A Grand Irish Adventure

21 Jul 2024

4 Aug 2024
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Join us on a Grand Irish Adventure exploring rugged scenery and undulating soft green fields, an ancient history and warm people. There are many images Ireland conjures in the mind of a wanderer and this wonderful adventure in Ireland offers you all the time in the world to explore and enjoy. This bespoke adventure, focusing on Ireland’s magical south and west coast, includes visits to bucket-list locations like Killarney, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher as well as time in off-the-beaten path locations, encounters and hands-on experiences with local artisans and experts.

Whether the day consists of a gentle hike on a remote peninsula or an afternoon wandering the quaint cobbled streets of a little village, you will be met with warm smiles and an open heart by the people who call Ireland home.


Private guided foodie tour

Yoga and lunch at an eco retreat

Day trip to Cape Clear Island

Visiting local artisans

A Sea Safari in Bantry Bay

A beach forage for food!

A day trip to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher

Beautiful accommodation and much, much more…

Experience the enchanting beauty and rich culture of Ireland with our Grand Irish Adventure. This unforgettable journey takes you through stunning landscapes, charming towns, and historic sites that will leave you in awe.

From the rolling green hills of the countryside to the dramatic coastline, you’ll witness some of the most iconic landmarks of the country, including the majestic Cliffs of Moher and the scenic Ring of Kerry. Immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of the Irish people as you visit picturesque islands such as the UNESCO heritage Skellig Islands and the Aran Islands.  Learn local culture and tradition through personal encounters and hands-on visits with local artisans and experts.

Discover Ireland’s fascinating history and mythology as you explore ancient stone circles and medieval castles. Indulge in the delicious local cuisine and experience traditional music and dance performances that will captivate your senses.

Combining boutique accommodation, knowledgeable guides, and unforgettable experiences, our Grand Irish Adventure is the perfect way to discover the magic of Ireland.

Whether the day consists of a gentle hike on a remote peninsula or an afternoon wandering the quaint cobbled streets of a little village, you will be met with warm smiles and an open heart by the people who call Ireland home.

Join Andrea Powis, founder of Travelling Divas, on this divine escape!  Have a question then please contact Andrea here and she will get back to you.  Want to book?  Click here and explore Ireland on this beautiful, bespoke journey created for women who just love to travel!


So many options to arrive in Dublin, whether you connect in directly over the Middle East or decide to connect through London or one of the other European capitals, your choices are endless.  It all comes down to what you need and which airline is your preference!  Fill in your airfare request here and let us help you get there.

Tour Price:    Twin share $16795 per person.  Single room additional $4295.

Tour Starts:  Dublin
Tour Finishes:  Dublin
Tour Dates:   21 July – 04 August 2024

Included in the Price:

Fully escorted from Dublin by your Travelling Divas Tour Leader, Fionnulla )also a professional hiking guide)

2 nights’ luxury accommodation, The Davenport Hotel Dublin

2 nights’ luxury accommodation, The Imperial Hotel Cork

3 nights’ boutique accommodation, Eccles Hotel & Spa Glengariff

3 nights’ luxury accommodation, Cahernane House Killarney

3 nights’ luxury accommodation, Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan

1 night’s boutique design accommodation, The Mont Hotel Dublin

Welcome dinner plus 23 other main meals,  including all lunches & most dinners

Drinks included with welcome and farewell dinners

Breakfast daily

Arrival airport – hotel transfer

Private guided walking tour of Dublin

Private experience at Little Museum of Dublin plus an evening pint at The Guinness Storehouse

Explore Kilkenny, visit Kilkenny Castle and the Kilkenny Design Centre

Private guided foodie tour in Kinsale plus a seashore hike to Charles Fort

Private yoga experience & lunch at a local eco retreat

Ferry to Cape Clear Island including goat cheese farm visit and hike

Sheeps Head hike and a visit to a farmer’s market

Sea safari in Bantry Bay

Full day trip to UNESCO Heritage Skellig Islands

Seaweed foraging with a fabulous (and very passionate) local plus lunch

Hike and private boat trip in Killarney National Park

Visit to the Aran Islands including time with a traditional Aran Sweater artisan

Visit the Cliffs of Moher

A Burren Geological hike to a 14th century Abbey

Visit to The Burren Perfumery (best rose based serum ever)

The amazing locals you will meet and their fabulous storytelling…

Private transport throughout

Gratuities for hotels, included meals and third party providers

Government taxes


Airfares unless stated in the itinerary; items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport and visas (if applicable); entry fees into countries charged at the airport; laundry or tips. Personal transport; excess baggage; security and additional government taxes not covered already; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but are not included in the tour price.


