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    Corners of Southern Ireland 2019

    Resort:Corners of Southern Ireland 2019
    Operator: Back Roads Touring
    Destination: Ireland
    Price From: £1424.00

    Overview

    Views of spellbinding scenery. The stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history and country inns full of character. The further we go into Southern Ireland’s enchanting landscapes, the deeper you?ll fall under its spell.
    THE BACK-ROADS DIFFERENCE
    • Visit Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and learn about the story of a widow who supported her children by brewing illicit whiskey
    • See the staggering Cliffs of Moher
    • Explore rural Irish towns and authentic village culture away from tourist crowds
    TOUR INCLUSIONS
    • 5 nights in boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Local guide in Kinsale
    • Daily full Irish breakfast (B), 3 evening meals (D)
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, the Skellig Experience

    Itinerary

    Day 1 DUBLIN KILDARE ENNIS

    We?ll begin our tour in Dublin, then journey to the stunning countryside of County Kildare, where we?ll stop at the Irish National Stud. Here, we?ll be treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey’s-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum. Next up is Portumna Castle, a semi-fortified house in County Galway, before our journey takes us to Ennis, where we?ll tuck in to our first hearty dinner together. (D)


    Day 2 ENNIS CLIFFS OF MOHER KILLARNEY

    First today, we?ll take a walking tour through Ennis? character-filled avenues, hearing enthralling tales of rebellions and riots, myths and mysteries along the way. Then, prepare to be amazed at the Cliffs of Moher. The keen-eyed among us or perhaps just those who packed binoculars may even spot a resident puffin. Next, we?ll head to Killarney the gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry. (B)


    Day 3 TRALEE RING OF KERRY KILLARNEY

    Welcome to the Ring of Kerry an area that boasts edge-of-the-world seascapes, rippling green lands, ancient forts and welcoming villages that rub shoulders with mysterious ruins. After viewing Staigue Stone Fort, a partly ruined stone ringfort that is thought to have been built between 300 and 400 AD, we?ll get an insight into the lives of the early Christian monks that broke bread at the site of the Skellig Michael monastery. (B,D)


    Day 4 TRALEE KENMARE KINSALE

    Our first stop of the day is Molly Gallivan’s Cottage. At first glance, it seems to be a rustic farmhouse in a rural spot frozen in time but there’s more to it than first meets the eye. More than 200 years ago, the enterprising Mrs Gallivan supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey, and her home was in fact a clandestine pub. Our next stop will take us to the medieval town of Kinsale. Sea and sand views, cosy pubs and brightly coloured houses make our final stop of the day a very picturesque port of call. (B)


    Day 5 KINSALE MIDLETON KILKENNY

    The cobbled streets that curve around Kinsale’s pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we?ll spend the morning on a walking tour. After taking in the must-see sights, we?ll then depart for the coast. Kinsale was the departure point for the last 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic, and you?ll notice poignant markers of this around the town. When we reach Midleton, we?ll pay a visit to the Old Midleton Distillery to see how the iconic whiskey is crafted and sample its smooth character for ourselves. We?ll get a final cultural fix as we absorb the medieval charm of Kilkenny before indulging in a final feast fit for a king. (B,D)


    Day 6 KILKENNY DUBLIN

    Before heading back to Dublin, there’s plenty of time for a stroll around charismatic Kilkenny. Keep your camera poised as our coach climbs heather-clad hills and crosses fairytale glens that carpet the Wicklow Mountains. At the heart of the dramatic scenery is Avoca, where we?ll pay homage to an Irish institution Ballykissangel. You can even pull up a stool in Fitzgerald’s Pub, the one made famous by the BBC TV series. Then, there’s a chance to pick up one final memento of your travels at the Woollen Mills before we say goodbye to the group. (B)