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Enchanting Ireland: Town and Country

Program Number: 21258RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/19/2014 - 9/29/2014; 5/6/2016 - 5/16/2016; 5/20/2016 - 5/30/2016; 6/10/2016 - 6/20/2016; 7/15/2016 - 7/25/2016; 8/5/2016 - 8/15/2016; 8/19/2016 - 8/29/2016; 9/2/2016 - 9/12/2016; 9/16/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/23/2016 - 10/3/2016; 9/30/2016 - 10/10/2016;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Ireland
Price starting at: $2,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 19; 9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

The spirit of Ireland is as stirring as a fiddle reel, as hearty as a pub breakfast and as complex as “Finnegans Wake.” Experience it as you explore Ireland’s cities, villages, farms and natural environments and interact with her people on this journey from the rural West to cosmopolitan Dublin in the East. Along the way, enjoy plenty of free time to make your own discoveries.


• Absorb the beauty of Ireland’s West at the soaring Cliffs of Moher and the otherworldly Burren.
• Learn about the life of an Irish farmer as one welcomes you to his land and discusses the meeting of tradition and technology in agriculture.
• In Dublin, get a look at the Book of Kells, attend a show at the Abbey Theatre and enjoy free time to discover the city.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven, hilly, rocky terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Shannon, coach to Ennistymon, 3 nights; coach to Adare, 3 nights; coach to Dublin, 3 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Shannon
Coach to Ennistymon
3 nights

Ennistymon, a traditional market town in County Clare, is your base for exploring the West of Ireland. A full day field trip to Galway includes Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and Coole Park, a nature reserve beloved by W.B. Yeats and his fellow members of the Irish Literary Revival. Experience the natural beauty of the West at the soaring Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, an otherworldly karst landscape where a local botanist and folklorist leads you on a walking excursion. In the evenings, enjoy Irish folk music and a pint of stout at Ennistymon’s cozy pubs.

Coach to Adare
3 nights

En route to Adare, make a stop at Bunratty Castle, the most complete medieval fortress in the country. Upon arriving in picturesque Adare, take an expert-led stroll around the village to learn about its history through the centuries. On a field trip to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, find prehistoric archaeological sites and learn why the Irish language is still spoken here. Spend a day experiencing the life of an Irish farmer as you visit a local farmers’ market then enjoy a special opportunity to meet a farmer who welcomes you to his land and discusses the meeting of traditional methods and technology.

Coach to Dublin
3 nights

On the way to Dublin, visit the Irish National Stud, where Thoroughbred horses are conceived and cared for, and the lovely Japanese gardens on its grounds. Enjoy two days to explore Ireland’s culturally rich capital. An expert-led field trip to Trinity College includes the Old Library, which holds the Book of Kells and other ancient manuscripts. Take in a performance at the legendary Abbey Theatre, where nearly all of Ireland’s great dramatists have had plays staged. Complete your Irish adventure in customary style with a farewell dinner and an evening of lively music.


In 1801, the Act of Union merged the Kingdom of Ireland with the Kingdom of Great Britain. In the mid-19th century, the Irish experienced terrible famine and crowding that led to a spirited nationalist movement. With the Government of Ireland Act in 1920, five-sixths of the island began independent governance. Northern Ireland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom, creating an island that today fosters two shared, yet opposite identities.

