Ireland is wonderfully conducive to a family vacation as tranquil green spaces, soft adventures, and local traditions bring everyone together. Handcrafted to include a little of everything, this flexible Irish tour is based around three distinctive castles as Dromoland provides heritage and bliss, Ballyseede shows you County Kerry and Dingle, and then Waterford offers the pastoral interior. So take it slow and get to know the real Ireland as a family with a lively visit around a welcoming country.
Shannon to Dromoland – Checking Into Ireland’s Prettiest Castle
Dromoland immediately transports you into a version of Ireland that many may think only exists in dreams. Here there is a castle that excites from first glance to last, a place decidedly traditional yet modern and comfortable inside. Dromoland is part medieval and part turn of the 20th century, a mix of two worlds that make it perfect for today. It is only a 30-minute transfer away from Shannon International Airport, a convenient gateway into Ireland that bypasses a long transfer from Dublin, which was the only way to get out west 20 years ago.
After a private transfer, you will check into the castle that is located on the outskirts of town. All around you is green space with cows roaming the fields and wide-open lawns for the kids to run about. As you settle everyone in, you can take a stroll around the grounds, or even head into Adare. A quiet town like Adare is ideal after an international flight, and you can stretch your legs and see a little piece of Ireland without having to think about transport or unfolding an unruly city map.
Original thatched-roof cottages stretch out along the streets here, each of them a complementary yet contrasting hue. Inside of these cottages you will find small restaurants, art and craft shops, cafes and pubs. Horses still pull carriages through the middle of the town, the clip-clop clip-clop a sound far more noticeable than that of any car engine. A horse and carriage ride is highly recommended, a peaceful way to get your bearings for the next two days.
Day 2 - 3
Dromoland – Best of County Limerick for Families
Ballyseede – A Famous Dolphin and Family-Friendly Irish Storytelling
Ballyseede – Beautiful Scenery on the Dingle Peninsula
Ballyseede – The Legendary Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Ring of Kerry to Waterford – Getting To Know Ireland’s Most Famous Attractions
Day 8 - 9
Waterford – A Historical Base For Discovering More of Ireland
Waterford to Dublin – A Little of the Capital Then Departure
- Sleep in Ireland’s traditional castles with three nights in each of three different castles
- Bicycle and walk in Ireland’s glorious countryside landscapes and find space to be together as a family without distraction
- Discover the fine Irish traditions, including family-friendly storytelling in Dingle
- Explore the Irish coastline with destinations like the Cliffs of Moher on your itinerary
- Search for a dolphin in Dingle and learn all about crystal in Waterford
- Drive the Ring of Kerry and soak all your senses into its beauty
- Stay in Dromoland for a feast of tradition around counties Limerick and Cork
- Use Ballyseede as a perfect three-day base for exploring Ireland’s most famous attractions
Ireland is a delight for all ages as it seems as though time has stood still to preserve a world that offers space and freedom for families to really come together. Nothing is rushed, and nor is there the stress that you may find in busy cities or overcrowded destinations. The Irish way is tranquil and traditional, and everyone is invited with children integral to society – for example, they are allowed into pubs to listen to storytelling, up until 9 pm. This is a country that is wonderfully conducive to a family vacation as all ages will find something they like and something they want to do. You can set off onto landscapes and see nobody else around, leaving just you and your kids walking or cycling in nature. When exploring towns, you will get all of the charms that Irish tradition provides. And then there are the castles that are beautiful, traditional, and fairytale-like for kids and also the ideal accommodation for adults.
This 10-day family tour is customizable and has been designed around Ireland’s best three castles for families. It has been handcrafted to suit families with children of all ages, using three distinct castles from which to plan a real Irish adventure. You will enjoy three nights in Dromoland, three in Ballyseede, and then your last three in Waterford. Fly into Shannon in the west, and then depart from Dublin to the east to easily sketch your route across Ireland. Each of the castles is small and traditional enough to provide an authentic Irish experience, yet big enough to offer some space for young ones to run around. Local guides will customize your experience, and there are plenty of available options, as all three destinations could keep you entertained for seven days or more, so it is really about how you feel when you are in Ireland and what you would like to do.
Begin with Dromoland, a grand five-star castle resort tucked in the heart of old Ireland. Horses still pull carriages down the driveway and it will feel as if you have stepped a century back in time, which is a fine introduction to what Ireland is all about. The transfer from Shannon International Airport is only 20 minutes and the atmosphere is ideal if you are a little sleepy from the flight. From here, you can explore nearby Adare at your leisure while spending days two and three getting to know the highlights of County Cork and County Limerick, including Blarney Castle.
The language is evocative around Ballyseede, part of the final Gaeltacht, the Irish speaking areas. Just off the coast, this region is a great place for exploring local traditions such as storytelling, either in the castle or in nearby Dingle. You will stay in a late 16th-century castle overlooking the vast gardens, and also visit stunning coastal attractions over these three days including The Burren, the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula. Explore on land and in water, and then spend your evenings either in the castle or in the little pubs nearby. As with the other destinations, your Irish guide will customize an experience for you and show you what is possible along with the necessary local know how.
From Ballyseede, you will travel along the Ring of Kerry with your private guide on a one-way journey that will bring you to Waterford, a vibrant old city in the heart of Ireland. This is the perfect base for customizing an Irish experience as you can visit Wexford, Kilkenny or County Wicklow. See gardens and ruins tucked away from it all, or go cycling and walking in the countryside. Perhaps even take a day trip to Dublin. Just as in Dromoland and Ballyseede, your private guide will tailor the experience to your interests with your quiet castle yours for resting up each evening. From Waterford, you will transfer to Dublin with some time on hand for some quick city exploration before you fly out. Learn more about how the luxury Ireland tour companies we work with can personalize the vacation of your dreams.
$3,995 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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