Day 1: Arrive DublinOur Luxury Coach will greet you at Dublin airport and take you to your city centre hotel. After check in, we take some time to explore this wonderful city. Here, we visit Marsh’s Library, Irelands first public library, built in 1701. Afterwards, we depart for the Wicklow Gaol, one of the most haunted sites in Ireland where we take a guided tour of the gaol and discover it’s intriguing history and many hauntings. Staying overnight in Dublin, accommodation in the 4* Hotel or similar. Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.
Day 2: Dublin City & Ghost TourThis morning, we visit Glasnevin Cemetery which has recently been honoured as the ’Best International Museum’ at the Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence in London. Take a tour of the cemetery and find out about the ghosts that haunt it still. You may also have the opportunity to explore your genealogy and search for records of family history for past generations. Perhaps you are related to the Ghosts of Glasnevin?!
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.
Day 3: Meath & 'The hill of the witches'Today, still reeling from the scares of last night, we depart Dublin and drive to Meath, also know as the Royal County. See Skyrne Castle near the Hill of Tara and hear the screams of the ghosts who still haunt these ruins. Afterwards, we travel to Athcarne Castle, which is situated near the site of the historic Battle of the Boyne. Many say that this site is still haunted by the soldiers who died during the battle.
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.
Day 4: Ross Castle & Lough SheelinThis Morning, take some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cabra Castle and it’s 100 acres of Gardens and surrounding parkland. You may also like to visit the nearby Dún a Rí Forest Park, once part of the Cabra Castle estate. See the Ice House, Tobar na Splinne (Holy Well) and Cromwell’s Bridge, but be warned while taking photographs; you may capture more than you expected!!
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.
Day 5: Hauntings of the MidlandsToday, after an early departure, we travel south into County Westmeath, the meeting place of the five ancient provinces of Ireland. Here we explore the site of Killua Castle, an interesting and imposing Gothic-style castle which forms the focal point of an important collection of demesne-related structures. Killua Castle has been described as ’one of the most romantic demesnes in Ireland’ on account of the heavily wooded parkland landscape, the lake and proliferation of follies.
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.