Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Rediscover the Undiscovered Ireland (11 days)

Adams & Butler Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Belfast, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 19 Jul 2018


Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
The Merrion Hotel Breakfast

Arrive in Dublin and enjoy VIP meet and greet service at the airport bringing you directly to the door of your driver guide's vehicle.

Be taken from the airport to your first activity Art 2 Sea a unique combination of guided tours through The National Gallery and one additional gallery followed by lunch and an afternoon experience in Dublin Bay on a sailing yacht.

Your luggage will be waiting in your rooms upon your arrival to the hotel.

Take some time to freshen up and head to dinner.

Day 2
Dublin, Ireland
Connemara, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Pack your bags for transfer to your next hotel then spend a leisurely morning in the city before heading over to the world famous Guinness Storehouse to take the tour, be tutored in how to pour a perfect pint and partake in a connoisseur Guinness tasting experience.

Later in the afternoon take a private transfer to Westin Airport to meet your helicopter transfer to Ashford Castle, Ireland's top 5 star property for your overnight.

Day 3
Cong, Ireland
Ashford Castle Breakfast

Experience all the thrills, exhilaration, but most of all comfort of helicopter touring with one of 2 day trips from Ashford.

Option 1: This is the ultimate luxurious scenic tour entailing Irelands most spectacular sights. From take-off the helicopter will route along the coastline over to the Burren "Boireann" one of the largest karst landscapes in Europe to Ireland's most visited tourist attraction the world famous Cliffs of Moher "Aillte an Mhothair" before crossing over to the largest of the Aran Islands - Árainn (Mhór) / Inis Mór) Inis Mor. Here we can stop over for up to a 5 hour stay where you can explore the fascinating, rich and unique tradition of the island at your leisure with lunch at a local restaurant before returning to base. Perhaps spend some time exploring the island by horse-drawn carriage.

Option 2: Visit the Knock Shrine and Knock Folk Museum. Knock was once a small, inconspicuous Irish town in the west until August 21st 1879, when two local women said they saw an apparition of Mary, Joseph and St John the Evangelist at the south gable of the parish church. Thirteen other local people came to the site following their report and confirmed the apparition. Since then, the town has grown up as a Marian shrine, with the spot where the visions were seen enclosed in glass to form a small chapel. Knock is now a destination for many pilgrims, including the ill, who come seeking miracle cures. Many have claimed miracles after visiting Knock, and various church investigations have confirmed Knock’s status as a holy site.

In the evening arrive back from the tour of your choice for dinner in one of Ashford's exemplary restraunts

Day 4
Killaloe, Ireland
Kenmare, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge Breakfast

10:30am Helicopter pick-up form Ashford to Killaloe.

Discover a whole new layer of Irish hospitality with private access to the parts of Ireland many rarely get to see.

Arrive to Whitegate HarbourThrough a hidden door, taste 3 Irish craft Gins/Whiskeys at The Private Shibeen/pub lit only by candlelight Meet Stephanie, our Sean Nos dancer at The Cottage Room - fun, energetic and old style Savoury Warm tapas served with a drink of choice at Nuala's traditional Irish pub/restaurantVia 15min scenic river cruise, access a private Castle nestled on its own Island - Meade & Potin tastingsArrive to the Lakehouse Villa - with art & architecture tour, with a watercolours art class of the landscape oppositeFrom the deck board your private motor yacht for a scenic cruise of the local villages and enter Ireland's lakelandsVIP Evening Dinner in a dining room with 300 degree views with fresh cream liqueur cocktailsEvening entertainment at The Villa - harpist on arrival & during dinner, current All Ireland Irish dancer & accordist after Dinner (13 & 14 yrs old).

7pm Helicopter transfer from Killaloe to Sheen Falls Lodge.

Day 5
Dingle, Ireland
Kenmare, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge Breakfast

10am. Set off along the shore of Dingle Bay to explore this lovely peninsula.You pass Inch Strand where ancient red cliffs lead down to a sandy spit going far out into the sea. This was one of the entrances to Tir na Oge, the land of eternal youth of the legend of Niamh and Ossian., It was also used in the film Ryan’s Daughter, which you should see on DVD before travelling. Here also is Annascul, where John Crean lived, an Antarctic explorer with Shackleton. Coming on towards Dingle the road winds along the coast, past the ruins of Minard Castle.

The Dingle Peninsula has been inhabited for almost 6,000 years. The first settlers on the peninsula were nomadic hunters and gatherers who foraged on the coast for their food. Later Stone Age man and Bronze Age man were to build their tombs, erect their standing stones, and toil the land for the first time. The Celtic population arrived in the couple of hundred years before the birth of Christ and brought their ancestral goddess "Duibhne", after which the Dingle Peninsula has been named in Gaelic: Corca Dhuibhne, the tribe of Duibhne. In the centuries that followed, the peninsula was to be visited by Vikings, Normans and English.

Day 6
Skellig Michael , Ireland
Rings of Kerry, Ireland
Killarney, Ireland
Kenmare, Ireland
Sheen Falls Lodge Breakfast

10am. Helicopter tour over The Ring of Kerry and Aerial Flying for the Camera of Skellig Michael for the Epic Scenes of Skellig Michael in Star Wars the force awakens. (To Note - it is not possible to land on the Skelligs for touring purposes).

The Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s Scenic highlight is 120 miles of stunning seaside with the mountains always beside you. Kerry is a land of contrasts - velvet green golf courses, empty golden beaches, rugged cliffs, exotic gardens, wild scenery, unchanged since the ice age, hidden communes of artists & writers, stone age monuments, & fish filled rivers & lakes. When going around the Ring of Kerry be sure to visit St Flanans Bay where the wild fuchsia carpets the countryside & the Skellig Chocolate Company for the best chocolate in the world. A very spiritual place is the shrine in the slate quarry on Valentia Island.

3:40pm Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

Non golfers - Afternoon at Leisure.

Day 7
Straffan, Ireland
The K Club Breakfast

12pm - Helicopter transfer from Sheen Falls to K Club.

AFTERNOON: Following your insightful Art History tour, there are options for other activities: Horse riding, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting & Clay Pigeon Shooting to be requested.

2pm – Ball booked at the Smurfit golf course, K Club.

7pm. Whiskey Tasting in the Vintage Crop Bar at the K Club.

Private Irish Whiskey Tasting Session.

Discover the Differences and Variations Between

· Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whisky Bourbons & Rye’s

· Blends V’s Malts

· Vintages V’s Non Vintage

· Casks and the usage of woods

· Island Still, Pot still and Main land whiskeys both Irish & Scotch

· Measures

· An explanation of the tasting process and what to look for

Tasting of 17.5 ml of each of the above

Day 8
Kildare, Ireland
Wicklow, Ireland
Straffan, Ireland
The K Club Breakfast

10am Private Tour at The National Stud Farm: Situated alongside the Japanese Gardens, the world famous National Stud is a must for all bloodstock followers. The Stud consists of 958 acres of land and there are 288 horses in the form of mares, foals and stallions.

The Wicklow Way - The countryside of Ireland is a patchwork of many different landscape types, including several mountainous and upland areas. One of the most spectacular of these is in county Wicklow, just south of Dublin, which despite its proximity to the capital contains many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails of which The Wicklow Way is the best known.

Glendalough - The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthrall visitors from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way.

Dinner booked at K Club restaurant at 7pm.

Day 9
Belfast, Ireland
The Merchant Hotel Breakfast

9am Helicopter transfer from K Club to Belfast. 9:45am Black Cab Tour.

Explore the city of Belfast with a Black Taxi Tour learning about the history and struggle of Northern Ireland. The tour can cover the Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse, the Belfast Peace Wall, the Shankill Road and Falls Road and political wall murals. 1 to 2 hours tour.

Time permitting visit the Titanic Belfast Exhibition - it is a 2-hour visit. Otherwise you can visit it the next day before heading out for your tour. The exhibition extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

To The Parliament at Stormont is one of the most striking buildings in Belfast. You can see it from most of the city and the Portland Stone reflects any sunlight that might sneak its way through the usual blanket of clouds above our city.

3pm Titanic Belfast tour.

Transfer to The Merchant Hotel.

Day 10
Belfast, Ireland
Bushmills, Ireland
The Merchant Hotel Breakfast

10:30am Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge -Take the exhilarating rope bridge to Carrick-a-Rede island and enjoy a truly clifftop experience. This 30-metre deep and 20-metre wide chasm is traversed by a rope bridge traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Average length of visit 1 hour 30 minutes. Last entry to rope bridge 45 minutes before closing. Guided Tours: If you have a head for heights, a sense of adventure and a love of nature you will enjoy this tour of awe inspiring Carrick-a-rede. Learn about traditional salmon fishing, the wildlife, geology and history of this incredible place.

12pm Visit & private tasting at Old Bushmills Distillery.

1pm Lunch at Bushmill’s Inn

3:30pm Giants CausewayThe Giant’s Causeway, located along the stunning North Antrim Coast, is an area of approximately 40,000 columns, the result of ancient volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Legend tells the story of how the giant Finn McCool created the Causeway as a challenge to his Scottish rival Benandonner. As well as being Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway is also a National Nature Reserve and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dinner booked at The Great Room Restaurant at 7pm.

Day 11
Belfast, Ireland
Culloden Estate and Spa Breakfast

Private Transfer from the Merchant Hotel to Culloden Estate

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Air & Helicopter Tours
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking
  • Wildlife & Nature


Enjoy 11 days in Ireland North and South discovering an amazing range of food-focused experiences in unique locations & extraordinary private properties. These are combined with a burst of genuine Irish hospitality as clients meet the locals, fused with elements of Irish art, architecture, castles, and culture - a true private behind the scenes taste of Ireland like never before. Cruise the sea and the river Shannon, fly over the Cliffs of Moher, have a private tour of the Irish National Stud Farm and Japanese Gardens with a loose member of the Irish Aristocracy, and finish this unusual itinerary with a Black Cab tour of the vibrant city of Belfast that enthralled a bloody civil war, east to west, north to south, taking in both sides of the community and how they depicted their war efforts through amazingly detailed murals.

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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

Top notch

By: CC

Reviewed on: 16 May 2018

Our trip to Scotland was just a dream! We were thrilled with the itinerary and all that we got to see and do. We felt it was a very good balance of relaxation and adventure. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Fiona our walking guide in Edinburgh. She was so lovely and full of interesting tidbits we would have never known about Edinburgh and Scotland without her! We only had a few minor issues which is inevitable with any major trip. We paid extra for the GPS with Europcar and once we got on the road it became apparent the GPS was not working in the rental car. We have since gotten reimbursed for that, but it was a bit of a headache while trying to navigate with just our cell phones. Additionally, we were not aware that the Castle Hotel required a sport coat for dinner. Luckily they did have a closet full of coats available for loan. Thank you so much for all your assistance with our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Peter Rubin