Welcome to County Kilkenny

The county too is a delight, a place of rolling hills where you'll soon run out of adjectives for shades of green. Tiny roads navigate the valleys alongside trout-filled rivers, moss-covered stone walls and relics of centuries of Irish religious history. Shamrock-cute Inistioge village may be star of many a movie but it is the real deal, as are country towns such as Graiguenamanagh, Bennettsbridge and Thomastown. It's no surprise that so many artists and craftspeople have set up shop here.

Much of the county is easily visited on a day trip from the city, but you'll need your own wheels, as public transport is limited.

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Kilkenny Smithwick's Experience Admission and Ale Tasting

Make your own way to Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny, roughly 1.5 hours from Dublin by car, at a time suited to you. Located in an old Victorian brewing building in Kilkenny City, the Smithwick’s Experience offers a fully interactive, multi-sensory journey through Smithwick’s history. On arrival, join one of the guided tours — which run regularly throughout the day and last approximately an hour — and trace the evolution of Ireland’s oldest beer brand, from its medieval origins right up to present day. Holograms, Franciscan monks and living portraits of John Smithwick and his family guide you through the tour. Discover how the Smithwick’s story dates back to the 1200s, when monks settled at St Francis Abbey, which functioned as a brewery for more than 300 years. Then, hear about the arrival of the Smithwick family in the 18th century. You’ll also learn more about the brewing process itself and have the chance to experience the texture, tastes and smells of the materials that go into creating the perfect pint of Smithwick’s ale. Finish your tour with a carefully poured pint (or a soft drink) at the bar before heading to the gift shop, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.

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Kilkenny Ghost Walking Tour

The ghost tour is 1-hour long starting upstairs in Lanigans Bar and Restaurant at 8pm. Each tour will be guide by one of the characters (The Witch, Dr Death, Highwayman, Priest Hunter, the Monk or the Banshee).The tour takes you through the haunted streets of the oldest medieval city in Ireland. Starting with the curse of Sir Richard Shee along St. Marys Lane to St. Marys Church and graveyard. You will experience the first ever witch trial of the notorious Dame Alice Ketyler along with her accomplices, Petronilla and Basilia and her imp, or evil spirit, called Robin Artisson, to whom, in order to make the infernal thing obedient to all their commands, they sacrificed nine red cocks in the middle of the highway, and offered up the eyes of nine peacocks.If that’s not enough to spook even the bravest souls the tour takes us from the ghostly Kilkenny prison via Rothe house to the mysteries Black Abbey with its open stone tombs and up Black mill street St Marys Cathedral.As you make your way up chapel lane your will experience the ghostly presence of the highwayman, James Freney, the Irish Robin hood, the monk and the Dr. Death. Arriving at Kilkenny Castle visitors like those before them may encounter the white lady or even hear the screams of the Banshee herself.Arriving at the famous Johns Bridge visitors’ may see some of the ghostly shapes of the 16 people who fell into the river Nore when the bridge collapsed in 1763.

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The Kilkenny Way: Ultimate Hurling Experience

International visitors have little or no knowledge of the national game and this activity is a great way of teaching all about Irish culture and heritage. You will learn all about the 3,000 year-old ancient Celtic games. You will gain entry into the Legends Hurling Museum where you will receive an in debt historical analysis of the history of the GAA and all its great players.Next, you will visit Nowlan Park, home of the famous Kilkenny Cats, for a tour of the stadium, and hit the pitch to experience the skills of the clash of the ash and see if you have what it takes to become a "Kilkenny Cat".

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Day tour to the Pyramids of Dahshur and Saqqara

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateAt Saqqara, the oldest complete stone building complex known in history was built: Djoser's step pyramid, built during the Third Dynasty. Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times.Pass By: Dahshur, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateBuilding the Dahshur pyramids was an extremely important learning experience for the Egyptians. It provided them with the knowledge and know-how to transition from step-sided pyramids to smooth-sided pyramids. Ultimately their breadth of experience would allow them to build the Great Pyramid of Giza; the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing to this date.

