Magical castles

This is a full day excursion through some of the most beautiful countryside and sights in Ireland. Leaving Youghal via the scenic route along the Blackwater valley, you'll skirt along the river bank of this most elegant and unspoiled river. (If you get a chance on another day, take the Blackwater river cruise from Youghal, it is quite simply breathtaking - For groups of 6 or more Aherne's can arrange a private trip for you). Eventually you'll reach Lismore, sadly the spectacular castle is a private residence, but the grounds are open to the public. Keep heading north rising through the Knockmealdown mountains heading for 'the Vee' an amazing mountain pass from where you'll see the whole counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny spread before you, with their patchwork quilt of fields and farms and towns. The small town of Cahir (pronounced care) is nearby, with its fabulously preserved castle. The castle is now peaceful and impressive, but was considered impregnable when built in the middle ages. A guided tour will explain the many fiendish traps its attackers would have faced, and point out the cannon ball still lodged in its walls that marked end of its period of impregnability. Just further on the Rock of Cashel is an alternative to Cahir, set on a 200ft outcrop, it is one of the most striking ecclesiastics sites in Ireland - with architectural remains from the year 370 onwards. The route back towards Youghal takes you through the mountains again and through the pretty town of Clashmore.