Derry Irish 4 Day Getaway

Life is about new beginnings. Find your life's meaning and the key to unlock your real story by walking in your ancestors' footsteps. Experience for yourself the many faces of Ireland, from urban to country life, ancient history to contemporary culture. Make your fresh start by uncovering your roots.
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We'll take you on a four-day journey to the heart of Ireland connecting you with Ireland's history and contemporary culture.

Key themes

  • One Hundred Thousand Welcomes
  • Beginnings
  • Ireland Today
  • Return to Dublin or Shannon Airport


Day 1 Arrival Day

Theme: Céad Mile Fáilte / One Hundred Thousand Welcomes

  • Arrive Dublin airport - Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Dublin City Centre
  • Walk back 1000 years to the Viking origins of the city with a visit to Christchurch Cathedral, founded in the early eleventh century
  • Continue through the centuries to the Georgian squares and witness life in Ireland's elegant capital in the 1800s
  • Complete your urban immersion by tracing the past 100 years of life in Dublin at the award winning Little Museum of Dublin
  • Board the 101 Tour Executive Coach and travel to your luxury hotel
  • Welcome reception on arrival and dinner in your hotel followed by Fireside Chat "On being Irish"
  • Overnight stay at Lough Eske Castle

Day 2

Theme: Beginnings

  • Full Irish Breakfast followed by briefing on the day's visits
  • Among the options for today's itinerary is for the tour to take you to some of Ireland's oldest and most unique archaeological sites including the powerful People's Gallery Murals, the Neo-Gothic Guildhall, the impressive Derry City Walls, the emotive Museum of Free Derry which charts the civil rights struggle, the award winning Tower Museum, the first post-reformation cathedral built in either Britain or Ireland, Saint Columbs Cathedral, the fascinating Harbour Museum, the massive and mysterious Mountsandel Fort and take one of the world's great railway journeys with the Coleraine to Derry Railway line
  • Today's experience spans over 3,000 years of history connecting you right back to the Celts whose contribution to who we are Irish people is crucial
  • 8pm Dinner with traditional Irish entertainment
  • Overnight stay at Lough Eske Castle

Day 3

Theme: Ireland Today

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Today's itinerary focuses on contemporary Ireland, on life in Ireland today
  • In the morning we visit two schools of contrasting sizes, both representative of life in Ireland today - a small 3 teacher rural school and a large urban school
  • We also visit a number of craft workshops and artisan food producers located in the hinterland around the hotel, representing the new creative energy that is emanating from Ireland today
  • Reception and farewell dinner in your hotel
  • Overnight stay at Lough Eske Castle

Day 4

Theme: Return to Dublin or Shannon Airport

  • Final breakfast together then guests are coached back to Dublin or Shannon Airport

Some words from our Ireland 101 Derry Irish 4 Day Getaway Partner

Lough Eske Castle

"Sitting on the site of the birthplace for the O’Donnell clan of Donegal, Lough Eske Castle is delighted to be a part of this exciting program with Ireland 101. Although the landscape, accommodation and furnishings of the 17th Century Castle have now changed into Donegal’s only 5 Star hotel, we welcome all of our neighbours of any name and any birthplace. I look forward to welcoming all guests of Ireland 101 on their journey home to this special island of Ireland "
Paul Shortall, Director of Sales & Marketing, Lough Eske Castle

Lough Eske Castle in partnership with Ireland 101

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