FAM Trips

 

FAM 1: Galway/Cultural Trip

 

Galway City, proud and ambitious in its creative offering to the world, radiates a unique sense of style and charm. Located centrally on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way the city is known for its vibrant lifestyle, abundance of annual festivals, hip dining, artisan cafes and trendy character. Home to the famous Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF), the city is not just about theatre and arts, but about language, food, music, and a unique heritage that it wants to share with the world.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017

10 am: Depart INEC in Killarney for Gort, Co Galway.

Enjoy a warm welcome and introduction to Ireland’s very distinghished literary heritage with a visit Coole Park Nature Reserve, formerly the estate of the Gregory family. Lady Agusta Gregory, Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager, was a close friend of Irish Poet and Playwright, William Butler Yeats and together with Edward Martyn, she co-founded the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Lunch en-route.

After lunch, travel over to the shores of Lough Derg to visit 17th century Portumna Castle and gardens,  home to the de Burgo family for over 200 years, the castle is located close to the River Shannon and Portumna Forest Park.

Welcome reception with representatives of Galway 2020 followed by dinner and overnight in Galway city.

October 7th 2017
Explore Galway with a guided walking tour that merges the old with the new, beginning at the Galway City Museum. Listen to the city’s story, how it became known as the City of the Tribes, and take in the sights and sounds that will introduce you to an ancient language, Gaeilge, traditional music and wonderful food.

Afternoon visit to Cnoc Suain Visitor Centre ‘where culture meets nature’.

Evening, have fun with a traditional Irish dancing session before enjoying dinner in Galway’s Latin Quarter.

October 8th 2017
Travel to Connemara, visit the newly opened Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Cultural Centre and visit the workshop of a master Bodhran (Irish Drum) maker. The Bodhran is one of the key musical instruments used in Irish Traditional music.

Enjoy lunch in the small coastal town of Clifden, the “Capital of Connemara” and drop into the Lavelle Art Gallery. Take an afternoon walk with Walking Ireland along the Derrigimlagh/Marconi walking loop, site of the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless Marconi station and also the first transatlantic flight landing by John Alcock and Arthur Brown.

Dinner and overnight in Connemara.

October 9th 2017
Morning visit to the magnificent estate of Kylemore Abbey www.kylemoreabbey.com Built by the Henry family in the 19th century and later home to the Benedictine Order of nuns who arrived in 1920 after their Abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in WW1. Today, Kylemore Abbey welcomes visitors from all over the world to enjoy the estate and the beautiful and dramatic landscape of Connemara.

Lunch in the locality.

Afternoon visit to Joe Joyce’s family-run farm in Clonbur, Co Galway. Situated between the Maumturk and Partry Mountains, this is where Joe successfully breeds Border Collie sheepdogs. Joe is delighted to share his love of farming and working with these wonderful animals with all visitors, young and old alike.
Finish off the day with a visit to the Poitín Micil Distillery and a storytelling evening by the fireside.
Dinner and overnight in Galway city.

October 10th 2017
Depart Galway.
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

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FAM 2: Westport/Activity ‘Go Wild in Mayo’

 

The region of Mayo, situated on Ireland’s western seaboard, is renowned for its remote, wild and spectacular landscapes. It has the perfect setting for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. There is a vast array of outdoor activities and experiences on offer throughout the area and it attracts large numbers of activity and adventure tourists every year.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017

10 am: Depart INEC in Killarney for the market town of Ennis in County Clare. Enjoy a short coffee stop here before travelling on to Westport in Co Mayo.

Welcome lunch at the Idle Wall in Westport where Wild Atlantic Way Food Champion,  Áine Maguire, will give you an introduction to Irish cuisine. Westport is a thriving hub for foodie lovers with lots of restaurants, cafes and an annual food festival . The Idle Wall specializes is using local, seasonal sourcing for both its seafood and fish and also its meat. Foraged ingredients also feature on its menus.

In the afternoon, the Westport train will collect you and bring you to Westport House so that the group can enjoy some team building activities together in the grounds of this wonderful estate.

Dinner and overnight in Westport.

