Ultimate Ireland Golf and Sightseeing Tour: September 6 – September 21, 2020
This 15-night magical tour takes you on a spectacular golf and Ireland journey beginning at the very heart of Ireland in the stunning town of Athlone. You will then travel to the spectacular coastal town of Westport in the west of Ireland. Westport offers inspirational scenery, superb restaurants and some of the warmest hospitality in the world. Your next stop is the coastal city of Galway, famed for its food and camaraderie. Galway city was previously named European City of Culture and offers countless numbers of superb restaurants and bars. This tour then takes you to the idyllic setting of Adare, famed for its thatched cottages. Your tour continues on to Killarney, a town in the south west of Ireland and regarded as being one of the most vibrant and scenic in the Emerald Isle. Killarney is famed for its “scenery, culture and fun” The final stop of this tour is Dublin City Ireland’s Capital city and one of the most vibrant cities in the world. A fitting place to finish this incredible tour. You will play 7 of Ireland’s most famous golf courses, including some of the world’s top 100 Golf Courses.
September 06 – DUBLIN |ATHLONE – Arrival (D)
Arrive into Dublin airport. After clearing airport formalities, meet our host who will take us to board our exclusive private luxury coach that we will be using on the entire trip. Proceed to Clonmacnoise ( about 90 minutes) a monastic site overlooking the River Shannon in County Offaly. After a brief visit here, we continue to visit Athlone Castle before checking in at our hotel, Sheraton Hotel Athlone. Welcome dinner at La Provence Restaurant.
September 07 – ATHLONE GOLF / DISTILLERY TOUR (B)
Morning round of golf at Esker Hills Golf Club. Designed by the late Christy O’Connor Jr., this course is the home course of Shane Lowry, winner of 2019 Open Championship. The term “hidden gem” has often been used to describe this course. It is a course for your head, not your muscle! This afternoon, we visit the Tullamore D.E.W. Distillery.
Non Golfer: Visit Lough Boora Discovery Park. Transformed from its previous incarnation as a commercial bog where peat was harvested to heat homes around the country, today Lough Boora Discovery Park is home to countless species of birds and wildlife, fish-filled lakes and a permanent exhibition of huge outdoor sculptures.
September 08 – ATHLONE – WESTPORT (B,D)
This morning we leave Athlone and proceed to Westport (120 minutes). Visit Westport House, one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes that are open to the public. It is located on 455 acres of lovely parkland setting. This evening we enjoy a delicious 4-course meal in The Helm Restaurant, one of the finest seafood restaurants on the western seaboard. Overnight at Castlecourt Hotel Westport.
September 09 – WESTPORT (B)
Morning free to explore Westport on your own. This afternoon we enjoy a breath-taking drive along the famous “Wild Atlantic Way”, the longest coastal driving route in the world but also a spectacular scenic route. We will travel from Westport to Achill, regarded as one of the most spectacular and mesmerizing part of Ireland. We visit Achill Island, one of the most remote and scenic areas in Ireland.
September 10 – WESTPORT Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Westport Golf Club. One of Ireland’s best parkland courses, Westport hosted several of Ireland’s leading tournaments, including the Irish Close Championships on many occasions. Westport Golf Club is guaranteed to be a memorable part of this golf tour because of the quality of the course, the surrounding scenery and the warm welcome you are sure to receive. After golf, on the route back to our hotel, we will visit Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in a 1000-acre estate. A must visit location on the stunning west coast of Ireland.
Non Golfers: A visit to the Ceide Fields. Here you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a much acclaimed building, which has received Ireland’s most prestigious architectural award. The Céide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world, over five and a half millennia old. It is a unique Neolithic landscape of world importance, which has changed our perception of our Stone Age ancestors. The remains of stone field walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles.
September 11 – WESTPORT – GOLF – GALWAY (B,D)
Morning departure to Connemara Golf Links. ( 1 hour 20 minutes ) This beautiful isolated links course, founded in 1973 and designed by Eddie Hackett, will always mesmerize you by the landscape around, whether it’s Slyne Head Lighthouse, the 12 Bens Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean or Grainne O’Malley’s Castle, there is something special on every hole. One of the finest golf course you will find in Ireland, this course is a must play on golf tour to the west coast of Ireland. After our golf, we continue on to Galway along the famous “Wild Atlantic Way”. Check in at our hotel, The Galmont Hotel & Spa. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at O’Grady’s On The Pier, established as one of the finest Irish seafood restaurant.
Non Golfer: Visit to Connemara National Park. Coverring some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght,are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980. Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School. Connemara National Park is simply a must visit site during a visit to the West coast of Ireland.
September 12 – GALWAY (B)
Day free for you to explore Galway city, a colorful and energetic harbor city located on the west coast of Ireland. This walled medieval city has everything to offer from an interesting history to the sandy beaches. There are many historic buildings and monuments associated with the city, as well as a delightful assortment of pubs, craft shops and boutique shops. Getting to this compact city is easy, visitors can walk, cycle or take one of the city’s open top bus tours. Galway Cathedral is the biggest and most impressive building in the city. It is also the youngest of Europe’s stone cathedrals.
