October
Month
9 Nights
Duration

O’Neill Clan Tour

(Turas Chlann Uí Néill)

October 4th – 14th 2020

Trace the steps of one of Ireland’s most powerful Dynasties, the O’Neill’s, on this magical tour where you and your family can all share together the culture and lifestyle of your ancestors who left the shores of Ireland for a life in the New World.

Our 9 Nights / 10 Days Tour of Ireland includes:

  • Deluxe motor coach for all transfers, Touring and Sightseeing
  • Services of a professional Tour Director throughout
  • First class hotel accommodations for nine (9) nights: Canal Court Hotel, Newry (2) Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown (2), Marine Hotel, Ballycastle (2), Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny (2), Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne or similar hotel (1) 
  • Full Irish Breakfast daily including the day of arrival.
  • Five (5) hotel dinners
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at hotels throughout of 1 suitcase per person
  • Taxes and Service Charges on items included
  • Travel documents to include: luggage tags and daily itinerary 

Tour Details:

TOUR PRICE Land Only – $2695.00 per person based on Double Room Occupancy (2 persons)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT$310.00 to be paid along with full per person tour price based on Sole Room Occupancy (1 person)
START DATETour Commences Monday, October 5th 2020 at Dublin Airport.
END DATETour Finishes Wednesday, October 14th 2020 at Dublin Airport.
WEARClothing (we recommend layered clothing, sensible walking shoes, rain jacket and carry bag for daily touring)
INCLUDED

Sightseeing & Visitor Attractions:

Moyry Pass “The Gap of the North”

Cardinal O’Fiaich Library

O’Neill of the fews family vault “Creggan Churchyard”

Benburb Castle & Priory

Tullaghoge Fort
Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House

Music with local O’Neill clan family in Dungannon
Seamus Heaney Homeplace
Shanes Castle

Pub Lunch at Crosskeys Inn
Antrim Coastline & Giants Causeway
Dunluce Castle

Derry City Walking Tour
Flight of Earls Centre Rathmullan
Granan of Aileach
Enniskillen Castle

NOT INCLUDED
Optional Travel Protection
Gratuity to Tour Director

Tour Registration:

For all tour registrations please fill out the booking form found on the right-hand side of this webpage please also click the number of members that you will be signing up for and that all information is correct before proceeding.

To register for this tour and if paying by check please click on the PDF icon below and download & print this registration form.

Upon doing this please mail check and registration form along to Brack Tours, 133 Washington Street #524 Dover, NH 03820


 

Day To Day Itinerary

*Itinerary may be subject to change*

1

October 4th

Dinner and refreshments will be served. You will awaken this morning to your first glimpse of Ireland’s forty shades of green.

2

October 5th

Arrival Dublin. Breakfast. Travel to the Ulster border and discover where Red Hugh O’Neill defeated Lord Mountjoy at the Battle of Moyry Pass, otherwise known as “the Gap of the North”. Our local guide will relate why here became an important stronghold for the O’Neill’s during the famous Nine Year’s War. We will stay locally tonight with a welcome dinner and hear more legendary stories.

3

October 6th

After our breakfast, we meet our local guide who will travel with us around the South Armagh Border where we visit the remains of Glassdrummond Castle, the stronghold of the O’Neill’s of the Fews. We then travel to a hidden gem, the O Neill of the Fews family vault in Creggan churchyard which dates to the 1400s. On a stone on a vault see a hand imprint, the symbol of the O’Neill’s of Ulster. In the early evening enjoy traditional music session and local dish at a nearby restaurant and draw upon Celtic Myths and Legends associated with the local area before returning to our hotel.

