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Emerald Isle Quilting Tour of Ireland with Nikki Foley and Con O’Leary

22-31 March 2021

Experience Ireland like never before with this once in a life time opportunity to explore the scenic countryside of Ireland, while participating in professionally guided master classes along the way!

€2945.00* Per person, double occupancy
€765 For single person supplement

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Accommodation

  • 3-4 star hotel accommodation.
  • 2 nights Dublin
  • 2 nights Galway
  • 3 nights Killarney
  • 2 nights Kilkenny

Transportation

  • Tour transportation, 1st class coach.
  • Driver/guide – Con O’Leary.

Meals

(subject to change)

  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 dinners

Not Included

Does not include domestic or international air fares.

Scotia Ireland do not provide travel insurance and strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel, we recommend consulting the following companies to discuss your options.

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Other Info

The inside of the coach will have limited space for baggage. Therefore each person will be limited to one piece of luggage/suitcase (to ride in the under-coach hold), one small carry on tote bag (or purse), plus a photography equipment bag.

*Based on current rates, double occupancy and includes taxes perperson sharing.
*Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose toarrive early or stay late and tour on their own.
*Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs.Subject to change.
*Does not include driver guide tips or gratuity.
This tour information is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Termsand Conditions.

Day 1

Arrive into Dublin airport or if you have arrived a day or two earlier, be picked up from our city centre hotel by luxury motor coach and begin a panoramic tour of Dublin city. The city tour will be followed by lunch in the charming Nancy Hands Dublin pub.

After lunch, we shall make a visit to Fabrics Ireland in Mountjoy square, Dublin city centre. Fabrics Ireland is one of the leading suppliers of fabrics and equipment to the fabric, arts and crafts and quilting community in Ireland, and is highly recommended. This evening we shall enjoy a welcome dinner and drink in our hotel.

Overnight Dublin city centre hotel. BB/L/D

Day 2

Following a hearty Irish breakfast, we say farewell to Dublin for a while and drive across Ireland in a Westerly direction towards our destination, Galway City. Along our touring route we will make a visit to the Kilbeggan Distillery where we will have a fully guided tour and a whiskey tasting.

Back on the road again we drive to our lunch location, The Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone nestled on the shores of the majestic Lough Ree, just at the border between Westmeath and Roscommon. Following lunch, we continue our tour and arrive into Galway city in the late afternoon where we will have a guided panoramic tour of the city which will help to orientate you for your visit to the capital of the West of Ireland.

Overnight Galway city centre hotel. BB/L/D

Day 3

Today we drive to the amazingly beautiful Connemara region, an area of contrasts, colours, stark wildness and warm welcomes on the west coast of Ireland. From the peatland bogs and glacial period lakes of the South Connemara landscape, to the mountain views of North and West Connemara, the diverse landscape and the heart-warming humanity of the gaelic speaking people who call this home, offers much to the visitor. We will tour through the glens and glacial valleys along by lakes and Ireland’s only Fjord, Killary Fjord. A truly spectacular land scape.

Our tour today will bring us to our next visit and lunch stop, Kylemore Abbey. Originally a Castle, built as a romantic gift for the beautiful Margaret Henry in 1867, Kylemore Abbey is steeped in tales of romance, tragedy, spirituality, and innovation. Home to the Benedictine nuns since 1920, this 1,000-acre estate makes an unforgettable visit.

Explore beautiful Victorian buildings which include the Abbey, neo-Gothic Church and Mausoleum and of course the 6½ acre Victorian Walled Garden, not forgetting shopping! you will also have time to have a unique shopping experience in the Craft and Design Shop. Today you are free for lunch, there is Mitchells restaurant located on site and is renowned for its delicious home cooked food.

Departing Kylemore in the Afternoon we return to Galway city.

Overnight Galway city hotel. This evening you are free to explore the city and enjoy dinner on your own. BB.

Day 4

Following breakfast, we say farewell to the City of the Tribes and drive southwest through the spectacular Burren region of Co. Clare to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.

The word “Burren” is derived from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. This is a very suitable name when you see for yourself the lack of soil cover and the extent of exposed Limestone Pavement. Over the centuries it has been described as “Fertile rock” due to the combination of nutrient rich floral and herb species.

Arriving at the cliffs of Moher we will have two hours to visit the Cliffs and the interpretative centre, which incorporates the Puffins Nest restaurant. This will be your lunch stop where you are on your own for lunch today.

Following our visit, we tour along the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route to the tiny village of Killimer in Co. Clare, where we take a ferry across the River Shannon to Tarbert in Co. Kerry. We continue our afternoon tour through the pretty North Kerry towns and villages such as Listowel, Tralee and Farranfore, arriving at our beautiful Lakeside Hotel in Killarney which will be our home for three days. BB/D

Day 5

Today following an early breakfast, we can look forward to a Quilting workshop with Quilter Nikki Foley. Nikki and her team will demonstrate innovative techniques and bring along samples of various work.

