There are many ways to see Ireland but to experience it in style is the best way to go! You'll begin your trip arriving into Dublin, and from there, you'll make the short drive in lovely Co. Meath, just to the northwest of Dublin. You'll spend the first night of your trip in the luxury of the 4-star Dunboyne Castle Hotel. While there, you might choose to relax at the SEOID Spa, reveling in the tranquility of the hydrotherapy pool after a soothing massage - or round out your evening with dinner in one of the three magnificent restaurants on the property.
The next morning, you'll continue your jaunt north to Donegal, where you can visit sites such as Donegal Castle and the Kilclooney Domen while staying for 2 nights at the magnificent Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa. The only 5-star hotel in Donegal, it sits within 43 acres of forest woodland, along the shores of Lough Eske in the shadows of the Blue Stack Mountains. Here you will be pampered like royalty as you enjoy the various amenities on offer.
Once you have absorbed the history and natural beauty of Donegal, you will head south along the west coast of Ireland to the beautiful city of Galway where you will stay at the 5-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Known as Ireland’s Cultural Heart, Galway is renowned for its various festivals, celebrations and events. In your 2 days in Galway you can soak up the artistic side of Ireland that gave to the world musical performers like The Saw Doctors and Siobhan McCormack. Or if history is more your speed visit the Church of Ireland St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church, located in the heart of the city and the largest medieval church still in everyday use in Ireland.
Finally, you will make your way back across the heart of the country to spend one final night in Dublin at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Be sure to sample the vibrant nightlife of Dublin before returning to your 4-star home away from home for one final night’s sleep before your return flights.
Why We Love this Package:
Live like royalty: "Hotels" might be an understatement when describing the 4 and 5-star luxury accommodations at Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa, Glenlo Abbey and Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, on everyones short list for "dream" hotels.
Romantic landscapes: You'll explore the history of each property while experiencing the breathtaking landscapes and coastlines.
Irish Hospitality: Experience true Irish hospitality as your drive though quaint villages and visit the cozy pubs, cafes and bustling nightlife in Dublin.
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This family owned 18th century castle is located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Dublin, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel is easily accessed from both Dublin Airport and Dun Laoghaire ferry port. Dublin with all of its attractions is only a DART ride away, but one can also enjoy Dalkey Village, Castle and Heritage center which is within walking distance from the hotel. The Wicklow Mountains, beach walks, country trails, and golf courses are nearby, or you can explore the local towns and villages dotted along famous Dublin Bay.
Fitzpatrick Castle is known for its stylish surroundings, friendly personal service, and tranquility within breathtaking surroundings – all within easy reach of Dublin! Its 113 luxurious guestrooms and suites are decorated in traditional castle style, complemented with such modern amenities as wireless internet. Dining options include the AA Rosette award-winning P.J’s Restaurant, with a menu offering creations using the finest ingredients sourced daily from the local area. A more informal option is The Dungeon Bar & Grill, housed in the former dungeon, and is a popular spot for drinks and dinner by the fireplace. Afternoon tea is served in the Library Bar. The Fitzpatrick Castle Leisure Club features a 65-foot indoor swimming pool, on-deck whirlpool spa, and Scandinavian wood sauna and steam room. The fully equipped fitness center boasts equipment enjoyed by the Irish National rugby team, as well as a variety of classes including spinning, aqua aerobics, step and tone.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel is located 2 miles from Galway City Centre on the N59 to Connemara. Situated on its own 138 acre lakeside golf estate, Glenlo Abbey is the perfect base for touring the west of Ireland. The western region of Ireland is famous for its fantastic selection of visitor attractions, historical sites, beautiful buildings, stunning locations and landscaped gardens. Visit Connemara and the islands, see and hear the Irish language in everyday use in the “Gaeltacht” region, discover The Burren or enjoy the lively city of Galway, all at your doorstep.
The 46 guestrooms and suites at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel afford unrivalled views of the dramatic west of Ireland landscape with its ever changing colors. Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers a number of fine dining options including The Pullman Restaurant, a truly unique dining experience “on-board” a luxury train carriage. The River Room, situated in the main hotel, offers superb views of the surrounding countryside, and the more informal Oak Cellar Bar is the perfect location to enjoy a light snack or Irish Coffee. With a golf estate as your playground, the unique Double Green Golf Course offers a challenge to all level of golfers. Archery, clay pigeon shooting & fishing are available on the estate, and nearby activities include horse riding, lake boating, water sports, tennis and the ancient sport of royalty – falconry.
