THE RUGGED NORTHWEST COAST OF IRELAND & THE CAPITAL CITY OF DUBLIN AWAIT YOU...
Royal Dublin, Portmarnock, The Island Club, County Sligo, Strandhill, Donegal & Enniscrone...
Play seven of Irelands greatest links courses and visit both coasts... the wild & untamed northwest with its classic links courses & the capital city of Dublin with its collection of world-renowned links.
You don't have to look far to find amazing links courses in Ireland, the country has more links courses than any country in the world outside of Scotland. As compiled by The Links Association, of the 58 true links courses in Ireland, you'll be playing 7 of them.
With all courses ranked in the Top 40 Courses in Ireland, and with 4 ranked in the Top 15, your golf experience will rank second to none.
You'll also get to experience Dublin, one of the greatest capital cities in the world. Here you'll find the Guinness Storehouse Factory, the Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street & its Buskers, St. Patricks Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, the famous Temple Bar (among the city's 750 pubs) and much, much more...
This six night, seven round golf tour includes some of the finest links courses in Ireland. You'll stay in Sligo on the rugged west coast of Ireland and in the capital city Dublin.
The Emerald Isle has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to golf courses, including fully one third of the worlds true links courses. All courses in your itinerary are Top 40 Courses in Ireland and four are ranked in the Top 15 in Ireland.
Royal Dublin was founded in 1885 and is a traditional out and back links course. The club has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, including those won by Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer. Donegal sits on an isolated piece of rugged and rolling land, jutting out into Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. County Sligo, opened in 1894, sits on Drumcliffe Bay and was designed by the great Harry Colt. Strandhill sits between the Knocknarea Mountains and the coastline and is a delight to play. Short, quirky and fun, it's all links golf is supposed to be. Enniscrone is rolling and ravishing and is set on a promontory in Killala Bay. The course enjoys 360 degree views of the mountains, sea and coastline. The Island Club is quietly ranked in the Top Ten in Ireland and once played, you'll understand why. Portmarnock opened in 1894 and is as natural a links as there is in Ireland. The club has hosted dozens of championships, including the Irish Open, Walker Cup, British Masters and Irish Amateur.
|DAY 1||Royal Dublin Golf Club||Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
|DAY 2||Donegal Golf Club||Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
AM: County Sligo Golf Club
PM: Strandhill Golf Club
|Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo|
|DAY 4||Enniscrone Golf Club||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
|DAY 5||The Island Club||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
|DAY 6||Portmarnock Golf Club||The Dylan Hotel Dublin|
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
Caddie fees (caddies not required)
Gratuities, including caddies, coach driver, F&B, doormen, porters or the like
Any food & beverage not listed above
Tolls, sightseeing fees, souvenirs or incidentals
JULY 25, 2022: DEPART USA FOR IRELAND
JULY 26, 2022: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN & PLAY ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB
JULY 27, 2022: PLAY DONEGAL GOLF CLUB
JULY 28, 2022: AM: PLAY COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB / PM: PLAY STRANDHILL GOLF CLUB
JULY 29, 2022: PLAY ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB
JULY 30, 2022: PLAY THE ISLAND CLUB
JULY 31, 2022: PLAY PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB
AUGUST 1, 2022: DEPART IRELAND FOR HOME
KERRY COACHES OF IRELAND
Kerry Coaches is Ireland’s leading chauffeured golf transport provider. They provide local and experienced drivers who specialize in golf tours and have proven to be an invaluable asset to any golf vacation. These drivers have built up a strong working relationship with caddy masters, course rangers and other staff at all of Ireland’s finest courses. The drivers have full knowledge of the best restaurants and pubs in the country. From local Irish cuisine, traditional music to finding the best pint of Guinness, these drivers will point you in the right direction.
Kerry Coach's Class D+ vehicles are ideal for group’s seeking special VIP treatment. Each leather seat is hand crafted to provide superior comfort. There is ample leg room and the luxurious interior provides the perfect setting to travel in comfort and style.
The coach can serve up to 12 passengers and features 12 large full leather reclining seats, tables, air conditioning, a refrigerator and DVD player.
PRICE & OTHER INFORMATION
€2,460.00 | $2,887.00 per person
The price above includes everything you see under "Inclusions" and excludes everything you see under "Not Included". Your golf, double lodging, breakfast, coach & driver and all taxes and surcharges are included. In order to secure you place among the 8 golfers, a $500.00 deposit is required at sign-up, with the balance due May 26, 2022 (60 days prior to arrival date).
