Castlebar / Ireland

In cooperation with the IML-Walking-Association, we are pleased to present individual travel programs to the major IML festivals around the world.

Enjoy the benefits of a perfectly organized trip to the IML events in combination with a selected sightseeing program. Combine your individual tour and flights.



Itinerary

1st day - Fáilte roimh Éirinn

Arrive at Dublin Airport, transfer by airport bus, overnight.


2nd day - Dublin

Sightseeing Dublin on your own with the Hop-on Hop-Off Bus through Dublin to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle.

Start your adventure and take one of the open buses on 13 Upper O'Connell Street. Both the Blue Line and the Red Line take you to some of the most fascinating sights and buildings that make Dublin a unique city. Get off at the 3rd stop to explore Nassau Street. Art lovers should get off at the 5th stop and visit the National Art Gallery.

Next is the Merrion Square at the 6th stop off for a nice walk through the park. Take a break at the 8th stop at College Green Plaza, and if you want to try the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice cold Guinness freshly brewed at the Guinness Storehouse.

At the 6th stop, Merrion Place, you can stroll through beautiful gardens or visit two of Ireland's most famous cathedrals: Christ Church Cathedral at the 11th stop and St. Patrick's Cathedral at the 12th stop. You can still visit the Guinness Storehouse at the 14th stop. Remember, you can get in and out as often as you like, so plan the tour at your own pace.


3rd day - Ring of Kerry

Full day tour of County Kerry and drive on the scenic road to the Iveragh Peninsula. Beautiful sandy beaches and medieval ruins as well as vast mountain and lake landscapes.

Spend a day in one of the most beautiful coastal regions in Europe. Take part in a day tour on the Ring of Kerry panorama and enjoy panoramic views, walks through charming villages and more.

Start your tour in Killarney and drive to the Iveragh Peninsula. There is the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy an insight into the cultural heritage of Ireland. See stone fortresses and standing stones in a landscape created by rocks during the Ice Age.

Drive through Killorglin, the hometown of the Puck Fair, which dates back to the Celts. The festival has been celebrated since 1613, making it one of the oldest folk festivals in the world. Part of the celebration is crowning a goat as the "King of the Village." Enjoy the panoramic views of Dingle Bay and Inch Beach, as far as the weather allows, from the coastline to the Blasket Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Stop in the picturesque village of Waterville and enjoy views of Ballinskelligs Bay. See the misty islands of Skellig Rocks, known for their old Christian monk dwellings. Learn why a statue of Charlie Chaplin was built in the village. Visit the charming village of Sneem, one of the most colorful villages in Ireland. Visit the two village squares and a beautiful bridge under which the Sneem River flows into Kenmare Bay.

Visit Killarney National Park, perhaps the most beautiful national park in Ireland. Stop at Molls Gap and Ladies View (Leprechaun Crossing) and marvel at the beautiful views of the Killarney Lakes and Black Valley and Torc Waterfall in the woods of Friers Glenn.


Day 4 - Antrim Coast / Glacier Valley / Giant's Causeway

Drive to the spectacular Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland via Belfast and over the glacier valleys. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway.

Leave Dublin for Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of ocean liner Titanic. Stop at the Belfast City Hall and take about 45 minutes to explore the city. Next, discover a romantic avenue of intricate birch trees known as The Dark Hedges. Built by the Stuart family in the 18th century, they are still a beautiful sight - they were even used as backdrops in the HBO Game of Thrones series.

We continue to Dunluce Castle, the C.S. Lewis is said to have inspired the Chronicles of Narnia. It was built in the 13th century and its ruins are now on the edge of a basalt rock in County Antrim.

Visit the Giant's Causeway, which consists of 40,000 basalt columns. Experience about 1.5 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the hexagonal pillars up close, often referred to as the Eighth Wonders of the World.

Then spend around 1.5 hours at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, formerly the meeting place for fishermen for carp fishing, and enjoy the views of Rathlin Island and Scotland.

Finish the tour with a visit to Cushendun and experience the place where the distance between Ireland and Scotland is the smallest. Listen to the story of the most famous goat of Northern Ireland. In fine weather you can cross the suspension bridge free of charge, provided it is open.


Day 5 - Castlebar

Train journey to Castlebar (about 3h), day at leisure, overnight.


Day 6./7./8./9. - IML

Individual participation in the IML event.


Day 10 - Feicfidh tú go luath

Train or bus ride to Knock Airport, return flight. Individual journey home.


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