Located just outside Donegal, overlooking a stretch of countryside between Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains, Lough Eske Castle, offers an exhilarating destination in North West Ireland. Situated close to the famous “7 Wonders of the West”, which include, Glenveagh National Park in Donegal, Surfing in Strandhill in Sligo, Croagh Patrick (The Reek) in Mayo, Glencar Waterfall in Leitrim, Strokestown House in Roscommon, Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands in Galway and The Cliffs of Moher in Clare. Walking enthusiasts can embark on the world renowned and globally popular International Appalachian Trail, part of which surrounds Lough Eske Castle in the form of the Bluestack Mountains. Donegal town is a thriving market town at the head of Donegal Bay, and was established as a Viking stronghold. The best way to see Donegal town is to follow the Tourist Trail, a signposted walking tour which begins in the Diamond, a square designed in the1600s.
This castle hotel features 96 air-conditioned guest rooms featuring premium bedding, TV’s with premium satellite channels, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, desks and complimentary newspapers, safes and coffee/tea makers. Spa style bathrooms include separate bathtubs and rainforest showers, bathrobes, slippers, and makeup/shaving mirrors. Though different in atmosphere and ambiance, Cedars Grill Restaurant and the Gallery and Oak Bars celebrate the Irish love of food, drink, and good cheer. Cedars Grill Restaurant combines easy going elegance with a very modern sense of style. The Gallery Bar and Lobby Lounge offer more casual dining options where guests can enjoy food served from noon till late, Afternoon Tea or the Castle's prized Chocolate Buffet on a Sunday in summer while enjoying the dulcet tones of Jazz from the resident band. The Spa Solis offers a full range of beauty treatments coupled with an indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, a steam room, and a fitness facility.
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa offers the best of both worlds in its location; enjoying an idyllic setting in the Meath countryside, positioned most conveniently within a short distance from Dublin's city centre. Situated just 8 miles from Dublin airport and 11 miles from Dublin city centre, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa stands minutes from the N3 and M50, making it an extremely accessible base from which to travel Ireland’s East coast. The neighboring Blanchardstown Shopping Centre offers a huge variety of shops and cafes, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Dublin Zoo, Maynooth Castle and St. Patrick’s College are all easily accessed.
The 145 air-conditioned guestrooms offer complimentary internet, TV with satellite channels and pay movies, minibar, safe, coffee/tea makers and hair dryers. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, slippers, and complimentary toiletries. Set against views across the Castle landscape, the Ivy Brasserie Restaurant offers modern international cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list, carefully selected from boutique vineyards. More informal options include The Terrace Lounge, The Sadlier Bar and the Castle’s private Cellar bar. Seoid Spa offers outstanding spa facilities featuring massage, Rasul Chambers, Flotation, Balneo therapy and a Hydrotherapy Pool.
Founded in 841, Dublin combines the historic delights of an old city with a vibrant contemporary scene. Attractions range from landmarks and monuments dating back hundreds of years to cutting edge museums. Tour a 13th-century castle, study the work of contemporary artists, explore a Viking warship, learn about some of the world's most famous authors, or just sit back and enjoy a pint of Guinness. Bonus: Although 1.6 million people live in Dublin, the city is still small and manageable – most of the main attractions are located in or close to the city center, making it easy to navigate by foot.
What to see:
Christ Church Cathedral
The medieval Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest building in Dublin. Amazingly, the crypt predates the 11th-century cathedral. Catch the choral evensong if you want to really take in the atmosphere of the cathedral (which was updated in the 19th century).
The Spire of Dublin
One of Dublin's newest landmarks, this striking 398-foot needle is made of reflective stainless steel. The tallest work of public art in the world, the spire is an architectural marvel that starts with a base of less than 10 feet. At night, a beacon of light is sent skyward from the top.
This striking cast iron pedestrian bridge crosses the River Liffey, an iconic landmark and one of the most photographed sights in Dublin. Some 27,000 people walk across the bridge on a daily basis. The name comes from the halfpenny toll levied on all users of the bridge up until 1919.
In the heart of historic Dublin is the Dublin Castle, which dates to the 13th century and was built on a site previously settled by the Vikings. The castle has served as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Where the present garden sits was once the site of the famous Black Pool or 'Dubh Linn,’ from which the city gets its name.
