The 4 day Folklore and Legends Tour of Ireland’s Northeast and Far West
Experience the legend of Finn Mc Cool and witness Leprechauns and fairies at first light before sampling a foodie’s heaven with street food and local tipples of Cooley’s or Bushmill’s whiskey. This short Irish tour has everything and more. Tragic tales of love and death, to giants that hunted monsters, these myths will capture your heart and imagination! The scenery will take your breath away from the dramatic cliff faces of Slieve League to the raw beauty of the Wild Atlantic way, this short tour packs a punch!.
What’s Included in the tour
What is included
- Coach/bus journey
- Accommodation and breakfast
- Admission and tour with Leprechaun whisperer
- Admission to Cooley Whiskey distillery
- Includes tour of Dunseverick Castle
- Includes tour of Banagher old church
- Includes food tour in Dublin
Day 1 – Louth – Ardee – Cooley Peninsula – Calingford Lough
Travel to Ardee and the stunning Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It is a land of spectacular scenery and diverse landscape bounded by Carlingford Lough and Dundalk Bay.
No better way to start this enriching tour than to meet the Leprechaun whisperer and hear the story of “the Last Leprechauns of Ireland” and how they have become a protected Species by the European Union. You will see underground where Leprechauns and fairies converge at first sunlight.
You will then hear intriguing folklore on this scenic drive of the battle of the Brown Bull of Cooley
Lunch including seafood specialties of the Lough.
Visit Martin’s pub and the ward winning Cooley Whiskey Distillery. You can sample whiskeys such as Tyrconnell and Kilbeggan. Cooley is a double distillation not triple for all you connoisseurs!
Get ready to relax on your bus journey to Belfast to the hotel.
Day 2 – Northern Ireland – Dunseverick Castle – Giants Causeway
Get ready for your coach journey to Dunseverick and hear the tale of the love and death of the tragic couple Deirdre and her lover Naoise. The only thing that remains is the castle standing atop a sheer cliff on the Giants Causeway.
Why not trek the coastal route (5mile – optional but recommended) to the causeway’s basalt rocks and imagine the myth of Dunseverick as you prepare for the legend of the Finn Mc Cool, a warrior who led an army, hunted monsters and created entire islands.
Stopping for lunch at MINI Maegden, a little campervan that is a foodie’s heaven with local cheeses, meats and pickles.
Optional: Visit Bushmills distillery and sample its’ famous Black Bush
Bus journey to Derry/Beechill hotel where the likes of ex President Bill Clinton stayed and a base for US marines in world war 2
Day 3 – Derry – Banagher – Donegal – Tory Island
Your Coach trip to Banagher and see the picturesque old church where Saint Murrough O’Heaney’s remains lie. He is famed for trapping a monstrous snake like creature that emerged from the River Foyle upon the death of St Patrick.
After this epic tale, you will take a bus journey over the border into the distinctive scenery of County Donegal. Here you will head north to the evil eyes on Tory. A short ferry ride to tory opens monastic ruins with locals with fascinating stories to tell. Here the folklore of Balor of the evil eye, he was a ruthless and brutal magician who ruled Tory before returning to land – lunch on route to Tory.
Check into your hotel in Dungloe.
Day 4 – Knockarea – Sligo – Dublin Food Tour
A scenic bus drive through Donegal to the West coast of Ireland. Here our folklore comes full circle. Today we Climb knockarea mountain, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views. At the top Queen Medbh of Connaught is buried beneath a thousand stones. Legend has it, she wanted to equal her husband’s wealth and acquire a bull, so she set her sights on the legendary bull of Cooley.
Lunch in the Strand Bar in Strand Hill, a vibrant seaside bar in a village with some of the best surf in the world on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Return to Dublin for Delicious Dublin tours with multi award winning food writer Ketty Quigley and a surprisingly diverse culinary circuit.