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Besides the scenery and the "forty shades of green", there are over 300 golf courses on the island of Ireland. With that, Ireland is the country with the most golf courses in the world per head, per capita. You’ll never be too far away from a golfing paradise in Ireland. At our Agency, we are aware of the factors which affect golf tours in Ireland – being based here ourselves. Because of this...

Besides the scenery and the "forty shades of green", there are over 300 golf courses on the island of Ireland. With that, Ireland is the country with the most golf courses in the world per head, per capita. You’ll never be too far away from a golfing paradise in Ireland. At our Agency, we are aware of the factors which affect golf tours in Ireland – being based here ourselves. Because of this, we know what is required to ensure your Irish Golfing trip is a great golfing event. We regularly tie in local attractions near golf courses and can give recommendations for local restaurants with locally sourced food also. After building up an appetite playing golf during the day, you’ll certainly want to dive into some local produce, and you won’t be disappointed with the quality either!

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This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Cliffs of Moher (2h 35 min – 130km)

Private transfer from Clare Shannon Airport to your hotel.

The Burren, or Boireann, meaning Great Rock, is in County Clare. It is without dispute, one of the most unique - and strangest - landscapes in Europe. The Burren occupies approximately 250 square kilometres. Bounded by the Atlantic on the west and rocked by Galway Bay to the north, it is a multi-layered landscape where rare and delicate plants have adapted in order to thrive and flourish between harsh crevices. Stroll the meadows, be astonished by the boulders, and read the trail marks and footprints that the ice age and volcanoes left behind. The Burren is littered with ancient and megalithic sites. The most dramatic of these is the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive 5,000 year old portal tomb. Poulnabrone is one of the most famous megalithic monuments in Ireland. Just how the people of the time managed to get the truly massive capstone in place, is a mystery which continues to baffle archaeologists.

A short drive from the cliffs is Doolin. People flock to Doolin from all over the world to sample wonderful, top quality traditional music in the local pubs. Until recently Doolin had only three pubs. There are now some new establishments on the scene but we recommend sticking to the old reliables: McGann’s, McDermots and O’Connor’s. Even at that you will be spoiled for choice. Each pub is full most nights with musicians and music lovers alike. Be sure to check out all three! The surrounding area has much of interest including the option for surfing and other watersports.

The cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions. The Cliffs stand 214 metres (700 feet) tall at their highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower, constructed by Sir Cornellius O'Brien in 1835, stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. There are two paths to take north and south along the cliff edge, providing spectacular views all the way. Construction of an award winning eco-friendly Visitor Centre was completed in 2007. The interpretive centre named 'Atlantic Edge' contains state of the art displays and visitor facilities. The grass-roofed building is cleverly set into the hillside - a unique cave-like structure which minimises the visual impact on this fabulously scenic location. Night in Clare.

Visited:
Cliffs of Moher

Day 2: International Doonbeg Golf Links (2h 00 min – 125km)

Breakfast included at accommodation. The world-renowned 18-hole championship course at TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF LINKS & Hotel™ Doonbeg, spans 1.5 miles of crescent shaped beach and century old sand dunes along Doughmore Bay. The County Clare, Ireland golf course was officially opened in 2002 and immediately earned the prestigious title of Golf Digest's Best New International Course. In 2010, Trump International Doonbeg was awarded European Golf Resort of the Year by the IAGTO.

After a day of golf, why not take in the surrounding area of KILKEE and embrace the Wild Atlantic Way in its full. Kilkee is a small coastal town located on the rugged West coast of county Clare. The town is a particularly popular Irish seaside resort with family’s travelling from all over the country to holiday here. Kilkee and the Loop Head Peninsula also attract thousands of foreign tourists to the area annually with its breathtaking scenic walks and stunning sea cliff panoramic views as well as all the other wonderful amenities that are available in the area.The horseshoe bay is protected from the Atlantic Ocean weather by the Duggerna Reef which has in the past kept this beautiful haven safe from all the Atlantic has to offer.

