At the wonderfully restored Castle of Dysart O’Dea, we visit the medieval Tower House with its archaeological exhibits – a place where past and present seem to coexist seamlessly – before returning to our hotel and a free evening to dine at your leisure.

Day 5: We take the ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.

These are matched and complemented by places more “off-the-beaten-track”: stone-carved crosses, windswept tower houses, mysterious “royal” sites of Gaelic mythology, plus a never-ending array of extraordinary scenery, ranging from the heart-achingly lovely to the stark, lonely and wild.

Another central aspect of the tour is the range of carefully-selected hotels, among them renovated castles, manors and town houses.

” – so many clichés have been used to describe Ireland, all of them based on some element of truth and none of them sufficient to capture the enormous fascination of this most unusual island.

At Peter Sommer Travels, we are excited to present , our first tour in a country that is spectacularly rich in beauty, in history, in character, in hospitality and – most of all – in stories.

At Tulsk in County Roscommon, we visit Rathcrogan, one of the four Celtic “Royal Sites”, the Iron Age capital of Connaught and the mythical home of Queen Maeve (or Medb).

Its mysterious mounds and earthworks are the living green theatre of ancient Irish myth and lore, evoking the great heroes and heroines of old Irish epics.Its karstified rock shelves, their clints criss-crossed by grykes (all will be explained) are a sight to behold.Beyond its sheer and outlandish beauty, the area contains monuments from all periods of Ireland’s history: dozens of Neolithic or Bronze Age tombs, the most famous of them the dolmen of Poulnabrone, countless fortified Celtic farmsteads, medieval castles and ruined monasteries.Later we stop at Galway on the Atlantic Coast to have a look at the centre of this tiny but lively and attractive city and its excellent historical museum before reaching our hotel, in a renovated 18th century manor house in the Burren.Day 4: Today is devoted to the Burren, the extraordinary limestone landscape the makes up the Northern part of County Clare.Each monument with its own legends, stories or myths attached to it, but all are embedded in the peaceful beauty of the Irish landscape and its many shades of green.