Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Cliffs of Moher – Dingle – Ring of Kerry – Cork
The tour of Ireland begins in Dublin, the capital of Irish folklore, beer and pubs, then heads west to Clonmacnoise, the geographical and spiritual heart of Ireland, before working its way south along the spectacular coastline. The tour then returns to Dublin via Cork on the south-east coast.
Rental car pick-up
Company: AVIS Ireland
Vehicle: Ford Focus or similar (CDMN)
Rate: Standard Cover
Location: Dublin Airport
The modern hotel made of cedar, clay and glass is listed in such top guides as Michelin and Bridgestone, and the innovative restaurant with its excellent wine cellar has won several awards. The location on the shores of Lough Ree in the heart of Ireland couldnbe better. Each room features a wine-related theme, all have sea views and large en-suite bathrooms with under-floor heating. The hand-made walnut furniture was designed exclusively for the hotel.
The country house is located near Ballyvaughan boasting superb views of Galway bay and the surrounding Burren Landscape. Open fires, antique furnishings and a friendly and personal service by your hosts Bernadette and Armin, serve to make your stay both enjoyable and memorable. Ten ensuite bedrooms are decorated with old world charm, yet equipped with all modern conveniences (Telephone, TV, WiFi). Some enjoy magnificent sea views while others overlook the splendour of the Burren hinterland. An extensive continental buffet and a choice of 8 delicious cooked breakfasts are served in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Complimentary tea or coffee with cakes is served and wine is available at the honesty bar.
A warm Irish welcome, large rooms with a view of the bay and harbour and porridge with brown sugar and whiskey
for breakfast: This 4-star guest house in Dingle leaves no wishes unfulfilled
and offers the best conditions for a memorable stay. In the afternoon host host David offers his guests homemade cake with their coffee or tea. It is a ten minutes’ walk
to Dingle with its pubs and restaurants.
The Victorian residence was originally built in 1850 for use as a hunting lodge by Lord Brockett. Today it is one of the most renowned in Ireland and has attracted numerous nature-lovers, adventurers and poets to its doors. The property sits on an isolated spot directly on the shore of Caragh Lake. Guests cherish the clean air, the beautiful gardens framed by natural green woodlands and the gorgeous views of the Kerry Mountains across the lake. Read more→
Possible activities include hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing and sailing, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace in the lounge with a good book. A restaurant which is part of the lodge has won several awards.
The imposing villa built in 1840 stands in Cobh, the point of departure for thousands of famished emigrants to the New World. The original style of the interior has been largely maintained in harmony with the early Victorian façade. On chilly days visitors can warm up around the open fireplace in the drawing room. The large bedrooms feature four-poster beds and other interesting antiques. The only thoroughly modern rooms are the bathrooms. Host Pam, who used to manage a supermarket, is as efficient as she is hospitable.
Rental car drop-off
Location: Dublin City/Dowtown
The venerable schoolhouse was designed by the same Dublin architects that created the Museum of Trinity College. From 1861 to 1969 it served as the home of St. Stephen's Parochial School and was the centre of the Easter Rising in 1916, one of the country's most important rebellions against British rule. After the final ringing of the schoolbells the building stood vacant for 30 years before being carefully restored and converted to 4 star hotel. The individually decorated bedrooms were named after famous Irish authors. What was once a large classroom is now the site of a gourmet restaurant that includes the Schoolhouse Bar, which is frequented by many locals.