The price is the wholesale price to Epic Golf Travel plus $75.00 per man for prizes.
You can see from the email addresses who has been invited so far. This trip is by invitation only and only the committee may offer these invitations. If you wish to suggest someone who is not currently on the list and we have not yet reached 8 golfers, please reach out to me first and we can discuss.
LODGING, GOLF & TRANSPORTATION
All lodging, tee time and coach & driver reservations have been made and deposits placed with all suppliers.
Epic Golf Travel strongly recommends that all parties traveling consider purchasing travel insurance. We recommend GolfSafe to our clients, but you can use whoever you wish.
Flights are not included in this quote. All flights need to arrive to Dublin International Airport no later than 10:00am on Tuesday July 26, 2022. Anyone arriving later will need to arrange their own transportation to Royal Dublin Golf Club (25 minutes).
Fully chauffeured coach & driver is included in the trip pricing. No one will have to drive and no one will be allowed to drive!
This trip is quoted at the exchange rate that was in place at the time the proposal was presented to you (US 1 / Euro .85). If, at the time of our non-deposit payments (any payments to our suppliers made after our initial deposit payments to them) to the suppliers (golf, lodging, transportation, etc.), the exchange rate increases or decreases, this difference will be included in your final payment. If the exchange rate favors US currency, the balance will be lower. If the exchange rate favors the Euro, the balance will be higher.
CONFIRMING YOUR TRIP
No one is confirmed as part of the trip until a deposit is received.
A deposit means you've committed to traveling on the trip, it is not a place-holder until you decide later. In case of circumstances beyond your control, deposits are refundable up to specific dates prior to travel (depending on the supplier, but usually 30 - 60 days out). If you're worried about war, famine, pestilence, death, etc., I would look into trip insurance.
Should there be any governmental closures, delays or travel bans specific to COVID-19 that affect our ability to leave the US, enter Ireland or make use of our hotel, golf course or transportation bookings, our suppliers will refund our monies and the trip will be cancelled.
DISINCLINATION TO TRAVEL
Bookings unaffected by destination closures or travel restrictions due to COVID are still going ahead as planned. If you wish to cancel in this instance, it will be deemed as a ‘disinclination’ to travel by our suppliers and, depending on individual supplier policies, you may lose some or all of any monies paid.
BOOKING THE TRIP
When you've reached the point where you're ready to book, you may click on the "Ready to Book" button below and it will walk you through the process of making your deposit and other payments with a credit card. You may use a credit card to book, but a 3% fee will be added to your balance payment to offset the 3% fee we are charged. To avoid this fee, you may pay by check, with the check made out to "Epic Golf Travel".
Place a $500.00 USD deposit.
Yes, the 7 golf courses, 2 hotels and coach & driver are booked and deposits have been made. The itinerary you see is set, however, there will be plenty of time before or after golf to explore and enjoy Ireland.
For your departure airport, feel free to choose the most convenient/economical, but you must land in Dublin no later than 10:00am on Tuesday July 26, 2022.
Newark International Airport is probably best for both flight options and pricing. But there are direct flights to Dublin out of Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia as well.
In Ireland, you must fly into and out of the Dublin International Airport in order to make use of the provided transportation.
You'll need a passport that is valid for at least the duration of your stay. There is no minimum additional time your passport need be valid in Ireland.
You may need additional documents and/or testing, depending on COVID policies and other travel regulations at the time of departure.
It's a good idea to make copies of your passport and the front and back of your credit cards, drivers license and health insurance card just in case something comes up missing. Keep a hard copy somewhere safe and a digital copy on your phone. This will make the process of replacing a lost document much easier.
The trip is inclusive of a chauffeured coach & driver for the entirety of your stay in Ireland.
For this trip, a 12 passenger luxury Mercedes Coach is reserved. The coach features leather reclining seats, tables, air conditioning, a refrigerator and a DVD player.
Your Irish driver will meet you at the airport upon arrival and take you to and from all golf courses and to and from all lodging. He will suggest restaurants and pubs for lunch or dinner, side trips or sightseeing and be there for whatever transportation needs you may have day or night.
Your coach driver will be much more than a simple chauffeur getting you from Point A to Point B. He will also help manage the entire trip, from arrival at the airport until departure.
He will recommend and assist with dinner reservations, stop at the best local pub after golf, check you in and out of hotels and golf courses and be a wonderful tour guide as you're traveling around the country.
A recommended per person gratuity would be $50.00 USD- $80.00 USD.
