Annual Pilgrimage to Walk in the Footsteps of Brian Boru
Imagine literally walking on the same ground where Brian Boru walked over 1,000 years ago. See the Shannon River he looked at, the hills, the Rock of Cashel where he was crowned High King, and the battlefield where he died. Mixed with the ancient history of early Ireland, will be visits to O'Brien castles and O'Brien lands. You will have the opportunity to meet Conor O'Brien, direct descendant of Brian Boru and Chief of the O'Brien Clan.
Ireland is a breathtaking country with beautiful vistas, ancient history, and wonderful people. Explore your roots and your ancient genetic history on the Isle where your ancestors came from and where you will find long lost relatives.
You will be taken on an 8 day journey on a guided bus tour across Ireland, retracing the footsteps of Brian Boru on what is known as the Brian Boru Trail. Included in the tour package will be hotel accommodations, luggage transfers.
O’Brien Clan Brian Boru Trail Tour April 2016
Day 1: Saturday 9th, April 2016
Arrive at Shannon Airport and meet with your professional driver/guide who will transfer you for a welcome breakfast. Feeling suitably refreshed transfer to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 700 feet and the views from the visitor centre are just magnificent. Visit O’Brien’s Tower which was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’ Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru (entrance to tower not included). Travel through the limestone landscape of the Burren around the coast to the vibrant city of Galway with a stop en-route for lunch. After checking into your hotel the remainder of the day is free for independent sightseeing, shopping or relaxing before dinner at your hotel. Overnight Park House Hotel, Galway BB.
Day 2: Sunday 10th, April 2016
Today explore one of Ireland's famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly changing cloud formations give hills, lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Visit Celtic Crystal Visitor Centre and see a live glass cutting demonstration or Connemara Marble and marvel at the master craftsmen’s skills as they cut this unique stone. Stop at Kylemore Abbey which is home to the Benedictine Nuns. Here you can visit their walled garden and Gothic church whilst enjoying the tranquility of the estate. Continue around Connemara to Clifden and the Connemara History & Heritage Centre where you will be introduced to the history of the area from prehistoric times to the foundation of the Irish Free State and visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Return to Galway late afternoon where there will be time for shopping. This evening is free to enjoy some of the local fare and craic in one of Galway’s lively pubs or restaurants and overnight Park House Hotel BB.
Day 3: Monday 11th, April 2016
After breakfast take the ferry to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. The rugged, natural beauty along with thatch roofed stone cottages that dot the islands provide a splendid example of Celtic and early Christian heritage and gives one the impression that they have just travelled back in time. The forts, churches and monasteries will leave you in bewildered awe at how people lived on this rock infested island. The islanders still speak their native language but will have no problem in communicating in English. Then return to Galway where the remainder of the day will be free for individual sightseeing and shopping. Overnight Park House Hotel, Galway BB.
Day 4: Tuesday 12th, April 2016
Check out of your hotel after breakfast and travel to what was once the capital of Ireland and Brian Boru’s home town, Killaloe. Visit the Brian Boru Heritage Centre which houses an exhibition tracing the history of Killaloe from the 10th century, St. Flannan’s Cathedral which was built in the 1180’s by Donal O’Brien and enjoy a cruise on Lough Derg. This evening stay on the Dromoland Estate once owned by the O’Brien family. Here you will stay at the 3 star Inn at Dromoland but do have the opportunity to upgrade and stay in the 5 Star Dromoland Castle Hotel. This evening enjoy a medieval banquet at Knappogue or Bunratty Castle. Overnight Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Estate BB.
Day 5: Wednesday 13th, April 2016
Today travel to the Rock of Cashel where Brian Boru was crowned High King of Ireland in 978 and where his descendants ruled for over 100 years following his death. Continue on to the medieval city of Kilkenny and enjoy a tour of Smithwick’s Brewery where, until recently, ale has been brewed for over 300 years. Before returning to County Clare visit Kilkenny Castle. Overnight Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Estate DBB.
Day 6: Thursday 14th, April 2016
After breakfast check out of your hotel and travel to the 15th century Bunratty Castle and its associated theme park. The park recreates life during the 19th century and has a building from each of the 32 counties in Ireland including shops, school, doctors and of course the pub! Continue then to Ireland’s modern capital with a stop at the Kildare Village Shopping Outlet for some retail therapy before arriving in Dublin. Overnight Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin BB.
Day 7: Friday 15th, April 2016
Today travel north to Brian Boru’s final resting place in Armagh. Visit the two St. Patrick Cathedrals before visiting the only center in the world dedicated to Ireland’s Patron Saint, St. Patrick. Visit the 5000 year old Newgrange or Knowth Passage Tomb before returning to Dublin. Overnight Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin BB.
Day 8: Saturday 16th, April 2016
This morning enjoy a half day tour of Dublin including visits to Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells exhibition, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Guinness Storehouse. The afternoon will be free for individual sightseeing and shopping before this evening’s farewell Irish Night which includes dinner and a show of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Overnight Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin BB.
Day 9: Sunday 17th, April 2016
After your final Irish breakfast transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home.
BB = Bed & Irish Breakfast - DBB = Dinner, Bed & Irish Breakfast
Included in the cost of your tour
Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach.
Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with professional driver/guide or driver
and accredited guide.
8 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities.
Irish breakfast daily
2 hotel table d’hote dinner
Aran Islands Day Trip including Island Tour.
Lough Derg Cruise
Farewell Irish Night
Entrance fees to the following attractions and sites:
Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara History & Heritage Centre, Dun Aengus Fort,
Brian Boru Heritage Centre, St. Flannan’s Cathedral, Rock of Cashel, Smithwick’s Brewery, Kilkenny Castle, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral Armagh,
St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Armagh, St. Patrick’s Centre,
Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre and Newgrange or Knowth Passage Tomb,
Trinity College Library and Book of Kells Exhibition, St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin and Guinness Storehouse.
Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel
Hotel service charges and taxes (at current rate)
Contribution to the O’Brien Foundation – Euro 100 per paying passenger
Not included in the cost of your tour
Items of a personal nature such as wines, laundry etc.
Entrance to O’Brien’s Tower – Euro 2.00
Upgrade to Dromoland Castle Hotel (Queen Ann Room)
Tips and gratuities to your driver/guide
$1600 per person based on a Euro to Dollar exchange rate of $1.08. All payments will in Euros at the time of the booking (your credit card company will do the conversion for you).
Park House Hotel, Galway
Strand Hotel, Limerick
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin
Bookings will be secured with a payment of Euro 100 per person and the balance will be due 60 days prior to arrival into Ireland, i.e. February 18th, 2014.
Payment can be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or wire transfer directly to our bank account. If paying by credit card details should be entered on our secure site https://www.irishtourism.com/payment/standard/2844
and once received we will process the payment.
If you wish to pay by wire transfer, we will send our bank details to you.
Terms and conditions of booking will be sent separately.
Pre and Post Tour Arrangements
We would be pleased to arrange any pre or post accommodation, car hire etc. utilizing the special rates we have negotiated.
Contactgroups@irishtourism.com should you require additional reservations.