October 7th 2017
Start the day with a guided cycling tour through the small Georgian town of Westport which can trace its history back 5,000 years. Its colourful past includes links to an infamous Pirate Queen called Grace O’Malley who used the town as one of her strongholds where she ruled the seas far and wide and learn why she won the respect of medieval England’s Queen Elizabeth l. The tour will travel on to Newport for coffee and a chat in one of this small fishing town’s cosy pubs. Westport is the starting point for the Great Western Greenway cycling and walking trail.

Enjoy an afternoon in the outdoors and create your own adventure with a choice of rock climbing, surfing, paddle boarding or windsailing on Achill Island (there is a bridge to the mainland). Achill is home to a host of Blue Flag beaches, some of Europe’s highest cliffs and large areas of blanket bog.

Evening visit to a local restaurant and a chance to talk to one of the region’s wonderful food producers from the ‘Gourmet Greenway’.

Dinner and overnight on Achill Island.

October 8th 2017
Depart for the coastal town of Belmullet which in 2014 was voted the best place to ‘Go Wild in Ireland’ by the Irish Times newspaper. The region has a number of special areas of conservation and protection with countless important habitats, species, flora and fauna and a number of rare and interesting plants.
Travel to the Ionad Deirbhile Visitor Centre to learn more about this region’s past and what is attracting visitors now to this beautiful remote and wild part of Ireland.

Lunch locally.

Take an afternoon boat trip from Blacksod Bay with Skipper, Sean Lavelle of Dive West Ireland.
Dinner and overnight in Belmullet area.

October 9th 2017
Morning activity is a choice of sea kayaking with Wave Sweeper Sea Adventures  or a heritage guided walk on Erris Head.

Lunch locally.

Afternoon visit to Ballycroy National Park.
This is Ireland’s sixth National Park established in November 1998 and located on the Western seaboard in Northwest Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

Travel to Ballina for dinner and overnight.

October 10th 2017
Depart Ballina.
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

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FAM 3: Donegal – Food & Stories

Donegal is the coolest place on the planet…. according to National Geographic Travellers ‘The Cool List 2017’.
“Right on the edge of Northwest Ireland is a region called Donegal (Gaelic meaning “fort of the foreigners). It’s rugged and dramatic coastline faces out into the wild Atlantic Ocean. Here you will find an abundance of pure, unspoilt and natural resources, a range of small scale artisan food producers and teams of talented and creative chefs. Combined with the island’s vast offering of food trials, festivals, farmer’s markets and a rapidly growing whiskey, cider and beer industry Ireland’s reputation is fast growing as a world class destination for food lovers.”

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
10 am: Departure from INEC Coach Park, Killarney for the region known as the ‘Burren’ in County Clare.
Meet with representatives of the Burren Food Trail for an introduction into the region’s truly authentic food experiences. This award winning trail gives visitors the opportunity to meet with local suppliers, taste locally sourced produce and interact with the commuity that is dedicated to respecting the environment and promoting sustainable local products.

Lunch at the Burren Perfumery.

Travel on to the town of Ballina in North Mayo famous for its internationally renowned Ballina Salmon Festival. Meet with representatives of Ireland’s inland fishing industry who are responsible for the protection, management and conservation of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

Dinner and overnight locally.

October 7th 2017
Depart for Donegal for the Fishing Port of Killybegs where you board a local fishing boat and travel along Donegal’s coastline. Try your skills at sea angling with www.killybegsangling.com
En-route stop off for coffee at Elizabeth Temple’s beautiful Salthill Garden followed by a visit to Sliabh Liah Distillery for a taste of Irish Whiskey.

Lunch locally.

Afterwards, visit the Ireland’s highest sea cliffs  for some stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Followed by a visit to Alg Aran Seaweed Products who produce a range of organic seaweed foods, all harvested locally.

Dinner and overnight locally.

October 8th 2017
Visit Glenveagh National Park for guided tour of castle and gardens.

Visit the Haven Smokehouse in Carrigart and learn the secrets of smoking beautiful fresh organic salmon.

Lunch locally before heading to Fanad Lighthouse at the tip of Fanad Peninsula.

Afternoon visit Kinnegar Brewery.

Dinner and overnight locally.

October 9th 2017
Depart for Inisowen and stop of at one of Donegal’s most ancient monuments, Grianán of Aileach which is located on a hilltop with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area. Local legends state that the stone fort was first constructed around 1,700 BC, by the Celtic tribe of Tuatha de Danann and that it was the Palace of the Northern Princes, from a period long before Christianity (AD 400) up until the 14th century.