JULY 2024

Day 1 – Sunday 21:  Welcome to Dublin and the world’ best craic…

Arrive in the vibrant and historic city of Dublin, known for its lively pubs, charming architecture, and rich cultural heritage.  Be met on arrival by your private transfer into the city and your hotel for the next few nights.  Check-in, chill out and get ready to meet the rest of your tour crew this afternoon.

You may have some time to explore before meeting your guide and group in the afternoon for an overview of the tour itinerary. Later this evening, you’ll enjoy a lovely welcome dinner with the rest of the group, savouring traditional Irish food and drinks while getting to know your fellow travellers.

Overnight Accommodation:   The Davenport Hotel
Included Meals:  Dinner

Day 2 – Monday 22:  Exploring the history of Dublin, and a touch of Guinness…

Begin the day with a guided historical walking tour of Dublin, led by a knowledgeable local guide who highlights the city’s rich history and architecture. Then visit The Little Museum of Dublin for a private experience, where we learn about the city’s fascinating past through its unique exhibits and artifacts.

This evening, the group heads to The Guinness Storehouse to enjoy a pint of the famous Irish stout while taking in panoramic views of the city. The day ends on a high note as you reminisce about the day’s experiences and toast to your adventure in Dublin.

Dinner is at leisure to get organised for your departure tomorrow morning!

Overnight Accommodation:   The Davenport Hotel
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 – Tuesday 23:  To Medieval Kilkenny you go…

Begin the day by leaving Dublin with our tour guide and heading to Kilkenny, a picturesque town known for its medieval castle and fascinating history. There, we explore the castle and visit the Kilkenny Design Centre, where you will discover local crafts and handmade products.

Later in the day, continue on to Cork City, for the night and enjoy a group dinner.  Immerse yourself into the city’s lively atmosphere and local cuisine.

Overnight Accommodation:  The Imperial Hotel
Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Wednesday 24:  Exploring Kinsale and a foodie tour then a short hike to a fort…

We start the day by visiting the charming town of Kinsale, known for its rich culinary scene and picturesque coastal views. There, we embark on a food tour with a local guide, savouring the town’s delicious seafood and other specialties.

Afterward, we take a short seaside hike to Charles Fort, an impressive 17th-century fortification with stunning views of the harbour and surrounding landscape.

Tonight dinner is at leisure and you have the opportunity to explore more of Cork City with plenty of choice for dinner or time out for you

Overnight Accommodation:  The Imperial Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Hike distance:  5 kms

Day 5 – Thursday 25:  West Cork to Bantry…

After breakfast and checking out today, begin the day by exploring the picturesque West Cork region, with its rolling hills and scenic coastal landscapes.   Along the way, you visit an eco retreat and savour a delicious home-cooked lunch and experience a rejuvenating yoga session with the owners (good to stretch out those muscles).
Afterwards, well and truly relaxed, continue your journey, taking in the stunning views of the countryside as we make our way to Eccles Hotel where you will spend the next few nights.
There, you can unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the Bay, surrounded by the natural beauty of West Cork.
Overnight Accommodation:  Eccles Spa Hotel
Included Meals: – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Accommodation:  Eccles Hotel
Included Meals: – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Friday 26:  To Cape Clear Island and a gorgeous explore…

Enjoy your breakfast and then start the day by taking a ferry to Cape Clear Island, a remote and unspoiled island off the coast of West Cork.

Once there, time for a short hike, exploring the island’s rugged coastline and taking in its stunning natural beauty. You also visit a local goat farm, where you learn about the island’s farming traditions and sample some of the delicious cheese made from the goats’ milk.  Note this is a very rustic day, with very little infrastructure on the island.  Totally authentic…

After a full day of adventure, return to the mainland, feeling invigorated from our time on this beautiful island.

Dinner in the hotel this evening.

