This all-encompassing tour takes you to the best of Luxury Ireland – 14 days, including accommodation, breakfasts, car hire and many attractions.
Every bespoke hotel chosen for the unique Irish story it tells, each property is a multi award winner
Dublin – 2 nights Clontarf Castle Hotel. Luxury Castle Hotel of The Year in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2017
Belfast – 1 night Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast. TripAdvisor top 25 hotel in Ireland
Derry – 1 night Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Georgina Campbell Best Hotel In Ireland Award 2015
Donegal – 1 night Lough Eske Castle Hotel. Condé Naste top three luxury Ireland hotel, Luxury Hotel of the Year 2017
Mayo – 1 night Knockranny House Hotel. AA Hotel Of The Year
Connemara – 2 nights Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Recognition of Excellence for 2019 from HotelsCombined.
Killarney – 2 nights The Cahernane House Hotel. AA Culinary Excellence Award
Cork – 1 night Hayfield Manor. TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award 2018 – Ranked 4th top hotel in Ireland
Waterford – 1 night Waterford Castle Hotel. Irish Hotel Awards Castle Of The Year 2019
Wicklow – 1 night Powerscourt Hotel. 2019 Global Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards Ireland’s Leading Luxury Spa Hotel
Dublin – 1 night Clontarf Castle Hotel. Luxury Castle Hotel of The Year in the Luxury Travel Guide Global Awards 2017
Look here for the history and stories behind these bespoke hotelsThe Irish heritage permeates from every one of our special curated hotel collection
14 nights accommodation at the luxury hotels suggested above or similar
14 full Irish Breakfasts at your hotels
Hertz car rental for 13 days of category D (VW Jetta manual or similar)
Private transfer from/to Dublin Airport to the hotel on day 1 and day 15
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Visits included in the price:
– Dublin Hop On Hop Off bus
– Trinity College and Book of Kells
– Guinness Storehouse
– Titanic Belfast
– Carrick-a-rede bridge
– Giants Causeway
– Kylemore Abbey
– Return ferry from Rossaveal to Inish Mor island
– Cliffs of Moher
– Muckross House
– Blarney Castle
– House of Waterford Crystal
– Glendalough Visitor Centre
– Powerscourt Gardens
Service charges and taxes at current rates
The outstanding list of Luxury Hotels, Houses and Manors in this Luxury Ireland tour
Clontarf Castle Hotel is the perfect blend of a boutique and luxury hotel, providing unique style and exceptional service in comfortable surroundings. Hotel has a well thought out form from guests’ point of view by providing a modern aesthetic built around an ancient base. Located just 10 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre and 5 miles from Dublin Airport, the Clontarf Castle Hotel in Ireland is an oasis, tucked away in a tranquil setting, surrounded by fabulous golf courses and the sounds of waves from the Irish Sea. The hotel offers beautifully renovated guest bedrooms that come in different categories: deluxe rooms, executive rooms, Boutique Queen rooms and Luxury suites.
Recently awarded Five Stars, The Fitzwilliam Hotel is a super-elegant masterpiece located in the heart of the Belfast city centre, epitomising Luxury Ireland. Fabulous guestrooms, incredible food, a much-loved bar and the best service you have ever experienced: simply a new definition of a boutique hotel. Great public transportation accessibility and just a short walk from all the main Belfast attractions. You will find features such as free WiFi, a restaurant and a 24-hour fitness centre. All rooms are air-conditioned, have installed iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs. The AA Rosette Restaurant at the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast is a work of art, a busy place known for its quality food and fresh produce. They are also proud members of Taste of Ulster & the Restaurants Association of Ireland.
The Beech Hill Country House is a hidden gem. Beech Hill is a 17th century manor house surrounding by 32 acres of beautiful woodlands & lakes, located just outside Derry city (3 miles in fact) uniquely designed to give you a country escape & city break all in one! Steeped in history, Beech Hill is a warm and welcoming country house with beautifully decorated guestrooms, each with their own individual character & charm, a newly opened Gastro Bar aptly named Sixteen22 (the year of the original building) and the award-winning fine dining Ardmore restaurant.
