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Secrets of Ireland

8 Days 1 Country 11 Cities

This incredible Hidden Journeys trip is a complete circle of Ireland, including fairytale castle stays.

About this trip

A complete circle of Ireland including fairytale castle stays, this incredible itinerary takes you into its many landscapes – from the cityscape of Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island's famous ‘emerald' countryside.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… staying in Galway's luxurious Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, which was originally built in the 1580s by Donal O'Flaherty, the first husband of Ireland's fearsome and blood-thirsty pirate queen, Grace O'Malley.

Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: BRCM

7 Nights


12 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 4 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Secrets of Ireland

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Dublin – Afternoon Sightseeing

Welcome to Dublin the lively Irish capital. This afternoon meet your Local Specialist for a guided tour. View St. Patrick's Cathedral, colourful Georgian Squares and the vibrant, modern city. Then raise a glass of the “black stuff” and drink in sweeping Dublin views at the Gravity Bar, atop the Guinness Storehouse as you gain a Cultural Insight into this famous Irish product. Later savour free time and a Welcome Reception with Irish beer or wine.

Welcome Reception

2. Dublin – Kildare – Cashel – Killarney (2 Nights)

Head across the rolling countryside to Kildare. Stop for a visit to the Irish National Stud for a Cultural Insight into the fascinating world of Ireland's thoroughbred industry. See the foaling unit, museum and of course the powerful and regal stallions. On to visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel with a Local Specialist, where you view its majestic ecclesiastical ruins. Continue to Killarney, the town on the lakes where your evening is free.

Full Breakfast
The Malton Authentic Accommodation

3. Ring of Kerry Excursion

Enjoy a relaxing morning in Killarney or you might wish to join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later enjoy spectacular scenery, driving around the Ring of Kerry. Take in views of coast and sea, hills and green fields as you travel through this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Please Note: The walk travels over wooded paths. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be reasonably fit and have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and raingear. Approx. 3 miles/2 hours.

Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

Adult Price: €64.00

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Adult Price: €21.00

4. Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights)

Heading north stop to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the Atlantic. Continue to Galway, and visit the Cathedral. At 50-years-old, it is one of the youngest of Europe's stone cathedrals. Travel on through Connemara to the extraordinary Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

Full Breakfast
Ballynahinch Castle Authentic Accommodation

5. Connemara Excursion

Drive through the scenic landscapes of Connemara, taking in views of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. Make a stop in the picturesque town of Clifden, set between the Twelve Bens Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Then on to visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. The extensive walled Victorian garden is a delight to the senses. Later return to your castle hotel for dinner.

Full Breakfast

6. Connemara – Sligo – Roscommon

Venture north to Sligo. Here, amid the hills and loughs that inspired the lyrical lines penned by the poet William Butler Yeats, you will be welcomed to a private home for a bit of food, fun, and poetry. Damien and Paula Brennan live in, a modern abode with rustic touches overlooking beautiful Lough Gill. Inside, you will find walls adorned with contemporary Irish paintings and a table set for a Be My Guest feast prepared by Paula, a noted chef. Damien is a Local Specialist on W.B. Yeats. Delicious food, fine company, and the poetry of Yeats come together for a heart-warming meal. Then travel to Roscommon and Kilronan Castle Hotel the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Kilronan Castle Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

Adult Price: €30.00

7. Roscommon – Strokestown – Dublin

This morning consider taking a luxurious relaxing cruise on the River Shannon. Stop for a visit to magnificent Strokestown Park House, an 18th century mansion with original furnishings. In the old stables is the Irish Famine Museum, one of the world's best private archives dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s where you gain a Cultural Insight into the plight of the Irish people. Return to Dublin and visit Trinity College to see its remarkable treasure, the elaborate Book of Kells. Relish a Farewell Dinner with new-found friends.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Fitzpatrick Castle Authentic Accommodation

8. Depart Dublin

You will be transferred to the airport, where your Emerald Isle adventure concludes. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Cashel, Killarney and Sligo.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Guinness Storehouse, and discover what goes into making a perfect pint of Guinness.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Irish National Stud Farm for an insight into the world of Ireland's thoroughbred industry.

  • Visit the historically significant Irish Famine Museum.

  • Be My Guest
    Visit the private home of Damien and Paula Brennan overlooking Lough Gill in Sligo where delicious food, fine company and the poetry of W.B. Yeats come together.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    The Malton, Town Center, Killarney: Unlimited, free rail travel for Lord Kenmore was the clincher to acquire the land needed for this Authentic Accommodations built over 160 years ago. Its prime central position next to the train station, and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway This Authentic Accommodations, set in 450 acres of woodland, was built in the 18th century by the powerful Martyn family. The original castle dates back to the 1560s, when owner Donal O'Flaherty was married to Ireland's fearsome pirate queen, Grace O'Malley. Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa, Co. Roscommon Set in forty acres of green meadows and ancient forest, the ancestral home of the Tenison family and the legendary Colonel King Tenison is an Authentic Accommodations that prides itself on its royal roots. Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin This grand Authentic Accommodations was originally built as a hunting lodge by Col. John Mapas in 1740. Run by the Fitzpatrick family for over 40 years, the hotel stands on the brow of Killiney Hill, with magnificent views over Dublin Bay.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin

    • Orientation of Killarney, Galway and Sligo

    • Visit Guinness Storehouse, Irish National Stud, Rock of Cashel, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Clifden, Kylemore Abbey, Strokestown Park House and Trinity College

    • View Torc Waterfall and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff

    • See Dublin's Georgian Squares

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and through Connemara

What's Included


    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 4 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Services of a professional Irish Travel Director.

    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

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  • Guest Service Rating from 16 Reviews

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    Service rating : It was wonderful. I had never been on a tour before and not sure what to expect. It was better than I could have imagined.Product : Unbelievable tour. I had not been on a tour before and not sure what to expect. It was so much more than I imagined.

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    Service rating : Our guide, Jill, was very good at keeping everyone moving together, and was proactive to adjust timings due to the road conditions. The Brendan bus was not good; it was very, very cold in the rear of the bus, and nice and warm at the front for the driver. We were wearing coats

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    Service rating : I would rate excellent, however, I believe I was overcharged for an excursion and my TD has not responded to my emails.Product : Great out of the way excursions

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    Loved the Yeats "Be my guest" experience! Also loved the castle accomodations.Very special places!

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    Service rating : Excellent service- Betty was amazing.Product : Ireland has some stunning scenery and some amazing history.

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