Dublin, Newgrange, County Wicklow, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Burren, Galway, Connemara
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Lush landscapes, charming traditions, sublime coastline, and all the space you need for a mother-daughter escape will be yours on this Irish adventure. Experience dancing and storytelling, explore remote islands and rugged parks, soak in the Gaelic mysteries and savor the scenery. Ireland is a wonderful place to have quiet time to relax, but also has the lively energy of a country that always enchants and entertains. Discover Dublin and Country Wicklow, uncover the coast from Killarney, and explore...
Dublin – Settling Into Dublin’s Color and Charm
Dublin is all color and charm as a small city with compelling energy. Touch down, and you will be whisked off into its atmosphere. Locals greet strangers, strangers become friends, and you can hardly believe that this is a capital city. You will stay at a boutique hotel in the center of Dublin, a quiet little place run in true Irish tradition. You will experience genuine hospitality, plenty of peace, and a nice chat with the owner over breakfast the next morning. This first evening, you will probably want to catch up, especially if you have not seen each other for a while, and many restaurants and bars can be found within easy walking distance as you settle in.
Dublin – The Highlights of Dublin Plus an Irish Dancing Performance
Indulge with a traditional Irish breakfast and set off with your local guide. Historical Dublin will unfold in front of you on a day full of laughter and charm. Inspect the medieval artwork in the Book of Kells, just one highlight to uncover inside Trinity College. Take a stroll down Grafton Street, musicians and entertainers all around. Walk the streets of James Joyce, and then relax in a grand café with a spot of afternoon tea, Irish style. The afternoon is left free for your own exploring, and you will probably continue catching up from yesterday. Spend the evening with a feast of dancing and music, experiencing a classic dance performance full of Gaelic flair and enigmatic moments.
Dublin – Exploring Newgrange and Knowth: Irish Storytelling
Venture from the city and into the green as a patchwork of hues extend along the country roads. The Valley of the Boyne is peaceful, its mysterious landscapes dotted with stone cottages and the odd piece of wandering livestock. Hidden here are sacred prehistoric sites, with the burial mounds of Newgrange and Knowth an insight into life some 5,000 years ago.
Storytelling is an essential part of local culture, the gift of the gab passed down through generations or obtained by kissing the Blarney Stone. In a charming old pub, you can spend the evening with this tradition, listening to the tales that hold everybody captive. The stories are fanciful, but it is the storytelling that is important as you watch the ability of one person to hold the crowd, even when suggesting mermaids and fairy-like tales. It will be a raucous and fun experience to be part of, whatever your age, and gives you a lot to talk about on a mother-daughter vacation.
Dublin – A Day Trip to the Garden of Ireland in County Wicklow
The rugged Wicklow Mountains cast shadows across Ireland’s garden county. It is lush out here, just as you imagine Ireland to be with clovers, pastures, and manor houses. Shafts of sunlight and rainbows add to a magical scene, County Wicklow a photograph everywhere you turn. Stop to explore Powerscourt Manor, a Palladian-styled retreat with some glorious gardens to walk through. At Glendalough, you will find a desolate and isolated 5th-century monastery set around brooding forest and typically shrouded in mist. It feels like you are stepping into one of the storyteller’s fairytales, Glendalough as fanciful a tale as ever you have seen. It will be your fourth night in Dublin, and by now, you will have some local favorites, like cafes or bars that best suit the two of you.
Killarney – A Leisure Mother and Daughter Cross-Country Trip
Move out across the legendary Irish countryside with shafts of sunlight seeping through the clouds and valleys cast in evocative green hues. The stories will continue, St Patrick and the ancient Munster kings told at the Rock of Cashel, a certain King Aengus in 450 AD one of the country’s ultimate tales. You travel east to west, traversing the country’s quiet roads to Killarney. Check into a converted castle and take a stroll around the grounds, where bucolic gardens are ideal for a quiet afternoon. You might choose to go horseback riding or hiking in the area, or you could sit back in the castle’s terrace and lounge, drinking hot tea with a couple of scones.
