Including 6 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
- 7 FULL days on tour • Six nights’ accommodation
- Six 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
- Loads 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
We try and keep any additional costs to a minimum and these activities account for only a small part of the daily activities on tour. Most of the places we visit are free to enter. The additional activities we do offer are ones that have proved to be a big success with customers over the years
About the Tour
A true tour of discovery, the seven day Driftwood is a fantastically comprehensive Irish tour experience. Its relaxed and flexible itinerary covers some of Ireland best scenery and historical sites; there are visits to some of Ireland’s greatest stately homes and gardens; free times to wander and explore the local communities we visit; excursions to a whiskey distillery, excellent accommodation, food, Irish pubs and much, much more.
We will take you to some of Ireland best known tourist destinations like the Blarney Stone, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher but because our groups and vehicles are smaller, we will also take you right away from the beaten track and show you our favourite hidden corners of Ireland.
Firstly we head south west, through the green heart of Ireland and counties Kildare, Tipperary and Limerick to County Cork. We then spend the next 4-5 days exploring the fabulous south west of Ireland and its varied peninsula’s before then weaving our way from County Kerry across the great River Shannon into County Clare.
Once here you have the limestone lunar landscape of the Burren to explore, you will have some of the very best traditional Irish music to enjoy in the Pub, we you have the cliffs to marvel at and there is also the option of a day trip to the world famous Aran islands (you visit the islands while we drive around Galway bay and pick you up on the other side).
Last but certainly not least is the wild and rugged Connemara region, a remote and beautiful area which has a special place in the hearts of the Irish people. Nowhere quite typifies old fashioned Ireland like Connemara and so it makes a fitting location for the last night of the tour. And from there on the last day we head east, back to Dublin either via Galway city or through Cong in County Mayo (depending on whether you went to the Aran islands the day before), maybe stopping in Kilbeggan on the way for a bit of whiskey tasting to round of an unforgettable week.
Highlights of the 7 Day Driftwood – Treasure Ireland Tour
Revel at some of Europe’s very best scenery.
- Ireland’s highest mountain range The Macgillycuddy Reeks,
- The Green fields and stone walls of Dingle,
- Connemara’s mountains, lakes, beaches and rivers,
- Ireland’s wild and rugged Atlantic coastline,
- The River Shannon (which we cross by ferry),
- The Burren Limestone Plateau,
- The Caher Mountains of the Beara Peninsula,
- The green inland scenery of areas such as the Golden Vale in Tipperary
Enjoy some of Ireland’s most popular and worthwhile tourist destinations:
- Blarney Castle to kiss the magical Blarney Stone
- Killarney National Park
- The Cliffs of Moher
- Take the optional day trip to the Aran Islands
Visit some of Ireland’s great houses and Gardens
- Muckross House and Gardens, Kerry
- Bantry House and Gardens, Cork
- Garinish Island Gardens, Cork
- Kylemore Abbey and Grounds, Connemara (normally just a photo stop)
Wonder at some of Ireland’s historical treasures and experience the rich historical past of the region, from Stone Age man to the modern age.
- Visit The Rock of Cashel
- Ancient Neolithic Stone circles,
- Celtic ring forts,
- Monastic sites and built tombs.
Explore three of Ireland’s most diverse south western Peninsulas:
- The majestic Iveragh peninsula (better known as the Ring of Kerry)
- The rugged Beara Peninsula (also known as the ‘undiscovered peninsula’)
- The rolling hills of the Dingle Peninsula
Take some free time to explore local communities and meet the Irish people in locations such as:
- The galleries and pubs (about 54 in total!) in Dingle town (pop. about 2500)
- The shops and boutiques of picturesque Kenmare
- The vibrant and buzzing Galway city
Some fun little side trips:
- Visit a working sheep farm for a demonstration of working dogs and also sheep shearing,
- Take a boat trip to try Spot Dingle’s most Friendly occupant – Fungie the Dolphin in Dingle Bay,
- Optional visit to Locke’s Irish Whiskey Distillery, the older pot still distillery in the world.
And at night:
- Live music and excellent food in some of Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants,
- Overnight in quality, locally owned guesthouse and small hotel,
- Accommodation in small, friendly local communities.
Day 1: We’re off !
Meet at Grand Canal Hotel 08.10am or The Westbury Hotel 08.30am in Dublin and head for the west of Ireland
- Head West Through counties Meath, Longford, Roscommon, Longford and Mayo
- Optional stop at Locke’s Whiskey Distillery, the world’s oldest ‘potstill’ distillery (time dependent) – €7 per person
- Cross the River Shannon into the west of Ireland Enter Connemara area
- Guided tour of Aughanure Castle (entrance fee included in tour price) Killary Harbour – Irelands only fjord
- Kylemore Abbey – One of Ireland’s most beautiful buildings. We normally just stop from a photo outside, feedback has been that it’s more impressive from the outside!
Overnight in The Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Connemara
(Driving time for day 3.5 hours)
Day 2: Depart Connemara
- Optional trip to the Aran Islands – €25 per person
How it works:
- We start the day on the North side of Galway Bay.
- You have the option of taking 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 out on the islands 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 opt not to go to the Islands) drive around Galway Bay, via Galway city and meet you on the other side.
Non-Islands day options Galway city for lunch Kinvarra village with:
- Dunguire Castle – ancient seat of the High Kings of Munster,
- Hookers – Traditional Sailing boats,
- Visit Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient Megalithic tomb and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures,
- Drive down and through the Burren Region, and its Limestone Lunar landscape.
