SECOND "CASTLE TOUR" TRIP ADDED! (FIRST TRIP SOLD OUT!)
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).
November 2019 Scythian Irish Castle Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Saturday, November 2 - USA to Ireland.
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served while in flight.
Day 2: Sunday, November 3 - 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, November 4 - Dublin to Kilkenny.
We travel south through Naas and the Curragh where famous race horses are bred. We continue to County Wicklow, “Garden of Ireland” It is onto Glendalough the monastic settlement of St. Kevin in the 6th century Nestled between two lakes, haunting Glendalough (Gleann dá Loch, meaning 'Valley of the Two Lakes') is one of the most significant monastic sites in Ireland and one of the loveliest spots in the country, centred on a 1000-year-old round tower, a ruined cathedral and the tiny church known as St Kevin's Kitchen. It was founded in the late 6th century by St Kevin, a bishop who established a monastery on the Upper Lake's southern shore and about whom there is much folklore.Then it is on to Kilkenny, Kilkenny Castle is one of Ireland's most visited heritage sites. Stronghold of the powerful Butler family, it has a history dating back to the 12th century, though much of its present look dates from Victorian times. For most visitors, the focal point of a visit is the Long Gallery, which showcases portraits of Butler family members, the oldest dating from the 17th century. It is an impressive hall with a 19th-century timber roof vividly painted with Celtic, medieval and Pre-Raphaelite motifs by John Hungerford Pollen (1820–1902), who also created the magnificent Carrara marble fireplace, delicately carved with scenes from Butler family history. The castle basement is home to the Butler Gallery, featuring contemporary artwork in temporary exhibitions, and to a popular summertime tearoom housed in the castle kitchen.
Day 4: Tuesday, November 5 - Kilkenny.
Today after breakfast we will tour Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the Ireland of many visitors' imaginations. Built from dark-grey limestone flecked with fossil seashells, Kilkenny (from the Gaelic 'Cill Chainnigh', meaning the Church of St Canice) is also known as 'the marble city'. Its picturesque 'Medieval Mile' of narrow lanes and historic buildings strung between castle and cathedral along the bank of the River Nore is one of the Southeast’s biggest tourist draws. It's worth braving the crowds to soak up the atmosphere of one of Ireland's creative crucibles – Kilkenny is a centre for arts and crafts, and home to a host of fine restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. This afternoon enjoy some free time to explore Kilkenny. Overnight at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel.
Day 5: Wednesday, November 6 - Kilkenny to Galway
Kilkenny-Galway. After breakfast, we depart Kilkenny and make our 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 Imperial Hotel Galway.
Day 6: Thursday, November 7 - Galway (Aran Island optional Tour)
This morning after breakfast you may choose to enjoy an optional tour of the Aran Islands. 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 Galway on your own. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel Galway. If not doing Aran Island Tour you will have a free day in Galway.