Located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the West Coast of Ireland, SCATTERY ISLAND offers tourists a unique visitor experience. This little island, now uninhabited, offers a calm and tranquil environment in which visitors can explore a wonderful range of interesting sites all within walking distance. Scattery was home to a monastery founded by St Senan in the early 6th century followed by many invasion of the Danes and Vikings. Saint Senan, probably chose Scattery Island to found his monastery because of its remote location. Early Irish monks tried to live like hermits, believing, like the Old Testament prophets, that being further from civilisation brought them closer to God. Night in Limerick.

Visited:
Cliffs of Moher, Kilkee, Limerick

Day 3: Ballybunion Golf Course (2h 10 min – 136 km)

Breakfast included at accommodation. Located on the north west coast of County Kerry, on a beautiful stretch of sand dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you'll find two wonderfully challenging and unique links golf courses at Ballybunion - the Old Course and the Trent Jones Cashen Course. The Old Course exudes a majestic feel that simply cannot be compared to any other course on earth. With beautifully contoured fairways that tumble down through a blanket of grassy dunes, it's no wonder these challenging holes have been consistently rated among the top courses in the world so make sure you play here on you Irish golf vacation. In 2016, Golf.com voted The Old Course at Ballybunion within the Top 100 golf courses in the world in 17th place.

While in Ballybunion, it would be a shame not to make the most of BALLYBUNION’S BEACHES. The north and south beaches are both Blue Flag beaches and are perfect for walking, swimming, surfing and other water-sports. They are surrounded by rocky headlands, high cliffs, caves you can explore at low tide, a picture perfect castle and sand dunes and all close to the famous town of Ballybunion. The sheer cliffs over the beach have a scenic walking path, featuring a blowhole, views of sea stacks and a multitude of wildlife. The path takes about 20 minutes to walk, and goes round to the "Nun's Beach", a beautiful beach with no access that is overlooked by an old convent.

BALLYBUNION CASTLE ruins stand proudly on the cliff top overlooking the sandy beaches and bear testament to the workers who built it and to the Bunyan family who gave the village its proud name. The ruins belie a rich history going back centuries. In the centuries to follow, Ballybunion Castle came under the ownership of a Landlord, Richard Hare, (in 1783) and in the 1900s ownership passed to the local Improvements committee. In the 1960s the Castle was sold to Kerry Co. Council who have the sole responsibility in maintaining the ruin. During the winter of 1998, the castle was struck by Lighting and the upper part of the tower was destroyed. Night in Kerry.

Visited:
Kerry

Day 4: Dooks Golf Links (1h 20 min – 70 km)

DOOKS GOLF CLUB is renowned for its friendliness and invites all visitors to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Clubhouse. Even though it was extensively remodelled great care was taken to ensure it retained its old world charm. The warmth of the greeting you will receive at Dooks is unrivalled. From the moment you walk through our doors you will feel immediately at home. The Clubhouse is all inclusive with Locker facilities for visiting golfers, a Pro-shop and Bar/Dining room. After your round why not relax and restore the energy levels! The bar and dining facilities offer visiting golfers the opportunity to relax in comfort and the opportunity to chat with the members. A menu which includes both light snacks and more substantial meals, all freshly prepared using local produce is available throughout the day.

After your day out golfing at Dooks, stay local and taste the local food in the nearby multi Award Winning Restaurant in the beautiful fishing village of Cromane; JACK’S COASTGUARD RESTAURANT. This 1866-built coastguard station is set on an idyllic shingle beach nestled in the Atlantic ocean with panoramic views of the McGillicuddy Reeks, Inch Beach and Rossbeigh Peninsula. Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant is steeped in history, originally The Coastguard Station it has dominated the landscape of Cromane since 1866. This historical building was owned by the late Jack Sugrue, who opened its doors as a public bar on the 8th December 1961. Since then Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant has been a family run business in this unique and stunning location. It has an exceptional reputation for service and award winning cuisine, with local seafood as speciality but also catering for meat lovers and vegetarian tastes. Jacks’ Coastguard Restaurant has placed itself firmly among one of the must visit restaurants in Kerry just minutes of the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Night in Kerry.

Visited:
Kerry

Day 5: Waterville Golf Links (2h 50 min – 145km)

Less than 1% of all the Golf courses in the world are 'true links'. 85% of these geological rarities are located in Britain and Ireland. WATERVILLE GOLF LINKS is No. 1 in Ireland, while Royal County Down is No. 1 in neighbouring northern Ireland. Waterville Golf Links embarked on a new chapter of its fabled history when noted international golf architect, Tom Fazio, was commissioned to update the memorable Eddie Hackett masterpiece. Fazio has assisted many of the world’s leading clubs including Winged Foot, Pine Valley and Augusta National.

