The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Created for Travel + Leisure
Arrive on the west coast, one of the Emerald Isle’s most spectacular landscapes, and prepare to experience a true Irish welcome. Search for puffins among the famed Cliffs of Moher, learn to fly your own hawk at the oldest falconry school in Ireland, and then lay your head to rest at a real-life castle (or three!). During this self-guided driving itinerary, you’ll wind past verdant hills and rocky coastlines by day, then transform into a merry Guinness-drinking local by night. If you’re feeling peckish after all this excitement, the fresh mussels, tender lamb, wild salmon and craft cheeses are sure to sate your Irish appetite.
Created for the readers of Travel + Leisure, Butterfield & Robinson has crafted a series of T+L Great Adventures to handpicked regions where unforgettable adventures await.
Converted from USD based on the latest exchange rate. Final amount and payment will be in USD. Final conversion rate is determined by your bank.
Request your date for exact pricing 6 Days / 5 Nights
Shannon to Shannon request a DETAILED ITINERARY
Ready for Adventure?
Simply fill out this form to view the itinerary. We’ll also email you a copy so you can refer back to it later.
How do you want to travel?
Ireland Great Adventure
Ready-to-Book private tours are designed to be enjoyed off-the-rack, but there is room for minor adjustments to fit the trip to your needs. If the gap is too great, then we’d be happy to tailor-make you a Bespoke trip from scratch. Simply tell us a few details about your group and select your preferred date. One of our Trip Designers will spring into action, confirming the details or exploring alternatives, over the next 48 hours.
Best Time to Visit
Have a custom trip designed exactly to your interests. Like a tailor making a bespoke suit, it will fit you perfectly.
Our Bespoke trip designers are a talented bunch who can craft unforgettable experiences for your specific group—and working within your needs and budget.
Get in touch with a Trip Designer to begin planning your perfect vacation.REQUEST A QUOTE
Day by Day
Drive from The Burren to Gregans Castle (a known inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings), stopping en route to visit sites like the oldest working perfumery in Ireland, a charming smokehouse and an ancient ring fort.
Journey to the Aran Islands, visiting ancient burial grounds, Medieval church ruins, and a Stone Age fort along the way. Cruise below the Cliffs of Moher on your way back to the mainland—have your cameras ready!
Meet your private guide in Galway for a tour—be sure to pop into the local pub for a pint of Guinness. Continue to your next hotel (aka castle) and grab a seat at the property’s own Fisherman’s Pub or fine-dining restaurant for dinner.
Visit some of Connemara’s unsung historic sites with an archaeologist friend. Spend the afternoon horseback riding or fly-fishing before joining the locals for a traditional music session.
Check in to the fabulous Ashford Castle and take part in a private hawk flying experience at the oldest falconry school in Ireland. Enjoy high tea this afternoon in the Connaught Room or a massage at the hotel’s award-winning spa.
Enjoy your final hours at Ashford Estate before driving back to Shannon Airport in time for your departure flight.
Feel the warm Irish welcome.Request a Detailed ItineraryIreland Great Adventure
Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan
A stunning 18th-century manor house in beautiful Ballyvaughan, Gregans Castle is warm Irish hospitality at its best. The property is surrounded by lovingly attended gardens and has spectacular views stretching across the Burren to Galway Bay. Its award-winning restaurant highlights amazing local produce, meat and seafood. View hotel website »
Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara
Surrounded by 450 acres of beautiful wooded grounds overlooking its famous salmon fishery, Ballynahinch is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels. Its rooms are tastefully furnished in casual country elegance and its superb restaurant offers refined Irish classics using delicious local meats and produce. View hotel website »
Ashford Castle, Cong
T+L World’s Best and It List 2016 winner Set amidst 350 acres of private woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib, the 12thC Ashford Castle was purchased by the Guinness family in 1852. Only the opulent interiors and colourful rooms surpass the 5-star hotel’s beautiful grounds, 9-hole golf course, and falconry and horseback riding schools. View hotel website »
The private hawk flying experience at Ashford Castle is not to be missed. The castle hosts the oldest falconry school in Ireland and was voted one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure readers.T+L EDITOR'S ACTIVITY PICK
I have never seen so many shades of green and trying to count them all eventually proved impossible. We did try to capture all the beauty Ireland has to offer and again this proved to be impossible, but we brought home the memories of this amazing country.—Linda Moudry
We never wanted to be the biggest travel company in the world, just the best.
— George Butterfield
The activities on this trip are easygoing. They are generally focused on cultural activities, with a few short walks and hikes mixed in. Routes can be adjusted to suit your needs.
“I enjoy going for a good walk and can even handle an incline or two.”
Relatively flat, with occasional steeper climbs.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All accommodation
- Private local guide on the Aran Islands
- Soda bread-baking lesson on Inis Oirr
- Privately guided tour of Galway
- Private archaeology walk
- Private hawk walk at Ashford Castle
- Maps and suggested driving routes
- All breakfasts
Notes from the road, on the B&R blog.
From St. Patrick to Charles Boycott: Famous Names of County Mayo
Of Fairways and Fairy Tales
On the Emerald Isle, An Awakening Tiger
Insider’s Guide: 5 of My Favourite Dublin Restaurants
Insider’s Guide: Our Top 3 Dublin Hotels
Insider’s Guide: 24 Hours in Dublin
Reading for the Road: Books About Ireland
Killary Fjord Shellfish: A Family Farm with a Twist
In Killary Harbour, History and Beauty
In Ireland, an Ancestral Adventure
5 Fascinating Things You Need to Know About Georgia
The Pleasures of Vienna
A Castle Tour of the Czech Republic
In Deep: Portugal’s Douro Valley
The Best Time to Visit the Netherlands
10 Reasons To Go to Portugal Now
Germany’s Rhine River: Paths to Glory
More Trip Inspiration
And your mind? Totally and utterly blown.
We craft extraordinary experiences, tailor made to meet
your every need, with every stitch of every day crafted
just the way you want it. Learn more about Bespoke