Private Tour Ireland | Explore Ireland: Limerick and Clare
Our private tours in Ireland can take you anywhere you choose, the scenery in Ireland is the most spectacular in the world. Limerick and Clare are two of the best places to explore with a customised tour of Ireland. All of our luxury vehicles have air conditioning and refreshments, so you can relax and cool down while your Irish private Driver escorts you around our beautiful country. Shannon airport (County Clare) is a great place to arrive in Ireland, its’ central location makes a private escorted tour very accessible. As Ireland’s main gateway to the USA it was also the home of the very first Duty-free shopping in the world and offers pre-clearance facilities for travel.
To begin your luxury Irish vacation on the ‘right foot’, go straight from the airport to nearby Dromoland Castle, for refreshments fit for royalty. Even if you are not choosing to stay there during your trip, this exquisite castle will help you unwind after travelling. It is a 5 star luxury hotel but also steeped in history that dates back to the 5th Century. Kings of Thomond descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, once lived here and you get a sense of the royal lineage throughout this magnificent castle and grounds.
After some relaxation in Dromoland your private chauffeur in Ireland will bring you the short distance to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Bunratty means the ‘end of the ratty’ (river) in Irish and the river can be seen surrounding the castle. The castle was built in 1425 and is a very popular tourist attractions. It hosts a medieval banquet, guests dine at banquet tables in the castle while drinking traditional Irish mead and listening to historical Irish music. The folk park is like stepping back in time, there are a number of houses all decorated to an older day and highlight the difference in living standards. Right beside Bunratty is Blarney Woolen Mills were you can indulge in some duty-free shopping for some original Irish gifts to bring home.
The gigantic Cliffs of Moher are 702 feet tall and stretch over 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast. There is a safe path that leads the way and on a fine day you can take in the breath-taking views of scenery near and far. It’s the perfect view-point of the Southwest. On site there is also a visitor centre with a cafe and shop, the centre hosts interesting artefacts and information on local history.
The Burren National Park from the Irish word ‘boireann’ meaning rocky place, and it certainly is! Mainly formed of limestone rock the Burren stretches over 15,000 Acres and is the smallest National Park in Ireland. There have been many tombs found around the Burren, made from the rocks, the famous being the Portal Dolmen, proving people have lived in the Burren for over 5,000 years. Aillwee Caves are remotely located in the heart of the Burren and is one of the oldest caves in Ireland. Opened in 2008 the Birds of Prey Sanctuary at Ailwee Cave is an impressive addition. Allow yourself to be entertained by the flying exhibitions of some of the world’s most beautiful eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls.
Limerick City is located in the Mid-West region in the province of Munster. The City lies on the magnificent River Shannon and the River Abbey and is the third most populated city in Ireland. The medieval city was established & founded in 922 by the Normans, but it is most famous as the Treaty City; appointed the name in the early 1690’s, when the Williamite sieges led to the signing of the Treaty of Limerick. In honor of the treaty, the famous Treaty Stone was erected on the further side of Thomond Bridge. A fantastic place to visit on your Irish vacation.
Limerick’s most magnificent medieval castle, King John’s Castle is one of the most fun, family friendly castles in Ireland as it precisely presents Norman soldier’s life via re-enactments from fully costumed guides. The construction of King John’s Castle was believed to set new standards in the rare formation of it enormous gate house, battlements and corner towers. The unique Irish tour brings you on a journey via the soldier’s quarters and armory and where you can observe the medieval garrison remnants in the Sallyport area of the castle. The castle guides you to a collection of Viking origin houses that were excavated during renovations some years ago.
Your private Irish chauffeur will escort you to the 12th century St Mary’s Cathedral also known as Limerick Cathedral. The cathedral belongs to the Church of Ireland and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1168, in accordance with tradition, the last King of Munster, Domnall Mòr Ua Briain, founded the cathedral on the site of his palace on Kings Island. It is the oldest building in Limerick still in use and houses the only set of misericords in Ireland.
We can help you plan any part of your luxury vacation in Ireland and if you have any questions please do contact us and we’d be happy to help. If you are interested in an Irish Vacation Package and would like more information, please click on the Enquire button below. All the best, Mike Ryan.