Gardens of Ireland South with Ciscoe Itinerary
September 9th to September 22nd, 2017
- Saturday, September 9th: Depart for Shannon
- Depart Seattle for Shannon. Flights from Seattle or Vancouver depart all day,
arriving the following day in Shannon.
- Sunday, September 10th: Shannon Arrival
- Arrive Shannon in the early part of the day on Friday, September 10 th . We’re
staying in the town of Ennis, which is 25 miles north of the airport.
Transportation will be arranged for early morning and afternoon arrivals.
Free time to explore the town of Ennis. Enjoy a hosted beverage at a local pub
before our dinner together this evening. Overnight Ennis (D)
- Monday, September 11th
- We start the day with a visit to the Knappogue Castle and Walled Garden. We’ll
break for lunch and enjoy the afternoon at the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to
experience a recreation of the history of the island. Overnight Ennis (B,D)
- Tuesday, September 12th
- Today is devoted to a tour of The Burren, a unique geologic area with a wide
variety of plant life specific to this region. We’ll visit the interpretive center and
employ the services of a guide familiar with the history, flora, and fauna of the
Burren. We’ve scheduled a visit to Caher Bridge Garden, a small, private garden
overlooking the Atlantic.
After lunch we will drive on to the Atlantic Coast to visit the dramatic overlook
and visitor center for the Cliffs of Moher. On a clear day you can see the Aran
Islands to the west of the sheer cliffs rising over 700 feet above the Atlantic
Ocean. Overnight Ennis (B,D)
- Wednesday, September 13th
- We depart County Clare for Killarney this morning. En-route, we’ll stop for a tour
of Boyce’s Garden, a prize-winning garden over 20 years in the making.
We’ll stop for a pub lunch nearby before driving on to Killarney. Before arriving at
the hotel in Killarney, we’ll enjoy a tour of the house and garden at Muckross
House. Overnight Killarney (B,D)
- Thursday, September 14th
- We’re forsaking the more traveled Dingle Peninsula and Ring of Kerry for the less
busy, but equally beautiful, Ring of Beara. We’ll visit Derreen Gardens in the
morning, with a stop to see a Mass Rock, a place of worship for Irish Catholics
during the Penal Times.
We’ll stop for lunch in Castletown-Bere, the home of Ireland’s largest fishing fleet
for lunch. We’ll return to Killarney mid-afternoon. After dinner this evening we’ll
take in an Irish Folk show at Celtic Steps. Overnight Killarney (B,D)
- Friday, September 15th
- Visit Ilnacullin, a garden of Harold Peto’s design on Garinish Island in Bantry Bay.
It’s a short boat trip from Glengarriff across the bay, then we’re free to wander
the island. We’ll break for lunch after returning from the island, then we’ll travel
along the coast to Bantry House to see their garden before the final drive to
Kinsale. Overnight Kinsale (B,D)
- Saturday, September 16th
We’re off to enjoy a walking tour of Cork with a visit to the historic Cork City Gaol.
We’ll break for lunch in town. At Ballymaloe, we’ll have lunch at the hotel, prior
to touring the kitchen gardens and borders at the school. On the way back to
Kinsale, we’ll stop in Midleton, historic home of Jameson Whiskey for a tour of
their historic distillery. Overnight Kinsale (B,L)
- Sunday, September 17th
- We have a morning visit planned at Lakemount Gardens, one of Ireland’s
“Flagship Gardens”, located just outside Cork. Provided there’s time, we’ll make a
short stop at Blarney Castle and Woolen Mill if anyone is itching to kiss the stone.We’re on to Cashel to tour the historic Rock of Cashel. We then travel to
Kilkenny, our base for the next two nights. We’ll dine as a group near the hotel
and will work to find a traditional music experience later this evening. Overnight
- Monday, September 18th
- We start the day with a visit the Altamont Gardens. Following lunch in a nearby
village, we’ll enjoy a tour of the Irish National Stud. Overnight Kilkenny
- Tuesday, September 19th
- On our way to Dublin this afternoon for our final three nights of the tour. On the
way, we’ll visit the ancient monastic site of Glendalough with a short stop for
lunch. Just before we arrive in Dublin, we’ll tour the garden of Mount Usher.
We’ll arrive in Dublin in the late afternoon. Dinner near the hotel this evening.
Overnight Dublin (B,D)
- Wednesday, September 20th
- We’ll be visiting two of the more interesting of the Dublin Garden Group sites
today with a morning tour of June Blake’s Garden, followed by a visit to Hunting
Brook, the private garden of Jimi Blake. Return to Dublin in the early afternoon.
We’ll return to Dublin with a bit of free time to enjoy the annual Fringe Festival or
do some last minute shopping.
The performances aren’t listed yet, but I plan to obtain tickets to an evening
performance at Dublin’s historic Abbey Theater for the group. Details will be
announced early 2017. Overnight Dublin (B)
- Thursday, September 21st
- We have a 10:00 AM tour arranged to see the ancient Stone Age passage tomb at
Newgrange. This site is one of the most visited in Ireland with an opportunity to
enter the underground passage.
We’ll stop in the nearby town of Drogheda for a quick lunch before returning to
our last stop of the tour, the world famous Guinness Brewery. We’ll take a tour,
then sample the goods at one of the highest points in the city, the Gravity Bar.
You’ll have free time in Dublin this afternoon to shop or visit one of the manymuseums near the hotel. Our farewell dinner is scheduled for this evening.
Overnight Dublin (B,D)
- Friday, September 22nd
- Transportation is provided to Dublin Airport this morning for flights back to the