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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 Kilkenny (B,D)
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 (B)
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 US. (B)

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