70th Birthday Promotion

Come celebrate our 70th birthday with us in Ireland.

70th Birthday Promotion


  • 70th Birthday Exclusive - Enjoy a VIP visit of the Guinness Storehouse and an exclusive reception at the spectacular Gravity Bar
  • Authentic Accommodation - Spend a night in luxury at the iconic Ashford Castle. Built by the de Burgo family in the 13th century, Ashford Castle is now an award-winning five star hotel, having been lovingly refurbished by our sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection
  • Exclusive – Enjoy a one-off  70th birthday music recital in the neo-Gothic Church, Kylemore Abbey
  • Cultural Insight - Visit a Connemara Marble factory and discover how this elegant green stone has been crafted into jewellery and figurines for generations
  • Cultural Insight - Visit a traditional sheep farm, experience a sheep shearing demonstration and see first-hand how the family go about their work and care for their animals
  • Be My Guest - Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at Belmore House 


  • City tour in Dublin and Kinsale
  • Orientation of Killarney and Galway
  • Visit Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey
  • Visit the famous Galway Races
  • View Galway Cathedral
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park
  • Scenic cruise on Lough Corrib
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry

The highlight of this Trafalgar 70th Birthday Celebration crafted itinerary is a night in the breath-taking Ashford Castle – a luxurious and historic 13th century castle owned and operated by our sister company The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… gaining an insight into rural farm life in Ireland. Visiting the famous Galway Races. Following a bagpiper over the drawbridge of the iconic 13th century Ashford Castle. And meeting our local expert, Linda, at Torc Waterfall, for a walk in Killarney National Park.


10 days,  23 July – 1 August 2017 

DAY 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights) Sunday 23 July 2017 

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. This afternoon drive south to Powerscourt Gardens. These spectacular gardens first began to take shape in the 1740s. The superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 variations of trees and shrubs are a delight to behold. Together they form one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Returning to Dublin, we’ll visit the poignant Glasnevin Museum for an exclusive 70th birthday Welcome Reception and hear tales of Dublin’s rich history. Enjoy time to visit the museum and trace your family tree online.
( WR ) - Glasnevin Museum Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge

DAY 2 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time Monday 24 July 2017

This morning, a Local Specialist takes you on a city tour. You'll visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once Dean. Then on to admire the colourful doorways in stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College to see the ornate Book of Kells. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this welcoming city at your own pace. This evening, we’ll visit the iconic Guinness Storehouse for a VIP tour and exclusive 70th birthday celebration at the spectacular Gravity Bar – a night to remember!
( FB, VIP Dinner ) 

DAY 3 Dublin – Co. Kilkenny – Kinsale Tuesday 25 July 2017

Leave the city life behind as you travel to County Kilkenny. Visit Newtown Jerpoint, one of Ireland's best surviving examples of a deserted, 12th century Medieval town and reputedly the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Then relish a Be My Guest lunch with Joe and Maeve O'Connell at their home, Belmore House. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this rural setting and be ready for a few surprises. Continue south to picturesque Kinsale, hailed as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. Your evening is free and there's no shortage of cafés, pubs, and restaurants to explore. ( FB , BG ) Hotel: Trident

DAY 4 Kinsale – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights) Wednesday 26 July 2017

Meet a Local Specialist this morning for a walking tour of the historic town of Kinsale. On to Blarney Castle to kiss the fabled Stone that bestows the “gift of the gab”. Then head west to Killarney, the gateway to magnificent Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. TBC - This evening, we’ll dine and celebrate at Muckross House, where Gavin Tollman will be inducted to the Order of Innisfallen – all details TBC
( FB , D ) Hotel: Killarney Towers

DAY 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion Thursday 27 July 2017

Enjoy a relaxing morning and free time in Killarney or you can join a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall. Later take in views of the famous “forty shades of green” as you travel around the Ring of Kerry. This unspoiled area has inspired artists and poets for centuries. ( FB ) 

DAY 6 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara (2 Nights) Friday 28 July 2017

Traveling north, stop for a walk along the Cliffs of Moher. These iconic cliffs rise some 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic. The views of endless ocean are awe-inspiring. Continue on your drive, calling in for afternoon tea and freshly baked scones at a traditional farmhouse. Here, you'll get a Cultural Insight into farm life in rural Ireland. Next up is Galway, for an orientation including impressive Galway Cathedral. End the day in Connemara. ( FB , D ) Hotel: Connemara Coast

DAY 7 GALWAY RACES Saturday 29 July 2017

This morning discover the rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and little towns known as the real emerald of Ireland. Stop for a visit to Kylemore Abbey with its beautiful lakeside setting, then gain a Cultural Insight at the Connemara Marble Factory, crafters of Connemara marble for generations. This afternoon visit the famous Galway Races and enjoy the fun and festivities. This evening be entertained by Irish Dancers (Proposed - Trad on the prom) ( FB , D )

DAY 8 Connemara – Ashford Castle (Cong) Sunday 30 July 2017

Board 'The Isle of Innisfree' for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle's Local Specialist, will share his local knowledge as we glide through the peaceful waters. Disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle. Tonight gather in the castle's sumptuous restaurant for an elegantly royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket). TBC Bird of Prey Demo on front lawn
( FB , D ) Hotel: Ashford Castle Authentic Accommodation

DAY 9 Cong – Dublin Monday 31 July 2017

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a stroll on the estate before returning to Dublin. The afternoon is free for last-minute shopping or sightseeing on your own. This evening celebrate a memorable trip as you relish a delicious Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.  Dinner at O'Connels TBC ( FB , FD ) Hotel: Ballsbridge Towers

DAY 10 Depart Dublin Tuesday 1 August 2017

You will be transferred to Dublin Airport where your holiday must come to an end. Slán go fóill – goodbye until we meet again! Transfers are available. Conditions apply. ( FB ) 

Terms and Conditions

  • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early. 
  • All prices are per person, twin share.
  • This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company and Celtic Specialists – Brendan Vacations.
  • Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am.

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