Killarney – Hiking and Wandering in Killarney National Park
Mist shimmers across Killarney National Park, rippling like waves across the Atlantic. Iridescent mountains backdrop twinkling lakes, the odd castle adding bliss to the scene. Ross is the most imposing of them, enjoyed after you stop for tea at Dinnis Cottage. With a full day in the park, you can cruise across the lakes and go hiking in the translucent light, the guide tailoring a route based on your fitness and energy levels. Many people could spend a lifetime in this region, such is the tranquility and rugged beauty. Even with just a day spent here, you will easily understand why it is so revered. Rest up this evening with dinner in a lively local pub, more music, and dancing accompanying by the hearty, warming food.
Killarney – The Best of the Dingle Peninsula
From the cliffs, you will gaze out, daughter and mother, and the endless Atlantic. As in Killarney and Wicklow, it is so peaceful with rarely anybody else around. You can hear the wind whistle past your ears and ruffle your hair and sense the humbling beauty of the Irish coast, nature always dictating the day in this part of the world. When the wind howls, it is only more beautiful. When clouds roll in the moody atmosphere is even more engaging. And if the sun is shining the vistas seem to stretch for an eternity. Ireland is famous for its cliff-dominated coast and today helps demonstrate why.
The Dingle Peninsula engages many visitors with its distinct personality. Dramatic beaches await beneath the cliffs with prehistoric ruins and ring forts meeting with beehive huts and moss-covered stone crosses. Close to the cliffs, you will find small Gaelic villages that are each very traditional in their way of life. Taking a walk in these villages and meeting a couple of locals is always an Irish highlight, the experience akin to exploring a movie set. In Dingle today, you will visit Dunbeg Fort, Gallarus Oratory, and Coumeenole Beach, before driving back across the mountains to Killarney.
Galway – Ireland’s Astonishing Coastline
Burial monuments and ring forts dot the landscape north of Killarney, fringing Limerick like an old five-line poem. Monasteries stand isolated beneath mountains, churches and crannogs juxtapose, and stone dolmens compliment the enormity of nature. This is the Burren, home to monuments like Kilfenora Cathedral, Caherconnell Stone Fort, and Poulnabrone Tomb. Visit all these places on the drive north before turning left towards the coast and the world-famous Cliffs of Moher. This is where Ireland’s green carpet ends, pastures meeting vertiginous cliffs and Atlantic blue.
Wild and wondrous, this piece of Ireland reflects so many preconceptions and is surprisingly quiet. Despite the popularity, these cliffs extend for miles, so there is always a remote place where you can really feel the wind rush past your ears. After the cliffs, you can warm up in an atmospheric Doolin pub before completing the journey to Galway. You will spend the next several nights in a small boutique hotel, just on the edge of this colorful fishing town. In the evening, you will find live Irish folk music in many of the pubs, along with stone-clad streets behind medieval town walls.
Galway – Escaping to the Aran Islands
Inishmore is barren. It is also hauntingly beautiful and silent, a rocky outcrop lost in the Atlantic. Once more, you can feel the serenity of Ireland. Stresses melt away here, the country a wonderful place to reset and reenergize. What stresses could you possibly find here, especially when the Atlantic waves crash wildly around your ears? Inishmore is one of the Aran Islands, and it is as traditional a place as any in Europe. The few remaining inhabitants keep language, culture, and music alive that have been passed down over three millennia. You will visit the Seven Churches, and then admire the unusual Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort in the most dramatic setting. Taking the boat back to Galway, you will have another evening to explore, choosing one of the pubs or perhaps a quieter fish restaurant on the coast.
