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Traditional Music Pubs of Ireland

Music is an extremely significant part of Ireland’s spirited atmosphere.  Explore Ireland for 8-nights with this self-drive vacation!
Traditional Irish MusicTemple Bar in DublinBlarney CastleCarlton Hotel, KinsaleTraditional Irish MusicTig Coili Pub in GalwayJameson Distillery, DublinPoets Bar in the Old Ground HotelDingle, IrelandMcDermott's PubThe g Hotel in GalwayGus O'Connor's PubCliffs of MoherDublin Vacation TourCarlton Hotel, Kinsale
Package includes round-trip airfare, luxury accommodations, car rental for duration, tours and sightseeing and more!

Music is an extremely significant part of Ireland’s spirited atmosphere.  Explore Ireland for 8-nights with this self-drive vacation!

8-Night Vacation Includes:
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Shannon (SNN)
  • Car rental for duration of stay
Tours & Sightseeing:
  • Admission to the Cliffs of Moher
  • Admission to Blarney Castle
Other Inclusions:
  • Full Irish breakfast daily
  • All local taxes
  • Hotel service charges
  • Carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare are included
  • Gratuities and meals (other than noted) are not included
Our Recommended Pubs in Ireland:
  • The Crane Bar
  • Tigh Coili
  • Taaffes Bar
County Cork:
  • An Spailpín Fánach, Cork City
  • De Barra’s, Clonakilty
  • The Spaniard, Kinsale
Kerry (Dingle):
  • An Droichead Beag (the Small Bridge), Dingle
  • John Benny's Pub, Dingle
  • Courtney's of Killarney
Clare (Ennis):
  • McDermotts’ Pub, Doolin
  • Gus O'Connor's, Doolin
  • Ciaran’s Bar, Ennis
  • Poets Bar (right in Old Ground Hotel) 

Your Irish vacation starts in Galway at the 5-star g Hotel.  Galway is the perfect city to start your trip in because of its eclectic culture and vibrant atmosphere.  Around the corner from the g Hotel is The Crane Bar where you can stop in for a pint and enjoy live music every night.  This bar is renowned for its cozy atmosphere and the variety of concerts ranging from singer/songwriters to traditional roots music.  Following Galway you’ll spend two nights in Kinsale at the Carlton Hotel.  Kinsale is a quaint town where the streets are lined with enchanting restaurants and bars.  About a 15-minute drive away you will find The Spaniard.  This charming bar has a wide selection of fine wines to choose from paired with great Irish music.

Next up, take the drive to Dingle and enjoy two nights at the Dingle Skellig or Dingle Benners.  You will be in County Kerry which is sprinkled with authentic Irish pubs.  Take the ten minute drive over to John Benny’s Pub and soak in the live music with a delicious pint of Guinness.

Your final two nights will be at the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, County Clare.  While at the Old Ground Hotel, stop in to the on-site Poets Bar for a bite to eat and a pint.  Clare has a magnetic music scene and you’ll be here for two nights so you will have time to visit a few different pubs.  Visiting different traditional pubs will open your eyes to the captivating Irish music and you’ll be able to interact with the locals to learn a little bit more about the cities you’ll travel to!

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g Hotel - Galway, Ireland
g Hotel


The 5-star g Hotel is located five minutes from Galway's city center along the majestic coastline of Galway Bay, at the gateway to stunning Connemara. It provides the ideal base from which to explore Galway: take a leisurely walk to town and visit the Spanish Arch, Galway City Museum, Galway Cathedral or enjoy a daytrip to the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher or Kylemore Abbey.


The exquisite creation of Philip Treacy, the world's most famous milliner (and Galway native), this utterly unique, visually spectacular and totally glamorous hotel overlooks Lough Atalia and Galway Bay, offering 101 magnificent guestrooms, decadent award-winning dining, and Galway's best-kept secret - the luxury ESPA at the g. Reflecting a timelessness of contemporary elegance, this ultimate comfort zone is matched by an extensive menu of ESPA treatments, as well as a vitality pool, crystal steam room, rock sauna and relaxation room overlooking the rooftop Zen garden.