Family owned and run, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest 4* hotels. Set in secluded grounds on a hillside, this luxury hotel stands proudly overlooking the picturesque town of Westport and enjoys breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north. The welcoming atmosphere at Knockranny House Hotel begins with the open log fires in the reception hall, and is carried throughout the property with its antique furniture, excellent spa facilities, superb cuisine and friendly service, creating a genuine sense of relaxed warmth and hospitality. It was previously voted as AA Irish hotel of the year. Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is the perfect base for a touring or activity break or just to simply relax. They will ensure you have a wonderful stay.
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. A luxury 4-star hotel located on a 700 acre estate with 48 bedrooms & suites overlooking the river, mountain or both. The Fisherman’s pub serves lunch and dinner by the open log fire, dinner is also served in the award-winning Owenmore Restaurant. On-site, miles of scenic river & lakeside walks, bicycles to explore the area, fly fishing and clay shooting. Locally we have a boat trip from Roundstone fishing village which includes a trip to a deserted island & lobster fishing and great hiking. Connemara National Park, Connemara Golf Club and Clifden are all a short drive as is the ferry & airport to the Aran Islands. Ballynahinch Castle is the ideal base for touring Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Cahernane House Hotel is a boutique four-star hotel located on a private estate on the edge of Killarney Park. Formerly home to the Herbert Family, this manor house is just a 10 minute walk to Killarney town centre. The hotel boasts 40 unique guest rooms; 12 of which are located in the original house and the other 28 are located in the garden wing of the hotel. Each room has many of the original features including wooden ceiling beams and beautiful fireplaces.
Located alongside the historic University College Cork, Hayfield Manor is set on a backdrop of two-acre of beautiful mature gardens and is just a pleasant stroll to the heart of Cork city. The charming coastal towns of Kinsale and Cobh and the world-famous Blarney Castle are a short and scenic journey from the hotel. Spacious bedrooms have been individually designed with elegant marble bathrooms and relaxation space. Residents enjoy exclusive access to The Beautique Spa. The hotel offers two award-winning and distinctive restaurants: Orchids Restaurant specializes in fine Irish cuisine served with great sophistication and the vibrant Perrotts Bistro features Mediterranean and worldwide specialities.
Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City. Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort. With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in an award-winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.
Outstanding among luxury five star hotels in Ireland and set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country is Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection, a 194-room Enniskerry resort in County Wicklow showcasing Palladian-style architecture and offering guests a host of amenities. Recently named AA Hotel of the Year, two championship golf courses, a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA, a signature restaurant and traditional Irish pub are among this luxury hotel’s distinctive attractions. Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection’s Palladian design forms a majestic crescent on the side of one of Ireland’s most celebrated valleys. The layout of the seven-storey hotel gives a lot of rooms and suites views of the remarkable Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Luxury Ireland Itinerary
DAY 1 – DUBLIN
Arrive in Dublin. In the afternoon, take in the attractions of Europe’s most popular city. Don’t miss Trinity College, the Book of Kells, St Patrick’s Cathedral and trendy Temple Bar. Taking a break from sight-seeing, Grafton St. (Dublin’s favourite shopping district) has everything you need to relax. Visit Bewley’s Café and enjoy an Irish coffee in a favourite venue of many of Dublin’s literary greats. Venture down Wicklow St to find quaint bistros and the Powerscourt Shopping Centre, which boasts the perfect combination of variety and a stunning setting or maybe go alfresco with a picnic in St. Stephen’s Green. Once you’re refreshed, it’s back on the trail again seeking out all that Dublin has to offer. Dublin for 1 night
DAY 2 – DUBLIN
Today visit the famous Guinness Storehouse. During the tour you’ll discover all the history behind this famous brand and get an insight into the magic behind the “black stuff”. Or maybe you’d prefer a hot drop of Whiskey? The Jameson distillery has got just what you need. Learn about John Jameson and the inspirational story behind his world-renowned whiskey, topped off with a tasting session. For the art-lover Dublin has a whole host of museums and art galleries from the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle to the National Museum of Archaeology or the Irish Museum of Modern Art. What’s more, entry is free, so there’s no excuse not to sample some of the more artistic delights our “Fair City” has to offer. Your visit to Dublin will be packed with fond memories, unforgettable sights and sounds, but you still have the treat of a full Irish breakfast ahead of you the next morning. You’ve seen the best of Dublin and tomorrow you will continue on your trip to see the Best of Ireland. Dublin for 1 night
DAY 3 – DUBLIN TO BELFAST
Today drive to Belfast via the ancient Boyne Valley. Visit the many sights Belfast has to offer. This thriving city is divided into four quarters: the Gaeltacht Quarter, the Cathedral Quarter, the Queen’s Quarter and the Titanic Quarter. Each quarter has its own defining characteristics, but the one that unifies them is the people and their charismatic nature and welcoming charm. Don’t miss the Titanic Belfast. There are nine galleries of interactive exhibition space, a dark ride, underwater exploration theatre, recreations of the ship’s decks and cabins and a luxurious conference and banqueting suite. This landmark structure is truly a sight to behold, with a unique architectural design influenced by numerous maritime themes, including the unforgettable forward bow of the Titanic itself. Belfast for 1 night.
