Multi-Day Tour

Ireland: Golf and Touring (8 days)

Dream Escape - Scotland/UK/Northern Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Cork, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 04 May 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel Breakfast

Day One: Arrival in Dublin

On arrival at Dublin Airport, be met and welcomed by your experienced local chauffeur-guide. Before checking into your first accommodation, enjoy a private panoramic orientation tour of the city.

Set on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin is an essential stop for any visitor to the Emerald Isle. With a history stretching back over 1,000 years there is much to be discovered from Viking rule to the battle for independence a century later. Today, the city is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe. Highlights to be experienced and explored with your chauffeur-guide include: 

The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation

. • The magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church.

• The striking 18th century Georgian architecture.

• Medieval Dublin - an intimate knot of small alleys and broad streets south of the river

• Trinity College, founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592.

• St. Stephen’s Green Park, which was laid out in 1880.

• Grafton Street, Dublin’s most fashionable walkway.

Thereafter, check into your accommodation, which is certainly one of, if not the best hotel in Dublin. Its understated listed Georgian exterior gives no indication of the sumptuous, graceful elegance inside. Each stunning guest room has been exquisitely decorated using Irish fabrics and antiques to reflect the architecture and original interiors of the 18th century town houses. Throughout, great care has been taken to retain all the outstanding architectural features for which Georgian Dublin is so famous: intricate plasterwork, high ceilings and large windows.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel Breakfast

Day Two: A Taste of Dublin

Spend the morning resting and relaxing following your international flight. In the afternoon, accompanied by a personal expert guide, venture off the beaten track to discover some of Dublin’s foodie highlights.

Along the way, your guide will entertain with a sprinkling of snippets on the history of Irish food and the city, pointing out interesting and quirky architecture as you pass. Your personal guide will take you to a range of bakeries, food halls, street markets and delicatessens, where you will have the opportunity of meeting artisans whose families have traded for generations.

Though the portions are all sample and starter sized, it is best to skip lunch to enjoy the experience to the full!

Day 3
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Royal Dublin

Your chauffeur-guide will take you to The Royal Dublin Golf Club. Founded in 1885 these renowned links are Ireland’s second oldest golf club.

Located on Bull Island off the north shore of Dublin Bay, the island has been called a “gift from the sea”, having risen as an unexpected consequence of the construction of the Great North Wall in 1823. The views of the city are first-class.

The course was updated by famed architect Martin Hawtree in 2004, adding extra length to the course and contouring the greens. The course is an excellent opener to your Irish golfing journey.

Return to Dublin city centre to spend the rest of the day at leisure. You may like to visit Temple Bar - the vibrant cobbled district teems with bars and restaurants with a new delight to be found around each and every corner.

There is no shortage of traditional pubs in which to pull up a stool to join the locals for a well-deserved pint of Guinness!

Day 4
Kilkenny, Ireland
Mount Juliet Breakfast

Day Four: Mount Juliet

Depart Dublin and travel south to Kilkenny, where you will check into your accommodation for this evening, Mount Juliet Hotel.

Set within 1500 acres of woodlands, rolling meadow and bountiful rivers, Mount Juliet Hotel and Estate has epitomized gracious living and country sports for centuries. It’s beguiling harmony of old and new leaves an indelible mark on the most discerning travellers.

The property’s style is best described as 18th century classical Georgian, with fine pieces of furniture, architecture and art evident throughout, reflecting this quite glorious period in history.

Dining is both renowned and a delight whether in the relaxed brasserie or the more formal and grand setting of the signature Michelin starred restaurant, Lady Helen’s. Regardless of the dining option selected, exceptional Irish cuisine, using locally sourced ingredients, will be offered.

Take some time to rest and refresh before heading to Mount Juliet golf course to play another round. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and first opened in 1991 with a friendly match between Nicklaus himself and Christy O’Conner. It has gone on to establish itself as a leading venue for golfers from around the world.

Set in lush, rolling parkland and woodlands, this gem of a course is both captivating and memorable. Keep an eye out for the stunning 3rd hole – the natural stream and lake which guard the green have claimed many balls over the years.

