Ultimate Ireland Golf and Sightseeing Tour: August 16 – 31, 2020
This 15-night magical tour takes you on a spectacular golf and Ireland journey beginning with Dublin, Ireland’s Capital city and one of the most vibrant cities in the world followed by a visit to the magnificent coastal town of Portmarnock on the outskirt of Dublin. 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. You will also spend an unforgettable two nights in a real Irish castle as you experience the luxurious Abbeyglen Castle Hotel. 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 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 the tour is Kilkenny, a fitting place to finish this incredible tour. You will play 8 of Ireland’s most famous golf courses, including some of the world’s top 100 Golf Courses.
August 16 – DUBLIN – 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. Meet our driver/guide for the trip and proceed to the Davenport hotel. Afternoon VIP private golf clinic with former tour pro Peter Lawrie. Welcome dinner in the 1780 Restaurant.
August 17 – DUBLIN – Dublin North Coast & Castle Tour (B)
This morning we visit Malahide Castle where guides will take us on a journey through the history and legacy of this castle, set amidst 250 acres of parkland and garden. Then continue on to the magnificent fishing village of Howth, known as one of the world’s great seascapes. This working harbor is a hub of activity with plenty to see and do, from shopping in the beautiful local boutiques to people watching from the quaint cafes.
This afternoon, we play our first round of golf at The Links at Portmarnock. Designed by Bernard Langer, this course is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s best links course, with manicured course conditions and stunning views over Dublin Bay.
Non Golfer: Visit Bru na Boinne, aka Newgrange, a 5200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East. Newgrange is built by stone age farmers and is now designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
August 18 – DUBLIN – Dublin Tour (B,D)
Today’s tour of Dublin starts with visit at Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking Dublin, Medieval Dublin, Georgian Dublin, Irish Whiskey Museum and Dublin Docklands. Continuing on to Dublin City, we visit Guinness Storehous, Ireland’s most popular attraction followed by visit to Trinity College & The Book of Kells. This evening we enjoy a traditional 3-course meal in the oldest pub in Ireland, Brazen Head Pub.
August 19 – DUBLIN – Westport (B,D)
After checking out of Portmarnock this morning, we proceed to Esker Hills Golf Club. Designed by the late Christy O’Connor, this home course of Shane Lowry, winner of 2019 Open Championship, has often been described as a “hidden gem”.
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.
Continue on to Westport and check in at our hotel, The Westport Plaza Hotel. This evening enjoy a 3-course dinner in The Helm Restaurant, one of the finest seafood restaurant on the Western Seaboard with all fish caught and bought locally from local fishermen.
August 20 – WESTPORT Tour (B)
This morning we visit Westport House, a Georgian estate and the ancestral seat of the Marquesses of Sligo until 2014. It is located on 455 acres of lovely parkland setting with a lake, terraces and garden views that look over Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. 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 parts of Ireland. We visit Achill Island, one of the most remote and scenic areas in Ireland.
August 21 – 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.
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.
August 22 – WESTPORT – CONNEMARA (B,D)
This morning after checking out of 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. This afternoon, we continue on to visit Connemara National Park, covering 2957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, grasslands and woodlands. Continue on to Clifden and check into our hotel, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, one of Ireland’s most famous castle hotel. This evening we enjoy a 3-course dinner in the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel.
August 23 – CONNEMARA – GOLF (B)
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.
Non Golfer: Enjoy the Killary Fjord Tour. This incredible cruise takes you to the West and travel to the mouth of the Fjord before turning to make way East back to Nancy’s Point. The views of the surrounding landscape are lovely. The cruise offers a great way to take in the dramatic sweep of the landscape.
August 24 – CONNEMARA – GALWAY (B,D)
This morning we continue on to Galway along the famous “Wild Atlantic Way”. Check in at our hotel, The Galmont Hotel & Spa.
Balance of 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.
This evening we enjoy a delicious dinner at O’Grady’s On The Pier, established as one of the finest Irish seafood restaurant.
AUGUST 25 – GALWAY – Tour (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.
AUGUST 26 – GALWAY – Golf/Adare KILLARNEY (B)
This morning 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 18-hole parkland golf course in the country.
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.
After golfing, we stop at the town of Adare for a brief visit and continue on to Killarney with accommodations at The Brehon. This stunning hotel is famous for its food and vibrant atmosphere.
AUGUST 27 – KILLARNEY – Golf (B)
This morning, we travel 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
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.
August 28 – KILLARNEY – Golf (B,D)
This morning a round of golf at Killarney Kileen 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
This evening enjoy a sumptuous 3 course meal at Bricin Restaurant in Killarney, featuring the fusion of Celtic and Irish cuisine.
August 29 – KILLARNEY – KILKENNY (B,D)
Today we visit the Rock of Cashel, a historical and iconic landmark. It is a limestone outcrop with a splendid collection of medieval ecclesiastical structures and ruins that include a 12th century tower and Gothic cathedral. Continue on to Killarney with accommodations at Mount Juliet Resort. Dinner this evening at Lady Helen Restaurant.
AUGUST 30 – KILKENNY TOUR/GOLF (B,D)
This morning we visit Kilkenny Castle. The magnificent Kilkenny Castle overlooks the Rive Nore with extensive woodland paths, rose garden and ornamental lakes. This afternoon we play our final round of golf at Mount Juliet Golf Course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course is one of the finest parkland course in Europe
Non Golfer: Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Mount Juliet Spa. This evening, our final group dinner at The Hound Restaurant.
AUGUST 31 – KILKENNY HOME (B)
Transfer for about 75 minutes to Dublin airport for our flights home.
The Links at Portmarnock
Esker Hills Golf Club
Westport Golf Club
Connemara Golf Links
Dromoland Castle Golf Club
Dooks Golf Club
Killarney Kileen Golf Club
Mount Juliet Resort
The Westport Plaza Hotel
Castlecourt Hotel Westport
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Galmont Hotel & Spa
Mount Juliet Resort
C$ 8377.00 Per person, twin sharing
C$ 6924.00 Non golfer*
*Includes non-golfer tours per itinerary
C$ 2211.00 Single supplement
International airfare not included.
15 Night hotel accommodations as indicated
8 rounds of golf including green fees, caddy fees and power cart (sharing basis)
Non golfer tours as indicated