Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Private Driving Tour of Ireland. (The Shamrock Road)
Day 1-Dublin, Waterford
"Leave Dublin in the morning for the beautiful Glendalough, Ireland's most important early monastery community. Founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century, there is a haunting sense of timelessness in this valley. Continue through the peaceful Irish countryside to your destination, nature and set on 300 enchanting acres.
"The next morning's drive takes you to Tipperary, over scenic country roads, before reaching Fermony and Cork. Then it's on to Blarney Castle and its famous "Stone."Continue via Glengarriff to Kenmare. Here you will be welcomed to Sheen Falls Lodge, a magical, timeless haven of peace, located at the foot of heather-covered hills overlooking the cascading Sheen River.
Lodging: Sheen Falls Lodge"
"Pack up a picnic lunch and head off for a full day around the fabled Ring of Kerry. Here the warm air of the Gulf Stream gives this unique area a different feel as you meander along the coast past ancient, moss-covered abbeys and church ruins. Return to the Lodge via Kellarney, where you can relax after a long day in a cozy lounge in front of a blazing log fire.
Lodging:Sheen Falls Lodge"
Day 4-County Clare
"Continue along the back roads via Tralee to Limerick. similar to other Irish seaports, Limerick was settled in the ninth century by Vikings who came to plunder, but liked the neighborhood and settled down to trade. Limerick has a rich and important history with plenty to see. You remain the evening horse-breeding country and the majestic Dromoland Castle for a royal experience you will never forget!
"Breathe in the brisk morning air as you set out for the dramatic Cliffs of Moher: a five-mile, unbroken, giant will, rising 700 feet above the Atlantic surf. Continue deep into rural Cnnemara, soon you come to a mid-19th century house set in a 50-acre, award-winning garden of flowering shrubs and woodland walks. Here luxury and tranquility are offered in a cozy atmosphere as you relax before a homey peat fire.
:It's a lazy day for exploring a spectacular marine setting between Logh Corrib and the Atlantic Ocean. Hidden coves and little islands dot the coastline, perfect for wandering and discovering. Neat, whitewashed cottages, amid tiny rock-strewn fields with blue turf smoke rise skyward. It's a way of life to be seen an treasured in your memory for years to come. Drift back to your Irish hideaway for a beautiful evening.
Lodging: Cashel House"
Day 7-Dublin or Shannon
"You final day's route offers you a choice of traveling back to Dublin or ending the Shamrock Road in Shannon, Either way, you have completed your adventure through a unique land combining antiquity, charming villages, beautiful rugged landscapes and a people full of wit and kindness."
"It was like or chauffeur knew everyone in the country. At every town, at every pub, someone recognized him and treated us like we were his friends!"