Ennistymon: Four-star hotel nestled in a wooded vale beside the River Inagh. Adare: Elegant country house-style hotel with beautifully landscaped gardens. Dublin: Four-star hotel set on a leafy canal near the city center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Falls Hotel.
  Ennistymon., Ireland 3 nights
   Dunraven Arms Hotel
  Adare, Ireland 3 nights
   Grand Canal Hotel
  Dublin., Ireland 3 nights
 Falls Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Nestled in it’s wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it’s walls an eighteenth century mansion, a late medieval castle, and a formidable history of four and a half centuries embracing clans and warfare, landlords and tenants, poets, dreamers and entrepreneurs.
  Contact info: Ennistymon
Ennistymon,  County Clare Ireland
phone: +353 65 707 1004
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite tv. Tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Two restaurants-An Teach Mor in the original Georgian manor house and Cascades Restaurant at the river's edge, Dylan Thomas Bar. Aqua & Fitness Club, which has swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub, bubble pool, childrens pool and fully equipped gymnasium. River Spa, which contains 12 treatment rooms, a thermal suite and a relaxation room overlooking the River Inagh.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBC. Complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to EIL Ireland.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Dunraven Arms Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Country house hotel style with award winning beautiful landscaped gardens. The interior of the hotel contains antique furnishings and rich fabrics.
  Contact info: Main Street
Adare,  Co Limerick Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 61 605900
  Room amenities: Direct dial telephone. Satelite TV. Complimentary WiFi.
  Facility amenities: Multi award-winning Maigue Restaurant. Cocktail Bar with live pianist. Health and Leisure Centre with 17 metre swimming pool and gym.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Canal Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A coveted location in picturesque Dublin 4, the heart of the city near Dublin's theatre district of Grand Canal dock.
  Contact info: Ballsbridge
Dublin 4,   Ireland
phone: +353 (0) 1646 1000
  Room amenities: All rooms feature start-of-the-art smart televisions and complimentary 15mg WIFI as standard. Direct dial telephone with Voicemail, Cable TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities. Iron and ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Epic Restaurant and Gasworks Bar. Fully equipped gym.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Meet at Shannon Airport for transfers by coach to Ennistymon. There is usually a transfer at 8:30am. Later arrivals will be met and transferred. Lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm. You will be staying at Falls Hotel. that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. Transfer by coach to Dublin Airport. You will be staying at Grand Canal Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. No Visa required.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: The journey by bus from Shannon Airport to Ennistymon involves two changes. We advise using the group transfer. Buses are available from Dublin hotel to the airport. Your group leader can advise you.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ennistymon.
  Nearest city or town:  Ennistymon.
  Nearest airport:  Shannon.
  Transportation to site: Buses from Shannon Airport to Ennistymon involve 2 changes and would take up to 4 hours so we recommend that you meet the group to join the transfers from Shannon Airport.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Dublin.
  Nearest city or town:  Dublin.
  Nearest airport:  Dublin.
  Transportation from site: The 16A goes from directly outside the hotel (Centra & Tesco) and goes to the city centre. Please have exact change as the bus driver does not give change. (2.20 per adult). (all bus timetables). Walk from the hotel to Leeson Street. The group leader will advise you. The bus stops at Dublin Airport EUR7 oneway. Your Group Leader will be able to offer more advice.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Friday, September 19)
 In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Day 2: Arrival day.
(Saturday, September 20)
 Arrive To: Shannon Airport where your group leader will direct you to tea/coffees/breakfast dependent on arrival times. The coach will then transfer you to Ennistymon.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Ennistymon, hidden in a recess among surrounding hills. The market town is located close to Lahinch in the northwest of County Clare. The town is known for the traditional shop fronts of its centre and the lively “craic" pubs. Welcome meeting and reception before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. Ennistymon is home of Daly’s pub owned by the famous matchmaker Willie Daly. You may wish to visit this well known establishment or Cooley's pub or perhaps decorated Eugene's--all have live music in authentic surroundings.
Accommodations: Falls Hotel.
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Galway City. Coole Park Nature Reserve and Coole Lake.
(Sunday, September 21)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breafast.
 Morning: Full day field trip to Galway City. Explore Coole Park-a Nature Reserve of over 1000 acres. The seven woods celebrated by W.B.Yeats are part of nature trails taking in woods, river, turlough, bare limestone and Coole Lake, Coole Park was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory, dramatist, folklorist and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre with Edward Martyn of Tullira Castle and Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats. Coole Park, in the early 20th century, was the centre of the Irish Literary Revival. Trace the famous initials on the Autograph Tree. "The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water mirrors a still sky;" W.B. Yeats "Wild Swans at Coole"
 Lunch: Excluded for you to explore Galway's amenities.
 Afternoon: Discover Galway Cathedral, the Spanish Arch and part of the original city wall on foot. Finish at the Galway Museum where you will have a free afternoon for independent exploration. Galway City Museum is a spacious, modern building, situated in the heart of Galway on the banks of the River Corrib, overlooking the famous Spanish Arch. The museum houses a variety of permanent and touring exhibitions dealing with archaeology, local history, art and crafts.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Traditional music and dance.
