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Ultimate Family Discovery: Cornwall and Ireland

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Ultimate Family Discovery: Cornwall and Ireland

13 Days

This fabulous adventure presents you with the opportunity to experience the wonder and charm of Cornwall on the south coast of England before crossing the Irish Sea to the Emerald Isle – from stunning coastlines and sandy beaches, to the history of the Ireland’s capital city and the epic natural beauty of the rugged Wild Atlantic Way.

Specially designed with energetic families in mind, there are plenty of unique activities and experiences arranged which are sure to keep every family member entertained.

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



This thirteen-day ultimate family Dream Escape could include the following experiences:

  • Coasteering with a  private instructor – an adrenaline-fuelled mix of swimming, scrambling, climbing and cliff jumping.

 

  • An exploration of the enchanting horticultural masterpiece hailed as “the garden restoration of the century” by The Times.

 

  • A visit to an internationally renowned site, considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. It is a global garden housed in enormous tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

 

  • An amphibious adventure in the capital of the Emerald Isle in a vehicle which will take you from land to water and back again.

 

  • A visit to a picturesque, unspoilt Grade II Listed harbour  To this day, the port retains much of its Georgian character, and has featured as a filming location for an array of films and television shows, including the BBC’s Poldark.

 

  • A privately guided tour of the beating heart of the Irish thoroughbred industry which delves into the stud’s history which spans over one-hundred years. A source of national pride, the stud is the home of equine royalty.
  • Embark on an eco-friendly bike tour of Dublin led by a knowledgeable local guide. Discover both hidden gems and highlight attractions.

 

  • Commandeer a privately chartered luxury skippered cruiser to explore the spectacular Cornish coastline.

 

  • Discover Hurling and Gaelic Football, the two most popular sports in Ireland. This energy-filled, hands-on experience will keep everyone engaged as a private coach provides an introduction to the sports.

 

  • Depart by helicopter and head over to the west coast of Ireland where you will experience stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher.

 

  • Discover a private castle, set on its very own tiny island. Once a ruin, this 16th century building has been beautifully and painstakingly restored.

 

  • Sit down to a traditional Irish dinner with a local family at their farm house. Experience genuine Irish hospitality as well as live music and entertainment from an Irish singer or dancer.

 

Dream Escape’s hand picked accommodation choices include a designer Cornish coastal retreat and an elegant, luxurious castle stay in Ireland.

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THINGS TO DO

PRIVATE BOAT CHARTER

Set off aboard a privately chartered luxury skippered cruiser to explore the spectacular Cornish coastline. Your skipper knows the Cornwall coastline like the back of his hand, after many years on the water and will enjoy giving you an exhilarating and enjoyable time exploring some truly stunning creeks and coastline. You may also be lucky enough to spot a variety of wildlife which frequently make appearances, including basking sharks, dolphins, seals and sea birds.

IRISH NATIONAL STUD

is the beating heart of Ireland’s thoroughbred industry. HM, Queen Elizabeth II took a tour here as recently as 2011. Her fascination is understandable, as the farm and its stock were gifted to the Crown in 1917.

EDEN PROJECT

The Eden Project is internationally renowned and considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. Eden is a global garden housed in enormous tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. From exotic rainforest to Mediterranean olive groves and nearly two million plants, Eden is a true horticultural masterpiece.

POLDARK MINE

In 2006, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape achieved World Heritage Status, recognised by UNESCO as a place of significance with outstanding value to the whole of humanity. Poldark Mine is one of Cornwall’s most historic tin mining locations and described as “the jewel in the crown” of the World Heritage site.

LED KAYAK EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an incredible kayaking experience. Your kayaks are fitted with LED lights, illuminating the water under you and giving a new dimension to travelling over the water! A privately reserved expert instructor will accompany you to ensure a safe and fun time for all! The experience is sure to leave you glowing!

 

SECRET IRELAND EXPERIENCE

Visit a private castle, set on its very own tiny island. Once a ruin, this 16th century building has been beautifully and painstakingly restored. It is now used as a private summer residence and is only accessible via water. In this atmospheric setting, savour a range of artisan food and drinks akin to those of the 16th century. Honey glazed ham, Irish Meade, and if feeling a little braver, Irish Poitin – once illegal Irish vodka made from potatoes. Make sure you head to the roof-top terrace and capture the panoramic scenic views.

PLACES VISITED

CORNWALL

jutting out between the wild Atlantic Ocean and the calmer waters of the English Channel is the county of Cornwall, without a doubt one of the most enticing regions of the country. Miles of magnificently varied coastline dominate this magical corner. There are vast Atlantic-facing strands of golden sand, popular seaside resorts, secluded coves and un-spoilt fishing villages rich in maritime history.  In contrast, there are lush exotic gardens, sustained by the mildest climate to found in the UK, and the wild terrain of the moorland interior, dotted with historic remains.

 

CHARLESTOWN HARBOUR

Charlestown Harbour is an unspoilt Grade II Listed Harbour. It was constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, a local entrepreneur from who the port takes its name. To this day, the port retains much of its Georgian character, and has featured as a filming location for an array of films and television shows, including the BBC’s Poldark and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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.

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 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’.

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.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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