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 May 2018
Day 1: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
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 DBB.
Day 2: Sunday, May 20th, 2018
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. Overnight Park House Hotel, Galway BB.
Day 3: Monday, May 21st, 2018
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, May 22nd, 2018
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, May 23rd, 2018
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, May 24th, 2018
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, May 25th, 2018
Today travel north to the Boyne Valley and the 5000 year old passage tomb at Newgrange. Then continue 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. Overnight Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin BB.
Day 8: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
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, May 27th, 2018
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
Not included in the cost of your tour
The costs for this amazing tour is $1,995 based on current Euro to Dollar exchange rates. All payments will be in Euros at the time of the booking (your credit card company will do the conversion for you). The cost is based on the sharing of a twin or double room. The single supplement will be Euro 579 per person.
Upgrade to Dromoland Castle Hotel
There are a limited amount of rooms available at the 5 Star Dromoland Castle Hotel for the two nights on 22nd & 23rd May and the supplements for these rooms are:
Note: For passengers wishing to arrive the day before the tour starts we have a special rate at the Inn at Dromoland, where the welcome breakfast will be held. Superior Room – Euro 40 per person sharing, Euro 68 single; Premier Room – Euro 60 per person sharing, Euro 88 single. Transfers not included.
Park House Hotel, Galway
Inn at Dromoland, Dromoland Castle Estate or 5-star Dromoland Castle Hotel
Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin
Bookings will be secured with a payment of Euro 400 per person and the balance will be due 63 days prior to arrival into Ireland, taken automatically from the credit card used to pay the deposit unless we are advised of an alternative card or form of payment.
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 Irish Tourism's 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you require additional reservations.