Imagine

You wake up at the lighthouse perched near the island’s northern tip. Seagulls’ cries, waves breaking on the Donegal rocks confirm that you are in a magical place, before you even lift your head off the pillow. You wrap your comforter around you and step outside to your narrow terrace that’s cantilevered over the cliff, and into the warm Irish sunshine.
Over the course of your Ireland stay, you can sleep above a village pub, in a quaint guesthouse on the Slieve League cliffs, at a country house on an offshore island, in a castle, or in a Gatehouse, one of the unique Irish Heritage properties.
You can even glamp out on the Aran Islands, with a private beach for you and a handful of fellow glampers. Across the bay, Innishmore’s lighthouse blinks in the dusk.

Along the way, you will be in the company of our hand-picked and pre-vetted guides, who will escort you on all sorts of novel experiences.

Join Gaelic games like Gaelic handball and football, and then “warrior up” for some hurling, an experience unique to the Old Sod!

Enjoy a pint while fiddlers and pipers of local ceilidhs – and maybe even an Irish dancer – bring cheer to your local pub.

Walk with a falconer to learn about these majestic hunting birds – and feel the rush of a great owl, landing on your arm.

Or taste Irish Moonshine – known as poitín – on a food crawl through Galway that will amaze even jaded gourmands.

And learn to do a proper Irish oyster tasting – with buttermilk! You can even make your own Claddagh ring to wear home.

Buy a hand-knit sweater from the knitter herself. Or sail on a classic “hooker” around Galway Bay. Take in a play at Dublin’s famed Abbey Theater. Sail to isolated islands on Clew Bay, populated only by sheep. Take a pony cart tour with an old-timer out on Inishmore Island.

Hike out to the dolmens, UNESCO-protected portal tombs from Neolithic days, and stand over Yeats grave to read a few of his famous lines.

"Time to put off the world and go somewhere
And find my health again in the sea air”

Your Irish journey will be deepened as you explore the story of the famine. Hike alongside our local history expert over the Pilgrims’ Way. Explore the ruins of abandoned famine villages on the Connemara. And contemplate the haunted, hunched Famine Statues along the Liffey.

You’ll avoid those big tour buses and get a peek inside the old Ireland that is otherwise easy to miss.

And what we really love?

An Irish !

Braking for sheep and meeting the occasional farmer at his morning chores, with a little Irish luck you might even see a local sheep auction. These are the rural Irish in their everyday lives.

Your drive from one small village to the next will take you along country lanes flanked by fields whose lush hues will leave no doubt as to how this land came to be known as the Emerald Isle .

We can even help you trace your roots with one of our well-connected caring local ambassadors.

One client, Victoria, actually got to stand in the farmhouse where her great grandmother had been born!

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Let Rare Finds Travel design the trip of your dreams to Ireland! All you do is pack-and-go-play!