The Luck of the Irish

Over the past few years I have often been asked when we are going to release an Irish tour designed the ‘Albatross way’. Although it was a work in progress I couldn’t give a specific answer as I was still looking for that something special to create an Ireland tour that was genuinely different and more fulfilling.

Cobh Harbour, Ireland

History in the Making

The penny dropped when chatting with our War Historian Dr Richard Reid. Richard is Irish born, and as a historian, is passionate about the emigration of the Irish to Australia during the 19th century. Richard is a fascinating guy and when he started telling me of the massive Irish connection with Australia – a story of mass emigration and convict exportation – I was engrossed. I realised this was the final piece of the puzzle I was looking for. By combining longer stays and more in depth visits to the classic sights of Ireland, along with the Irish Australian emigration story, I knew we had created something truly different.

Longer Stays the Albatross Way

Dingle, Ireland

When planning the itinerary for The Ireland Connection tour I wanted to make sure that the more conventional highlights were covered. It became obvious that if we used our customary Albatross three night stays we would create something truly unique and rewarding and ensure Ireland and her history were treated respectfully. And within our more leisurely itinerary we could also weave in the fascinating story of the Irish Australian emigration ‘Connection’. With our longer stays on our Ireland tour the pace is far more civilised which means you can do so much more! For instance, over the three night stay in delightful Killarney we not only make sure you enjoy a ride on the Jaunting cars and ensure you have free time in the old town, but we also enjoy two classic drives – one around the Ring of Kerry and the other around the incredibly beautiful Dingle Bay. In Dingle itself, we have worked in a traditional pub dinner and visit the Blasket Heritage Centre.

Unique Experiences to Discover the Emerald Isle

Titanic Museum, Belfast

There’s so much packed into this unique tour. In Foynes we visit the excellent Flying Boat Museum. Since they claim to have invented Irish coffee here, you will of course try some. In the East of Ireland we visit one of the ancient megalithic passage tombs of Knowth and Newgrange which dates back earlier than Stonehenge or the Pyramids, and in Belfast we make a special visit to the multi-award winning Titanic Museum. As a finale, for a bit of fun, our farewell meal is actually taken from a menu that would have been served on the Titanic. Let’s hope no-one gets that ‘sinking feeling’ after!

If you are at all interested in this totally unique and fascinating tour of Ireland please contact us for more information.

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Euan Landsborough

Euan Landsborough is the Managing Director and Tour Designer at Albatross Tours