Afterwards, we make our way to Kilmainham jail, Europe’s largest unoccupied gaol. Kilmainham has played a very important part in Irish History, as many leaders of Irish rebellions were imprisoned and some executed in the prison by the British and latterly in 1923 by the Irish Free State.
In the afternoon, we have some free time to relax and enjoy the sites of Dublin. Perhaps you would like to visit one of the many beautiful cafes for a light bite or explore some of our well renowned shops. Don’t get too comfortable though because tonight we see Dublin from a different view, taking a ghost tour of the city. Experience the dark romance of a city of gaslight ghosts and chilling legends. Staying in Dublin again tonight. Accommodation at the 4* Burlington hotel or similar. Breakfast inclusive.
In the afternoon, we travel to Loughcrew cairns, a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history. The cairns at Loughcrew form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The steep walk up to this Neolithic cemetery is well worth it. Reputed to be the oldest cemetery in the world and known locally as the Hill of the Witches. If the walk is not for you, relax in the lovely on site coffee shop.
In the evening, we make our way to the stunning 4* star Cabra Castle (County Cavan) which has a long and interesting history stretching as far back as 1760. This beautiful castle has a very distinct historical atmosphere and when you step inside you feel as if you are being transported back in time. The group will stay here tonight and experience some fine dining. Dinner and Breakfast inclusive.
In the afternoon, we travel further into County Cavan to the enchanting Lough Sheelin, see Ross Castle and hear the tragic love story that ended in death on the shores of Lough Sheelin. In the evening, we will relax in the opulence of Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, a beautiful Georgian building, and one of the most haunted hotels in Ireland. Breakfast inclusive.
Afterwards, we depart for Birr in County Offaly where we take a tour of Charleville Castle, situated in Ireland’s most ancient primordial oak woods, once the haunting grounds of Ireland’s druids. The castle was built by Charles Bury, the 1st Earl of Charleville, between 1798 and 1812 and is considered one of the finest Gothic Revival Castles in Ireland. It is said that Bury was a devil-worshipper whose ghost still walks among the dungeons, catacombs and tower.
In the evening, we will visit the world’s most haunted Castle, ’Leap Castle’ which has a turbulent and bloody history, used as a fortress, home and tomb. Leap Castle is home to many fascinating and sometimes horrific spirits. Together, we will take a guided tour and hear about the many hauntings that have occurred in this home of brutal attrocities before travelling back to Dublin for the night.
Accommodation at the 4* Burlington Hotel. Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.