Travel on to meet with Brian McDermott, known as the ‘No Salt Chef’ and learn more about creating great tasting, accessible and healthy food where no salt need apply and taste the morning’s cooking for lunch.

The day finishes with a return journey to Letterkenny for farewell dinner.

Overnight in Letterkenny.

October 10th 2017
Depart Donegal.
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

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FAM 4: Drogheda/Cultural Trip – CASTLES, CAIRNS & ABBEYS

 

Drogheda offers visitors the perfect base to explore and experience Ireland’s Ancient East. Discover Neolithic tombs, prehistoric sites and mythical landscapes.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2018

10 am: Depart Killarney INEC for Cashel.

Stop at Cashel in Tipperary and visit the iconic Rock of Cashel – which is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Ireland. Cashel’s rich history is reflected in its built heritage, from prehistoric raths to mediaeval monasteries and fortified town houses, a Georgian quarter which boasts the Bolton Library where you can find the smallest book in Ireland.

Lunch in Cashel.

Continue on to the heritage town of Abbeyliex and get to explore the town and see the well-known pub, Morrissey’s where groceries and hardware are sold alongside your favourite ale or stout.

Overnight and dinner in Co. Kildare.

October 7th 2018
10 am: Depart for Brú na Boinne, Co. Meath.

Visit Brú na Boinne where the Newgrange builders from 5,000 years ago designed the Neolithic passage tomb to come alive with sunlight on each winter solstice. Was this a burial mound for kings? A place of ritual? An astrological calendar? Now it is a UNESCO world heritage site along with the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge.

Visit Beaulieu House & Garden. The house is a rare survivor of the Artisan Mannerist style with fine brickwork and carvings and currently lived in by the eleventh generation of the Tichbourne family.

Lunch in Drogheda.

Take a guided walking tour of historic Drogheda town and get to see The Tholsel, High Lanes Gallery, Old Grammar School, Town Walls at Featherbed Lane, St Laurence Gate, Magdalene Tower, St Peter’s Churchyard, St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and St Oliver Plunkett Shrine, Boyne Viaduct and the Millmount Cultural Quarter – which is the oldest surviving settlement in the town, the area has a dramatic history and many stories to tell.

Craft your own unique, bespoke bottle of Gin at Listoke Distillery & Gin School.

Overnight and dinner in Drogheda area.

October 8th 2017

Depart for Slane Castle, Co. Meath, and get a guided tour of the Castle to hear about its connection to the Battle of the Boyne, the owner’s links to this internationally significant historical event and how the wonderful natural amphitheatre, became the prime venue for the world’s biggest rock acts including the Rolling Stones, Springsteen, U2 and many more to stage their shows, to over 90,000 fans.

Visit Melifont Abbey, Collon, Co Meath, founded by the Cistercians in 1142. Its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c. 1200.

Visit nearby Monasterboice which is another Early Christian settlement founded in the late 5th century by Saint Buite and it was an important religious centre until the establishment of nearby Mellifont Abbey.

Lunch in Trim.

Visit Trim town and get to see the imposing and photogenic Trim Castle, still standing over 1000 years later and used in the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart. ht

Depart for Carlingford.

Carlingford is a magical and charming village, full of character and overlooked by the 12th century King John’s Castle, is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Ireland. Raided by the Vikings in the 8th & 9th Centuries, historical records show that the Vikings occupied Carlingford Lough.

With its history and narrow Medieval streets, lanes that lead to the harbour, majestic Slieve Foye mountain and the famous mountains of Mourne across the lough all combine to make Carlingford unique in Ireland.

Dinner & Overnight locally.

October 9th 2017

Take a Historical Boat Tour of Carlingford Lough.

Located in one of Ireland’s picturesque medieval villages, this immersive new experience reveals the story of this ancient area. Hear the stories of ancient Irish heros and Viking invasions set in a lush landscape of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Lunch in PJ Ohares Bar.

Meet Kevin Woods the Leprechaun Whisperer.