DAY 4 – BELFAST TO DERRY
Today you travel to Derry. On your way enjoy the stunning scenery of the Antrim Coast. Stop at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, originally constructed by fishermen as a means to check their salmon nets on Carrick-a-Rede Island. Nowadays visitors flock to this attraction to take this exhilarating challenge and cross the gap. Continue on to Giant’s Causeway which is a truly magical place. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of it. Set against a dynamic coastal landscape with views of crushing Atlantic waves and rugged cliffs, the causeway forms a jagged formation, which juts out in Scotland’s direction. Walk along the columns, feel the fresh open breeze and listen for the lingering whispers of those characters from old folklore tales. Derry for 1 night.
DAY 5 – DERRY TO DONEGAL
An early morning start to to sample the scenic delight of the Inishowen Peninsula as you travel from Derry to Donegal or else Glenveagh National Park (Ireland’s largest National Park) is a great location to enjoy the country air and take in your surroundings. Covering over 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh mountains, visitors are invited to embark on an array of walking trails with guides, which deal with different themes within the park, such as sites of historical significance. Travelling towards the south-west of Donegal, nestled in the rugged landscape, you’ll find Gleann Cholm Cille (or Glencolmcille). Within this area, the small community has championed innovation and tradition and successfully maintained their cultural vitality. Killybegs village will be your final stop off before you return to your accommodation for the night. The village is a hive of activity, including horse riding so you’re sure to be kept entertained. Topped off with a relaxing walk along the golden beaches of this fishing town you will be lulled into a relaxed bliss with immense views stretching out into the horizon for miles. Donegal for 1 night
DAY 6 – ACHILL ISLAND
Today we suggest to visit Achill Island. This is Ireland’s largest offshore island in County Mayo and can be accessed via a road bridge. Once there you’ll find a plethora of activities, sights and breath-taking scenery. The Atlantic Drive takes visitors on a 40km round trip that includes the very best of the island’s scenery. Achill is also home to five stunning Blue Flag beaches, some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs and large tracts of blanket bog, which sweep over the island’s two peaks and down to the shore. The island holds proof of human settlement dating back 5,000 years in the form of various megalithic tombs and promontory forts. A visit to the deserted village of Slievemore is a must. Cyclists and walkers are also catered for with a host of trails and quiet lanes, which will help you to discover all that this idyllic island has to offer. The Great Western Greenway is a new 42km long track for cyclists, walkers and runners and follows the route of the former Achill to Westport railway line. Mayo for 1 night
DAY 7 – CONNEMARA
Today travel to one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in Ireland. Connemara area is one of the few remaining in Ireland where the native tongue (Gaeilge) is still fluently spoken as a first language. Travel through the stunning Doolough Valley and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Killary Harbour. You can even take part in a cruise on Ireland’s only fjord! Visit the exquisite neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey, nestled in a lush forest on the edge of Kylemore Lake. Clifden, Connemara’s capital is well worth a visit and the scenic Sky Road drive just outside town should not be missed. However long you spend in Connemara you will be constantly enchanted by the ever hanging scenery of mountains and valleys, lakes and beaches and bays. Connemara for 1 night.
