Kilkenny, Killarney & Killimer

Similar by name but contrasting in nature and location within the Emerald Isle and all well worth a visit.

Kilkenny, to the South East in County Kilkenny the embodiment of many visitors’ imaginations of Ireland. Rich in art and culture, the city is host to the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Its medieval heritage is evident in the city’s historical buildings and landmarks, starting with the magnificent Kilkenny Castle, which dominates the city. The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for the 4th Earl of Pembroke during the 13th century and later became the Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.

To the South West in County Kerry, the town of Killarney, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, has many interesting shops, cafés, restaurants and traditional pubs. The jewel in the crown is the beautiful Killarney National Park, best explored by traditional horse drawn carriage Jaunting Car, to discover the hidden delights of the park and its famous lakes which captivate all with their beauty and charm.

Crossing over from County Kerry to County Clare, experience the ferry from Shannon 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.

As well as spectacular beauty, County Clare is the renowned heartland of traditional music, nowhere else will you find such a concentration of talented musicians, singers and dancers.

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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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