Known locally as ‘McCoillte’ Kevin Woods is Ireland’s last Leprechaun Whisperer. In 1989 a leprechaun suit, bones, and gold coins were found on Carlingford mountain in Co Louth Ireland. No one was more sceptical than the Whisperer and he organised a leprechaun hunt that year to try and catch one but none were found. In 2002 he found the gold coins in a stone wall on Ghan Road which enabled him to communicate with “Carraig” the elder of the 236 surviving leprechauns.

By 2009 they were afforded protected by the E.U. under the European Habitats Directive. In 2010 he published his first book “The Last Leprechauns of Ireland” based on their lives.

Dinner in restaurant.
Overnight in area.

October 10th 2017
9:30 am: Depart for Dublin.
12 pm: Arrive Dublin City Centre.

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FAM 5: Kilkenny /Food Trip

 

Kilkenny enjoys a growing reputation as a foodie destination with unrivalled artisan producers and cookery schools, cafés, gastro pubs and restaurants including two separate Michelin starred restaurants. With a strong base of food champions, Kilkenny is perfectly positioned to write the next chapter of its food story, from pip to sip and field to fork.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
10 am: Depart Killarney INEC for Tipperary.

Full Day of Bespoke tour meeting various food producers in Tipperary.

Dinner and Overnight Cahir area Co. Tipperary.

October 7th 2017
9:30 am: After experiencing The Tipperary Breakfast.

Depart for Cuffsgrange, Kilkenny.

Visit Highbank Organic Apple Farm.

From apple to bottle, partake in living organic farming with a tractor train tour through the organic orchards, a visit to the distillery ending in a stone built 17th century mill with a sampling of their delicious Single Estate organic ciders, syrups and apple spirits.

Depart for Mount Juliet Estate or Kilkenny City.

Dinner and overnight Kilkenny area.

October 8th 2017

Morning: Visit a selection of the food producers on Kilkenny Food Trail.

Visit Cookery School – School of Food. The School of Food mission is to promote Kilkenny as a food destination, to support the production and promotion of local, quality food ingredients and to develop an educational food hub within the county which will attract professional and amateur cookery students.
Visit the Truffle Fairy, set by award winning chef Mary Teehan.

Visit Kells Wholemeal. The Mosse’s know their flour, it is in their genes.

Afternoon: Kilkenny is a vibrant medieval city which displays a wonderful blend of the old and new. Get to explore the ‘Medieval Mile’ with local guide, Pat Tynan. See Saint Canice’s Cathedral at one end to Kilkenny Castle the other, and see the National Craft Gallery with its complex of stone buildings in a courtyard setting were once the stables, coach houses of the Kilkenny Castle.

Visit to The Smithwick’s Experience, first brewed here in Kilkenny, with a guided tour of the story of Ireland’s oldest ale, dating back to the 12th century.

Dinner and overnight locally in Kilkenny City.

October 9th 2017
Depart for Athy, Kildare.

Visit Burton House – The Green Barn – Tour and Lunch.

Burtown is currently home to 4 generations of the Fennell family. With 2 artist’s studios, a permanent Wendy Walsh exhibition, a shop featuring family paintings & prints, photographs, jewellery and many of the 30 books that have been produced by James Fennell and Wendy Walsh, as well as art and sculpture by local designers and artists, Burtown Gardens has much to offer.

Depart for Tullow.

Hear about why Ireland is known as home of the Horse.

The Irish National Stud, Tully, Kildare, Tel: (+353) 45) 521 617

Shopping experience at Kildare Village.  Kildare Village, one of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe, is located less than an hour from Dublin and offers Ireland’s leading luxury outlet shopping experience. With luxury outlet boutiques providing fashion and luxuries for the home.
Dinner and overnight in Co. Kildare.

October 10th 2017
11 am: Depart for Dublin.
12 pm: Arrive Dublin city centre.

 

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FAM 6: Waterford /Wexford – Activity Trip

Famous the world over for its hand- crafted crystal – hence -The Crystal County, County Waterford offers the choice between a cosmopolitan modern city, a cluster of charming seaside resorts and a mountainous hinterland, ideal for outdoor activities of all kinds.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
10 am: Depart Killarney INEC for Dungarvan.

