Inspirational Tours Ireland | A CHRISTMAS YOU’LL NEVER FORGET

Visit the Dingle Peninsula for the festive season and experience the Christmas pastimes, celebrations and feasts of the Irish at home and in history.  Depending on demand, it may be possible to arrange a performance of a children’s Nativity play by local school pupils. 

You will be astonished by the range of traditional foods on offer, many of which are not generally known except to specialists (special dietary needs will be accommodated, though koshrus or halal cannot be guaranteed).  You will marvel at the lively and colourful street parades of “The Wran” in Dingle.


Day 1 

Pick up from Airport + Transfers to Dromoland Castle

Welcome talk and evening meal




Day 2 

Pick up from Hotel

King John’s Castle (1200), Bunratty Castle (15th Century), or Foynes Flying Boat Museum


Storytelling (in Listowel), or performance of childrens Nativity play (in West Kerry).

Hotel and meal Ballyferriter

“Bothántaíocht” – an evening of Music, Song, Storytelling and perhaps Dance




Day 3 

Pick up from Hotel

Spiritual Tour 


Beach Walk

“Christmas on the Blasket” (illustrated talk)

Meal in Murphys, featuring Potato Cakes, Champ, Colcannon, “Steaimpí” or “Bocstaí” – traditional potato dishes which can be fried, boiled or baked




Day 4 Christmas Eve 

Pick up from Hotel

Traditional Christmas Foods on the peninsula from local experts

Lunch – ling (langa/bod mór) or cod (trosc/bod rua) make traditional fish meals for this day.

A visit to one or more of the traditional “Cribs”, Manger Nativity scenes in homes and churches – or assembling a crib for yourselves

Hotel freshen up

Midnight Mass at Carraig Church





Day 5 Christmas Day

Pick up from Hotel

Traditional Christmas swim – if desired

Slea Head Drive to include ceremonial sites

Return to Hotel: Christmas Dinner usually consists of a stuffed roast bird, with baked ham, two or three types of potato, vegetables usually including sprouts, parsnip, cauliflower and carrots, and two or three different sauces.  While Turkey is most usually the main dish, roast goose is also traditional, as is duck, either of which could be served with a similar combination of sides.





Day 6 Stephen’s Day(“Lá an Dreoilín”, Wren Day)

Talk on the “Wran” tradition in Dingle, and possible participation

Parades at 2pm

Evening meal, music and entertainment provided by hotel




Day 7 


Free Day

Taxi transfer to and from Dingle

Evening meal at Tigh an tSaorsaigh followed by Irish Music



Day 8 


Ring Of Kerry Guided Tour

Visit to the Forge in Boolteens (Na Buailtíní)

Dinner in Anvil Restaurant 

Return to Hotel



Day 9 

Brandon Creek

Spiritual Slea Head Drive

Afternoon tea

Dinner in Ashe’s Restaurant Dingle





Day 10 

Guided Tour of Killarney including Jaunting Car Ride

Dinner in Dingle





Day 11 New Year’s Eve

Painting Workshop

Walk at Sladin beach and lighthouse


Return to Hotel for New Year’s Celebrations

Dinner in Hotel, followed by in-house entertainment





Day 12


Cliffs of Moher


Drop off  to Dromoland Castle

Presentation Dinner





Day 13 

Transfer to Airport




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