Private Escorted Historical Tours of Ireland
Jay Fox Carney offers bespoke private escorted historical tours to both individuals and groups. Tours can be organised throughout Ireland and can include a number of historical sites and beauty spots.
To make an enquire or arrange a tour please contact Jay by phoning +353 (0)86 2546761 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ireland’s beautiful scenery and rich culture and heritage has attracted visitors from across the globe for generations. The story of Ireland is a colourful one with every corner of the Isle contributing to a unique history and heritage. The place names of every town, village and country lane document some aspect of this story. The landscape is dotted with a myriad of monuments marking every age of man’s existence in this wonderful country. Dolmens and standing stones remind us of the earliest inhabitants; ring forts mark the beginning of our agricultural heritage; thousands of monastic sites are the legacy of early christian settlements that were the foundation of many of our towns and cities today; the many castles throughout Ireland tell a story of conflict as both native and foreign powers struggled for control of people and territory; stately homes and planned towns and cities demonstrate how those who governed sought to influence the development of the rural and civic landscape.
Add to this human endeavour with the drama, romance and tragedy which that entails along with a healthy dose of mysticism and superstition and you get a tapestry of culture and historical narrative that is beyond equal.
Jay Fox Carney’s personal charisma and in depth knowledge of the nuances of the Irish and the human condition make for a unique interpretation of the story of Ireland.
The following are examples of the historical sites that Jay can introduce you to and help you to understand their significance in the story of Ireland.
Glendalough – Co. Wicklow
Located in the picturesque Wicklow Mountains this early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”.
Kilkenny Castle – Kilkenny City
Originally the site of an early Anglo Norman settlement the 13th century castle became the seat of power of the Butlers Of Ormonde. The gardens and parkland are open to the public and the magnificently restored castle is open for tours.
Rock Of Cashel – Co. Tipperary
Traditionaly the seat of the kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion. In 1101, the King of Munster, Muirchertach Ua Briain, donated his fortress on the Rock to the Church. The picturesque complex has a character of its own and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. The majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Blarney Castle – Co. Cork
The castle is now a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and battlements. At the top of the castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone. Tourists visiting Blarney Castle may hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone, which is said to give the gift of eloquence.
Kinsale – Co Cork
Historic port and fishing town in County Cork, which also has significant military history.
Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hippest cities. Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee. Exploring Cork is an enjoyable, multi-day pursuit. Ring the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and marvel at the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral.
Cork City offers unique shopping and dining options, including the English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world, and numerous pedestrian walkways and sidewalks flanked by smart boutiques and major department stores. Cork is home to some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.
Ring Of Kerry
It’s a road that takes you through 10,000 years of dramatic history. It’s a road that takes you from deep forest to the crashing waters of the Atlantic. It’s a road through rugged, majestic landscapes: where wild stag roam and where tumbling waterfalls crash into crystal streams teeming with wild salmon. It’s a road that shows you the real meaning of a holiday in Kerry, Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher – Co. Clare
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, Connemara is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places it’s possible to find. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.