Irish Pub and Folk

Our 8 day Irish Pub and Folk Tour is ideal for anyone who loves sightseeing, outstanding scenery and of course live music and dancing in the evenings. An upbeat tour with plenty to see and do, it is a firm favourite with our guests.

Price from £679 per person

- 12th Century Brazen Head Pub Dinner
- Old Jameson Distillery
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
-- Irish Coffee in Foynes
- Guinness Brewery
- Kate Kearney’s Irish Night
- Farmhouse Visit
- World’s Oldest Distillery at Kilbeggan

To book your Cresta holiday
please call 0844 800 7020

- Group airport transfers on arrival* and departure
- Sightseeing by luxury coach throughout
- Services of a professional Irish tour director
- First class hotels with private bath/shower for 7 nights
- 7 full Irish breakfasts (B)
- 6 dinners (D) including:
- Food, Folk and Fairies dinner/show at the Brazen Head Pub
- 3 table d’hôte dinners
- lunch at Beehive Restaurant on Achill Island
- Welcome drink
- Tour of Dublin with a local guide
- Tours and tastings at the Guinness Storehouse
- Farmhouse visit for tea and scones
- Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
- Visits and admissions to Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen
Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
- Deluxe travel bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap available on arrival in Ireland
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

*Arrival transfer is only available to those that arrive at Dublin International Airport between 7am and 12 noon on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Guinness Storehouse

Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. In the afternoon get together with a local guide to tour Dublin city centre to see elegant Georgian squares with the famous colourful doorways and the peaceful St. Stephen’s Green. Cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and view the General Post Office where the 1916 Uprising started and pause to view the sombre figures of the Famine Memorial. Visit the Guinness Storehouse to explore the many levels of exhibitions, ending in the rooftop bar for a view over the city while you sip a creamy pint of stout. Back at your hotel discuss your itinerary over a welcome drink with your tour group and guide and you are free for dinner. Ryan’s of Parkgate Street, a traditional Victorian pub, is beside your hotel and the lively Temple Bar area is within easy reach.

Day 2: National Stud & Medieval Kilkenny

Depart Dublin and stop in Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud. Horseracing is a passion for the Irish and you will see some of the finest stallions and learn about breeding. Walk through the charming Japanese Gardens, created to symbolize life from birth to death. Visit a farmhouse to sample tea and home baked scones and chat with the owners about country lift. Arrive in Kilkenny and check in to your centrally-located hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure – Kilkenny is a fun place to explore on your own. You may like to tour Kilkenny Castle, first built in 1192 and constantly changed until the 19th century. The Kilkenny Design Workshop is near the castle and Kyteler’s Inn, a tavern established in 1324 and reputedly owned by a witch, is within easy walking distance. (B, D)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Blarney

Drive south to the ancient port of Waterford to visit the House of Waterford Crystal, located in the city centre. See how molten glass is transformed by skilled craftspeople into elegant glasses and magnificent trophies of all types. Drive along the south coast to visit Blarney Castle and climb to the ramparts to kiss the well-known “Stone of Eloquence.” Enjoy some time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a break in the pub hidden between the shops! Travel through County Cork and on to Killarney and check in to your hotel in the centre of the town. In the evening you may like to explore some of the cosy pubs where traditional Irish music is played. (B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry Tour

Explore County Kerry’s popular scenic drive with Ireland’s highest mountains on one side and a varied Atlantic coastline on the other. Every turn will reveal new vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches. Stop at Kells to meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life as he demonstrates how dogs herd flocks of sheep and see different breeds of sheep. Take the bridge to Valencia Island to visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about early Christian monks who braved a harsh existence on the rocky offshore islands. Continue your trip around the peninsula and stop in the colourful village of Sneem and pause at Moll’s Gap for a look at the Lakes of Killarney. In the evening drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner and traditional Irish entertainment with songs and step-dancing.  (B, D)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Connemara

Drive north and take a short ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. View the Cliffs of Moher that rise to heights of almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Pass through the Burren, around the shores of Galway Bay and through the lovely scenery of the Connemara region. Pass hills, little lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, renowned as the location of the movie, “The Field.” Continue to Westport, a charming town and check in to your hotel. Westport is a great town to walk around and has lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. (B, D)

Day 6: Westport House & Achill Island Excursion

Visit Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Achill Island. See stunning rooms with original priceless furnishings, paintings, books, silver artifacts and Waterford Crystal. Drive around Clew Bay to Achill Island, joined to the mainland by bridge. Follow the Atlantic Drive to capture wonderful views of steeply-sloped mountains plunging into the shimmering Atlantic Ocean. Near Slievemore see the Deserted Village, the remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Return to Westport for a stroll around this attractive estate town, which was laid out in 1780. (B, D)

Day 7: Strokestown House & Brazen Head Pub

Travel to the centre of Ireland to visit Strokestown Park House in County Roscommon. There are three parts to see – the 18th century mansion with its original furnishings; the four-acre walled garden, restored to look as it would have during the heyday of the estate; and the Famine Museum, which explains the circumstances of the 1840’s Great Irish Famine through a combination of original documents and images.  Head to the Brazen Head Pub, Dublin’s oldest, dating back to 1198 for an evening of “Food, Folk and Fairies” where story-telling will reveal Ireland’s myths and beliefs in times past. (B, D)

Day 8: Depart for Home

Complimentary group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)

Stay at the following (or similar):
Ashling, Hotel (1 night) 
Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny (1 night)
International Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Wyatt Hotel, Westport (2 nights)
Ashling Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Terms and conditions

From price is per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. From price is based on selected departures in 2014. Single supplements apply. Price is for the tour only and does not include flights or ferries to/from Ireland. These can be arranged as part of your holiday at a supplement. Prices and holidays are subject to availability and change at any time.