Galway – Mother, Daughter and the Desolate Beauty of Connemara
Finally, you will arrive at Connemara, another of those landscapes that feels like quintessential Ireland. Bogs and swamps circle dark, mist-smothered lakes. The peaks are jagged, like the fingers of a storytelling giant. Kylemore Abbey is another place that could come from a fairytale, its Victorian walls tucked into a forest alongside a brooding lake. Other Connemara highlights include the market stalls and church spires of Clifden, plus the majestic cone of Diamond Hill. Like always the local guide can adjust the tour pace, throwing in one or two additional stops if you are in the mood. And once more you feel the desolate beauty of Ireland, so conducive to a mother and daughter escape from it all.
Shannon – Departure
There will be some time for last-minute shopping in Galway this morning, the town dotted with antique stores and Irish charms. After lunch, you will be transferred to Shannon Airport for your outbound flight.
- Be enchanted by the Irish storytelling tradition
- Explore the lush valleys and mist-shrouded forests of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland
- Escape to the remote and rugged Aran Islands, a place of silence and quiet moments together
- Discover Ireland’s famous coastline, enjoying a day on the Dingle Peninsula and another at the Cliffs of Moher
- Find the beautiful heart of Dublin on a historical walking tour
- Uncover Gaelic and stone-age mysteries, like the Rock of Cashel, Knowth and Dunbeg Fort
- Spend a day in Killarney National Park, and another in Connemara
- Stay in converted castles and sublime boutique hotels
Ireland provides both the time and space for an ideal mother and daughter getaway. Nothing is rushed in Ireland, and you will feel the benefits of slowing down. Soporific landscapes stretch far beyond the horizon, and it often will feel that you are the only two people around. Memorable moments come in converted castles, Gaelic ruins, national parks, and cliff-lined coastlines. Encountering local people is always a highlight, whether in a local village or as part of a storytelling experience. You will stroll through a thousand shades of green and travel to remote and barren islands. And most memorably, there’s that Gaelic enchantment that makes Ireland one of the world’s great destinations for relaxing travel.
This handcrafted mother and daughter tour is split across three unique destinations: Dublin, Killarney, and Galway. Accommodations are in small boutique hotels and in converted castles that will delight. Local experiences are dotted throughout, from Irish dancing to traditional villages where they still speak Gaelic. At certain times there is real energy, Ireland quick to whisk you off for an hour or two. At other times there is silence, a beautiful silence that gives you a chance to be together without interruption.
Fly to Dublin and spend your first nights in the capital city. The first day will be leisurely to allow time to get over the flight and catch up if you have not seen each other for a long time. The second day is all about the city, from Trinity College and the Book of Kells to a typical dancing performance. Spend the next day in the Valley of the Boyne, where sacred prehistoric sites create mysterious and magical tales. Move next to County Wicklow, the Irish garden that is greener than anywhere else, and also full of monasteries and brooding forest. Each night, you will return to Dublin, where storytelling and lively street scenes are part of the experience.
The journey to Killarney is sublime, past the Rock of Cashel and the history of St Patrick. Settle into a castle hotel and explore the grounds, perhaps hiking or horseback riding around the picturesque surroundings. The next day is dedicated to Killarney National Park, where lakes are iridescent beneath jagged peaks, and an imposing castle makes for a timeless photo. Travel to the Dingle Peninsula next, through the mountains, beaches, ruins and Gaelic villages. As with all the day trips, the pace will be leisurely, as nothing has ever been rushed on this quiet green island.
Ireland’s most famous sight is the Cliffs of Moher, visited on a coastal drive to Galway the next day. You will now have traversed all of the well-known stretches of the Atlantic Ocean coast, so you can head a little off the beaten track by spending a day on the Aran island of Inishmore. Ruggedly beautiful and wonderfully desolate, the island epitomizes the Irish appeal with both peaceful quiet and also a sense of adventure. Your final full day will bring you to Connemara, another of those mysterious landscapes that make Ireland so special. Stop at Kylemore Abbey, visit the market at Clifden, stand beneath the church spires and wonder at it all. Consider learning more about our travelers’ favorite travel experiences by reading their Mother Daughter travel reviews.
$4,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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