Ireland Ag & Sightseeing Tour
June 24—July 6, 2022
Rock of Cashel & Cahir Castle, Blarney Castle, Dairy farm of the recent President or the Irish Farmers Association, Old Jameson Distillery, Simmental & Charolais cross beef farm visit, Water Buffalo herd visit, Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry, lunch at local pub, Lemonfield Pedigree Angus Herd, Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Droneys Beer & Sheep Farm, Day tour of Connemara, Visit to Fernville Connemara Stud Farm, Visit to Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, Dinner & evening at Galway Greyhound Stadium, Visit to suckler cow finishing farm, Belleek Fine China Factory Tour, Walking Tour of Derry, Tour of Anne Morrison’s Farm, visit to Giants Causeway, Belfast City Tour, Visit Titanic Belfast, Visit to feedlot, City Tour of Dublin featuring Trinity college, Christchurch Cathedral and the Guinness Store House, Farewell Dinner at Merry Ploughboys Traditional Irish Night.
Day 1: Depart Canada on overnight flight
Day 2: Sunday, 24 June 2022 (D)
Arrive in Dublin Airport
After clearing immigration and Customs meet your Driver Guide in the arrivals hall and depart for Cork (3hrs drive)
Visit to Rock of Cashel
A spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.
Visit Cahir Castle
Dinner and Overnight: Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cork
Day 3: Monday, 25 June 2022 (B,D)
Morning visit to Blarney Castle—Climb to the ramparts of the Castle and Kiss the Blarney Stone!
Later visit the Dairy Farm of the recent President of the Irish Farmers Association to view his dairy farm. Over Tea or Coffee and a sandwich, discuss Irish Agriculture, EU policies and subsidies and the role of Irish Farmer in Irish society.
Visit The Old Jameson Distillery in Middleton to hear the story of Irish Whiskey and taste some Jameson Whiskey.
On our way back to Kinsale visit a beef Farmer. Like the Harbour, it borders in Crosshaven, Cork. This 450-acre farm manages to seamlessly combine the picturesque with the practical. One of the original members of the West Cork Beef Producer Group, his farm is a diverse one: 230 acres under grass, 120 acres of woodland and 100 acres of tillage and fodder beet. By breeding his own calves, he can guarantee the supply of the kind of cattle that will produce the finest quality beef. He has 100 suckler cows, all Simmental and Charolais crosses
Dinner and Overnight: Carrigaline Court Hotel, Cork
Day 4: Tuesday, 26 June 2022 (B,D)
This morning depart for Killarney
Near Macroom visit to a Water Buffalo Herd , the first milking herd and only of Buffalo in Ireland. He now has a herd of over 200 animals on his 150 acre farm based in Cill na Martra near Macroom in County Cork. The animals are thriving in the Irish environment. He now milks over 75 Buffalo, which are calving all year round to ensure a consistent supply of milk- making Irish Mozzarella Cheese for sale to top restaurants and food shops, only such in Ireland.
Later travel over the Cork and Kerry Mountains through the villages of Ballyvourney and Ballymakeery to Killarney
In Killarney National Park visit Muckross House and Gardens and rest of the afternoon free in Killarney
Dinner and Overnight: Dromhall Hotel, Killarney
Day 5: Wednesday, 27 June 2022 (B,L)
Today we tour the Iveragh Peninsula ,the Ring of Kerry, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland.
Enjoy lunch in a local Pub.
After lunch we will be meeting with a Beef Farmer in one of the most disadvantaged rural areas in the EU.
Hear of local history, of his extensive low input farming system, of EU subsidies and of the importance and the necessity of EU subsidies in these areas.
Ireland is a major beef exporter, consuming less than 10% of it’s production, a very large portion of Irish beef is produced in disadvantaged areas. Much of it is reared in these areas and finished on better land in Midlands and East .
Overnight: Dromhall Hotel, Killarney
Day 6: Thursday, 28 June 2022 (B,D)
Depart for Galway via Adare and it’s thatched cottages,
Visit nearby Lemonfield Pedigree Angus Herd
Continue to the Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher, on a clear day, one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara. You can also see Loop Head to the south, the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
Travel through the Burren, an area of lunar like limestone landscape, and the Wild Atlantic Way to visit Droney Beef and Sheep Farm. d.
Droneys beef & sheep farm has recently achieved an excellent score in a recent Carbon Footprint survey as part of the Origin Green sustainability program for Irish food. They are also a member of Bord Bia’s Beef & Lamb Quality Assurance Scheme.
90 Hectares of mostly free-draining grassland, along with some upland pasture.
200 Beef Cows, 200 Sheep and 55 beef suckler cows (mostly Charolais, Limousin and Blonde d’Aquitaine) and he also rears 50 young cattle to beef in addition to the 150 lambs which he rears during the summer months.
Dinner and Overnight: Castlecourt Hotel, Westport
Day 7: Friday, 29 June 2022 (B, D)
Day tour Connemara— on the west coast of Ireland, is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find.
Visit to Fernville Connemara Stud – The Fernville Pony Stud farm is a family run business in Moycullen co. Galway.
