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Country Houses of Ireland

Stay in 3 different country house hotels over 6 nights and get a feel for Traditional Ireland - enjoy the warm welcome that Ireland is famous for with open fires, friendly staff and great fare! Visit Dublin, The Phoenix Park, the Rock of Cashel, Barney Woollen Mills, Cork Vision Centre, Kinsale town and Roscea.
All venues marked in bold are free.

Country Houses of Ireland

Day 1
Depart local area for the drive to Holyhead and ferry to Dublin
On Arrival in Dublin we travel to Lucan, just outside the city, the Finnstown Country House hotel. Situated in its own grounds, with full leisure centre, bar, restaurant, and cosy traditional rooms, we will start our relaxing Irish Holiday here. Dinner will be served in the Restaurant and we can retire to the bar, or take a stroll around the grounds.
Day 2
Breakfast in the hotel.
A visit to Ireland would not be complete until we have a day tour of the very cosmopolition Dublin City. With a large selection of shops, visitor attractions, such as Trinity College and the Book of Kells and the Phoenix Park to name but a few, our day will be relaxed, educational, and great fun. We travel back to our hotel this evening for dinner.
Day 3
Breakfast in the hotel and settle all personal accounts.
This morning we travel south to “the real capital” as the locals would say. We stop en route at the Magnificent Rock of Cashel, and enjoy the spectacular views over the countryside. On to Cork where we first travel to Blarney to visit the Blarney Wollen Mills, and if time permits Blarney Castle and Gardens, where we can kiss the Blarney stone and receive the Gift of the Gab. We travel on to the Vienna Woods Hotel, nestled in a wooded area in the local community of Glanmire only 3 miles from the city centre. Relax and enjoy the luxurious bedrooms, and country feel.
Day 4
Breakfast in the hotel.
Visit the Cork Vision Centre and get a feel for the history of the city, and on then to the famous English Market where the Queen visited in 2011. Products from around the world, can be bought with a few tasters on the way around. This afternoon we travel to Kinsale town, Ireland fine food capital where we are free in the town for the afternoon. Travel back to our hotel for dinner.
Day 5
Breakfast in the hotel and settle all personal accounts.
Departing Cork, we travel to the Midlands of Ireland and visit the town of Roscrea.
We stay tonight in the Rackett Hall country house hotel, a fine friendly welcome awaits you here. Tea/Coffee and Scones await you on arrival, and the friendly staff will ensure you enjoy your stay. After dinner enjoy some music in the hotel bar.
Day 6
Breakfast in the hotel then travel to Kilkenny town, a vibrant town with a fine mixture of everything from little charm shops to department stores, bars with traditional music and of course Kilkenny Castle - a must for all visitors! Should time permit perhaps a visit to the Newbridge Visitors Centre, and the Hall of Icons. Returning to our hotel for dinner followed by a glass of Guinness, and if you ask nicely you may even be thought how to pour it yourself.
Day 7
Breakfast in the hotel and settle all personal accounts.
Depart Roscea and travel back to Dublin for the ferry to Holyhead and return to local area.
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