Hotel Amenities
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Piano
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Suitable for children
  • Video library
  • Bar/lounge
  • Elevator/lift
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Luggage storage
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Tours/ticket assistance
Room Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Private Bathroom
  • Bathroom phone
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Desk
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room safe
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Welcome amenities
  • Window opens
  • Air-conditioning
  • City view
  • Climate control
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Designer toiletries
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Garden or Terrace view
  • Hair dryer
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • In-room massage available
  • Minibar
  • Pay movies
  • Plasma TV
  • Premium bedding
  • Premium TV channels
  • Satellite TV service
  • Slippers
  • Turndown service
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up calls
Hotel Location
Irish Welcome Home - Ireland, Ireland
Irish Welcome Home
Welcome Home to the Best of Irish Hospitality
In the Land of a Thousand Welcomes, visitors always feel at home. But what if you had the opportunity to stay in an actual Irish home, and experience the legendary hospitality of Ireland in a unique, exciting way? Our Irish Welcome Homes offer just that opportunity: beautiful, hand-picked Bed & Breakfasts with hosts that meet our incredibly high standards. Lovely places to stay where you’ll be welcomed warmly, treated kindly, and offered a glimpse of Ireland known only to natives. 
It’s about arriving at a home where Irish hospitality is instinctive, where visitors are welcomed with a smile, a cup of tea and home-baked goods; where the host has an interest in your vacation and will share their rich, local knowledge with you. Each Irish Welcome Home is unique, rooted in the locality and brought to life by the hosts themselves. However, it’s the Sceptre Advantage extras that make this exclusive program so very special. It may be a walk around the farm in the company of the farmer. You may find two stamped postcards, ready for you to pen notes to friends back home. Or your treat may be a tasty one – a scone baking lesson, a glass of Bailey’s or an Irish chocolate! But whatever awaits, you can be sure it was carefully chosen, just for you. And, you won’t receive this special attention with anyone else – it’s a Sceptre Tours exclusive.
Including Irish Welcome Homes in a vacation package offers travelers complete flexibility of creating their own itinerary. We recommend you select your accommodations ahead of time in order to take advantage of each property's Sceptre Adventage. However, you also have the flexibility of choosing them along the way while in Ireland. Enjoy your choice of accommodations from big cities to small towns to quaint villages to countryside manors.  All of the facilities pride themselves on providing their guests with a fresh, home-cooked full Irish breakfast each morning and quality accommodations that cater to every need. At an Irish Welcome Home you are much more than just a room number, you’re a welcomed guest.

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Hotel Amenities
  • Full Irish Breakfast
  • Parking
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Traditional furnishings
  • Direct dial telephones
  • Hair dryer
  • Trouser press
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Toiletries, mineral water etc.
  • Local information
  • Local events
Hotel Location
Old Ground Hotel - Ennis, Ireland
Old Ground Hotel
Location: This 4-star hotel is located in Ennis, County Clare in the West of Ireland.  Ennis is a city full of winding streets to explore and this hotel is ideally situated right in the center!  It is close to Clare Museum, Ennis Friary, and the Midwestern Regional Hospital.  You will also be close to the Ennis Golf Club and Woodstock Golf and Country Club.  Shannon Airport is about a 20 minute drive away.
Overview:  The Old Ground Hotel offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, beautiful accommodations and a list of hotel features.  For dining, try out the Town Hall Bistro for a casual meal.  There is also the Poets Corner for lunch, dinner or just drinks!   It is a former manor house that dates as far back as the 18th century, so you will still find some hints in its style. 
Hotel Amenities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Airport transportation (surcharge)
  • Free parking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Total number of rooms - 105
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Number of floors - 5
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Business services
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Event catering
  • Exhibit space
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • One meeting/conference room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free guest parking during stay
  • Patio
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Year Built 1700
  • Security guard
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoke-free property (fines apply)
  • Wedding services
Room Amenities
  • Premium TV channels
  • Separate sitting area
  • Multi-line phone
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Extra towels/bedding
  • Private bathroom
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower only
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Trouser press
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Television
  • Window opens
  • Desk
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • In-room safe
Hotel Location
The Carlton Hotel-Kinsale - Kinsale, Ireland
The Carlton Hotel-Kinsale

Location: Set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, this luxury Kinsale hotel is committed to providing the highest standards and take pride in their tranquil surroundings. Discover a region renowned for its rugged coastline, beautiful harbour location, wide range of maritime activities, a myriad of gourmet restaurants and superb golf courses. The Carlton Hotel Kinsale is located 5km from the heart of Kinsale Town, 20km from Cork International Airport and 30km from the bustling city centre of Cork with on-site Helipad available.

