The Pulse of Ireland


This is an example for a Bus Tour of Ireland that brings the Group to the North West of the Republic - a beautiful rugged area.

Highlights could include:
  • Dublin
  • Newgrange
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Co. Mayo
  • Galway
  • Connemara
  • Aran Islands
  • Clonmacnoise
  • Midlands


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The Pulse of Ireland Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Dublin

On arrival at Dublin Airport transfer to the city for short sightseeing tour through Dublin's elegant Georgian streets & squares. Visit Trinity College to view one of Ireland's great treasures, the Book of Kells. After visit the Dublin Writer's Museum to learn about Ireland's most famous writers. Among this elite group are four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature; George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. Dinner & overnight Dublin.
Day 2 - Bru na Boinne to Donegal

Travel via the Boyne Valley at the heart of Celtic Ireland. You will visit the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre designed to interpret the archaeological heritage of the area & then you will visit the burial chamber of either Newgrange or Knowth which predate the Egyptian pyramids. See also the Celtic Cross of Monasterboice before continuing your journey to County Donegal. Dinner & overnight Donegal.
 
Day 3 - Donegal Gaeltacht

Visit  Ionad Cois Locha, a small community in the Gaelic speaking area of Donegal, which lies at the foot of Mount Errigal. It was home to Manus Ferry, a renowned weaver & his brother, a shepherd, in order to purchase their tweed in the beginning of the last century. Manus' home has been restored to demonstrate life in Donegal in the early 20th century. Continue to Glenveagh National Park, one of Ireland's hidden treasures. Explore the Glenveagh Castle & its splendid gardens. Enjoy an evening of Donegal fiddle music in the local pub. Dinner & overnight Donegal.
Day 4 - Mayo

Depart Donegal and travel through Sligo to Ballina. Visit the Ceide Fields - the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world with field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs of 5,000 years ago. Arrive at the lively town of Westport for dinner and overnight. This evening is free to explore the town with its wide selection of pubs renowned for their impromptu music sessions.
Day 5 - Connemara

Spend today in the natural, unspoilt environment of Connemara. This region is populated largely by sheep & has breathtaking views of the mountains & Lough Corrib. Stroll around Clifden, the region's main town, located against the dramatic backdrop of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Visit Malachy Kearns workshop to see how bodhrans are crafted, these 18 inch one-sided drums made from goatskin feature prominently in traditional music performances. Dinner & overnight Galway.
Day 6 - Aran Islands

Take the ferry today to Inis Mór, the largest of the three Aran Islands, located off the Galway coast. Here there are awe inspiring stretches of limestone pavement, miles of stone walls and wonderful cliff and coastal walks. Of the numerous ecclesiastic ruins and prehistoric forts, Dun Aengus Fort, balancing on a sheer cliff edge 90 metres above the Atlantic, is probably the most impressive Bronze Age fort in Europe. Gaelic is the spoken language although all the islanders are bilingual and despite the slow, easy pace of life, the 'craic' is good. This trip will surely be one of the highlights of your visit. Dinner and overnight Galway.
Day 7 - Midlands to Dublin
Travel across the Midlands today and visit Clonmacnoise, situated on the River Shannon. This striking monastic site from the 6th century is remarkably well preserved. The ruins include high crosses, round towers and the remains of six churches. Continue to Lockes Distillery to sample some Irish Whiskey. Arrive in Dublin. Optional evening visit to a pub at the foot of the Dublin Mountains, for dinner and entertainment in traditional surroundings - your final fling!
 
  Day 8 - Slán Abhaile!

Transfer to Dublin Airport for departure.