County Limerick

Founded by Vikings in the 9th century, Limerick is one of Ireland’s oldest cities, located where the majestic River Shannon meets with the wild Atlantic.

A haven for history, art, culture, culinary delights and music, the annual Limerick Choral Festival takes place here every March, this vibrant city immerses you with in its medieval history and is certain to win you over with its charm!

Beyond the city, County Limerick boasts one million acres of lush forests, wild bogs, magical mountains, flowing rivers, and beautiful beaches – all waiting to be enjoyed and explored. The Foynes Flying Boat Museum is also well worth a visit. Housed in the original terminal building, the Foynes museum recalls the nostalgic years of 1937-1945 when Foynes was the centre of the aviation world where the likes of JFK passed through. It is also the birthplace of Irish coffee which was invented to warm passengers up after a period of bad weather so why not take the opportunity to learn how to make (and taste!) the famous Irish Coffee.

Limerick is also the perfect base to venture to the beauty of the Irish coastline. Crossing over from County Kerry to County Clare, experience the Shannon ferry to Killimer followed by a scenic coastal drive to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher & Visitor Experience, a UNESCO Geo Park. A haven for nesting seabirds and on a clear day, enjoy spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara.

Sound Escapes did a fantastic job on arrangements for our tour . Would thoroughly recommend Jo to any choir looking to travel . All feedback has been positive from everyone who travelled . The extra care at meeting us at the coach and check in to ensure things ran smoothly went above and beyond .
Don OakleyMalmesbury ChoirOxford 2023
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director
You’ve been patient and kind all the way through this, Jo – especially with it being the first international tour I’ve done, and with all the unforeseen changes to the travel arrangements, so thank you to you and the team.
Sarah MonteithChoir DirectorResound ChoirParis 2023
Care and attention to detail of the highest degree. The planning with Jo Porter was detailed and meticulous, with nothing being missed, and although she was not involved in the accommodation arrangements, she nevertheless checked it out and acted as an intermediary.
Robin SpencerChoir Secretary, Phoenix Choir
From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director
Brilliant tour, expertly organised. Kindness and compassion. Nothing was too much trouble. Colin, our driver, was a complete gem and so knowledgeable about the isle. Lovely hotel staff where nothing was too much trouble
Felicity CourageChoir Director, Courage Choir
One of the best tours we have ever undertaken – musically, socially and geographically. Would heartily recommend Sound Escapes to any group considering a tour.
Carole Lindsay-DouglasAmici SingersWeston-Super-Mare 2023

In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland and due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour. I’d like to give our thanks and praise to Jo and her team for all the planning and preparation she had done to put the itinerary together – she was able to provide us with an excellent range of stunning concert venues, plus some great suggestions for our leisure time, and we look forward to working with her again soon.

Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici
Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir
Fantastic tour in Bonnie Scotland, enjoyed by all who went, singing and non-singing. Brilliant organisation from Jo who really made it all look so easy.
Kate HymansTour organiser for Masterworks Chorale