Overview: With the first dedicated C Spa in Kinsale, a visit to Carlton Hotel Kinsale is more than just a visit, it is an experience. The Carlton Kinsale Hotel & C Spa offers a relaxing hotel break in Kinsale. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend hotel break, a midweek getaway, a luxury spa break or a family hotel break in Kinsale, we look forward to welcoming you to stay with us in our luxury accommodation.

Hotel Location
Dingle Skellig Hotel - Kerry, Ireland
Dingle Skellig Hotel

Location: The Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa is located on the Dingle Peninsula the most westerly town in Ireland and Europe, yet it is only 50 minutes from Kerry Airport and 2.5 hours from both Cork and Shannon Airports.

Overview:  Guests can enjoy a number of options while dining at The Dingle Skellig Hotel. Our Head Chef, John Ryan and his dedicated team are delighted to provide a number of offerings using fresh local produce. Relax and enjoy breakfast and dinner in our Coastguard Restaurant with its stunning views of Dingle Bay, take some time out in out Blaskets Bar or Cocktail Lounge and avail of a wide and varied Bar Menu.


Hotel Location
Day 1:  Depart the United States and board an overnight flight to Shannon Airport.  Ireland is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time and most flights from New York to Shannon are about 7 hours long.
Days 2 and 3:  Welcome to the west coast of Ireland!  You’ll collect your rental car and begin with two nights at the 5-star g Hotel in Galway, about an hour north of Shannon Airport.   The g Hotel is a chic and modern establishment in the heart of this lively city.  Galway is home to the majestic Dunguaire Castle that sits on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay.  This castle is truly a vision that will take you right back to the 16th century.  While in Galway you are also going to want to visit the stunning St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and the Galway Cathedral.  
Days 4 and 5: Following Galway you’ll spend two nights in Kinsale at the Carlton Hotel.  Kinsale is located about three hours south of Galway one of the southern most cities in Ireland.  About a fifteen minute drive away from this charming hotel you will find The Spaniard Bar.  This delightful bar has a wide range of fine wines to choose from paired with great Irish music.  Another authentic Irish pub to visit in Galway is the Tig Coili.  This family run pub offers visitors a relaxed environment with a crowd made up of locals and tourists alike.  During the warmer months you can take advantage of the seated area on the street.
Days 6 and 7: Next, take the drive to Dingle and spend two nights at the Dingle Skellig. County Kerry is littered with authentic Irish pubs.  Ten minutes away is John Benny’s Pub where you can enjoy a pint with live music.   At some point during your time in Dingle you are going to take the short drive to Killarney.  To get the most of the pub experience in Ireland you must visit Courtney’s in Killarney.  It is about an hour’s drive but is one of the most famous and oldest pubs in Killarney.   You’ll find an enormous selection of Irish and World Beers plus nightly gigs.
Days 8 and 9:  Following Dingle you will drive north along the coast to Clare for your final two nights at the Old Ground Hotel.  This warm hotel has an on-site bar, the Poets Bar which can be a great place to unwind and relax.  There are also several charming pubs nearby including McDermotts’ Pub or Gus O’Connor’s.  With your rental car, taking a drive to neighboring areas is easy! 
Day 10:  Your Traditional Music Pubs of Ireland vacation ends today.  Return your rental car at the Shannon Airport and return to America.

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We wanted to see Ireland but were nervous about driving. Sceptre found our chauffeur, Pat, and he knew everything about the history and geography around us… he did a great job negotiating the hairpin curves on the Ring of Kerry. Can’t imagine a better vacation!
Anna M.

With Sceptre we were able to make a vacation that was really unique. We stayed in two castles, did some serious shopping, and spent a lot of time out in nature. One of the best things about Ireland is its beautiful scenery, and we were always exactly where we wanted to be.



Ireland was wonderful!  We learned so much and had such a nice time from beginning to end.  Our driver, Cornelius, was so knowledgeable and friendly and accommodating!  Thank you for planning this very memorable vacation for us - we were beyond satisfied, it all exceeded our expectations!

Spencer D.

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