WATERVILLE is a small coastal village located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Renowned for its game angling and its 18 hole championship golf links, Waterville is also a paradise for the hill-walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, astronomer, archaeologist, sea and shore angler, water sport enthusiast and indeed for the general holidaymaker. For a small village, there are many events throughout the year including Eigse na Brideoige, the annual Charlie Chaplin festival (he had a holiday home in the village and frequently visited the area) and much more. There is usually music in the local bars and the Tech Amergin Arts & Education Centre regularly has events such as plays, concerts, films and workshops.

​LOHER STONE FORT (not to be confused with Lahore Fort) was probably the property of a local Chieftain in the early Christian period around the 9th century AD.  The walls of this fort survive to a height of over three metres and are three metres thick, sloping inwards as they rise. The site is protected on three sides by high mountains and the views are spectacular. The inner part is made up of a large round house and a smaller rectangular house. Night in Kerry.

Visited:
Kerry

Day 6: Killeen Golf Course, Killarney (55 min – 40 km)

KILLEEN GOLF COURSE, the jewel in the crown of Killarney's Golf and Fishing Club, re-opened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. The Killeen Golf Course hosted The Irish Open in August 2010, and again in July 2011. The backdrop to Killeen is something very special indeed and provides golfers with a spectacle that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. The wonderful lake and mountain views make for a spectacular backdrop to one of the world’s most renowned golf courses.

South and west of the town of KILLARNEY Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rise to a height of over 1000 metres. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, lies the 10,236 hectare (26,000 acres), Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.

​Killarney National Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oak woods and yew woods together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs and a profusion of bryophytes and lichens which thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), part of a world network of natural areas which have conservation, research, education and training as major objectives. Night in Kerry.

Visited:
Kerry

Day 7: Adare Manor Golf Course (1h 35 min – 100 km)

ADARE MANOR GOLF COURSE is an 18-hole parkland golf course that is steeped in history and is recognised as one of the best hidden gems on the island of Ireland. The Desmond Castle (1200 AD) is a magnificent backdrop to the 1st and 15th greens, while the ruins of the Franciscan Abbey (1464 AD) dominate the centre of the course. Celebrated golf architect Tom Fazio has taken what was already an award-winning course and transformed it into a parkland paradise befitting a country in the top tier of global golfing destinations. The new course has been created in harmony with the outstanding natural beauty of its surroundings: lush, softly rolling terrain, mature tree scaping, and the sweeping banks of the River Maigue. Each hole of The Golf Course at Adare Manor could be crowned the feature hole: each one has been entirely redesigned and reconstructed, with the very latest technology and course innovations, creating a challenging, characterful, and profoundly satisfying playing experience for golfers of every level.

A quaint picturesque place, lined with traditional thatched-roof cottages. Snuggled in a wooded and lush countryside setting, ADARE VILLAGE is widely regarded as being Ireland's prettiest and most unique village. Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare (Gaelic name: "Ath Dara" - the "ford of the oak" - from the combination of water and woodland) dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. Adare village has a rich wealth of heritage, as well as architectural and scenic beauty. Two groups of world famous, ornate, thatched cottages line part of the village's broad main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monasteries and ruins.

Adare is packed with loads of ancient buildings. One of the most notable is the OLD AUGUSTINIAN FRIARY on the outskirts of the village. Situated to the east of Adare, on the banks of the river Maigue opposite the castle. John Fitzthomas Fitzgerald (c.1256-1316) founded the friary, also known as Black Abbey. This church became the Church of Ireland parish church and schoolhouse (now a private residence) and although restored in the nineteenth century, a fifteenth-century tower and charming small cloister are among the medieval features to survive. Night in Limerick.

Visited:
Limerick

Day 8: Departure (25 min – 25 km)

Breakfast included at accommodation. Return to Shannon airport three hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure.

Visited:
Shannon Airport

Cliffs of Moher Kilkee Limerick Kerry Shannon Airport

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This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
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January 2020 to December 2020 $870

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