Including 10 nights Hotel and B&B Accommodation based on two sharing
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
- Journey of discovery in a Driftwood mini coach tour vehicle,
- Services of highly trained professional Driftwood tour guide,
- 11 FULL days on tour,
- Ten nights’ accommodation,
- Ten Full Irish breakfasts,
- Most daily activities and visits,
- Entrance fees to Blarney Castle and Rock of Cashel,
- Shannon ferry tickets,
- All relevant taxes,
- Guaranteed tour price from the moment you make your deposit,
- Lots of laughs.
- Lunches and evening meals
- Some optional entrance fees and additional activity options, for example:
- Visit to Bantry House €8 or Muckross House €7.50,
- Visit to a working sheep farm – €7,
- Entrance to Bantry House and Gardens – €8,
- Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National Park – €15,
- Boat trip to Garinish Island – €15,
- Day trip to the Aran Islands – €25,
- Black Cab taxi tour of Belfast – GB£10,
- Boat trip to Slieve League Cliffs – €20,
- Hot, relaxing sea-weed bath – €25
We try and keep any extra costs to a minimum and these make up only a small part of the daily tour activities. Most of the places that we visit have free entry. The additional activities that you can avail of are popular ones which customers have truly enjoyed over the years.
Day 1: We’re off !
Meet at Grand Canal Hotel 08.10am or The Westbury Hotel 08.30am in Dublin and head for the south of Ireland
- Journey through the Curragh Racecourse – the set of the film Braveheart,
- Visit the Splendid Rock of Cashel – one of Ireland’s most renowned historical sites (entry fee is included in tour price),
- Pass through Cork – Ireland’s second city, in the South of the country,
- Kiss the World Famous Blarney Stone (entry fee is included in tour price),
- Follow the Lee Valley to the source of the beautiful River Lee.
Stay overnight in the quaint Gougane Barra Hotel or the Castle Hotel, Macroom
(Driving time for the day is 4 – 4.5 hours)
Day 2: Barra Forest Park
- Return to nature with a walk in the beautiful Gougane Barra Forest Park,
- Meet the Atlantic Coastline at renowned Bantry Bay,
- Take a detour down to visit the magnificent Bantry House (€10 per person),
- Go Seal Spotting in Glengarriff or perhaps take a boat trip to Garinish Island and visit the rare beauty of its Italian gardens (€15 per person) or take a short walk to visit Maureen O Hara’s house,
- Next stop is the magnificent scenery of Beara Peninsula, the ‘undiscovered Peninsula’,
- Enjoy lunch at McCarthy’s Bar in the seaside town of Castletownbere,
- Drive over the Healy Pass, for the most memorable scenic drive,
- Return to the Bronze Age at the Uragh Stone circle,
- Explore Beara’s picture perfect coastline, with views across to Iveragh Peninsula.
Stay overnight in the Glengarriff Park Hotel, Glengarriff
(Driving time for the day is 2.5hrs)
Day 3: Depart Glengarriff
- Depart Glengarriff after a free morning to explore the town,
- Start the Ring of Kerry scenic drive on the Iveragh Peninsula at Molls Gap (possible stop at the Avoca Hand Weavers store),
- Adopt a Sheep – visit a family run sheep farm and learn first hand about sheep shearing & herding (€7 per person) (an alternative to this is to spend more time shopping at Molls Gap or explore more of Kenmare)
- Stop for a photo and a stroll to Torc Waterfall,
- Next stop is the beautiful town of Killarney, where there are plenty of options to spend your time:
- A Jaunting Car (traditional Irish horse and carriage) ride through the National Park to Muckross House (€15 per person)
- Visit Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens (the House Entrance fee is €7.50, but the Gardens are free),
- Explore the restored ruins of Muckross Abbey which are located in the grounds of the National Park.