Overnight Accommodation:  Eccles Spa Hotel
Included Meals: – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike:  3 kms

Day 7 – Saturday 27:  Spa time, a coastal hike and a farmers market…

Today indulge in a relaxing seaweed bath at the spa in your hotel, a perfect way to rejuvenate and unwind. An Irish seaweed bath is a relaxing spa treatment that involves soaking in a tub filled with hot water and seaweed, known for its detoxifying properties and ability to soothe the skin.

We head out to explore the breathtaking Sheeps Head peninsula on a short hike, taking in the stunning coastal views and rugged terrain. Later in the day, we visit the local farmers market, where we can sample and purchase locally grown produce and artisanal goods, while learning about the community and its rich agricultural traditions.

Overnight Accommodation: Seaview House

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike: 8km

Day 8 – Sunday 28:  A sea safari in Bantry Bay then to the Ring of Kerry…

Today it is time to leave Seaview House and move to the beautiful Bantry Bay.

We gather as a group to embark on a fun-filled sea safari in the stunning Bantry Bay, guided by a local expert who shares their knowledge of the diverse marine life and stunning coastal landscape. After this gorgeous adventure, enjoy a delicious mussel boil on the beach, savouring the taste of locally sourced seafood.

Later in the day, its time to head to our hotel in Killarney, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Ring of Kerry along the way. The day ends with a sense of satisfaction, having experienced the best of the sea and land in this beautiful corner of Ireland.

Overnight Accommodation:  Cahernane House

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Monday 29: The Skellig Islands, puffins and a night of music, jigs and reels…

Today you will enjoy  an exciting day trip to the Skellig Islands, located off the coast of County Kerry. These islands are known for their rugged beauty, as well as the large bird colonies that make their home here, including puffins and gannets.

There is also the opportunity to visit the well-preserved ruins of a 6th-century monastic settlement, a testament to the island’s rich history. A

This evening is spent listening to traditional music in Killarney, a lively, fun-filled and atmospheric experience, with the sound of jigs and reels filling the air as locals and visitors gather to enjoy.  Dinner is at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation:  Cahernane House

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – Tuesday 30:  The Ring of Kerry, foraging and history…

Today you will visit Atlantic Irish Seaweed and meet a fun and knowledgeable local who takes us on a unique foraging experience along the beautiful beach, where you discover a variety of seaweed and their uses. After the foraging, enjoy a delicious meal with dishes that feature the seaweed collected, showcasing the versatility and nutritional value of this remarkable ingredient.

Later in the day, visit Derrynane House, the former home of Irish civil rights leader Daniel O’Connell, where you learn about his life and legacy while taking in the stunning surroundings of this historic estate.

Dinner is at leisure this evening.

Overnight Accommodation:  Cahernane House

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – Wednesday 31: Exploring Killarney National Park and then to the Burren…

This morning check out of the hotel and it is time to explore Killarney National Park, a vast and beautiful expanse of protected land that is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including rare species of deer and golden eagles.

Then embark on a private boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney, taking in the serene beauty of the surrounding mountains and forests from the water.

As we transfer northward, we spend the night in the Burren, a unique landscape of limestone pavements and rare wildflowers that provides a striking contrast to the lush greenery of Killarney.

Dinner in-house this evening.

Overnight Accommodation:  Gregans Castle Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike: 7kms


Day 12 – Thursday 01:  The Aran Islands & the Cliffs of Moher…

Start the day by taking a ferry to the rugged and picturesque Aran Islands, where you have the opportunity to visit a knitter of traditional local knitwear. The islands are a unique and stunning landscape of rocky fields, stone walls, and ancient ruins that create a sense of timelessness and natural beauty.  Later, head to the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher are a dramatic and iconic coastal landscape, consisting of sheer cliffs that rise up to 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch for over 8 kilometres and offer stunning views of the rugged coastline, the ocean, and the distant horizon.

Overnight Accommodation: Gregans Castle Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Friday 02:  Hike the Burren, visit a perfumery and an Irish Pub…

Embark on a morning hike through the Burren, a unique and ancient landscape of exposed limestone that stretches across County Clare. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the region’s fascinating geology and learn about its rich history, including the remains of ancient settlements and tombs.

