Stay at two different Irish castles! Our Castles in the Mist package includes two nights at Abbeyglen Castle & one night at Kinnitty Castle. A revitalizing two-night stay at The Lake Hotel in Killarney also beckons - truly one of the finest hotel views on the planet! Seeing is believing at the wonderful monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise, stunning Connemara, the charming town of Westport, Achill Island, The Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, The Rock of Cashel, The Boyne Valley and much, much more. Your perfectly-paced Ireland itinerary also includes two nights in Dublin, with a unique Guinness Experience and Traditional Storytelling Evening with Dinner.
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Included Unique Activities
- Meet & Greet on Arrival
- Guinness Connoisseur Experience
- Traditional Storytelling Evening with Dinner
- Admission to Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
- Admission to The Imposing Rock of Cashel
Food, Folklore & Fairies
Guinness Connoisseur Experience
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Dublin
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Rock of Cashel
2 NightsThe Alex
Nestled in a quiet corner at Merrion Square in the heart of Dublin city, The Alex Hotel is a beautifully appointed 4-star Luxury hotel offering guests the perfect combination of modern convenience and traditional Irish ambience. The Alex Luxury Hotel’s contemporary decor, with its bright and open lobby area, large windows, plush burgundy and cream furnishings, and polished wood, offers guests luxurious, yet relaxing surrounds. Experience culinary delights at The Alex’s stylish bar and restaurant The Carriage, serving tasty food using the best in local and seasonal ingredients. Residents can also enjoy the hotel’s exclusive gymnasium.
The Alex Hotel features 98 spacious en suite rooms and 4 suites. The well-appointed rooms are bright, open and modern, with a contemporary design. Orthopedic mattresses, cashmere blankets and luxurious bedding, coupled with the hotel’s quiet Merrion Square location, will ensure you enjoy a peaceful night’s rest during your stay.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Individually Controlled Air-Conditioning
- Direct dial Telephone
- Wireless & Wired Broadband
- Personal Safe
- European and US plug sockets
- Cable television and in-house movies
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Spacious desk
- Trouser Press
The Alex's Bar and restaurant The Carriage:
Stylish yet comfortable. Chic and welcoming. The Alex’s restaurant is all this and more. Lunch is simple and fresh. Delicious. In the evening, the Alex comes alive. It’s that rare combination of exciting ambiance and friendly warmth that makes it a favorite for locals, hotel guests, and tourists to meet and enjoy each other’s company. Looking for a trendy cocktail? Check out our new bar and unwind in Dublin time. The dinners are exceptional fare and boast seasonal dishes made with local produce. The feel is comfortable sophistication. Come as you are and delight in The Alex dining experience.
On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.
Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park, twice the size of New York City's Central Park, Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Jail and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.
2 NightsAbbeyglen Castle
- Direct Dial Telephone
- Multi-Channel TV
- DVD Player
- Iron & Trouser Press
- Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
- Complimentary Toiletries
1 NightSheedy's Doolin
This charming guesthouse located in Doolin features gorgeous views of the Aille river, some of the countryside, some of 500-year-old Doonmacfelim Castle, and some of the village life. The grounds are lovely and guests may choose to walk down to the river where they can sit and enjoy the sound of the water running past.
All rooms with large private bathrooms featuring granite vanity tops, heated lighted mirrors, power showers, large glass shower cubicles
Breakfast is not simply Breakfast at Sheedy’s Doolin but more of a gourmet experience!
Frank puts all his years of culinary skills to use in preparing special treats for you to sit back and enjoy.
All the products are locally sourced from Artisan suppliers and herbs come from their very own garden.
From the Buffet feast your eyes and senses on the array of colours, scents and taste.
- Poached pears in a syrup with cloves and lemon zest
- Poached plums with a star anise and five spice infusion
- Stewed Organic Rhubarb with a snip of fresh ginger.
- Warm Prunes marinated in lemon and vanilla tea
- A selection of fresh fruits and berries
- Homemade Muesli
- Selection of juices
- Selection of Organic Yoghurts
- Local Burren Honey
- Selection of in house marmalade and jams
- Selection of home-baked bread and scones
On the Map: The small village of Doolin is located on County Clare’s west Atlantic coast. The village is accessed via the R479 - a small country road that intersects with the R478 connecting the towns of Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Lahinch (to the south).
People flock to Doolin from all over the world to sample wonderful, top quality traditional music in the local pubs. Until recently Doolin had only three pubs. There are now some new establishments on the scene but we recommend sticking to the old reliables: McGann’s, McDermots and O’Connor’s. Even at that you will be spoiled for choice. Each pub is full most nights with musicians and music lovers alike. Be sure to check out all three! The surrounding area has much of interest including the barren yet strikingly beautiful Burren region with, among other things, the 5,000 year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. Also worth a visit is Doonagore Castle and of course the spectacular 650-foot high Cliffs of Moher, which are only a few miles from Doolin.