4

October 7th

This morning after breakfast we travel to Armagh City. We visit the Cardinal O’Fiaich Library. The Cardinal recognised the importance of the O Neill’s and the Gaelic traditions and wrote many pieces on their dynasty which can be viewed at the library. After lunch (at your own cost) we visit Benburb Castle and Benburb Priory. This was the chief house of Shane (The Proud) in the mid-16th century as he battled against the English aggressor and it was also the site of a very important battle, the Battle of Benburb in 1646 when Owen Roe O’Neill won a huge Victory over a combined Scots/ English army. Also, discover the O Neill’s collection and archives in the wonderful new library and museum. Then travel onto Cookstown for dinner and overnight.

5

October 8th

Today we spend a day locally in the Heartland of the O’Neill’s in County Tyrone. We walk in the footsteps of the O’Neill’s, visiting their inauguration site at Tullaghoge Fort. After travelling some of the Tyrone countryside we visit the Clans former place of residence known today as the Hill of the O’Neill’s. We also have time to visit Ranfurly Arts and Visitor centre and learn a little more about the O’Neill history.

6

October 9th

This morning we take a little trip along the poet’s trail and visit the Heaney Homeplace, celebrating the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate who was one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Following that we take the short trip to one of Ireland’s oldest thatched pub for lunch and a song or two at the Crosskeys Inn. Later we travel to Shane’s Castle on the shore of Lough Neagh, ancestral home of the Clanaboy O’Neill’s and more recently, one of the locations for Game of Thrones filming. We continue or journey Northwards to the Antrim coast and our overnight hotel.

7

October 10th

We take a morning trip to the world renown Giants Causeway. Marvel at its majestic sight before we visit Dunluce Castle, a stronghold of the McQuillan’s and later the McDonnell clans who both in their time helped the O Neill’s in battles against the English. We then take a short trip along the Antrim coast to Cushendun and the burial place of Shane O Neill.

8

October 11th

Today we travel towards the City of Derry and into County Donegal, once a stronghold of the O Neill’s. We visit Rathmullan Heritage Centre and hear how in 1607 the O Neill’s and the O’Donnell’s and families fled Ireland (the Flight of the Earls). This afternoon we take a coastal drive with lunch at a traditional Irish bar before we head back to Letterkenny and our hotel.  

9

October 12th

After breakfast, we take the short journey to An Grianán of Aileach, the royal palace of the northern O’Neill’s from the 5th to 12th century. A magnificent stone Ring fort with a history that goes back as far as early Christian times, but the mound on which it is built goes back even further. In the afternoon we take a short journey to the City of Derry. We walk its famous City walls and spend some time exploring the city.

10

October 13th

Today we head southwards towards Dublin. We stop off in Enniskillen and visit Enniskillen castle, a stronghold of the Maguire Clan who stood with the O’Neill’s during the Nine years war. Time is allowed for lunch before we head onwards to our Dublin based Hotel where we have a farewell dinner and Irish entertainment.

11

October 14th

We depart in plenty of time for airport to allow a comfortable check in for flight back to US.

4th October – Overnight Flight to Ireland

5th & 6th October 2020 – Canal Court Hotel, Newry

The Canal Court Hotel in Newry is a central hotel with all the amenities you do need under one roof with a wide choice of restaurants and bars to our award-winning CC Spa and Leisure Club, the hotel is ideal for, spa and leisure break, conferences, weddings, special offers and shopping trips in Newry. WIFI is available complimentary in the hotel & there is free parking. The hotel’s reputation is built on a high level of traditional Irish service and attention to detail.

7th & 8th October  2020 – Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown

Set in nine acres of mature grounds, the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, is a 3-star hotel offering first class comfort. Renowned for it’s relaxing atmosphere and luxurious facilities. It has, over the years built up an excellent reputation with both the locals and those from further afield.

As you would expect, all rooms are equipped with every modern convenience for the business person and the holiday maker alike and are furnished to the highest standards of comfort and style with tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, flatscreen TV and telephone.  Irons and ironing boards are available from reception.  Complimentary Wifi is available throughout the hotel.