After the hike, take a visit to a local perfumery and indulge in a sensory experience of the fragrances of the region and the perfumes inspired by the landscape.

This evening enjoy a dinner of traditional Irish cuisine and live music in a local pub, surrounded by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Irish countryside.

Overnight Accommodation:  Gregans Castle Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hike:  5.5kms

Day 14 – Saturday 03:  Back to Dublin we go…

Begin the day with a scenic drive across Ireland, stopping at various points of interest such as the Irish Workhouse Centre, a living history museum that offers visitors a glimpse into the harsh reality of life in Ireland’s workhouses during the 19th century.

Continue on towards Dublin, enjoying the Irish countryside along the way.

Arrive in Dublin in the late afternoon and enjoy some  free time before coming together for a final farewell dinner at one of the city’s top restaurants.

Overnight Accommodation: The Mont Hotel

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – Sunday 04:  Time to say farewell…

As they say in the classics, that’s a wrap!  Enjoy breakfast, check out and enjoy a private transfer to Dublin Airport in time for your onward flight.

Included Meals:  Breakfast


The Davenport Hotel:

Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, The Davenport is one of Dublin’s most iconic luxury hotels. Seamlessly blending heritage and history with the modern needs of today’s guest, The Davenport’s elegant décor and variety of spaces make it the ideal choice for a city stay, celebrating a special occasion or any work event. The hotel’s premium dining options include the 1863 Lounge, offering a wide variety of dishes to suit any taste and a full bar, including numerous whiskey choices. While The Davenport exudes an old-world feel throughout, the needs of the modern traveller have not been forgotten. Our comfy, luxurious rooms feature premium King Koil bedding, marble-clad ensuites with rainforest walk-in showers, Smart TVs with Chromecast connectivity and complimentary access to Dublin’s fastest hotel WiFi, while every guest also has access to our 24-hour gym.


The Imperial Hotel:

The luxury Imperial Hotel is a timeless landmark in the heart of Cork City. Our boutique Cork hotel enjoys an unrivaled setting in the centre of the pedestrianised zone in Cork City. The world famous English Market and the bustling main shopping districts of Patrick Street and Oliver Plunkett Street are all right on our doorstep. Steeped in over 200 years of history and tradition including Cork’s very first hotel, The Imperial Hotel is regarded by many as the ‘Grande Dame’ of Cork.

Our luxury Cork City hotel offers spacious modern boutique rooms in Cork City Centre as well as a luxury spa, the vibrant Sketch restaurant, Cork City’s finest afternoon tea and more delicious on-site dining options including Lafayettes and our bar No.76.


Eccles Hotel & Spa:

In a place that drinks in the wild Atlantic sea air.  With a chef whose food celebrates and elevates all that is fresh and hyper local.

With a spa experience that fuses the restorative powers of the sea with holistic healing for body and soul.  With a rich history, connected to literary and political great names.  And a sense of classic, welcoming charm that wraps you in its warm embrace from the moment you arrive.  All at the gateway to the beautiful Beara Peninsula, on West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way.


Cahernane House Hotel:

Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, this luxury four-star hotel is located just twenty minutes’ walk from Killarney town centre. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a tunnel of greenery which unfurls to reveal the beauty of this imposing manor house, constructed in 1877 and formerly home to the Herbert Family.

Cahernane House Hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where you can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. The only sounds you may hear are the lambs bleating or the birds singing.


Gregans Castle Hotel:

Welcome to Gregans Castle Hotel. Part of  The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this luxury, eco and gourmet retreat, is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren on Ireland’s west coast. The house has been welcoming guests since the 1940s and the same family have been running it since 1976. The stunning 18th century manor house is set in its own established and lovingly-attended gardens on the Wild Atlantic Way, and has spectacular views that stretch across the Burren hills to Galway Bay.

Inside, you’ll find welcoming open fires, candlelight and striking decoration ranging from modern art, to antique furniture, to pretty garden flowers adorning the rooms. Gregans Castle has long been a source of inspiration for its visitors.


The Mont:

The designer-led bedrooms and suites are ideal for the perfect night’s sleep. Featuring bold-colour furnishings and an industrial-inspired décor, each room is stylish, trendy and comfortable- so comfortable you won’t want to leave! Enjoy all the mod-cons you need for a modern stay and switch off at The Mont.


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