Private Tours Ireland | Signature Tour
Our Signature Tour is a 7 Day Tour to the Southwest of Ireland and is one of our popular ones with some of the best scenery in the world. It is the perfect choice for a Private Tour of Ireland. The best Irish airport to fly in & out of for this South West Ireland Private Sightseeing tour is easily Shannon. It is the easiest Airport in the world to negotiate and certainly the friendliest Irish airport we deal with. When you disembark you will be brought to the main airport terminal where you will first be met with passport control. You will then proceed to collect your luggage before walking through customs. After that you come through the arrivals door where you will know Irish Private Chauffeur straight away, he will be the one with the biggest and most welcoming smile!
When you arrive in Ireland, on Day 1, we will start the tour immediately and take a short drive to one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels, Dromoland Castle. With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. The breakfast here is truly amazing and believe me when I say it is fit for royalty. This is of course optional as you may be tired from travelling but it’s definitely worth it and a fantastic way to start your deluxe Irish vacation.
Later we will drive to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and the Blarney Woollen Mills Bunratty store. Bunratty is one of Ireland’s most visited attractions, where you can experience the Irish way of life centuries ago. Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle was restored in 1954 to its former medieval glory with the addition of 15th and 16th century furnishings, arts and crafts. At the folk park you can enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and scents of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub! You will have time to shop in the Woollen Mills for all authentic Irish Produce such as Irish linens, lace and crystal. All at Duty Free prices too!
On Day 2 we depart your hotel after breakfast for the wonderful Cliffs of Moher & the Burren. You can relax in your luxury mercedes vehicle as your Irish private driver transports you to the magnificent Cliffs. Rising from the sea to a height of 214 metres and running relentlessly for 5 miles, generations of visitors have not failed to be impressed by what many regard as their 8th wonder of the world. The Cliffs are just beautiful and there are great walks here. As you and your snap happy camera take in the magnificent view, you can feel the full force of the Atlantic Ocean from the floor up. Some souvenir and craft shopping can be done here also. When we are finished at the Cliffs we then travel along the famous Galway Bay into the typical Irish town of Ballyvaughan. Here we can stop off for some nice lunch along the way.
Then it’s on to the nearby Burren region, a limestone plateau with its treasure trove of geological and archaeological interests. The Burren is home to many of Ireland’s most famous prehistoric monuments. After lunch we can visit a personal favourite of mine, Birds of Prey at Aillwee Caves, where you will see Falcons, Eagles, Owls, & Hawks all hunting for their dinner! This is a great show that lasts 50 minutes. Next up is the Dolmen Graves which go back to 3600 B.C. These Neolithic graves are very typical in County Clare. We will then drive through the rugged Clare countryside and back to your accommodation.
On Day 3, we depart your hotel for a 3 day private escorted tour of the Kingdom of Ireland, Killarney in County Kerry. Our highlights for this day include:
Lady’s View – so named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting during the Queen’s visit to Killarney in 1861. The views toward the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Purple Mountain Range are truly magnificent.
Torc Falls – we follow a scenic path to the top of the 18 meter high waterfall for panoramic views.
Muckross House and Gardens – this magnificent Victorian mansion forms the centre-piece of Killarney National Park.
Ross Castle – this 15th century stronghold was the original home of the O’Donoghue Ross Chieftans.
We then take a 15 min drive to the Kissane Sheep farm, where we will see some sheep shearing and some sheep dog trials, this is a great stop, sure to put a smile on your face. We will then head back to Killarney and check into your choice of some of the most beautiful Hotels in Ireland. Your Personal Chauffeur Driver guide will be with you every step of the way and will be more than happy to recommend restaurants and bars for the evening and make any reservations for you.
On Day 4 we tour to the most awesome place on earth The Dingle Peninsula & Slea Head, where we will see some of the most beautiful and unrivalled scenery in Ireland. Our tour will take us to the beautiful town of Dingle via the Conor Pass Mountains. The views here of Dingle town are spectacular and you can even see Tralee on the other side. You will have plenty of time to explore the lovely fishing village that Dingle is and take some lovely photos. You can also take a boat journey to see Fungi the dolphin who has been a resident in Dingle Harbour for over 20 years . Your personal driver will ensure he does everything possible to make your luxury tour of Ireland one to remember.