Stay overnight in Dingle Town – a town of 2000 people and 54 pubs
(Driving time for the day is 3 hours)
Day 4: Dingle town and the Peninsula
With 2 nights in Dingle town, you can try to squeeze in as much or a little as you like enjoying the town and the Dingle Peninsula. At some point during the stay in Dingle, we take the group out to tour the Peninsula; we drive to the most westerly point in Ireland and make a few stops, listed below, along the way. If you would prefer to do something more active or relaxing, we can, of course, organise other options for you.
The Dingle Peninsula Tour to Slea Head:
- Drive along Slea Head, out past Ventry beach,
- Stop to see ancient Beehive Huts – once the home of 5th Century Monks,
- Stop at Europe’s most westerly point with picture perfect views over the majestic Blasket Islands,
- Take a walk down to Coumeenoule Beach, where Ryan’s Daughter was filmed,
- Stop for a photo at Smerwick Head, with stunning views of the Dingle Peninsula and Mount Brandon,
- Visit Louis Mulcahy Pottery or a local crystal cutter to see some of Ireland’s most skilled craftsmen at work.
Optional Activities for Day Four:
- Simply relax in Dingle town
- Explore the brightly coloured streets of Dingle town, visit the many shops, excellent galleries, local craftspeople, popular restaurants and not forgetting, its famous local pubs,
- Visit Dingle Brewing Company – discover one of Ireland’s leading craft breweries (€7 per person which includes a pint of their craft beer)
- Take a Boat Trip to see famous Fungie the Dolphin (€20 per person),
- Play a round of golf on The Dingle Golf Links (fees apply and if the guide and transport are busy with the other group members, there may be a transfer fee one way by taxi)
- Galleries and Local Shops – there are several excellent galleries and numerous local artisan crafts to discover,
- Go for a Self-Guided Walk along the Dingle way from the centre of town up into the hills or along the coast.
Stay overnight in Dingle Town
(Average driving time for the day is 1hr 15mins – 1hr 45mins)
Day 5: Leave Dingle
- Optional: Take a boat trip to see famous Fungie the Dolphin (€20 per person) or Enjoy a free morning in Dingle town taking in what you missed in the previous days,
- On day 5, we depart Dingle and leave the mountains of the south west behind to begin our journey North of the country .
- Drive through the farming region of North Kerry before crossing the winding River Shannon into County Clare. Clare is known for its beautiful landscapes, music and folklore, the unique Burren Landscape and the World Heritage Site of the Cliffs of Moher.
- Possible lunch stop in the quaint town of Tralee or in the market town of Listowel,
- We will then take the Ferry across the River Shannon into County Clare to visit the world famous Cliffs of Moher (700 ft sea cliffs).
Stay overnight in The Burren Atlantic Hotel, Ballyvaughan, County Clare
(Driving time for the day is 3hrs 30mins)
Day 6: Depart Ballyvaughan
- Depart Ballyvaughan
- Optional trip to the Aran Islands – €25 per person
How It Works:
- We start the day on the North side of Galway Bay,
- There is the option to take the ferry to one of the three Aran Islands (which one depends on tides and ferry timetables),
- You can then spend much of the day on the island of your choice before taking another ferry south to Doolin in County Clare, on the south side of Galway Bay. In the meantime, the driver-guide and vehicle (plus any passengers who choose not to go to the Aran Islands) drive around beautiful Galway Bay, via Galway city and meet you on the other side.
Non-Islands Day Options:
- Depart Ballyvaughan,
- Drive through the Burren Region, and its vast limestone landscape,
- Visit Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient portant tomb and one of Ireland’s most iconic archaelogical monuments
Kinvarra Village, with:
- Dunguaire Castle – visit the Medieval Castle and the seat of the High King of Connaught,
- Galway Hookers – Sail on this traditional boat, unique to Galway Bay and the Connemara coast and enjoy lunch in Galway City.
Stay overnight in The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Connemara
(Driving time: Island day – 1.5 hours, Non-islands day – 3.5 hours)
Day 7: Kylemore Abbey
- Kylemore Abbey – One of Ireland’s most breath-taking and picturesque buildings. We normally just stop for a photo outside, with feedback that it’s more impressive to capture from the outside!
