Ireland: Shannon, Killarney, Dublin
Fly in/out: Shannon/Dublin
Recommended ages: 10 and up
Ball Park Price: $2,000/per person for four travelers (airfare not included)
Best Season: June – August
Time: CST +6
DAY ONE: Fly in to Shannon, Ireland. (SNN) Met by tour guide from Celtic Tours early in the morning. Drive through Cliffs of Moher, enjoy lunch at Cliffs View Cafe explore Adare and Adare Manor, and drive to Killarney. Check in at Killarney Plaza Hotel.
DAY TWO: Take a full day to explore around Killarney by driving to Ring of Kerry, Kerry Bog Village, Village of Waterville, Lady’s View and Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park. Have dinner in Killarney at Danny Mann Pub, “The Famous Singing Pub in Killarney.”
DAY FOUR: Take a drive through County Tipperary and the City of Cashel. Stop in Kinsale along the way. Visit Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic and see the Titanic Exhibit. Visit the Cobh Heritage Center. Visit the Rock of Cashel. Check in to Bailey’s Hotel of Cashel.
DAY SIX & SEVEN: Explore Dublin. Go to Trinity College and see the Book of Kells housed in the Old Library. Enjoy a ½ day shopping on Grafton Street. Enjoy a high tea for girls at Bewleys and a Guinness tour for boys. Visit Malahide Castle and Gardens. Enjoy Merry Ploughboys for an evening of Irish Dancing.
DAY EIGHT: Depart out of Dublin International (DUB).
If you have more time
Kiss the Blarney Stone.
- We thoroughly enjoyed our scenic tour through the Irish Countryside. We felt we hit some of the most beautiful areas of Ireland that captured the heart and history of the Irish culture.
- Taking a step back in time and visiting a few castles and monuments like Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, Dublin Castle and the Muckross House gave us a great memory of Ireland.
- Two days exploring Dublin allowed us to see some of the top must see monuments and attractions of Dublin. We loved the walk through of Trinity College and visiting the Old Library and the Book of Kells-the 9th century gospel manuscript. We felt like we we transported back in time.
- Because of the time change, we were able to stay up late in some pubs to enjoy Irish culture.
- The Cliffs of Moher is a magical vista as it states. We were blown away at the views as soon as we arrived in Ireland.
- We loved the Majestic town of Kinsale a beautiful and historic town on the southwest town coast of Ireland.
- Driving the Dingle Peninsula was a authentic and classic way to see Ireland. Long drive but take your time and enjoy the beautiful stops along the way.
Places to stay
- Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney, Ireland. This was a nice hotel conveniently located to fun pubs and restaurants in Killarney. Also had an indoor pool which was a plus.
- The Baileys Hotel of Cashel was ideally located in the historical town of Cashel and
- The Shelbourne Dublin is a recently awarded 5 star hotel in the heart of Dublin.
Overall, food is not the highlight in general but the Guinness was enjoyable. Our most memorable eating experiences included:
- We particularly enjoyed our tour company, Celtic Tours. They arranged transportation and daily guides for our first four days in Ireland. So nice to have a guide who explained the history of Ireland while making sure we were safe on the rugged and winding roadways.
- When shopping in Ireland, they charge for bags so bring your own shopping bags to take souvenirs home with you.
- Don’t forget to get international call plan and bring an electrical adapter kit.
- If you’re spending more than 2 days in Dublin, get a Dublin Pass card to save money on attractions and transportation. We felt comfortable navigating our own way around Dublin.
- Bring many layers and wonderful windbreakers with you. The rural countryside of Ireland have some winds that can whip you right off your feet.
- View other child-friendly attractions offered in Dublin especially if bringing younger kids.
- Watch Princess Bride for Irish Scenery.
- Make sure your kids’ passports are updated every five years and not within 6 months of expiring.