Pete Denahy is a musician and comedian from Yackandandah, Victoria. He is an outstanding singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, fiddle), and raconteur. He is famous for songs like Sort Of Dunno Nothin’, The Petrol Head Fly, & the Toilet Paper song. His bluegrass album, Singin’ Shoes, won a Golden Guitar award at Tamworth, in 2016. Pete is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with you, on the 2021 Music Tour of Ireland & Scotland.
John Howie will be the tour leader/manager. Since 1995 John has led many successful music tours of Ireland, Scotland, Europe, the U.S., New Zealand and the Australian outback. He has also led many successful music cruises. John is a musician and former secondary school music teacher. He and his twin brother, Graeme, perform as The Howie Brothers, one of Australia’s leading country music / easy listening / vocal harmony acts.VIEW ITINERARY
Day 1 Sunday July 18, 2021 Depart Australia
Afternoon: Depart Australia on Emirates flight, via Dubai, to Dublin.
Day 2 Monday July 19, 2021 Arrive Dublin
Arrive Dublin. Meet up with the Pre-Tour Extension Tour group at Dublin Airport. Travel by coach to Belfast.
DAY 3 Tuesday July 20, 2021 Belfast
Midday: Arrive in Dublin. Travel by coach to Belfast, Northern Ireland. On arrival, coach tour of Belfast with local guide. Visit the Crown Liquor Saloon and see the colourful political murals on buildings in the Catholic and Protestant areas of West Belfast. Evening: Attend music ‘session’ at Belfast’s excellent music pub, Madden’s Bar. Overnight: Holiday Inn Express. (B)
DAY 4 Wednesday July 21, 2021 Londonderry / Letterkenny
Travel along Northern Ireland’s spectacular Antrim Coast, to Derry. See Carrickfergus Castle, the Glens of Antrim, and the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Visit the Giant’s Causeway (famous natural rock formations). Afternoon: A coach tour of Derry with local guide, including a short walk on Derry’s famous 17th century walls. We will then visit one of Derry’s famous music pubs, for afternoon drinks & live traditional music. Evening: Enjoy an informal performance, by Pete Denahy, at our hotel. Overnight: Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny. (B,MorningTea,D)
DAY 5 Thursday July 22, 2021 Donegal
Donegal, in the far north-west of Ireland. Lunch at Leo’s Tavern. Leo Brennan (Enya’s father) established this 'Singing’ pub many years ago. We will be entertained by a local ballad singer and one or two of the pub’s staff, including Leo’s son Bartley (if available). Pass through Kincasslagh, internationally renowned singer Daniel O’Donnell’s hometown. Then visit an excellent tweed factory/shop, in the town of Ardara. Continue south to the fishing port of Killybegs, before proceeding to Donegal Town. Evening: Prior to dinner visit a pub near our hotel, where you will enjoy a typical Irish music ‘session’. Overnight: Abbey/ Central Hotel, Donegal Town. (B,Morning Tea,L,D)
DAY 6 Friday July 23, 2021 Westport
Today we travel south, to the coastal town of Westport, Co. Mayo. Soon after leaving Donegal Town, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Belleek Pottery factory. Then travel through Co. Sligo, including a visit to Sligo town. On the outskirts of Sligo town visit Tobernalt Holy Well, and see Ben Bulben (a distinctive mountain). On arrival in Westport free time to explore the town & go shopping. Evening: Attend an Irish music session in one of Westport’s excellent music pubs. We will endeavour to have outstanding whistle player, Olcan Masterson, involved if available. Overnight: Castlecourt Hotel, Westport. (B,D)
DAY 7 Saturday July 24, 2021 Galway
Travel south to Galway. On the outskirts of Westport see Croagh Patrick (a mountain, famous for an annual religious pilgrimage). Then travel through an unforgettable valley we have discovered, as we make our way to the Connemara region – famous for its unique, rocky landscapes. Visit much-photographed Kylemore Abbey. Guided tour of Kylemore’s main, castle-like building. Take a 'back roads’ coastal route to Galway, through some of the most beautiful parts of the Connemara. On arrival in Galway, see the Claddah region and sing Galway Bay. Evening: Explore Galway’s renowned session pubs with John Howie and Pete Denahy. Overnight: Jurys Inn Galway. (B,MorningTea)
DAY 8 Sunday July 25, 2021 Galway