Later carry on through the mountains, bogs and along the lakes and sea inlets of Connemara to visit Kylemore Abbey and Gardens.
Dinner & Overnight: Castlecourt Hotel, Westport
Day 8: Saturday, 30 June 2022 (B, D)
Depart for Derry in Northern Ireland, traveling along Lough Corrib, to visit a Suckler Cow Farmer finishing his with a Zero Grazing
On through Counties Mayo and Sligo and crossing into Northern Ireland at Belleek
Visit Belleek Fine China Factory
Continue to Derry
Dinner and Overnight: Everglades Hotel, Derry
Day 9: Sunday, 01 July 2022 (B,L,D)
A local guide will take us on a walking tour of Derry
Later this morning travel along the coast to Armoy near Giants Causeway to visit Anne Morrison’s Farm.
After lunch with the Morrisons – visit their farm enterprise. 100ha – mostly in the less favoured area, are farmed of which 55ha are owned. 45ha are rented under the 11 months Conacre system. EU Single Farm Payment support is a high proportion of income. The farm is also in the Countryside Management Scheme and the NI Beef Quality Initiative. Apart from a few hectares of cereals the entire farm is in grass for grazing and silage – no hay is made.
Pedigree Belgian Blue and Hereford herds are the major enterprises. A commercial suckler herd is put to Belgian Blue bulls with all calves finished and sold to meat plants supplying major supermarket chains.
The Mullaghduff Pedigree Hereford Herd was founded over 40 years ago with pedigree bulls sold to dairy and suckler herd owners.
The Chatham Pedigree Belgian Blue Herd was established after the UK joined the Common Market.
Embryo Transplants were used in the early years to access major Belgian Blue bloodlines available in the UK.
Later in the afternoon Visit Giants Causeway and continue to Belfast
Dinner and Overnight: Europa, Belfast
Day 10: Monday, 02 July 2022 (B)
This morning enjoy a Belfast City Panoramic Tour with a local guide
Built with 19th century industrial money, Belfast is a city rich with fine buildings and a panoramic coach tour is the ideal way to experience the highlights of the area.
Visit Titanic Belfast—the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightfulway. Make your way through the 9 interactive galleries of the Titanic Experience, explore the symbolism of the iconic building with The Discovery Tour, dine in Bistro 401 or browse for an exclusive gift in our Titanic Store. Walk the decks of the last remaining
White Star vessel – SS Nomadic or immerse yourself in the historic Slipways as you uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
Afternoon free to Explore Belfast
Suggestions: Crumlin Road Gaol, Hillsborough Castle & Gardens, Victoria Square, World Class Golf
Or Visit George Bingham’s Dairy 500 Dairy farm near Belfast
Overnight: Europa Hotel Belfast
Day 11: Tuesday, 03 July 2022 (B,D)
Depart for Dublin
Visit to a Suckler Cow Farm just outside Belfast
We cross over the invisible border between Northern Ireland and the Republic to a visit a feed lot just south of the border.
This is a small feedlot, finishing 600-700 animals annually, which are mainly heifers for the Italian market. He produces
grass and maize silage and feeds them together with large volumes of home grown wheat and barley. The unit achieves
impressive weight gains and high quality carcasses.
Dinner and Overnight: Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin
Day 12: Wednesday, 04 July 2022 (B)
Dublin panoramic city tour with highlights such as:
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
The Book of Kells Exhibition is a must-see on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed and which displays the Book of Kells.
Christchurch Cathedral Dublin
Step off Dublin’s busy streets and into a timeless place of prayer and praise to God. Visitors from all over Ireland and the world are welcome to experience Dublin’s very own medieval cathedral, to explore its history and to enjoy quiet moments of reflection in this beautiful place. We invite you to make space in your journey for the spiritual heart of Dublin.
Guinness Store House
Located in the heart of the St. James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse® is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. It’s the home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure
The journey begins at the bottom of the world’s largest pint glass and continues up through seven floors filled with interactive experiences that fuse our long brewing heritage with Ireland’s rich history. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pint of perfection in our world-famous rooftop Gravity Bar. Now that’s our kind of higher education.
Rest of Day Free in Dublin
Overnight: Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin
Day 13: Thursday, 05 July 2022 (B,D)
Free Day to Explore Dublin
Farewell Dinner and Irish Cabaret in Merry Ploughboys Traditional Irish Night
The Merry Ploughboys Live in Concert is widely regarded as the best traditional music show in Dublin and also as a must see for any visitors to Dublin city.
The show kicks off at 8.00 pm and is a highly entertaining performance of live traditional Irish Music, Song and Irish Dancing.
From start to finish, this is a show based on fantastic interaction between the performers and the audience.
Overnight: Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin
Ireland Ag & Sightseeing Tour
Land Only Tour Pricing
June 24—July 6, 2022/2023
20 passengers = $5755pp Twin Share
25 passengers = $4899 pp Twin Share
Single Supplement: Add extra $890.00
For more information, please contact Lawrence Rowley
Lawrence@leadertours.ca / 1-844-370-7044 / 403-764-2044