THE GRAND IRISH TOUR (OCTOBER 10-19, 2020) Columbus Day Weekend!
The Scythian in Ireland Trip has become an event in and of itself! What started out as a celebration of 10 years as a band has been transformed into a traveling circus of Whiskey Faries, crazy Scythians and two bus-fulls of rowdy friends who've waited a lifetime to experience the magic of the Emerald Isle! We've chosen to make stops in Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Galway and more for the Grand Irish Tour and hope that you'll be able to join us on this unforgettable trip. You can ask any of the 350+ trip alumni and they'll tell you that something magic happens on these trips where you will leave with new life-long friends and a renewed spirit!
OCTOBER 2020 GRAND IRISH TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Saturday, October 10 - USA to Ireland.
Depart USA for overnight flight to Ireland. Dinner is served while in flight.
Day 2: Sunday, October 11 - 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. We will then be dropped off on Nassau Street for some free browsing time. Check into our hotel LATE AFTERNOON. Dinner is on your own, suggestions will be provided. Overnight at the Camden Court Hotel.
Day 3: Monday, October 12 - Dublin-Jerpoint Park-Cork
After breakfast we depart Dublin and travel south. We continue via Medieval Kilkenny where we pause for a visit. We then make our way to Jerpoint Park for a sheep dog demonstration, tea and scones with the farm oweners and a visit to the Unesco Hertiage site where St. Nicholas is buried. This was a trip highlight for the last tour and we had to include it for you all! We then make our way to Cork and enjoy a panoramic tour of Cork City, home to several magnificent churches including St. Ann’s and St. Finbar’s cathedral. Cork City is the second largest city in Ireland and takes its name from the Irish word Corcaigh meaning “marshy place”. The ancestral home of America’s automobile pioneer, Henry Ford is located here. Overnight River Lee Cork.
Day 4: Tuesday, October 13 - Cork-Kinsale-Cork (Optional day trip)
Today, we depart Cork and make our way to Kinsale. Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. Famous for its beautiful yachting, sea angling, gourmet restaurants and golf. Charles Fort, a popular attraction was constructed in the late 17th century on the site of an earlier coastal fortification. Charles Fort is a classic example of a star-shaped fort and has five bastions. The two seaward bastions, the Devil's and the Charles' were for defending the harbor and both are casemated - that is, they have gun embrasures inside as well as on top of the walls. Desmond Castle, (French Prison) Cork Street, Kinsale, built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond c. AD 1500. Desmond Castle has had a colorful history, ranging from Spanish occupation in 1601 to use as a prison for captured American sailors during the American War of Independence. Known locally as 'The French Prison' after a tragic fire in which 54 prisoners, mainly French seamen, died in 1747. The castle was also used as a borough jail from 1791 to the onset of the Great Famine when it was used as an auxiliary workhouse tending to the starving populace. Time to explore this area. We return to Cork. Overnight at the River Lee Cork