2 NightsThe Lake Hotel
The Lake Hotel
To experience the welcoming culture of the Irish, The Lake Hotel Killarney is the perfect place to stay. The family owned hotel in county Kerry is known for its warm and authentic atmosphere with a traditional Irish and magnificent setting. It is surrounded by the most beautiful landscape of Killarney's lower lake Lough Lein, mountains, islands, woodland and 12th century castle ruins. Its Irish family tradition dates beack to the 1820s. While having breakfast, guests might see deer stroll across the lawn and absorb the tranquility of the lakes just outside the window. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, including some with view of the woodlands and some with lakeside view. Residents may choose between rooms in the original building with a warm charm, lakeside rooms with high ceilings and balconies or deluxe rooms and suites.
The Lake Hotel offers a great variety of rooms and suites.
All rooms have great views - some of the surrounding woodland, others of the Killarney Lakes & Mountains.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Crisp bed linen
- Bathrobe & slippers
- Satellite television
- Direct dial telephones
- Electronic laptop safe
- Hairdryer, iron and ironing board
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Work desk in room
- Free Wifi
The Castlelough Restaurant
Just like the hotel's original building, the restaurant impresses with high ceilings, large ornate mirrors and cornice work. It reminds of a time when ball gowns and black tie were the usual attire for dinners. Nowadays, the most eye-catching feature are the large windows covering the whole room and boasting views of the beautiful scenery with the lake and mountains. The food offers a equally great quality as the surroundings. Fresh seafood, seasonal meats, organic vegetables and local cheeses are just a selection of the carefully composed dinner options.
The Lakeside Bistro
For lighter meals, coffees and teas with traditional scones, the bistro located in a relaxing lounge is the place to go. It is also surrounded by the beautiful landscape and often flooded with golden sunlight. Vegetarian and vegan options as well as free Wi-Fi ensure that everyone will feel comfortable in the restful and inviting space.
The Devils Punchbowl Bar
The bar is named after the lacial lake on Mangerton Mountain which can be seen from most spots in the hotel, and also from its magnificent bar. It offers a relaxing athmosphere for coffee and refreshments in the morning or afternoon along with tasty bar food in the evening. The friendly staff make sure to fulfill wishes and might offer the hotel's own Craft beer "Martin Huggard" first brewed during the War in 1940, made with the original characteristics and taste.
On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).
The town in the middle of the Ring of Kerry is set perfectly for excursions to the Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, the Skellig Ring and much more.It is known for its legendary beauty. The charming towns like Dingle and majestic landscapes like Slea Head are an unique combination of the impressive sights Ireland has to offer. The scenery with mountains, several historic castles, and calm lakes is perfect for some days out and to enjoy time away from bustling cities.
1 NightKinnitty Castle
Kinnitty Castle Hotel, located in the picturesque village of Kinnitty Co. Offaly & nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, offers the perfect setting for a romantic castle break in Ireland. Enter via the winding avenue, and take in breathtaking views of the 13th century castle, seated on 650 acres of parkland. Enter the lavish, medieval revival castle, drenched in original features, heritage colors and regal atmospheres, dating back to 1209. Wander through the fine settings of the Library Bar, The Sli Dala Restaurant and the Drawing Room - all with magnificent character. Relax beside the unique open fires, and enjoy the best of local cuisine, prepared by Executive Chef, Anthony Holland. Rest in the opulence of high-ceilinged bedrooms, cast iron roll-top baths, and original features in keeping with the period of the property. Kinnitty Castle Hotel - a little piece of Irish Magic in the heart of the Irish Midlands.
There are 37 distinctively styled guestrooms at Kinnitty Castle. Each luxurious room retains an original, cultivated style that is in keeping with the period of the property. High ceilings, along with opulent fabrics and period furniture, effortlessly highlight the singular heritage of the Castle. Each guestroom is individual, even down to the keys, and many of the rooms retain their original features. Every room offers guests a sense of Irish tradition and Hospitality.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Laundry and Ironing Facilities
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Crisp Linens
- Extensive Range of Toiletries
- 24-Hour Room Service
Please note that Kinnitty Castle does not have an elevator.
Slí Dala Restaurant:
The warm ambience of the Slí Dala Restaurant offers an elegant fine-dining experience. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, under the expert guidance of Executive Chef Anthony Holland. The well-appointed restaurant offers guests the perfect setting in which to enjoy a candlelit evening, overlooking the Castle's beautifully manicured gardens. The Slí Dala Restaurant is open all week from 6.30pm to 9pm
Join us in the afternoon where we serve an extensive menu in our bright and spacious Library Bar. The Bar offers the ideal atmosphere in which to sit back and relax with a book. In the evening, indulge yourself with your favorite drink. Relax, unwind and sink into deep luxurious couches beside an open log fire. The comfortable environment offers you the perfect way to end your evening before retiring to your room.The Library Bar is open daily and serves food from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm.
