
Castle Leslie None

Arrive Dublin Airport and be collected by one of our best driver guides who will be guiding you for the rest of the trip.

Drive to Castle Leslie, this Castle Hotel in County Monaghan is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate Monaghan is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s, the distinguished and somewhat individual Leslie family has lived on the Castle Estate. Now you too can experience some of the most unique and enchanting castle accommodation in Ireland. The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
Castle Leslie Breakfast

After a full Irish Breakfast, either spend the day relaxing and walking the Glens of Antrim or tour to Belfast city - visit St. Anne's Cathedral with its maze like floor and the city's Botanic Gardens, the Crown Liquor Saloon the Titanic Quarter, where the ill fated ship was built. Return to Castle Leslie.

Day 3
Dublin, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Tour on the way to Ashford Castle.

Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history going back to the early 13th century, Ashford is set in 350 acres of beautiful parkland. Grandeur, formality and tranquility are the essential characteristics, first seen in immaculately maintained grounds and, once inside, in a succession of impressive public rooms that illustrate a long and proud history - paneled walls, oil paintings, suits of armour and magnificent fireplaces.

The castle has over 80 bedrooms and three restaurants: The Connaught Room, which is mainly for residents, is the jewel in Ashford Castle’s culinary crown and one of Ireland’s most impressive restaurants; at present it is only occasionally open; the larger George V Dining Room also offers fine dining; Cullen’s Cottage, in the grounds, offers accessible all-day informal dining. In addition The Library and Drawing Room menus offer informal meals including Afternoon Tea.

Day 4
Connemara, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Touring from Ashford, learn about the Irish Bodhran, the Irish drum in Roundstone and visit the Duc de Stacpoole at the Roundstone Art Gallery. Killary Harbour, a glacial fjord, can be explored on a local cruise. Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine school, is awesomely beautiful and has a recently restored Victorian garden. Clifden, the capital of Connemara is known for its tweeds. Be sure to follow the Sky Road into Clifden, and if you have time visit some of the coral beaches out towards Roundstone. Letterfrack is home to Connemara National Park. Letterfrack Woodwork & Furniture College is located in the village where students design innovative and quality handcrafted furniture. Clifden or Roundstone would be the best places for lunch. A private cruise on a very stable 36ft motor catarmaran to some of the deserted islands could be arranged.

Day 5
Burren, Ireland
Adare, Ireland
Adare Manor Breakfast

Tour Cliffs of Moher and the Burren on the way to Adare

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.

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 6
Adare, Ireland
None Breakfast

Enjoy a private transfer from Adare Manor for your departure from Shannon Airport.

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Description

Come & Capture or Be Captured by the Elegant Castles of Ireland. 6 Days.


All over Ireland stately battlements peep over the leafy crests of groves of oak and beech trees. The average tourist, like the lame boy in the Pied Piper of Hamelin, sees them only from a distance, secluded behind their high walls, with their promise of Arthurian chivalry, knights in armor and fair maidens (not to mention the odd unicorn). They yearn with unrequited desire. You, however, can experience the full stately experience on this romantic castle tour.

 

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Insider Tip

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