Regarding our transportation, the coach and driver will be with us 24/7 throughout the entire trip. If at all possible, the driver will be happy to take you where you need to go and wait for you or pick you up afterwards.
However, because of the group's travel schedule and its demands, it may not be possible all the time or even some of the time for the driver to serve individual requests. Additionally, it will depend on whether the driver is approaching his regulated maximum daily driving hours.
Alternately, Uber is available in Dublin and will take you throughout Dublin, south to Waterford and north just shy of Sligo. Dublin also has an abundance of taxis as an additional option.
Lyft's worldwide locations are currently limited to the US and Canada.
We strongly recommend you consider travel insurance for your trip. If you should need to cancel for any reason, if your luggage gets lost or if you get sick while on the trip, travel insurance will provide reimbursement for these items and more. Please see policy information for coverage and cost details.
We use and recommend GolfSafe by TravelSafe, but feel free to choose your own travel insurance company.
Either is fine, but remember, you'll be without your golf clubs for 2-4 days each way if you plan on shipping them ahead of time.
If you're bringing them with you on the plane, any well-made golf bag cover will suffice. But please make sure you use a "collapsible" golf bag cover and not a "hard shell" cover. The hard shell covers do not collapse and take up far too much room on the coaches. If any client travels with a hard shell cover the cover will have to be left behind at the first golf course or hotel.
If you're bringing your clubs with you on the plane, make sure you invest in a “Stiff Arm” by Club Glove. This is a telescoping device that you put into your golf bag to protect your golf clubs (particularly your driver). The Stiff Arm will prevent shafts from being broken by careless baggage handlers. You can find them on eBay, Amazon, or in most golf shops for around $40.
If you prefer to send your clubs to avoid checked baggage hassles, we recommend Ship Sticks. As a client, you are entitled to a 10% discount on any Ship Sticks delivery. Reach out to us for more information.
The Republic of Ireland's (where we will be staying and playing golf) main currency is the Euro. Neither the US dollar nor the British pound sterling are accepted here.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in the Republic of Ireland. So much so, in fact, that you may only need Euros to pay cash to your caddie.
Yes, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Contact your credit card & ATM card companies at least 7 days before you depart. Notify them of your travel dates and locations. If you don’t, your ATM card may not work and your purchases with your credit cards may be denied. Also check with your credit card companies and find out which one charges the least amount for international transactions.
Ireland in July has average highs of 67° and average lows of 53°. However, on any given day, it could be 75° or 45°, so be prepared.
Rain is common, but usually only for a short period of time on any given day. Squalls can come in off the sea quickly, but can pass through just as quickly.
Regarding the weather, remember to bring a good rain suit, rain gloves, bucket rain hat, windproof umbrella, 2 golf towels and at least 2 pairs of golf shoes.
You should pack for temperatures ranging from 45° to 75°. Pack clothes that you can layer, as the temperatures may vary a great deal during the day.
Pack your rain gear, rain hat, rain gloves, umbrella and extra socks for the wet weather that's inevitable in Ireland.
It will be cool at night, so pack some sort of outerwear for the evenings.
You will not need a coat, tie, dress shoes or any formal wear for this trip. However, if you have a kilt or knickers, by all means feel free to bring them and wear them!
Airlines do tend to lose luggage from time to time. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep essential items with you at all times.
So things to consider packing in your carry-on include your medication, tablet or laptop, electrical adapter, a pair of golf shoes, 1/2 dozen golf balls, rain gear, tees and a couple of pairs of socks. At least this way if the airline loses your clubs, you can play golf until they are found.
Golf club policies in Ireland change from year to year, so it is always best to travel with your handicap card or have access on your phone to your current handicap.
Typical maximum handicaps are 28 for men and 36 for women, but if this may be an issue, please check with us prior to signup.
Most golf clubs allow visitors to use their clubhouse facilities, including the locker rooms and dining areas. Over the last decade, golf clubs have relaxed their dress codes.
You may not be permitted to wear your golf shoes or sneakers into some of the clubhouses, so keep a pair of street shoes with you. Take off your hat when entering the clubhouse. Many courses do not allow golfers to change clothes or shoes in the parking area (this should only be done in the locker room). Please follow whatever guidelines are in place at each facility.
The majority of the links courses in Ireland have caddies available. When requested, we will book caddies in advance, however, this does not guarantee their availability. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis. Caddy fees inclusive of tip, range from $60 - $100 (approximately) and are paid in cash directly to the caddie immediately after the round.