Chester Beatty Library
Consistently winning accolades as one of Dublin's best museums, the Chester Beatty Library contains a diverse array of manuscripts, books, calligraphies, miniatures paintings and more from countries all across the world. Located within the Dublin Castle, highlights of the collection include Egyptian papyrus texts, Buddhist paintings, stunningly elaborate versions of both the Koran and Bible, Chinese dragon robes, and other artistic treasures.
National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
This branch of the National Museum of Ireland takes visitors on a trip through the country's archaeological history starting way back in 7,000BC. The museum contains several outstanding examples of Celtic metalwork and medieval art, as well as a fascinating exhibition that details the recently found bog bodies that date back to the Iron Age. Besides the main museum, there are three other offshoots around Dublin that center on Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and County Life.
You simply cannot leave Dublin without stopping by the St James's Gateway brewery, the facility that has been pouring out the black stuff since 1759. The number one visitor attraction in the country, the Guinness Storehouse is located in a former Guinness fermentation plant. After learning everything there is to know about Guinness, visitors receive a complimentary beer in the glass-enclosed Gravity Bar at the top of the building, which offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the city.
Dublin City Hall
Pass through the neoclassical columns of Dublin City Hall and into the old vaults and become immersed in a multimedia exhibition that traces the evolution of Dublin City. In just one hour, interactive displays take visitors through over 1,000 years of history. Besides the exhibition, it is possible to take a tour of City Hall free of charge.
Hugh Lane Gallery
Dublin's reputation as a world-class art city becomes immediately clear inside the Hugh Lane Gallery, home to modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. The museum also houses the fascinating reconstructed studio of Irish-born figurative painter Francis Bacon.
Dublin Writers Museum
Opened in 1991 to celebrate the Irish literary tradition, the Dublin Writers Museum tells the stories of the lives and works of Dublin's literary celebrities. Portraits, books, letters and other personal items from famous names such as Wilde, Joyce, Swift and more are kept in this splendid 18th-century mansion. It's a must see for any book lover.
Located in the center of the medieval city of Dublin, Dublina is a heritage center that takes visitors on a journey back to medieval and Viking times. A great attraction at any age, visitor walk through both a medieval and Viking street as you learn about crime, punishment, death and disease throughout the ages.
The most visited family attraction in Dublin is this 60-acre zoological park that opened in 1831. Despite its age, this is actually one of the most modern zoos in all of Europe. See lions, tigers, bears and more as you travel through habitats that include the African savanna, the South American rainforest, and the fringes of the Artic.
James Joyce Centre
Housed in a marvelously restored Georgian house, the James Joyce Centre tells about the life and times of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although Joyce himself probably never visited the house, it is the former studio of the flamboyant dance instructor immortalized in Joyce's classic, “Ulysses.” Tons of items relating to the life and work of Joyce – including a copy of his death mask – are on display in re-creations of period rooms.
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College was Ireland's first university. Today the campus dominates Dublin's city center, with the magnificent bell tower rising nearly 100-feet tall and the university's most famous landmark. Also notable is the college library, a building that contains over a million books, the main tourist draw being the Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated original manuscript from the 9th century.
A tour of this Victorian prison that dates to 1796 not only covers the penal history of the building, but also the heroic and tragic events that led to Ireland's emergence as a modern nation. Leaders of several rebellions were detained and executed here, and the dramatic audio tour is sure to fascinate any visitor (including Ireland history buffs and novices).
Saint Patrick's Cathedral
Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the imposing Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in the country. There are several interesting tombs and memorials to explore, as well as the grave of “Gulliver's Travels” author Jonathan Swift, who was once dean of the cathedral.
Glnveagh National Park (County Donegal)
This sprawling park encompasses mountains and bogs, lakes and forest. Garden lovers will want to visit the estate area where an original Victorian garden layout remains in tact and a rhododendron-lined path leads to stunning views of the Glenveagh Castle.
Donegal Castle (County Donegal)
Dominating the town of Donegal, this classic chess piece-looking castle was built in 1474 by O’Donnell chieftains, and enhanced in the 17th century. Well-restored, it’s open for tours. Get a taste for what a medieval banquet was like by reserving a seat for a four-course dinner (that includes entertainment such as music and storytelling) at the castle.