Sacred sites of Ireland with STAR 93.3  & STAR 99.1 FM

Aug 23rd to Sept 1st 2021

Cost of tour $2695 per person based double occupancy.
$ 500 supplement for single traveler.

Secret Ireland Tours are delighted to join forces with STAR 93.3 FM for a Sacred Sites of Ireland tour. Join on-air personality Brant Hansen to see some of the unique sites you don't get on most tours of the Emerald Isle.

You will experience some of the spiritual and holy places in Ireland. Get to know the ancient history of this wonderful country and home of St Patrick - from the Book of Kells to WB Yeats Grave. From St Kevins round towner in Glendalough to the Hill of Tara.  Your breath will be taken away by the scenic beauty and heavenly reverence. Take an evening walk on the golden sands of Rosses Point beach in County Sligo while staying in the Yeats Country Hotel on the shores of the Atlantic. Dine and stay in an authentic and working 18th century Castle. So much history and beauty you won't want to  miss.

See below itinerary for more details of the journey you will embark upon - maybe you'll see the end of the rainbow, or if we have the luck of the Irish, our host Brant Hansen will dance a jig to authentic Celtic music or he might even play the accordion with the band.

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Sacred sites of Ireland with STAR 93.3 FM radio 
Travel Itinerary
Itinerary is subject to slight change depending on weather conditions or availability!

Day 1 Aug 23rd

We pick you up at Dublin airport in the morning and bring you a short journey to Malahide Castle. We take a tour of the castle and we get to explore the beautiful grounds too. Then we take you into Dublin city center where you go to Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells and the long hall library. We settle into to hotel where you can relax or you can go out and explore the city.

Day 2 Aug 24th

Having enjoyed a hearty breakfast, we take our first journey down South to Powerecourt House and Garden. Beautifully laid out gardens with ponds, walks and even a Japanese Garden too!

We then go to St Kevin's monastic site dating back to the 6th century. A very spiritual place full of history.

Day 3 Aug 25th

We go further South today to visit and explore Kilkenny Castle and grounds. Built in the 11th Century this castle is full of history and is in magnificent condition. We then make our way to the world famous Rock of Cashel. This is a spectacular and iconic tourist attraction. There is nothing like it in the world.

Day 4 Aug 26th

We leave Dublin today and head towards the North West, stopping at the Hill of Tara first. It is a hill and ancient ceremonial and burial site in Co Meath, according to tradition is was the inauguration place and seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Then we visit Strokestown House and famine museum before reaching our accommodation in Sligo.

Day 5 Aug 27th

We visit some ancient Abbeys today and learn their history, see the architecture and amazing stone carvings. Sligo Abbey and Boyle Abbey. We also visit Lough Key Forest Park where you can take canopy walks, explore the tunnels or walk across fairy bridges, you can also see an 11th century Castle from the shore of the lake. 

Day 6 Aug 28th

Today we bring you around Mullaghmore coastal drive where you will see some breath-taking scenery. We also visit megalithic passage tombs and court tombs that pre-date the pyramids by up to 800 years.

Carrowmore and Creevykeel and megalithic sites in Sligo that are well worth a visit.

Day 7 Aug 29th

We go North today to the highest cliffs in Europe. Sliabh Liag’s stunning scenery with breath-taking ocean views. We then go to Donegal town and have a hour or two exploring this quaint place.  There are little craft and wool shops and great little restaurants where you can enjoy a meal. There is Castle there too if you wish to check it out.

Day 8 Aug 30th

We go West today to Westport House and Gardens. When you set foot on the grounds of Westport House Estate you are instantly transported to another world, with its sheer beauty and grandeur. We the visit Kylemore Abbey and amazing walled gardens. There is a Cincinnati connection with this Abbey that you will learn about while rambling through the house.

Day 9 Aug 31st

We return to Dublin today to explore and do some shopping before we settle into our accommodation in Fitzpatrick’s Castle for our last night in Ireland.

Day 10 Sept 1st

We take you back to the airport today and hope that you will return with us again to Ireland, there is so much more of the country to see and explore! So we don't say goodbye, we say see you soon!

Accommodation for this trip

3 Nights in the 4 star Green Isle Hotel  Nass Rd Dublin

5 Night is the 4 star Yeats Country Hotel Rosses Point Sligo

1  Night in the 4 star Fitzpatrick's Castle in Killiney Dublin

Cost, methods of payment, what costs cover.

 The price is Land only.

Land only $2695 per person based on double occupancy.

Single traveler supplement of $500.

What does your cost cover:

What costs do not cover.

Airport transfers

Accommodation in  4 star hotels with private facilities,

1 night in 4 star Castle.

9 Breakfasts

The company of our on-air personality Brant Hansen.

Secret Ireland Tours Expert tour guides

Luxury Coach

Expert Driver

Snacks and soft drinks on bus while traveling.

Entry Fee's into all venues on itinerary.

Entertainment

All taxes and Charges 

Contract must be signed

We have a contract that you can either doc-sign and email back to us or you can print it out, sign it and post it back to us. Please read the contract carefully before you sign up for this tour. Please send the contract in with your deposit.

Please click this link to view the contract.

Contract Link

Lunch or Evening Meals

Flights 

Entry fee's to venue's not on itinerary

Tips for Driver/guides

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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We have organized music in the  local pubs for our tour groups. These sessions are very welcoming to anyone who would like to sing a song, or dance, or indeed, join with an instrument. 

You will hear, for free, some of the finest musicians in the country.  These musicians have travelled the world with their music, but there's nothing like playing in the local pub with their friends.

We will bring you to all the stunning areas only the locals know.

You will see lakes, mountains, sea shores, forests, holy places, and much more. You will meet the locals who might just tell you some stories about where you are.

Relax and take in the fresh air. Go for a walk, take pictures and soak it all up.

On our travels we will see 11th and 12th century ruins of Castles, Abbeys, underground passage tombs, outdoor altars and famine grave sites.

You will go back in time listening to the history of these places. 

We will also be bringing you to restored castles and modern gravesites. "Oh but why are they bringing me to a gravesite" I can hear you say. Just wait and come with us, you will be amazed at what you see.

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