Traditions of the Emerald Isle

Create your own story while exploring Ireland’s timeless legends from every perspective

Ireland is a place of ancient legends and mythical fables, where every traveler returns home with a personal trove of stories to share. By tapping into the extensive reach of Ker & Downey, which has been crafting bespoke tours for more than five decades, we can create an all-inclusive Ireland journey to take you deep into a land that has inspired centuries of lore, and up close with the locals who spin new Irish tales.

Strolling on Ancient Irish Soil

Discover County Dublin from a new angle as you soar on a specially arranged helicopter ride. A bird’s-eye perspective reveals impossibly green landscapes and charming maritime villages edged by the glittering seas. Over Dublin itself, catch a glimpse of Georgian squares lined with a rainbow of front doors and the sprawling Royal Dublin Society fairgrounds. Land in Swords, just north of the capital, where small bites and Irish comfort food await at Gourmet Food Parlour.

 

On the opposite coast, we’ll charter you a flight to the Aran Islands scattered in Galway Bay. From the air the three rugged islands — Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Óirr — appear almost latticed, from a network of stone walls striating each island. On Inis Mór, let us connect you with a local guide who can take you to the island’s famous forts and steer you toward the less-visited western side of the island to explore ancient stone huts and striking rock formations.

 

On the Open Road

Whether you choose the 1,553-mile-long Wild Atlantic Way along Ireland’s western seaboard or the Causeway Coastal Route, a 120-mile coastal journey along Northern Ireland, we will ensure all your needs are attended to.  From reserving your preferred rental car to recommending must-see sites along the way, we are with you every step of the way. On the Wild Atlantic Way, follow the peninsular path for dramatic views from Loop Head lighthouse, wind through remote villages along the Dingle Peninsula, and travel south to County Kerry’s Skellig Rocks, where monks built a community more than 600 years ago. On the Causeway Coastal Route, start your adventure with a VIP tour of Belfast’s booming art scene, entering working studios and going behind the scenes of galleries.

 

 

Views from the Water’s Edge

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Dún Aonghasa, Aran Islands, County Galway

Surrounded by the sea and laden with rushing rivers and gleaming loughs (Irish for “lakes” and pronounced like “lochs”) Ireland’s history is inextricably linked to water. Purpose-built ferries effortlessly slice through the Atlantic waters from the mainland of County Clare to the Aran Islands. Once on Inis Mór, we have a special experience awaiting: a coastal Segway tour culminating at Dún Aonghasa, the iconic prehistoric ring fort atop a seaside cliff.

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Dingle Bay, County Kerry

The Dingle Peninsula is the western-most point in Ireland, so rugged and remote that old Irish culture is practically untouched and Gaelic language flows as fluidly as English. The rocky land juts like a finger into Dingle Bay. Here, we’ll arrange a harbor cruise where an onboard marine biologist will call your attention to puffins, grey seals, and the occasional humpback whale, as well as introduce you to Dingle’s longtime resident, a playful dolphin named Fungie.

 

Cantering Through Enchanted Trails

An ancient Irish proverb, “Sell the cow, buy the sheep, but never be without a horse,” encapsulates Ireland’s enduring affinity for equine adventures. Tucked into County Galway’s west coast, the Connemara Trail is one of the world’s oldest horse trails. Whether you envision a week-long journey exploring the Gaelic landscape, retreating in the evenings to a comfortable B&B, or you prefer to set out for a one-day beginner’s adventure, we’ll connect you with an esteemed rider to lead you on a Connemara pony, a petite breed that offers a sure-footed sojourn on every terrain.

What Will Your Ireland Story Be?

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Carrick-a-Rede Bridge, County Antrim

Your journey to the Emerald Isle begins with crafting your ideal itinerary, whether that involves hiking cliffside trails, hugging the coast as you drive the open roads or rejoicing in high-flying adventures. We’re here to help you turn this itinerary into a memorable tale that remains with you long after you return. From reserving nights at castles turned luxury hotels with the finest amenities, to planning a tour at ancient landmarks with a history expert as your guide, you’ll receive personalized care and incredible access every step of the way.

Ready To Go?

We’re here to customize an experience that speaks to your point of view. Contact us to start planning your Ker & Downey Ireland vacation today.