If you are hiring a caddie, he will thank you if you take out all the extra stuff you have in your golf bag. You won’t need a dozen golf balls and 4 towels. Bring 1 or 2 small towels (your caddie will have a towel), 2 sleeves of balls, some tees, your rain jacket and pants, an umbrella and a ball mark. And if you never used that 3 iron in your bag, leave it in the States.
For those golfers who do not wish to use a caddie, both regular pull carts and electric pull carts are widely available.
Regarding riding golf carts, very few links courses have or permit the use of riding golf carts. However, all of the courses we play will provide a riding cart with a medical certificate of some kind.
Yes, wall outlets are very different than those found in the US. You will need to travel with an electrical adaptor in order to charge your laptop, phone, electric shaver, etc. You may want to consider a small power strip so you can charge more than one item at a time.
Most major carriers now offer reasonably priced roaming services for the UK and The Republic of Ireland. Be sure to contact your provider several weeks before leaving to enable that service. For most, it's as easy as punching in a few numbers to switch to roaming when overseas.
All hotels will have high speed WiFi available at no charge. Other than that, WiFi will be somewhat limited.
Since it doesn't get dark until almost 10pm across Ireland in late July, there will be plenty of daylight hours to sightsee or do something else other than play golf.
While on the west coast, there are historic sights to see, as well as the coast and coast towns, including Donegal. While in Dublin, there are countless things to do, some of which are listed below.
YOUR GOLF COURSES
You'll play 7 of the Top 40 Golf Courses in Ireland
ROYAL DUBLIN GOLF CLUB
Ranked #27 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Dublin Golf Club, as it was originally called, was founded in 1885. The club moved twice before the course finally came to rest on Bull Island in 1889. Two years later, Queen Victoria granted the club royal patronage. The course was severely damaged during the First World War and was rebuilt by Harry Colt in 1920.
This is a classic traditional out and back links, relatively unusual for an Irish links. The course is fairly flat and narrow with long stretches of out of bounds, and the wind tends to swirl around Dublin Bay, generally making the course play tougher than the yardage would indicate. The greens are outstanding and there are some brutally deep greenside bunkers as well.
Martin Hawtree was engaged in course redevelopment work between 2004-2006 and Royal Dublin has improved as a consequence. Today's championship layout stretches to an impressive 7,269 yards from the tips and has hosted numerous Irish Open Championships, with Seve Ballesteros and Bernhard Langer among the winners here at Royal Dublin.
DONEGAL GOLF CLUB
Ranked #18 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
Donegal Golf Club is built on a rugged and crumpled piece of linksland that extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. It's an enchanting and isolated setting for golf, with views across the bay to the Bluestack Mountains.
The course opened in 1973 and stretches to over 7400 yards from the tips. The outside loop plays along the dunes and the ocean, providing stunning views of the surrounding area. The inner loop is more protected, however the constantly changing sea breeze provides a formidable test for both pro and amateur alike.
Originally designed by the legendary Irish golf course architect, Eddie Hackett, the course is continually being molded and enhanced by the master of links design, Pat Ruddy.
Facilities include a driving range, warm up area, and putting, chipping and bunker practice areas.
COUNTY SLIGO GOLF CLUB (ROSSES POINT)
Ranked #7 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
County Sligo, designed by Harry Colt, is a traditional links layout. The course utilizes the natural contours of the dune-covered landscape, rather than having moved a large amount of earth during its construction. The end result is a course filled with dramatic undulations, elevated tees and raised plateau greens.
The views are spectacular, from the third tee on a clear day one can see five counties, the lighthouse out to sea, the cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal, Lissadell House in the trees across the bay, Queen Maeve’s grave on top of Knocknarea and the imposing back ground of Ireland’s table mountain Benbulben.
County Sligo is a joy to play and has it all, including unusual routing over three distinctly different sections. The individuality of holes and the varied terrain makes the course an absolute must-play.
STRANDHILL GOLF CLUB
Ranked #40 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
Strandhill Golf Club was originally designed as a 9-hole course in 1931 before becoming the 18-hole links course we see today in 1973, with the help of architect Eddie Hackett. Wedged in between the Atlantic Ocean and the famous landmark of Knocknarea Mountain, Strandhill provides a stunning round of golf on some interesting dunesland.
The course offers great variety in shotmaking and although less than 6,400 yards from the back tees, is still able to present an excellent challenge and a very fun round of golf. Nature has been of great assistance to Strandhill, as the aspect of the course provides some of the most scenic coastal views in all of Ireland.
