The Christy Haley Irish Experience
Sept 20th to 29th 2022
10 Day/ 9 Night tour
Cost per person sharing $2075
Supplement for single traveler is $250
Secret Ireland tours are delighted to join forces with Christy Hailey, family and cousins to create an itinerary covering most of Ireland. We visit some amazing places such as Powerscourt House and Gardens, Newgrange, Titanic museum, Giants Causeway, Sliabh Liag, Cliffs of Moher. We visit amazing waterfalls, Lakes, Castles, we see birds of prey, oyster farm, amazing scenery, beaches, and we stay in a variety of beautiful hotels, from small country family run hotels to 3 and 4 star, and we also stay in an Irish Castle too!
We are entertained by some of the best musicians in Ireland. You will enjoy hanging out with the locals too!
Below you will find your itinerary with links to all the accommodation. Just click the name of the hotel and it will open up for you.
Subject to slight change
We pick you up at Dublin airport at around 9am and bring you to our first stop, Powerscourt gardens and Waterfall in Co Wicklow. Amazing gardens, ponds, walks here and the waterfall is magical! We then come back to Dublin where we bring you on a bus tour, pointing out famous places. We then bring you to Jameson Distillery before we bring you to Temple Bar to have an evening meal at the Famous Norseman Pub before returning to our hotel. We are staying in:
We go North today. Our first stop is Newgrange which is a very special historical site in Ireland and indeed in Europe. It is a collection of underground passage tombs that pre-date the pyramids by 500 years.
We then go to Belfast city, take a bus tour and visit the Titanic museum to learn about the making and launching of that ship. Tonight we stay in Larne which is North of Belfast in the Dobbins Inn Hotel
We take the scenic route by the East coast to our first stop to visit Castle Ward which was one of the locations for the Game of Thrones. Castle Ward was transformed in to Winterfell. We then visit another location used for the Game of Thrones called "The Dark Hedges" known as "The Kings highway" before going on to explore one of the wonders of the world which is called The Giants Causeway. . We stay in the town of Letterkenny tonight in Dillons Hotel.
Today you are taken on a very scenic drive to the highest cliffs in Europe called Sliabh Liag. The scenery on the way there is spectacular. There is a viewing bay for your pleasure and there is also a cliff walk that you can take if you feel inclined. We then take you Mullaghmore Coastal drive where you can take a little time to take photo's of the North West coast. Then totally different scenery as we take you around the Horseshoe drive at the back on our iconic mountain in Sligo called Benbulben. We finish off the day with a visit to a very historical beach called Streedagh in North Sligo. We make our way to the hotel that we will stay in for the next three nights called Cawleys Hotel.
For the first half of the day we give you a choice of what you might want to do. We can book you into a tour that entails visiting an Oyster farm on the beautiful Coney Island which takes about 2 hours, or we can book you into Voya Seaweed baths, or we can bring those people who want to hike up a mountain nearby called Knocknarea, you will see Queen Maeve's burial mound there and the views are breath-taking, or we can bring you into Sligo town to explore it for a while.
We then finish off the evening with a visit to Eagles Flying.
Today we bring you to the city of Galway but on the way we stop at Knock Shrine where people who want to attend Mass in the famous Knock Basilica can do so. Others can explore the grounds and shrine and then we make our way to Spiddal Craft village where you will be able to stroll in and out of the craft shops and workshops watching all the craft men and women as they work on there amazing crafts, and you will also hear the locals speak in their native language of Irish.
We then bring you to Galway city with its cobbled streets, small shops and musical streets. The night life is great too and we stay there tonight.
We take a trip to visit Parkes Castle today which sits on the shores of Lough Gill. It is a very scenic drive around the lake to the Holy well. This is a very special place that was used in penal times where the locals would come to attend a secret Mass. We then go to a beautiful Waterfall that featured in many of WB Yeats poems called Glencar waterfall in co Letrim before stopping in Lough Key for a while. There you can view an 11th century castle that sits on its own Island. There are lovely walks, tunnels, canopy walks, wishing chairs, fairy bridges, zip lines and so much more to enjoy!
We head for the Cliffs of Moher but on the way we take a short stop in Kinvarra and visit the Castle there. The cliffs of Moher are spectacular and are always very busy with tourists. There is a great Heritage center there and a gift shop too! We then go on to check out Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. You will get a tour of the Castle and learn all about its history and then you can take your time visiting all the houses in the folk park and learn how we lived in times gone by.
Tonight we stay in the Bunratty Castle Hotel
We are making our way back to Dublin today but on the way we visit the amazing Rock of Cashel that overlooks the town and the stunning countryside of the Golden Vale. You will hear all about the history of this place from one of their great tour guides. We then visit Kilkenny Castle and town before going to Fitzpatricks Castle for our last night accommodation. You can boast about staying in an authentic 18th century Castle when you go back to your friends.
Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel in Dublin
We bring you back to the airport today and wish you a safe flight back home. We don't say goodbye but "See you when you return with Secret Ireland Tours"
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