Overnight in Beech Hill House Hotel, Derry
(Driving time for day 2.5 hours)
Day 3: Irelands west coast
Lots to see and do today as we travel through the greenest, least mountainous section of Irelands west coast, though south County Clare, across the might River Shannon and through North County Kerry, before the mountains of the Dingle Peninsula loom into sight.
- Cliffs of Moher – 700ft sea cliffs (if you didn’t see them last night) Take the ferry over the River Shannon,
- Stop in the pleasant market town of Listowel and possible free tour of Listowel castle (subject to availability),
- Possible lunch stop in Tralee, home of the Rose of Tralee beauty pageant or in the pleasant market town of Listowel,
- Optional boat trip to see Fungie the Dolphin – €20 per person.
Overnight in Dingle Town – a town of 2000 people and 54 pubs
(Driving time for day 3 hours)
Day 4: Dingle town and the Peninsula
A great day spent enjoying Dingle town and the Peninsula, you can do as much or little as you like on da four as we spend two nights here in the town. At some stage while we are in Dingle we normally take the group out on a tour of the Peninsula, to the most westerly point in Ireland that you can drive to and a selection of the stops we see along the way are below. Plus we can also organise other options for you if you would like something more active, or relaxing.
The Dingle Peninsula Tour out to Slea Head:
- Head out along the Slea Head Drive past Ventry beach,
- Stop at an ancient Beehive Huts – once the dwellings of 5th Century Monks,
- Scenic stop at Europe’s most westerly point with views over the Blasket Islands,
- Walk down to Coumeenoule Beach (Film set of Ryan’s Daughter),
- Photo stop at Smerwick Head – views of back up the Dingle Peninsula and of Mount Brandon,
- Visit Louis Mulcahy Pottery or a local crystal cutter and see some of Ireland most skillful craftsmen at work.
Optional Activities on day four:
- Chill Out in Dingle
- Dingle Town – Explore the picturesque town of Dingle, with its brightly coloured streets, numerous shops, excellent galleries, numerous local craftspeople, restaurants and of course pubs,
- Dingle Brewing Company – visit one of Ireland’s leading craft breweries – €7 per person including a pint of beer,
- Boat trip to see Fungie the Dolphin – €20 per person,
- Golf – Play a round on The Dingle Golf Links (fee’s would apply and you there may be a transfer fee one way by taxi if the guide and vehicle are busy with other group members)
- Galleries and shops – there are several excellent galleries and numerous local artisan crafts,
- Walks from town – Go for a self-guided walk along the dingle way from the centre of town up into the hills or along the coast.
Overnight in Dingle Town
(Average driving time for day 1hr 15mins – 1hr 45mins)
Day 5: Head for Killarney
We leave Dingle behind and head for Killarney, The National Park, The Ring of Kerry and the highest mountains in Ireland
- Drive along the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula, with a photo stop and perhaps a stroll at Inch Strand, one of Irelands best know beaches.
- We then join the Ring of Kerry in Killorglin and head for Killarney.
We then arrive in the holiday town of Killarney, where there is loads to do and see:
- Optional Jaunting Car (traditional Irish horse and carriage) ride through the National Park to Muckross House – €15 per person,
- Visit the Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Garden (House Entrance fee: €7.50 per person, Gardens are free),
- Explore the restored ruins of Muckross Abbey in the grounds of the National Park.
On the way out of town and into the hills we have a photo stop and stroll to Torc Waterfall
Adopt a Sheep – visit a family run sheep farm and witnesses first hand sheep shearing & herding (entrance fee: €7 per person) (if anyone would prefer not to visit the sheep farm, then we can drive you down to the accommodation for the evening).
Various photo stop opportunities (normally weather dependant) at ‘Ladies view’ and ‘Molls Gap’ (There is a possible shopping stop at the Avoca Hand weavers shop)
Overnight in the Glengarriff Park Hotel, Glengarriff
(Driving time for day 3 hours)
Day 6: ‘undiscovered’ Beara Peninsula
- Leaving Glengarriff, we continue south out on the ‘undiscovered’ Beara Peninsula, one of Ireland’s least visited but most beautiful areas,
- Go back to the Bronze Age at the Uragh Stone circle,
- Drive up and over the Healy Pass, one of the most scenic drives in Ireland,
- Lunch at McCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere Stroll between the ruined castles at Dunboey,
- Coastal drive out to the Allihes area and then back along the coast of Bantry Bay,
- Boat trip to Garinish Island and its Italian formal gardens (€15 per person) or short walk to go see Maureen O Hara’s house and some Seal Spotting in Glengarriff,
- Leave the Atlantic Coastline at Bantry Bay and head inland.
Overnight in the stunning the Gougane Barra Hotel or the Castle Hotel, Macroom
(Driving time for day 3.5 hours)
Day 7: Kiss the World Famous Blarney Stone
Arrive back in Dublin at about 6pm
- Kiss the World Famous Blarney Stone (entrance fee included in tour price) Pass through Cork, Ireland’s second city
The Magnificent Rock of Cashel – one of Ireland’s greatest historical sites (entrance fee included in tour price),
- Pass through the Curragh Racecourse – Braveheart film set.
Arrive back in Dublin at about 6pm
(Driving time for day 4 – 4.5 hours)
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