Then we continue on to Slea Head to take in the visual feast of scenic Ireland. We will stop at Dunbeg fort which takes us back to the 7 / 8th century with the unusual and intriguing Bee Hive Huts. Slea Head has what surely is my favourite beach in the world, Dunquinn. The movie buffs among you will be able to see and learn all about the famous Ryan’s Daughter which was filmed onsite right here. No wonder as this place is simply magical. We then visit the Gallarus Oratory one of the first churches in Ireland, before some time in Dingle and onwards to Killarney via Inch beach. This is one beautiful day that you will never forget.
Day 5 is a favourite of ours, The Gap of Dunloe, it gets us up out of bed earlier than usual! We begin by taking a short drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage where we jump twice – once on an Irish Jaunting Car ( Horse & Carriage), and secondly, we jump back in time and things get pretty authentic here folks.
We tour through the beautiful mountains, mystical lakes & valleys which abound County Kerry, with majestic scenery everywhere we look. You will be able to get out of the carriage and walk through this pure and unspoiled beautiful terrain. Your camera will be snapping crazy so make sure it’s fully charged! When we get to the top of the mountain you can have some light lunch at Lord Mount Brandon’s Cottage.
After this magnificent lunch you will come down the other side of the mountain in an open Fisherman’s boat down through the 3 Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle. Keep your eyes peeled, on the way down you might see some eagles nests in the mountains and see some salmon swimming beside you in the lake. This Irish private guided tour will live with you for a long time to come, it is truly spectacular. Then after that you will have some time to explore the Town of Killarney and have a nice stroll through her pedestrianised streets before dinner.
On Day 6 we head for the Blarney Stone & the Blarney Woollen Mills. Go on, do it! Kiss the famous Blarney Stone that millions of people line up to do every year. For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
Once upon a time, visitors had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements. Today, we are rather more cautious of the safety of our visitors. The Stone itself is still set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, one has to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. The prize is a real one as once kissed the stone bestows the gift of eloquence. I think every Irishman and woman have kissed it at some stage. Blarney Castle is also surrounded by the most beautiful grounds and gardens and you will have plenty of time to explore them. You will then have time to shop till you drop and purchase all your authentic shopping in the world famous Blarney Woollen Mills right next door. They stock everything from authentic Irish Linens and lace, to Waterford Crystal at Duty Free prices and they will even ship them directly to your house for you if you wish!
After Blarney we will head to a favourite gem of mine, the Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Middleton where they make the best whiskey in the world. This is a great tour indeed. If we have time we can visit the heritage town of Cobh, this was the last port of call for the Titanic before that dreaded voyage. We can do the Titanic museum tour there. When the day is over we return to the beautiful Adare for an evening meal and overnight accommodation.
On Day 7 we visit another beautiful village, Adare in County Limerick. In Adare village the streets are lined with thatched roofed cottages and floral displays. There are great restaurants and pubs with Irish music in the village, full of characters and craic (Irish for banter and fun). You can buy traditional Irish crafts here such as Limerick lace, and there is a heritage centre right in the heart of the village which outlines the history of this important village.
We will then visit the nearby medieval Limerick City. Founded in 922 founded by the Normans and known today as the Lady City or Treaty City, it is Ireland’s Sporting capital and was designated City of Culture in 2014. In Limerick we can visit King John’s Castle and St Marys Cathedral both 12th Century. We will visit the famous Hunt Museum, which houses a massive private collection of artefacts entrusted to the state. We will then proceed to the Treaty Stone, Limericks best known landmark which marks the signing between the Jacobites and Williamites in 1691 – an important year in Ireland’s history. Sadly this is where our tour will end, this is a very special and unique private guided tour of Ireland and will be one that will stay with you forever.
That completes our Signature Tour and just some of the spectacular places to tour in Ireland, there is so much to see and do in our wonderful country. If you would like further information on a Luxury Tour of Ireland, or would like more information on any of our tours then please click the Enquire button below:
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