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View of Slieve League Cliffs

Heart of Ireland Tour

5th-13th May 2025

A pint of Guinness on a table in an Irish bar

Exclusive Escorted Tour with Excursions

Tour dates: 5-13th May 2025

 

Group size: 8-24 guests

Physical activity: Moderate

From $2,699 USD

St Laurence Gate, Drogheda
Mc Daid's pub, Harry Street, Dublin City
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Discover the Heart of Ireland with Tara Tours Ireland!
Join us on an unforgettable journey to the very essence of Ireland. Our expertly crafted tour will take you on a magical adventure through the stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and ancient landmarks that define this captivating country.

Experience the warmth of Irish hospitality

Explore the charming villages and meet the friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural traditions and folklore that make Ireland truly unique.

Explore Iconic Landmarks and Hidden Gems

From the amazing Slieve League Cliffs to the hidden treasures of the Irish countryside, our tour will take you to both the famous landmarks and the lesser-known gems.
Discover the history and beauty of ancient castles, picturesque lakes, and breathtaking natural wonders.

What's included

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • breakfast served daily

  • 3 evening meals

  • 6 sightseeing day tours

  • Expert Tour Director & local guides

Included highlights

  • Ancient Passage Tomb at Newgrange & Brú na Boínne Heritage Site

  • Visit the stunning Dunsany Castle

  • Whiskey & tasting at the amazing Drumshambo Distillery Shed

  • See the magnificent Slieve League Cliffs

  • Scenic trip to Achill Island, famous Irish filming location

  • Enjoy a pint in Ireland's Oldest Bar!

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Travel Day

Day 1:  May 5th
Board your overnight flight to Dublin

 

2 Nights in County Dublin
Day 2: Arrival in County Dublin


A Cead Míle Failte – ‘A thousand welcomes’ to Ireland!
You will be met at Dublin airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel
​Welcome dinner that evening at your Dublin hotel.

Meet your Tour Director and the rest of your group
Included meal: Welcome dinner

 


Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Boyne Valley

Visit the famous Bru na Boinne World Heritage site. Includes a visit to Newgrange (older than the pyramids, older than Stonehenge). 

Enjoy a trip to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor centre. Famous site of the 1690 battle – one of the most significant battles in history. 

Walk around the beautiful gardens and take in the panoramic view of the Boyne Valley. Absolutely stunning landscapes. 

Included meal: Breakfast

** Evening excursion/option:

‘First stop sessions’. Traditional Irish musicians will have your toes tapping and your heart singing. The setting is an authentic Irish cottage amongst the rolling hills of Ireland.

An evening of real Irish ‘craic’(fun) with music, song and storytelling. Includes a dinner celebrating the best of Irish cuisine and a drink of your choice (try some Guinness or a famous Irish whiskey). 
Cost: $85 per person

2 Nights in County Donegal 


Day 4:  Visit to Dunsany Castle and Drumshambo Distillery

Visit the fascinating Anglo-Norman castle of Dunsany in County Meath. Meet the Duke of Dunsany himself! (subject to availability)

Visit the famous ‘Drumshambo Shed Distillery’.

A fully guided experience including an expert tasting of Drumshambo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey. Finish with a refreshing Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin and tonic at the Honey Badger Bar in a majestic botanical glasshouse.

Continue on to Donegal to check in to your hotel.
Included meal: Breakfast

 

Day 5:  Spend the day in the historic town of Donegal or join us on excursion

Let us guide you through the spectacular sights of Donegal. From its rugged coastline to its verdant hills, we will take you to the most beautiful destinations in the region. And when the day is done, enjoy the warmth and hospitality of Donegal town.
An unforgettable experience of this enchanting part of Ireland.
Included meal: Breakfast


**Optional Excursion:
Slieve League, the highest coastal cliffs in Europe. A stunning natural wonder. These majestic cliffs are higher than the Cliffs of Moher and offer panoramic views of the rugged coastline. Not to be missed.

Lunch with a traditional fish and chips in the famous seaside fishing town of Killybegs.
Cost: $69 per person

2 Nights in County Sligo 

Day 6:  Glencar waterfall, Rosses Point & Creevykeel Megalithic Site

Get ready to discover the magic of Sligo, home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in Ireland.

From the awe-inspiring Glencar Waterfall to the historic Creevykeel Megalithic site, Sligo is a place that is sure to surprise and delight.

 

Let us guide you through the hidden gems of this region and show you all the beauty it has to offer.

Scenic drive through the Wild Atlantic Way and take in ‘Yeats Country’. 

Group dinner that evening to discuss all that we saw along the way.
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7:  Achill Island & Traditional Irish Music Night


Journey to the beautiful Achill Island. A location for the Irish film ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ 
Visit Grace O'Malley Tower, the home of the pirate queen which was built in 1429. Lots of photo stops to take in the amazing views along the way.

Back in Sligo, our group will be treated to a ‘traditional Irish music night’ this evening

Included meal: Breakfast 
 

Night in Athlone

Day 8:  Strokestown National Famine Museum, River Shannon & Seáns Bar

At Strokestown National Famine Museum you will be guided through an interactive and compelling museum. It will take you back in time to one of the darkest periods of Irish history. You'll leave understanding and appreciating the resilience of the Irish people. Join us in exploring this hidden gem!

 

Check in to your Athlone hotel, along the banks of the famous River Shannon.

Enjoy drinks at Seáns Bar - Ireland's Oldest Bar. Pure Irish authentic pub. Group farewell at ‘Sean’s Bar’ Included meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 9: Departure Day- May 13th 
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Optional Extension  $170

Stay an extra night in Dublin City hotel

Enjoy an exclusive guided walking tour of the city.

Visit the best pubs in Dublin with Liam our guide. 

Transfer to the Airport on May 14th for your flight home. 

Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
 

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Accommodation

We handpick our hotels and guesthouses to ensure maximum comfort for all of our guests.

Accommodation will differ based on availability and tour type, but here are a selection of our accommodation partners we regularly use. 

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