DAY 8 – ARAN ISLANDS
Today catch a ferry to the Aran Islands. There are 3 islands in total Inishmore, Inishmaan and lastly the smallest of the three Inisheer. There are some 1,200 people living on the islands and the vast majority use Irish as their main language. The islands are known for their breath-taking coastal views, their 1600 km of stone walls and for having some of the oldest archaeological sites in Ireland namely Dún Chonchúir on Inishmaan and Dún Aengus on Inishmore. Dún Aengus is arguably the most famous site of the three islands. Set atop a cliff top, rising some 100 metres out of the sea, this Iron or Bronze Age site has been called one of the best examples of a pre-historic site in Europe. Built in a semi-circle with defensive walls, complete with steps and wall walks it is the largest of such sites on the islands. There are many things to see and do on the islands, with one of the most popular being a bicycle ride around Inishmore. Connemara for 1 night.
DAY 9 – CLIFFS OF MOHER
An early morning start to catch the spectacular Cliffs of Moher— which fall 200m steeply into the wild Atlantic ocean. Pass through the Burren – without dispute, one of the most unique – and strangest – landscapes in Europe. The Burren is bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. After your visit to the Cliffs of Moher you will continue on to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, where one can stop for a pint of stout a9t Durty Nellies. Continue to the postcard pretty Adare Village before arriving in Killarney. In the afternoon stroll around Muckross House and Gardens where the nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney Lakes and National Park. Kerry for 1 night.
DAY 10 – RING OF KERRY
The Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most scenic touring routes. At 179 km long, it circles the awe-inspiring Iveragh Peninsula. You’ll feel as if you have moved into nature’s mystic arena, and truly you have, as you pass between soft mountains, through forest glades, around bogs, rivers, lakes and pristine beaches. The road between the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountains presents secret passes and valleys dotted along the fabled shores of Dingle and Kenmare Bays. Ireland’s natural beauty sings throughout the Ring of Kerry. You may wish to explore several charming villages along the route, including Glenbeigh, Waterville, and Sneem. Stroll and talk to people—this is what makes your travel experience unique. Follow the drive to Killarney by way of the Ladies View and the legendary Lakes of Killarney. Kerry for 1 night.
DAY 11 – DINGLE PENINSULA
Today explore around the Dingle Peninsula. This mass of land, which stretches for roughly 48km (30 mi) juts out into the Atlantic Ocean has some of the most beautiful coastal drives you will ever experience in Ireland. The Peninsula is home to the mountain range of Slieve Mish, Ireland second highest peak (Mount Brandon) as well as various cliffs fronts and beaches. Follow the coastal road up to Slea Head, the most Western point in Europe, laze on the beautiful sandy beach and enjoy the views of the Blasket Islands . Visit the colourful Dingle village in the afternoon, famed for its extraordinary seafood and its famous inhabitant—Fungi the dolphin! After the Dingle adventure continue on to Cork. Cork 1 night
DAY 12 – CORK TO WATERFORD
Today visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone located on top of the castle. Rumour has it that if you kiss the legendary ‘Stone of Eloquence’, you’ll never again be lost for words! Make your way to Waterford city which is best known for being the home of one of Ireland’s most treasured exports Waterford Crystal. The glass manufacturers still play a big role in the city and every visitor to the region should take the Waterford Crystal guided tour and become the envy of all of their friends and family by picking up some unique Irish craftwork. The Viking Triangle is a must see and encompasses a number of different museums. Reginald’s Tower is the centrepiece of the area and provides a chance to see “The Kite Brooch” a stunning piece of 12th century metalwork amongst many other unique artefacts. Waterford for 1 night.
DAY 13 – WATERFORD TO WICKLOW
Spend a full day at Wicklow Mountain National Park which covers part of a mountain range that extends over most of County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. The upper slopes and rounded peaks are blanketed with heath and bog. The open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and the winding mountain roads. The most visited area is the scenic Glendalough Valley where the ancient monastic settlement of St. Kevin is located. The Powerscourt House and Gardens make also a great visit. he gardens are comprised of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, rambling walks, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs. The 18th Century Palladian House incorporates a variety of shops, terrace café and house exhibition. Wicklow for 1 night.
DAY 14 – WICKLOW TO DUBLIN
Morning at leisure to either shop for the souvenirs on Grafton Street or spend a few hours taking in more of all the wealth of attractions that you may have missed earlier. Dublin for 1 night.
DAY 15 DEPARTURE Time at leisure in Dublin and transfer to the airport.
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