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On the 10-day tour, we will travel all over the whole island.

This tour is packed with ancient history, culture and stunning views. Not to mention the outstanding cuisine and lively nightlife. We will also take in live up close traditional music and watch a game of our unique traditional sport, hurling.

We will take in one night in Belfast, one in the walled city of Derry, two nights in Sligo, one Galway City, three nights in the stunning kingdom of Kerry, one night in the medieval city of Kilkenny and the last night in the Capital City Dublin.

Day 1

We will leave the capital city, Dublin and begin our tour in the Boyne Valley. Brú na Bóinne has been the focus of human settlement for at least 6,000 years. The archaeological landscape within Brú na Bóinne is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. Here we see examples of abstract Neolithic rock art carved onto it which provide decoration, one of the most notable examples of the art are the triskele-like features found on the entrance stone to Newgrange. Brú na Bóinne was inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in recognition of its outstanding universal value.

Day 2

We will travel north to the second largest city on the Island, Belfast. We will take a world famous black taxi tour of the city; the tour is given by a local guide who lived through the troubles of the last 30 years so you can get a first-hand account of what it was like living in the war thorn city. We will then travel north to the carrig a reed rope bridge and giants causeway. The Giants Causeway consists of over 40,000 Interlocked basalt columns. There are two lines of thought on how something this pretty accrued, one could be the result of a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago another involves a certain giant by the name of Finn McCool. The Giants Causeway is also a Unesco World Heritage Site. We will travel on to Derry City and stay the night here.

Day 3

We will take a guided walk around the city walls of Derry, these walls are crammed full of history and heritage. This is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 by the early seventeenth century settlers from England and Scotland. We will then travel south to what is known as ‘Yeats Country’ Sligo here is the final resting place of W.B. Yeats. William Butler Yeats is recognised as one of the greatest poets of the English language. We will then visit Lissadell is famous as the childhood home of Constance Markievicz. Constance was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, and was the first woman to be elected to Dáil Eireann. The great poet W. B. Yeats was friendly with Constance Markievicz and stayed at Lissadell in 1892 and 1893.

Day 4

We will get our hiking shoes on and climb the hill, Knocknarea. There is an enormous cairn on top of this hill which folklore says it was built for the mythical Iron Age Queen Maeve, whose father, the high king of Ireland. Archaeologists believe it may really date back to 3000 BC, but who is to say that Queen Maeve was not tucked into an existing monument? It is considered bad luck to remove a stone from the cairn, and good luck to take one up the hill with you to deposit on it. Next we will climb across several hills that form part of the Bricklieve Mountain range here we will see the Neolithic passage tomb complex of Carrowkeel consisting of 14 passage cairns. Carrowkeel is one of a series of limestone plateaus aligned towards Knocknarea. Back on low ground we will visit the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland, Carrowmore. With monuments ranging from five thousand to five thousand eight hundred years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible.

Day 5

We travel south through Connemara this area is one of the most tranquil and unspoiled beauty spots, so if its fresh air or just a sense of freedom- there is no better place. Galway city will give you a real Irish welcome with lively pubs and Irish traditional music. We will do a walking tour of Galway City's cobble-stoned streets and feel yourself stepping back in time to Medieval Ireland. Known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, shopping and nightlife, Galway will refresh flagging spirits like no other place.

Day 6

Then to the cliffs we go. On our way to the Cliffs of Moher we will pass through the Burren. This is a region which was largely sculpted over the last two million years by God and his glaciers, through the exposure and submergence of its landscape to ice, ocean and the plate movements of the earth. The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most iconic attractions. This 5 miles stretch of cliff top looking down on 750ft high Cliffs will truly take your breath away. We will then travel down the Wild Atlantic Way and cross the River Shannon into County Kerry.

Day 7

Now we journey west to the little fishing town of Dingle. Here we may see the famous dolphin Fungie and much more marine life. We will then set-sail out to the Blasket Islands, here we can walk the unique system of unfenced green roads. These grassy tracks were previously used by the islanders and these days are kept trimmed by the island's sheep, rabbits and hares. After a day of walking and sightseeing a night in one of Dingle's cosy pubs will be the perfect remedy with local music. In this Part of the country it’s not surprising to hear the locals speak our native tongue ‘Gaelic’ but don’t worry I'll help you out if you need a translation.

Day 8

We will come along the coast stopping at Inch Beach, then we will start the scenic Ring of Kerry at the cultural town of Killorglin. Here we will take in a sheep dog demonstration among other stops along the route. After the ring is complete we will stop at the beautiful town of Killarney. Here we will see the majestic Lakes of Killarney, the Killarney national park and a visit to The Muckross House and Gardens. A night in Killarney is one to remember with a vibrant atmosphere in the many traditional pubs and fantastic restaurants.

Day 9

We will now travel back inland stopping at The Rock of Cashel, this is a spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral. We will then stop in Kilkenny; Kilkenny is known as 'the marble city'. Its picturesque 'Medieval Mile' of narrow lanes and historic buildings. Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. We will also take a tour of Kilkenny Castle which dominates the 'High Town' of Kilkenny City. Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.

Day 10

It’s now time to head back to the capital Dublin, firstly we will visit St. Patrick's Cathedral. Built in honour of our Patron Saint, here we will learn about the origin of Christianity in Ireland and the changes made in the church over the past centuries. we will then take a panoramic tour of Dublin. We will take a tour of Dublin Castle; this location has been the centre of political life in the city right back since the 13th century. Then we will take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol, now a museum, this is where the leaders of the 1916 rebellion were court marshalled and executed prompting a political change in Ireland. After this we will take a walk around the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, with live entertainment every night.

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We booked Keltic Irish Tours in July 2016 for a 10 day tour around the whole country plus Northern Ireland. Dominic arranged our B&Bs, told us so much about the history, culture, and people of Ireland, and provided services over and above what we expected! He took us to places we chose based on our interest in ancient sites, castles, battle sites, land formations, etc. and to some places he knew about but we didn't. I highly recommend Keltic Irish Tours, if you really want to experience Ireland and its people!

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