Ireland Emerald Isle
Ireland Emerald Isle
Ireland has long been known for rolling hillsides, misty coastlines, and hearty jigs. This 8-day itinerary is the most jam-packed week on the emerald isle you could imagine.
from $2,995 pp 8 Days/7 Nights $375/Day
IRELAND'S EMERALD ISLE
DUBLIN | ARDMORE BAY | KINGDOM OF KERRY | KILLARNEY NP
Ireland has long been known for rolling hillsides, misty coastlines, and hearty jigs. This 8-day itinerary takes the best of what we love about this country and adds an adventure spin to create the most jam-packed week in Ireland you could imagine.
You'll journey between the bustling cities of Dublin and Cork, finally arriving in the mountains at Killarney National Park. Cycle famous roadways, ride horses along empty beaches, paddle across untouched glacial lakes, and summit one of the country's tallest mountains. We've made sure you'll earn that pub crawl and remember Ireland as one of your favorite destinations of all time.
The adventure begins the moment you step off the plane in Ireland. Drop off your bags at the centrally located, five-star Merrion hotel, meet your guide, and get introduced to Dublin's colorful streets and landmarks. Ready to really hit the ground–err, water–running? Take the city tour by kayak on the River Liffey. This evening, continue to immerse yourself in Dublin's local life with a pub tour, courtesy of a few local guides to ensure you hit the best spots in town, not just where the tourists go. The MErrion is at the heart of it all, and serves as the perfect basecamp after you finally wind down.
Days 2, 3
Your next two nights will be spent at the Cliff House in Ardmore Bay. Clinging to the edge of a cliff, the aptly named hotel is composed of sun-drenched terraces and private balconies that overlook Ardmore's sandy beaches, dotted with lobster pots and frisky dolphins on the horizon. Privately owned and operated, the Cliff House is a five-star hotel situated right next to Ireland's iconic towns of Cork and Waterford. Built in the 1930's, it has been a stopping point for famous artists and playwrights ever since. During your stay, you can hike through the Comeragh Mountains, fly-fish for salmon along the River Blackwater, ride horses along the beach and backcountry trails, or rev a quad bike through the countryside at Castlemartyr. You will find it's already time to leave before you've tapped the potential of the adventure-filled Irish landscape.
Days 4, 5
SHEEN FALLS LODGE
Your next destination for the following two nights is the luxurious Sheen Falls Lodge, your launch-point for adventure in the towns of Kinsale and Kenmare. Here in the Kingdom of Kerry, you’re never more than a hop, skip, and a jump from a plethora of exciting outdoor activities. Meander along the longest coastal route in the world, stroll across beaches unfettered by tourists, and sightsee at the cascading Sheen Waterfalls. On your second day, you'll enjoy an epic bike ride over mountain passes and past sheep farms and ancient archaeological sites. Your final descent down Conor Pass to the village of Maharees will be a breathtaking ride to remember.
Days 6, 7, 8
KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK
ARD NA SIDHE
Your final two nights will be spent at the serene lakeside retreat of Ard Na Sidhe. One of the leading luxury country houses in Ireland, Ard Na Sidhe offers a plush place to soak it all in on the shore of Caragh Lake in the Ring of Kerry. Built in 1913 by Lady Gordon, the manor is near the Killarney National Park, making it the perfect place for the grand finale of your trip. High mountain views punctuate a day's tour of the area's interconnecting glacial lakes. Feast on lunch beneath the ruins of the Inisfallen Monastery, and take in Ross Castle as you paddle across still waters. Finally, you'll hike up to the holy summit of one of the highest mountains in Ireland—Mount Brandon. Cap it all off with an evening in Dingle for some traditional music and a celebratory pint in a quintessential Irish pub.
WHY GO ON THIS TRIP
- Visit the bustling cities of Dublin, Cork, and Waterford complete with a local tour of the best pubs around
- Soak in the Irish coastline with a stay at Cliff House Hotel, a remodeled historical property
- Visit the Kingdom of Kerry and the towns Kinsale and Kenmare, where you'll cycle through unreal scenery
- Spend two nights on a beautiful lake next to Killarney National Park, a hub for adventure
- Canoe across undisturbed glacial lakes and picnic in the ruins of historical castles
- Climb up Mount Brandon, one of Ireland's tallest peaks
- Enjoy traditional Irish music in the town of Dingle for a final night of festivities
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