Day One; Arrival A warm Irish welcome from your Tour Manager this morning as you arrive at Shannon Airport and drive via the Cliffs of Moher to Connemara. Stop at the Cliffs to blow away some jetlag, before continuing northwards along the coast. Visit a local preserves maker and cheesemaker en route before checking into your hotel for the night.
Day Two; Connemara Today will be spent touring Connemara. Visit the Connemara Smokehouse and Kylemore Abbey, and enjoy vistas of scenic coastlines and loughs. Try a local specialty at lunch; Connemara hill lamb. You might also wish to visit a local chocolatier before returning to your Galway hotel.
Day Three; Galway The day will be spent in Galway. Take time to explore the town; it has several wonderful bakeries, a fantastic cheese shop and a food market takes place in Eyre Square, right in the centre of town. You might like to have lunch at Moran’s famous Oyster Cottage. The afternoon is at leisure prior to this evening’s entertainment; the Oyster Festival begins with the Irish Oyster Opening Championships down at the harbour.
Day Four; The Oyster Festival This morning’s Oyster Festival Parade will pass close to your hotel, a prelude to the day’s activities; Oyster Tastings and the World Oyster Opening Championships.
Day Five; To Kenmare Depart Galway for Kenmare this morning. You may wish to stop in at Bunratty Folk Park to see how life was lived in Ireland through the ages, and perhaps drive around the lovely Dingle peninsula, calling in at some of the local artisan food companies en route. Dinner and overnight in Kenmare, home of some great restaurants.
Day Six; The Ring of Kerry Drive the Ring of Kerry today. Your route includes some of the most spectacular seascapes in Ireland, along with the brooding hills known as Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Stop for a seafood lunch and sample local ice cream and handmade chocolates before returning to your Kenmare hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day Seven; Cork Spend the day in Cork City today. This is one of the best locations in Ireland for artisan foods. You will visit the English Market and explore some of the fine food stores. You may wish to have lunch at Isaacs or Jacques, both leading lights of the local foodie scene.
Day Eight; the South Coast Visit Cobh this morning; formerly a major transatlantic port, departure point for over a third of all Irish emigrants who left for North America between 1848 and 1950. Cobh was the final port of call for the Titanic before she set out across the Atlantic on her maiden voyage, and when the Lusitania was sunk off Old Head of Kinsale in the First World War, many of the victims were brought ashore here; over a hundred of them are buried in the local cemetery. Continue to Kinsale, known as the gourmet capital of Ireland, where you may wish to have lunch at the Fishy Fishy Café.
Day Nine; Cooking Class Attend a cooking class at the Ballymaloe Cooking School today. Learn about forgotten food skills and traditional Irish recipes, featuring local producers.
Day Ten; Waterford and into Dublin Drive along the South coast to Waterford, o visit the world-famous crystal manufacturer. Afetr a tour and visit, continue northwards, heading for Dublin. Stop off in Cashel, to visit the historic Rock, traditional seat of the Kings of Munster in Medieval times. Take time to explore the Cathedral and Cormac’s Chapel, and be sure to sample some local Cashel Blue Cheese before leaving the area. aStop in at Mary-Kathryn’s Deli to sample the home baking, before continuing into Dublin, to check into your centrally-located hotel for the night.
Day Eleven; Departure Join your guide for the last time this morning as you make the short journey to Dublin Airport to catch your homeward flight.
The photos on this page were kindly provided by Tourism Ireland
A delicious tour in every way!
The Galway Oyster Festival takes place each September. Travellers at other times of the year can also sample these wonderful fruits of the sea
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