Optional day trip by ferry to the fascinating Aran Islands (cost approx. $50). Tour the island of Inishmore by minibus, including the amazing stone Dun Aengus Fort (a cliff- top fortress dating back to the 5th century). Those not going on the Aran Islands excursion are free to spend the day exploring Galway city. Evening: Attend Trad on the Prom, fabulous Irish music and dance theatre show. (B)
DAY 9 Monday July 26, 2021 Dublin
Depart Galway and head east to Dublin. On the way, visit the town of Athenry and sing The Fields of Athenry. Afternoon: In Dublin visit Trinity College. See the Book of Kells (richly decorated Irish medieval manuscript) and the Old Library (1732). Afternoon drinks (own expense) at O’Donoghue’s Pub (famous Dublin music venue), including performance by one of John Howie’s favourite Irish ballad groups. Evening: Attend fabulous Irish Cabaret show, featuring hilarious comedian Noel V. Ginnity and traditional Irish music and dancing. Overnight: Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House. (B,D)
DAY 10 Tuesday July 27, 2021 Dublin
Morning: Coach tour of Dublin with local guide, including St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Doors of Dublin (Georgian architecture), & St. Stephen’s Green. See statue of Molly Malone. Tour concludes with lunch at a well-known Dublin music pub, including performance by another of John Howie’s favourite Irish ballad groups. Afternoon: Visit the excellent National Museum, then free time for you to explore Dublin at your leisure. Evening: Join John Howie on a walk through Dublin’s famous Temple Bar precinct, including a visit to one or two of his favourite music pubs, & a walk across the famous Ha’penny Bridge. (B,L)
DAY 11 Wednesday July 28, 2021 Liverpool
Morning: Fly from Dublin to Liverpool, UK. Liverpool is famous as the home of The Beatles. Afternoon: Sightseeing tour of Liverpool, with local guide. Visit Penny Lane & Strawberry Fields. See the Mersey River and sing the Gerry & The Pacemakers song, Ferry Cross the Mersey. Visit The Beatles Story exhibition and Mathew Street, location of the Cavern Club (where The Beatles performed in their early days). Evening: Enjoy an informal performance by Pete Denahy, especially for our tour group. Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool. (B)
DAY 12 Thursday July 29, 2021 Glasgow
Morning: Travel north, to Glasgow, Scotland. On the way visit the beautiful Lakes District, in north-west England. Afternoon: Coach tour of Glasgow, with local guide. Evening: Enjoy an informal evening of music at The Scotia Bar, a famous Glaswegian music pub (Est. 1792). Overnight: Jury’s Inn, Glasgow. (B)
DAY 13 Friday July 30, 2021 Oban
Travel north, to Oban, a lovely port town in Scotland’s Argyll region. On the way see Loch Lomond and sing The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond. Also see picturesque Inveraray Castle & Kilchurn Castle. Afternoon: On arrival in Oban, free time to explore the town centre. Evening: Enjoy relaxing group dinner in our hotel, followed by an informal performance by Pete Denahy. Overnight: Hotel Alexandra, Oban. (B,D)
DAY 14 Saturday July 31, 2021 Isle of Skye
Travel north, to the town of Fort William. Visit Neptune’s Staircase, a staircase lock comprising 8 locks on the Caledonian Canal. Continue west along the Road to the Isles. Visit the Glenfinnan Monument, which marks the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie commenced his ill-fated attempt to restore the Stuarts to the British throne in 1745. Afternoon: Travel by ferry to the Isle of Skye. On arrival, short coach tour with local guide and free time to explore Portree (Isle of Skye’s main town). Evening: We will have our own informal music session. Please bring your instruments & voices and join in! Overnight: Royal Hotel, Portree. (B)
DAY 15 Sunday August 1, 2021 Ullapool
Return to Scottish mainland, via Skye Bridge. See Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland’s most photographed castle. Continue north to the pretty west coast fishing village of Ullapool. Evening: Dinner and local music performance at The Ceilidh Place, one of the best live music venues in the west of Scotland. Overnight: To be confirmed. (B,L,D)
DAY 16 Monday August 2, 2021 Orkney Islands
Travel along the spectacular north-west coast of Scotland. Travel by ferry to the Orkney Islands. Orkney is famous for its prehistoric sites and beautiful scenery. Afternoon: Visit Skara Brae (4,500 year old village), and the Ring of Brodgar standing stones. Then proceed to Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkneys. Evening: Have our own informal music 'session’ in one of Kirkwall’s live music venues. We will invite local musicians to join us for this session. Overnight: To be confirmed. (B,Morning Tea,D)
