Take travelers of all ages around the Emerald Isle with this week-long itinerary. You'll spend 7 days experiencing the highlights of Ireland from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes, then up to Limerick to live like a lord of the manor and over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands off the coast of County Clare.

Highlights

  • Bike through medieval Kilkenny
  • Explore Killarney National Park
  • Try out falconry at a historic manor
  • Walk along the Cliffs of Moher
  • Experience the wild Aran Islands

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Dublin, Transfer to Cork Kinsale
Day 2 Scilly Walk & Ghost Tour Kinsale
Day 3 Killarney National Park Limerick
Day 4 Falconry at Adare Manor Limerick
Day 5 The Burren & Cliffs of Moher County Clare
Day 6 The Aran Islands County Clare
Day 7 Depart County Clare  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Dublin, Transfer to Cork

Some of the locals
Some of the locals

Welcome to Ireland! You'll arrive in Dublin to meet your transfer south to Cork.

On the way, stop in the medieval city of Kilkenny to stretch your legs with lunch and a bike tour around the city, including its 12th-century castle.  Get back on the road to the seaside town of Kinsale in County Cork, and take in the views of the Atlantic as you settle in.

Day 2: Scilly Walk & Ghost Tour

Colorful Kinsale
Colorful Kinsale

Start your day off with the Scilly Walk. You'll go from Kinsale along the harbor to the star-shaped Charles Fort, a 17th-century military fortress.

Take a break with a pub lunch along the waterfront to fortify yourself for your next activity. You'll meet a local actor to take you through Kinsale on a ghost tour. Hear about the town's history and meet some of the colorful characters of Kinsale's past on this engaging walk through its streets.

Day 3: Killarney National Park

Ross Castle
Ross Castle

Head to Killarney National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, after breakfast. You'll follow the old Kenmare Road footpath in the park's uplands through the Kerry countryside, taking in the local flora and fauna.  Follow it up with either a picnic or cafe lunch.

Your next stop is the Ross Castle, also in the park, a 15th-century tower house on the shores of Lough Leane. Legend has it that one of the former castle lords disappeared into the lake along with his horse, table,  and library and now lives in a palace at the bottom of the lake, keeping an eye on his property.

Today's travels end in Limerick, one of Ireland's southern cities known for its medieval architecture.

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Day 4: Falconry at Adare Manor

Make some new feathery friends
Make some new feathery friends

Visit the grounds of Adare Manor for a falconry experience this morning. You'll get up close with the birds of prey and see a demonstration of the birds and their hunting skills.

In the afternoon, take your pick of the manor's other available experiences. Take a horseback ride around the grounds, go fishing, try your hand at archery or a gun dog experience, or relax in the spa and wellness center.

Day 5: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Take in the views
Take in the views

Explore the Burren region of western Ireland today. This moonlike limestone landscape is home to more than 40 species of rare flowers and orchids, with Arctic-Alpine plants living in harmony with Mediterranean cousins.

Meet some of the plants and their more mobile companions in the region's distinctive farming culture when you visit a local farmer and visit their farm. Sheer sheep on a sheep farm and watch a sheepdog herd their flock in a demonstration on a nearby sheep farm as well.

In the evening, your guide will lead you along a lesser-known path to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland's most-visited attractions. You'll see the sheer cliff faces away from the crowds.

Day 6: The Aran Islands

Old stone structures
Old stone structures

Take to the waters and visit the Aran Islands today, three rocky isles sitting in the mouth of Galway Bay.  These wild islands have a history that dates back millennia, as you may notice as you hear the inhabitants speaking their native Gaelic.

You'll sail to to Inis Oirr, the smallest and easternmost island. It's home to Cnoc Raithni, a Bronze Age tumulus; Teampall Choamhán, a half-buried Medieval church; and Caisleán Uí Bhríain, a 16th-century tower built within a Stone Age fort. Eat lunch on the island before you return to shore to take in the Cliffs of Moher from below.

Day 7: Depart County Clare

Treehouse at Birr Castle and Gardens
Treehouse at Birr Castle and Gardens

Time to say farewell to the west coast and head back to Dublin. You have the option to make one more stop on your way back to the capital. Try the Birr Castle and Gardens, home to Ireland's largest treehouse at its Treehouse Adventure Area for the smaller members of your party and a landscaped castle and gardens for their counterparts.

You'll be dropped off in Dublin to head to the airport or continue onto the next steps of your Irish adventure.

Map

Map of Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days
Map of Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days