Experience Ireland in Twelve Days.

Experience the enchanting beauty of Ireland on this unforgettable 12-day tour. Embark on a journey that takes you through picturesque landscapes like the Cliffs of Moher, the charming city of Dublin, and historic sites like Kilkenny Castle, immersing yourself in rich Irish culture. Below is a sample itinerary of the cities and sites to take in during your twelve days in Ireland. Old Sod Travel can customize this itinerary based on your own travel needs and desires.

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Day 1 - Journey to Ireland!

Welcome to Ireland. Upon arrival, a driver will pick you up and take you south of the capital to Kilkenny city and county.

While you're out, you can visit the Irish National Stud & Gardens, explore Kilkenny Castle and take a walking tour of the area. Head to the Mount Juliet Estate for your first night of your trip!

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Day 2 - Kilkenny

Your day begins with a historical walking tour of Kilkenny City, offering insights into the rich heritage of the area. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a cookery demonstration and engage in hands-on practice at one of the preferred cookery schools nearby, all within a relaxed and comfortable setting. For those interested, golf or horse-riding activities are also available in the vicinity. Return to the Mount Juliet Estate for your last night in the area.

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Day 3 - Kinsale & Cork

Take in the Magnificent Copper Coast during your private drive to Cork. Along the way, there will be a stop to tour and taste at the Jameson Distillery in Midleton, offering a delightful opportunity to learn about the distillation process and savor some fine whiskey. Stay overnight in the Kinsale or Cork area.

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Day 4 - Kinsale & Cork

Begin with a tour of the local area, including Cobh, Spike Island, and the Old Head. In the afternoon, indulge in a local food tour in what is known as the 'Gourmet Capital of Ireland', savoring the culinary specialties of the region. Return to your overnight accommodations in the area.

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Day 5 - Killarney & Kenmare

Tour and transfer from Cork to Killarney/Kenmare in County Kerry. Visit Killarney National Park, where you can explore by a charming horse and cart ride through its scenic trails, or take in the beautiful views of Molls Gap. Stay overnight in the luxurious Killarney Park Hotel.

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Day 6 - Killarney & Kenmare

Explore the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula, both renowned for their breathtaking coastal scenery and cultural heritage. Visit local artisan producers, discovering a range of crafts from pottery to chocolate and more. Additionally, there will be a visit to a working sheep farm, providing insight into traditional farming practices. The day concludes with an evening of Irish Traditional Music at handpicked venues known for their lively sessions. Return to your accommodations for your last night in the area.

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Day 7 - Galway

Enjoy the captivating Wild Atlantic Way as you are guided towards Galway. En route,  stop to explore the unique landscape of The Burren, known for its limestone karst formations and diverse flora. Marvel at the majestic Cliffs of Moher, towering over the Atlantic Ocean. Stay overnight in the Galway/Mayo area.

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Day 8 - Connemara

Take a half or full day excursion through the stunning landscapes of Connemara. Highlights of the day include a visit to Kylemore Abbey, as well as exploring Connemara National Park with its diverse flora and fauna. The journey continues along the scenic Sky Road, offering panoramic views of the coastline and the charming town of Clifden. In the afternoon, indulge in estate activities such as a falconry demonstration, fishing, boating, and other recreational pursuits, ensuring a day filled with adventure and relaxation amidst Connemara's natural beauty.

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Day 9 - Donegal

Head into the captivating wilderness of Donegal, offering a blend of cultural and natural experiences. Witness a Sheep Dog demonstration, providing insight into traditional farming practices (especially for those who did not experience this in Kerry). Take a visit to Lissadell Country House, renowned for its historic significance and scenic gardens. Then, explore Mullaghmore Beach, known for its stunning coastal views and serene atmosphere. Stay overnight at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel.

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Day 10 - Donegal

Visit Killybegs and Kilcar, charming coastal towns known for their fishing heritage and scenic landscapes. Then, journey to the majestic Slieve League Sea Cliffs, offering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from towering heights. The route continues through the picturesque Glenesh Pass en route to Ardara, a quaint village steeped in traditional Irish culture. The day's highlight will be exploring Glenveagh National Park, known for its rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and diverse wildlife. Return to Lough Eske Castle Hotel for your last evening in the area.

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Day 11 - Dublin

Welcome to Dublin! On your way, stop at the impressive Marble Arch Caves and the historic Newgrange Burial Tomb. Stay overnight at one of Dublin's high-end accommodations. 

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Day 12 - Dublin

Enjoy a full day in Ireland's capital. Take a walking tour around the city with one of our preferred guides, and consider taking a Book of Kells Tour at Trinity. Then, embark on a Perfect Pint Tour at the famous Guinness Storehouse! Return to your accommodations for the final night of your trip. 

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Day 13 - Fly Home

On the last day of your trip, a private transfer will take you to Dublin Airport for your departure. Enjoy the convenience of pre-clearance on this side of the Atlantic, streamlining your journey and ensuring a smooth transition as you bid farewell to Ireland.

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Who Is Old Sod Travel?

We are a small, independent business specializing in planning luxurious trips to Ireland, Scotland, and England. We work with you to create a tailor-made Ireland tour filled with the amazing scenery, singular experiences and lifelong memories you’ve been dreaming of.

Our focus is solely on highly customized travel to Ireland and the British Isles. This allows us to identify the best hotels and guesthouses, and to know the owners personally. We know the best hiking trails, golf courses and fishing guides. The best restaurants, pubs and scenic vistas.

We know where the good seats are at the Edinburgh Tattoo and how to get tickets for Wimbledon, Premier League Soccer games or a Hurling match at Croke Park. We know which sites and attractions are truly worth seeing and where you’ll want to spend extra time.

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