Sample Itinerary Three

Irish Castles, Gardens and Manor Houses 4 Day Tour

A 4-day discovery of Irelands fabulous collection of country houses, beautiful gardens and historic castles. With a relaxed itinerary allowing plenty of time to enjoy all the fascinating sites, this is a tour for lovers of mystical ruins, exotic gardens and grand houses full of fine art and antiques. This tour will lead you into the soft green landscapes of Central Ireland with tales from myth and legend through to much more recent history. Ireland has been inhabited for thousands of years and the people of this country have left a wonderful collection of historic buildings to be explored.

Highlights

  • Birr Castle Gardens and the Great Telescope

  • The beautiful historic village of Adare

  • Clonmacnoise Monastery

  • Afternoon tea at Lough Rynn

  • St. Columba’s Church in Kells
  • Strokestown Park House and Gardens

  • Lough Rynn Castle Hotel

  • Fermanagh Lakelands and Florence Court

  • Trim Castle

Day 1

Departing from Dublin today you will travel west through the lush farmland of the Midlands stopping to see the 18th century Emo Court House and the amazing Birr Castle Gardens, home to the Great Telescope - a wonder of early scientific invention. Your overnight stop will be at the Dunraven Arms in Adare - one of the prettiest villages in Ireland.

Day 2

Moving on from Adare today’s route takes in the fascinating monastic site of Clonmacnoise and the great Georgian mansion house of Strokestown Park and the sad history of the Great Famine of the mid-19th century. In the early evening you will arrive at the beautiful Lough Rynn Castle Hotel.

Day 3

Today you will cross the border into Northern Ireland for a visit to the beautiful house and gardens at Florence Court followed by some free time in the lakeside market town of Enniskillen. After a scenic drive through the Lakelands district you return to Lough Rynn for afternoon tea and time to explore the impressive walled gardens.

Day 4

After a leisurely start to the day you will explore some of the highlights of Ireland’s ancient past: from the ancient monastic site of Kells to the 12th century Trim Castle arriving back in Dublin.