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Travel the country roads of Ireland
From its impressive cascading hills that house stoic castles to its ambient streets where locals and tourists mingle together, Ireland is a welcoming and intriguing country. Even a day's journey through the Emerald Isle will arouse a deeper desire to unravel its legends and travel to the core of its vibrant towns. While embarking on a Country Roads of Ireland tour, you'll have 12 days to explore the storied streets of Dublin, the prolific history of Belfast, the lyric fame of Derry and the breadth of the country's impressive counties.
Day 1 - Dublin
Day 2 - Belfast (B)
Day 3 - Ballygally (B/D)
Day 4 - Atrium Coast to Londonderry (B/D)
Day 5-6 - Galway, Connemara (B/D/B)
Day 7 - The Clare Coast, Bunratty and Limerick (B)
Day 8-9 - Dingle, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry (B/D/B)
Day 10 - Blarney (B/D)
Day 11 - Cahir, Kilkenny, Dublin (B)
Day 12 - Return to Canada (B)
B= Breakfast D=Dinner
While in Dublin you'll see the Custom House, Dublin Castle and the famous O'Connell Street - the city's main thoroughfare. Make sure to appreciate the musty tomes of Trinity College Library as you admire the stunning 8th Century Book of Kells, and you can cap your day of discovery with a three course dinner in one of Dublin's restaurants while indulging in a pint of the country's signature dark stout. After travelling alongside the Mountains of Mourne to Belfast you'll tour the northern capital's city hall, Queen's University and Stormont Castle before you learn of the ill fated Titanic at the world's largest Titanic visitor attraction.
Billed as the land where green lives in forty shades, Ireland's landscapes have a striking reputation. The rolling verdant tracks stand powerfully against this claim, with the northern shores of the country boasting the picturesque Antrim Coast while the south answers with its famous Ring of Kerry. Enjoy scenic drives through the Antrim Coast, Connemara, the Ring of Kerry and Burren where you'll greet golden beaches, towering cliffs, trout-filled rivers and silent hills. You'll also have the chance to bound across the jutting rocks of the legendary Giant's Causeway and gaze upon Galway Bay from an impressive roost on the Cliffs of Moher.
The quintessential Irish image most likely includes a towering castle whose turrets pierce the emerald countryside and whose rooms house histories of kingships and lore. Perhaps the most famous of these Irish bastions is the Blarney Castle, whose Stone of Eloquence is said to give the gift of gab to those brave enough to kiss it. You'll visit this castle as well as Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland's greatest neo-Gothic castles, and the famous 13th Century Cahir. As far as kingships and lore are concerned, you'll have the chance to visit Clonalis House, the ancestral home of the descendants of the last High Kings of Ireland.
After calming journeys through coastal raptures and rousing days of historic Irish capitals, you'll rest at a variety of accommodations that include modern gems and ancient castles. The Europa in Belfast has attended to presidents and celebrities in its newly renovated rooms, while Ballygally Castle Hotel, perched on the edge of the Causeway Coastal Route, houses antique furniture and a resident ghost. In Dublin you'll stay in a 4-star luxury hotel with a lively bar and expansive ballroom, while your home in Blarney plants you on a golf resort that spans 170 acres of the beautiful Shournagh Valley.