Ireland with Mom & Dad

Day 1: Dublin

Arr 9:10 am – to hotel by noon to drop off luggage
12-1pm Lunch
Dublin Castle (free Wed?)

Temple Bar
Ha’ Penny Bridge
GPO (General Post Office – historical site)
taxi to St Patrick’s Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

Day 2: Dublin

Book of Kells

https://www.museum.ie/Archaeology/Exhibitions/Current-Exhibitions/Kingship-and-Sacrifice

St Stephen’s Green

Grafton Street

Molly Malone Statue

 

Brazen Head

Day 3: To Kilkenny


via Powerscourt House & Gardens
Sally Gap
Glendalough
Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens

Day 4: Kilkenny

Dunbrody Emigrant Ship Experience
Inistioge
Canice’s Round Tower and Cathedral
Kyteler’s Inn

 

Day 5: To Kinsale


Rock of Cashel
Blarney Castle
Ardmore
Cobh Heritage Center

Day 6: Kinsale

Don & Barry’s Walking Tour of Kinsale
Charles Fort – kinsale.ie & Heritage Ireland
Lusitania Museum & Old Head Signal Tower

Monsignor Patrick Caverly’s grave – Skibbereen

Day 7: To Killarney

Via Kinsale-Skibbereen-MollsGap & Ladies View-Killarney (& Kenmare Lace)

Day 8: Killarney

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
Jaunting Car
Ross Castle & Lakes of Killarney

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: Lisdoonvarna


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.)

 

Day 11: Lisdoonvarna

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.

Day 12: Back to Dublin


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.

Day 13: Dublin

On this final day, if people are up for it,  on the way to the airport we can drive up to the Boyne Valley and visit either Newgrange (reservations?) – OR – the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle.

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.