At your leisure...
Each day tour will generally
include at least one of the highly visited sights in the country. We know that
all our customers have specific individual wants and needs and so we will then
build the days other activities around them. Richard has been touring Ireland for years and knows the best places to bring his guests. He loves taking back roads and visiting places that are off the beaten track! Just tell us what you want!
Let us take care of that.
Other sights, for example Newgrange, are only accessible at certain times and may have to be pre-booked. In this situation we will build your day around this booking. This will be designed around your wants, the whiskey lovers, for example, will get to go to the distillery and castle lovers will get to go to the castles. For the lovers of both, we will make sure you get to do both!
Delicious fresh produce.
The Cliffs of Moher run for almost 14km (8 miles) and are one of Ireland's best known and most visited attractions. They were created over a 300 million year period from the ferocity of the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point is over 200metre (700ft) and the drop is sheer. There are paths right at the edge as well as a calmer path inside a stone fence. As for the weather?…. Well as we say here, bring your raincoat and the sunscreen as you never know what you will get (often wind)!
Times are all approximate and open to guests input. There will be coffee breaks along the way also.
7 am: Leave Johnsfort
9 am: Kilmacduagh Abbey. A collection of mostly 9th century including Ireland's very own leaning tower. This site is right on the edge of The Burren.
10 am: Drive through the
incredible Burren landscape to Poulnabrone, a 6000 year old
12 pm: Cliffs Of Moher. Guerins Path which keeps us away from the crowds and brings us directly to the tallest point of the cliffs. Drive along the Wild Atlantic way overlooking the ocean passing through the colourful little villages along the way.
3pm: Stop for dinner on the Flaggy Shore (made famous by the poetry of the great Seamus Heaney) at the wonderful Leenanes Seafood and travel on to have dessert in what must be the cutest chocolate factory in the world, 'Hazel Mountain Chocolate'. (The chocolate is incredible).
6pm: Clonmacnoise. Although the visitor centre will be long closed for the day when we get there I love to stop here on the way home from the cliffs. The majestic river Shannon slowly flows past this beautiful ancient monastery which has been in use since the 6th century. In the evening twilight, with just the sound of a few wooper swans gliding by, this must be one of the most peaceful places on earth.
7/8pm: Return to Johnsfort for your stay at either Bartholomew's Loft or Marianne Cottage. Sit out in the evening sun with a glass of wine or light the stove in the cottage for a toasty end to a leisurely day.
Let us give you exactly what you are looking for!
Our land. Your land. Ireland.