12 pm: Lunch in Dungarvan after which you meet Walking Guide.
Depart on a guided tour of the Coumlara Loop Walk. Comeragh, as in Comeragh Mountains, means, “place of hollows” or coums. The Comeragh Mountains and in particular, the Nire Valley, are famous for their lakes. However not every Coum, the Irish word for hollow, has a lake. Coumlara is one of the best examples of a dry Coum – a hollow with no lake. Coumlara itself means, “hollow where the river forks”, as ‘Lara’ or ‘Ladhar’ (pronounced ‘lyre’) in Irish, is the piece of ground at the confluence of two rivers.

Return to Dungarvan – free time.

Or if you wish

Visit Dungarvan Brewing Company. Tour with and meet head brewer Cormac O’Dwyer.
Contact Claire Dalton.

Dinner and overnight locally.

October 7th 2017
Depart for Dunmore East.

Arrive at Dunmore East Adventure Centre.

Choice of Kayaking or open canoeing or sailing.

After lunch depart for Waterford City.

Waterford City is Ireland’s oldest city, dating back to the arrival of the Vikings in the 9th century. The history of this ancient port is maintained in its many remarkable buildings around the city and its ‘Viking Triangle’.

Arrive at the 3D Viking Experience (This VR experience has a capacity of 8 participants and lasts for 15mins.)

Museum of Treasures: Three museums within a few paces of each other tell the 1,100 year old story of Waterford from its foundation in 914 by Viking sea pirates. The massive stone fortress, Reginald’s Tower houses Waterford’s Viking Treasures. Ireland’s only Medieval Museum showcases spectacular Treasures from the Middle-Ages. The elegant 1743 Bishop’s Palace is the home of the Treasures of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Visit Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, where master glasscutters will show why the Waterford Crystal brand is known all over the world.

Dinner and overnifght Waterford.

October 8th 2017
Take a beautiful journey along the Waterford Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling experience in Ireland, runs 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan along the former Great Southern and Western Railway line. Option to walk or cycle a part of it, taking in spectacular views, from the Comeragh mountains to the Copper Coast.

Return to Waterford city for lunch.

Travel to Passage East (20 minutes).

Get the Passage East car ferry over to Ballyhack in Co. Wexford. (Journey takes 15 minutes approximately.)

From Ballyhack drive 15 minutes to Duncannon village , have a stroll on beach.

Travel to Hook Head (15 minutes).

Explore Hook Head lighthouse.
Built 800 years ago, the oldest fully operational lighthouse in the world, Hook Lighthouse truly is one of a kind. This tour will take you through the Lighthouse culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony top.

Depart for New Ross, Co Wexford.

Overnight and dinner locally.

October 9th 2017
Visit Dunbrody Famine Ship – the Irish Emigrant Experience,

Hear the story of famine emigration from the point of view of those who left. The brave and desperate, and above all, ordinary people who chose to leave everything they knew for an uncertain future abroad. Board the reconstructed Dunbrody ship and hear of the harshness of conditions on the voyage. Costumed performers play the roles of famine emigrants, and bring the experience to life.

Depart for Enniscorthy.

Cathy Keane will take you on a Brooklyn Walking Tour of the town where you will see some of original film set in the town.

Go Greyhound racing in Enniscorty – every Monday night.

Dinner and Overnight in the Enniscorthy area.

October 10th 2017
10 am: Depart for Dublin City Centre to arrive by 12 noon.

 

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FAM 7: Dublin’s Food, Design and Style

 

Dublin is a culturally ‘cool city’, successfully merging the old with the new. Todays’ new wave of creative hubs, bars, foodie hotspots, microbreweries , art spaces and emerging fashion scene have all brought a new atmosphere into the old courtyards and alleyways of Dublin’s ancient past.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

Stretch your legs with a tour of Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s largest and grandest Georgian squares. Surrounded by Leinster House and two of our National Museums, Merrion Square also has links to rich and famous people in Irish history such as Daniel O’Connell and W.B Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Now relax in the salubrious surroundings of The Merrion Hotel and finish off the afternoon Art Tea, inspired by the private art collection scattered around the hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 7th 2017

Start the morning with Ketty’s food tour of Dublin City, Delicious Dublin Tours. A delightful way to discover the many tastes of Dublin’s vibrant food and dining scene. Ketty Quigley is an award winning food blogger and food guide and has been conducting her food tours for four years now. She has an Ambassadorial role as a ‘Food Champion’ for Fáilte Ireland helping to promote our food.

