Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Independent, Private

Enchanting Upper Ireland (8 days)

Adams & Butler Ireland

Dublin, Ireland To Kildare, Ireland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Aug 2018

Enchanting Upper Ireland (8 days)


Day 1
Dublin, Ireland
Tankardstown Lunch, Dinner

Arrive Dublin

Tour of the Highlights of Dublin City

5* Add-on Afternoon Tea with Desmond Guinness at Leixlip Castle

O/N Choice of Tankardstown, Bellinter or Carton House

Day 2
Hollywood, Ireland
Culloden Estate and Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Neolithic exploration: Newgrange, Trim Castle, Knowth and Dowth, Tara

O/N Choice of Merchant Hotel, Culloden Hotel, Fitzwilliam, Ballywalter Park

Day 3
Belfast, Ireland
Merchant Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit National Trust Mount Stewart

Spend up to half day with Tracey Jeffery on a foodie trail, making traditional bread, having a private visit at Killyleagh Castle with Gawn the owner, a pub lunch at the oldest coaching inn in Northern Ireland - Dufferin Coaching Inn, or harvest your own oysters for lunch by tractor at Patrice’s Oyster Shac

Optional visit to Castle Ward for a Games of Throne Experience

5* Add-on Lunch at Ballywalter Park with Lord & Lady Dunleath

O/N Choice of Merchant Hotel, Culloden Hotel, Fitzwilliam, Ballywalter Park

Day 4
Ballygally, Ireland
Ballygally Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Belfast City Hall, Stormont Parliament Buildings, Titanic Belfast and drive by Mural Walls

Day 5
Donegal, Ireland
Lough Eske Castle Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Steensons the Game of Thrones’ Jewellers, Glenarm Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede

Lunch in Bushmills – optional visit distillery

Guided Tour of Derry City & Outskirts

O/N Lough Eske or Harvey’s Point

Day 6
Donegal, Ireland
Harvey's Point Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Glenveagh National Park

Visit Slieve League Cliffs & the fishing village of Killybegs

O/N Lough Eske or Harvey’s Point

Day 7
Sligo, Ireland
The Temple House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring Sligo with Maritime Archaeologist, Geographer and Historian Auriel Robinson. A guided walk in scenic coastal areas and in rugged mountainous territory, looking at wild flora and fauna, and exploring connections to W.B and Jack Yeats, ancient tombs of historic Irish Queens, the Spanish Armada Trail, and those who left Sligo during the Irish famine. Explore the ancient and mysterious tombs of Carrowkeel and Carrowmore. Visit to Inishmurray Island, an alfresco dining ‘Shellfish Experience’ at Strandhill and an optional horseback trek.

Dinner with a Yeats’ Experience

Enjoy dinner whilst discovering the poet WB Yeats in the heart of Yeats Country, as his story and poems are told throughout the meal in a private Irish home stylishly contemporary with a wonderful collection of 20th century Irish art and incredible views of Yeats Country from the 40-foot glass wall overlooking Lough Gill.

O/N Coopershill, Temple House or Mount Falcon

Day 8
Kildare, Ireland
The K Club Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Kildare stopping off at Carrick on Shannon or Strokestown National Famine Museum.

Lunch at National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Optional Shopping

O/N Roundwood House, The K Club or Martinstown House.

Tour Features


  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Islands & Beaches
  • Sightseeing


Enjoy 8 days in Upper Ireland discovering an amazing range of food-focused experiences in unique locations and extraordinary 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. Spend the day exploring Sligo with Maritime Archaeologist, Geographer and Historian Auriel Robinson, experience an unforgettable foodie trail with Tracey Jeffrey, and visit Castle Ward known as Winterfell to Game of Thrones fans.

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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