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8 days touring in Ireland

ItineraryDay 1: After pick up from your hotel in Dublin we will go south, passing Co. Wicklow to KilkennyStop At: Glendalough Monastic Settlement, Vale of Glendalough, County WicklowEarly Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Rock of Cashel, Cashel, County TipperaryThe Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland's most spectacular historic sites. Walk through centuries of history of Ireland.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, County KilkennyThe original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, built in 1195. Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: After night in Kilkenny, we will drive to Co. Cork, visiting Jameson Whiskey distillery and Cobh, Titanic museum.Stop At: Jameson Distillery Midleton, Midleton, County CorkThe very best Irish whiskey tasting tour. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Titanic Experience Cobh, Cobh, County CorkTake a virtual journey to board the tenders and join Titanic for her maiden voyage to New York. Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: After pick up from your accomodation in Cork we will go to Killarney via Blarney Castle.Stop At: Blarney Castle & Gardens, Blarney, County CorkWelcome to Blarney Castle, the home of the Blarney Stone. Built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftans, Cormac MacCarthy. Explore the castle and kiss the stone of eloquence... Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ross Castle, Killarney, County KerryDiscover another great structure in Ireland. In beautiful Killarney town, and beautiful national park - Ross Castle, built in the late 15th century.Duration: 35 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Ring of Kerry. After first night in Killarney, we'll go for a guided drive around Ring of Kerry along Wild Atlantic Way.Pass By: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh, County Kerryreplica of 18/19th century irish village. Stop on request, Stop At: Cahergall Fort, Cahersiveen, County KerryThe stone fort of Cahergal built in 6th century is well worth a visit. it is an impressive site with walls approx 6 m high and some 3 m thick. All is a dry stone wall construction.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Valentia Island Car Ferry, Knightstown, Valentia Island, County KerryThis small car ferry will take us to beautiful Valentia Island. One of Ireland's most westerly points. It lies off the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest of County Kerry. It is linked to the mainland by the Maurice O'Neill Memorial Bridge at Portmagee.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kerry Cliffs, Portmagee, County KerryThe most spectacular Kerry Cliffs 1000 ft in the highest point with great view over Skellig Michael ( recently, the home of Star Wars )Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Waterville Beach, Waterville, County KerryWaterville is a picturesque little village overlooking stunning Ballinskelligs Bay. Stop for a quick lunch if required. Pass By: Coomakesta Pass, Waterville, County KerryCoomakista over 215 metres (700ft) above the sea offers panoramic view.Stop At: Ladies' View, Killarney, County KerryFrom Coomakista to Killarney via Caherdaniel and Sneem we will stop in National Park and Ladies View. One of the most visited place on Ring of Kerry with view over the Lakes and Killarney Valley. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Torc Waterfall, Killarney, County KerryThe waterfall which is approximately 20 metres high is at its best after heavy rainfall. Duration: 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 5: Day in Killarney. Choose your own attractions for the day. Stop At: Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, County KerryTour from Ross Castle via boat (through the lakes ) to Black Valley and Magnificent Gap of Dunloe. ( Ride by jaunting cars - horse and carriage ) Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney, County KerryThis nineteenth century Victorian mansion, built for Henry Arthur Herbert, is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Dingle day Tour. Guided drive around Dingle Peninsula and another part of Wild Atlantic Way.Stop At: Inch Beach, Inch, Dingle Peninsula, County KerryLong sand beach, popular for surfers or swimmers. Great coffee stop on the way to Dingle town. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Slea Head Drive, Dingle Peninsula, County KerryWe will continue around amazing, breathtaking and narrow road as a part of Wild Atlantic Way. The places like old forts and beehive huts will take us back in time to Iron Age, and famine cottage will show original 18th century farm. Before we go back to Dingle town for lunch, we can stop at Blasket Centre to listen the story of Island life and see fascinating heritage and cultural museum. Finishing in Killarney we’ll take you to your hotel.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 7: Killarney to Galway via Cliffs of Moher. Stop At: Bunratty Castle, Bunratty, County ClareBunratty Castle is a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare.Site remembers the time from the Vikings to the Normans, great Irish Earls and noble Lords. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County ClareThe Cliffs rise to 702 feet (214 m) at their highest point and range for 8 kms (5 miles) over the Atlantic ocean.Duration: 1 hourPass By: The Burren, County ClareThe word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. Stop At: Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County ClareThe cave was discovered in 1944, when a farmer named Jack McGann followed his dog. In the heart of Burren The cave 350000 years old. Duration: 40 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: After the last night, we will collect you from your hotel to transfer to your airport in Shannon or Dublin.Pass By: Dublin Airport Transfers, Dublin, County DublinTransfer to Dublin, Shannon or Cork airport.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

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Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour Best of Killarney

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Muckross Abbey, Killarney, County KerryWe visit the tranquil setting of Muckross Abbey and learn about Cromwell and his army and how he forced the monks from the AbbeyDuration: 20 minutesStop At: St Marys Cathedral, Kilkenny, County KilkennyWe visit St Mary’s Cathedral and learn why this was once a hospitalDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Franciscan Friary, Killarney, County KerryVisit the Franciscan friary and learn about why the skull of a priest is on displayDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Ross Castle, Killarney, County KerryLearn all about where the local chieftain in the area the MCcarthy's Mor lived and how he disappeared only to be seen once every 7 years since , Visit the grounds and view the lakes Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Torc Waterfall, Killarney, County KerryHear the fascinating story of how the waterfall came to be in place Duration: 20 hoursStop At: Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney, County KerryAdmire the beautiful Victorian estate and gardens Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Aghadoe Church and Round Tower, Killarney, County KerryAdmire the amazing views from this location and hear all about the mysteries of Lough Leane the largest and most beautiful of the lakes of Killarney , a great introduction to the amazing scenery Duration: 20 minutes