The club is also home to a wonderfully modern clubhouse that opened in 2006, offering some of the most picturesque views from the 19th hole in Ireland.
ENNISCRONE GOLF CLUB
Ranked #13 in Ireland & #63 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK
Enniscrone is among the finest and most challenging of traditional Irish links courses and offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land.
The Dunes Championship Course is one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses and is regularly a Top 15 Links Course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses.
First opened in 1918, the great Irish architect Eddie Hackett put the course on the map when he extended the course to 18 holes in 1974. An additional 9 was added shortly thereafter and work was also done to route some holes through the magnificent dunes.
The fairways pitch and roll through towering shaggy dunes while the greens are raised on plateaus and protected by deep valleys and revenues.
Enniscrone is a breathtaking golf course set in a ravishing location. It is natural, perfectly complements its surroundings and you have an ever-present sense of freedom while playing.
THE ISLAND CLUB
Ranked #8 in Top 100 Golf Courses in Ireland
The Island Club in Ireland was once on an island. It’s now attached to the mainland but it’s still an isolated peninsula-like spur of links land, sandwiched between the Irish Sea, the beach of Donabate and the Broadmeadow estuary.
Few people know about The Island Golf Club, despite the fact that the course is over 100 years old and has featured in numerous ranking tables over the years. One leading golf magazine once commented: “The best course in Ireland you have never heard of. Play it and tell no-one.”
This is a no-frills golf course. There is nothing artificial, it’s simply harmonious and in tune with its surroundings. Some of the most shaggy, rugged and looming sand dunes imaginable provide natural and distinct amphitheaters for many of the holes. In the summer, if you are unfortunate and wayward enough to find the dunes, be careful to avoid trampling on the wild dune flowers.
PORTMARNOCK GOLF CLUB
Ranked #3 in Ireland and #47 in Top 100 Golf Courses in the World
Portmarnock Golf Club is situated on its own sandy peninsula, approximately two miles long and covering some 500 acres. The land belonged to the famous distiller, John Jameson, and from around 1850, the links was used as the Jameson’s private golf course. Nine “proper” holes opened for play in October 1894 and, two years later, the course was extended to eighteen holes.
There is nothing man-made about Portmarnock; it’s a natural links, and considered to be a very fair golf course. With water on three sides, the course is at the mercy of the wind. Laid out broadly in two loops of nine holes, you are invariably playing in different directions. Measuring just less than 7,500 yards from the back tees, it is a formidable test of golf.
There are delightful views to the south of Portmarnock, including the Ireland’s Eye (a small island), home to important seabird colonies and the Hill of Howth (once famous for its electric trams).
Portmarnock has hosted a number of important tournaments, including 19 Irish Opens, the Canada Cup and the Walker Cup. The closing five holes are especially brutal. Bernard Darwin once commented: ”I know of no greater finish in the world than that of the last five holes at Portmarnock”.
3 nights on the rugged west coast & 3 nights in the capital city of Dublin
RADISSON BLU HOTEL SLIGO
4 Star property overlooking Sligo Bay and the surrounding mountains
Surrounded by the gorgeous countryside of Rosses Point, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers majestic views of Sligo Bay and the neighboring mountains.
The hotel offers 132 modern rooms and suites with generous amenities including high-speed WiFi, premium linens, blackout curtains, satellite flatscreen TV, large work desk, minibar, coffee & tea maker, robe and slippers.
You'll also enjoy the top-rated Solas Spa, fully-equipped gym, a heated indoor pool and the AA Rosette-accredited Classiebawn Restaurant.
DYLAN HOTEL DUBLIN
Historic 5 Star boutique hotel located in Irelands capital city
The Dylan Hotel is just off Baggot Street in Dublin’s south city centre. This historic hotel was once home to the nurses of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital and is now Dublins only five star boutique hotel. Located in a quiet and leafy neighborhood The Dylan is only minutes from the main sights and attractions of Dublin.
Each of the 72 guest rooms have been individually styled with a mix of whimsical decor... artistic headboards, intricate mirrors, statement chairs and classic pieces.