DAY 17 Tuesday August 3, 2021 Orkney Islands
Morning: Travel across the Churchill Barriers causeway to the island of South Ronaldsay. Visit the fascinating Italian Chapel (built by Italian POWs in 1943), and Scapa Flow (important wartime anchorage for British fleets). Return to Kirkwall, where we visit spectacular St Magnus Cathedral. Afternoon: Visit Maeshowe (5,000 year old chambered tomb). Then free time in Kirkwall. Evening: Attend Orkney Accordion and Fiddle Club concert. Hear some lovely Jimmy Shand type music. (B)
DAY 18 Wednesday August 4, 2021 Inverness
Return to Scottish mainland by ferry. Travel south, to Inverness. Visit Loch Ness and see the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Evening: Enjoy a performance by one of John Howie’s favourite Scottish ballad groups, On the Wagon. Overnight: Best Western Palace Hotel. (B,D)
DAY 19 Thursday August 5, 2021 Edinburgh
Morning: Visit Culloden Battlefield, where Prince Charlie’s forces were defeated in 1746. Afternoon: Visit St Andrews. Enjoy afternoon tea at a clubhouse overlooking one of St Andrews’ famous golf courses. Near Edinburgh, cross one of the spectacular Firth of Forth bridges. On arrival in Edinburgh, check into our hotel. Evening: Attend an Edinburgh Fringe Festival concert (optional). Overnight: Hotel TBC. (B,AfternoonTea)
DAY 20 Friday August 6, 2021 Edinburgh
Morning: Coach tour of Edinburgh with local guide, including: historic Old Town area; New Town area (Georgian architecture); drive through Holyrood Park (Arthur’s Seat area) if possible. Also, visit port of Leith. Tour concludes with a walk down the 'Royal Mile’. Sense Edinburgh’s medieval past as you explore the alleys & closes that run off the Royal Mile. See the festival’s colourful street performers in action. Afternoon: Free time for you to explore Edinburgh and attend Fringe Festival concerts. Evening: Enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner at one of Edinburgh’s best restaurants. (B,D)
DAY 21 Saturday August 7, 2021 Edinburgh
Morning: Visit historic Edinburgh Castle. Afternoon: Free time for you to further explore Edinburgh & enjoy the outstanding Fringe Festival. Evening: Attend the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – a unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment and theatre. (B)
DAY 22 Sunday August 8, 2021 Departure
Morning: A free morning to further explore Edinburgh. Midday: Travel to Edinburgh airport for Emirates flight, via Dubai, back to Australia. (B)
DAY 23 Monday August 9, 2021 In flight
In flight, with brief stopover in Dubai.
DAY 24 Tuesday August 10, 2021 Australia
Morning: Arrive back in Australia and the tour concludes.
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DAY 1 Wednesday July 14, 2021 Depart Australia
Depart Australia on Emirates flight, via Dubai, to Brussels, Belgium.
DAY 2 Thursday July 15, 2021 Maastricht
Arrive in Brussels and tavel by coach to Maastricht.
DAY 3 Friday July 16, 2021 Maastricht
Morning: Sightseeing coach tour of Maastricht and surrounding region, with local guide. Afternoon: Free time for you to explore Maastricht at your leisure. Evening: Attend Andre Rieu concert. (B)
DAY 4 Saturday July 17, 2021 Amsterdam
Morning: Travel by coach to Amsterdam, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s a city of canals, bridges, bicycles (there are millions of them!) and distinctive canal houses, with their stately facades and striking gables. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing coach tour, with local guide. Evening: Enjoy a one hour canal cruise. After the cruise, John Howie will take those interested on a walking tour of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. Overnight: To be confirmed.
DAY 5 Sunday July 18, 2021 Amsterdam
Morning: Free time. You may like to visit the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, or the Van Gogh Museum (all optional). Afternoon/evening: Coach tour to Volendam and Hoorn. In Volendam, get a glimpse of traditional Dutch dress, windmills, cheese, etc. In Hoorn, visit Cafe ‘t Schippershuis, where Dutch musician Pierre Partner wrote the famous song The Red Rose Cafe in 1974. Have dinner and enjoy a fun-filled singalong session, with local musicians, at ‘The Red Rose Cafe’ before returning to Amsterdam. (B,D)
DAY 6 Monday July 19, 2021 Depart
Fly to Dublin for start of main tour. (B)
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