Family Tours Ireland | Touring Ireland Southwest to East
It can be very difficult to pick exactly where to visit in Ireland, we may be a small island but there are so many sights to see! We have combined the southwest with the east and some key, must-see tourist attractions. You will have your own private driver in Ireland to escort you to the best spots and keep you safe in your own luxury transport. Tour Ireland at your own pace and comfort, we can put any combination of tours together for a holiday to remember in Ireland.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
A private tour of Ireland will guide you to Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and the Blarney Woollen Mills Bunratty store in County Clare (southwest of Ireland). 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.
Cliffs of Moher
The next stop (still in the southwest) of your deluxe tour of Ireland is a trip to the Cliffs of Moher in county Clare. The gigantic cliffs 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.
Remaining in the southwest your Irish personal chauffeur will be on stand-by to take you to the Burren. The Burren National Park gets it name 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. Nearby in the heart of the Burren is the Aillwee Cave, one of the oldest caves in Ireland, view the frozen waterfall in the glorious underground and even the skeletal remains of the extinct brown bear. Also featuring outside by the cave is the fantastic Birds of Prey centre, see varied species of birds fly and feast.
Your chauffeur tour of Ireland continues to the East coast; County Dublin and the historical Kilmainham Gaol (Jail). It was first built in 1796 and is one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe. Public hangings used to take place in front of the prison but there were very few hangings from the 1820’s onward. However, many of the leaders of the 1916 Easter rising were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Seen at the time as a place of suffering and oppression it’s no surprise that the jail was shut down as a functioning prison by the Irish Free State in 1924. The restoration of Kilmainhan Gaol was completed in 1971 and opened to the public.
Book of Kells
The next stop in the east of Ireland is the popular tourist attraction: Trinity College. It is recognised for its academic excellence world-wide, founded in 1592 it is Ireland’s most prestigious universities. Up to the 20th Century men were the only scholars allowed entry to Trinity College, this changed in 1904 when women were admitted to the college as full members for the first time. Trinity College is home to the infamous Book of Kells in the Long Room Library. This ancient book is from the 9th Century and was found in the Abbey of Kells, Co. Meath. The stylistic detail and Celtic art throughout the book is breathtaking. A digital version of the book was created by Trinity College and means the reader can have the experience of going through the book page by page. A deluxe way to discover Ireland tour.
Dublin city is renowned for its’ shopping experience, with popular streets like Grafton Street, Henry Street and William Street (and so many more), there are shops galore in the heart of Dublin City! With Market stalls on many of the older streets it gives a feel of traditional Dublin and the market stall workers can be heard throughout the streets, shouting about their best bargains. It is a taste of authentic bustling Dublin city life on your Irish vacation.
Jameson Whiskey Factory / Guinness Storehouse
There are two famous Irish drinks made in Dublin (and other locations) Jameson Whiskey and Guinness. At the Old Jameson’s Distillery you get see how the famous whiskey is made and a little taste to finish your day. ‘Uisce beatha’, the Irish for water of life, taste it here and see for yourself why! The Guinness Storehouse, the home of Guinness, the beverage Ireland is best known for. In 1759 Arthur Guinness famously signed the 9,000 year lease for the storehouse. On the customised tour of Ireland you get to learn the history of Guinness and how to pour the perfect pint, there’s definitely a skill to pouring a guinness!!
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.