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Ireland Golf & Sightseeing

8 days

Ireland is home to some of the finest golf courses in the world. Each day of this trip will offer the perfect balance of activity and learning about the local way of life. A touring-chauffeur with local knowledge, expertise and great craic, will explain and expand on the area’s rich history and cultural heritage like no book can. Their stories and company will no doubt make your trip truly unforgettable and will ensure that when you leave, you have been captivated not only by the spectacular golf links but also by the Irish people themselves.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Your exclusive programme could include any of the following experiences:

  • For the golfers, play Royal Dublin. Founded in 1885 these renowned links are Ireland’s second oldest golf club. Located on Bull Island off the north shore of Dublin Bay, the views of the city are first-class. For the non-golfers, accompanied by an engaging and enthusiastic walking guide, discover the essential sights of Dublin’s eventful history.

 

  • For the golfers, play Old Head Links. It has been ranked #1 in Links Magazine’s listing of the most spectacular golf courses on the planet. It is built on a diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean with an old black and white striped lighthouse marking the end of the land; it is a must-play for any golf fan at least once in their life.

 

  • For the non-golfers, stroll with an accomplished storyteller to enjoy a colourful story of Kinsale through the ages; from its Medieval walled town, how it was a strategic and much fought-over naval base during the conflict for New World treasure, to how the townspeople reacted following the sinking of the RMS Lusitania in 1915 with a loss of over 1,000 lives.

 

  • Stay in a real-life castle, plucked from the pages of a fairy tale, where you will enjoy many exclusive activities including falconry, fly-fishing, private garden visits, whisky and botanical cocktail making to name but a few.

 

  • For the golfers, play Lahinch. Without a doubt, it is an enchanting place to play and the rugged West Coast is where you will discover that golfing means rolling sand dunes, dramatic cliffs, challenging holes and some utterly unique features – not to mention the consistently awe-inspiring views.

 

  • For the non-golfers, visit the Cliffs of Moher; selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, they are a breath-taking Discovery Point and the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast wildness of the Atlantic Ocean.

 

  • Sheepdog Demonstration – Enjoy a visit to a farm where you will watch a demonstration by the incredibly well-trained working dogs. Watch the dogs being put to their paces and see how they stay in control of the sheep; you will see how each of the dogs knows to respond to their individual whistles, showcasing their skill, intelligence and obedience.

 

  • Guided walk, The Burren Walk through “Europe’s largest rock garden”. Your guide, a gifted storyteller, will share immense passion and knowledge. Hear about the numerous prehistoric sites that dot the landscape and from more recent history, hear how past generations farmed here and the hardships they faced. Rest assured, at every turn, there will be stunning photographic opportunities.

 

For your accommodation you will stay in some of the country’s most luxurious and lavish properties, from a gorgeous Georgian hotel nestled in the heart of lively Dublin, a beautiful country house hotel and an authentic castle property.

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THINGS TO DO

LAHINCH GOLF CLUB

Started by Old Tom Morris in 1894, he believed that Lahinch was one of the finest natural courses he had ever seen.

AFTERNOON TEA

Choose from vast tea menus, themed afternoon teas or perhaps a glass of champagne.

DUBLIN DOORS

The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation.

FALCONRY

Experience first-hand the art of falconry. Known as the “sport of kings”, this is a wonderful opportunity to see magnificent birds of prey up close. Often including Falcons, Owls, Hawks and Eagles; in full flight, they are spectacular.

PRIVATE GARDEN VISITS

Visits to local private gardens can be arranged including tea with owners, while staying at Glin Castle.

ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB

Founded in 1885, these renowned links are Ireland’s second oldest golf club.

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF THE BURREN

The Burren is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage, and is of international significance with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. It will be brought to life by a local walking guide, sharing both knowledge and passion.

THE ENGLISH MARKET, CORK

has been serving the people of Cork for more than a century. A myriad of artisan and speciality producers have helped develop Cork County into Ireland’s flagship food region. It has a gourmet reputation among the finest in Europe.

THE OLD HEAD GOLF LINKS

Has been ranked #1 in Links Magazine’s listing of the most spectacular golf courses on the planet.

PLACES VISITED

CORK

Cork is Ireland’s second largest and southernmost city with a history dating back to the 6th century; Founded on islands in an estuary, waterways circle the city centre crossed by over 20 bridges. Hilly neighbourhoods climb the river banks, stacked with colourful houses. These along with the Georgian architecture give the city a Continental feel. It is a creative and exciting city, renowned for learning, with a world class university and specialist colleges. It has a rich musical traditional and is home to no less than 24 festivals running throughout the year.

DUBLIN

Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

KINSALE

One of the prettiest small towns in Ireland, with its crooked streets, slate hung houses and bow-fronted shops.It has a long and chequered history. The Battle of Kinsale in 1601 was the ultimate battle in England’s conquest of Gaelic Ireland.  The Irish forces and their Spanish allies were defeated which signified the end of the old Gaelic order, Irish resistance and marked a turning point in the history books. For over 300 years it was a garrison town and port of consequence, which left a legacy of Georgian and Victorian architecture.

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking Discovery Point. They are the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean

THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY

The waymarked Wild Atlantic Way claims to be the world’s longest defined coastal touring route and the longest island driving route – it stretches for 2,500km along Ireland’s western seaboard. It’s a place where the wild Irish landscape collides with the dramatic Atlantic seascape. From Donegal in the North, to Cork in the South, through regions like Connemara, Galway and Kerry, you’ll find the Ireland you’ve always imagined.

THE BURREN

The Burren is truly is a special place full of wonder, beauty and discovery. It is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. Ruined forts and castles and numerous prehistoric sites dot the landscape; the region has been aptly described as ‘one vast memorial to bygone cultures’.

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