Lunch shall be in the hotel dining room.

This evening following our Quilt workshop we will enjoy dinner and an evening of music and fun at a local Killarney venue.

Overnight Killarney hotel. BB/L/D

Day 6

Today we set out on a tour of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle town, which has been lauded as “The most beautiful place on earth” by National Geographic. Departing Killarney, we tour through villages such as Milltown, Castlemaine and Keel where we will pay a visit to Nikki Foleys Sewing shed “The Cutest Little Quilt Shop in Ireland” where Nikki and her team will be delighted to show you around.

Following our tour of the Sewing Shed we pass through the charming little fishing village of Dingle where we will stop for a visit following our tour of the iconic Slea head, which is one of Ireland’s most scenic routes and takes you on a journey through historic sites, Irish speaking villages and famous Hollywood film locations with close up views of the stunningly beautiful Blasket Islands and in the distance views of the Skellig Islands on the south western horizon.

Arriving in Dingle town you are free for two hours to have lunch in one of the many colourful pubs, little cafes and restaurants.

Departing Dingle mid-afternoon, we return to Killarney by Tralee A route which affords splendid views of Tralee Bay and on a clear day as far as Co. Clare and the River Shannon. Overnight Killarney Hotel. BB/D 

Day 7

Today we depart our hotel by the Lakes of Killarney and embark on a tour that will take us to Blarney Castle and Kilkenny city. On arrival at Blarney Castle we will explore the gardens where you will have an opportunity to climb the castle and kiss the famous Blarney stone.

In Blarney you will have time for lunch and of course shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills factory outlet.

Leaving Blarney, we tour in a Northwardly direction, driving through Cashel where we will have a brief comfort and photography stop. We then drive through the farming hinterland of Co. Kilkenny and arrive at our Kilkenny Hotel at approximately 17:00. Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant this evening. Overnight Kilkenny Hotel. BB/D 

Day 8

This morning following breakfast we drive the short distance to The Threads of Green Fabric Outlet, suppliers of craft fabrics which have over 4000 fabrics, bundles, lengths and ends available at this location. There will be plenty of time to explore this outlet before we head back into Kilkenny city and enjoy a panoramic guided tour of the city, followed by lunch in a pub, synonymous with the ancient Gaelic game Hurling for which Kilkenny county is so famous.

After lunch, we will make our way to Kilkenny Castle where we will have a fully Guided tour.

Over the eight centuries of its existence, many alterations have been made to the appearance of the building. The first Castle was built by the Anglo-Norman adventurer William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke during the initial ten years of the thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle later became the Irish stronghold of the powerful Butler family for nearly 600 years. Butler ownership began when James, 3rd Earl of Ormond purchased the Castle in about 1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur, 6th Marquess and 24th Earl of Ormonde, presented it to the people of Kilkenny.

Your afternoon is free to explore Kilkenny City. We will return to the hotel in time to freshen up as tonight we have dinner in a local music pub. Following dinner, we will return by coach to the hotel.  Overnight Kilkenny Hotel. BB/L/D

Day 9

This morning following breakfast we depart our hotel and drive to Dublin city; along the way we will break for a comfort stop before arriving at the charming sea fishing port village of Howth. Here we will have lunch before returning to Dublin city where the remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore. Late afternoon we arrive at our hotel where we will have our farewell dinner this evening. BB/L/D

Day 10

Early morning shuttles to Dublin airport to check in for your return flights to the US.

Your Guide

Con O’Leary – Chauffeur Driver / Guide.

Con is the founder of Scotia Ireland Tours and is the Senior Guide with the company. Con has lead countless tours throughout the Island of Ireland and Scotland. Con’s love of Ireland and subsequent interest in Ireland’s archaeology and history stems from idyllic childhood rambling the hills and mountains of County Kerry as a young boy, with his best friend, his Dad. Whilst touring with Con you can be assured of good company and lively varied conversation, lots of stories and humor! Traditional Irish music and poetry are Cons abiding interests. In addition to English, he speaks Gaelic Irish – his native tongue.

Your Guide

Nikki Foley  Irish Quilter

Nikki Foley, quilt judge, author, designer and creator. Owner of The Sewing Shed quilting shop on the rugged south west coast of Ireland, she has plenty of inspiration to create projects for her students and visitors. Nicky has been sewing, making quilts, creating textile art and writing books for the last twenty years, and began long arm quilting 10 years ago. Nikki has a love for Celtic design and Irish Mythology and is always using Celtic inspiration in her patterns, kits and projects.

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