Accommodations: Falls Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher and the Burren.
(Monday, September 22)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Depart for a full day field trip to the world famous inspirational Cliffs of Moher. Afterwards John Connolly, local folklorist and botanist, leads a guided gentle walk on the Burren, an area renowned for its unique flora and fauna. John A. Connolly, a local of the area, was awarded a B.A. degree in Irish Heritage in 2003, and has featured on BBC, TG4. Discover the magical kingdom of the Burren, land of fertile rock and Ireland's flagship heritage landscape, from flora to fauna, geology to archaeology, agriculture to community.
 Lunch: Take a traditional pub lunch in the village of Kilfenora.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Falls Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
(Tuesday, September 23)
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: En route to Adare take a field trip to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in County Clare. The model village features traditional farm houses and cottages. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher. Continue on to Adare for a guided heritage walk. Situated on the river Maigue, Adare is regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque villages. Steeped in history, the village has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free time in Adare for independent exploration.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Dunraven Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: The Dingle Penninsula-6000 years of history.
(Wednesday, September 24)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Full day field trip to the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Once cited as 'the most beautiful place on earth' by the National Geographic . The Dingle Peninsula or Corca Dhuibhne stretches 30 miles (48 kilometres) into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula. The Dingle Peninsula / Corca Dhuibhne ia a unique storehouse of Irish cultural heritage. Until recently, the peninsula was remote from the influences of the modern world, and this meant that the language and traditions of the area have survived intact to a greater degree than in most of Ireland. Enjoy free time for independent exploration of Dingle town.
 Lunch: Lunch on own in Dingle.
 Afternoon: There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula. This mountainous finger of land which juts into the Atlantic Ocean has supported various tribes and populations for almost 6,000 years. Because of the peninsula's remote location, and lack of specialised agriculture, there is a remarkable preservation of over 2,000 monuments. T.P.O'Connor will lead you on an exploration of the rich archaeological heritage of the peninsula. Enter the Gallarus Oratory, built between the seventh and eight century and the best preserved early Christian church in Ireland.
 Dinner: Taken en route back to Adare.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Dunraven Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Local farmers' day.
(Thursday, September 25)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Enjoy a field trip to the local farmers' market to mingle with local people as they buy and sell produce of the land.
 Lunch: In the market.
 Afternoon: A local farmer welcomes us to his land to learn about rural traditions and modern challenges in farming.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Dunraven Arms Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
(Friday, September 26)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to Dublin via the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens in Tully, County Kildare. On roughly 1,000 acres some of Ireland's best horses are conceived and cared for at the Irish National Stud. This includes the museum, stables, several paddocks, (some quite secluded) and horses. The Japanese Gardens were created in 1906 by Tassa Eida and his son son Minoru . This is a genuine Japanese garden laid out according to philosophical principles.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: The field trip and transfer continue.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Grand Canal Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Dublin Castle, Trinity College and the Book of Kells. Performance at the Abbey Theatre.
(Saturday, September 27)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Expertly guided field trip to Dublin city including Dublin Castle, the Book of Kells and Trinity College in the company of Irish undergraduate students. In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. The State Apartments are among the most prestigious in the country. Trinity College, sometimes referred to as the University of Dublin, is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland and is Ireland's oldest, dating back to 1592. Housed in Trinity College Library, the Book of Kells an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament, was created by Celtic Monks ca. 800. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure.
 Lunch: Free for you to explore local amenities.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Dublin independently.
 Dinner: Early evening pre-theatre dinner.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance at Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre.
Accommodations: Grand Canal Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Free day. Evening of traditional Irish music.
(Sunday, September 28)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Free day for you to explore Dublin independently or venture further afield to the ancient megalithic monument at Newgrange or undertake some ancestral research at the National Library of Ireland.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and evening of traditional Irish music.
 Evening: Later evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Grand Canal Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11:
(Monday, September 29)
 Breakfast: Full Irish breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Dublin Airport. Coach transfers to DUB for return flights to North America
Meals Included: Breakfast
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