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Discover the Real Ireland with Rachel Gaffney April 22 - 30 2018 SOLD OUT

Join Rachel and travel the roads less traveled around the island of Ireland for 1 week.  Your journey will begin and end in Dublin.

What lies ahead is truly special and Rachel challenges you to find another trip such as this. Rachel's  early career was   spent working in the Hotel industry in Ireland and Great Britain so she certainly knows what you are looking for and more importantly knows what you need. Each one of these trips are truly bespoke, listening to the needs, wants and desires of each client. "People do not know what to ask for when they do not know what they are looking for" she says.  "If you are not connected with Ireland in any way, how can you know what to ask for, but so often people are so surprised when I tell them about the places to visit, people to meet and things to do that they never associated with Ireland"

Discover the Real Ireland with Rachel as she takes you around the country and visits locations that hold very special surprises. 

Taste and savor the flavors of Ireland. Spend 2 nights in the historic town of Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula, invaded by the vikings in the 9th Century. A visit to the oyster beds, tide permitting followed by a  hands on cooking experience with oysters and mussels caught from Carlingord Lough.

Meet the chefs and food producers, hear their stories and learn about the provenance of the food. Dine with Lord and Lady Dunleath in their private dining room,  tour the gardens and spend a night in their magnificent home, Ballywalter Park, Co Down. Spend 2 nights in Ashford Castle, Co Mayo. Tour Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, wander around the village of Cong, visit the buildings that still remain from the John Ford movie, 'The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Forage for seaweed with Dr Prannie Rhatigan, author of 'The Irish Seaweed Kitchen' along the breathtaking beaches of Co Sligo. Our driver will return us all safely to Dublin on  Sunday, April 29 where we will spend our last night before leaving Dublin for the USA on Monday, April 30.

Sunday, April 22 

Meet in Dublin. Travel in private luxury coach. 

Travel via Newgrange to Ghan House, Carlingford Lough, Carlingford, Co Louth. 

Dinner at Ghan House

Monday, April 23

Visit the very famous Carlingford Oyster Farm and learn to cook with what we catch.

Lunch follows

Afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Tuesday, April 24

Depart Carlingford for Ballywalter Park, Co Down

Stay at the historic Ballywalter Park and dine with Lord & Lady Dunleath in their elegant Dining Room.

Wednesday, April 25

Depart Co Down for MacNean House Restaurant & Cooking School in Blacklion, Co Cavan. 

MacNean House is home to Irealnd's leading chef and tv personality, Neven Maguire, author of over 22 cookbooks, host of Neven's Food Trails on RTE and host of numerous other coooking shows on the Cooking Channel and RTE. 

MacNean House bookings are a very special and rare treat as one can be waiitng fo rup to 2 years now for a reservation. 

Very Special Captains Table Dinner with Neven in the evening

Thursday, April 26 

Morning in the Cooking School with Neven Maguire. This is so much fun. You will all get your own cooking station and Neven will personally come around and work with you.

Afternoon, travel to Mount Falcon Estate, Co Sligo

Stay the night at Mount Falcon Estate.

Friday, April 27

Depart Sligo for Ashford Castle, Co Mayo

Saturday, April 28

Visit Kylemore Abbey

Dinner in the Evening in the historic George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle

'Ashford Castle has been hosting distinguished guests for almost 800 years - one of the most prominent being the Prince of Wales, who subsequently became George V of England. In honour of his visit in 1905, the Guinness family built a special dining room which still bears his name proudly to this day.'

Sunday, April 29 

Return to Dublin.

Stay at the historic and luxurious Shelbourne Hotel, overlooking St Stephens Green Dublin.

A Voucher for Euros 50 will be given to each person to use as they like in the Shelbourne Hotel. Perhaps you would like to partake in afternoon tea or relax in the spa, either way, it's up to you to decide how you would like to use this voucher.

Monday, April 30

Depart for USA

Newgrange, Co Meath

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley. Built by stone age farmers, it is a passage measuring 21 yards leading into a chamber with 3 alcoves. The passage and chamber are alligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice. Newgrange is older than the Pyramids of Egypt.

Kylemore Abbey & Gardens , Connemara

Private tour of historic Kylemore Abbey. Tea with the nuns and wander their Victorian Gardens. Kylemore is home to a community of nuns of the Benedictine Order who came here in 1920 after their abbey in Ypres, Belgium was destroyed in World War 1. Settling at Kylemore, the Benedictine Community opened a world renowned boarding school for girls and began restoring the Abbey, Gothic Church and Victorian Walled Garden to their fomrer glory.

Ballywalter Park, Co Down

Ballywalter Estate, Co Down. Ballywalter Park is the family home of Lord and Lady Dunleath and it is one of Ireland's most important Historic Houses. The house was built in the Italian Palazzo style by Lord Dunleaths' great great great grandfather, Andrew Mulholland, to the designs of Charles (later Sir Charles ) Lanyon, one of Ireland's foremost architects. Ballywalter has been described as "Northern Irealnd's best kept secret" and as a "World Class Venue". Over the past 20 years they have undertaken a major progam of restoration work. Accommodation is limited in this magnificent home to 12 bedrooms. 2 Twin Rooms and 10 Double Rooms. All of the catering is provided by their own in house team under the supervision of Vibse (Lady Dunleath) who is a professional food historian. Her ethos is to use seasonal produce, sourced either from the Estate or from carefully selected local suppliers. Their shellfish comes from Ballywalter Harbor which is just half a mile away, whilst one of Ireland's largest fishing ports, Portavogie is but a ten minute drive and they get their fish there direct off the boats.

Included in Trip

  • Luxury 14 Seater Mercedes Coach with WiFi and Refrigerator 
  • Accommodation and Breakfast 
  • Dinner at  Ashford Castle on one of the nights. 
  • Dinner at Ballywalter Estate
  • Dinner 1 night in  Carlingford
  • Captains Table Dinner with Chef Neven Maguire at MacNean House.
  • Morning at the MacNean House & Cookery School with Neven Maguire
  • Entrance to select attractions 
  • Selection of Books. (1 of the cookbooks written by Chef Neven Maguire, Copy of An Irish Seaweed Kitchen  by Dr Prannie Rhatigan) 
  • Voucher for Euros 50 per person to be used in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Not Included

  • Tips 
  • Airfare
  • Some Meals
  • Travel Insurance (We advise you take out your own travel insurance) 

Pricing: PLEASE NOTE THIS PRICING IS IN EUROS   (Exchange rate is variable so we will adjust accordingly at time of payment)

  • ​This trip is limited to a maximum of 13 people
  •  EUROS  4,200  for single room occupancy. 
  •  EUROS  3,500  per person sharing a room  


  • Non Refundable Deposit of EUROS 350 per person sharing  due by 08/15/2017 . Euros 420 for single occupancy room. 
  • EUROS 1,500 due by 10/16/2017
  • Balance due in full by 12/15/2017
  • A 3%  processing fee will be applied if paying by credit card.

Additional Hotel Nights

  • Should you require additonal accommodation the nights before or after arrival and departure dates, please let us know as we can arrange this.


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