Arr 9:10 am – to hotel by noon to drop off luggage
Dublin Castle (free Wed?)
Ha’ Penny Bridge
GPO (General Post Office – historical site)
taxi to St Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Book of Kells
St Stephen’s Green
Molly Malone Statue
Dunbrody Emigrant Ship Experience
Canice’s Round Tower and Cathedral
Monsignor Patrick Caverly’s grave – Skibbereen
Drive along the famed Ring of Kerry and see the Skellig Experience Visitors Centre to learn about the wonders of the Skellig Islands.
Gap of Dunloe
Ross Castle & Lakes of Killarney
A day trip to the Dingle Peninsula to see the rugged Blasket Islands and the ancient Fahan Beehive Huts on Slea Head. The return to Killarney includes a visit to the historic South Pole Inn – a pub opened in 1927 by Kerryman and unsung Antarctic Explorer hero Tom Crean – ending with a visit to the splendid Inch Beach.
Enroute from Killarney to County Clare we will re-live the era of transatlantic with a stop at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, visit the Heritage town of Listowel, take the charming ferry at Tarbet and close out the day near the delightful town of Lisdoonvarna. Here we’ll try to find a traditional Irish music session at one of the town’s family-friendly pubs. (This day may include a stop at The Burren if time permits.)
An excellent day trip from Lisdoonvarna is the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands at the mouth of Galway Bay. Once there, you may bicycle, take a van ride, or hire a horse and carriage to see the historic sites of this official Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) island. Once arriving back on the mainland, if we missed The Burren the previous day, we’ll stop there en route to the magnificent and breathtaking Cliffs of Moher.
“An evening of superb food and wines along with renowned music, song and storytelling awaits you at Dunguaire Castle Banquet on the majestic shores of Galway Bay. … Admission is twice nightly April to mid October at either 5:30pm (finish 7:45pm approx) or 8:45pm (finish 11pm approx). Reservations are necessary.”
If you prefer not to go on a ferry, or the weather won’t allow it, you may head up north to the Galway Crystal Factory and Connemara Marble factory, with possibly a visit to Kylemore Abbey and and the historic city of Galway.
If we didn’t make it to the Crystal Factory and Connemara Marble factory the previous day, we’ll swing by there today on the way back to Dublin via the ancient Irish crossroads and early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. If time permits and people don’t want to spend the next day driving north of Dublin, we can stop by Trim Castle and the Hill of Tara. The final evening will be capped off with the unforgetable performance of Riverdance at the Dublin Gaiety Theatre.
Your flight is a 2:10 pm, so you really should be at the airport around 11:10 am or noon at the very latest.
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