In the rooms, there are flat-screen TVs, iPod docks (with iPods loaded with historical Dublin walking tours), stocked minibars, and bathrooms with underfloor heating. Amenities in the hotel include a fitness room, a cozy bar, heated outdoor terrace, excellent restaurant, and 24-hour room service. In addition to its character and sleek style, the Dylan is well known for its excellent service.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Ireland is much more than just golf, so be sure to spend some time enjoying the sights & sounds
CAUSEWAY COASTAL ROUTE
Scenic, dramatic and inspiring, the Causeway Coastal Route is a constant feature of global top tens and top fives when it comes to visitor experiences and bucket lists. Around every corner of this spectacular winding route you’ll find thrills and adventure, as well as peaceful retreats. The variety along the coastal route means there’s something for everyone and a multitude of ways you can see it.
The route runs north along the coast from Belfast and includes sweeping views of the sea, multiple castles, lighthouses, waterfalls, cliff walks, Game of Thrones locations, suspension bridges, tunnels, river gorges and the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
You'll head north along the east coast of Northern Ireland and then past Royal Portrush Golf Club and across the top northern coast of the country. This is perhaps one of the most inspiring and beautiful drives in the world.
Flanked by the wild North Atlantic Ocean and a landscape of dramatic cliffs, for centuries the Giant’s Causeway has inspired artists, stirred scientific debate and captured the imagination of all who see it.
The location is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted one of the Top 5 Greatest Natural Wonders of the UK. It is located in Northern Ireland close to Bushmills and Portrush.
Climb the Shepherd's Steps and hike along the clifftop trail to get a bird's eye view of the beautiful causeway coast. Or enjoy the road less travelled capturing the World Heritage Site on an active five-mile hike along the stunning cliff-top path with the guided Clifftop Experience.
You can also unlock the mystery and stories of the landscape in the exhibition area of the Visitor Center.
THE GUINNESS STOREHOUSE FACTORY, DUBLIN
Located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Ireland. In fact, the interior is designed to look exactly like a pint of Guinness itself and is known to be the largest pint in the world.
A ticket to the Guinness factory (roughly €18) will take you on a tour through seven floors of Irish brewing history, where you will learn all about the Guinness family, as well as how the beloved stout beer is meticulously crafted to perfection. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the Gravity Bar on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy a refreshing pint of Guinness with a 360 degree view of the Dublin skyline.
THE OLD JAMESON DISTILLERY, DUBLIN
Another historical gem is the Old Jameson Distillery, located just off Smithfield Square. This location previously used to be the original site where Jameson whiskey was manufactured and distilled until it stopped production in the early 1970s.
Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences.
A tour of the old distillery will take you through the history and process of creating the refined whiskey, along with the unique opportunity to take part in a comparative whiskey-tasting experience. At the end of the tour, you will be given an exclusive Whiskey Taster Certificate to officially certify your knowledge in traditional Irish whiskey.
GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN
A bit like Dublin city itself, Grafton Street presents something of an enigma to visitors. In other major capitals, people gather along grand boulevards to shop, lunch, drink and eat. In Dublin, locals head to Grafton Street, a narrow winding road that’s been at the heart of the city’s social life for more than a century.
Grafton Street is home to all varieties of shops, both locally owned and national brands. It's also home to countless restaurants, cafes and pubs. And, most famously, Grafton Street is home to the many buskers that entertain visitors with a variety of music, magic and street performances.
Entering from Stephen’s Green in the south, Grafton Street meanders by a series of street-level shops, twisting and turning, before sloping down to the broad sweep of College Green and the grand entrance to Trinity College.
On a busy Saturday afternoon it can be hard work negotiating a path from one end of the street to the other, so dense are the crowds strolling about or gathered around the multiple street entertainers.
THE SEASIDE VILLAGE OF MALAHIDE
The town of Malahide is situated just outside of Dublin city proper and is surrounded by countryside, the broad meadow estuary and the Irish Sea. The town has won numerous Irish Tidy Towns Awards and is a modern village with a traditional Irish feel.
This picturesque seaside village enjoys a blend of contemporary chic and old-school Irish charm that is as unique as it is captivating.
Malahide has acquired a reputation as the gourmet capital of the East Coast of Ireland and the village boasts a wide array of retail destinations and services including fashion boutiques, hair and beauty salons, florists, restaurants, cafes and two small shopping centers. Traditional shopfronts and several cobble-lock side streets give the village an intimate and welcoming feel.
Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government.
With over 800 years of Irish memories encapsulated within its walls, this incredible structure has borne witness to some of the most pivotal events in all of the country’s history.
Spanning an area of over 11 acres, the Castle stands proudly on the highest ridge in the locality and offers self-guided and guided tours of the grounds, including the Castle’s many rooms, gardens and museums such as the Chapel Royal, the Chester Beatty Library, the Garda Museum and the Revenue Museum.