Lunch in the area.

In the afternoon join Grania Murray and her team from The Irish Collection who will take you behind the scenes to meet the best designers, artists and crafts-people in Dublin. They will introduce you to the story of art and design in Ireland while at the same time give you an overview of the cutural scene in Dublin. (Allow 3hrs for this experience).

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 8th 2017
In the morning meet the team at Fabulous Food Trails and experience their Food & Fashion Tour of Dublin. Taste wonderful food and find wonderful style from emerging and established fashion designers in new and old shops – this is food, fun and fashion at its best.

Lunch in the area.

Discover the charms of Dublin’s living bay and explore one of the many coastal villages which dot along its coastline, the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Only a 25 minute journey on the DART from Dublin’s city centre visit a cookery school with a difference, Howth Castle Cookery School. Cook up a storm in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens in the Castle.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 9th 2017
Explore landmark buildings and places with the Architectural Walking Tour of Dublin. These lively and informative city walks are conducted by people with a passion for architecture! The tours take in a variety of historic and modern architecture; from world famous Georgian squares to the city’s youngest and trendiest urban quarters these tours are a great way to discover Dublin’s rich history and cultures through its buildings.

Lunch in area.

Arrive to L. Mulligan Grocer, Bar and Restaurant, Stoneybatter, Dublin City. Looks are deceiving ! It may look just like an ordinary pub from the outside but once inside, this is a quirky and unique dining experience and one we think is a good example of the vibrant Dublin food scene. Seáneen Sullivan, one of Fáilte Ireland’s Food Champions, and co-owner of the pub will explain the story of the pub and what they’re doing to promote Irish food and drink.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 10th 2017
Take a step back in time with the Vintage Tea Tours and experience Dublin in a unique way. Climb on board and enjoy afternoon tea with a difference.

 

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FAM 8: Adventure Dublin – Take a Deep Breath

 

Dublin boasts an amazing location geographically for anyone that likes to combine urban pleasure with outdoor adventure. To the south, the Dublin Mountains provide rugged landscapes and wilderness, while the glittering expanse of Dublin Bay offers vast open skies and great lungful’s of fresh air. Let’s not forget Dublin’s city centre and the River Liffey which you’d never guess could be the key to your next adrenalin adventure. There’s something for all adventure seekers in Dublin’s natural playground.

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

Arrive into Dublin and head out to the beautiful coastal village of Howth where you will be straight out onto the water! You’ll get a quick tour of the local coastline on a private charter boat, including highlights such as Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye (where you might even spot a wallaby or two!), before trying your hand at sea angling in the rich waters of the Irish sea – who knows, you might even catch your own dinner!

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 7th 2017
Blow away the cobwebs with Zipit Forest Adventures! Zipit provides a fun filled, environmentally friendly, adrenaline experience suitable for adventure lovers and families. Experience the excitement of flying along zip lines, swinging through trees and feeling an immense sense of achievement. Ideal for everyone, from those who like their challenges in bite-sized chunks to weekend warriors seeking the latest adventure test.

Lunch in the area.

Sea Kayaking from Bullock Harbour, Dalkey with Kayaking.ie.
Wave hello to the seals and yachts as you take in the amazing scenery around Dalkey Island and explore Dublin’s coastline and see the land and sea from an utterly different perspective.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 8th 2017
Put on your walking shoes and head out to the Dublin Mountains with Hilltop Treks. You will visit some of the most scenic parts of the Dublin Mountains, and experience stunning views across the whole of Dublin City and right out to the Irish Sea.

Lunch in the area.

Trade in the walking shoes for riding boots, as you will now head out on a guided horse-riding trail with Coolmine Equestrian Centre. The Dublin Mountains Forest trail is a trip through the rugged forests high up in the Dublin Mountains. You will walk, trot, and canter along paths, overlooking battle grounds of the Pale, as far north as the Hill of Tara in Meath and an ancient Pagan settlement (left untouched and hidden in the forest). This ride can be easily adapted to suit a range of riding experience and is a good option for riders that want to take plenty of photographs.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 9th 2017
Hop on your bike with the Irish Centre of Cycling! You will pick up your bikes from the grounds of Malahide Castle, before setting off on a guided coastal cycle down to the beautiful golden strands of Portmarnock, with its 5km of sandy beach.

