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6 Days / 5 Nights

One-of-a-kind views of spellbinding scenery. The stories of maritime towns and picture-book villages. Ancient castles steeped in history and country inns full of character. The further we go into its enchanting landscapes, the deeper you'll fall under Southern Ireland's spell.

Day 1 - Dublin - Kildare - Ennis
We begin the tour in Dublin and journey to the stunning countryside of County Kildare where we stop at the Irish National Stud. Here, we're treated to a private tour, an exclusive jockey's-eye-view of the horses and the chance to explore the fascinating museum. Our journey transports us to Ennis, where we tuck into our first dinner together - a hearty meal. (D)

Accommodation: Old Grounds Hotel

Day 2 - Ennis - Cliffs Of Moher - Tralee
Ennis' character-filled avenues are built for meandering, but a walking tour really brings to life the enthralling tales of rebellions and riots, myths and mysteries that swirl around these medieval lanes. When we move on to the Cliffs of Moher, your imagination will really run wild. The keen-eyed among us - or perhaps just those who packed binoculars - may even spot a resident puffin. Back on dry land we head to Tralee - gateway to the panoramic Ring of Kerry. (B)

Accommodation: Meadowlands Hotel

Day 3 - Tralee - Ring Of Kerry - Tralee

Welcome to the beguiling Ring of Kerry - a town that boasts edge-of-the-world seascapes, rippling green lands, ancient forts and welcoming villages that rub shoulders with mysterious ruins. At the Skellig Experience we glimpse the lives of early Christian monks that broke bread here. (B,D)

Accommodation: Meadowlands Hotel

Day 4 - Tralee- Kenmare - Kinsale
We're at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, in the town founded by Sir William Petty in 1670. Our first stop of the day is Molly Gallivan's cottage. At first glance it seems to be a rustic farmhouse in a rural spot, frozen in time. But there's more to it. More than 200 years ago, this enterprising widow supported her seven children by brewing illicit whiskey - and her home was in fact a clandestine pub. Our next stop takes us to the medieval town of Kinsale. Sea-and-sand views, cosy pubs and brightly-hued houses make this a picturesque port of call - and our final stop today. (B)

Accommodation: Actons Hotel

Day 5 - Kinsale - Midleton - Kilkenny
The cobbled streets that curve around this pretty bay are just begging to be explored, so we spend the morning on a walking tour of Kinsale. Our whirlwind tour takes in its must-see sights, before we depart for the coast. It was the departure point for the last 123 passengers to board the Titanic and you'll notice poignant markers of this around the town. It's also home to the Old Midleton Distillery, where we see how this iconic whiskey is crafted - and sample its smooth character for ourselves. We get a final cultural fix as we absorb the medieval charm of Kilkenny before indulging in a final feast - fit for a king. (B,D)

Accommodation: Kilkenny Rivercourt

Day 6 - Kilkenny - Dublin
Before heading back to Dublin, we make time to stroll around charismatic Kilkenny. Keep your camera poised as our coach climbs heather-clad hills and crosses fairytale glens that carpet the Wicklow Mountains. At the heart of that dramatic scenery is Avoca village, where we pay homage to an Irish institution - Ballykissangel. Pull up a stool in Fitzgerald's Pub, made famous in the BBC TV series. Then pick up one final memento of your travels at the Woollen Mills. (B)