9th & 10th October 2020 – Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

Welcome to the Marine Hotel Ballycastle, located on the North Antrim Coast of Ireland we are one of the area’s finest hotels occupying an unrivalled seafront position in County Antrim on the Causeway Coastal route. All rooms have been beautifully designed with space and comfort in mind. The Hotel is also proud to serve Costa Coffee on site- the Marine offers uncompromising service and comforts to accommodate even the most discerning guests.

11th & 12th October 2020 – Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny

The 4 Star Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny, the ideal place to relax and revive. The Clanree Hotel provides a comfortable base for exploring Donegal and is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from the bustling town centre of Letterkenny. The Aileach restaurant in the Clanree Hotel offers Award Winning food and is popular with locals and guests alike serving both an A La Carte menu of international favourites and a traditional Irish Carvery daily. Making the hotel a favourite among the locals.

13th October 2020 – Dunboyne Castle Hotel

Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a luxury estate, nestled in 21 acres of lush green Meath countryside. The Georgian mansion which welcomes visitors today was originally built in 1764, on the same site as the original castle. Though it’s been extensively refurbished in the centuries since it retains the charm of the era it was built in. A sweeping tree lined drive and manicured gardens offer a grand approach, while on the interior, pretty stucco plasterwork cornices decorate the halls and chandeliers glitter from the ceiling.

14th October 2020 – Return flight to the US from Dublin

You bid farewell to the Emerald Isle as you board your flight back home.

All our coaches are Luxurious and ideal for a comfortable tour of Ireland. There is ample leg room and all seats recline.  The coaches are fully air-conditioned and have a wc on board. There is a PA system on board so as not to miss a word of our knowledgeable and competent drivers/guides.

Luxury 49 Seat Executive Coach

  • 49 Reclining Seats
  • Full air conditioning
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • WC

Kerry Coaches 49 Seater

*Subject to Change depending on numbers going on tour *

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O’Neill Clan Tour

(Turas Chlann Uí Néill)

October 4th – 14th 2020

Land Tour Only Price

  • Land Tour Price $2695.00 per person – Based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement $310.00 (Book early limited availability) – Based on single occupancy & to be paid along with Full Tour Cost.

Optional Travel Protection

(rate based on maximum tour coverage of $4000)

  • Optional Travel Protection $242 (Based on double occupancy) per person
  • Optional Travel Protection $276 (Based on single occupancy) per person
  • If you require post or pre-travel arrangements to Ireland please note that this insurance price will not cover your additional costs. To receive a quote to cover all your travel arrangements please email info@bracktours.com and a member of the Brack Tours team will be in contact.
  • CFAR (Cancel for any Reason) Travel Protection upgrade available upon request. N.B – CFAR coverage is NOT available for residents of New York State. For more information email info@bracktours.com

How To Join

  • To join this tour, complete the below registration form and send along with a check deposit of $300 per person (and insurance fee if required) and make payable to Brack Tours or if paying by credit card please see the right-hand section of this webpage for the tour booking form.

Deposits & Payments Schedule per person:

  • Deposit of $300.00 per person required at time of booking
  • Travel Protection is also payable at time of booking if registering online a PayPal invoice will be emailed shortly after booking.
  • Second Part Payment of $800 per person due by 4th October 2019 if you have registered online this will be payable via a PayPal Invoice.
  • Final Payment due by 1st July 2020

If paying by check:

  • Complete the registration form
  • Make check payable to Brack Tours
  • Mail the form along with the check to: Brack Tours, 133 Washington Street #524 Dover, NH 03820

Tour Booking Code:

  • ONEILL20

Air Cancellation Penalties:

  • Air: 120 days prior to departure air is Non-refundable

Land Cancellation Penalties:

  • Land: Outside of 65 days Forfeit of deposit per person
  • Land: 64 – 46 days Forfeit 35% Land Price per person
  • Land: 45 – 16 days  Forfeit 50% Land Price per person
  • Land: 15 days or less Forfeit 100%  Land Price  per person

Tour Registration

To register for this tour and if paying by check please click on the PDF icon below and download & print this registration form.

Travel Protection Policy Details

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