Day 5
Kinsale, Ireland
Old Head, Kinsale Breakfast

Day Five: To Kinsale

This morning travel further south-west. Perhaps pause en-route to visit Blarney Castle which dates back some 600 years and is steeped in history and charm. Legend has it that if you kiss the Stone of Eloquence – also known as the Blarney Stone – found at the top of the Tower, you will never again be lost for words. You may like to stop to visit a nearby Irish whiskey distillery, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, learn the art of triple distilling, and of course try a taste or two before departing.

Continue to your final accommodation, The Clubhouse at Old Head, Kinsale. The Clubhouse includes fifteen luxurious suites, and is one of the most unique accommodations available. Each suite is a perfect blend of opulence and comfort, offering magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Old Head Lighthouse and the 18th Green of the Old Head Golf Links.

Day 6
Kinsale, Ireland
Old Head,Kinsale Breakfast

Day Six: Old Head Golf Links

The Old Head Golf Links has developed into one of the most recognised and sought after golf experiences anywhere on earth. The course juts out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, and provides a sensory overload: the crashing waves of the Atlantic can be heard some 300 feet below you, fragrant Hydrangea and Rosa Rugosa line the Old Head driveway, and breath-taking vistas surround you at every turn.

The dramatic site ensures that you will have an exhilarating game from start to finish, and the experience will stay in your heart and mind for years to come. The Turn is the property’s on-course dining service, providing players with oysters and champagne, salmon and Guinness or even a full turnaround buffet of your favourite dishes “to go”, or as you take a break before setting out to play the back nine.

Undoubtedly, this is one of the greatest golfing experiences in the world.

Day 7
Cork, Ireland
Old Head, Kinsale Breakfast

Day Seven: Cork

Spend the day exploring the nearby city of Cork, Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city. It has a history dating back to the 6th century; it was founded on islands in an estuary, where the River Lee joins the world’s second largest natural harbour.

Waterways circle the city centre crossed by over 20 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colourful houses plus narrow alleys and Georgian architecture which give the city a Continental feel.

Highlights you may like to visit include the stunning Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral. Designed by William Burgess in 1862, it is described as the “most complete example of neo-Gothic architecture in Western Europe” and is dedicated to the city’s founder and patron saint. To experience a panoramic view of the city, head to St Anne’s Shandon – climb the tower and admire the views before ringing the world famous 18th century bells. These still bear their original inscriptions and weigh 6 tonnes in total.

A myriad of artisan and speciality producers have helped develop Cork County into Ireland’s flagship food region. It has a gourmet reputation among the finest in Europe. Drawing on the rich resources of the surrounding countryside and superb Atlantic seafood, the farmer’s markets, speciality food shops and a fine selection of dining facilities offer visitors a wonderful gourmet experience.

Day 8
Cork, Ireland
None Breakfast

Day Eight: Homeward Bound

Your chauffeur-guide will accompany you to Cork Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Golf
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Golfers will find it hard to resist the much sought after experiences in this eight-day programme. Combine the chance to play eighteen holes at the historic Royal Dublin Golf Club with the breathtaking and dramatic Old Head course for a true taste of Ireland.

About Us

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate luxury tailor-made travel service in England, Scotland & Ireland, specializing in the following experiences: Private boxes at events including the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo; Country pursuits and golf with access to private clubs and estates; Equestrian - Stud visits, polo and racing; Whisky Experiences. Private distillery visits and tastings; Exclusive Villa Collection; Incentive and board meetings; Private Castle stays; Celebrations and Events; Bespoke City breaks in London, Edinburgh & Dublin, ; Shorex; Chauffeur guided touring; 'Set Jetting.'

Insider Tip

Our in-house Head of Guiding, Rosie Peattie, is the Mary Poppins of guiding. She knows everything and everyone and adds extraordinary vibrancy to each programme she accompanies!

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Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Dream Escape put together a wonderful array of activities, lodgings, and restaurants for us to enjoy on our first trip to Scotland. Not being familiar with the lay of the land, it was nice to have expert help in ensuring we experienced a great deal of the pleasures the country has to offer. We would highly recommend using them for your next trip.
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Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

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Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
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