FIRST TRIP SOLD OUT! 2ND TRIP ADDED!
In 2019 we will be celebrating 15 Years as a band and to celebrate we have put together the most amazing Scythian in Ireland itinerary to date! We invite you to join us on our 2019 Castle Tour! View the itinerary below and save your spot. The first Castle Trip sold out in 4 weeks so be sure to secure your spot today! (Only 90 spots available).
Day 1: Saturday, February 16 - USA to Ireland.
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served while in flight.
Day 2: Sunday, February 17 - Welcome to Dublin!
Morning arrival at Dublin Airport where you are greeted by your Driver/Guide. Leaving the airport we travel to a nearby venue where everyone will have an opportunity for their first Full Irish Breakfast (at own expense). We travel into Dublin Town where we enjoy a panoramic tour of this 1000-year old city. We then see statue filled O’Connell Street, The General Post Office scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising, as well as Georgian Square. Then onto one of the most popular visit in town is this multimedia homage to Guinness in a converted grain storehouse that is part of the 26-hectare brewery. Across its seven floors you'll discover everything about Guinness before getting to taste it in the top-floor Gravity Bar, with its panoramic views. Then some free time to browse the city and then to our hotel. Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel.
Day 3: Monday, February 18 - Dublin to Galway
Today after breakfast we depart Dublin and head north to County Meath. Our first stop will be at Slane Distillery for a tour of this 250 year old Castle estate. An unfolding story as unique as its smooth and flavorful, triple-casked whiskey, Slane Distillery is housed within the 250 old stables of the iconic Slane Castle estate. The new distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of Ireland's heritage and the surrounding lands that its inhabitants call home. Allow Slane's storytellers to immerse you into our wonderful world of whiskey. The fabrics of the Conyngham family tapestry are carefully woven through an interactive and immersive tour of our state of the art working distillery. Finish the tour in the best way possible, with a taste of Slane's signature triple casked blend, Slane Irish Whiskey. We have time for lunch at the Castle which has hosted everyone from King George IV to renowned bands recording albums to more than a million music fans during the Slane Concert series. In the afternoon we then travel west to Galway. Artsy, bohemian Galway is renowned for its pleasures. Brightly painted pubs heave with live music, while cafes offer front-row seats for observing street performers. Steeped in history, for sure, but the city buzzes with a contemporary and cultured vibe as students make up a quarter of the population. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Galway.
Day 4: Tuesday, February 19 - Galway (Aran Island optional tour)
This morning after breakfast you may choose to enjoy an optional tour of the Aran Islands ($65 additional for tour). Easily visible from the coast of counties Galway and Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way, the rocky, wind-buffeted Aran Islands have a desolate beauty that draws countless day-trippers. Inishmore (Irish: Inis Mór) is the largest island and home to the only town, Kilronan. Inishmaan (Inis Meáin) preserves its age-old traditions and evokes a sense of timelessness. It is well known internationally with over 50 different monuments of Christian, pre Christian and Celtic mythological heritage. There isn’t far you can go before being somewhere where there’s something of historical interest and little reason to question its importance in modern Irish Culture. There are minibuses as well as horse and carts to take people around. For those of you that choose not to do the tour you have the day free to explore the charms of Galway on your own. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Galway. If not doing Aran Island Tour you will have a free day in Galway.
Day 5: Wednesday, February 20 - Galway to Dromoland Castle
This morning after breakfast we leave Galway and travel to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are an astonishing impressive and staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 203m, their edge falling away abruptly into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic. A progression of vast heads, the dark limestone marches in a rigid formation that's gob-smacking, no matter how many times you look at it. On a clear day you'll channel Barbra Streisand as you can see forever; the Aran Islands stand etched on the waters of Galway Bay, and beyond lie the hills of Connemara. From there we head south to Dromoland Castle. Savor your first glimpse of this majestic castle and its enchanting lake, as you pass through the castle gates. This was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who were the Kings of Thomond and whose lineage goes back 1,000 years to Brian Boru, the only High King of Ireland. Under glittering antique chandeliers descend grand staircases and meander through elegant hallways and beautifully furnished rooms. Luxuriate in plush, sink-in sofas in front of large, ornate fireplaces with blazing log fires. (see video of interior) Relax as our unsurpassed, experienced and friendly staff takes special care of you. Time today to enjoy this Five Star Deluxe property and its entire splendor. Dinner & Overnight at Dromoland Castle.
Day 6: Thursday, February 21 - Dromoland Castle (Limerick day trip optional)
Today after breakfast in the beautiful Castle you may want to go on a tour of Limerick or choose to stay behind and enjoy the Castle for the day. The medieval city of Limerick was established on the southern tip of King’s Island. The Island is formed by the Abbey and Shannon Rivers. Walled in 1185 it became known as English Town and from earliest times was the administrative heart of the city. Today Limerick's low-lying farmland is framed on its southern and eastern boundaries by swelling uplands and mountains. Limerick city is boisterously urban in contrast and has enough historic and cultural attractions for a day's diversion. About 15km south of the city are the haunting archaeological sites around Lough Gur, while about the same distance southwest of the city is the cute thatched village of Adare. Today try one of the many activities offered by the Castle, such as falconry, archery, boating to name just a few. Hammond Tours will make the reservations for you and you can pay the Castle directly. Check Dromoland Castle website for a list of activities for an additional cost. Dinner & Overnight at Dromoland Castle