THE MAGIC OF THE EMERALD ISLE-IRELAND
October 1 – 8, 2023
8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
Ireland has beauty beyond imagination; around every corner, at the end of every narrow one lane road, and as you stand gazing out onto the vast Atlantic Ocean from a remarkable vantage point along the Wild Atlantic Way. We have crafted a tour that is memorable from the minute we pick you up until we return you to the Dublin airport.
Our route will show you lovely attractions along a Southern path which will include towns and sites such as Clifden to the far west in the Connemara region and the lovely Kylemore Abbey, Doolin in the Burren with its dramatic Cliffs of Moher and great musical pubs at night. Then onto Killarney with the famous lake views and stunning National Park.
We will spend two nights in lively Killarney to enjoy a day trip along the Dingle Peninsula, home to beehive huts and endless coastal views. We continue to Kinsale, a wonderful vibrant town with a great foodie scene set on one of Ireland’s most beautiful, natural, nautical bays. Eating, shopping and pubs, what’s not to love?
We leave Kinsale to travel to Midleton where Jameson is distilled then on to Waterford’s storied Viking Triangle. This evening we will stay at the renown Dunbrody Hotel and Spa. As we come to our last day/night we will spend time in Wexford/Wicklow area and our night is to be spent in the luxury of the famous Brook Lodge and Wells Spa hotel at Macreddin Village.
Touring the South of Ireland will allow us to treat you to genuine Irish pub grub as well as imaginative meals created with the freshest Irish produce. The more than 14 stops at attractions have been hand-picked to give you the true Irish experience. We will have guides at many of the destinations who will give us the detailed history of the area, you will have ample time to take all the pictures you can, the Irish countryside is so varied and uniquely beautiful. And at least a few nights can be spent hearing that addicting Irish music in one of the local spots. This will be a trip to remember, always.
Trip Status: OPEN
Single Occupancy $6990
Double Occupancy $6190
October 1 – 8, 2023
8 Days / 7 Nights
Location: Market Square, Clifden, Co. Galway, H71 KN29, Ireland
Airport: Dublin Airport (DUB)
Accommodations: Alcock & Brown Hotel
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Don’t just tour Southern Ireland, Experience Southern Ireland
Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and meeting new like-minded couples. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’.
Past Trip Reviews
Never realized that Dublin was such a large and vibrant town ; never knew they had so many roundabouts; never knew they had the largest national park. Always knew they’d have the best fish and chips! Do not have any hesitation as to whether to travel solo. You may come alone but you won’t ever be alone unless you choose to!! Beatrice Bradley caters to women . The adventures, food, etc.is top notch. The hostesses are with you 24/7 to make your trip a fun and exciting one. I’ve been on five trips with them and have already booked another tour for next spring. Come join us!!! –Susan
This was my first BB trip, as well as my first international trip. From the moment I expressed interest in the trip, Debra reached out to me and answered all of my questions and concerns. She was so reassuring and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. I cannot express in words what a wonderful, life-changing experience it was for me. I met so many new friends and have the self-confidence needed to travel again …. and I can’t wait. If you are on the fence about traveling, make the decision to GO. You will not regret it! –Deborah
Don’t choose not to go because you have no one to go with you. The group I traveled in started out as strangers. Strangers no more! I’ve made some friends for life and I can’t imagine missing out on that opportunity, along with seeing the beauty of the places visited. Looking forward to the next trip! –Deanna
Day One: Sunday, October 1, 2023 – Arrival Day
Arrive at the Dublin airport, clear Customs and be ready for pickup by 9:30am. ***This may require you to travel and arrive the day before (depending on where you are coming from. Contact your host if this is the case for suggestions). Our Mercedes passenger van will swing around to pick everyone up and we will depart for our journey to Clifden where our tour makes the first stop. Once in Clifden we will have lunch together and join a knowledgeable local guide for a tour of the town at 2:00pm. Once finished with the tour, you will head back to the hotel, some may now retire for the day, or you can join other ladies and have a cocktail or two to relax. We have not scheduled a formal dinner this night because many who just came in from the US will want to retire early but we will have a pub spot ready for those who want to go out. Our Hotel is Alcock and Brown.
- Depart Dublin Airport
- Drive to Clifden on the West Coast of Ireland
- Enjoy lunch and a guided walking tour of the town
Day Two: Monday, October 2, 2023
After our lovely Irish Breakfast we will hop on board and travel to the wonderful Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Meticulously maintained by the Benedictine Nuns for more than the past 100 years, this 1,000-acre estate has been beautifully restored to the period and has a fantastic visitor experience. A lovely 6 acre walled Garden will also delight. We will enjoy a picnic lunch before beginning a coastal tour into County Clare. Unique in all the world, the Burren is almost lunar like in appearance with equally impressive flora and fauna, archaeological and natural rock formations. We will walk and explore a bit, then we will head out on the coastal roads passing beautiful villages like Ballyvaughn, Belle Harbor and more. We arrive in Doolin for the night, where we will stay at the Doolin Inn and dine at Anthony’s Restaurant. From your hotel you can walk to any pub in the village and find great craic.
- Visit Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens
- Visit Burren National Park special photo opp and walk around
- Drive Wild Atlantic Way to Doolin
Day Three: Tuesday, October 3, 2023
We start our day with a great breakfast and then hop on board to begin our drive to the Cliffs of Moher. The short drive is very scenic and once we arrive you will see why the Irish believe this should be added to the Great wonders of the World list. The outstanding visitor center shares the history of the Cliffs and of course we will walk the path to get the best views – very dramatic!!! We will enjoy lunch in a 400 year old pub in the shadow of Bunratty Castle before making our way further south to the town of Killarney. After a tour of Ross Castle we have arranged for all to climb onto a jaunting carriages to whisk us around Killarney National Park. If time permits we will also visit the Torc waterfall for a nice walk through an enchanted wooded area. We land finally at the Brook Lodge in Killarney.
- Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, visit the exceptional visitor center and grab great pictures at the Cliffs.
- Visit Ross Castle and Killarney National Park with jaunting carriage ride.
- Walk to Torc Waterfall and wooded area
- Arrive and stay in Killarney- Brook Lodge
- Cliffs of Moher, Ross Castle
Day Four: Wednesday, October 4, 2023
Our second day in Killarney begins with a fabulous breakfast, then we depart for a tour of the incredible Dingle Peninsula. We will have lunch (and a small wander- be sure to save room and pop into Murphy’s Ice Cream shop!) in this vibrant coastal town before exploring the rugged landscapes, mountains, history, and endless coastal views of Slea Head Drive. This evening we will enjoy dinner in Killarney before enjoying the lively pubs in town.
- Dingle and Slea Head Drive
- 2nd night in Killarney – Brook Lodge
Day Five: Thursday, October 5, 2023
This morning we continue on to Kinsale, one of my favorite cities, arriving in time to grab lunch. We will enjoy a private guided tour of Kinsale before turning you loose with your new friends to explore and enjoy the afternoon. We meet again for a group dinner, always delicious in this elevated foodie city.
- Arrive Kinsale for lunch
- Private walking tour
- Enjoy the afternoon to shop, explore and see the beautiful harbor
Day Six: Friday, October 6, 2023
After breakfast we are off for a full day, having completed the bottom half of our circle South we now turn north and drive to Midleton to have the Jameson Experience. The Irish are long known for their triple distilled whiskey, Jameson has a smooth superb taste. It is fun to see how it is made. We will be driving through the Wexford/Waterford area, a beautiful landscape all around as we continue to the extraordinary Bishop’s Palace and Medieval Museum. This will be a full afternoon of history, architecture, and beautiful artifacts. We end our day at the Dunbrody Hotel and spa, a small luxury hotel located in Wexford. This hotel even has a world class cooking school, our dinner is sure to be a real treat. The hotel is situated on lovely 200+ acres of gardens and woods.
- A tour of the Jameson Distillery- The Jameson Experience
- Visit Bishop’s Palace
- Visit the Medieval Museum
- Dinner at the wonderful Dunbrody Hotel ( the cooking class kitchen)
Day Seven: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Rise early for a walk around the grounds to warm up for our breakfast. Enjoy the lovely surroundings and cement our new friendships. Depart the Dunbrody House about 10:30am. We have a couple of stops today, first is the stunning Tintern Abbey and second is the Hook Head Lighthouse for more spectacular views. Tonight, as we are winding down we will be staying at the Brook Lodge and Spa in Wexford. This is a wonderful way to remember Ireland, one of the loveliest resort hotels. We will be sure to visit the quaint village bar and have some time to explore.
- Depart the lovely Dunbrody Hotel and tour around the Waterford area
- Scheduled stop Tinturn Abbey
- A stop and walk around the Hook Head Lighthouse
- On to Wicklow, staying at the Brook Lodge and Spa- fabulous grounds
- Touring around Wexford, Wicklow, and Tintern Abbey
Day Eight: Sunday, October 8, 2023 – Departure Day
We will assess our departure from Wicklow once we know what flights you have but suffice to say this will be an early rise day, the Dublin airport needs 3 hours to process through for your return flight. Please speak to me about your departure times before booking. It is important that you do not book a flight out before noon or so.
Single OccupancyPrice is Per Person
- Your own room – private bathroom
- Deposit: $500 due at time of booking
- Payment Plan Available
Double OccupancyPrice is Per Person
- No Roommate – No problem, we will pair you
- Deposit: $500 due at time of booking
- Payment Plan Available
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Activity Level – Moderate
Standing and walking during tours and getting in and out of vans.
It is your responsibly to fully read and understand the physical abilities that correlate to this Beatrice Bradley Experience. Difficulty level of activity is subject to individual interpretation so it is extremely important that you read the itinerary and reach out if you have concerns or questions.
If you have questions about the specifics of the physical activity during this trip, please give us a call at 763-784-8291
Role of a Beatrice Bradley Host
Beatrice Bradley is an Experience Company not a Tour Company. The role of a Beatrice Bradley Host is to be warm and welcoming. To relate and connect. To have attention to details. And to manage the behind-the-scenes magic so your experience is one-of-a-kind. They are not local experts nor are they tour guides. We hire local experts, guides, and historians as each location warrants. They are expert hosts and manage the camaraderie and logistics of the experience. Our goal is that your hostess will make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and that you will walk away with new & lasting friendships made during an unforgettable experience.
Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window.
Arrival Airport: Dublin Airport (DUB)
Arrival Date: October 1, 2023
Pick Up Times: Please Arrive by 9:30 am
Departure Airport: Dublin Airport (DUB)
Departure Date: October 8, 2023
Drop off Times: Time may vary
As a solo-traveler, we need you to provide self-awareness and an understanding that you are fully responsible for yourself. This includes: your possessions, your physical abilities or fitness, your attitude, and all other aspects that relate to traveling solo in a group.
- Connect with our Members on our Private Facebook Group – Beatrice Bradley Member’s Only
- You must be able to manage your own luggage and all of your personal belongings on this trip
- This is not a handicap accessible able trip – you must be able to get in and out of a Large Passenger Transit Vehicle
- All Ground transportation is included on this trip
- Group Airport transfers are included in this trip
- This trip will have have a maximum of 12 travelers
- This trip will have a Beatrice Bradley Host
- Travel insurance is not included. Beatrice Bradley is not a licensed travel insurance operator nor is our staff trained to in travel insurance. You can choose to purchase travel insurance through any licensed provider you choose.