September 13 – GALWAY – GOLF – ADARE (B)
This morning we visit the Burren National Park, offering one of the most unique landscape in the world. Continue on to the Cliffs of Moher. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without visiting the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs stretch for 8 km along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, truly a world class experience. This afternoon we golf at Dromoland Castle Golf Club. Set in the stunning surroundings of Dromoland Castle, this course is widely regarded as one of the finest 18hole parkland golf course in the country. After our golf, continue on to Adare with overnight at Dunraven Hotel Adare.
Non Golfer: A visit to Craggaunowen will introduce you to the bygone era of the Bronze Age, when the Crannog people were living in Ireland. This wonderful historic and cultural attraction is located in Kilmurray, County Clare amongst fifty acres. Visitors to this pre-historic park will get an insight into how these humble people lived, and discover their traditions and dwellings, as you are immersed into Celtic Ireland.
September 14 – ADARE (B,D)
Today we explore the historic town of Adare, visiting Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. This evening we dine like a king at the Bunratty Castle Banquet.
September 15 – ADARE Golf – KILLARNEY (B)
This morning, we travel for 1 hr. & 20 minutes to Dooks Golf Club, undoubtedly one of the finest golf courses in the south of Ireland and regarded as one of the leading links courses in Europe. After golf, we continue on to Killarney where we will explore and visit for the rest of the afternoon. Check into our hotel, Scotts Hotel Killarney.
Non Golfer: Visit to the Skellig Experience (World Heritage Site). One of two World Heritage Sites in Ireland, and backdrop for some of the recent Star Wars movies, The Skellig Islands are a truly mesmerizing sight. Skellig Experience Centre offers visitors the opportunity to discover and learn about the numerous aspects of the offshore Skelllig Islands without having to leave the mainland, the islands are located about eight miles off the mainland. The award winning and distinctive building has a modern design using local and traditional sources so that it blends into the natural surrounding landscape and provides a feel of the ruggedness of the region.
September 16 – KILLARNEY (B,D)
Today we travel the Dingle Peninsula and the world-famous town of Dingle. We will enjoy a 1-hr. dolphin watching tour around the Dingle harbour. The tour provides you with the opportunity to take in the breathtaking scenery Dingle harbour and bay offer in abundance. Another stop is “Ladies View”, one of the most spectacular view in the world. This evening enjoy a sumptuous 4 course meal at Bricin Restaurant in Killarney, featuring the fusion of Celtic and Irish cuisine.
September 17 – KILLARNEY GOLF (B)
This morning a round of golf at Killarney Golf Club one of the finest lakeside courses in the world. The wonderful lake and mountain views make for a spectacular backdrop to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses. The course has played host to the Irish Open a few times. After golf, travel along the iconic Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on the way back to our hotel. Balance of day free for you to explore some of the incredible pubs in Killarney!
Non Golfer: Enjoy the Gap of Dunloe Tour. Your day starts at 10am from your accommodation and finishes at 4.30pm. This incredible tour is a combination of a bus to Kate Keaney’s Cottage, then a journey of miles ahead of you to be taken by jaunting car through the famous gap, a glaciated valley to Lord Brandons Cottage, where snacks are available. After lunch the traditional style boat takes you through the three Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle where a bus will return you to Killarney
September 18 – KILLARNEY – DUBLIN (B)
Today we visit the Rock of Cashel, a historical and iconic landmark. Continuing on to Dublin City (100 minutes), we visit Trinity College & The Book of Kells. Check into our hotel, Camden Court Hotel.
September. 19 – DUBLIN GOLF (B,D)
This morning we golf at The Links at Portmarnock. Designed by Bernard Langer, this course consistently features in the top 20 golf courses in Ireland. On our way back to hotel, we visit Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular attraction. This evening, enjoy a traditional 4-course meal at the Brazen Head Pub, oldest pub in Dublin. The Brazen Head Pub is well regarded for its wholesome Irish food.
Non Golfer: Visit Bruna Boine aka “Newgrange”, a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers on an area of about 1 acre. Newgrange has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago (3,200 B.C.) which makes it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Giza.
September 20 – DUBLIN TOUR (B,D)
Today’s tour of Dublin starts with visit to Kilmainham Gaol (Jail) followed by stops at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Irish Whiskey Museum and Dublin Docklands. We also take the Viking Splash Tour of Dublin, truly a unique experience of seeing Dublin on land and water! We end the day with our final group dinner at The Old Storehouse, Temple Bar, and enjoy a traditional Irish meal.
September 21 – DUBLIN HOME (B)
Transfer to airport for our flights home.
Esker Hills Golf Club
Westport Golf Club
Connemara Golf Links
Dromoland Castle Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club
Killarney Golf Club
The Links at Portmarnock
Sheraton Hotel Athlone
Castlecourt Hotel Westport
The Galmont Hotel & Spa
Dunraven Hotel Adare
Scotts Hotel Killarney
Camden Court Hotel
C$ 7294.00 Per person, twin sharing
C$ 5986.00 Non golfer
C$ 1925.00 Single supplement
International airfare not included.