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Corners of Southern Ireland

Back-Roads Touring

Corners of Southern Ireland

6 days / 5 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1259

One-of-a-kind views of spellbinding scenery. The stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history and country inns full of character. The further we go into its enchanting landscapes, the deeper you’ll fall under Southern Ireland’s spell.

To book this wonderful 5 day Corners of Southern Ireland tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

Corners of Southern Ireland
Your Tour Itinerary

Your Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Dublin – Kildare - Ennis

While we begin the day in Dublin, saying hello to our tour guide and fellow travellers, we quickly say goodbye to the city and cross into Southern Ireland’s spectacular countryside. And we don’t have to go far before we’re in County Kildare. Its jewel-like scenery, criss-crossed with waterways, has been the breeding ground for some of the world’s finest horses. So it’s only right that our first stop is the Irish National Stud, where we’re treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey’s-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum. But this is a stable with a surprise up its sleeve – it’s also home to exquisite and much celebrated Japanese Gardens.

The afternoon sees us swap pagodas for the potager garden at Galway’s Portumna Castle, a grand house with roots in the 1600s. At this point, we’ve  reached the southwest corner of Ireland and arrived in Ennis. The capital of County Clare is an 11th century market town and the place where we’ll lay our heads for the night. But not before tucking in to a three-course welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 Ennis - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

Ennis’ character-filled avenues are ideal for meandering. But a walking tour really brings to life the enthralling tales of rebellions and riots, myths and mysteries that swirl around these medieval lanes. When we move on to the UNESCO Geopark of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher, your imagination will really run wild. The best view of these untamed landscapes comes by boat, so we take to the water on a mini-cruise and marvel at the sheer scale of these awe-inspiring, 700ft natural phenomena. The keen-eyed among us – or perhaps just those who packed binoculars – may even spot a resident puffin.

Back on dry land and on to Killarney, a chocolate-box town that’s the gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry. (B)

Day 3 Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Edge-of-the-world seascapes. Rippling green lands studded with ancient forts. Throw in welcoming villages that rub shoulders with mysterious ruins and you have the beguiling Ring of Kerry. At the Skellig Experience we glimpse the lives of early Christian monks that broke bread here. In pretty-as-a-postcard Portmagee, we soak up the sight of tiny boats bobbing before brightly coloured fishermen’s houses. And at Staigue Fort we go back in time to 300AD. Then it’s on to Sneem, a village brimming with traditional buildings, restaurants and craft shops, known as the ‘Knot in the Ring’. It’s an all-round romantic place to end our day in whatever way you fancy. (B, D)

Day 4 Killarney - Kenmare - Kinsale

We’re at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, in the town founded by Sir William Petty in 1670, as the morning rays rise. Our first stop of the day is Molly Gallivan’s cottage. At first glance it seems to be a rustic farmhouse in a rural spot, frozen in time. But there’s more to it. 200 years ago, this enterprising widow supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey – and her home was in fact a clandestine pub. That brings us to the medieval town of Kinsale. Sea-and-sandviews, cosy pubs and brightly- hued houses make this a picturesque port of call – and our final stop today. (B)

Day 5 Kinsale - Midleton - Kilkenny

The cobbled streets that curve around this pretty bay are just begging to be explored. So we spend the morning on a walking tour of Kinsale. A local guide lets us in on the town’s secrets and maritime traditions, leading us to the 800-year-old Church of Saint Multose and the unique star-shaped Charles Fort.

Just a hop, skip and jump away is Cork, the county city. Our whirlwind tour takes in its mustsee sights, before we depart for the coast and to Cobh – a maritime hub that’s played a huge role in Irish culture. It was the departure point for the last 123 passengers to board the Titanic and you’ll notice poignant markers of this around the town. It’s also home to the Old Midleton Distillery, where we see how this iconic whiskey is crafted – and sample its smooth character for ourselves. We get a final cultural fix as we absorb the medieval charm of Kilkenny before indulging in a final feast – fit for a king. (B, D)

Day 6 Kilkenny - Dublin

The trip’s not over just yet. Before heading back to Dublin, we make time to stroll around Kilkenny’s 12th century castle and the charismatic parkland that unfolds around it. Our route to the capital is just as scenic. Keep your camera poised as our coach climbs heather-clad hills and crosses fairytale glens that carpet the Wicklow Mountains. At the heart of that dramatic scenery is Avoca village, where we pay homage to an Irish institution – Ballykissangel. Pull up a stool in Fitzgerald’s Pub, made famous in the BBC TV series. Then pick up one final memento of your travels at the Woollen Mills. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Corners of Southern Ireland - Tour code DUB

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Corners of Southern Ireland - Tour code DUB

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code

Date

Twin Double

Single

Date

Twin Double

Single

April 17, 24

£1325
£1259

£1595
£1516

August 14, 21, 28, 31

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

May 1, 8, 15

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

Septemer 7, 11, 14

£1375
£1307
£1675
£1592

May 22, 25, 29

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

Sepember 18, 25

£1375
£1307
£1675
£1592

June 5, 12, 19, 26

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

October 2

£1325
£1259
£1595
£1516

July 3, 17, 31

£1375
£1307

£1675
£1592

 

Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown. 

All holidays subject to Back Roads Touring Terms and Conditions

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Back-Roads Touring

Corners of Southern Ireland

6 days / 5 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1259

One-of-a-kind views of spellbinding scenery. The stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history and country inns full of character. The further we go into its enchanting landscapes, the deeper you’ll fall under Southern Ireland’s spell.

To book this wonderful 5 day Corners of Southern Ireland tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

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The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Irish National Stud
  • See the staggering Cliffs of Moher from on board a cruise boat
  • Explore rural Irish towns and authentic village culture, away from tourist crowds
Tour Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in a boutique hotel
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Local guide in Kinsale
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (B)
  • Three evening meals (D)
  • Irish whiskey tour and tasting
  • Cruise from Doolin to Aran Cliffs of Moher

Entrance fee included to:  Irish National Stud, Portumna Castle, The Skellig Experience, Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and Kilkenny Castle.

Small groups up to 15

Small groups up to 15

With tour sizes of up to 15 guests, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Why Back-Roads Touring?

Mini-Coaches  

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.