Authentic Tour Experience for the Brian Boru Trail

Working with the O'Brien Clan to create a collection of truly authentic experiences

Following months of planning with the Prince of Thomond, Sir Conor O’Brien, the present Chief of the O’Briens and direct descendent of Brian Boru, along with the O’Brien Clan Board and charitable foundation based in the USA, we have developed an extensive series of self-guided and chauffeured tours of Ireland.  

Ronan Gleeson, Managing Director of IrishTourism said “having met with members of the O’Brien Clan board including present Chief of the O’Briens and Prince of Thomond, Sir Conor O’Brien, I am very excited to offer our personalized services to all those who are interested in one of the greatest stories in Irish history. I have personally travelled to many of the relevant locations associated with Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf including Killaloe, Cashel, Clontarf and finally Armagh in Northern Ireland where a plaque now marks the resting place of the greatest of Ireland’s High Kings”.

These Battle of Clontarf tours of Ireland are now available for all those who wish to travel to Ireland to trace this fascinating historical journey.

Following extensive research by IrishTourism staff in conjunction with the O’Brien Clan, local historian’s and the government department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, these tours follow the story of Brian Boru while including many of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions.

Some of these attractions include the village of Killaloe in County Clare where Brian Boru was born and rose to power, The Rock of Cashel where he was crowned high king of Ireland to Trinity College Dublin where the famous Boru harp lies, Clontarf in Dublin, site of the most famous battle in Irish history, the Battle of Clontarf and finally to Armagh his final resting place in the historic Cathedral of Armagh.

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 6 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 6 Night

This 6 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into Shannon airport and departing from Dublin airport although this can be adjusted if necessary. Start your tour in Killarney, County Kerry, a must – see for any visitor to Ireland. This is one of the most picturesque areas in Ireland, so make sure to bring a camera! This tour concentrates on the most important areas relating to the legendary High King of Ireland Brian Boru. You will visit Killaloe, his homestead and the surrounding areas of importance such as the Rock of Cashel where he was crowned High King. Finish your tour visiting the site of the Battle of Clontarf where Brian Ború was slain. Whether you are of the O’Brien clan or one of the other Dál gCais tribes/clans that allied themselves w...read more

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 7 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 7 Night

This 7 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into and departing from Dublin airport although it can be adjusted if necessary. This tours starts in Tipperary where you will visit the iconic Rock of Cashel. This rocky plateau was where Brian Ború was crowned The High King of Munster and then went on to become High King of Ireland. From there travel to Killaloe, the birthplace of Brian Ború, making it the de-facto capital of Ireland. Besides tracing the footsteps of Brian Boru in medieval Ireland, this itinerary allows you to visit the most picturesque areas of Ireland. Take time out to tour the Ring of Kerry, see the lunar landscape of The Burren and visit the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Castle. Finish your journey in Dublin where Brian Boru was ...read more

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 8 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 8 Night

This 8 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into and departing from Dublin airport although it can be adjusted if necessary. This tours starts in Tipperary where you will visit the iconic Rock of Cashel. This strong hold was where Brian Ború was crowned The High King of Munster. The tour continues to Killarney and the beautiful Ringof Kerry and Killarney area. On to the homestead of Brian Ború, Killaloe in County Tipperary. As Brian Boru became High King of Ireland it meant Killaloe was once effectively the capital of Ireland. As you have two nights in the Killaloe region you will be able to visit other castles, monuments and museums of historical importance such as Bunratty Castle, where the O’Brien’s ruled as Earls of Thomond from the early 1...read more

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 10 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 10 Night

This 10 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into and departing from Dublin airport although it can be adjusted if necessary. This tours includes time in some of the most historical and picturesque areas of Ireland. This itinerary visits locations of great importance in ancient Ireland. The tour starts in Cashel, The Rock of Cashel was where Brian Ború was crowned High King of Munster and subsequently High King of Ireland. Spend two days in the Limerick /Clare area where you will visit his homestead in Killaloe on the banks of the River Shannon which was the capital of Ireland under Brian Ború’s reign as High King. While you travel, you can combine the amazing scenery with the fascinating history that Ireland has to offer. Visit such iconic locations...read more

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 12 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 12 Night

This 12 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into and departing from Dublin airport although it can be adjusted if necessary. This comprehensive tour does entail quite a bit of driving but it encompasses all the pivotal locations that are relevant to the legend of Brian Ború. This tour provides a great opportunity to retrace the footsteps of the High King of Ireland Brian Ború and the itinerary will take you to where the story began in Killaloe, his birthplace and where it all ended in at the Battle of Clontarf. You can also pay your respects in Armagh, the final resting place of Brian Ború.  Besides the historical aspects of the tour, you will enjoy the most spectacular and intriguing scenery as you travel throughout the island of Ireland. Tak...read more

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 14 Night

Brian Boru Self Drive Tour of Ireland 14 Night

This 14 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into and departing from Dublin airport although it can be adjusted if necessary. This comprehensive tour includes time in some of the most historical and picturesque areas of Ireland. This tour will allow you to visit your ancestral home and discover the journey Brian Ború undertook to become the High King of Ireland. Visit pivotal locations such as Cashel where he became High King of Munster and later of Ireland, his homestead in Killaloe, the site of the Battle of Clontarf to Armagh, his final resting place. This is a great opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the great warriors and kings of ancient Ireland. This is an All-Ireland Tour that allows you the opportunity to visit such other famous landmarks as Blarn...read more

The Brian Boru Trail Escorted Tour - April 2015 (Details to be published shortly)

The Brian Boru Trail Escorted Tour - April 2015 (Details to be published shortly)

Join this escorted tour which will visit many of the important locations associated with Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. You will travel on a luxury coach with air conditioning and stay at some wonderful hotels in fascinating locations. In addition to the Battle of Clontarf and Brian Boru, many places of beauty and historical importance will be visited such as the Connemara National Park, Cliffs of Moher and the Rock of Cashel....read more