Lunch in the area.

In Portmarnock you will get to try your hand at the traditional Irish sport of hurling, the fastest field sport in the world, with Clash Gaelic Games. As well as mastering the skills of ball (sliotar) and stick (hurley) you will hear about the culture, history and mythology that are entwined with Ireland’s traditional sports.

Back on the bikes, and continue along the coast to the quaint and charming fishing village of Howth. From here you will set off on Dublin’s most inspiring hike with Shane’s Howth Hikes. Gnarly, beautiful and adventurous, this walk will bring you through woodlands and exquisite rhododendron gardens, past druidic stones as old as the pyramids, and along sea cliffs lined with gorse and heather. A perfect way to work up an appetite for some of the freshest seafood to be found in Howth’s excellent fish restaurants! www.shaneshowthhikes.com
Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 10th 2017
Hop on a Segway Tour in Phoenix Park, one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. With plenty of highlights along the way it’s a unique way to see the Park.

 

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FAM 9: The Drama of Dublin

To visit Ireland’s capital city is to visit a place rich in history and culture and one which prides itself with a long tradition in music, theatre and literature. To truly experience Dublin is to immerse yourself in its rich, vibrant and absorbing culture!

4 Day Itinerary – October 6-10, 2017

October 6th 2017
12 pm: Arrive in Dublin.

Start your cultural discovery of Dublin with a backstage tour of the Abbey Theatre. Join the team at the Abbey for an exclusive insight into the backstage world of Ireland’s national theatre and get access to areas rarely seen by the public.

Finish off with a visit to Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane. The Gallery houses both modern and contemporary art where locals and visitors can enjoy world renowned exhibitions such as Francis Bacon and Harry Clarke Windows.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

*Note show in the Abbey Theatre on the first night could be an option.

October 7th 2017
Get energized with a Dublin City Bike Tour around the city but don’t worry Dublin City Bike Tours offers an easy paced eco-friendly bike tour of the city. Taking in many points of interest around the city with lots of photo opportunities, you’ll be filled in on local info both past and present and have plenty of fun along the way!

Lunch in the area.

Wander the grounds of Dublin Castle, one of the most important buildings in Irish history then visit one of Dublin’s hidden gems, the Chester Beatty Library which houses collections as far as Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Discover the Dubhlinn Gardens, a hidden gem within the grounds of Dublin Castle and next to the Chester Beatty Library. Enjoy Qigong, a traditional Chinese form of meditation in the rooftop garden of the Chester Beatty and take in the views of the Dubhlinn Gardens.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 8th 2017
Visit the Little Museum of Dublin, a charming small museum on St. Stephen’s Green. Full of amazing treasures donated by Dubliners, the Little Museum charts the cultural and social history of the city in the 20th Century. After a guided tour of the museum listen to The Songs of Dublin with Justine Murphy, a musician and sound designer. She will sing you through the story of Dublin; hear everything from comic music hall tunes to classic ballads and street rhymes.

Lunch in the area (Hatch & Sons).

Take in a walking tour of the city which will bring you past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and through the Dubiln’s historic Liberties area. Finish up in one of Dublin’s top visitor attractions, the Guinness Storehouse. Housed in an old fermentation plant, this seven-story visitor experience tell the story of the world famous drink.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 9th 2017
Try a sightseeing tour with a difference with Panoramic Ireland, who will take you on a photographic tour of the city where you will get great pictures of the streest of Dublin, pubs, and the architecture.

Lunch in the area.

Have you ever played a Bodhrán or Tin Whistle? Irish Music has evolved over hundreds, even thousands of years. Immerse yourself in a world of authentic Irish traditional music with an introduction to Irish Music and its traditions and take part in a taster class in both instruments with the guys at Waltons New School of Irish Music.

Dinner and overnight in Dublin.

October 10th 2017
Explore Dublin’s historic Liberties area with the Dublin Discovery Trails. Where rich history sits sided by side with dynamic media and tech hubs, this is a real upcoming area of Dublin and is experiencing a re-emergence of Dublin whiskey. This is where old Dublin meets new Dublin.

 

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