The Dungeon Bar:
Return to a period in time where Traditional Music and Dance where an important part of Irish Culture. With decor and atmosphere resembling an old Irish Pub, the Dungeon Bar opens to the public on Friday and Saturday Nights and all day Sunday. Come along and enjoy Traditional Music sessions from 10pm on Friday & Saturday Nights.
The Town of Birr:
The Heritage town of Birr in the centre of Ireland, is home to Birr Castle Demesne which was developed by the Parsons family over the last four hundred years. During this period, the Parsons family made unique contributions to astronomy, photography, engineering and botany. Birr Castle is the oldest inhabited home in the county. A main feature on the grounds of the castle is the great Leviathan of Parsonstown, an astronomical telescope with a 72-inch metal mirror erected by the third Earl of Rosse, which was, until 1917, the largest telescope in the world. Birr is a designated Irish Heritage Town with a carefully preserved Georgian heritage. Birr itself has graceful wide streets and elegant buildings. Many of the houses in John's Place and Oxmantown Mall have exquisite fanlight windows of the Georgian period. Attractions in (or near) Birr include: Angling, Birdwatching, Light Entertainment, Gardens, Golf, Horse Riding, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Pursuits and Touring.
1 NightLeixlip Manor
Built in 1798 on the townland of St Catherine’s Park on the border of Kildare and Dublin, Leixlip Manor is the centrepiece of 27 acres of beautiful parkland with four acres of formal gardens including an attractive Victorian-walled garden with a generous mixture of mature trees. The beautiful Manor House Hotel was re-opened in December 2017 having undergone a restoration to its former glory. The Luxuriously restored Manor House Hotel is one of three viewing points from its palatial neighbor, Castletown House, along with the Beautiful Barn and Connollys Folly.
The Hotel has a total of 27 en-suite bedrooms which includes 8 luxury Bedrooms and Suites in the Manor House and 19 traditional rooms in the Courtyard.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Premium TV channels
- Premium bedding
- Free newspaper
- Coffee/tea maker
- Daily housekeeping
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Deep soaking bathtub
- Bathtub or shower
- Iron/ironing board
- Cable TV service
- Flat-panel TV
- Free WiFi
- Room service (limited hours)
- Separate bedroom
The Redwood bar
The Redwood Bar is the perfect spot for friends to meet for a scone and a coffee when taking a stroll around the grounds, meeting the ponies or when catching up on the Terrace over a glass of wine. The team has prepared a fabulous Bar Menu which changes daily offering tasty treats and Sandwiches. In the evenings the bar offers a relaxed setting for couples calling in for a quiet drink to catch up on the days events and our own hotel guests relaxing and planning their next adventure.
The Manor Rooms Restaurant
This beautiful room is full of period features and guests may enjoy this gorgeous room for Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner in the evening. The popular Afternoon Tea is also served in the Manor Rooms. Sunday Lunch has always been important at Leixlip Manor hotel and Sunday Lunch is served in the Manor rooms.
On the map: The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid-1940s.
After the Vikings, the Normans arrived and built a Castle overlooking the two rivers in 1132 known as Leixlip Castle. In 1732, the nephew of Speaker Connolly, William Connolly, bought the castle, and in the same year, Arthur Guinness began a small brewery on the banks of the Liffey beside the Main Street. The brewery moved to St. James’s Gate, Dublin in 1759 and has become one of the best- known global brands.
Thomas Connolly’s wife, Lady Louise, was responsible for the building of The Obelisk between Leixlip & Celbridge known as Connolly’s Folly, in 1740 and the Wonderful Barn, built in 1743.
- Meet & Greet with Private Transfer on Arrival
- Rental Car including our Exclusive Reduced Excess Insurance Package
- 9 Full Irish Breakfasts
Points of Interest
- The Guinness Storehouse & Dublin's Temple Bar
- The 8th Century Book of Kells at Famous Trinity College
- Bustling & Vibrant Galway City
- Ross Castle & Killarney National Park
- Kenmare & the Ring of Kerry
- Connemara National Park & Kylemore Abbey
- Westport, Achill Island & Croagh Patrick
- The Cliffs of Moher & Poulnabrone Dolmen
- Ancient Wonders of the Boyne Valley
Westport, County Mayo
Achill Island, County Mayo
Croagh Patrick, County Mayo
Sky Road, Clifden, County Galway
Clonmacnoise, County Offaly
Galway, County Galway
Lahinch, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
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