- Killary Harbour – Visit Ireland’s only fjord and take in its spectacular scenery
- Leenane Village – Located at the top of Killary Harbour, stop here for a quick pint in ‘The Field Pub’, named after the movie which was filmed there, and then move on to enjoy lunch in the picturesque town of Westport,
- Croagh Patrick – Visit Ireland’s ‘Holy Mountain’ and pilgrimage site, located beside Westport
- Also found nearby is one of Ireland’s memorials to The Great Hunger of 1846-51, and the beautiful shore-side ruins of Murrisk Abbey,
- Westport House – Explore this historic stately home and over 300 years of Irish history (entrance fee applies),
- Enjoy a relaxing hot seaweed bath, with beautiful ‘healing’ properties (€22-25 per person).
Stay overnight in scenic Waterfront House, Enniscrone in Sligo
(Driving time for day 2hrs 45mins)
Day 8: Two night stay in Enniscrone
- Relax and enjoy a 2 night stay in Enniscrone. With plenty of time and lots of options, you can relax and simply chill out for the day, explore the village and the local beach and dunes, or choose from many other activities.
- Other Options Include:
- Play golf at Enniscrone Golf Club on its championship links course,
- Visit the Céide Fields archaeological site – €4,
- A self-guided tour of the Foxford Woollen Mills to experience over a 100 years of master craftsmanship in action – Free,
- Explore the National Museum of Country Life near Castlebar – Free Entry,
- Discover the beauty and wilderness of North West Mayo and its dramatic coastline
Stay overnight in the scenic village of Enniscrone in Sligo
(Driving time for day 2hrs 45mins)
Day 9: Inishowen Peninsula
- Visit the grave of WB Yeats in Drumcliffe, County Sligo,
- Dependent on the time available, we might take a detour to the cascading Glencar Waterfall, immortalised in Yeat’s Poem ‘The Stolen Child’,
- The next stop is the ancient stone fort of Grianan of Aileach to take in the sea views and the spectacular Inisowen Peninsula,
- Visit Donegal Castle (€4 per person) and/or enjoy lunch and free time in Donegal Town,
- Cross the border from Donegal in the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland
- Walking tour of Derry City in Northern Ireland, including the Bogside area synonymous with the Bloody Sunday massacre (highly recommended – GB£4 per person),
- Enjoy some free time in Derry City.
Stay overnight in at the Beech Hill House Hotel, Derry
(Driving time 2hrs 45mins)
Day 10: Giants Causeway
- Visit the ruins of the medieval MacQuillan Stronghold of Dunluce Castle (Entry Fee: GB£2.50) or simply take photos from outside,
- Experience the natural phenomenon of the Giants Causeway, created from an ancient volcanic eruption, and walk a section of the magical Antrim coastline,
- Optional: Visit the Bushmills Whiskey distillery, the oldest whiskey distillery in the World (entrance fee: GB£7pp) or enjoy exploring the historic village of Bushmills,
- Stop in Ballintoy, home to one of the ‘Game of Thrones’ filming locations for lunch or a coffee,
- Test your nerve crossing the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (open summer only – Entrance Fee: GB£5.60),
- Or, if you’d prefer, you can walk down to the Rope Bridge free of charge, to experience the spectacular views.
Stay overnight in the Londonderry Arms Hotel in County Antrim.
(Driving time for day 2.5hrs)
Day 11: Follow the Coast
Arrive back in Dublin at about 6pm
- Drive the coast road at the bottom of the Glens of Antrim and then head to Belfast City.
- Black Cab tour of Belfast City, which is highly recommended for its honest account and first hand experience of the city and its troubled past. (Cost: GB£10 per person),
- Visit the £100 million Titanic Experience visitor centre, located on the site of the shipyard where RMS Titanic was built – GB£14.75 per person,
- Enjoy free time to explore historic Belfast City ,
- Travel south to Dublin with optional stops at a number of historical sites depending on the time available.
- Stops Include:
- Monasterboice High Cross and Round Tower
- Visit the site of the Battle of The Boyne
Arrive back in Dublin at about 6pm
(Driving time for day 3hrs)
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